USPS Homepage Skip NavigationUSPS Home | Postal Explorer Home
 
Go to previous section of document Link to chapter contents    Link to index Go to next section of document

230 Global Priority Mail

231 Description

231.1 General

Global Priority Mail® is an expedited airmail letter-post service providing fast, reliable, and economical delivery of all mailable items not over 4 pounds. Global Priority Mail items receive priority handling in the United States and in destination countries. Service is available only to destination countries identified in 231.4.

231.2 Allowable Contents

All items which may be sent as letter-post mail (see 241.1) are accepted in Global Priority Mail, provided that the contents are mailable and fit securely in the envelope or box. Items must fit comfortably within the envelope or box without distorting or bursting the container. Do not use excessive tape to keep the envelope or box from bursting. Use only one piece of tape to secure the flap. Global Priority Mail items may contain dutiable merchandise unless the country of destination specifically prohibits dutiable merchandise in letters. Any item that is prohibited in international mail is prohibited in Global Priority Mail. Refer to the "Country Conditions of Mailing" in the Individual Country Listings for individual country prohibitions.

231.3 Service Standards

Global Priority Mail is accepted at all Postal Service retail locations. Prepaid GPM items may be tendered to a letter carrier, deposited in an Express Mail street collection box, or placed in a Post Office facility or lobby mail drop.

Note: GPM mailings consisting of 200 or more identical pieces, which bear a permit imprint, must be deposited at a locally designated business mail entry unit.

Return to top of page

231.4 Destinations

See Exhibits 231.4a and b for a list of the destination countries (and service limitations, if applicable) to which Global Priority Mail (GPM) items may be sent and the rate group designation that is associated with each of those locations.

Exhibit 231.4a

GPM Destination Countries

Destination Country GPM Postage Rate Group Destination Country GPM Postage Rate Group
Aruba 5 Jamaica 5
Australia 4 Japan 4
Austria 5 Korea, Republic of 5
Bahamas 5 Liechtenstein 3
Barbados 5 Luxembourg 3
Belgium 3 Malaysia 5
Brazil (Service is limited to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo) 5 Mexico (Service is limited to Guadalajara, Mexico City, and Monterrey) 2
Canada 1 Netherlands 3
Chile (Service is limited to Santiago, Valparaiso, and Vina del Mar) 5 New Zealand (Includes Cook Islands and Niue) 4
China (See Exhibit 231.4b for applicable locations) 5 Norway 3
Colombia 5 Philippines 5
Costa Rica 5 Poland 5
Czech Republic 5 Portugal (Includes Azores and Madeira Islands) 3
Denmark 3 Saint Lucia 5
Dominican Republic 5 Saudi Arabia (Service is limited to Dammam, Jeddah, and Riyadh) 5
Finland 3 Singapore 5
France (Includes Corsica and Monaco) 3 South Africa 5
Germany 3 Spain (Includes Canary Islands) 3
Great Britain & Northern Ireland (Includes England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark, and the Isle of Man) 3 Sweden 3
Guyana 5 Switzerland 3
Hong Kong 5 Taiwan 5
Hungary 5 Thailand 5
Iceland 3 Trinidad & Tobago 5
India 5 Turks & Caicos Islands 5
Ireland 3 Vietnam 5
Israel 3 blank blank

Note: See Exhibits 232.11 and 232.12 for the GPM Flat-Rate Envelope rates and the Variable-Weight Option rates that correspond to Rate Groups 1-5, respectively.

Exhibit 231.4b

GPM Locations - China

Akesu

Aletai

Anshun

Anyang

Atushi

Baicheng

Baishan

Baotou

Beijing (Peking)

Bijie

Bole

Changchun

Changde

Changsha

Changzhou

Chanji

Chaozhou

Chengdu

Chenzhou

Chifeng

Chongqing

Conghua

Dali

Dalian (Dairen)

Datong

Dongguan

Enping

Fanyu

Foshan

Fuzhou (Fouchow)

Gaoming

Guangzhou (Canton)

Guiyang

Haikou

Hailaer

Hami

Hangzhou

Harbin

Hebi

Hefei

Hengyang

Heshan

Hetian

Heyuan

Huadu

Huaihua

Huaiyang

Huhehaote (Hohhote)

Huizhou

Jiangmen

Jiaozuo

Jieyang

Jilin

Jinan

Kaifeng

Kaiping

Kashi (Kashqir)

Kelamayi

Kuerle

Kuitun

Kunming

Lanzhou

Liangyungang

Liaoyuan

Liupanshui

Longyan

Loudi

Luoyang

Maoming

Meizhou

Nanchang

Nanhai

Nanjing (Nanking)

