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216.4 Payment of Postage

216.41 Methods of Payment

Postage may be paid by postage stamps, postage validation imprinter (PVI) labels, postage meter strips, PC postage, or other payment methods noted on the Global Express Guaranteed Web site at www.usps.com/gxg.

216.42 Official Mail

Global Express Guaranteed shipments that are originated by federal agencies and departments are subject to the same postage payment requirements, weight and size limits, customs requirements, and general conditions for mailing as Global Express Guaranteed shipments that are originated by non-governmental entities.

Both Global Express Guaranteed Document Service shipments and Non-Document service shipments mailed by Postal Service entities must bear the G-10 permit indicia that is prescribed for all Postal Service official mail. There is a 70-pound weight limit for Postal Service-originated Global Express Guaranteed shipments going to all authorized destinating countries. See section 143.2.

217 Sizes and Weights

217.1 General

The weight, dimensional weight, and size limits set forth in this section are the same for both Global Express Guaranteed Document service shipments and Non-Document service shipments unless otherwise noted in the Individual Country Listings.

217.2 Weight Limits

The maximum weight is 70 pounds.

217.3 Dimensional Weight

The equation for determining dimensional weight is as follows:

Dimensional Weight = (Length x Width x Height)/166

When determining the dimensional weight, round each individual measurement down to the nearest whole inch. Determine the postage
rate for nondocument shipments by comparing the dimensional weight, (Length x Width x Height)/166, with the actual weight. Round the dimensional weight up to a full pound. For example, (14 x 10 x 6)/166 = 5.06, which is rounded up to 6 pounds.

Of these two weights (dimensional and actual scale weight), use the higher one for Global Express Guaranteed nondocument shipments, along with the appropriate rate chart for the service required. For document shipments, record the dimensions of 1" x 1" x 1" and use the actual weight to determine the postage.

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217.4 Size Limits

217.41 Minimum Size

An envelope or package must be large enough to hold on its face the postage and the plastic pouch that carries the Global Express Guaranteed Air Waybill/Shipping Invoice (shipping label). The shipping label is approximately 5.5 inches high and 9.5 inches long, and the plastic pouch that carries it is approximately 7 inches high and 12 inches long.

217.42 Maximum Size

Length and girth combined may not exceed 108 inches. Individual dimensions may not exceed 46 inches in length, 35 inches in width, and 46 inches in height.

218 Preparation Requirements

218.1 Preparation by the Sender

a. Prepare the item as a flat or package using either the Global Express Guaranteed envelope provided by the Postal Service or mailer-supplied packaging. Mailers using their own envelope or wrapping must also affix a Global Express Guaranteed sticker (Item 107PGG3) to the front and back of the item.

b. Complete the Global Express Guaranteed Air Waybill/Shipping Invoice (Item 11FGG1) to show the complete address of the sender and addressee. Items cannot be addressed to a post office box or an APO or FPO address.

c. Global Express Guaranteed Document Service Shipment Preparation: Complete the Shipment Details to show the contents in detail including description and estimated cost of reconstruction. A separate customs declaration is not used. Sign and date the mailer agreement.

d. Global Express Guaranteed Non-Document Service Shipment Preparation: Complete the Shipment Details to show the contents in detail including description, valuation, and country of manufacture. Non-Document service shipments cannot have a value that exceeds $2,499. A separate customs declaration is not used. Sign and date the mailer agreement.

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218.2 Preparation by Acceptance Employee

a. Check that the sender has properly completed the Global Express Guaranteed Air Waybill/Shipping Invoice.

b. Complete the postage transaction if the item is not prepaid.

c. Complete the "Origin" information.

d. Remove the customer's copy of the Global Express Guaranteed Air Waybill/Shipping Invoice and give it to the customer. Process the Global Express Guaranteed Air Waybill/Shipping Invoice according to directions on the shipping document.

218.3 Customs Forms Not Required

The Global Express Guaranteed Air Waybill/Shipping Invoice contains space for the sender to declare the contents. A separate postal customs declaration is not used.

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