Monday, February 18, 2008

U.S. Postal rates to increase

Of special interest to DXers, the U.S. Postal Service plans to increase rates as follows on May 12, 2008.
Gayle VH

On May 12, US Postal Service will adjust prices for mailing services — First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services, and Special Services. The average increase by class of mail is at or below the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

A First-Class Mail stamp will be 42¢. Customers can continue to use the Forever Stamps that they purchased prior to May 12 at 41¢, even after the price change. We will have 5 billion Forever Stamps in stock to meet increased demand before the price change. Forever Stamps are widely available through Post Offices, Contract Postal Units, consignment locations, Automated Postage Centers, vending, and at The Postal Store®. We also will have a 62¢ stamp available shortly after May 12 for 1-ounce nonmachinable First-Class Mail letters, such as square greeting cards.

Pricing highlights:
No change in the First-Class Mail single-piece additional-ounce price.
Lower additional-ounce price for presorted First-Class Mail letters.
Lower pound price for Standard Mail saturation and high-density flats.
Shape-based pricing for First-Class Mail International letters, flats, and parcels.
First-Class Mail International price groups expand from five to nine groups.

Select prices:

First-Class Mail letter (1 oz.) $0.42

First-Class Mail letter (2 oz.) $0.59

Postcard $0.27

First-Class Mail large envelope (2 oz.) $1.00

Certified Mail $2.70

First-Class Mail International to Canada and Mexico (1 oz.) $0.72

First-Class Mail International to all other countries (1 oz.) $0.94

Announcements in March for: new prices for shipping services — Express Mail, Priority Mail, Parcel Select, and International Mail.

Consistent with The Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, we will adjust our mailing services prices each May. By law, these prices can increase on average no more than the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index. We plan to provide 90 days' notice of the new prices each year, to help mailers prepare for the change.

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