U.S. POSTAL SERVICE: Rate Hike Takes Effect January 22


By W. Edward Clark

Mountain Communities – Mountain residents need to be aware that the United States Postal Service rate hike on several classes of mail takes effect on January 22.

us-postage-forverIn November 2016, the Postal Regulatory Commission approved implementation of the 2017 proposed price changes for First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodical, and Package Service.


The postage rate for a one-ounce stamped letter will increase from 47 cents to 49 cents. Priority Mail Express will increase 3. 4 percent. Priority Mail will increase 3.9 percent, and First-Class Package Services will increase 4.1 percent.

The postage price for one-ounce Metered First Class Letters will drop from 46.5 cents to 46 cents.


One of the 2017 Forever Stamps will salute the 200th birthday of Mississippi. (Photo by USPS)

Residents in the mountain communities are encouraged to purchase the current 48-cent Forever Stamp before the 2017 rate hike goes into effect.

Forever stamps are good for first-class postage no matter what the U.S. Postal Commission sets as future rates.


For more information about the new rates or other postal information, visit UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE  online