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U.S. Postage Increasing for First-Class Letters, Nonprofit Mail

February 13, 2009

(Feb. 17, 2009) The cost of mailing a letter in the U.S. is going up May 11. Postal rates for some nonprofit mail types will also increase, especially nonprofit parcels and nonflat machinables.

The price of a first-class stamp will increase 2 cents to 44 cents on May 11. Other price changes on May 11 include:

  • A postcard stamp increases a penny to 28 cents.
  • The first ounce of a large envelope (flat) increases 5 cents to 88 cents.
  • The first ounce of a parcel increases 5 cents to $1.22.

New first-class mail international postcard and letter (first ounce) prices are:

  • Canada – 75 cents
  • Mexico – 79 cents
  • Other countries – 98 cents

Forever Stamps do not have a denomination and will be honored whenever they are used with no need for additional postage for a one-ounce letter mailing. On May 11 the price of the Forever Stamp will go up to 44 cents. 

While most nonprofit mail increases will be small, nonprofit parcels and nonflat machinables are expected to see double-digit cost increases, according to the Alliance of Nonprofit Mailers in a recent article in The Nonprofit Times.

For a full list of U.S. Postal Service mailing rate increases visit the USPS website.