PRC Approves First-Class Mail Price Adjustments
New Prices are Scheduled to Take Effect April 26, 2015
On February 24, 2015, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) issued 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.
All PRC documents pertaining to price changes for 2015 are located at www.prc.gov, under Docket No. R2015-4.
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The proposed postage rates would be particularly onerous for certain magazines like Consumer Reports, Guideposts, National Wildlife, and others that don’t weigh much and have little or no advertising. Those publications could see postage rise by more than 16 percent, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars extra annually — or even millions in a few cases.