The US Postal Service has quietly raised rates for Priority Mail.
You’ll pay more to ship that package of baseball cards or piece of sports memorabilia if you head to the post office today.
US Priority Mail prices have gone up 55¢ for anything but the smallest packages, an increase of 6%. It’s the first time the USPS is raising the prices for their competitive shipping services at a different time of the year than their non-competitive services like stamps.
Express Mail, Priority Mail, Parcel Select and International Shipping Services went up as of this week. The Priority Flat Rate envelope has risen from $4.80 to $4.95, the Regular Flat Rate box jumped from $9.80 to $10.35 and the Large Flat Rate box is up $1– from $12.95 to $13.95. The Express Flat Rate envelop is also up $1– to $17.50.
The postal service is also introducing a new, smaller Priority Mail flat-rate box. The new box is priced the same as the flat-rate envelope and provides an option for customers sending smaller items that require sturdy packaging and the convenience of flat rate pricing.
The Postal Service’s non-competitive rates will increase again in May of 2009. Those increases will be announced at a later date.