Note that this is a proposal, not a certainty. Increases in U.S. postal rates are supposed to be tied to the rate of inflation. Rates were decreased by two cents last year, which the USPS protested vehemently. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of inflation since last year would only justify a one-cent increase. —VSC
Postal Service Announces 2017 Mailing Services Prices
First increase in three years for First-Class Mail Forever Stamps
WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service today filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes for Mailing Services products to take effect next year, following the end of the holiday mailing season. The new prices, if approved, include a two cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, returning the price to 49 cents, the price of a Forever stamp before the Postal Service was forced to reduce prices by the PRC as part of the exigent surcharge removal.
The last time stamp prices increased was in January 2014. Today’s price change filing does not include any price change for Postcards, for letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters.
The First-Class Mail prices for these products are:
|Letters (1 oz.)||47 cents||49 cents|
|Letters additional ounces||21 cents||21 cents|
|Letters to all international destinations||$1.15||$1.15|
|Postcards||34 cents||34 cents|
Stamp prices have stayed consistent with the average annual rate of inflation since the Postal Service was formed in 1971.
Pricing for Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services will also be adjusted next year and can be found at www.prc.gov. The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to become effective on Jan. 22, 2017. Today’s filing does not affect Postal Service Shipping products and services.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.