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USPS Rate Increase effective January 26th, 2020

Source: USPS / / December 5th, 2019

Image Source: USPS Link USPS has announced price changes for 2020, which do not include an increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, which will remain 55 cents.

No change in price of Forever stamp

WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service filed notice  with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) today of price changes to take  effect Jan. 26,  2020. 

The proposed prices, approved by the Governors of the Postal Service, would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent. Shipping Services price increases vary by product. For example, Priority Mail Express would increase 3.5 percent and Priority Mail would increase 4.1 percent, on average. Although Mailing Services price increases are based on the Consumer Price Index, Shipping Services prices are primarily adjusted according to market conditions. The Governors believe these new rates will keep the Postal Service competitive while providing the agency with needed revenue.

If favorably reviewed by the PRC, the new prices will include no increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, which would remain at 55 cents. The single-piece letter additional ounce price would remain at 15 cents. Also unchanged would be the prices of postcard stamps at 35 cents, and 1-ounce flats at $1.

The proposed Mailing  Services price changes include: 

Display the proposed Mailing Services price changes
Letters (1 oz.)
55 cents
55 cents
Letters additional ounces
15 cents
15 cents
Letters (metered 1 oz.)
50 cents
50 cents
Flats (1 oz.)
Outbound International Letters (1 oz.)
Domestic Postcards
35 cents
35 cents

The proposed domestic Priority  Mail Flat Rate Retail price changes are: 

Display the proposed domestic Priority  Mail Flat Rate Retail price changes
Small Flat-Rate Box
Medium Flat-Rate Box
Large Flat-Rate Box
APO/FPO Large Flat-Rate Box
Regular Flat-Rate Envelope
Legal Flat-Rate Envelope
Padded Flat-Rate Envelope

The Postal Service has  some of the lowest letter mail postage rates in the industrialized world and  also continues to offer a great value in shipping. Unlike some other shippers,  the Postal Service does not add surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or  regular Saturday or holiday season delivery. 

The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take  effect Jan. 26, 2020. The complete Postal Service price filings with prices for  all products can be found on the PRC site under the Daily Listings section at For the  Mailing Services filing see Docket No. R2020-1. For the Shipping Services  filing see Docket  No. CP2020-5. The  price change tables are also available on the Postal Service’s Postal Explorer  website at

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

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