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Postage Rates Increase This Month

The cost of a first-class domestic letter will rise to 46 cents from 45 cents, while international postage will the greatly simplified to allow customers to mail a one-ounce letter anywhere in the world for $1.10.

Time to stock up on stamps before postage rates increase at the end of the month.

The cost of sending most letters and packages will jump slightly Jan. 27 when the US Postal Service ups 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. (Penny-saving hint: Purchase a bunch of 45-cent Forever Stamps now.)

Here's a rundown of price increases:

  • Letters (1 oz.) — 1-cent increase to 46 cents
  • Letters additional ounces — unchanged at 20 cents
  • Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) — $1.10
  • 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.

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

GUY CANGELOSI January 06, 2013 at 01:52 PM
Go to 3 day delivery instead of increase --otherwise tax payers will continue to pay a lot more than .46 a stamp when you add in this unfair subsidy.

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