USPS to implement second postage rate increase in 2021

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The U.S. Postal Service has proposed a second postage rate increase for mailing services (letters, postcards) to be implemented Sunday, Aug. 29 subject to approval by the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC).

This would be the second USPS postage rate increase of 2021. The first went into effect Jan. 24. The August increase only impacts mail services such as First Class Mail letters, postcards and mailing services. The USPS did not include package services such as First Class Package Service or Priority Mail.

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The rate for a First Class Mail Letter (1 ounce) purchased at the Post Office will increase 3 cents to $0.58 from $0.55. Each additional ounce for First Class Mail will cost $0.20, no change from the January through July 2021 period.

For printed postage via Stamps.com, the Metered Mail rate for a First Class Mail Letter (1 ounce) will increase by 2 cents to $0.53.  With a 5 cent discount, printing postage online using the Metered Mail rate provides a 9% discount off the Post Office price.

Certified Mail is increasing to $3.75 from $3.60, a $0.15 increase and Registered Mail is increasing to $13.75 from $12.90, an $0.85 increase.

Media Mail rates will increase by an average of 10.865%. A 1 pound package traveling to Zone 8 will be $3.19, up from $2.89, an increase of 30 cents.

Once the rates are approved by the PRC, Stamps.com will automatically update all rates Aug. 29.