Postage Rate Increase

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Info on the 2013 USPS Postage Rate Increases

On January 27, 2013 the U.S. Postal Service® will implement a postage rate increase for all mail classes including First Class Mail®, Priority Mail and Express Mail along with many special services.

Summary of the 2013 USPS postage rate increase:

  • First Class Letters (1 oz.) will increase by one cent to $0.46 from $0.45. Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.20 (no change)
  • First Class Flats (1 oz.) will increase by two cents to $0.92 from $0.90. Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.20 (no change)
  • Postcard rates will increase by one cent to $0.33 from $0.32
  • Priority Mail Commercial Base (online postage) rates will increase by an average of 6.3% and will start at $5.05 (previously at $4.90)
  • Express Mail Commercial Base (online postage) rates will increase by an average of 5.8% and will start at $13.09 (previously at $12.85)
  • First Class Mail International packages will be renamed First Class Package International Service. The service now includes Commercial Base discounts of up to 10% off retail rates. It will also include free electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International for packages being delivered to Canada
  • Parcel Post is being renamed Standard Post and will only be available for purchase at the Post Office
  • Parcel Select is replacing Parcel Post for online postage vendors and will now include free Delivery Confirmation
  • Express Mail International insurance coverage will be increased to $200 from $100. The coverage is included for free
  • For Priority Mail International Flat Rate service, a special rate will be offered for delivery service to Canada. Mexico is now included with “all other countries”
  • New Product! A Global Forever Stamp is being introduced to send a one ounce letter or postcard to any country in the world for $1.10

Source: Stamps.com

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