The United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced that they will be increasing prices on various mailing services starting on July 9th, 2023. The new prices are part of the USPS’s efforts to maintain financial sustainability while continuing to provide reliable mail services to customers across the country.

What is changing?

The USPS is increasing prices on several mailing services, including First-Class Mail, postcards, and more. The price increase will vary depending on the type of service and the size and weight of the mailpiece. Check out the chart below for price changes by product.


Product Current Prices Planned Prices
Letters (1 oz.) 63 cents 66 cents
Letters (metered 1 oz.) 60 cents 63 cents
Domestic Postcards 48 cents 51 cents
International Postcards $1.45 $1.50
International Letter (1 oz.) $1.45 $1.50 


Why is this happening?

The USPS has been facing financial challenges for several years, with declining mail volumes and increased competition from digital communication channels. The COVID-19 pandemic has further exacerbated these challenges, as the USPS experienced a significant increase in package volume but a decrease in revenue from mail services. The price increase is an attempt to offset some of these losses and keep the USPS financially sustainable.


How will this impact businesses?

For businesses that rely on USPS services, the price increase may result in higher mailing costs. Small businesses that send out a significant amount of mail may feel the impact more than larger businesses. Businesses can explore alternative options to save on costs, such as using other shipping providers or digital communication channels whenever possible. It is essential for businesses to evaluate their mailing strategies and make any necessary adjustments before the price increase takes effect.


When will this take effect?

The new USPS prices will take effect on July 9th, 2023. Businesses should start preparing for the price increase by reviewing their mailing strategies and making any necessary adjustments before the deadline.

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