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:
|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:
|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|