July 21, 2024

USPS to increase the cost of postage stamps – again

If you’re running low on stamps, you might want to buy a book sooner rather than later.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is expected to raise the price of its postage stamps again, which would be the second time in 2024 that the cost of stamps has increased.

Starting July 14, a first-class mail “Forever” stamp will reportedly cost 73 cents each — a 5% jump from its current price of 68 cents.

In April, the USPS announced that it had filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission about its proposal for new stamp prices. 

The proposal also suggested that the mailing price of international postcards and letters be raised from $1.55 to $1.65.

“The Postal Service is also seeking price adjustments for Special Services products, including Certified Mail and money order fees,” the press release from April read.

“Notably, there will be no price increase for Post Office Box rental fees, and the Postal Service will apply a price reduction of 10 percent for postal insurance when mailing an item.”

On January 22, 2023, the price of stamps was 63 cents each.

In this photo illustration, U.S. Postal Service (USPS) forever stamps are seen on envelopes on April 11, 2023 in San Anselmo, California
Starting July 14, a first-class mail “Forever” stamp will reportedly cost 73 cents each — a 5% jump from its current price of 68 cents. Getty Images

That increased to 66 cents in July of the same year, and then 68 cents in January 2024. 

The USPS explained that the new prices were “needed” for the agency’s financial health.

“As changes in the mailing and shipping marketplace continue, these price adjustments are needed to achieve the financial stability sought by the organization’s Delivering for America 10-year plan,” the USPS said.

“USPS prices remain among the most affordable in the world.”

According to its website, the Delivering for America plan is “guiding the transformation of the United States Postal Service from an organization in financial and operational crisis to one that is self-sustaining and high performing.”

The 10-year plan began in 2021, which was the same year that First-Class Mail Forever stamp prices rose from 55 cents to 58 cents.

Fox Business reached out to the USPS for comment, but did not immediately hear back.

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