Price of postage will increase, beginning on Sunday

POSTED: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 10:15am
UPDATED: Thursday, January 24, 2013 - 3:02pm

The price of stamps will be going up one cent this weekend.

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

First Class Letters will cost 46 cents, as opposed to 45 cents in 2012. Each additional ounce will receive a 20 cent charge. First Class Flats will go up in price by two cents, now costing 92 cents, with an additional 20 cent charge for each extra ounce. Postcards will cost 33 cents to mail. Priority Mail Commercial Base online postage rates will increase at an average rate of 6.3%. Express Mail Commercial Base online postage rates will increase by about 5.8%, with the starting cost being $13.09.

Other changes include the First Class Mail International packages being renamed First Class Package International Service. The service is now including 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”.

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