USPS stamp price increase takes effect Sunday

Sending a package via your local post office may cost more starting next week.

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The U.S. Postal Service pricing for 2020 is set to go into effect Sunday. The price changes had been announced in October. The price of a first-class stamp isn’t changing, but the prices for flat-rate Priority Mail packages are going up across the board.

Those prices will rise by about 1.9 percent overall. The average Priority Mail Express price will increase 3.5 percent, and Priority Mail will increase by 4.1 percent, according to the USPS.

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Rates for sending letters will remain flat at 55 cents for the first ounce and 15 cents more for each additional ounce. Outbound international letters will go up from $1.15 to $1.20.

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“The Postal Service has some of the lowest letter mail postage rates in the industrialized world and also continues to offer a great value in shipping,” The USPS said in a news release. “Unlike some other shippers, the Postal Service does not add surcharges for fuel, residential delivery or regulator Saturday or holiday season delivery.”

The U.S. Postal Service says it will raise the prices of Priority Mail flat-rate services.

Here are the old and new domestic Priority Mail Flat Rate retail price changes:

  • Small flat-rate box: Up from $7.90 to $8.30.
  • Medium flat-rate box: Up from $14.35 to $15.05.
  • Large flat-rate box: Up from $19.95 to $21.10.
  • APO/FPO large flat-rate box: Up from $18.45 to $19.60.
  • Regular flat-rate envelope: Up from $7.35 to $7.75.
  • Legal flat-rate envelope: Up from $7.65 to $8.05.
  • Padded flat-rate envelope: Up from $8 to $8.40.

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This story was originally published Oct. 9, 2019, and has been updated.