Express Mail postage is charged for each addressed piece according to its weight and zone. For shipments presented in Express Mail pouches under an Express Mail Custom Designed agreement, each pouch is considered an addressed piece.
Except under 1.4, Flat-Rate Envelope, Express Mail items are charged the
Express Mail commercial base prices are 3 percent below retail Express Mail prices (see Exhibit 113.1.3). These prices apply to:
Material mailed in the USPS-provided Express Mail flat-rate envelope is charged $16.00, regardless of the actual weight of the piece or its destination. Only USPS-produced flat-rate envelopes are eligible for the flat-rate envelope price.
Quarterly rebates will be provided to customers whose account volume exceeds a minimum threshold and who either use an Express Mail Corporate Account (EMCA), including Federal Agency Accounts, or are registered end-users of PC Postage products when using a shipping label (e.g. Stamps.com, endicia, Pitney Bowes). These rebates are intended for end users; third-party consolidators and postage resellers are not eligible. Rebates are available for Express Mail volume mailed beginning July 1, 2008. Rebates are calculated based on volume of Express Mail mailed in a postal quarter. The quarterly rebate is credited to each qualifying mail owner's account. See Exhibit 1.5, Commercial Volume Rebates.
If the rebate expected is not received within 90 days after the close of the next postal quarter, an appeal may be made to manager, Mailing Standards. (See 608.8.0).
When delivery is guaranteed for a Sunday or holiday, there is a premium of $12.50, unless paying via an Express Mail Manifesting Agreement. Customers not desiring delivery on a Sunday or a holiday may avoid the premium by opting for guaranteed delivery on the subsequent delivery day.
May be combined with Priority Mail and Package Services pickups (see 507.6.0).
The Pickup on Demand fee is charged every time pickup service is provided, regardless of the number of pieces picked up, as described in 507.6.0.
Determine single-piece weight and weight (postage) increment for each addressed piece then identify the appropriate retail price and multiply the retail price by 3 percent. Subtract the discount amount (without rounding off) from the retail price and round off the result (see 604.7.1.3). For commercial Express Mail, pay for postage on each piece using an Express Mail Corporate Account (705.2.6), including Federal Agency Accounts, Click-N-Ship, or PC-Postage.
Mailers have the option to use Express Mail or Priority Mail for mailpieces required to be mailed as First-Class Mail. Complete descriptions of matter requiring the use of First-Class Mail are provided in 133.3.0.
Express Mail is an expedited service for shipping any mailable matter, with guaranteed delivery, subject to the standards below. Express Mail International is available between the United States and most foreign countries (see the International Mail Manual).
Matter closed against postal inspection includes First-Class Mail, Priority Mail, and Express Mail. The USPS may open mail other than First-Class Mail, Priority Mail or Express Mail to determine whether the proper price is paid. Material wrapped or packaged so that it cannot be examined easily or examined without destruction or serious damage is closed against postal inspection and is charged the appropriate First-Class Mail, Priority Mail or Express Mail price.
a. Customers may access delivery information on the Internet by visiting www.usps.com or calling 1-800-222-1811 toll-free and providing the article number. A delivery record, including the recipient's signature, will be faxed or mailed upon request.
b. When a waiver of signature is authorized by the customer, the delivery employee signs upon delivery if the addressee or addressee's agent is not available. The item must be left in a secure location. Customers who waive the signature requirement will be provided only the delivery date and will not receive an image of the signature when accessing the delivery record on the Internet or when calling the toll-free number. Restrictions for waiver of signature are defined in 503.1.1.6, Insurance and Indemnity, and 503.1.1.7, Additional Insurance.
Express Mail Next Day Delivery is available at designated USPS facilities, designated Express Mail collection boxes, or through Carrier Pickup or Pickup on Demand service, for overnight service to designated destination 3-digit ZIP Code delivery areas, facilities, or locations (Post Office to Addressee Service). Items are delivered to an addressee within the designated delivery area of the destination facility by noon or 3 p.m. on the next day. If delivery is not made, the addressee is notified, a second notice is left on the third day, and a second delivery is attempted upon customer request. For additional options, see 4.2.4, Hold for Pickup, and 4.4, Express Mail Custom Designed.
