Community Interest

First Class Stamps Increasing to $.55 Jan. 27th


The USPS will implement new postage rates on Sunday, January 27, 2019, subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

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First class "Forever" Stamps purchased before Jan. 27th will be usable after January 27th without adding the additional $.05.

Listed below are some of the highlights of the proposed 2019 USPS rate increase for customers buying postage online:

 First Class Mail Letters

  •  The First Class Mail letter (1 oz.) rate for postage purchased at the Post Office is increasing by five cents to $0.55 from $0.50.

  •  Each additional ounce for a First Class Mail letter will cost an extra $0.15 (a decrease from $0.21 in 2018).
 
 •  First Class Mail Flats/Large Envelope rates are not increasing in 2019, remaining at $1.00 (1 oz.), with additional ounces costing $0.15.

  •  Postcard rates are also not increasing in 2019, remaining at $0.35.

 •  Customers who print postage online (via Stamps.com), the Metered Mail rate will now be a 5 cent discount compared to the Post Office price with rates increasing to $0.50 in 2019 from $0.47 currently.

  •  Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.15 in 2019, a decrease from $0.21 currently.

  •  The five cent discount for online postage on a one-ounce First Class Mail letter represents a savings of 9% for consumers and small business owners.

First Class Mail – 2019 Rates
INCREASE PER LETTER – 2019 rates vs. 2018 rates
Mailpiece Weight 2019 2018 Increase
Letters – 1 oz. $0.55 $0.50 $0.05
Letters  – Additional Ounces $0.15 $0.21 ($0.06)
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate) – 1 oz. $0.50 $0.47 $0.03
Metered Mail Letters (Stamps.com Rate)
Additional Ounces
$0.15 $0.21 ($0.06)
Flat/Large Envelope – 1 oz. $1.00 $1.00 $0.00
Flat/Large Envelope – Additional Ounces $0.15 $0.21 ($0.06)
Postcards $0.35 $0.35 $0.00
International Letters – 1 oz.
(Country Groups 1-9)
$1.15 $1.15 $0.00
International Postcard
(Country Groups 1-9)

 

Priority Mail Express will see an average increase of 3.9%.

Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelopes will also see a rate increase ranging from $0.70 to $0.72 depending on the envelope used.

Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box is decreasing by five cents to $12.80 in 2019 from $12.85 currently.
Priority Mail Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box is decreasing by five cents to $17.60 in 2019 from $17.65 currently.

Priority Mail Padded Flat Rate Envelope, a popular option for e-commerce sellers, is increasing by $0.45 to $7.55 in 2019 from $7.10 currently.

For more information, visit

https://blog.stamps.com/2018/10/19/usps-announces-postage-rate-increase-starts-january-27-2019/