Nanping

Nantong

Nanyang

Ningde

Pingdingshan

Puyang

Qiandongnanzhou

Qiannanzhou

Qianxinanzhou

Qingdao (Tsingtao)

Qingyuan

Qinhuangdao
(Chinwangtao)

Quanzhou

Sanmenxia

Sanming

Sanshui

Sanya

Shanghai

Shangqiu

Shantou

Shaoguan

Shaoyang

Shenyang

Shenzhen (Shumchum)

Shihezi

Shijiazhuang
(Shihchiachuang)

Shizuishan

Shunde

Siping

Songyuan

Suqian

Suzhou (Jiangsu)

Tacheng

Taishan

Taiyuan

Taizhou

Tianjin (Tientsin)

Tonghua

Tongliao

Tongren

Tulufan (Turpan)

Wuhan

Wulanhaote

Wulumuqi (Urumqi)

Wuxi

Xiamen

Xian (Sian)

Xiangtan

Xiangxizizhizhou

Xinhui

Xining

Xinxiang

Xinyang

Xuchang

Yancheng

Yangjiang

Yangzhou

Yanji

Yinchuan

Yining

Yiyang

Yongzhou

Yueyang

Yunfu

Zengcheng

Zhangjiajie

Zhangzhou

Zhanjiang

Zhaoqing

Zhenjiang

Zhenzhou

Zhongshan

Zhoukou

Zhuhai

Zhumadian

Zhuzhou

Zunyi

Return to top of page

232 Postage

232.1 Rates

232.11 Flat-Rate Envelope Postage Rates

Each Global Priority Mail flat-rate envelope is charged at a flat rate. The rate is based on the geographic rate zone regardless of its actual weight. Postage is required for each piece. (See Exhibit 232.11.)

Exhibit 232.11

Flat-Rate Envelope Postage Rates

Envelope Rate Group 1
(Canada)
Rate Group 2
(Mexico)
Rate Group 3 Rate Group 4
(Australia, Japan,
New Zealand)
Rate Group 5
Small $4.25 $4.25 $7.50 $7.50 $7.50
Large 5.25 5.25 9.50 9.50 9.50

Return to top of page

232.12 Variable-Weight Option Postage Rates

Global Priority Mail variable-weight rates are calculated in half-pound (or fraction thereof) increments based on the weight of each piece (up to 4 pounds) and the destination geographic rate zone. Each GPM mailpiece that is paid for on that basis must have a variable-weight sticker affixed to the address side or be enclosed in a Postal Service-furnished flat-size (Tyvek) envelope or cardboard box that is specifically intended for the transmittal of GPM items. (See Exhibit 232.12.)

Exhibit 232.12

Variable-Weight Option Postage Rates

Weight not over (lbs.) Rate Group 1 (Canada) Rate Group 2 (Mexico) Rate Group 3 Rate Group 4 (Australia, Japan,
New Zealand)
Rate Group 5
0.5 $6.25 $7.50 $8.50 $9.50 $8.50
1.0 8.50 9.50 10.50 11.50 12.75
1.5 9.50 10.50 12.75 13.75 14.75
2.0 11.50 13.75 15.75 16.75 18.00
2.5 12.75 16.75 19.00 20.00 22.25
3.0 14.75 20.00 22.25 23.25 25.25
3.5 16.75 23.25 24.25 25.25 29.50
4.0 19.00 26.25 27.50 28.50 32.75

Return to top of page

232.2 Payment of Postage

232.21 Methods of Payment

Nonidentical-weight piece mailings must have the applicable postage affixed by adhesive stamps, meter stamps, or, if presented at a Post Office facility, postal validation imprinter (PVI labels). Identical-weight piece mailings may be paid by meter stamps, adhesive stamps, PVI labels, or permit imprint, subject to certain standards. To use a permit imprint, a mailing must consist of 200 or more identical-weight pieces. Mailers may use a permit imprint with nonidentical pieces only if authorized by the Postal Service under a Manifest Mailing System (MMS), as specified in DMM 705.

232.22 Permit Imprint Content and Format

All permit imprints on Global Priority Mail must show city and state, "Global Priority Mail," "U.S. Postage Paid," and permit number. They may show the mailing date, amount of postage paid, or the number of ounces.

232.23 Postage Meter Stamps

At a minimum, a meter stamp must show in the postmark the month, day, and year; city and state designation of the licensing Post Office facility; the number; and the amount of postage. See DMM 604.

233 Preparation Requirements

233.1 Addressing

All items must bear the complete delivery address of the addressee and the full name (no abbreviations) of the destination country. See 122.

