Update: The USPS has approved the proposed price changes that were posed in April by Postal Regulatory Commission. The new rates will go into effect on May 31, 2015. Although the price of a stamp WILL NOT increase, most other forms of mail will increase by roughly 2%, including:
- A jump of $0.01 for postcards, additional ounces of First-Class Mail,
- A $0.05 jump for international First Class letters and Registered Mail letters, and
- A jump in several classes of certified mail
It is worth noting that many of the software vendors may be scrambling to update their programs, since there are only three weeks until the new rates are implemented. Mail Service Providers will then be able to apply the rates to mailings starting June 1.
The PRC approved the new Postal Rates to take effect on Sunday April 26. Below is a high level overview from the PRC, and the full rate charts:
On February 24, 2015, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued Order No. 2365 on Price Adjustments for First-Class Mail finding the Postal Service pricing proposals to be consistent with the Consumer Price Index based price cap under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006.
The following actions affect domestic mail:
- The Postal Service will maintain the price of the First-Class Mail stamp, which includes the Forever stamp, at $0.49.
- The single-piece additional ounce for letters will increase to $0.22.
- The price of postcards will increase to $0.35.
Changes to prices for international mail include:
- Outbound Single-Piece First-Class Mail International Letters (first ounce) will increase to $1.20.
- Non-machinable Outbound Single-Piece First-Class Mail International Letters (first ounce) will increase to $1.42.
- Outbound Single-Piece First-Class Mail International Postcards will increase to $1.20.
- Outbound Single-Piece First-Class Mail International Large Envelopes (Flats) (first ounce) will increase to $2.38.