The USPS Postage rates will be changing on January 21, 2018. The average increase will be 1.9% – or $0.005 per piece for your First-class automation letters.
Below are a few highlights of the rate change. Please be sure any mail metered for a date of 1/21/2018 or after has the new rates. If you have any questions, please contact your CMS Customer Service Representative.
|Category||2017 Current Rate||1/21/2018 Rate|
|First Class Stamp||$0.49||$0.50|
|Metered Full Rate (1-oz)||$0.46||$0.47|
|First Class Automation Rates||Most categories increase by $0.005/piece|
|Marketing Mail (formerly Standard Class)||2.0% Average Increase|
|Priority Mail||3.9% Average Increase|
|Average % Increase||1.9%|
Highlights of the Rate Change.
- First Class forever stamp is increasing from 49 to 50 cents.
- 3-oz automation letters will continue cost the same as a 1-oz automation letter to mail. This only applies to First Class automation letters.
- Presorting First-class mail allows mailers to cut down on postage costs by taking advantage of USPS workshare discounts. The January 2018 rate change will maintain many of those discounts.
- Marketing Mail (formerly called Standard Class mail) can continue to weigh up to 3.5-oz and mail for the same rate (previous max weight was 3.3-oz).
- Mailing Promotions, which have been used to offset postage increases, may not happen in 2018.