It will soon cost more to mail that letter or package. On January 22nd the U-S Postal Service is increasing the price of a first class stamp a penny to 45-cents, postcards up 3 cents to 32-cents, letters to Canada or Mexico 5-cents to 85-cents and international destinations up 7-cents to $1.05.
Roger Humphries is the spokesman for the Omaha Post Office and says priority mail will also go up 3.1-percent and Express Mail up 3.4-percent. Prices will be adjusted for other services including Parcel Select, Parcel Return, International Mail, and Premium Forwarding and Post Office Box services.
Humphries says the U-S Postal Service is introducing several new services. He says the now offer a package intercept service. Customers that want to get a package back can recall it before it arrives at the destination. The Postal Service will offer a new Express Mail Flat Rate Box where customers can ship a box overnight, anywhere in the country for one price regardless of weight up to 70 pounds. That price is $39.95. Priority mail pricing will offer an average 6.8-percent discount off retail prices for customers using online and other authorized postage payment methods. New customers will also be able to rent Post Office boxes for a shorter period of time. They will now offer 3-month options instead of the standard six-month rental.
The Forever stamps will be honored after the rate change. The U-S Postal Service states the price increase is small and is needed to help address their current financial crisis. This is the first rate hike in 2 1/2 years.