Postage rates go up Monday
It will cost a penny more to send a first-class letter through the United States Postal Service beginning Monday.
Highlights of the new single-piece first-class mail pricing beginning Monday include:
• Letters (1 ounce) — 1-cent increase to 46 cents;
• Letters additional ounces — unchanged at 20 cents;
• Letters to all international destinations (1 ounce) — $1.10; and
• Postcards — 1-cent increase to 33 cents.
New prices of shipping services, international mail, periodicals, packages and other services also will take effect Monday.
The prices can be found at http://pe.usps.com.
The Postal Service also will introduce a first-class mail Global Forever Stamp. The new stamp will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for $1.10.
The new 46-cent Forever stamps will allow customers to mail letters to any location in the United States. Forever stamps are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes.
Several new Shipping Services products will be available. Free tracking will be offered to all retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post —recently renamed Standard Post — packages.
Also new, customers shipping Critical Mail letters and flats will now have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery as part of the service offering.
A large variety of flat-rate boxes and envelopes for Express Mail and Priority Mail, including the padded and legal-sized flat rate envelopes will continue to be offered by the Postal Service.
New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products include:
• Small box — $5.80;
• Medium box — $12.35;
• Large box — $16.85;
• Large APO/FPO box — $14.85;
• Regular envelope — $5.60;
• Legal envelope — $5.75; and
• Padded envelope — $5.95.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
More information is available at http://about.usps.com.