United States Postal Service adjusts prices for 2013

Introduces new Global Forever Stamp

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By Community Editor

Courtesy United States Postal Service

Starting Jan. 27, it will only cost a penny more to mail a single-piece, 1-ounce First-Class letter to any location in the United States. This is only the second price change for First-Class Mail stamps since 2009. Forever stamps are always 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:

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

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 Central IL District Manager, Peter Allen. "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."

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:

  • Regular envelope — $5.60
  • Legal-size envelope — $5.75
  • Padded envelope — $5.95
  • Small box — $5.80
  • Medium box — $12.35
  • Large box — $16.85
  • Large APO/FPO/DPO box — $14.85

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.

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K. Adachi from Costa Mesa, Ca  

Posted: February 25th, 2013 7:27 AM

What the Post Office fails to mention is this press release is that they have raised the cost of sending Priority packages to foreign countries by over 40%. Yes, that's FORTY PERCENT. In 2012, I could send a Small size flat rate Priority box to any country in the world for $13.95. The Post Office just raised the price to $23.95. The same 40% increase applies to the Medium and Large size flat rate Priority boxes as well. This is an outrageous and unreasonable increase in postal fees.


Posted: February 13th, 2013 7:19 PM

"The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses" https://about.usps.com/who-we-are/postal-facts/welcome.htm#H13

Basic Cost Accounting  

Posted: January 8th, 2013 7:47 AM

How could anyone say that USPS is more cost effective than their private sector competitors? The reason their rates are cheaper is because they are tax payer subsidized. The full cost of their product is not reflected in their rates. They lose money every time someone mails a letter or ships a package.


Posted: January 6th, 2013 6:59 PM

UPS and FedEx have just raised their rates by a whole lot more than a penny !!! The Post Office is still the most cost effective shipping provider for most small businesses and individuals. Lets hope it manages to stay in business or the price to "mail" a letter might go up to $10 !!!

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