Postage Rates Take Effect May 14
New postage rates go into effect on Monday, May 14, including a two cent increase in the price of a First - Class Mail stamp to 41 cents. Post Offices nationwide are now selling the new 41-cent stamps and also one and two cent stamps for customers who still have a supply of 39-cent stamps.
Customers can also order stamps online at www.usps.com or by telephone at 1-800-STAMP-24. The new stamps are also available at Automate Postal Centers and ATMs nationwide (beginning May 14).
Following are the new rates, effective May 14:
First - Class Letter (1 oz.)-41 cents.
First Class Letter (2 oz.) 58 cents
Postcard 26 cents
Priority Mail (1 lb) $4.60
Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box - $8.95
Express Mail ( ½ lb) - $16.25
NEW Express Mail (1 lb) - $19.50
Express Mail (2 lb) - $21.40
The following are the new rates for fees and services:
Certified Mail - $2.65
Delivery Confirmation (Priority) 65 cents
Delivery Confirmation (First Class Parcels) 75 cents
Return Receipt (Original Signature) - $2.15
Return Receipt (Electronic) 85 cents
Money Orders (up to $500) - $1.05
Also on May 14 the Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp goes on sale at the new 55-cent price. Since 1998, the Postal Service has raised more than $53 million for breast cancer research through the sale of this semipostal stamp.
In addition to the new domestic rates, changes will take effect May 14 for customers sending international mail. USPS has simplified its eight main international products into four: Global Express Guaranteed, Express Mail International, Priority Mail International and First Class Mail International. New packaging will allow mailers to use the same Priority Mail and Express Mail packaging for shipping both within the United States and to other countries. For details of the International Mail changes, go to http://www.usps.com/ratecase and select New International Rates, Fees and Country Listings.