first class mail

USPS Proposed Postal Rates for 2014

The USPS announced proposed price changes for 2014. Included in the proposal is an increase in the price of a First-Class Mail single-piece letter from 46 cents to 49 cents. The proposed changes, which would go into effect January 26, 2014, are intended to generate $2 billion in incremental annual revenue for the Postal Service.

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

  • Letters (1 oz.) “” 3-cent increase to 49 cents
  • Letters additional ounces “”  1-cent increase to 21 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) “” $1.15
  • Postcards “” 1-cent increase to 34 cents

According to the United States Postal Service, the postal rate increases are expected to generate $2 billion in new revenue to improve financial situation.

Read the complete press release here.

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Forever Goes Up Again

forever stampThe crack is widening and Forever stamps will now cost 45 cents… UP a penny.  The latest rate increases start on January 22, including increases for First Class Mail. Postal officials expect the 1-cent increase to generate an additional $888 million in revenue, the Washington Post reports.

  • Domestic mail letter rate UP 1 cent
  • Postcard postage UP 3 cents to 32 cents.
  • Letters to Canada and Mexico UP 5 cents to 85 cents
  • Letters to other international destinations UP 7 cents to $1.05
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