Stamps remain at 49 cents; shipping, priority mail rates go up Sunday

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Postage stamps for first-class 1-ounce letters will still cost 49 cents, but starting Sunday,  U.S. Postal Service Shipping Services and Priority Mail prices are increasing.

The average price increase for Priority Mail is 9.8 percent; when calculated over the three-year period since the last increase, the overall Priority Mail price change averages less than 3.3 percent per year, said Pembroke Pines-based USPS spokesperson Debbie Fetterly.

The Postal Service adjusts its shipping prices annually just like other shipping companies. Unlike other shippers, the Postal Service doesn’t add surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or Saturday delivery.

The average Shipping Services price change is 9.5 percent which results in an average shipping price of less than $5.50 per shipment across all shipping products.

“The price changes help to fund our infrastructure and support our ability to provide prompt, reliable and efficient universal service to the American public,” Fetterly said.

Priority Mail Express and Priority Mail Express International Flat Rate Boxes will be eliminated due to low customer usage.

Postcard rates will remain at 35 cents.  Postage stamps were increased to 49 cents from 46 cents in January 2014.

The Postal Service’s popular Priority Mail Flat Rate products continue to offer customers a wide choice of shipping options for one price regardless of weight (up to 70 pounds) to anywhere in the country.

The Postal Service offers free shipping supplies. Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express boxes, envelopes, certain international shipping supplies and customs forms are available at no charge. They can be ordered at usps.com or picked up at some Post Offices and other retail outlets.

The Postal Regulatory Commission reviewed and approved the prices. By law, each product must cover its attributable costs. As a group, Postal Service Shipping Services products must contribute 5.5 percent of the Postal Service’s institutional costs.

All the new prices are posted on the Postal Explorer website: http://pe.usps.com

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