First increase in three years for First-Class Mail Forever Stamps

October 12, 2016 


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WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service today filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes for Mailing Services products to take effect next year, following the end of the holiday mailing season. The new prices, if approved, include a two cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, returning the price to 49 cents, the price of a Forever stamp before the Postal Service was forced to reduce prices by the PRC as part of the exigent surcharge removal.

The last time stamp prices increased was in January 2014. Today’s price change filing does not include any price change for Postcards, for letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters.

The First-Class Mail prices for these products are:  

  Current     New
Letters (1 oz.)    47 cents  49 cents
Letters additional ounces      21 cents   21 cents
Letters to all international destinations   $1.15     $1.15
Postcards    34 cents 34 cents

Stamp prices have stayed consistent with the average annual rate of inflation since the Postal Service was formed in 1971.

Pricing for Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services will also be adjusted next year and can be found at www.prc.gov. The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to become effective on Jan. 22, 2017. Today’s filing does not affect Postal Service Shipping products and services.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

As most of you know by now, the United States Postal Service (USPS) is increasing rates for many domestic and international services on January 17, 2016. This increase only includes the “Competitive Services” (Shipping Services) – mail or “Market Dominant” services like First Class Mail are not included in this round. 

All of the new Domestic and International postage rates from the USPS are available at http://pe.usps.com/. Go to the “Shipping Services Prices” and “Mailing Services Prices” indexed on the left side and use the tabs along the bottom to see all of the rates.

Rates for the following IMS services are increasing on January 17, 2016:

International Priority Airmail (IPA) – IMS rates increasing avg of 2.7%.

International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) – IMS rates increasing avg of 4.1%.

Rates for direct entry into Canada Post are increasing for most services on January 11, 2016. Since rates for these services are based on piece counts and currency fluctuations (no published rates), let us know if you’d like individual quotes updated.

Due to the fact that our customized agreement with the USPS will not renew until April or May, 2016 (no exact date or percentage at this time), rates for the following services will not increase until then:

Commercial ePacket (CeP)

Priority Mail Express International (PMEI)

Priority Mail International (PMI)

I want to take this opportunity to thank ALL of our loyal customers. We really do appreciate your business and strive to give you the best possible experience. Our staff pays attention to every detail in the processing and invoicing of your materials. Also, we’re in the process of building a brand new web site that will debut in January to hopefully improve that experience. Let us know if you like it!

Please let us know if you have any questions or would like quotes updated. You can call our offices at 800-466-6245 or use the “Quote Request” button at the top of our home page (www.intlmailserv.com). Thanks again, we look forward to working with you in 2016!

 

The Postal Service Governors decided today to delay the implementation of new market-dominant and competitive rates and classification changes until all of our proposed market-dominant changes are approved by the Postal Regulatory Commission (“PRC”).  This decision was primarily motivated by a desire to eliminate potential adverse impacts on postal customers that might result from a staggered implementation of our new prices.  After considering the complexity of the required programming changes in view of the remand of some of our proposed changes by the Postal Regulatory Committee, the specific complications that our customers might face; the potential cost to the supply chain as a whole of a staggered implementation, the Postal Service has decided to delay implementation until all of our proposed rates and classification changes can be implemented at one time.

While proposed prices for First Class Mail, Special Services and Competitive Products have all been approved by the PRC, prices for the Standard Mail, Periodicals and Package Services classes have twice been remanded back to the Postal Service by the PRC for a wide array of technical and other concerns that are primarily related to the complexities of the price cap and the manner in which it is calculated.  Rather than subject our customers to a piecemeal implementation of our new prices, the Postal Service has decided that the best course of action would be to wait until our complete price proposal is approved by our regulator.  We have no desire to saddle our valued customers with the additional costs and burdens of a staggered implementation while we work with the PRC to obtain final approval of our remaining prices.  We will set a new implementation date when we propose new prices for Standard Mail, Periodicals, and Package Services in response to the PRC’s March 18th remand order.