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Story published: 01-30-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Postage rates increase again to cover revenue lost to Internet use

The United States Postal Service(USPS) has implemented an increase in postal rates that went into effect on Sunday, January 27, 2013. While first class postage rose from 45 to 46 cents, priority mail flat rates have risen significantly more.

The cost to send the smallest Priority Mail box is now $5.80, while the fee to send a medium box has jumped to $12.35, and the cost for a large box is $16.85. Sending a regular envelope via Priority Mail is now $5.60, a legal-sized envelope has risen to $5.75 and a padded envelope is now $5.95. Rates for postcards are now 33 cents. The cost of shipping overseas military mail has risen 10.41 percent. Those patrons sending parcel post packages will see an increase of approximately 21 percent. A new Forever stamp is now available that can be used to send mail around the world for a flat rate of $1.10 as long as the weight is one ounce or less.

As more and more postal patrons switch from paper to electronic bills, the USPS has seen a huge decrease in their mail volume. Postal officials have toyed with not only raising the cost of postage, but perhaps eliminating Saturday mail delivery. Patrons have seen a cut in the number of hours to many USPS locations across the country.

The postal service receives money from the their patrons and not government funding. They are an independent branch of the government. In both August and September of 2012, they defaulted on a $5.5 billion and $5.6 billion payment to their prefunded employee retirement benefit package that is mandated by Congress.