WASHINGTON — The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service have approved new prices for mailing services, including a 2-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail stamp to 44 cents.
Prices for mailing services are reviewed annually and adjusted each May. The new prices will go into effect Monday, May 11.
Customers can continue to mail letters at today’s prices by purchasing the Forever Stamp before May 11. Forever Stamps were developed to help consumers ease the transition during price changes. Forever Stamps do not have a denomination and will be honored whenever they are used with no need for additional postage for a one-ounce letter mailing. On May 11 the price of the Forever Stamp will be 44 cents.
Rising operational costs make the price adjustments necessary; the increase tracks the 2008 rate of inflation.
“The Postal Service is not immune to rising costs which are affecting homes and businesses across America today,” said Postmaster General John Potter. “Even with the increases, the Postal Service continues to offer some of the lowest postage prices in the world.”
For the average household, the First-Class Mail stamp price change will represent an additional $3 over the course of the year. When compared to annual increases in other household expenses, such as groceries, healthcare and utilities, the Postal Service continues to be an economical choice for shipping and mailing during tough economic times. For First-Class Mail, there will be no changes in the current additional ounce price, which remains at 17 cents.
“Whether you’re a consumer or run a business, the Postal Service continues to offer a good deal during a time when we’re all looking for ways to save,” said Stephen M. Kearney, senior vice president for customer relations. “Our range of shipping and mailing options and low prices make the Postal Service the smart and easy choice.”
For the average household, the First-Class Mail stamp price change will represent an additional $3 a year over the course of the year.
Mailing Services Price Change Fact Sheet
- Prices for Postal Service mailing services – including First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals (newspapers and magazines), Package Services (retail Parcel Post), and Special Services will be adjusted on Monday, May 11, 2009.
- The price of a First-Class Mail stamp increases two cents to 44 cents.
- Customers can continue to mail letters at today’s prices by purchasing the Forever Stamp before May 11. Forever Stamps are honored whenever they are used with no need for additional postage for a once-ounce letter. On May 11, 2009, the price of a Forever Stamp will increase to 44 cents.
- There will be no change in the First-Class Mail additional ounce price, which remains at 17 cents.
Other price changes on May 11 include:
- A postcard stamp increases a penny to 27 cents.
- The first ounce of a large envelope (flat) increases 5 cents to 88 cents.
- The first ounce of a parcel increases 5 cents to $1.22.
- New First-Class Mail International postcard and letter (first ounce) prices are: Canada, 75 cents; Mexico, 79 cents; Other countries, 98 cents.