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K-State Research and Extension
123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

January 3, 2017

USPS Announces Postage Rate Changes for January 2017

Submitted by Mandy Wilson

The United States Postal Service recently announced proposed rate changes for Mailing and Shipping Services, scheduled to go into effect January 22, 2017. The new prices include a two cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, returning the price to 49 cents, the price of a Forever stamp before the Postal Service was forced to reduce prices by the PRC as part of the exigent surcharge removal.

The last time stamp prices increased was in January 2014. The price change filing does not include any price change for Postcards, for letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters.

The Retail Rate First-Class Mail prices for these products are:

  Current New
Letters (1 oz.) $0.47 $0.49
Letters additional ounces $0.21 $0.21
Letters to all international destinations $1.15 $1.15
Postcards $0.34 $0.34

Pricing for Retail Rate Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes and Retail Rate Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes will also be increasing. The new pricing for these services are: 

  Current New
Small flat-rate box $6.80 $7.15
Medium flat-rate box $13.45 $13.60
Large flat-rate box $18.75 $18.85
Large APO/FPO flat-rate box $16.75 $17.35
Regular flat-rate envelope $6.45 $6.65
Legal flat-rate envelope $6.45 $6.95
Padded flat-rate envelope $6.80 $7.20

The proposed rate changes do not include any price increase for First-Class Package International Service, Priority Mail Express International and Priority Mail International. For more information, please visit www.usps.com.

The K-State Research and Extension Bookstore and Mail Center will continue to offer discounted rates to K-State Research and Extension offices as we have in the past. Please contact us at 785-532-5830 if you have any questions.

Thank you!

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