233.2 Packaging

Flat-rate Global Priority Mail must be enclosed in a designated Postal Service envelope (EP-15A or EP-15B). Variable-weight Global Priority Mail must be tendered in a Postal Service Tyvek envelope (EP-15GP), a Postal Service Global Priority Mail box (O1099), or have a Global Priority Mail sticker (DEC-10) affixed to the address side of the mailpiece. (GPM mailing supplies can be obtained by calling 800-222-1811.) Unmarked pieces are subject to regular airmail letter-post rates and treatment.

Return to top of page

233.3 Customs Form Required

Use Exhibit 233.3 to determine the appropriate customs form for a GPM mailpiece.

Exhibit 233.3

GPM Customs Forms Requirements

If the GPM
mailpiece weighs

And it contains

Required Customs Form(s)
Less than 16 ounces Mail matter that is not potentially dutiable. None.
Less than 16 ounces Mail matter that is potentially dutiable mail and has a declared value of less than $400. Affix a completed PS Form 2976 (green label) to the outside of the package.
Less than 16 ounces Mail matter that is potentially dutiable mail and has a declared value of $400 or more. Place a completed PS Form 2976-A inside the package. Affix the upper portion of PS Form 2976 (green label) (cut on the dotted line and discard the lower portion) to the outside of the package.
16 ounces or more Mail matter that is not potentially dutiable and is entered by a "known mailer" (see 123.62). None.
16 ounces or more Mail matter of any type that has a declared value of less than $400. Affix a completed PS Form 2976 (green label) to the exterior of the mailpiece.
16 ounces or more Mail matter of any type that has a declared value of $400 or more. Place a completed PS Form 2976-A inside the package. Affix the upper portion of PS Form 2976 (green label) (cut on the dotted line and discard the lower portion) to the outside of the package.

Note: GPM customers who send flat-rate envelopes or variable-weight option packages that weigh 16 ounces or more, bear a permit imprint, and contain correspondence, business papers, or nondutiable printed matter are eligible for the "known mailer" exemption that is referenced in 123.62.

Return to top of page

234 Size and Weight Limits

234.1 Size Limits

234.11 Flat-Rate Envelope Sizes

a. Small - 6 x 10 inches.

b. Large - 9-1/2 x 12-1/2 inches.

234.12 Package Sizes for Variable-Weight Option

a. Minimum length and height: 5-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches.

b. Minimum depth (thickness): .007 inches.

c. Maximum length: 24 inches.

d. Maximum length, height, and depth (thickness) combined: 36 inches.

234.13 Rolls

a. Minimum length: 4 inches.

b. Minimum length plus twice the diameter combined: 6-3/4 inches.

c. Maximum length: 36 inches.

d. Maximum length plus twice the diameter combined: 42 inches.

234.14 Global Priority Mail Tyvek Envelope

The dimensions of the Global Priority Mail Tyvek envelope are 12 x 15-1/2 inches.

234.2 Weight Limit

All Global Priority Mail items are subject to a 4-pound weight limit.

235 Special Services

Mailers may obtain certificates of mailing (see 310). No other special services, such as registry, insurance, restricted delivery, return receipt, or recorded delivery, are available.

236 Mail Entry

236.1 Preparation

Unless otherwise instructed by Postal Service acceptance personnel, customers who tender Global Priority Mail at a business mail entry unit (BMEU) must separate the items by destination rate group and by flat-rate envelope size (i.e., small or large), if applicable. Mailpieces that bear a permit imprint or a postage meter impression must be faced in the same direction.

Return to top of page

236.2 Deposit of Mail

Global Priority Mail flat-rate envelopes and variable-weight option mailpieces, which bear either stamped or metered postage, may be deposited wherever Express Mail is accepted. This includes acceptance by a retail employee at a Post Office counter; acceptance by a letter carrier while a delivery route is being served; deposit into an Express Mail street collection box if the mailpiece weighs less that 16 ounces; or by telephoning 800-222-1811 to request pickup at the customer's premises. Global Priority Mail that bears a permit imprint must be deposited at a business mail entry unit or other acceptance point that is authorized by the postmaster. Global Priority Mail that bears a meter stamp or impression must be deposited at a location that is under the jurisdiction of the licensing Post Office facility, except as permitted under DMM 604.

236.3 Pickup Service

On-call and scheduled pickup services are available for Global Priority Mail acceptance cities. There is a charge of $13.25 for each pickup stop, regardless of the number of pieces picked up. Pickup service is provided in accordance with the information in DMM 507.5; for more information, also visit the online site at usps.com/pickup. Pickup service is not available for GPM items that bear a permit imprint and that are paid for through an advance deposit account.

Go to previous section of document Link to chapter contents    Link to index Go to next section of document