Language for Permit Customer Letters

Dear Permit Customer:

As a valued permit customer, we want to keep you informed of changes in postal products, services, prices, and fees. Effective Monday, May 12, postage prices and fees for all domestic and international mail will be changing. These prices better reflect the Postal Service’s costs to process and deliver mail.

The impact of these changes for business mail custom­ers will vary depending on the amount and shape (e.g., let­ters, large envelopes, packages) of the mail you send, mail preparation, class of mail, and any extra services you may choose.

Listed below are specific highlights from the price changes that may pertain to business mailers.

The First-Class Mail® single-piece 1-ounce letter price will increase to 42 cents, while the additional-ounce price remains 17 cents. The weight limit for letters remains 3.5 ounces.

A large envelope (flat) will increase to 83 cents for the first ounce, and 17 cents for each additional ounce.

The First-Class Mail 1-ounce automation letter prices will begin as low as 32.4 cents (12.5 cents for each addi­tional ounce) and the automation-rate for postcards will begin as low as 19.9 cents.

The price for First-Class Mail presort-rate letters increases to 39.4 cents (for the first ounce), and the price for additional ounces is reduced to 12.5 cents each. The price for presorted postcards will increase to 24.2 cents. The price for regular Standard Mail machinable letters increases to 25.8 cents for the automated area distribution center (AADC) price, and 26.0 cents for the mixed AADC price.

For First-Class Mail and Standard Mail automation let­ters, the price structure maintains the 5-digit, 3-digit AADC, and mixed AADC prices. The maximum weight for all automation-rate letters remains 3.5 ounces.

Annual mailing fees will increase to $180. However, the new fees will not apply until they are up for renewal.

For additional information, including new postage state­ments, go to