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Postage Rates Go Up Jan. 27

USPS snail mail postage stamp goes up a penny; new global 'Forever Stamp' launches

From USPS site: Beginning Jan. 27 the U.S. Postal Service will introduce a First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp.  The new stamp will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10 (20 stamp sheet for $22), and is among new mailing and shipping changes for the new year.

The price for First-Class Mail single-piece letters will increase by a penny when prices change in January. 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, and are a good item to stock up on for future reference.

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, effective Jan. 27, 2013 include:

  • Letters (1oz.) — 1-cent increase to 46 cents
  • Letters additional ounces — unchanged at 20 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1oz.) — $1.10
  • Postcards — 1-cent increase to 33 cents

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) will review the prices before they become effective Jan. 27, 2013. Shipping and Mailing price filings will be available on the PRC website at www.prc.gov and the new Mailing Service prices will also be available at http://pe.usps.com.

Shipping Services
Several new Shipping Services products will be available in January. Free tracking will be offered to all competitive packages, including retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post (recently renamed Standard Post).

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
  • 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.

Limited-Edition Stamps

In 2013, the Postal Service will introduce 30 new stamps to portray American experiences. From landmark history like the Emancipation Proclamation to celebrating budding romance with the Sealed with Love Stamp in time for Valentine’s Day cards and letters, each limited-edition stamp is unique and taps into an American passion.

Customers may view the Emancipation Proclamation Forever Stamp first-day-of-issue event online, as well as a preview of other stamps to be issued in 2013 at usps.com/stamps and on Facebook at facebook.com/USPSStamps, on Twitter @USPSstamps or on the website Beyond the Perf at beyondtheperf.com/2013-preview. Beyond the Perf is the Postal Service’s online site for information on upcoming stamp subjects, first-day-of-issue events and other philatelic news.

rfdgghf fghfghf January 13, 2013 at 10:20 AM
maybe the media should mention that international shipping for one ounce packages has gone from $1.72 in 2011 to $6.55 in 2013 !!!!!!!!!!
Robert F. Dorr January 27, 2013 at 12:20 AM
Every day, I ship at least one package containing a book and weighing one pound eleven ounces. I'm an author, my latest World War II history is "MISSION TO TOKYO," and many people buy books directly from me. Up until midnight tonight, the package I just described requires $2.89 in postage. But tomorrow? Well, after asking post workers at two different branches and after an hour on the Internet, I cannot learn what the postage fee will be for this package tomorrow. I've asked others in the book writing, selling and publishing business and none of them can find out either. Leaving aside that when profits are down most organizations would lower prices and improve service -- while the Postal Service does the opposite -- once again, it is not possible to learn what to do when I appear at the automated postal station on Sunday morning.

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