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United States Postal Service rates to rise

USPS logoThe cost of mail delivered by the United States Postal Service (USPS) is scheduled to increase Jan. 22.

The Postal Regulatory Commission will review the prices before they become effective.

  • Learn more about postal rates from the USPS.
  • Contact UNT Mailing Services, ext. 2286.

The overall average price increase for all mailing services is capped at 2.1 percent by federal law. This is the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index. 

Expected new rates are: 

First Class Mail

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

The second ounce will be free for First-Class Mail Presort pieces.


The overall price change for all Shipping Services is 4.6 percent, with Priority Mail prices increasing an average 3.1 per cent and Express Mail prices increasing an average 3.3 percent.   

Postal Service customers will be able ship a box for overnight delivery anywhere in the country for one price regardless of weight, up to 70 pounds. The Express Mail Flat Rate Box priced at $39.95, for items larger than what can be placed in an Express Mail Flat Rate Envelope. Other Express Mail changes include lower retail prices for half- and one-pound packages and commercial packages to local and close-in areas. The new retail price for the Express Mail Flat Rate Envelope is $18.95.

New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products include:

  • 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

Commercial base Priority Mail pricing will offer an average 6.8 percent discount off retail prices for customers using online and other authorized postage payment methods.

A new, larger Regional Rate Box C (12 inch-by12 incy-by15 inch) will be added to the existing two sizes. If any of the three Regional Rate Boxes is entered at retail, a 75 cent additional charge will be applied.

Another new service is the package intercept for commercial mailers, available through an online customer interface on Business Customer Gateway.

For $10.95 plus Priority Mail postage, customers can request mail be intercepted before final delivery is attempted to the initial delivery address. The shipment can be returned to sender, held for pick up at a post office, or redirected to an alternate address. Intercepted packages are shipped using Priority Mail.  

Posted on: Thu 05 January 2012

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