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213 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

213.1 Availability and Price Application — General

Global Express Guaranteed shipments are charged postage for each addressed piece according to its weight (or dimensional weight) and zone. See the Individual Country Listings for availability, additional details, and prices.

213.2 Postage Payment Methods — General

Global Express Guaranteed shipments may be paid with postage stamps, postage validation imprinter (PVI) labels, postage meter stamps, information-based indicia (IBI), PC Postage service, or permit imprint under 213.8.

213.3 Determining Postage for Global Express Guaranteed Service

213.31 USPS-Produced Global Express Guaranteed Envelopes

Postage for items mailed in USPS-produced Global Express Guaranteed envelopes is based on the weight of the piece. For items weighing 0.5 pound or less, the postage is the 0.5-pound price. For all other items, the postage is charged per pound or fraction thereof — any fraction of a pound is rounded up to the next whole pound.

213.32 Mailer-Supplied Packaging

Postage for items not mailed in USPS-produced Global Express Guaranteed envelopes is based on the dimensional weight, as calculated under 213.4, or the per-pound weight or fraction thereof rounded up to the next whole pound, whichever is greater.

213.4 Dimensional Weight

213.41 Determining Dimensional Weight for a Rectangular-Shaped Parcel

Follow these steps to determine the dimensional weight for a rectangular-shaped parcel:

  1. Determine the length, width, and height in inches. Round off each measurement to the nearest whole inch.
  2. Multiply the length by the width by the height.
  3. Divide the result by 166. For weights less than 0.5 pound, round up to 0.5 pound. For all other weights, round up to the next whole pound.
213.42 Determining Dimensional Weight for a Nonrectangular-Shaped Parcel

Follow these steps to determine the dimensional weight for a nonrectangular-shaped parcel:

  1. Determine the length, width, and height in inches. Measure the length, width, and height at their extreme dimensions. Round off each measurement to the nearest whole inch.
  2. Multiply the length by the width by the height.
  3. Multiply the result by an adjustment factor of 0.785.
  4. Divide the result by 166. For weights less than 0.5 pound, round up to 0.5 pound. For all other weights, round up to the next whole pound.

213.5 Destinating Countries and Price Groups

Global Express Guaranteed service is available to the destinating countries and territories listed in Exhibit 213.5. Countries are placed into one of eight price groups.

Exhibit 213.5 

Destinating Countries and Price Groups

* Only documents may be sent to a country marked with an asterisk.

 

Country Name

GXG Price Group

Afghanistan

6

Albania

4

Algeria

4

Andorra*

5

Angola

4

Anguilla

7

Antigua and Barbuda

7

Argentina

8

Armenia

4

Aruba

7

Ascension

No Service

Australia

6

Austria

5

Azerbaijan

4

Bahamas

7

Bahrain

6

Bangladesh

6

Barbados

7

Belarus

4

Belgium

3

Belize

8

Benin

4

Bermuda

7

Bhutan

6

Bolivia

8

Bosnia-Herzegovina

4

Botswana

4

Brazil

8

British Virgin Islands

7

Brunei Darussalam

4

Bulgaria

4

Burkina Faso

4

Burma (Myanmar)

No Service

Burundi

4

Cambodia

8

Cameroon

4

Canada

1

Cape Verde

4

Cayman Islands

7

Central African Republic

No Service

Chad

4

Chile

8

China

6

Colombia

8

Comoros

No Service

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

4

Congo, Republic of the

4

Costa Rica

8

Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

4

Croatia

4

Cuba

No Service

Cyprus

6

Czech Republic

4

Denmark

5

Djibouti

4

Dominica

7

Dominican Republic

7

Ecuador

8

Egypt

6

El Salvador

8

Equatorial Guinea

No Service

Eritrea

4

Estonia

4

Ethiopia

4

Falkland Islands

No Service

Faroe Islands

5

Fiji

8

Finland

5

France

3

French Guiana

8

French Polynesia

4

Gabon

4

Gambia

4

Georgia, Republic of

4

Germany

3

Ghana

4

Gibraltar

4

Great Britain and Northern Ireland

3

Greece

5

Greenland

5

Grenada

7

Guadeloupe

7

Guatemala

8

Guinea

4

Guinea-Bissau

No Service

Guyana

8

Haiti

7

Honduras

8

Hong Kong

3

Hungary

4

Iceland

5

India

6

Indonesia

6

Iran

No Service

Iraq

6

Ireland (Eire)

3

Israel

6

Italy

3

Jamaica

7

Japan

3

Jordan

6

Kazakhstan

4

Kenya

4

Kiribati

No Service

Korea, Democratic People’s Rep. of (North)

No Service

Korea, Republic of (South)

6

Kosovo, Republic of

4

Kuwait

6

Kyrgyzstan

4

Laos

8

Latvia

4

Lebanon

6

Lesotho

4

Liberia

4

Libya

4

Liechtenstein

5

Lithuania

4

Luxembourg

3

Macao

3

Macedonia, Republic of

4

Madagascar

4

Malawi

4

Malaysia

6

Maldives

6

Mali

4

Malta

5

Martinique

7

Mauritania

4

Mauritius

4

Mexico

2

Moldova

4

Mongolia

4

Montenegro

4

Montserrat

7

Morocco

4

Mozambique

4

Namibia

4

Nauru

No Service

Nepal

6

Netherlands

3

Netherlands Antilles

7

New Caledonia

8

New Zealand

6

Nicaragua

8

Niger

4

Nigeria

4

Norway

5

Oman

6

Pakistan

6

Panama

8

Papua New Guinea

8

Paraguay

8

Peru

8

Philippines

6

Pitcairn Island

No Service

Poland

4

Portugal

5

Qatar

6

Reunion

4

Romania

4

Russia

4

Rwanda

4

Saint Christopher and Nevis

7

Saint Helena

No Service

Saint Lucia

7

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

No Service

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

7

San Marino

3

Sao Tome and Principe

No Service

Saudi Arabia

4

Senegal

4

Serbia, Republic of

4

Seychelles

4

Sierra Leone

No Service

Singapore

3

Slovak Republic (Slovakia)

