USPS Announces New Prices for 2018

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USPS Announces New Prices for 2018

U.S. Postal Service Announces New Prices for 2018
Penny Increase for the Forever Stamp

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The USPS filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on October 6th of price changes to take effect Jan. 21, 2018. The new prices, if approved, include a one cent increase for the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp from 49 cents to 50 cents.

Postcard stamps and metered letters would also have a one cent increase. This filing does not include any price change for single-piece letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters.

The proposed prices would raise Mailing Services product prices approximately 1.9 percent, and most Shipping Services products will average a 3.9 percent price increase. While Mailing Services price increases are limited based on the Consumer Price Index (CPI), Shipping Services prices are adjusted strategically, according to market conditions and the need to maintain affordable services for customers.

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The proposed Mailing Services price changes include:

Letters, (1 oz.) – 49 cents, increase to 50 cents
Letters, additional ounces-  21 cents, remains at 21 cents
Letters (metered) – 46 cents, increase to 47 cents
Outbound International Letters – (1 oz.) $1.15, remains at $1.15
Domestic Postcards – 34 cents, increase to 35 cents

New Shipping Services product prices would increase Priority Mail 3.9 percent and Priority Mail Retail an average of 0.8 percent. As in the past, the Postal Service will not include surcharges for fuel, residential delivery, or regular Saturday delivery.

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The proposed domestic Priority Mail Flat Rate Retail price changes are:

Small Flat Rate Box – $7.15, increase to $7.20
Medium Flat Rate Box – $13.60, increase to $13.65
Large Flat Rate Box – $13.60, increase to $13.65
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box – $17.35, increase to $17.40
Regular Flat Rate Envelope – $6.65, increase to $6.70
Legal Flat Rate Envelope – $6.95, increase to $7.00
Padded Flat Rate Envelope – $7.20, increase to $7.25

The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect on Jan. 21, 2018. The complete Postal Service price filings with the new prices for all products can be found on the PRC site under the Daily Listings section at https://www.prc.gov/dockets/daily. For the Mailing Services filing see Oct. 6, 2017, Docket No. R2018-1. For the Shipping Services filing see Oct. 6, 2017, Docket No. CP2018-8.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.


From USPS:

2018 Price Change Filing Webinars
Wednesday, October 11, 2017 at 3 p.m. (EDT)
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2 p.m. (EDT)

Please join Sharon Owens, VP, Pricing and Costing and Steve Monteith, VP, Marketing on Wednesday, October 11 at 3 p.m. (EDT) or Thursday October 12 at 2 p.m. (EDT) for a high-level overview of the 2018 Price Change filing. Attendees will have an opportunity to submit questions to the panel during this webinar. If you would like to submit your questions before the call, you can submit them to IndustryFeedback@usps.gov.   Details below:

Attendance is limited, so we ask your cooperation in having multiple attendees log-in from one computer in a conference room, if possible.

Please see instructions to participate below:

Wednesday, October 11 at 3 p.m. (EDT)
Registration required. Click on the attendee direct URL below to complete registration.

ATTENDEE INFORMATION

Toll-Free Attendee Dial In: 866-381-9870
Conference ID: 92630156
Attendee Direct URL:
https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?MTID=e9e9c5c6885c3addb2408bb637d658614
 
If you cannot join using the direct link above, please use the alternate logins below:
Alternate URL:
https://usps.webex.com
Event Number:
996 144 325

Thursday, October 12 at 2 p.m. (EDT)
Registration required. Click on the attendee direct URL below to complete registration.

ATTENDEE INFORMATION

Toll-Free Attendee Dial In: 866-381-9870
Conference ID: 92633015

Attendee Direct URL:

https://usps.webex.com/usps/onstage/g.php?MTID=e936a2b8c98a66200ab86c355dd740cb5

If you cannot join using the direct link above, please use the alternate logins below:
Alternate URL:
https://usps.webex.com
Event Number:
992 069 818

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