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Postage Rate Increase Starts Today

The cost of a first-class domestic letter has risen to 46 cents from 45 cents, while international postage will the greatly simplified to allow customers to mail a one-ounce letter anywhere in the world for $1.10.

The cost of sending most letters and packages has jumped slightly starting today. The US Postal Service upped its rates to help cover the costs of delivering the mail.

Forever Stamps, the ones that remain good despite future postal rate increases, increased to 46 cents.

Here's a rundown on the price increases:

  • Letters (1 oz.) — 1-cent increase to 46 cents
  • Letters additional ounces — unchanged at 20 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.10
  • Postcards — 1-cent increase to 33 cents

The USPS will also introduce a new First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp. The stamp allows people to mail letters anywhere in the world for $1.10.

In addition, there will be 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.

What do you think about the upcoming postal rate increase? Tell us in the comments section below.

Peter Goodman January 29, 2013 at 05:48 AM
I learned today that the post office has two rate standards it follows. For services where it has a monopoly, like home delivery of letter mail, it can only raise prices by a percentage determine by the cost of living. For competitive services, like package delivery (competes with UPS and FedEx), there are no limits. So letter mail is still a really good deal, and some of the package rates, in particular the regional rate boxes (post office provides the packaging FREE and picks up FREE), are exceptional. But . . . international rates went up through the roof (40% and more in some cases), and if you ship to Mexico you'll find Mexico is no longer grouped with Canada but with all other countries = price doubling in some cases. Using Click 'n Ship online at usps.com will save you 10% and is very convenient. In many cases it lets you avoid the 13 oz homeland-security rule of having to take heavier mail to the post office.
John Wagstaff January 29, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Our home and office USPO service has been and remains excellent. Far increases appear acceptable. USPO indispensable!

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