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Postal Changes Coming in 2013

Posted Jan. 21, 2013

Several changes will take effect in January 2013 related to the United States Postal Service. Please see the information below and contact Steve Finley, mail services manager, at sfinley7@kent.edu with any questions.

  • On Jan. 27, the price for first class and most other postage will increase. After that date a first class stamp will cost 46 cents. Other classes of mail, such as Nonprofit, Priority and Express Mail, will increase an average of 2.5 -- 3 percent. Plan your mailings accordingly and let Mail Services assist you in obtaining the best postage rates available.
  • Also on Jan. 27, the Post Net barcode will be replaced by the Intelligent Mail barcode. Please check your Business Reply envelopes and stop using any with the old barcode, or you may get charged a non-automated return rate. You can email Finley to verify your barcode; be sure and include a copy of your current Business Reply envelope in the email. Mail Services can provide departments with the appropriate artwork for ordering new envelopes.
  • Effective immediately, customs forms for international packages must be completed online and attached to the package or taken to a post office and presented at the window for mailing. In order to send an international package through Mail Services at Kent State, you must complete and print out the proper form at http://webapps.usps.com/customsforms/ and attach it to the package. PS Form 2976 Customs Declaration is intended for packages weighing under four pounds, and Form 2976A is for packages weighing over four pounds.

Click here to see the Jan. 27 postage rate highlights.

Future changes deal with mail piece size, tabbing regulations and postage specifics and will be posted on the Mail Service website at www.kent.edu/mailservices as they become available.