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233 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

233.1 Prices

233.11 Availability and Price Application — General

Except under 233.14 and 233.15, Priority Mail International shipments are charged postage for each addressed piece according to its weight and zone. See the Individual Country Listings for countries that offer Priority Mail International service.

233.12 Commercial Base Prices

Priority Mail International commercial base prices are generally less than Priority Mail International retail prices when postage is paid using a permit imprint under 233.222 or the online methods described in 233.231. See Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable price.

233.13 Commercial Plus Prices

For approved mailers, Priority Mail International commercial plus prices are generally less than Priority Mail International commercial base prices when postage is paid by a registered end-user of a USPS-approved PC Postage product, or a permit imprint under 233.222. See Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable price.

233.131 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.

233.132 Commercial Plus Pricing — Approval

Mailers meeting the minimum revenue thresholds under 233.131 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.

233.14 Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes

Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes are charged at a flat rate. The price does not depend on the weight of the item, but the weight cannot exceed the 4-pound weight limit. Postage is required for each piece (see Notice 123, Price List). A domestic Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope with prepaid postage may also be used for a Priority Mail International item provided that appropriate additional postage is added before mailing.

233.15 Priority Mail International Medium and Large Flat Rate Boxes

The Priority Mail International Medium and Large Flat Rate Boxes are charged at a flat rate. The price does not depend on the weight of the item, but the weight cannot exceed the 20-pound weight limit. Postage is required for each piece (see Notice 123, Price List).

233.16 Priority Mail International Parcels

Prices for parcels not using Flat Rate packaging vary by weight and country price group. See the Individual Country Listings.

233.2 Postage Payment Methods

233.21 General

Priority Mail International items may be paid with postage stamps, postage validation imprinter (PVI) labels, postage meter stamps, information-based indicia (IBI), PC Postage service, or permit imprint.

233.22 Permit Imprint
233.221 Permit Imprint — General

Payment for Priority Mail International shipments paid with a permit imprint through an advance deposit account is permitted only when requirements for commercial base prices or commercial plus prices (see 233.222) are followed. Postage paid with a permit imprint is subject to the general conditions in IMM 152.4 and in DMM 604 and 705.

233.222 Permit Imprint — Commercial Base or Commercial Plus Prices

Priority Mail International commercial base and commercial plus prices are generally less than Priority Mail International retail prices when postage is paid using a permit imprint. See Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable price. The commercial base price applies only to the postage portion of Priority Mail International prices. 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.

233.23 Online Postage Payment Method
233.231 Online Prices

For selected destination countries, Priority Mail International 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 an authorized PC Postage vendor.
  2. Commercial Plus Price: Registered end-users of an authorized PC Postage vendor.

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

233.232 Marking Requirements

Priority Mail International 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.
233.233 Determining Online Prices

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

233.3 Official Mail

233.31 Mailings by Federal Agencies

Priority Mail International shipments that are entered by federal agencies and departments are subject to the same standards under 230 as Priority Mail International shipments that are entered by nongovernmental entities.

233.32 Postal Service Mailings

Priority Mail International shipments that are entered by U.S. Postal Service entities are subject to the same standards under 230 as Priority 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.