WMU News

Postage rates increase June 30

June 26, 2002

KALAMAZOO -- Postage rates for U.S. mail will increase effective Sunday, June 30. A standard 1 ounce first-class letter mailed--postmarked--after Saturday will require 37 cents postage.

Overall, First Class Mail rates will increase an average of 7.9 percent. The single-piece 1 ounce First Class Mail rate will increase from $0.34 to $0.37, and the single-piece card rate from $0.21 to $0.23. The additional ounce rate for single-piece First Class Mail items will remain at $0.23.

Rates will also increase between 7 and 14 percent for other classes of mail and mail services, including Priority Mail, Express Mail and Business Reply Mail.

For First Class Mail, business mailers will see larger automation presort discounts, and there will be a lower additional ounce rate for presorted and automation First Class Mail items. The carrier route automation discount and the nonautomation presort discount will remain at current levels. The proposed increase in automation discounts and the proposed half-cent reduction in the workshare additional-ounce rate will result in more attractive rate incentives, especially for large-volume First Class Mail service users who presort and mail heavier pieces.

For more information about changes in postal rates, contact your local post office, or visit the U.S. Postal Service Web site at <www.usps.com>.

Media contact: Thom Myers, 269 387-8400, thomas.myers@wmich.edu

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