There are five principal categories of international mail that are primarily differentiated from one another by speed of service. They are Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG®) service, Express Mail International® service, Priority Mail International service, First-Class Mail International service, and First-Class Package International Service™.
Global Express Guaranteed is the U.S. Postal Service’s premium international mail service. Global Express Guaranteed is an expedited delivery service that is the product of a business alliance between the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx Corporation. It provides reliable, high–speed, time–definite service from designated U.S. ZIP Code™ areas to locations in most destination countries. Global Express Guaranteed is assured to meet destination–specific delivery standards or the postage will be refunded. If a shipment is lost or damaged, liability for loss or damaged merchandise or for document reconstruction is limited to a maximum of $100 or the amount of additional optional insurance purchased. The maximum weight limit for Global Express Guaranteed service is 70 pounds, but lower country-specific weight limits might apply. To determine the maximum weight limit for each country, see the Individual Country Listings or Publication 141, Global Express Guaranteed Service Guide.
The next level of service, in terms of speed and value-added features, is Express Mail International. Express Mail International is an expedited mail service that can be used to send documents and merchandise to most of the country locations that are individually listed in this publication. Express Mail International insurance coverage against loss, damage, or missing contents, up to a maximum of $200, is provided at no additional charge. Additional merchandise insurance coverage up to $5,000 may be purchased at the sender’s option to many countries. Document reconstruction insurance coverage is limited to a maximum of $100 per shipment. Country-specific maximum weight limits range from 22 pounds to 70 pounds. See the Individual Country Listings. Express Mail International shipments offer a date-certain, postage-refund guarantee to select destinations: see 221.2 and the Individual Country Listings to determine the availability of such service. For all other destinations, Express Mail International shipments are not subject to a postage refund guarantee if a delivery delay occurs.
Priority Mail International is subject to the provisions of the Universal Postal Union Parcel Convention with the exception of Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes. This classification is primarily designed to accommodate larger and heavier shipments whose size and/or weight exceeds the limits for First-Class Mail International Service or First-Class Package International Service. For countries that offer parcel service, maximum weight limits range from 22 pounds to 70 pounds. To determine the maximum weight limit for each country, see the Individual Country Listings. At the sender’s option, extra services, such as insurance coverage and return receipt service, may be added on a country-specific basis.
Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes are subject to the provisions of the Universal Postal Union Letter-post Convention and provide customers with an economical means of sending correspondence, documents, printed matter, and lightweight merchandise items to foreign destinations. The maximum weight limit is 4 pounds. Registered Mail service is available for Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes. Insurance is not available for Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes.
First-Class Mail International is a generic term for mailpieces that are letter-size or flat-size, that weigh 4 pounds or less, and that have a value that is $400 or less. First-Class Mail International items may contain any letter-size or flat-size mailable matter that is not prohibited by the destination country. Aerogrammes are no longer available for purchase. Previously purchased aerogrammes are mailable at the applicable First-Class Mail International letter-size price. At the sender’s option, extra services, such as Registered Mail and return receipt, may be added on a country-specific basis.
First-Class Package International Service is a generic term for mailpieces that are package-size (small packets), that weigh 4 pounds or less, and that have a value of $400 or less. First-Class Package International Service items may contain any package-size item (small packet) that is not prohibited by the destination country. At the sender’s option, extra services, such as registry and return receipt, may be added on a country-specific basis.