Postage increase to affect First Class, Priority Mail and Express Mail services
Beginning January 27, 2013 individuals and businesses will be paying more to mail their packages, postcards and letters via the United States Postal Service. Overall, postal rates are set to increase by an average of 2.57% with First Class Letters of one ounce increasing from $0.45 to $0.46. Other postal rate changes include:
• First Class Flats (1 oz.) increase from $0.90 to $0.92
• Postcard rates increase from $0.32 to $0.33
• Priority Mail Commercial Base (online postage) rates will increase by an average of 6.3% and will start at $5.05
• Express Mail Commercial Base (online postage) rates will increase by an average of 5.8% and will start at $13.09
The new postal rate increase comes just one year after the Postal Office increased rates in January of 2012. Still facing large deficits and losses, the USPS stated the increases were necessary in order to continue to serve customers and remain solvent.
Pam Gobiel, owner and operator of USCustomPostage.com says about the increase, “The minimal increase in postage rates could have been more. A 2.57% increase is still below that of inflation and far less than the 4.5% increase in UPS rates that took effect at the end of 2012. Even with the increases, USPS is still the best bargain around.”
Gobiel goes on to say, “We’ll be posting the new rates in an easy to understand postage rate chart once they take effect. We are a licensed USPS vendor and offer over one million designs including personalized postage stamps, graduation stamps, wedding stamps and custom photo stamps.
To learn more about the postal rate increase and to browse US Custom Postage’s inventory, visit them online at USCustomPostage.com
USCustomPostage.com is an approved licensed vendor of the United States Postal Service. The online stamp retailer is owned and operated by Pam Gobiel and offers customers and collectors over one million designs. The site offers more than 85 categories of stamps including Awareness, Baseball, DC Comics, Weddings, Pets and Baby Announcements.
About the U.S. Postal Service
The United States Postal Service is a self-supporting government organization that reaches over 151 million addresses. The organization receives no tax monies and relies on the sales of good and services to fund operations. USPS currently delivers 40% of the world’s mail and has annual revenue in excess of $65 billion.