It’s that time of year again: the U.S. Postal Service has announced their January 2017 postage rate increase.
First-Class Mail Letter rates are slated to increase from their current 47 cent rate to 49 cents. This marks a return to their recent peak during the temporary rate increase from 2014 to 2016. Now is a good time to buy Forever stamps, before the price goes up! First-Class Flats also increase by 2 cents, to 98 cents. Finally, First-Class presort increases to roughly 40 cents.
However, there’s good news for businesses which utilize metered postage: the meter rate is actually decreasing by half a cent, to 46 cents, making the new meter discount 3 cents. This is a substantial savings from the current half-cent metering discount. It’s unusual to see USPS rolling out a rate decrease alongside a rate increase, but it’s certainly a welcome change!
Standard mail rates are slated to increase by an average of 0.895 percent, from an average of 28.5 cents per piece to 28.75 cents per piece.
The USPS’s very successful Every Door Direct Mail program is also slated for an increase of 0.568 percent, for a new rate of 17.7 cents per piece, up from 17.6.
Also of note, is that there was no mention of postage price increases for international letters (currently $1.15 apiece) or the “postcard” rate (currently 34 cents apiece) which applies to individually mailed postcards measuring 4.25″ x 6″ or smaller.
These rate increases, if approved by Congress’s Postal Regulatory Commission, will go into effect on Sunday, January 22.
How will the rate increase affect you? Please share your comments below.