USPS Undergoes Some Pricing Changes

A number of changes have been made to the pricing for First-Class single-piece letters and domestic flat rate shipping products through the United States Postal Service.

Mary Dando, head of corporate communications for the Greater Indiana District of the USPS, explained that most First-Class stamps are now Forever stamps, and those that have already been purchased will still be good even after the change in pricing takes effect Jan. 27. Also beginning early next year, the Postal Service will offer a First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp, which Dando explained will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10.

Other changes that will take place in January are a one-cent increase to one-ounce letters to 46 cents, and 20 cents for each additional ounce. Postcards will undergo a one-cent increase to 33 cents.

For Priority Mail Flat Rate products, the new domestic pricing will consist of $5.80 for a small box, $12.35 for a medium box, and $16.85 for a large box. Large APO/FPO boxes will cost $14.85 to ship, and a regular envelope will cost $5.60. Legal envelopes will be $5.75, and padded envelopes $5.95.

Several new Shipping Service products will also be available come February, including free tracking for all competitive packages including retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post, which was recently renamed Standard Post. Further, customers shipping Critical Mail letters and flats will have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery.

These changes must be reviewed by the Postal Regulatory Commission before they become effective. For more information, visit