USPS postal rates rising in 2013


The cost of mailing a letter will rise by a penny next year, as the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) also introduces a “Forever Stamp” for mailing a letter abroad.

Mailing a First-Class letter will rise from 45 cents to 46 cents in 2013. Forever Stamps will remain available at the new price. Previously purchased Forever Stamps will remain good for mailing a one-ounce (or lighter) letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes.

Early next year the USPS will also introduce a First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp for $1.10. The new stamp will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price.

USPS mailing and shipping services costs, effective Jan. 27, 2013 include:

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

USPS Shipping Services

Several new Shipping Services products also will be available in January. Free tracking will be offered to all competitive packages, including retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post (recently renamed Standard Post).

Also new, customers shipping Critical Mail letters and flats will now have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery as part of the service offering.

A large variety of flat-rate boxes and envelopes for Express Mail and Priority Mail, including the padded and legal-sized flat rate envelopes will continue to be offered by the Postal Service.

New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products include:

  • Small box – $5.80
  • Medium box – $12.35
  • Large box – $16.85
  • Large APO/FPO box – $14.85
  • Regular envelope – $5.60
  • Legal envelope – $5.75
  • Padded envelope – $5.95

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