USPS releases information on pricing and services
The United States Postal Service recently released the new pricing and services it will offer for the coming year. The new prices and services will be available beginning Jan. 27 2013.
One of the new features is the First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp which allows consumers to mail letters anywhere on the globe for $1.10.
The price for First-Class, single-piece, one ounce letter mail will increase by one cent to 46 cents in 2013. This will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the United States.
Additional pricing changes include letters over one once being charged 20 cents per extra ounce. One ounce letters to international destinations will be $1.10. Mailing post cards will now cost 33 cents.
Prices for all products will increase by 4 percent, except mailing services, such as regular letters or advertising material, will only increase 2.6 percent.
Also included in the new services are free tracking to all competitive packages, including Retail Priority Mail and Standard Post (formerly Parcel Post). Customers shipping Critical Mail will now have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery of the package.
The domestic retail pricing of Priority Mail Flat Rate Shipping includes small boxes to be shipped at $5.80, medium boxes at $12.35, large boxes at $16.85, large APO/FPO boxes at $14.85, and a regular envelope at $5.60. Legal envelopes are $5.75, and padded envelopes are $5.95.
The postal service relies only on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations and does not receive tax dollars.
For more information about current USPS pricing, visit www.prc.gov. Additional information about new pricing is available online at pe.usps.com.