Quick Service Guide 210
January 25, 2015
Except for Priority Mail Express Flat Rate packaging, Priority Mail Express prices are based on weight and zone. Items are charged the 0.5-pound price for weights up to 0.5 pound (i.e. If a piece weighs 0.25 pound, the weight (postage) increment is 0.5 pound). Items over a 0.5 pound are rounded up to the next whole pound (i.e. If a piece weighs 0.75 pound, the weight (postage) increment is 1 pound or if a piece weighs 1.2 pounds, the weight (postage) increment is 2 pounds).
Only USPS-produced Flat Rate packaging is eligible for the Priority Mail Express Flat Rate price, and is charged one flat price regardless of weight (up to 70 pounds) or domestic destination.
10:30 a.m. Delivery Fee: An optional fee is charged for a 10:30 a.m. request to have Priority Mail Express items delivered to an addressee within the delivery area of the destination facility where available.
Sunday/Holiday Premium: Delivery guaranteed for a Sunday or a holiday is charged a premium fee. No fee is charged for Sunday/holiday delivery when paying via a Priority Mail Express Manifest Agreement.
Commercial Plus Prices (213.1.4): Priority Mail Express commercial plus prices are lower than commercial base and retail prices and are available to existing and new customers whose account volume exceeds a minimum threshold or who have a customer commitment agreement with the USPS. Commercial plus prices are available for:
Priority Mail Express is a money-back guaranteed overnight to 2-day service that includes tracking, proof of delivery, and insurance coverage up to $100. Priority Mail Express envelopes and boxes are available from local Post Offices or online at www.usps.com at no additional cost. Customized preprinted labels also are available by contacting your local Post Office.
There are two Priority Mail Express labels – Label 11-B or Label 11-F. The wording for requesting or waiving a signature, will depend on the version of the label used. Most Post Offices should have labels that were updated in January 2012. However, labels prior to that date may still be used. Labels produced prior to January 2012 will have a "waiver of signature" box to check, while the updated labels will have a "signature required" box to check as follows:
Matter mailed in USPS-produced Priority Mail Express packaging is subject to Priority Mail Express prices regardless of how the packaging is reconfigured or how markings may be obliterated.
When sealing Flat Rate packaging, 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.
For each commercial Priority Mail Express item, the mailer must complete Label 11-B or Label 11-F, Label 11-HFPU for Hold for Pickup Service, or a single-ply Priority Mail Express label generated through Click-N-Ship or an USPS-approved method.
All commercial Priority Mail Express pieces must bear an Intelligent Mail package barcode. Mailpieces not meeting the requirements for use of unique Intelligent Mail package barcodes (IMpb) or an extra service IMpb will be assessed an IMpb noncompliance fee as outlined in Publication 199 available on RIBBS at https://ribbs.usps.gov/.
Commercial Priority Mail Express 1-Day and 2-Day items may be mailed at Post Offices, stations, and branches; dropped into Priority Mail Express collection boxes; handed to carriers; or picked up by the USPS.
Adult Signature services are available (503.8.0). Return receipt service is available (503.6.0). Collect on Delivery (COD) (503.12.1). Insurance against loss, damage, or rifling is included at no extra cost for coverage up to $100 (503.4.0). Additional merchandise insurance may be available up to $5,000, depending on the value and nature of the item. Claims must be filed within 90 days of the date of mailing (609.1.0).