Postal Rate Increases in Place

Share this article:
Direct marketers have started mailing at new and higher U.S. Postal Service rates.


The rate increases are expected to generate more than $900 million in additional revenue for the postal service.


Rates for regular Standard mailers rose 1.4 percent; enhanced carrier route Standard Mail, 1.3 percent; regular nonprofit, 2.5 percent; and nonprofit ECR, 2 percent. Regular periodical rates will increase 2.6 percent; nonprofit periodicals, 2.4 percent; Priority Mail rates, 0.9 percent; and package services, 1.6 percent.


First-Class mail increased 1.5 percent on average. Though rates for a 1-ounce First-Class letter will stay at 34 cents, an additional ounce will increase from 21 cents to 23 cents. Postcards will increase a penny, to 21 cents, the first increase in the postcard rate since 1995.


Most mailers and mailing houses were prepared for the change.


Share this article:
You must be a registered member of Direct Marketing News to post a comment.
close

Next Article in Direct Mail

Sign up to our newsletters

Follow us on Twitter @dmnews

Latest Jobs:

More in Direct Mail

Delivered: Coupon Mailers

Delivered: Coupon Mailers

What's in our mailbox this month: Coupons. See which ones are good deals—and which ones you shouldn't deal with.

Melissa Goes to Canada

Melissa Goes to Canada

Melissa Data adds Canadian change of address processing to its cloud-based NCOA service.

Delivered: University of Chicago Mailers

Delivered: University of Chicago Mailers

What's in our mailbox this month: University of Chicago mailers. See which ones make the grade—and which ones, not so much.