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The Daily Register - Harrisburg, IL
  • Post Office announces rate increase

  • A single-piece one-ounce First Class letter will cost a penny more to mail as of Jan. 27, according to a release from the Harrisburg Post Office.
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  • A single-piece one-ounce First Class letter will cost a penny more to mail as of Jan. 27, according to a release from the Harrisburg Post Office.
    This is the second price change for First Class mail stamps since 2009. Forever stamps are always good for mailing a 1-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of changes.
    Highlights of the new single-piece First Class Mail pricing include:
    Letters (one ounce)-one cent increase to $.46.
    Letters (additional ounces) — unchanged at $.20.
    Postcards — $.01 increase to $.33.
    Letters to international destinations 1 ounce) — $1.10
    New this year will be the First-Class Mail Global Forever stamp, a new international rate stamp. The Global Forever stamp offers a single price for any First-Class Mail International one-ounce letter to any country in the world. "We are excited to offer the new First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp," said Harrisburg Postmaster Donna Denny, in the prepared release.
    "The new stamp will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10, and will ease transition during price changes."
    Prices for Shipping Services increased by 2.6 percent, with Priority Mail prices increasing an average 6.3 percent. Delivery confirmation will be free on Priority Mail and Standard Post (formerly named Parcel Post). New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate products includes:
    Regular envelope — $5.60
    Legal-size envelope — $5.75
    Padded envelope — $5.95
    Small box — $5.80
    Medium box — $12.35
    Large box — 16.85
    Large APO/FPO/DPO box — $14.85
    "The success of our Priority Mail Flat Rate envelopes and boxes has helped make the Postal Service one of the best values in the shipping business," said Denny. More information on new pricing for Mailing and Shipping Services is available at www.usps.com.
    Express Mail prices increased on average by 5.8 percent. The Sunday/holiday premium remains $12.50 for the fourth year in a row. No other charges apply. Express Mail Flat-Rate Boxes were introduced last year and remain unchanged at $39.95. Express Mail retail prices at $14.10. Express Mail Flat-Rate Envelope retail prices increase to $19.95.
    The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operation, according to the release.

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