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First class stamp cost to increase early next year PDF Print E-mail

By Carolyn Lee
The Imperial Republican

It will cost another penny to mail a letter next month. The U.S. Postal Service is raising the cost of first-class mail to 46 cents on Jan. 27, 2013.
Imperial Postmaster Jerry Lines said there will also be a slight increase on priority mail.
New stamps won’t have to be printed for first class mail, as they are all “forever” stamps now, and don’t show a price.
The Postal Service will also introduce a new global “forever” stamp, allowing customers to mail first-class letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10. Currently the prices vary depending on the international destination, with letters to Canada and Mexico costing 85 cents.
The price of a first-class stamp rose to 45 cents Jan. 22, 2012. As of May 11, 2009, it was set at 44 cents.
Under the law, the post office cannot raise stamp prices more than the rate of inflation, or 2.6 percent, unless it gets special permission from Congress.


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