Postal Service unveils Global Forever Stamp
The U.S. Postal Service will introduce a First-Class Mail Global Forever Stamp on Sunday.
The new stamp will allow customers to mail letters anywhere in the world for one set price of $1.10, and is among new mailing and shipping services filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission.
The price for First Class Mail single-piece letters will increase by just a penny when prices change on Jan. 27.
The new 46 cent Forever stamps will allow customers to mail letters to any location in the United States.
Forever stamps are always good for mailing a one-ounce letter anytime in the future regardless of price changes.
Highlights of the new singlepiece First Class Mail pricing include:
Letter (1 oz.) -- 1 cent increase to 46 cents.
Letters additional ounces -- unchanged at 20 cents.
Letters to all international destinations (1 oz.) --$1.10.
Postcards -- 1-cent increase to 33 cents.
Prices for all products (mailing and shipping services) will increase by 4 percent, but prices for mailing services, such as regular letters and advertising matter, will increase only 2.6 percent.
The Postal Regulatory Commission will review the prices before they become effective. Today's shipping and mailing price filings will be available on the PRC website at www.prc.gov and the new mailing services prices will also be available at http://pe.usps.com
Several new shipping service products will be available in January.
Free tracking will be offered at all competitive packages, including retail Priority Mail and Parcel Post (recently renamed Standard Post).
Also new customers shipping critical mail letters and flats will now have the option of receiving a signature upon delivery as part of the service offering.
A large variety of flat-rate boxes and envelopes for Express main and Priority Mail, including the padded and legal-sized flat rate envelopes will continue to be offered by the Postal Service.
New domestic retail pricing for Priority Mail Flat Rate Products include:
Small box; $5.80;
Medium box; $12.35;
Large box: $16.85;
Large APO/FPO box -- $14.85;
Regular envelope; $5.60.
In addition to these changes, a new "Apples" postcard stamp will become available. The 33-cent price reflects the 1-cent price change that will begin Sunday.
The Wedding Cake stamp has been reissued at a cost of 66 cents, which will accommodate the heavier weight of wedding invitations and other mailings such as oversize cards or small gifts that require extra postage. This stamp also reflects the 1-cent price change.