Postage rates increase for second time in 2021
By Hollen Wheeler; courtesy photos
On August 29 and for the second time this year, the U.S. Postal Service implemented new postage rates. Listed below are the highlights of the recent rate increases:
The postage rate for a first-class letter (1 ounce) purchased at the post office increased by 3 cents to 58 cents. For those who print postage online, the metered mail rate received a 5-cent discount off the post office price, with rates decreasing to 53 cents. Each additional ounce will continue to cost 20 cents, no change from the 5-cent increase in January.
The rate for a first-class mail flat/large envelope (1 ounce) increased by 16 cents to $1.16 and postcards went up 4 cents to 40 cents.
Priority mail flat rate boxes and envelopes (commercial base pricing)
Priority mail rates increased in January, and were not raised again.
The postage price for an international letter (1 ounce) increased 10 cents to
Certified and return receipt mail
The cost to mail a certified letter or package increased 15 cents to $3.75 from $3.60. For the additional option of a return receipt with your certified purchase, the price increased 20 cents to $3.05 from $2.85.
Media mail rates were raised incrementally. Prices will vary on weight. As an example, a 1-pound package was raised to $3.19 from $2.89, a 30-cent increase.
For further details and information, visit www.aboutusps.com.