Quick Service Guide 420
January 2, 2011
Physical Standards (401.1.0)
Maximum weight: 70 pounds.
Maximum length and girth: 108 inches.
Prices and Fees (423.1.0)
For a complete listing of commercial Priority Mail prices, see Notice 123-Price List.
Except for Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes, Flat Rate Boxes, and commercial plus cubic mailpieces, Priority Mail commercial base and commercial plus prices are based on weight and zone. Mailpieces are charged per pound; any fraction of a pound is rounded up to the next whole pound.
Balloon Price: Parcels addressed for delivery to Zones 1-4 that weigh less than 20 pounds but measure more than 84 inches (but not exceeding 108 inches) in combined length and girth are charged the 20-pound price for the zone to which addressed.
Dimensional Weight Price: Postage for parcels addressed for delivery to Zones 5-8 and exceeding 1 cubic foot (1,728 cubic inches) is based on the actual weight or the dimensional weight, whichever is greater. (See QSG 120, Retail Priority Mail, for examples on how to measure dimensional weight.)
Matter mailed in USPS-produced Priority Mail packaging is charged one flat price regardless how much the item weighs (up to 70 pounds) or domestic destination. Only USPS-produced Flat Rate packaging is eligible for Priority Mail Flat Rate pricing. For a complete list of Flat Rate packaging items, see the Flat Rate Quick Reference section of Notice 123-Price List.
Regional Rate Boxes are for Priority Mail commercial parcels and Merchandise Return Service (MRS) parcels returned at Priority Mail prices. The Regional Rate Box is available for Priority Mail commercial base and commercial plus customers, it is not available for mailers using BRM, Parcel Return Service (PRS), or for customers who pay postage at retail Post Office locations. Regional Rate Boxes exceeding the maximum weight per Box A or Box B, will be assessed Priority Mail commercial base or commercial plus (volume thresholds apply) prices based on weight and zone (4184.108.40.206).
Critical Mail is a sub-category of Priority Mail and is available only for automation-compatible letters (up to 3 ounces) and automation flats (up to 13 ounces) bearing Intelligent Mail barcodes (223.1.4 and 323.1.4).
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 (433.2.0). All mailable matter may be sent as Priority Mail, except matter prohibited by standards (e.g., certain hazardous materials) (601.8).
Postage Payment and Documentation (424)
Commercial base and Regional Rate Box prices are available for postage paid through:
Commercial plus prices are available to existing and new customers who qualify for commercial base prices and whose account volume for the previous year exceeds a combined total of 5,000 letter-size and flat-size (including Flat Rate Envelopes, but not the Padded Envelope); or a combined cumulative volume exceeding 75,000 total pieces (letters, flats, and parcels); or who have a customer commitment agreement with the USPS.
Commercial plus cubic prices are available to existing and new customers who qualify for commercial base prices and whose account volume exceeds 250,000 for the previous year or have a customer commitment agreement with the USPS, and who are:
Postage Statement: PS Form 3600-R or approved facsimile; other documentation may be required by standards for payment method used. No postage statement is required if metered postage is affixed.
Mail Preparation (425)
Matter mailed in USPS-produced Priority Mail packaging is subject to Priority Mail prices regardless of how the package is reconfigured or how the marking may be obliterated.
When sealing a Flat Rate Box or Flat Rate Envelope, the container flaps must be able to close within the normal folds. Tape may be applied to the flaps and seams to reinforce the container provided the design of the container is not enlarged by opening the sides and the container is not reconstructed in any way.
Each piece must include a complete delivery and return address with the correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code (602.1.0).
Marking on each piece: ''Priority Mail'' must be placed prominently on the address side of each mailpiece.
Except for permit imprint or Merchandise Return Service, the following price markings are required in the postage area (425.2.0):
Enter and Deposit (426)
Deposit: Packages with Click-N-Ship, IBI metered postage, or PC Postage may be deposited in collection boxes or at an acceptance point designated by USPS.
Delivery: At mailer's option, uninsured mail may be left in a protected place if endorsed "Carrier-Leave If No Response" (508.1.2).
Open and Distribute Shipments: see 705.17.0.