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Neighbors Growing Together | Dec 9, 2016

US Postal Service proposes 2017 mailing, shipping price increases

Nov 10, 2016

WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service filed notice in October with the Postal Regulatory Commission of price changes for mailingservices to take effect next year, following the end of the holiday mailing season.

The new prices, if approved, include a two cent increase in the price of a first-class mail Forever stamp, returning the price to 49 cents, the price of a Forever stamp before the Postal Service was forced to reduce prices by the PRC as part of the exigent surcharge removal.

The last time stamp prices increased was in January 2014. The price change filing does not include any price change for postcards, for letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters.

The first-class mail prices for these products are:

• Letters (1 oz.) — current 47 cents; new 49 cents.

• Letters additional ounces — current 21 cents; new 21 cents.

• Letters to all international destinations — current $1.15; new $1.15.

• Postcards — current 34 cents; new 34 cents.

Stamp prices have stayed consistent with the average annual rate of inflation since the Postal Service was formed in 1971.

Pricing for standard mail, periodicals, package services and extra services also will be adjusted next year and can be found at www.prc.gov.

The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to become effective on Jan. 22.

­­­Shipping service prices

The U.S. Postal Service also filed notice with the PRC of price changes for shipping services products to take effect next year after the holiday mailing season.

The filing does not include any price increase for first-class package international service, priority mail express international and priority mail international.

The average shipping services price change is 3.9 percent, which results in an average shipping price of less than $5 per shipment across all shipping products.

The new prices, if approved, represent a modest price increase in priority mail by 3.9 percent and an average of 3.3 percent in priority mail retail prices.

The priority mail flat-rate box and priority mail flat-rate envelope prices are:

• Small flat-rate box — current $6.80; $7.15 new.

• Medium flat-rate box — $13.45 current; $13.60 new.

• Large flat-rate box — $18.75 current; $18.85 new.

• Large APO/FPO flat-rate box —

$16.75 current; $17.35 new.

• Regular flat-rate envelope — $6.45 current; $6.65 new.

• Legal flat-rate envelope — $6.45 current; $6.95 new.

• Padded flat-rate envelope — $6.80 current; $7.20 new.

The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect Jan. 22.

The complete Postal Service price filing with the new prices for all shipping services can be found on the PRC site under the Daily Listings section: http://www.prc.gov/dockets/daily.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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