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USPS announces postal rate increases for 2013

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Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Postal Service will increase postal rates effective Jan. 27 by an average 2.57%. First-class postage will increase by one cent, to 46 cents; standard mail of various sorts and sizes—used most often by commercial mailers—will see a 2.72% average increase. Priority Mail flat rates will see much higher increases: Small-box postage will rise 8.41%, medium boxes will increase 8.81%, large boxes will cost 9.06% more, and overseas military mail will cost an additional 10.41%. Parcel Post, moving into the “competitive packages” category, will see a 21% average postage increase. International shippers will face double-digit increases, including a 59% rise in the First Class Package International category.
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