U.S. Postal Rates for Mailing and Shipping Increased Yesterday
Proposed rules for setting rates could mean much bigger increases over the next five years.
Yesterday U.S. postal rates for first-class stamps rose a penny, or 1.9 percent. Mailing a first-class letter, up to one ounce, will now cost $0.50 instead of $0.49. Metered letters are now $0.47 each, instead of $0.46, and postcards rose from $0.34 to $0.35. The U.S. Postal Service recommended these new rates to the Postal Regulatory Commission, an independent federal agency, in October. The PRC approved them in November.
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