Postal Service Wants To Increase Prices
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes to take effect in January 2017. The proposal includes a two-cent increase in the price of a First-Class Forever stamp, returning the price to 49 cents, which was the price of a Forever stamp before the Postal Service was required to remove the exigent surcharge by the PRC.
The new prices, if approved, include a single price for First-Class Mail commercial presort letters weighing up to 3.5 ounces and a reduction in the one ounce meter price to 46 cents. This pricing strategy is designed to keep bills and statements in the mail by continuing to add value to commercial First-Class Mail.
Some examples of new prices are as follows:
This price change filing does not include any price change for Postcards, for letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for Single Piece Letters.
Stamp prices have stayed consistent with the average annual rate of inflation since the Postal Service was formed in 1971. In addition, the incentive for Full-Service IMB remains the same at three tenths of a cent for First-Class and one tenth of a cent for Marketing Mail and Periodicals. The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to take effect on January 22, 2017.
Pricing for Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services will also be adjusted next year and can be found at http://www.prc.gov/docs/97/97431/NOTICE-FINAL.pdf. This does not affect Postal Service Shipping products and services.
The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.