2/24/2015

PRC Approves First-Class Mail Price Adjustments

Washington, DC – Today the Postal Regulatory Commission issued Order No. 2365­­­­­­ on Price Adjustments for First-Class Mail finding the Postal Service pricing proposals to be consistent with the Consumer Price Index based price cap under the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act of 2006, 39 U.S.C. 3622(d)(1)(A). The new prices will take effect April 26, 2015.

The Commission did not delay the review and approval of First-Class Mail despite incomplete information filed by the Postal Service for other classes of Market Dominant mail.

The Commission has approved the following actions that will affect domestic mail:

  • The Postal Service will maintain the price of the First-Class Mail stamp, which includes the Forever stamp, at 49 cents.
  • The single-piece additional ounce for letters will increase from 21 to 22 cents.
  • The price of Postcards will increase to 35 cents.

The following changes affect international mail:

  • Outbound Single-Piece First-Class Mail (first ounce) will increase by 5 cents to $1.20.
  • Non-machinable Outbound Single-Piece First-Class Mail will increase to $1.42.
  • Outbound Single-Piece Postcards will increase to $1.20.

All Commission documents pertaining to price changes for 2015 are located on the Commission’s website at www.prc.gov, under Docket No. R2015-4.

All of the prices above include the current exigent surcharge approved in Docket No. R2013-11.
 

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The Postal Regulatory Commission is an independent federal agency that provides regulatory oversight over the U.S. Postal Service to ensure the transparency and accountability of the Postal Service and foster a vital and efficient universal mail system.  The Commission is comprised of five Presidentially-appointed and Senate-confirmed Commissioners, each serving terms of six years.  The Chairman is designated by the President.  In addition to Acting Chairman Robert G. Taub, the other commissioners are Vice Chairman Tony Hammond and Commissioners Mark Acton, Ruth Y. Goldway and Nanci E. Langley.