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Changes to take effect Jan. 21

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Retail Associate Jeanne Ravarra serves a customer at the Honolulu Main Post Office recently.

The Postal Service price changes that were approved last fall will take effect Sunday, Jan. 21.

The changes will raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent, while most Shipping Services product prices will increase an average of 3.9 percent.

The First-Class Mail single-piece Forever stamp price will increase 1 cent to 50 cents.

Here are the other current and new prices:

  • Letters (additional ounces): 21 cents (no change from current price)
  • Letters (metered): 46 cents (current), 47 cents (new)
  • Outbound international letters (1 ounce): $1.15 (no change from current price)
  • Domestic postcard stamps: 34 cents (current), 35 cents (new)
  • Small flat-rate box: $7.15 (current), $7.20 (new)
  • Medium flat-rate box: $13.60 (current), $13.65 (new)
  • Large flat-rate box: $18.85 (current), $18.90 (new)
  • Army/Air Post Office and Fleet Post Office large flat-rate box: $17.35 (current), $17.40 (new)
  • Regular flat-rate envelope: $6.65 (current), $6.70 (new)
  • Legal flat-rate envelope: $6.95 (current), $7 (new)
  • Padded flat-rate envelope: $7.20 (current), $7.25 (new)

USPS adjusts Mailing Services product prices based on the consumer price index. Shipping Services product prices are adjusted according to market conditions while reflecting the need to maintain affordable services for customers.

The Postal Service is completely self-funded and doesn’t receive tax dollars for operating expenses. Instead, the organization relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

The Retail and Customer Service Operations Blue page has a 2018 price change kit for Postmasters.

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