4

Slovenia

4

Solomon Islands

No Service

Somalia

No Service

South Africa

4

Spain

5

Sri Lanka

6

Sudan

No Service

Suriname

8

Swaziland

4

Sweden

5

Switzerland

5

Syrian Arab Republic (Syria)

No Service

Taiwan

3

Tajikistan

No Service

Tanzania

4

Thailand

6

Togo

4

Tonga

4

Trinidad and Tobago

7

Tristan da Cunha

No Service

Tunisia

4

Turkey

6

Turkmenistan

No Service

Turks and Caicos Islands

7

Tuvalu

No Service

Uganda

4

Ukraine

4

United Arab Emirates

6

Uruguay

8

Uzbekistan

4

Vanuatu

8

Vatican City

3

Venezuela

8

Vietnam

6

Wallis and Futuna Islands

4

Western Samoa

No Service

Yemen

6

Zambia

4

Zimbabwe

4

213.6 Commercial Prices

213.61 Commercial Base Prices

Global Express Guaranteed commercial base prices are generally less than Global Express Guaranteed retail prices when postage is paid using any of the online methods described in 213.7 or a permit imprint under 213.8. Commercial base pricing does not apply to participating retail Post Office locations. See Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable price.

213.62 Commercial Plus Prices
213.621 General

For approved mailers, Global Express Guaranteed commercial plus prices are generally less than Global Express Guaranteed commercial base prices when postage is paid by a registered end-user of a USPS-approved PC Postage product, or a permit imprint under 213.8. Commercial plus pricing does not apply to participating retail Post Office locations. See Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable price.

213.622 Commercial Plus Pricing — Eligibility

To qualify for commercial plus pricing, customers must agree to all terms and conditions in a standardized agreement with the Postal Service and tender at least $100,000 per year of international expedited products. For this purpose, “international expedited products” includes any combination of Global Express Guaranteed, Express Mail International, or Priority Mail International items.

213.623 Commercial Plus Pricing — Approval

Mailers meeting the minimum revenue thresholds under 213.622 must complete an agreement with the Postal Service by contacting their account manager, or USPS Global Business via e-mail at globalcpp@usps.gov, for a commitment agreement form or for additional information.

213.7 Online Postage Payment Method

213.71 Online Prices

For selected destination countries, Global Express Guaranteed items qualify for discounted prices (equal to the commercial base price or commercial plus price) when mailers use one of the following online shipping methods:

  1. Commercial Base Price: Click-N-Ship service; or registered end-users of USPS-approved PC Postage products.
  2. Commercial Plus Price: Registered end-users of USPS-approved PC Postage products.

The commercial base or commercial plus price is automatically applied to each shipment when using one of the postage payment methods above. The discount applies only to the postage portion of the Global Express Guaranteed 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.

213.72 Markings Requirements

Global Express Guaranteed mailpieces claiming the commercial base or commercial plus price paid with PC Postage must bear the appropriate price marking, printed on the piece or produced as part of the PC Postage indicia. Mailers must place the applicable marking directly above, directly below, or to the left of the postage using one of the following formats:

  1. Commercial Base Price, Commercial Base Pricing, or ComBasPrice.
  2. Commercial Plus Price, Commercial Plus Pricing, or ComPlsPrice.
213.73 Determining Online Prices

For each addressed mailpiece, refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable commercial base or commercial plus price.

213.74 Notification

For shipments paid online with Click-N-Ship service, an e-mail notification is provided to each customer showing the applicable postage amount, acceptance time, and date.

213.75 Postage Adjustments of Online Shipments

Use of the online service is subject to subsequent verification of the shipment’s payment, weight, and time of entry upon acceptance by the Postal Service. Shortpaid Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) shipments paid with Click-N-Ship service is collected automatically through this system (see 423.21).

213.76 Deposit of Online Shipments within 24 Hours

Customers paying postage online must enter their shipment via any of the methods outlined in 215.21 within 24 hours of the time when the label is printed or the transaction is voided.

213.8 Permit Imprint

213.81 Permit Imprint — General

Global Express Guaranteed items paid with a permit imprint through an advance deposit account is permitted only when requirements for commercial base prices or commercial plus prices (see 213.82) are followed. Postage paid with a permit imprint is subject to the general conditions in IMM 152.4 and in DMM 604 and 705. See Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable prices.

213.82 Permit Imprint — Commercial Base or Commercial Plus Prices

Global Express Guaranteed commercial base or commercial plus prices are generally less than Global Express Guaranteed retail prices when postage is paid using a permit imprint. The commercial base or commercial plus price applies only to the postage portion of Global Express Guaranteed prices. See Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable price. In addition, 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.
  3. Meet manifesting and permit imprint requirements under IMM 152.4 and DMM 604 and the manifesting requirements under DMM 705.

Note: When using GSS, no extra services such as insurance are available.

213.9 Official Mail

213.91 Mailings by Federal Agencies

Global Express Guaranteed shipments that are entered by federal agencies and departments are subject to the same standards under 210 as Global Express Guaranteed shipments that are entered by nongovernmental entities.

213.92 Postal Service Mailings

Global Express Guaranteed shipments that are entered by U.S. Postal Service entities are subject to the same standards under 210 as Global Express Guaranteed 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.