USPS Homepage

235 Mail Entry and Deposit

235.1 Place of Mailing

235.11 Items Requiring a Completed Customs Declaration

Except as provided in 235.12, a mailer may not deposit a Priority Mail International item that requires a completed customs form into a collection box, Postal Service lobby drop, Automated Postal Center (APC) drop, or customer mailbox, or at a Postal Service dock or other unattended location. In addition, these mailpieces are precluded from Pickup on Demand service under 235.2 and Carrier Pickup service under 235.3. Customers must present such items to an employee at a Post Office retail service counter. Customers who enter volume mailings paid with a permit imprint under 233.22 must enter such items through a business mail entry unit (BMEU) or, when authorized by the district BMEU manager, through an authorized detached mail unit (DMU) at a mailer’s plant. The Postal Service will return improperly presented items to the sender for proper entry and acceptance.

235.12 Items Bearing a Completed Customs Declaration With an Electronic Round Date

Priority Mail International items that have the mailing label, customs form (including an electronic round stamp), and postage prepared and paid online through Click-N-Ship service on usps.com, the eBay integrated shipping solution, or an authorized PC Postage vendor Web site may be deposited by one of the following methods:

  1. At a Postal Service retail counter.
  2. Through Pickup on Demand service (see 235.2).
  3. Through Carrier Pickup service (see 235.3).
  4. Into a Postal Service lobby drop.
  5. Into an Automated Postal Center (APC) drop.
  6. In a collection box.
  7. In a customer mailbox.
235.13 Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes Not Requiring a Customs Declaration
235.131 General

A Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope meeting the conditions in 123.6 is the only Priority Mail International item that can be mailed without a customs label. See 235.132 through 235.134 for specific conditions.

235.132 Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes Weighing 13 Ounces or Less and Paid With Postage Stamps

A Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope (see 232.51) weighing 13 ounces or less, bearing only postage stamps, and not requiring a customs declaration (see 123.6) may be deposited by one of the following methods:

  1. At a Postal Service retail counter.
  2. Through Pickup on Demand service (see 235.2).
  3. Through Carrier Pickup service (see 235.3).
  4. Into a Postal Service lobby drop.
  5. Into an Automated Postal Center (APC) drop.
  6. In a collection box.
  7. In a customer mailbox.
235.133 Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes Weighing More Than 13 Ounces and Paid With Postage Stamps

A customer may not deposit a Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope (see 232.51) weighing more than 13 ounces, bearing only postage stamps, and not requiring a customs declaration (see 123.6) into a collection box, Postal Service lobby drop, Automated Postal Center (APC) drop, or customer mailbox, or at a Postal Service dock or other unattended location. In addition, these mailpieces are precluded from Pickup on Demand service under 235.2 and Carrier Pickup service under 235.3. Customers must present such items to an employee at a Post Office retail service counter. The Postal Service will return improperly presented items to the sender for proper entry and acceptance.

235.134 Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes Using Payment Methods Other Than Postage Stamps

A Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope (see 232.51) paid with online postage, postage meters, or information-based indicia (IBI) weighing less than 16 ounces and not requiring a customs declaration (see 123.6) may be deposited by one of the following methods:

  1. At a Postal Service retail counter.
  2. Through Pickup on Demand service (see 235.2).
  3. Through Carrier Pickup service (see 235.3).
  4. Into a Postal Service lobby drop.
  5. Into an Automated Postal Center (APC) drop.
  6. In a collection box.
  7. In a customer mailbox.

235.2 Pickup On Demand Service

Subject to the standards in 235.1, Pickup On Demand service is available for Priority Mail International items. There is a single charge for Pickup On Demand service (see Notice 123, Price List), regardless of the number of items scheduled for pickup. A pickup can include any or all of the following items:

  1. Global Express Guaranteed items.
  2. Express Mail International items.
  3. Priority Mail International items.
  4. Express Mail items.
  5. Priority Mail items.
  6. Package Services items.

235.3 Carrier Pickup Service

No pickup fee will be charged when a Priority Mail International item or items are picked up during a letter carrier’s regular delivery stop or during a scheduled stop made to collect other mail not subject to a pickup fee. Pickup service is provided in accordance with the information in DMM 507.6; for more information, also visit the online site at usps.com/pickup.