USPS Shipping Costs Will Rise in April

Get ready to pay a little more for mailing those baseball cards.

The Postal Regulatory Commission has notified the U.S. Postal Service that price changes announced Jan. 13 satisfy the requirements of the law and will take effect April 17.

While the price of a stamp will stay at 44 cents, it’ll cost you slightly more to send mail weighing more than an ounce.   The USPS will increase the cost of heavier pieces by three cents per ounce.  In other words, a piece of first class mail weighing seven ounces–about the weight of  20 cards packed between some cardboard– will cost you 21 cents more.

Postcards and letters sent to Canada and Mexico go up as well.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • First-Class Mail letters (1 oz.) remain unchanged at 44 cents,
  • First-Class Mail additional ounces increase from 17 to 20 cents
  • Postcards will cost 29 cents,
  • Letters to Canada or Mexico (1 oz.) increase to 80 cents, and
  • Letters to other international destinations will remain unchanged at 98 cents.

The USPS says the 1.7 percent average increase is at or below the rate of inflation as measured by the Consumer Price Index — although actual percentage price increases for various products and services vary.

Prices will also change for other mailing services, including Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services. Larger volume business mailers will see price increases in a variety of categories. Detailed pricing information is available online at