The U.S. Postal Service announces price changes

As part of the Delivering for America 10-year plan to achieve financial sustainability and service excellence, the U.S. Postal Service received approval from the Postal Regulatory Commission regarding the proposed price changes which will take effect Aug. 29.

The anticipated price changes would raise overall market-dominant product and service prices by approximately 6.9%. First-class mail prices would increase by 6.8% to partially offset declining revenue due to first-class mail volume declines. Additional market-dominant products, nonprofit marketing mail, media and library mail. Domestic mail services, including certified, registered and return receipt services will also experience pricing increases.

First-class pricing changes:

Product Current New Rate
Letters (one ounce) 55 cents 58 cents
Letters (metered one ounce) 51 cents 53 cents
Outbound international letters (one ounce) $1.20 $1.30
Domestic postcards 36 cents 40 cents

Domestic mail services pricing changes:

Product Current New Rate
Certified mail $3.60 $3.75
Return receipt-mail $2.85 $3.05
Registered mail $12.90 and up $13.75 and up

USPS Media and library pricing changes:

Product Current New Rate
Media mail $2.89 and up $3.19 and up
Library mail $2.75 and up $3.03 and up

USPS postage rates not increasing:

  • Additional ounce rate for first-class letters and flats would remain 20 cents.
  • Package pricing such as priority mail, priority mail express, and first-class packages are not increasing in the new rate change.