What Are the New Postage Rates at U.S. Post Office?

Stamps and Priority Mail services went up in price Sunday. Here's a handy list of the new rates from the U.S. Postal Service.

If you're planning on using the post office to mail an envelope or package this week you'll find the postage costs have jumped slightly.

On Sunday (Jan. 27) the United States Postal Service upped its rates to help cover the costs of delivering the mail.

Forever Stamps, the ones that remain good despite future postal rate increases, will increase to 46 cents.

Here's a rundown of price increases:

  • Letters (1 oz.) — 1-cent increase to 46 cents
  • Letters additional ounces — unchanged at 20 cents
  • Postcards — 1-cent increase to 33 cents

The USPS will also introduce a new First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp. The stamp allows people to mail letters anywhere in the world for $1.10.

Tell us: Do you still use the U.S Postal Service to deliver your mail? What do you think of the price increase?

In addition, several new shipping services products will be available in January. Free tracking will be offered to all packages, including retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post.

Priority Mail rates also will see an increase. The new rates are as follows:

  • Small box — $5.80
  • Medium box — $12.35
  • Large box — $16.85
  • Large APO/FPO box — $14.85
  • Regular envelope — $5.60
  • Legal envelope — $5.75
  • Padded envelope — $5.95


cliff conrade February 02, 2013 at 01:54 PM
I use Bill pay from my bank it is free and they pay the postage etc most banks have this.I still send packages USPS Ups sucks they will leave packages at wrong address in rain etc
Paulding County resident and parent February 02, 2013 at 02:22 PM
I too pay all my bills online. I do, however, sell on ebay so I utilize the postal service quite a bit. I think, if they truly want to increase revenue - raising prices is not the answer. It is NEVER the answer. Prices go up and they'll lose even more customers as a result.
patrick February 02, 2013 at 11:03 PM
I send personal letters and sometimes small packages to many friends and customers - beats the email, electronic overkill. This is a very economical channel and most recipients appreciate the personal touch. The USPS has given up the most profitable channel to Fedex and UPS with overnight packages. UPS tried to become the USPS by purchasing Mail Boxes Etc. Fedex responded by putting a Fedex box in every post office. It's great to have all these channels surviving and competing. It's disconcerting when postal senior management and Congress are using unreasonable retirement funding demands to raise prices and force workers out. This is not the way Ben Franklin intended the service. USPS funds its operations with postage, not tax dollars. Many areas of the country and most of Georgia relies on USPS for vital services - these are areas without large city mail stores.
april strozier February 03, 2013 at 07:33 AM
Let me speak for my generation. We primarily used YT YouTube and with YouTube we enter giveaway contest and when you win a giveaway, like I just did, you get stuff through the mail. I did my own giveaway and I need to mail something. So for us, the regular mail is just important as the internet.


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