As we enter 2023, professionals and individuals alike, are preparing for another United States Postal Service (USPS) rate increase. The United States Postal Service filed a notice of the increase with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in October of last year. The new rates will go into effect on January 22, 2023, at 12:01 AM.
While First Class postage stamps will only see a $0.03 cent increase, the Certified Mail Fee will increase by $0.15 cents. Thus, the postage-metered mail rate to send a 1-ounce USPS Certified Mail® letter with a Return Receipt (old-fashioned Green Card) will cost $8.10.
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For a full list of the updated USPS Certified Mail® Service costs, click here.
Aside from the seasonal rate increase during the holidays, the last USPS rate increase was in July of 2022 and acted as an adjustment to offset inflation and operating costs to comply with the Delivering for America plan.
This month’s increase continues to support the Delivering for America plan and USPS maintains its claim to offer the “lowest letter mail postage rates in the industrialized world and…to offer a great value in shipping.”
Rates aren’t the only thing changing at USPS this month though. The discontinuation of the Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes A and B have been a large topic of conversation for senders.
Rolled out in 2011, these rate boxes were intended to offer speed and convenience while reducing shipping costs. However, a recent analysis revealed that the return on investment for USPS was not worth the production of the boxes.
After the discontinuation on January 22, senders may still use Regional Rate Boxes A and B. However, they will be charged as weight and rate packages. An alternative to the Regional Rate Boxes A and B is Priority Mail Cubic, a sub-service of Priority Mail.
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