January 2019 Price Change Information

January 2019 Price Change Information

January Lunch & Learn

2019 USPS Rate Increase

Free Lunch & Seminar!
Thursday, January 17, 2019
11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Come join us and learn about our in-depth rate case presentation to prepare you for the USPS rate change.

  • Which rates are changing?
  • How does this impact you and your operations?
  • We’ll tell you what you need to know and how to save $$$!


This seminar will provide attendees with a complete overview.

Classic Graphics

8335 Classic Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28262
(use 8335 IBM Dr. on GPS)

Questions? Contact:
Jessica Dew - 704-393-4547
Lynn Taylor - 704-393-4438

On November 15, 2018 the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved the Postal Service™  request for price changes to take effect on January 27, 2019.  In addition to price changes, the notice includes structure changes, postage statement updates, and technical specification updates.   

The Postal Service™ notified the PRC of its intent to defer the implementation of the new DIM weighting provisions for Retail and Commercial Priority Mail® and Priority Mail Express®, and Commercial Parcel Select®, for all zones and entries. These DIM weighing provisions will be delayed until June 23, 2019.

Further, effective January 27, 2019, the balloon pricing currently applying to Retail and Commercial Priority Mail Zones 1 – 4 and to Commercial Parcel Select all zones and entries will be eliminated, and the current DIM weighting provisions for Retail and Commercial Priority Mail Zones 5 – 9 will be retained.  First-Class Package Services will move from a weight based product to a zone and weight based product.   

Revised redline postage statements, an updated Release Overview, and applicable publications are posted to PostalPro: https://postalpro.usps.com/releases/jan2019Release/overview

Postage Statement Usage

As of January 27, 2019, new postage statements are required for:

  • First-Class Mail®, PS Form 3600-FCM
  • Package Services, PS Form 3605-R
  • Priority Mail, PS Form 3600-PM
  • International Mail, PS Form 3700
  • Electronic Verification System Permit Imprint, PS Form 3560

New prices are required for all mailings, no exception.   Customers are required to transition to the new postage statements beginning January 27, 2019. Customers who cannot make the change to the new postage statements by January 27, 2019, must apply for an exception through their local BMEU office following the instructions for the January 2019 Price Change Postage Statement Exception Process posted on PostalPro at https://postalpro.usps.com/Releases/Jan2019Release/psexceptioninstructions

Plant-Verified Drop Shipment Mailings

While the changes to prices and postage statements are effective January 27, 2019, the PostalOne! system will have a software release on January 13, 2019 to enable mailers to begin uploading new and postage statements for mailings that will drop after the effective date.

In conjunction with the upcoming price change occurring on January 27, 2019, plant-verified drop shipment (PVDS) mailings will be verified and accepted as follows:                                      

Current Prices — PVDS mailings verified and paid for on or before January 26, 2019, using the current prices, will be accepted at destination entry postal facilities through Monday, February 11, 2019, when presented using eInduction® or eVS® processes,  or with appropriate verification and payment documentation (PS Form 8125 or PS Form 8017).

New Prices — PVDS mailings may be verified and paid for beginning January 13, 2019, using the new prices, provided the shipments, when presented using eInduction® or eVS® processes, or with appropriate verification and payment documentation (PS Form 8125 or PS Form 8017), are not deposited at destination entry postal facilities before January 27, 2019.

  • For mailings with electronic documentation, mailers must enter a Mail Arrival Date that is on or after January 27, 2019.
  • For mailings with hard copy postage statements, USPS® acceptance employees must enter a Mail Arrival Date that is on or after January 27, 2019.


Questions concerning the exception process can be directed to HQMailEntry@usps.gov.

Event Details

Event Name: January 2019 Price Change Information
Show Event Date: Jan 17, 2019
Individual Registration Rate: 0.00
Address: 8335 Classic Dr., Charlotte, NC 28262

USPS Updates

USPS National & North Carolina News

News from USPS National and USPS North Carolina region.
01/17/2019 12:31
HOUSTON — Bright pink peach blossoms highlight the 2019 Year of the Boar Forever stamp, the 12th and final stamp in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series. The U.S. Postal Service dedicated the stamps today during a first-day-of-issue ceremony at the Chinese Community Center in Houston, TX. The public is asked to share the news of the stamp using the hashtag #LunarNewYear.
USPS celebrates Lunar New Year with Year of the Boar Forever stamp
01/15/2019 12:34
CHARLOTTE, NC — The Postal Service observes the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday on Monday, Jan. 21. Post Offices are closed and there is limited delivery of some package products, including Priority Mail Express. All Post Offices will reopen with regular mail delivery, collections, and retail services after the holiday on Jan. 22.
U.S. Postal Service Observes Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday on Jan. 21
01/10/2019 15:48
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — El Servicio Postal Estadounidense celebra la energía del amor con la más reciente estampilla de la popular serie Love (amor), la estampilla Hearts Blossom Forever (florecimiento eterno de los corazones).
Celebra el amor con la estampilla Hearts Blossom
01/10/2019 09:59
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the joys of love with the latest stamp in the popular Love series, the Hearts Blossom Forever stamp.
Celebrate love with the Hearts Blossom Forever stamp
01/09/2019 14:51
The U.S. Postal Service will celebrate the beauty of cactus flowers with 10 new stamp designs. The first-day-of-issue event for the Cactus Flowers Forever stamps is free and open to the public.
Celebrating Unexpected Beauty
12/26/2018 14:37
The 42nd stamp in the Black Heritage series honors Gregory Hines, whose unique style of tap dancing injected new artistry and excitement into a traditional American form. A versatile performer who danced, acted and sang on Broadway, television and in movies, Hines developed the entertainment traditions of tap into an art form for a younger generation and is credited with renewing interest in tap during the 1990s.
New Forever stamp honors legendary entertainer Gregory Hines
12/17/2018 09:39
NORTH CAROLINA – Many consumers are in a sprint to the finish in terms of getting their holiday gifts and greetings in the mail. This week is expected to be the busiest week of the holiday mailing and shipping season for the Postal Service. The agency expects to process and deliver nearly 3 billion pieces of mail, which includes packages, this week alone. In the two weeks leading up to Christmas, Dec. 10-23, the Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages each week.
Get Ready for Year’s Busiest Mailing and Shipping Week
12/07/2018 16:42
NORTH CAROLINA — With winter weather in the forecast this weekend, the Postal Service reminds customers to keep curbside mailboxes and walkways free of snow and ice.
Postal Service Prepares for Winter Weather
12/04/2018 13:48
NORTH CAROLINA – Post Offices at select locations across the state will be open Sunday, Dec. 9 and Dec. 16, form 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., offering retail services as an added convenience to ensure customers have more opportunities to mail greeting cards and packages.
Post Offices Open Sunday Dec. 9 and 16 for Added Convenience During the Holiday Season
12/04/2018 13:19
NORTH CAROLINA — The U.S. Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages, for a total of nearly 16 billion cheerful deliveries this holiday season – the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
Postal Service is Ready to Deliver Nearly 16 Billion Pieces of Cheer This Holiday Season