January 19, 2012

Penny Hike on Postage Stamps Takes Effect January 22nd

"It will cost just a penny more to mail letters to any location in the United States," said Postmaster Monica March "The increase, effective January 22, is the first price change for First-Class Mail stamps (Forever stamps) in more than two and a half years."

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing include:

o Letters (1 oz.) - 1-cent increase to 45 cents

o Letters additional ounces - unchanged at 20 cents

o Postcards - 3-cent increase to 32 cents

o Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) - 5-cent increase to 85 cents.

o Letters to other international destinations - 7-cent increase to $1.05

Prices also will change for other mailing services, including Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services. Today's announcement does not affect Express Mail and Priority Mail prices. More information on the new pricing is available at

http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2011/pr11_factsht_pricechng_1018.pdf.

While actual percentage price increases for various products and services varies, the overall average price increase across all mailing services is capped by law at 2.1 percent, the rate of inflation calculated based on the Consumer Price Index.

And new for all customers is a 3-month pricing option to rent PO Boxes, perfect for people on the move and others who need a PO Box for a short time period.

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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