Cost of Domestic Letter Shipping Per Ounce The importance of your letter The stamp number and type 1 oz. Or less 1 × Domestic Forever Stamp This is going to be 2 oz. 1 domestic everlasting stamp and 1 15 cent stamp 3 ounces 1 domestic everlasting stamp and 2 3.5 oz. 1 × Postcard, 1 x Forever Domestic Stamp, 7 x 3/4" x 4" Postcards
A first-class letter weighs a maximum of 11 oz. (including envelopes if applicable). Thus, a first-class letter can only be sent via U.S. mail with prices starting at $15.50 for local delivery. Large packets of letters are bundled together and shipped as second-class material for a lower rate. These rates are based on total weight of both envelope and contents without regard to dimension or shape of package. A large, heavy box may require more than one trip by truck to deliver it into the city post office.
The cost of first-class postage varies by zone. The following table shows the cost of mailing a first-class letter in various zones.
Zone Total Cost of First-Class Mailing Address Weight Price per Ounce North Dakota $0.45 Up to 5 oz. 59 cents East Alaska $1.20 Above 5 oz. And up to 7 oz. 65 cents West Alaska $1.20 Above 7 oz. And up to 10 oz. 70 cents Northwest Alaska $1.20 Above 10 oz.
So, when shipping a 1 ounce international letter from the United States, the current postage is $1.15, which is more than enough, or 2 Forever stamps plus any combination of extra stamps totalling 17 cents.
However, if you are sending a package weighting over 7 ounces, you will need additional postage. The exact amount depends on the destination but generally speaking, it should be at least $3.50. If your package is too large, even after weighing it, the courier company can only send it through the mail system once.
The easiest way to find out how much postage you need is to use one of the online postage calculators. There are several available websites that will calculate the cost of posting an item from different countries. You just have to provide information about the weight and size of your parcel in addition to its destination country and the calculator will give you an accurate estimate of what will be the cost of posting.
Some other factors to take into account when calculating postage rates are: type of service (Standard Post/Express Delivery), delivery address location (urban area/rural zone), payment method (cash on delivery/credit card).
Also important is the weight of your package. Postage rates increase as the weight increases.
So, when shipping a 1 ounce international letter from the United States, the current postage is $1.15, which is more than enough, or 2 Forever stamps plus any combination of extra stamps totaling $1.15. This may seem like a lot, but it's actually quite affordable compared to other countries where letters typically cost at least twice as much.
Let's look at some real world examples: A 4-ounce international letter sent from Canada to Australia costs $7.40, which includes five cents in Canadian postage. So, even though Australians get away with paying only 3 cents for their own mail, our example letter would still cost $11.80. Not very affordable! An 8-ounce international letter sent from Canada to France costs $15.90, which includes 5 cents in Canadian postage. Again, even at 3 cents per letter, that's more than most people would want to spend.
The best way to send an affordable international letter is to start with a 1 ounce letter. These can be mailed from the United States for $0.72 (78 cents). Then add some extra stamps from a country with low postal rates. In our example, we'd need two stamps - one from the United States and one from Australia or New Zealand. The postage for these is currently $0.72 each. Total cost: $1.44.
So, when shipping a 1 ounce international letter from the United States, the current postage is $1.15, which is more than enough, or 2 Forever stamps plus any combination of extra stamps totaling.17 cents.
United States Postage Stamps, 1890 Domestic Letter Rate: 2 cents per ounce.
Domestic First-Class Mail: Up to 1 ounce, $1.40; over 1 ounce but not more than 4 ounces, $1.20; over 4 ounces but not more than 8 ounces, $1.00; over 8 ounces but not more than 16 ounces, $0.80; over 16 ounces but not more than 32 ounces, $0.60; over 32 ounces but not more than 64 ounces, $0.40; and over 64 ounces, free.
International First Class Mail: $7.50 for up to 1 ounce, $5.50 for each additional ounce.
First-Class Package Mail: $15 for up to 1 pound, $12.50 for each additional pound.
Second-Class Mail: From 3 cents per letter up to $1 for each ounce of foreign postage.
Third-Class Mail: From 15 cents per letter up to $1 per ounce of foreign postage.
Fourth-Class Mail: Unlimited.
Rates for First-Class Mail Letters in 2020 Letters with Metered Postage (Stamps.com Rate) 1 ounce Flat/Large Envelope-1 ounce In 2020, the charge for a First Class Mail Letter (1 oz.) purchased at the Post Office will NOT INCREASE, staying at $0.55.
The cost of sending a first-class letter is determined by the rate for the amount of postage required. The $0.55 fee is in addition to the $0.45 Postal Service charge for standard mail. There are no discounts for bulk mailing.
In 2011, the price of a first-class stamp was increased from 50 cents to 55 cents. This increase was done to cover the rising costs of printing and producing stamps. Since then, there have been more increases to cover the increasing deficit which resulted in part from spending associated with President Obama's "Hope" campaign.
Since the start of 2012, the price of a first-class stamp has risen again, this time from 55 cents to 60 cents. The increase will help pay for improvements to roads across the country. It also generates extra revenue for maintenance and renovation projects such as bridges that need repair or replacement.
Since 1970, when postmasters began charging $0.35 for an ounce of letter mail, each increment has cost more, with the exception of 2005 and 2006 when the price remained at 55 cents due to changes made by Congress to prevent further increases.