By Faye Gaston
The Union Springs Post Office signs announce the price increases on United States Postal Service (USPS) snail-mail that were effective beginning Sunday, August 29, 2021.
The increase in rates will enable the Postal Service to "grow revenue to help achieve financial sustainability to fulfill its universal service mission, as outlined in the ten-year Delivery to America Plan." The increase in mail prices will offset declining revenue due to first-class mail volume declines.
In the past ten years, mail volume has declined by 46 billion pieces, or 28 percent, and continues to decline.
First-class mail volume has dropped 32 percent in the past ten years, and single-piece first-class mail volume, including letters bearing postage stamps, has fallen 47 percent.
Under the current price increases, the Postal Service claims to still have some of the lowest letter-mail postage rates in the industrialized world and continues to offer a great value in shipping.
The increases are first-class mail single-piece letters, 1 ounce, from $.55 to $.58; first-class mail single-piece letters additional ounce, still $.20; first-class mail letters, metered 1 ounce, from $.51 to $.53; first-class mail domestic postcard from $.36 to $40; and first-class mail single-piece flats, 1 ounce, from $1.00 to $1.16.