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USPS Decreases Postage Rates With Exigent Rollback

Effective April 10, 2016, the United States Postal Service will reduce the prices of it's first-class mail.

This rate reduction reverses the January 2014 emergency/exigent increase granted by the Postal Regulatory Commission on mailing products and services which increased an average of 4.3%. This was aimed to help USPS recover from the financial losses from the Great Recession of 2008-2009.

But the exigent increase was temporary and limited by a cap of about $4.6 billion in extra revenue.

Some of the price changes include:

  • First-Class Stamp - now $0.47 (was $0.49)
  • First-Class Metered 1oz Letter - now $0.465 (was $0.485)
  • Postcards - now $0.34 (was $0.35)

This rate reduction impacts only "market dominant" mail (mostly letters, large envelopes/flats, and postcards) and will not affect shipping products like Priority Mail or parcels and packages.

To view all the rate changes, visit the USPS Postal Explorer.


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