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223 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

223.1 Prices

223.11 Availability and Price Application — General

Except under 223.12, Express Mail International shipments are charged postage for each addressed piece according to its weight and zone. For shipments presented in Express Mail pouches under an Express Mail Custom Designed Service agreement, each pouch is considered an addressed piece. See the Individual Country Listings for countries that offer Express Mail International service.

223.12 Express Mail International Flat-Rate Envelope Prices

Regardless of the actual weight of the mailpiece, the Express Mail International flat-rate envelope is charged at a flat rate. Postage is required for each piece (see Exhibit 223.12). A domestic Express Mail flat-rate envelope with prepaid postage may also be used for an Express Mail International item provided that appropriate additional postage is added before mailing.

Exhibit 223.12 

Express Mail International Flat-Rate Envelope

 

Canada & Mexico

$26.95

All other countries

$28.95

223.2 Postage Payment Methods

223.21 General

Express Mail International shipments may be paid with postage stamps, postage validation imprinter (PVI) labels, postage meter stamps, information-based indicia (IBI), PC Postage service, or a permit imprint under 223.22, or through the use of an Express Mail corporate account (EMCA). A written application is required prior to mailing with an Express Mail corporate account (see DMM 414.2).

223.22 Permit Imprint
223.221 Permit Imprint — General

Payment for Express Mail International shipments paid with a permit imprint through an advance deposit account is allowed only when guidelines for commercial base price incentives (see 223.222) are followed. Postage paid with a permit imprint is subject to the general conditions in 152.4, and DMM 604 and 705. An Express Mail International shipment using a permit imprint does not qualify for postage-refund guarantees under 221.2 for Express Mail International With Guarantee service destination countries.

223.222 Permit Imprint — Commercial Base Prices

Express Mail International commercial base postage prices are 8 percent below retail prices for all postage paid with a permit imprint. The commercial base price incentive applies only to the postage portion of Express Mail International prices. It does not apply to any other charges or fees, such as Pickup on Demand service, additional merchandise insurance coverage, or shipments made under a customized agreement.

To receive this commercial base price incentive, customers must meet the following requirements:

  1. Use USPS-produced Global Shipping Software (GSS). (To request information about GSS, send an e-mail to GSSHelp@usps.gov.)
  2. Pay for postage with a permit imprint through an advance deposit account or an Express Mail corporate account (see 223.23).
  3. Meet manifesting and permit imprint requirements.

Customers who are capable, on an annualized basis, of using Express Mail International service to tender at least 2,500 pieces or pay at least $50,000 in international postage should contact the Postal Service to discuss customized agreements (see 297).

223.23 Express Mail Corporate Account
223.231 Express Mail Corporate Account — Commercial Base and Volume Prices

Express Mail International commercial base prices are 8 percent, 10 percent, or 12 percent below retail prices for postage paid directly through an Express Mail corporate account (EMCA) as shown in Exhibit 223.231. There is no minimum volume requirement to receive the 8-percent incentive. The commercial base price incentives and the commercial volume price incentives apply only to the postage portion of Express Mail International prices. They do not apply to any other charges or fees, such as those for Pickup on Demand service, additional merchandise insurance coverage, or shipments made under a customized agreement. To receive commercial price incentives on postage, customers must use USPS-produced Global Shipping Software (GSS). Incentives are applied to each mailing (see 223.232).

Exhibit 223.231 

Express Mail Corporate Account Volume/Revenue Requirements

 

Annual Volume or Annual Postage

Commercial Base Price Incentive

Commercial Volume Price Incentive

Annual Volume

Annual Postage

No minimum

No minimum

8%

None

1,0002,999 pieces

$20,000$59,999

None

10%

3,000 pieces and above

$60,000 and above

None

12%

223.232 Application of Commercial Volume Price Incentive

A customer receives an incentive of 8 percent during the first postal quarter of the initial mailing and through the subsequent full postal quarter. Thereafter, the incentive for each postal quarter is determined by the actual annualized volume of Express Mail International shipments mailed in the previous full postal quarter or the actual annualized amount of postage paid for Express Mail International shipments in the previous full postal quarter, whichever is higher.

223.24 Online Postage Payment Method
223.241 Online Prices

For selected destination countries, Express Mail International items receive an 8-percent incentive below retail prices for the following online shipping methods:

  1. Click-N-Ship service.
  2. An authorized PC Postage vendor.
  3. An information-based indicia (IBI) postage meter used by the end-user customer, provided the meter electronically transmits customs data to the Postal Service.

The commercial base price is automatically applied to each shipment. The incentive applies only to the postage portion of the Express Mail International price. It does not apply to any other charges or fees, such as fees for Pickup on Demand service, insurance, or shipments made under a customized agreement.

223.242 Computing Online Postage

For each addressed mailpiece, compute the online postage price as follows:

  1. Find the retail price by weight and price group of the country in the Individual Country Listings.
  2. Multiply the retail price by 8 percent to obtain the discount amount.
  3. Subtract the discount amount (without rounding off) from the retail price, and then round off the result as explained in 152.32.

223.3 Official Mail

223.31 Mailings by Federal Agencies

Express Mail International shipments that are entered by federal agencies and departments are subject to the same standards under 220 as Express Mail International shipments that are entered by nongovernmental entities.

223.32 Postal Service Mailings

Express Mail International shipments that are entered by U.S. Postal Service entities are subject to the same standards under 220 as Express Mail International shipments that are entered by nongovernmental entities, except that U.S. Postal Service mailings must bear the G-10 permit indicia that are prescribed for all Postal Service official mail. See 142.2.