Monday, August 2, 2021

PSA - increase in Postal rates


There will be in increase for postal rates for US Mail starting August 29, 2021.

First Class-Mail postage rate change overview   

  • Stamps and Forever stamps increase to $0.58.
  • First-Class Mail Metered Letters will increase to $0.53 (1 oz.).
  • Online postage and meter users will automatically save 5¢ on every First-Class Letter with the Metered Mail rate.
  • Rates for First-Class Mail Flats/Large Envelopes increase $0.16 to $1.16 (1 oz.)
  • The additional ounce cost for First-Class Mail Letters (Metered and stamps) and Flats remains $0.20.
  • Retail Postcards will increase to $0.40.
  • Certified Mail increases $0.15 to $3.75. There are two ways to get a signature for Certified Mail.
    • Return Receipt – retail (traditional green card), where you complete and receive a physical signature card, increases $0.20 to $3.05.
    • Return Receipt - electronic replaces the manual forms with a digital copy of the signature. Electronic return receipt only increases $0.10 to $1.85. You can save $1.20 on every Certified Mail piece by switching to electronic Return Receipt from the more expensive green card.
  • First-Class Mail International Letters increase from $1.20 to $1.30.

Do we expect rates to change before the holiday season?  

The new rates take effect on August 29, 2021. We do not anticipate further pricing changes for letter mail until next year. The USPS has indicated that there will likely be another peak surcharge for packages this holiday season.

Thought I would pass this on, as sometimes these things catch me by surprise. 


Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Thank you for the heads up .

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I'd heard this was coming, but didn't remember the date. USPS has to pay for all the retired postal workers (like my aunt & uncle who have been retired for over 30 years now) and pre-pay retirement for any and all new postal workers. All of that is very expensive. It's still cheaper to mail (at least to Alaska) thru USPS than thru FedEx or UPS. About 1/2 the price (at least to Alaska, where my grandkids are).