On Friday, February 18, 2011 The U.S. Postal Service announced that 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.
The first U.S. Postal Service mailing services price change in two years will have minimal impact on retail customers who will continue to pay only 44 cents for a stamp.
Price changes of note for retail customers include the following:
- First-Class Mail letters (1 oz.) remain unchanged at 44 cents,
- First-Class Mail additional ounces increase to 20 cents,
- Postcards will cost 29 cents,
- Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) increase to 80 cents, and
- 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 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 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 atwww.usps.com/prices.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.
About The U.S. Postal Service:
The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an independent agency of the United States government, established in 1971 as an “independent establishment of the executive branch”, responsible for providing postal service in the United States. It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the United States Constitution. While officially known as the “U.S. Postal Service,” despite the passage of nearly 40 years the public still colloquially refer to it as the “Post Office” or “U.S. Mail” For more information about the U.S. Postal Service visit http://www.usps.com
Photo: Courtesy of The U.S. Postal Service
Editor’s Note: It is very ridiculous for the U.S. Postal Service to increase again their fees. You know that they were encouraging people to use other alternatives to mail letters and packages and now they can not afford to pay big salaries to themselves. It is their fault by providing poor customer service and making customers to use other mailing services. Now they are increasing everything and they even cutting or closing offices. Readers what do you think about it? Speak up and leave your comments.