New Postage Rates Now in Effect
The new January 22, 2012 postage rates are now in effect. The new USPS Price List (Notice 123) provides all domestic and international rates, business mailing fees, and pricing for other USPS services. The rate changes were based on the Consumer Price Index which was established at 2.133%.
First Class rates increased by 2.1% overall with the 44-cent stamp increasing to 45 cents. For First Class Mail, along with the rate increases, there was a particularly notable classification change; namely, for presorted letters, the first weight increment changes from one to two ounces.
Standard Mail also increased by 2.1% overall with Letters increasing by approximately 1.9% and Flats by 2.2%. There were no classifications changes for Standard Mail.