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Your Guide To Global Forever Stamp, Postage Rates And Sending Mail From the U.S.

2022 Global Forever Stamp African Daisy

If you are chasing your dreams in a foreign land, deep in the night when everything is at rest, and you want to send a letter to your lover in your hometown, if you want to express your thoughts in a somewhat old-fashioned but romantic way, you may need a global forever stamp on the envelope to cross the ocean. Do you not know what global forever stamps are? It does not matter because after reading this article, you will easily understand what a global forever stamp is.

What is a Global Forever Stamp?

The  Global Forever® stamp, also called the international forever stamp, is characterized by a round border and always bears the inscription ‘Global’ and ‘Forever’, which can be easily distinguished from other forever stamps. By the way, the year in which it was printed does not affect the value of the stamp.

Can the USA Global Forever stamps be used internationally?

The Global Forever stamp can be used to mail a one ounce letter to any country to which First-Class Mail International service is available. Valid for first-class postage at the current rate ($1.40 per stamp beginning in 2022), senders can use a Global Forever stamp as postage for any type of one-ounce international or domestic mail. Just affix a $1.40 First-Class Mail International Global Forever stamp to the upper right corner of the envelope, and you can send a letter or postcard weighing 1 oz to any other country in the world.

Where can I buy Global Forever Stamps?

1.USPS.com

You can order Global Forever Stamps through the USPS.com online store, and they will be mailed to you. It will take 3 to 5 business days for them to arrive to you. The stamps ordered online are only available in sheets, and a sheet of 20 stamps costs about $12.

2.Amazon/eBay/Shopping website.

Search for “Global forever stamps” on a shopping website, and you will find a wide selection of stamps and collectibles.

3.Other retailers that deal in philately.

There are many online stores such as Forever Stamp (foreverstampstore.com), Delivery Stamp (deliverystamp.com) and others. Also, if you want to buy a special stamp on a particular subject, you can visit the website and look around. Usually, you can find a variety of themes on the website, such as animals, vacations, landscapes, sports and more. The price for 5 books of 20 is about $40.

How many Forever Stamps do I need for Global?

The Global Forever Stamps are of course only valid for the 1 ounce. If an envelope is heavier (and/or exceeds certain dimensions regardless of weight), different postage rates apply! Go to the usps.com website and always let the rate calculator show you the best route for you based on the weight, size and shape of your mail piece.

You can use any valid U.S. postage stamp (that’s more than 99% of all stamps issued after the Civil War!) to pay for postage as long as the rate is correct.

If you are sending anything other than standard letters (e.g., “merchandise”), a customs form may also be required (but only if it is “merchandise”). So you’d better check with the post office, and on their website, you can find out if there are any restrictions on the type of items that can be sent to that country.

Also, remember that most shipments overseas NOT can be tracked unless you opt for the much more expensive “Registered Mail” option and/or use the “Priority Mail International” or “Express Mail” options.

Can I use global stamps to send something to the U.S.?

The short answer is yes. You can use Forever Stamps for international shipments. Since international prices are higher than domestic prices, you must apply additional postage, which means it is cheaper to buy an internal stamp than to use the more expensive global stamp. The value of the Forever Stamp is the price in effect on the day of use for a domestic First-Class Mail letter.

My foreign mail was sent some time ago, but it has not reached its destination. What is the cause of the delay?

Leprechauns and lazy elves aside, global events may affect the delivery of your mail and packages from the United States. Fortunately, the USPS provides up-to-date service announcements at USPS.com.

 

How many Global Forever Stamps has the USPS issued?

The first Forever stamp was issued in 2007, and after the popularity of the domestic Forever stamps, the first global Forever stamp was introduced after 6 years for Earth Day on January 28, 2013.

 

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, the Earth Day Forever stamp features a painting by USPS art director Antonio Alcalá that surrounds the Earth with small green lines, painted with gouache (a type of watercolor with opacity) on watercolor paper. The “Earth Day Global Forever Stamp” had a face value of $1.10.

2013 Global Forever Stamp - Earth

On October 24 of the same year, the Postal Service™ issued a Global Forever®: Evergreen Wreath international (Forever First-Class Mail priced at $1.10), featuring a wreath of evergreen branches, pine cones, Nandina berries and a red ribbon bow designed by Alan Talley. Whether symbolizing victory, the changing of the seasons, or religious celebrations, wreaths bring joy and good cheer, especially during the Christmas season.

2013 Global Forever Evergreen Wreath Forever Stamp

The third Global Forever stamp was inspired by an NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) model of Earth’s climate. In 2014, The Global: Sea Surface Temperatures Forever stamp was issued on April 22 and served as an iconic image, said Joshua Colin, vice president, area operations, U.S. Postal Service. “It symbolises the important role science plays in understanding the Earth and our climate.”

2014 The Global Sea Surface Temperatures Forever Stamp

Like the 2013 stamp, the second Global forever stamp was released for the 2014 holiday season. The Global: Silver Bells Wreath Forever® International Price stamp features a circle of tightly packed bells against a deep green background, with a red bow at the top of the wreath. As we all know, silver bells have long been associated with the Christmas season.

2016 Global Forever Stamp -The Moon

The stamp features a detailed photo of the moon, capturing the shiny surface of Earth’s only natural satellite. The global Forever stamp of 2016, the New Moon stamp, was out of this world on February 22. The moon and its regular phases have also had important social, spiritual and mythological influences on various peoples throughout history. The full moon holds a special allure for many cultures and is the subject of various folktales. The use of the moon as a design element for international stamps is romantic and appropriate.

2017 The Green Succulent Global Forever international rate stamp

The Green Succulent Global Forever international rate stamp was issued on April 28, 2017, and features a photo of an Echeveria, a succulent native to the Americas.

2018 Global Forever Stamp - Poinsettia

The 2018 Global Forever Stamp – Poinsettia features a photo of a poinsettia. The bright red plant was introduced to the American gardening public in 1829 at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s first exhibition – now known as the Philadelphia Flower Show – and soon became associated with the holidays in the United States.

2020 Chrysanthemum International Stamp

The 2020 International Chrysanthemum stamp features a bird’s-eye view of a pink chrysanthemum, showing the intricate design of the flower. The “Queen of Fall Flowers,” as the chrysanthemum is popularly known, is one of Americans’ favorite garden, cut and potted plants that not only looks beautiful, but can also be used as a medicinal agent to make drinks that are good for the human body. Blooming in autumn, chrysanthemum symbolizes joy and optimism in view of the upcoming winter months, and the flowers are popular all over the world.

The African daisy, a type of chrysanthemum flower, graces a new U.S. Postal Service global stamp as the Global Forever Stamp 2022. The stamp graphic features a photograph of an orange African daisy taken from above, showing the detail of the central disk, which is made up of tiny tubular flowers surrounded by petal-like ray florets.

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