Price rises for USPS customers

The United States Ppostal Service (USPS) is to raise its fees for a number of services, including raising the cost of a First Class Mail Forever stamp from $0.49 to $0.50.

The USPS has filed a notice of such cost changes to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on Friday. If approved the changes will take place from the 21st January.

Along with the 2% increase in the First Class stamp, postcard stamps and metered letters will have a 1% increase. There are to be no changes for single-piece letters that are mailed to international destinations, or for additional weight of the letters beyond the standard maximum.

Mailing Services prices are to be raised by around 1.9%, while Shipping Services are to be raised by an average of 3.9%.

In a statement, USPS said the proposed Mailing Services price changes include:

“Product Current Proposed Letters (1 oz.) 49 cents 50 cents Letters additional ounces 21 cents 21 cents Letters (metered) 46 cents 47 cents Outbound International Letters (1 oz.) $1.15 $1.15 Domestic Postcards 34 cents 35 cents The new Shipping Services product prices would increase Priority Mail 3.9% and Priority Mail Retail an average of 0.8%. USPS said it will not include any surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or regular Saturday delivery.”

In addition the proposed domestic Priority Mail Flat Rate Retail price changes are:

“Product Current Proposed Small Flat Rate Box $7.15 $7.20 Medium Flat Rate Box $13.60 $13.65 Large Flat Rate Box $18.85 $18.90 APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box $17.35 $17.40 Regular Flat Rate Envelope $6.65 $6.70 Legal Flat Rate Envelope $6.95 $7.00 Padded Flat Rate Envelope $7.20 $7.25”

the PRC has to review the proposed changes and has the power to alter or refuse the increases. The complete price rise proposals can be found at the Daily Listings section at

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