Some tables and rates for international first-class packages.
To find more, try a search on "site:pe.usps.com dmm notice 123 Price List [desired date]"
Note the command to look only at a particular group of sites (site:[URL], a so-called "site search").
27 January 2013 rate increases more than doubled some prices.
26 Jan2014 - no change.
31May2015 - modest increases
31May2015 rates follow.
This ends the
Intl. Small Pkg rate data as of 31May2015.
17Jan2016 - First-Class Package International Service changed greatly.
E-COMMERCE AND GLOBALIZATION OF THE PLANET DRIVE INTERNATIONAL PACKAGE TRAFFIC.
- Zoning: 9 different zones instead of the simpler system of Canada-Mexico+2Groups-of-Zones.
Binning: Only 4 different weight/rates were offered: 1-8oz, 2,3, &
4 pounds. To Kenya, Zone 7, 52 oz at $36.40 increased to $57.25,
the 4 lb price.
- Rates went up, for example, for
4 lbs, $29.15->36.50 for Canada, $35.95->45.75 for Mexico, France
$41.35->$49.50 (Zone5), Kenya $42.70->$57.25
During the ten years from 2006-2015 inclusive, when international package shipping costs are climbing steeply, package volumes
(domestic and international volumes, including the First-Class Package International Service reviewed here, plus Priority boxes and envelopes)
increased 36% while first class revenues decreased
36%. (I do not know if First Class Packages
were counted in both statistics.) International
volumes/revenues are not broken out, so
comparing competitive success against UPS vs DHL is impossible.
We can only be sure that, just as email, messaging, Whatsap kill first
class letter volumes, so Internet commerce will carry package delivery
to new heights. Most recent changes to international package
delivery may be viewed as a combination of underpricing the service for
large corporations (eBay) and large exporters (China), while making the
service unnecessary complex, unavailable on-line, and too expensive for
non-corporate customers known as US citizens.
On 10April2016, the
Postal regulatory Commission ended the 2-year "exigent surcharge" of
2014, and prices were widely rolled back, but often to values never
First Class International Small Package Service rates did change.
Since 17 January 2016, first-class international small package rates vary in 9 zones; zones 3-5 are no longer identical, and
zones 6-9 are not identical. Since no trend may be discerned across zones, there is no reason to have them. Up
to and including 3 lbs, all zones
except #8 could be combined into a single zone with no rate variation
greater than $2. A slight
scatter of less than two dollars does not justify the zones that cause
it. Far more money is lost by failure to obtain compensation from
China Post for eBay traffic than by zoning errors.