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Changes to take effect Aug. 29

Sandra McGlothlin, a Gainesville, VA, retail associate, serves a customer last year.

The Postal Service price changes that were announced in the spring will take effect Aug. 29.

The changes, which affect letters, postcards and flats, are in alignment with Delivering for America, the organization’s 10-year plan to achieve financial stability.

Here are the current and new prices:

• Letters (1 ounce): 55 cents (current), 58 cents (new)

• Letters (additional ounces): 20 cents (no change from current price)

• Letters (metered 1 ounce): 51 cents (current), 53 cents (new)

• Domestic postcards: 36 cents (current), 40 cents (new)

• Flats (1 ounce): $1 (current), $1.16 (new)

• Outbound international letters (1 ounce): $1.20 (current), $1.30 (new)

The changes, which were approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), will address operating losses in the near term and will help fund investments in workers, technology and infrastructure to improve operations and customer service.

The Postal Explorer website has price change tables.

USPS has also notified the PRC of plans to temporarily increase some domestic package product prices for the peak holiday season. If approved by the commission, these increases would go into effect Oct. 3 and remain in place until Dec. 26.