Next Day Delivery may not be available at or between all post offices or at all times of deposit. An Express Mail Next Day Delivery directory, showing detailed local information about Express Mail Next Day Delivery, is available at post offices.
Express Mail Next Day Delivery mail must be presented by the times authorized by the postmaster. Express Mail Next Day Delivery items mailed after the time authorized by the postmaster are accepted for delivery on the second day after mailing, subject to the standards for this service.
Under Hold for Pickup service, items presented under 4.2.1 are available for claim by the addressee at the destination facility by 10 a.m., 12 p.m., or 3 p.m. of the next day the destination office is open for retail business.
For Express Mail Next Day Delivery, the USPS refunds the postage for an item not available for customer pickup at destination or for which delivery to the addressee was not attempted, subject to the standards for this service, unless the delay was caused by one of the situations in 414.3.0, Postage Refunds.
Express Mail Second Day Delivery is available to any 3-digit or 5-digit ZIP Code destination not listed in the Next Day Delivery directory mentioned in 4.2.2 (Post Office to Addressee Service). Items are delivered to an addressee within the designated delivery area of the destination facility by noon or 3 p.m. on the second delivery day. If delivery is not made, the addressee is notified, a second notice is left on the third day, and a second delivery is attempted upon customer request. For additional options, see 4.3.4, Hold for Pickup and 4.4, Express Mail Custom Designed.
Under Hold for Pickup service, items presented under 4.3.3 are available to pick up by the addressee at the destination facility by 10 a.m., 12 p.m., or 3 p.m. of the second delivery day that the destination office is open for retail business.
For Express Mail Second Day Delivery, the USPS refunds the postage for an item not available for customer pickup at destination or for which delivery to the addressee was not attempted, subject to the standards for this service, unless the delay was caused by one of the situations in 414.3.0, Postage Refunds.
Express Mail Custom Designed is available only on a scheduled basis between designated USPS facilities or other designated locations for mailable matter presented under the service agreement between the USPS and the mailer.
Express Mail Custom Designed provided under a service agreement may be terminated by the USPS on 10 days' written notice to the mailer, if service cannot be provided for reasons beyond the control of the USPS or because of changes in USPS facilities or operations, or if the mailer fails to adhere to the terms of the service agreement or these standards.
For Express Mail Custom Designed, the USPS refunds the postage for an item not available for customer pickup at destination or not delivered to the addressee within 24 hours of mailing, unless the item was mailed under a service agreement that provides for delivery more than 24 hours after scheduled presentation at the point of origin or if the delay was caused by one of the situations in 414.3.0, Postage Refunds.
For Express Mail Military Service (EMMS), items presented at APO/FPO facilities before the published cut-off time are delivered the second day after acceptance. Items presented after the published cut-off time are delivered the third day after acceptance. For EMMS, the USPS refunds postage for an item not available for customer pickup at the APO/FPO of address or for which delivery to the addressee was not attempted domestically within the times specified by the standards for this service, unless the item was delayed by Customs; the item was destined for an APO/FPO that was closed on the intended day of delivery (delivery is attempted the next business day); or the delay was caused by one of the situations in 414.3.0, Postage Refunds.
EMMS (under 2.6, Express Mail Military Service (EMMS)) is available between the United States and designated APOs and FPOs to provide Department of Defense personnel stationed overseas, and others entitled to APO and FPO mailing privileges, an expedited delivery service to or from the United States. EMMS Custom Designed Service and EMMS drop shipment service are available to authorized APO/FPO destinations.
Express Mail Custom Designed, Express Mail Next Day Delivery, and Express Mail Second Day Delivery may be used to expedite movement of any other class of mail from one domestic USPS facility to another by Express Mail drop shipment, subject to the corresponding standards. For more information, see 705.17.0.