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Q: When are Postal Service Mailing Services prices changing?
A: April 17, 2011. This includes new prices for First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services (Parcel Post, Bound Printed Matter and Media Mail/Library Mail), First-Class Mail International and Special Services — a broad category including many products such as Money Orders and Return Receipt and services such as insurance and Collect on Delivery (COD).
Q: Are First-Class Mail prices changing in April 2011?
A: Yes, but the single-piece, 1-ounce, First-Class Mail stamp price will remain unchanged on April 17, 2011.
Q: What will be the new price for a First-Class Mail stamp for letters?
A: The price of a single-piece, 1-ounce, First-Class Mail stamp remains 44 cents.
Q: Will the Forever stamp still be available?
A: Yes. Forever stamps don’t have a denomination and are honored whenever they are used. The current price of the Forever Stamp is 44 cents. Beginning with the issuance of the Lunar New Year — Year of the Rabbit stamp in January this year, all new first-ounce, First-Class Mail commemorative stamps are Forever stamps.
Q: Are Forever stamps available in coils?
A: Yes, Forever stamps coils have been available since December 1, 2010.
Q: Can Forever stamps be used for international mail?
A: Customers can use Forever stamps for international mail, but since all international prices are higher than domestic prices, customers will need to attach additional postage. The value of the Forever stamp is the domestic First-Class Mail 1-ounce letter price in effect on the day of use.
Q: Where are the new Mailing Services prices listed?
A: The April 2011 new prices are available on Postal Explorer at
Q: How much are Postal Service prices changing?
A: Postal Service Mailing Services prices will increase by 1.7 percent, on average, across each class of mail.
Q: Didn’t the Postal Service just raise prices in January?
A: The January 2011 price change was for Shipping Services (Express Mail, Priority Mail, Parcel Select, Parcel Return Service, Global Express Guaranteed (GXG), Express Mail International and Priority Mail International. The prices for Mailing Services products have not changed since May 2009.
Q: How did the Postal Service come up with 1.7 percent for the Mailing Services price change?
A: By law, Mailing Services prices can increase by no more than the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI).
Q: Are Shipping Services prices also changing in April?
A: No, the price change for Shipping Services (Express Mail, Priority Mail, Parcel Select, Parcel Return Service, Global Express Guaranteed (GXG), Express Mail International, and Priority Mail International) was implemented Jan. 2, 2011.
Q: Has the Postal Service considered cutting costs rather than raising prices?
A: The Postal Service is aggressive about managing its costs responsibly. Like many other businesses, the Postal Service cannot fully make up for the increase in its expenses by cutting costs. Many costs are influenced by outside factors such as transportation and economic conditions. However, for each of the past several years, the USPS has taken more than a billion dollars in costs out of the postal system.


Q: Will there be an increase to the price for additional ounces?
A: Yes, the additional ounce price for single-piece First Class Mail letters increases by 3 cents to 20 cents.
Q: Is the nonmachinable surcharge increasing?
A: No, the nonmachinable surcharge (typically paid by customers who mail square or rigid letter-size pieces) has not changed; it remains 20 cents.
Q: Will the price for postcards increase?
A: Yes, the price for mailing a single-piece First-Class Mail postcard is going up 1 cent, to 29 cents. Stamped postcards will increase to 32 cents.
Q: How are prices changing for First-Class Mail presort letters?
A: For First-Class Mail presort letters and cards, most prices increase $0.005 to $0.008. There is no change to the additional ounce price, which remains at $0.125.
Q: How are the prices changing on lightweight single-piece First-Class Mail parcels?
A: All lightweight single-piece First-Class Mail parcels weighing up to 3 ounces will have the same price; for example, the retail price for lightweight single-piece First-Class Mail parcels weighing 1, 2, or 3 ounces is $1.71.