postage : Java Glossary


This is an abbreviated table of postage rates.
American Postage Rates
Last revised/verified: 2015-03-23
Cost $USD Ratio Type Weight
$0.491.00light letter within the USA0 to 1 ounces
$0.701.43midweight letter within the USA1 to 2 ounces
$0.911.86overweight letter within the USA2 to 3 ounces
$1.613.29heavy letter within the USA3 to 4 ounces
$1.152.35light letter to Canada0 to 1 ounces
$1.152.35midweight letter to Canada1 to 2 ounces
$1.613.29overweight letter to Canada2 to 3 ounces
$2.915.94heavy letter to Canada3 to 4 ounces
$1.152.35light International letter. Rate varies by country. England shown0 to 1 ounces
$2.134.35midweight International letter. Rate varies by country. England shown1 to 2 ounces
$3.126.37overweight International letter. Rate varies by country. England shown2 to 3 ounces
$5.1010.41heavy International letter. Rate varies by country. England shown3 to 4 ounces

The above table was automatically generated by a program called GrabPostageRates that screenscrapes the Canadian and US postal service websites. This helps ensure accuracy. It works by feeding various destinations and weights into the Canada Post or US Post Postal Rate calculator on their web page, pretending to be a human.

I had to discontinue the Canadian table when Postage Canada modified its website making it impossible to screenscrape information from it.

Permanent Stamps

Most Canadian $0.63/$0.85 stamps no longer usually spell out the denomination. They are still good for one letter even when the price rises. In Canada such stamps are called permanent stamps. Canada Post announced they are being discontinued, but they are still printing them and selling them. If you have choice, get permanent stamps. Otherwise it costs about $0.22 to upgrade each old stamp when the rates change. In the USA permanent stamps are called forever stamps. In the UK they are called non-value indicated stamps.


Postage meters get a discount. Postage meters also automatically adjust to new rates. Buying single stamps costs extra. The prettiest stamps require you to lick them. The more pedestrian ones are peel off and stick. They are the same price.

Printing the Tables

You could use FastStone Capture to snapshot either of the two panels above and print them out on card stock and store them with your postage stamps.

Mail Forwarding

Many American companies will only ship to the USA. You can use a forwarding service such as MyUs who give you an American mailing address and they forward any mail or packages you receive via DHL Express, FedEx Priority, USPS Express Mail or USPS Priority Mail.

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