Postage Rates Increase This Month

The Postal Service announces new rates for local and international mail, which take effect Jan. 27.

Time to stock up on stamps before postage rates increase at the end of the month. 

The cost of sending most letters and packages will jump slightly Jan. 27 when the US Postal Service ups its rates to help cover the costs of delivering the mail.

Forever Stamps, the ones that remain good despite future postal rate increases, will increase to 46 cents. (Penny-saving hint: Purchase a bunch of 45-cent Forever Stamps now.)

Here's a rundown of 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.

Constance L. January 14, 2013 at 09:04 PM
To send a letter anywhere in the U. S. and hand delivered to a resident or post office box is the BEST deal in America. An increase of one or two cents is definitely required in order to save our U. S. Post Offices and jobs across the nation. Thank you to all Post Office employees who do such a tremendous job! Happy patron


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