Friday, May 4, 2007

Postal Service: Get ready for price hike

Stamp prices to go up to 41 cents


By GREG STAHL
Express Staff Writer

The new Forever Stamp?true to its name, good forever?will go on sale May 14.

Lick it and stick it, but prepare to pay a little bit more.

New postage rates will go into effect Monday, May 14, including a 2-cent increase in the price of a first-class stamp to 41 cents.

Post offices nationwide are selling the new 41-cent stamps as well as 1- and 2-cent stamps for customers who have supplies of 39-cent stamps.

Customers can order stamps online at www.usps.com or by telephone at (800) 782-6724.

This is the 13th time in 32 years the U.S. Postal Service has raised the cost of a stamp, but it is also offering a new "Forever" stamp at the same first-class cost.

"Who said nothing lasts forever?" asked Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer John E. Potter in unveiling the stamp image, the Liberty Bell, on March 26. "The Forever stamp is a consumer innovation guaranteed to deliver unprecedented convenience and value to our customers. It's good forever."

Once prices change May 14, the Forever stamp will remain on sale at the 41-cent price until the next price change. The Forever stamp will then be available at the new price.

Also on May 14, the Breast Cancer Research semi-postal stamp will go on sale at the new 55-cent price. Since 1998, the Postal Service raised more than $53 million for breast cancer research through sales of the semi-postal stamp.

In addition to the new domestic rates, changes will take effect May 14 for customers sending international mail.

The Postal Service has simplified its eight main international products into four: Global Express Guaranteed, Express Mail International, Priority Mail International and First Class Mail International.

New packaging will allow mailers to use the same Priority Mail and Express Mail packaging for shipping both within the U.S. and to other countries. For details of the International Mail changes, go to www.usps.com/ratecase and select "New International Rates, Fees and Country Listing."




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