Understanding the USPS Postage Rate Changes

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USPS Postage Rates Increase

Understanding the USPS Postage Rate Changes

The end of the year is fast approaching, and you know what that means: time to get ready for new postage rates. On January 21, 2018, new USPS postage rates will likely go into effect. The rates discussed below still need to be approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), but the following changes have been proposed for first class mail.

Increase in the Cost of Flat Rate Boxes and Envelopes

One of the services that will be taking a hit according to the proposed price increase is flat rate mailings. Most flat rate boxes and envelopes will increase by 5 cents. A small flat rate box, for example, will cost $7.20, instead of the current price of $7.15. Likewise, the cost of a flat rate padded envelope will increase from $7.20 to 7.25. Luckily, this change will take effect after the holiday season, so send out as many fruitcakes as you’d like.

Increase in Postage Stamps and Metered Mail

One of the changes is a proposed increase in the cost of USPS “Forever” stamps, from $0.49 to $0.50. The good news is that Forever stamps are good for, well, forever. This means that any Forever stamps you currently have will still be good next year, no matter how much you purchased them for. Hint, hint: stock up now!

Similarly, the current rate change proposal raises the cost of metered mail by one cent—from $0.46 to $0.47.

Increase in First Class Presort Rate

Currently, the automated First Class presorted rates for letters weighing less than 3.5 ounces ranges from $0.373 to $0.423, depending on the level of sortation. The proposed rate changes would increase that cost, from $0.378 to $0.424.

No matter what the price of presorted mail is, the more thoroughly and accurately your mail is sorted, the more you will save. Here at United Mail, we specialize in helping you get the best rate possible, year after year. If you would like to know more about how we can help you save on postage, give us a call at 866-542-2107, or contact us today.

By Brandon Wuske

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