USPS second ounce rate
The cost to send Certified Mail may increase to $5.84 in 2011. That’s an overall $0.30 cent increase per letter. Today USPS Certified Mail letters cost $5.54 to send a 1 OZ Certified Mail letter with Return Receipt Requested green card. Certified Mail fee that costs $2.80 today is proposed to jump $0.15 cents $2.95 next year. Return Receipt service using old fashioned green cards will increase $0.10 cents to cost $2.40, or use the Return Receipt Electronic service that may increase $0.05 to $1.15 per letter. USPS First Class postage for up to 1 OZ will jump to $0.46 cents per letter starting in January 2011.
If you are like most businesses that need to send compliance and financial regulatory documents you will be looking for ways to reduce the Certified Mail costs. The Electronic Return Receipt – ERR provided with the USPS approved Certified Mail Envelopes provides postage savings and a web based solution to address each letter create certified mail forms including the firm sheet, address correction, postage, bar codes, tracking and delivery confirmation Electronic Return Receipt – ERR green card PDF. Companies can actually save $0.75 per mailing and this includes the cost of the envelope supplies, postage and 7 year secure data vault for compliance recordkeeping. No more forms to fill out, no more peeling and sticking. No more lost green cards or trips to the Post Office.
Current Certified Mail Envelope Letter Costs:
1. First-Class Postage $0.44 (letter size envelope, up to 1 oz in weight)
2. Certified Mail Fee $2.80
3. Electronic Return Receipt – ERR included with USPS Certified Mail Envelope $1.55
Total cost per letter $4.79 (Includes postage and material costs)
The company provides a free trial of the service and includes 2 Certified Mail Envelopes with Electronic Return Receipt – ERR when you register for the free trial (no credit card is needed). Of course you will still need to add postage ($2.80 + $0.44 = $3.24) but you save the cost of the $2.30 green card return receipt fee. Myrna Brown the President at Certified Mail Envelopes said “this trial allows companies to see how the service works and allows them to analyze the true savings”. We signed-up and received the web based login to address the letter or upload an Excel address list. We use it instead of going to the Post Office to print the Certified Mail bar codes, track the letter and print the proof of delivery reports from USPS. What we liked best was we no longer had to go to the Post Office and stand in long lines. You pay for what you mail; the service does not charge monthly fees or hidden costs. They allow us to upload PDF and Word document and they do all the work of printing and mailing the same day. I can access the critical compliance mail records securely 24/7 and have peace of mind I have each record stored for 7 years automatically. USPS has approved the Certified Mail Envelope so the start-up is fast and easy to use.
This is the link to the free evaluation: 2 Free Certified Mail Envelopes with Electronic Return Receipt Service
Certified Mail Envelopes – Free Trial Sign-Up:
Other 2011 Certified Mail postal rates include the cost to purchase the Return Receipt Electronic Signature. This proposed new rate increases to $4.85 per letter. USPS said the new postal rates must go up to help cover the potential $7 Billion loss that is projected for 2011. The second ounce of weight would also increase from 17 cents to 18 cents.
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