Details of Post Office Rate Hikes

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By CBS 8 News

Here is a list of rate changes from the United States Postal Service:

Effective Sunday, January 22, it will cost just a penny more to mail letters to any location in the United States. This is the first price change for First-Class Mail stamps in more than two and a half years.

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing include:

  • Letters (1 oz.) – 1-cent increase to 45 cents
  • Letters additional ounces – unchanged at 20 cents
  • Postcards – 3-cent increase to 32 cents
  • Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) – 5-cent increase to 85 cents
  • Letters to other international destinations – 7-cent increase to $1.05

Prices also will change for other mailing services, including Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services. More information on the new pricing may be found at: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2011/pr11_factsht_pricechng_1018.pdf

Also starting January 22, customers will be able ship a box for overnight delivery anywhere in the country for one price, regardless of weight (up to 70 lbs). The Express Mail Flat Rate Box, priced at $39.95 for domestic mailing, will be available for customers who need overnight service for items larger than what can be placed in an Express Mail Flat Rate Envelope. The new retail price for the Express Mail Flat Rate Envelope is $18.95.

New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products:

§ Small box — $5.35

§ Medium box — $11.35

§ Large box — $15.45

§ Large APO/FPO/DPO box — $13.45

§ Regular envelope — $5.15

§ Legal-size and Padded envelope — $5.30

Major changes are coming to the Postal Service’s Express Mail refund policy.

For Express Mail sent on or after January 22, customers requesting a postage refund for a service failure must submit that application within 30 days of the mailing date. Previously, a mailer could request a postage refund for an Express Mail service failure up to 90 days after the mailing date.

Another change is that there will be certain destinations where Express Mail postage refunds will not be available with a money-back guarantee. These locations are Guam, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia. For these destinations, Express Mail postage refunds will be available only for losses.





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