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Castillo de San Marcos Priority Mail envelope off sale Jan. 14

The United States Postal Service will discontinue sales of its $7.95 Castillo de San Marcos flat-rate prepaid Priority Mail envelope as of Jan. 14, 2022, according to a Dec. 6 report. The envelope is available in packs of five, 10 or 25 through the USPS Postal Store.

The first Priority Mail stamped envelope was the $3.85 Jefferson Memorial issued Dec. 29, 2003 (Scott U652).

The current envelope was issued Jan. 24 and features the $7.95 Castillo de San Marcos stamp image (Scott U701).

Forever Stamp Store’s reported in the Aug. 2 issue that the $7.95 Castillo de San Marcos envelope is the final Priority Mail prepaid stamped flat-rate envelope to be offered by the Postal Service.

Customers using the $7.95 Castillo de San Marcos envelope must apply additional postage between Oct. 3 and Dec. 25 to satisfy a holiday package mail surcharge imposed by the USPS.

The surcharge applies to Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, first-class package service, parcel select, retail ground and parcel return service.

The surcharge, which Forever Stamp Store’s reported in the Aug. 30 issue, adds 75¢ to the prices for Priority Mail and PriStamps USPSority Mail flat-rate boxes and envelopes.

This is the second year that the USPS has implemented a holiday surcharge similar to those imposed by other carriers.

The Postal Service will continue to offer a Priority Mail prepaid flat-rate envelope that is franked with a large printed postage indicia, much like the indicia that postal clerks place on parcels or can be purchased through self-service kiosks in selected post offices.

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