423 Prices and Eligibility1.0 Priority Mail Commercial Base Prices and Fees1.1 Price ApplicationExcept under 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4, Priority Mail prices are charged per pound; any fraction of a pound is rounded up to the next whole pound. For example, if a piece weighs 1.2 pounds, the weight (postage) increment is 2 pounds. The minimum postage amount per addressed piece is the 1pound price. The Priority Mail price up to 1 pound is based on weight only; prices for pieces weighing more than 1 pound are based on weight and zone. See Exhibit 1.1, Priority Mail Commercial Prices. 1.1.1 AvailabilityThe commercial base prices are available for: b. Registered endusers of PC Postage products when using a shipping label (e.g. Stamps.com, endicia, Pitney Bowes). c. Customers using permit imprint with electronic Confirmation Services and effective October 1, 2008, a barcode under 708.5.0 for the ZIP Code of the delivery address. Exhibit 1.1 Priority Mail Commercial Prices
1.2 Balloon PriceParcels addressed for delivery to Zones 14 (including Local) that weigh less than 20 pounds but measure more than 84 inches (but not more than 108 inches) in combined length and girth are charged the applicable zone price for a 20pound parcel (balloon price). 1.3 Dimensional Weight Price for LowDensity Parcels to Zones 58Postage for parcels addressed for delivery to Zones 58 and exceeding 1 cubic foot (1,728 cubic inches) is based on the actual weight or the dimensional weight (as calculated in 1.3.1 or 1.3.2), whichever is greater. 1.3.1 Determining Dimensional Weight for Rectangular ParcelsFollow these steps to determine the dimensional weight for a rectangular parcel: a. Measure the length, width, and height in inches. Round off (see 604.7.0) each measurement to the nearest whole inch. b. Multiply the length by the width by the height. c. If the result exceeds 1,728 cubic inches, divide the result by 194 and round up (see 604.7.0) to the next whole number to determine the dimensional weight in pounds. 1.3.2 Determining Dimensional Weight for Nonrectangular ParcelsFollow these steps to determine the dimensional weight for a nonrectangular parcel: a. Measure the length, width, and height in inches at their extreme dimensions. Round off (see 604.7.0) each measurement to the nearest whole inch. b. Multiply the length by the width by the height. c. Multiply the result by an adjustment factor of 0.785. d. If the final result exceeds 1,728 cubic inches, divide the result by 194 and round up (see 604.7.0) to the next whole number to determine the dimensional weight in pounds. e. If the dimensional weight exceeds 70 pounds, the customer pays the 70pound price. 1.4 FlatRate Envelopes and BoxesAny amount of material may be mailed in a USPSproduced Priority Mail flatrate box or flatrate envelope. When sealing a flatrate box or flatrate envelope, the container flaps must be able to close within the normal folds. Tape may be applied to the flaps and seams to reinforce the container; provided the design of the container is not enlarged by opening the sides and the container is not reconstructed in any way. 1.4.1 FlatRate EnvelopesPrice and EligibilityEach USPSproduced Priority Mail flatrate envelope is charged $4.75, regardless of the actual weight of the piece or its destination. Only USPSproduced flatrate envelopes are eligible for the flatrate envelope price. 1.4.2 FlatRate BoxesPrice and EligibilityItems to an APO/FPO address may be shipped in the Priority Mail large flatrate box or in a special version of the box identified with the additional logo: "Americasupportsyou.mil." If the special version of the APO/FPO flatrate box is used for nonAPO/FPO addresses, the domestic or international large flatrate box prices will apply. Only USPSproduced flatrate boxes are eligible for the flatrate box prices. Each USPSproduced Priority Mail flatrate box, regardless of the actual weight of the piece or its destination, is charged: a. $9.30 for material sent in Priority Mail regular flatrate boxes (FRB1 or FRB2) to domestic and APO/FPO addresses. b. $10.50 for material sent in a Priority Mail large flatrate box to APO/FPO destination addresses (see 703.2.0). c. $12.50 for material sent in a Priority Mail large flatrate box to domestic destinations. 1.5 Pickup on Demand FeePriority Mail only, per occurrence: $14.75. May be combined with Express Mail and Package Services pickups (see 507.6.0, Pickup on Demand Service). 1.6 Determining SinglePiece WeightTo determine singlepiece weight in any mailing of nonidenticalweight pieces, weigh each piece individually. To determine singlepiece weight in a mailing of identicalweight pieces, weigh a sample group of at least 10 randomly selected pieces and divide the total sample weight by the number of pieces in the sample. Express all singlepiece weights in decimal pounds rounded off to four decimal places. 1.7 Computing PostageDetermine singlepiece weight increment for each piece and affix postage to each piece under 124.1.2, Affixing Postage—SinglePiece Mailings (as applicable) or, for permit imprint mailings, multiply the number of addressed pieces at each weight increment by the corresponding postage price. 2.0 Content Standards for Priority Mail2.1 GeneralAll mailable matter may be sent as Priority Mail, except matter prohibited by standards (e.g., certain hazardous materials). 2.2 Matter Required to be Mailed as FirstClass MailUnless Express Mail is used, Priority Mail prices are required for a mailpiece that weighs more than 13 ounces when the mailpiece contains matter that must be mailed as FirstClass Mail. Complete descriptions of matter requiring the use of FirstClass Mail are provided in 133.3.0. 3.0 Basic Standards for Priority Mail3.1 DefinitionPriority Mail is an expedited service and may contain any mailable matter weighing no more than 70 pounds except for APO and FPO mail subject to 703.2.0, Overseas Military Maill, and 703.4.0, Mail Sent by U.S. Armed Forces, and Department of State mail subject to 703.3.0. Priority Mail prices are based on zone and weight. 3.2 Service ObjectivesAll Priority Mail receives expeditious handling and transportation. The USPS follows uniform guidelines for distributing and delivering mail but does not guarantee delivery within the specified time. Local postmasters can provide more information. 3.3 Matter Closed Against Postal InspectionMatter closed against postal inspection includes FirstClass Mail, Priority Mail, and Express Mail. The USPS may open mail other than FirstClass Mail, Priority Mail or Express Mail to determine whether the proper postage 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 FirstClass Mail, Priority Mail, or Express Mail price.
