Both the United States Postal Service (USPS) and Canada Post Corporation (CPC) have announced postage rate changes for January 2017.


Summary of USPS changes effective January 22, 2017

First, a note about IMS rates - The postage rates we pay differ from published pricing in that they are part of separate, negotiated contracts.  Individual services may have different discount levels and even effective implementation dates.  This process benefits our customers as work share opportunities drive the postage cost down and can improve turn times and ultimately, the delivery of your mail and packages. 

The following IMS services will see minimal increases on January 22, 2017.

International Priority Airmail (IPA) and International Surface Air Lift (ISAL)

  • Rates for all service categories (letters, flats, packages, and m-bags) will increase an average of 3.8%.
  • IMS all-inclusive rates will save customers up to 80% compared to First Class Mail (and Package) International.
  • For packages, IMS provides an acceptance scan for customers using Endicia or Stamps PC postage software.
Commercial ePacket (CeP)   
  • Rates will increase an average of 3.0% (note that IMS rates for this service have not changed since May 31, 2015).
  • IMS all-inclusive rates will save customers 50% or more compared to First Class Package International.
  • Service provides full door to door tracking to 29 of the most popular countries worldwide.
  • Endicia and Stamps integration.
 
The following IMS services will see little to no changes in January 2017:
 
"STANDARD" Priority Mail Express International (PMEI) and Priority Mail International (PMI) 
  • Because of restructured rates, some customers will see a very slight increase, some will see a slight decrease in pricing as determined by weight and destination country.
  • IMS all-inclusive rates will save customers up to 38% (PMEI) or 25% (PMI) compared to Retail.
  • Fully trackable.
  • Endicia and Stamps integration.
"DROP SHIP" Priority Mail Express International (PMEI) and Priority Mail International (PMI)
  • No changes to pricing for January 2017.

  • Packages must fit into a standard USPS mail sack.
  • IMS all-inclusive rates will save customer up to 55% (PMEI) or 40% (PMI) compared to Retail.
  • Fully trackable.
  • Endicia and Stamps integration.

 

Canada Post
 
Canada Post changes will be effective January 16, 2017.  IMS does not publish direct entry rates as they are based on volume and the current exchange ratePlease contact us if you want updated pricing or a quote on a new project.