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New postage rates in effect as of January 21, 2018

As has become custom, January is ushering in a new set of postage rates from the USPS. Remember, what used to be called "standard" mail in the past is now known as "marketing" mail. Here's a summary of the changes.

Some examples:

  • Marketing Mail letters are basically flat, with no price increase and a slight decrease in certain situations.
  • Small increase in non-profit letters, mixed increases/decreases in non-profit flats.
  • Retail First-Class Mail Letters (1 oz.)— Rates are increasing from $0.49 to $0.50.
  • Automation First-Class Mail Letters (1 oz.)— Rates are increasing very slightly (from $0.373 - $0.423 to $0.378 - $0.424).
  • First-Class Mail Flat— Mixed; some increases, some decreases.

Other mailing service changes:

Automation Postage RatesNew RatesOld Rates
Marketing Mail Letters aka Standard Mail$0.251 - $0.287($0.251 - $0.288)
3.5 oz. or less/Per piece rate
Marketing Mail Flats aka Standard Mail$0.393 - $0.598($0.387 - $0.550)
4 oz. or less/Per piece rate
Non-Profit Letters $0.136 - $0.172($0.134 - $0.171)
3.5 oz. or less/Per piece rate
Non-Profit Flats $0.227 - $0.432($0.244 - $0.407)
4 oz. or less/Per piece rate
First-Class Letters $0.378 - $0.424($0.373 - $0.423)
3.5 oz. or less/Per piece rate
First-Class Flats $0.474 - $0.705($0.446 - $0.75)
1 oz. or less/Per piece rate
Each additional oz - $0.21
First-Class Postcard $0.257 - $0.274($0.253 - $0.274)

 

Folded self-mailers must meet the following standards:

  • Height: not more than 6 inches or less than 3.5 inches high
  • Length: not more than 10.5 inches or less than 5 inches long
  • Thickness: not more than 0.25 inch or less than 0.009 inch thick
  • Weight: not more than 3 ounces
  • Aspect ratio: within 1.3 to 2.5 (length divided by height)
  • Final fold on the bottom or leading edge
  • The final folded panel creates the back (non-address) side of the mailpiece

Cards

Cards can still be 11.5 x 6.125.

           


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