Quick Service Guide 120
Retail Letters, Flats, and Parcels
May 12, 2008
Physical Standards (101.5.0)
Maximum weight: 70 pounds.
Maximum length and girth: 108 inches.
Prices and Fees (123.1.0)
Priority Mail offers 2-3 day service to most domestic destinations and is often used to expedite matter mailable as First-Class Mail, Periodicals, or Standard Mail. Priority Mail envelopes and boxes are available at no additional cost at post offices.
Flat-rate envelope: $4.80 (retail) or $4.75 (commercial), regardless of weight or destination, for material sent in a USPS Priority Mail flat-rate envelope available at post offices.
Regular flat-rate boxes: $9.80 (retail) or $9.30 (commercial), regardless of weight or destination, for material sent in USPS Priority Mail regular flat-rate boxes available at post offices.
Large flat-rate box: $10.95 (retail) or $10.50 (commercial) for APO/FPO destination addresses regardless of weight for material sent in USPS Priority Mail large flat-rate box.
Large flat-rate box: $12.95 (retail) or $12.50 (commercial) for domestic addresses regardless of weight for material sent in USPS Priority Mail large flat-rate box;
The commercial base prices (423.1.0) are available for customers who use one of the following approved payment methods: Click-N-Ship, registered end-users of PC Postage, and permit imprint with an electronic Delivery Confirmation barcode. Effective October 1, 2008, a routing barcode will be required.
Pickup On Demand service: $14.75 per stop (regardless of the number of pieces); service and information available by calling 1-800-222-1811 or at www.usps.com. Only one fee for Express Mail, Priority Mail, or Parcel Post picked up at same time (123.1.7).
Carrier Pickup: free; submit your request online at www.usps.com and have your Express Mail, Priority Mail, or international mail packages, with postage affixed, ready when your carrier arrives for your regular mail delivery.
Mailers have the option to use Express Mail or Priority Mail service for mailpieces required to be mailed as First-Class Mail. Unless Express Mail is used, Priority Mail prices are required for a mailpiece that weighs more than 13 ounces when the mailpiece contains matter that must be mailed as First-Class Mail, see 133.3.0. All mailable matter may be sent as Priority Mail, except matter prohibited by standards (e.g., certain hazardous materials). Matter mailed in USPS-provided Priority Mail packaging is subject to Priority Mail rates regardless of how the package is reconfigured or how the marking is obliterated.
Each piece must include complete delivery and return addresses with correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code (602.1.0).
Postage Payment and Documentation (124)
Postage statement: PS Form 3600-R or approved facsimile; other documentation may be required by standards for payment method used. No form required if metered postage is affixed.
Mail Preparation (125)
Marking on each piece: "Priority" or "Priority Mail."
Delivery: uninsured mail at mailer's option left in protected place if endorsed "Carrier—Leave If No Response" (508.1.2).
Open and Distribute shipments: standards (705.16.0).
For the specific DMM standards applicable to this category of mail, consult the DMM sections referenced above and the general sections within each DMM module.
Priority Mail envelopes, boxes, and other supplies are available by phone at 1-800-222-1811 or via the Web at shop.usps.com. Some items are available at post offices.