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United States Postal Service

January 23, 2013

to increase rates
Effective on Monday, January 27, 2013 the U.S. Postal Service will implement rate increases for all mail classes. The cost of a first class letter stamp will increase one cent, as will a postcard stamp. Letters will increase from 45 to 46 cents, while postcards will go from 32 cents per stamp to 33.

The First Class Flats base rate for one ounce will increase by two cents to $.92. Additional ounces will remain at an extra 20 cents each.

Letters to all international destinations weighing one ounce or less will be $1.10. The First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price.

New shipping services products will also be offered by the USPS. Free tracking will be offered to packages, including Priority Mail and Parcel Post. Parcel Post is being renamed Standard Post and will only be available for purchase at the Post Office.

New pricing will be in effect for Priority Mail products. Flat rate boxes and envelopes will continue to be offered by the Postal Service, which receives no tax dollars for operating expenses. Sales of postage, products and services are used to fund operations.

Forever stamps are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes. There is no need to add any additional postage if and when rates increase.


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