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2017 Postage Changes

2017 Postage Changes

USPS postage rate increases went into effect on January 22, 2017. While the cost of a First Class stamp went up, some postage rates actually went down. See some examples below.

As part of the new 2017 rates, the postage price for one-ounce Metered First-Class Letters is dropping from 46.5 cents to 46 cents, while the postage rate for a one-ounce stamped letter is growing from 47 cents to 49 cents. For the first time ever, small businesses will be able to reap 3-cent savings on metered letters over stamped letters. Three cents, or 6 percent, off every First-Class letter you send – that’s tremendous savings for businesses!

Overall prices for Presorted Letters/Postcards are decreasing slightly, by 0.250 percent, exclusively due to the reduction in the price of 5-Digit Automation Letters. So, if your mailing list is concentrated to a particular area, you’ll actually benefit from the new rates!

Standard Mail is being re-branded as USPS Marketing Mail to better align the product name with the customer’s use of this mail class. The indicia should continue to display current Standard Mail abbreviations. Changes to indicia, shipping labels and mail piece markings/endorsements are not permitted until Jan 2018.

These are just a few of the postage changes that have occurred. Call your account manager for more information.

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