Postage Changes: What to Expect at the Post Office

By Emily E. Bean, Managing Editor

Many people frequenting the post office in January for those Christmas gift returns, late mailing, and New Year send-offs are finding a surprise at the counter.  New pricing will go into effect on January 27.     

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing 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

The USPS also introduced a First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp.  The Global Forever Stamp is available for the price of $1.10 and allows customers to mail letters anywhere in the world.  There are also domestic Forever Stamps that allow senders to mail a one-ounce letter anywhere in the United States for 46 cents.  Both stamps will be valid regardless of any pricing changes in the future. 

Today’s Shipping and Mailing price filings will be available on the PRC website at and the new Mailing Service prices will also be available at

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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