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November 15

November 15, 2005

New Prices Effective January 8

The Governors of the U.S. Postal Service voted November 14 to accept the Postal Rate Commission's recommendation to increase most postal rates and fees by approximately 5.4 percent.

This price increase the first since 2002 is needed to fulfill a federal law passed in 2003 that requires the Postal Service to place $3.1 billion in an escrow account by October 1, 2006. Without this federal mandate, it would not have been necessary to raise prices in 2006. Among the adjustments, the single-piece rate for First-Class Mail will increase from 37 cents to 39 cents, and the postcard rate will increase by one cent, to 24 cents.

The Board of Governors set Sunday, January 8, 2006, as the effective date for the new rates and fees.

New rate and fee tables are available online at usps.com/ratecase. Downloadable tables will be available shortly.

Following are selected rate and fee changes:

Rate

Current

New

First-Class Mail Letter (1 oz.)

37

39

First-Class Mail Letter (2 oz.)

60

63

Postcard

23

24

Priority Mail (1 lb.) and Flat Rate Envelope

$3.85

$4.05

Priority Mail Flat Rate Box

$7.70

$8.10

Express Mail (1/2 lb.) and Flat Rate Envelope

$13.65

$14.40

Express Mail (over 1/2 lb., up to 2 lb.)

$17.85

$18.80

Fee

Current

New

Certified Mail

$2.30

$2.40

Delivery Confirmation Retail (Priority Mail)

45

50

Delivery Confirmation Retail (First-Class Mail Parcels)

55

60

Return Receipt (Original Signature)

$1.75

$1.85

Return Receipt (Electronic)

$1.30

$1.35

Money Orders (Up to $500)

90

95

Premium Forwarding Service (Weekly Fee)

$10.00

$10.40