First Class Postage Set to Increase by a Penny in January
The price of mailing a First-Class letter is set to increase in January.
First class postage stamps will go up by a penny beginning in January, moving from 45 cents to 46 cents.
The new 46 cent Forever stamps will allow customers to mail letters to any location in the United States. Current Forever stamps will remain good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime regardless of price changes.
The new First-Class Mail rate becomes effective Jan. 27, 2013.
Also beginning early next year, the 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.
The Postal Service’s revised pricing 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
Additionally, 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, which was recently renamed Standard Post.
Also new, customers shipping Critical Mail letters and flats will have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery as part of the service.
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.