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USPS Postage Rates to Increase January 2012 PDF Print E-mail

Menlo Park, California, November 18, 2011

The United States Postal Service has announced that it intends to increase prices for Mailing Services on Sunday, January 22, 2012. Price changes will affect First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Package Services, Media Mail and Extra Services. The annual price changes for Priority Mail and Express Mail shipping services that normally occur in the first week of January will also take effect on January 22, 2012.

The postage to mail a one-ounce letter by First-Class Mail will increase by 1¢ to 45¢ (the current 44¢ first-ounce letter rate had been unchanged since May, 2009). The single-piece additional ounce letter rate, which increased by 3¢ to 20¢ in April 2011, will not change. The single-piece postcard rate, which increased by 1¢ to 29¢ in April 2011, will increase by an additional 3¢ to 32¢ in January 2012.

Overall price increases for Mailing Services average 2.1%. The allowable increase is capped by law at the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The Postal Regulatory Commission has 45 days from the Postal Service's October 18, 2011 filing date to confirm that the proposed price changes comply with the CPI price cap. For additional information about the January price changes, please visit the Postal Service online at 2012 USPS Rate Increase.


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

  • Letters (1 oz.) - 1-cent increase to 45 cents
  • Letters additional ounces - unchanged at 20 cents
  • Postcards - 3-cent increase to 32 cents
  • Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) - 5-cent increase to 85 cents.
  • Letters to other international destinations - 7-cent increase to $1.05


More information on the new pricing is available at: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2011/pr11_factsht_pricechng_1018.pdf


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