The U.S. Postal Service will charge a penny more to mail a onr-ounce First-Class letter to the U.S., starting Jan. 27.
First-Class postage stamps will rise to 46 cents each.
Letters that weigh more than one ouince will still cost an additional 20 cents per ounce, while the cost to mail a postcard will rise by 3 cents to 33 cents.
New this year will be the First-Class Mail Global Forever stamp, a new international rate stamp. The Global Forever stamp offers a single price for any First-Class Mail International 1-ounce letter to any country in the world.
“We’re excited to introduce the new First-Class Mail Global Stamp,” said New London Postmaster Mike Salzer. “The new stamp will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10, and will ease the transition during price changes.”
The 1 cent increase in is the second price change for First-Class Mail stamps since 2009.
Forever stamps will remain good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of changes.
Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing include:
Prices for Shipping Services increased by 2.6 percent, with Priority Mail prices increasing an average of 6.3 percent. Delivery confirmation will be free on Priority Mail and Standard Post (formerly named Parcel Post).
New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat-Rate products includes $5.60 for regular envelopes, $5.75 for legal size envelopes, $5.95 for padded envelopes, $5.80 for small boxes, $12.35 for mdium boxes, and $16.85- for large boxes.
“The success of our Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes and boxes has helped make the Postal Service one of the best values in the shipping business,” adds Salzer. More information on new pricing for Mailing and Shipping Services is available at www.usps.com.
Express Mail prices increased on average by 5.8 percent. The Sunday/holiday premium remains at $12.50 for the fourth year in a row. No other charges apply. Express Mail Flat-Rate Boxes were introduced last year and remain unchanged at $39.95. Express Mail retail prices begin at $14.10. Express Mail Flat-Rate Envelope retail prices increase to $19.95.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.