Postal Rates Due to Increase January 21

New U.S. postal rates due to begin January 21 affect most, though not all, mailing classes.

First-class domestic 1-ounce letter rate and postcard rates, which each rise by a penny to 50 cents and 35 cents, respectively, are among the rising postage rates.

Also rising will be metered first-class mail, from 46 cents to 47 cents, along with all basic shipping charges, which are rising 5 cents per rate across the board. The shipping rates include Priority Mail small flat-rate box and padded flat-rate envelope, which will rise to $7.20 and $7.25, respectively.

Two rates that are not due to rise include the additional ounce (or second ounce) first-class letter rate, which stays at 21 cents, and the international 1-ounce letter rate, which remains at $1.15.

Any appropriate forever stamps purchased at lower prices are, of course, valid for all the new rates. Forever stamps originally released to accommodate former rates will now be sold at the new price. For example, a booklet of 10 Flag stamps originally issued in 2016 and sold for $4.90 will cost $5 if purchased from the U.S. Postal Service starting January 21.

The U.S. Postal Service filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission on October 6 of the price changes, which still need formal approval.

The proposed prices would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent, and most Shipping Services products will average a 3.9 percent price increase, the Postal Service said in a news release. While Mailing Services price increases are limited based on the Consumer Price Index, Shipping Services prices are adjusted strategically, according to market conditions and the need to maintain affordable services for customers, the USPS stated.

The following chart lists all of the main mailing rate changes, according to the USPS:

Product Current New
Letters (1 oz.) 49 cents 50 cents
Letters additional ounces 21 cents 21 cents
Letters (metered) 46 cents 47 cents
Outbound International Letters (1 oz.) $1.15 $1.15
Domestic Postcards 34 cents 35 cents

The proposed domestic Priority Mail Flat Rate Retail price changes are:

Product Current Proposed
Small Flat Rate Box $7.15 $7.20
Medium Flat Rate Box $13.60 $13.65
Large Flat Rate Box $18.85 $18.90
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box $17.35 $17.40
Regular Flat Rate Envelope $6.65 $6.70
Legal Flat Rate Envelope $6.95 $7.00
Padded Flat Rate Envelope $7.20 $7.25

8 thoughts on “Postal Rates Due to Increase January 21”

  1. I haven’t seen service fees in any of the public announcements – Certificate of Mailing, Insurance, Signature Confirmation, Special Handling-Fragile, and others. Does this mean they are NOT changing?

      1. I finally found all the new pricing:

        https://pe.usps.com/PriceChange/Index

        Special Handling is on an Excel tab for “DOM EXTRA SVCS”

        Cut and Paste Here: (just the Domestic Extra Services” tab:

        Domestic Extra Services Final 11/17/2017
        Adult Signature
        Adult Signature Required 6.10
        Adult Signature Restricted Delivery 6.35

        Certificate of Mailing
        Basic 1.40
        Firm Book Mailing 0.40
        Duplicate Copy 1.40

        Bulk: First 1,000 pcs 8.25
        Each add’l. 1,000 pcs 1.03
        Duplicate Copy 1.40

        Certified Mail 3.45
        Restricted Delivery 8.55
        Adult Signature Required 8.55
        Adult Signature Restricted Delivery 8.55

        Collect on Delivery
        0.01 to 50.00 7.50
        50.01 to 100.00 9.30
        100.01 to 200.00 11.15
        200.01 to 300.00 13.00
        300.01 to 400.00 14.85
        400.01 to 500.00 16.70
        500.01 to 600.00 18.55
        600.01 to 700.00 20.40
        700.01 to 800.00 22.25
        800.01 to 900.00 24.10
        900.01 to 1,000.00 25.95
        COD Restricted Delivery 5.05

        Insurance
        Regular, amount of coverage
        0.01 – 50.00 2.10
        50.01 – 100.00 2.70
        100.01 – 200.00 3.40
        200.01 – 300.00 4.50
        300.01 – 400.00 5.65
        400.01 – 500.00 6.80
        500.01 – 600.00 9.15
        Per each additional $100.00 or fraction thereof 1.30
        Insurance Restricted Delivery 5.05

        Registered Mail
        0.00 11.90
        0.01 – 100.00 12.60
        100.01 – 500.00 14.55
        500.01 – 1000.00 16.15
        1000.01 – 2000.00 17.75
        2000.01 – 3000.00 19.35
        3000.01 – 4000.00 20.95
        4000.01 – 5000.00 22.55
        Registered Mail COD 5.70
        Registered Mail Restricted Delivery 5.05

        Return Receipt
        Requested at time of Mailing
        Retail 2.75
        Electronic 1.50

        Return Receipt for Merchandise
        Requested at time of Mailing 4.20

        Signature Confirmation
        First-Class Package Service – Retail Retail 3.00
        Electronic 2.55
        First-Class Package Service – Commercial Electronic 2.55
        Package Services Retail 3.00
        Electronic 2.55
        Parcel Select Electronic 2.55
        Priority Mail Retail 3.00
        Electornic 2.55
        USPS Retail Ground Retail 3.00
        Electronic 2.55
        Signature Confirmation Restricted Del. Retail 8.05
        Signature Confirmation Restricted Del. Electronic 7.60

        Special Handling
        Fragile Fragile 10.45

        USPS Tracking
        USPS Marketing Mail parcels (electronic) 0.39

    1. I must have spent a full half hour to 40 minutes chasing up and down various websites looking for the new rates for certificates of mailing, a service which I use quite frequently. I finally e-mailed a USPS spokesman who had been very helpful with a similar query 11 years ago and received an answer from one of his colleagues that the certificate of mailing fee goes up to $1.40 as of Sunday, January 21st. He further advised that on that date there would be a complete posting on the USPS website of the new rates. In thanking him, I observed that undoubtedly other mailers would appreciate having such information before Sunday.

  2. Many stamp collectors mail letters that are rigid to protect the contents. Did the surcharge for non-machinable envelopes change?

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