USPS prices went up on July 10, 2022. In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about which prices went up and by how much, which services have been discontinued, and how we can save you money on your mailing expenses.
Dollar for dollar, the US Postal Service delivers the best value for mail in the world. The sheer size of the US Postal Service enables it to offer some of the lowest prices in the industrialized world as it delivers mail to businesses and consumers all over the country seven days a week. But even the US Postal Service occasionally has to raise prices to keep up with inflation and the high cost of fuel.
Changes to First Class Postage Rates That Went Into Effect July 10, 2022
Most consumers will only notice a change in the price of forever stamps. The cost of a forever stamp went up from 58 cents to 60 cents on July 10, 2022. Of course, forever stamps bought before the price increase are still good.
Businesses will notice these changes in first-class rates:
- One-ounce metered mail went up from $0.53 to $0.57.
- The price of a single-piece letter with an additional ounce rose from $0.20 to $0.24.
- Postcards and postcard stamps have gone up from $0.40 to $0.44.
- A First-Class Mail Flat/Large Envelope was $1.16 for the first ounce and is now $1.20 for the first ounce. Each additional ounce was $0.20 and is now $0.24.
- Certified Mail has gone up from $3.75 to $4.00.
- Registered Mail™ was $13.75 and up and is now $14.65 and up.
- Certificates of Mailing were $1.65 and are now $1.75.
- Signature Confirmation™ was $3.45 and is now $3.65.
- Return Receipt was $3.05 and is now $3.25. Electronic Return Receipt was $1.85 and is now $2.00. Return Receipt for Merchandise is discontinued.
- Restricted Delivery was $5.85 and is now $6.25.
- Basic Signature is not going up. It is still $8.50.
- First Class® Package Service (1 oz.) was $4.00 and up and is now $4.50 and up.
- Person-Specific Basic Signature is not going up. It is still $8.75.
- Package Intercept is still $15.95.
- USPS Tracking is still free.
Priority Mail rates have also increased.
- Priority Mail (1 lb.) was $7.70 and is now $8.70 and up.
- Priority Mail Express (0.5 lb.) was $26.35 and up and is now $26,95 and up.
- The Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box was $8.45 and is now $9.45.
- The Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box was $15.50 and is now $16.10.
- Priority Mail Regional Rate Box A was $10.13 and up. It is now $10.68 and up.
- Priority Mail Regional Rate Box B was $10.53 and up. It is now $11.18 and up.
- Priority Mail Regional Rate Box C has been discontinued.
- Media Mail (1 lb.) was $3.19 and is now $3.49.
- Retail Ground® (formerly Standard Post® – 1 lb.) was $7.70 and is now $8.50.
- Library Mail (1 lb.) was $3.03 and is now $3.32.
The cost of shipping to military service members has actually gone down. A Priority Mail APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box was $20.40 and is now $20.00. The Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box has also decreased, from $21.90 to $21.50.
The US Postal Service has also changed its rates for international mail.
- First-Class Mail letters to international addresses were $1.30. They are now $1.40.
- First-Class package service to Canada was $21.25 for the first pound. It is now $22.10 for the first pound.
- First-Class Package service to other countries was $24.50 and up. It is now $30.90 and up.
- Priority Mail to Canada was $37.60 and up. It is now $40.45 and up.
- Priority Mail to other countries was $46.95 and up. It is now $48.80 and up.
- Priority Mail Intl Flat Rate Envelopes to Canada were $28.50 and up. They are now $29.60 and up.
- Priority Mail Express Intl Flat Rate Envelopes for Canada has gone up from $45.95 and up to $47.95 and up. Priority Mail Express International Flat Rate Boxes for Canada have been discontinued.
- Priority Mail Express Intl Flat Rate Envelopes for other countries were $62.95 and up and are now $64.95 and up.
- Priority Mail Express Intl (0.5 lb.) was $45.95 and up and is now $47.95 and up. But the price of Global Express Guaranteed (0.5 lb.) is unchanged at $67.80 and up.
Overall, US Postal Services are up 6.5 percent in 2022. That’s lower than the overall rate of inflation of the consumer price index for the previous 12 months, which was 9.1 percent. But we can help you get even lower rates.