Shipping Rates For USPS To Be Adjusted On April 17

Stamp Price Remains 44 Cents; Impact to Retail Customers Minimal

The Postal Regulatory Commission has notified the U.S. Postal Service that price changes announced Jan. 13 satisfy the requirements of the law and will take effect April 17.

This is the first change in shipping rates for in two years will have minimal impact on retail customers who will continue to pay only 44 cents for a stamp.

Price changes of shipping rates for USPS include the following:

•First-Class Mail letters (1 oz.) remain unchanged at 44 cents
•First-Class Mail additional ounces increase to 20 cents

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•Postcards will cost 29 cents
•Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) increase to 80 cents
•Letters to other international destinations will remain unchanged at 98 cents

"Postal Service products and services offer a great value to the American public," said Postmaster General Patrick R. Donahoe. "For a very affordable price, you can send letters, bill payments, packages, and other mail across town or across the nation."

The 1.7 percent average increase in shipping rates for USPS is at or below the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index — although actual percentage price increases for various products and services vary.

Prices will also change for other shipping rates for USPS and other mailing services, including Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services. Larger volume business mailers will see price increases in a variety of categories. Detailed pricing information is available online at or you can run a free quote on your package here.

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