USPS to hike first-class stamp price

The United States Postal Service says it will increase the cost of a First-Class stamp by a cent starting Sunday, January 22. The postal service says its the first time in two-and-a-half years its raised prices on the stamp.

Highlights of the new single-piece First-Class Mail pricing include:

  • Letters (1 oz.) – 1-cent increase to 45 cents
  • Letters additional ounces – unchanged at 20 cents
  • Postcards – 3-cent increase to 32 cents
  • Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) – 5-cent increase to 85 cents
  • Letters to other international destinations – 7-cent increase to $1.05

Prices also will change for other mailing services, including Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services.

More information on the new pricing may be found at:

Also starting January 22, customers will be able ship a box for overnight delivery anywhere in the country for one price, regardless of weight (up to 70 lbs).

The Express Mail Flat Rate Box, priced at $39.95 for domestic mailing, will be available for customers who need overnight service for items larger than what can be placed in an Express Mail Flat Rate Envelope.  The new retail price for the Express Mail Flat Rate Envelope is $18.95.

New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products:

  • Small box — $5.35
  • Medium box — $11.35
  • Large box — $15.45
  • Large APO/FPO/DPO box — $13.45
  • Regular envelope — $5.15
  • Legal-size and Padded envelope — $5.30