2012 Postage Rates Are Increasing

December 29, 2011

By: Shauna Carpenter
Client Management

Beginning Jan 22nd, Forever Stamps will increase by a penny to 45¢. This is the first increase in two and a half years according to an Oct 18th press release from usps.com.

This change may impact those of you who use our Club Marketing services such as:

  • Custom Mailers
  • Letters
  • Postcards
  • Any Holiday Cards

In addition to the rate increase on stamps, there are some new single-piece, First-Class Mail pricing changes as well. Postcards increased 3¢ to a rate of 32¢ each; letters to Canada or Mexico are 5¢ more at 85¢; and letters to any other international locations are 7¢ more at $1.05.

While the percentage price may increase for different products and services, the overall average price increase across all mailing services has been capped by law at 2.1%, the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index.

Additionally, the rate increase for Standard Mail Letters is still slightly below the overall average of less than 1.9%, and delivery confirmation continues to be free on several parcel products.

For more information visit: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2011/pr11_factsht_pricechng_1018.pdf