Italian postal rates for internal ordinary mail went up from 41 to 45 cents on 1 January and priority mail rates came down from 62 to 60 cents. The changes have caused chaos among tobacconists, one of the main suppliers of stamps in Italy, because the new denominations have not yet been printed. The post office has said that it will put more one, two and three-cent stamps into circulation so that tobacconists will still be able to sell the old 41 cent stamps but it is difficult to know how they will cope with the decrease in the price of the priority mail stamps. Many of them are threatening to striking in protest against the confusion.