Stamp prices to increase Sunday

By WEEK Reporter

Stamp prices to increase Sunday

January 26, 2013 Updated Jan 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM CDT

 WASHINGTON, DC. -- On Sunday, January 27, postage stamp prices will go up a penny to 46 cents. Now may be the time to start purchasing "forever" stamps.

According to the United States Postal Service, the new 46 cent Forever stamps will allow customers to mail letters to any location in the United States. 
 
Forever stamps are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes.
 
And beginning January 27, the Postal Service will introduce a First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp.  
 
The new stamp will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10, and is among new mailing and shipping services filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission.
 
Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing, effective Jan. 27, 2013 include:
 
Letters (1oz.) - 1-cent increase to 46 cents
Letters additional ounces - unchanged at 20 cents
Letters to all international destinations (1oz.) - $1.10
Postcards - 1-cent increase to 33 cents
 
Shipping and Mailing price filings will be available on the PRC website at www.prc.gov and the new Mailing Service prices will also be available at http://pe.usps.com.
 
Shipping Services
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 (recently renamed Standard Post).
 
Also new, customers shipping Critical Mail letters and flats will now have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery as part of the service offering.
 
A large variety of flat-rate boxes and envelopes for Express Mail and Priority Mail, including the padded and legal-sized flat rate envelopes will continue to be offered by the Postal Service.
 
New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products include:
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
 
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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