Services & Rates Manual
|First Class Mail Rates - single piece rates|
First ounce Letter size mail *
Each additional oz or fraction
$0.21/oz up to 3.5 oz.
|First ounce Flat size mail **||$0.98|
|Each additional oz. or fraction||$0.21/oz. up to 13 oz.|
|First ounce Parcel ***||$2.32 up to 3 oz.|
|Each additional oz. or fraction||$0.18 up to 13 oz.|
Standard Postcard ****
A NON-MACHINABLE SURCHARGE IN THE AMOUNT OF 21 CENTS IS REQUIRED FOR LETTERS THAT ARE SQUARE AND UNEVEN, IN ADDITION TO THE POSTAGE.
* Letters: (min. dimension: 5"L, 3-1/2"H, 0.007"W; max. dimension: 11-1/2" L, 6-1/8" H, 1/4" W, max. weight 3.5 oz.). Letter size mail over 3.5 ounces, see flat-size prices.
** Flats: (min. dimension: 11-1/2" L, 6-1/8" H, 1/4" W; max. dimension: 15" L, 12"H, 3/4" W)
*** Packages: Length + girth cannot exceed 108 inches (Parcel Post cannot exceed 130 inches)
**** Postcards: (min. dimension: 5" L, 3-1/2" H, 0.007"W; max. dimension: 6"L, 4-1/4" H, 0.016" W)
The United States Postal Service does not guarantee a specific time of delivery for first class mail. Letter size mail destined within 100 miles of Houston normally receives one to two day service.
Domestic PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS
DOMESTIC Priority Mail (as of 7/28/13 now has day-specfic service with estimated transit times of either 1-Day, 2-Day, or 3-Day based on the distance between the origin and destination ZIP codes.) is a quick method to send packages economically within the United States. The shipments are now trackable; enhanced USPS Tracking (formerly Delivery Confirmation) is now included automatically at no additional cost. $50 insurance automatically included without additional charge for loss, damage, and missing merchandise. First Class Maill automatically becomes Priority Mail if it is 13 oz. or more, up to a maximum weight of 70 pounds. Free Flat Rate envelopes and boxes are available at a flat price to any U.S. destination regardless of the actual weight and destination.The following flat rate envelopes and boxes are available:
Priority Flat-Rate Envelope (12 1/2 x 9 1/2) $5.60
Padded Flat Rate Envelope - $5.95
Legal Flat Rate Envelope - $5.75
SMALL Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box - $5.80
MEDIUM Priority Mail Flat-Rate Boxe - $12.35
LARGE Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box - $17.45 (domestic addresses)
LARGE Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box - $14.85 (APO/FPO/DPO destination addresses)
International Products and Pricing as of January 26, 2014. A FOREVER stamp for international mail is now available.
International mail products were realigned in 2012 to make them clear-cut and easy to use. The changes introduced the familiar and trusted USPS domestic product names - First-Class Mail®, Priority Mail®, and Express Mail® service - into the international product portfolio for retail customers. Shaped-based pricing is introduced with separate prices for letters, large envelopes (flats) and packages (small packets). This change aligns the price structure with the domestic First-Class Mail structure implemented May 2007. The weight limit for letters will be 3.5 ounces, and the weight limit for large envelopes and packages remains 64 ounces.
The nonmachinable surcharge of 21 cents applies to all letters weighing up to 3.5 ounces (the same as domestic First-Class Mail letters). The total number of country price groups expanded to nine - aligning the First-Class Mail International price groups with the price groups for Priority Mail International and Express Mail International.
Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) (formerly Global Express Guarantee -documents, and Global Express Guaranteed-nondocuments) (rates effective 1/26/14) is an expedited service for documents and merchandise items that is the product of a business alliance between the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx Express. GXG provides reliable, high-speed, date-certain service (1-3 business days) with money-back delivery gurantee to over 190 countires. Insurance up to $100 per shipment is included. Mailers may purchase additional insurance as limited by the destination country, content, or value. GXP is now available through the Campus Post Office.
Priority Mail Express International (formerly Global Express Mail) (rates effective 1/26/14) provides reliable, 3-5 buiness day delivery to more than 190 countries with money-back delivery guarantee to select destinations. Tracking is available. Specific average-days-for-delivery information to major destinatiaons is available via URL: http://www.usps.com/ as well as Post Offices.
Priority Mail International (formerly Airmail Parcel Post, Economy Parcel Post, Global Priority Mail) (rates effective 1/26/14) - available to more than 190 countries, 6-10 business day delivery and the same flat-rate packaging options as domestic Priority Mail Service. Maximum weight is 70 lbs.
Flat Rate Envelope ( 15" x 9 1/2") with a maximum weight of 4 lbs
Medium and Large Flat Rate Box (max. weight 20 lbs.) or the limit set by the individual country. Merchandise is permitted, but written communications having the nature of current and personal correspondence are not permitted
First-Class Mail International (formerly Airmail Letter Post, Economy Letter Post) This service provides a reliable and econmical means of sending correspondence (e.g. letters and postcs), documents, and lightweight merchandise weighing up to 4 pounds. Extra services, such as Registered Mail and Return Receipt, may be added on a country-specific basis.
Letters up to 2 ounces - $1.15; between 2 and 3 oz. - $1.61, up to 3.5 oz. - $2.08 - to all countries
Postcards - $1.15 to all countries
Large Envelopes - $2.29 first ounce to all countries (each additional ounce 21 cents)
Contact the campus Post Office (ext. 2538) for additional information and mailing supplies for Priority Mail and Express Mail and Flat Rate envelopes and boxes.
CUSTOMS FORMS HAVE TO BE PREPARED ONLINE. A COMPUTER, PRINTER AND PERSONAL ASSISTANCE COMPLETING THE FORM IS AVAILABLE TO THE CUSTOMERS OF THE CAMPUS POST OFFICE.
Letter mail, up to 3.3 oz., sent from the campus is processed as Presorted First Class mail. This process applies an Intelligent Mail (IMb) barcode to each piece and identifies recipients having a change of address registered with the United States Postal Service. The process of adding the barcoding and correcting addresses expedites the mail through the USPS distribution stream, frequently reducing several days in delivery.
On January 22, 2012, USPS introduced new value for automation and presort first-class letter mail: the "2nd Ounce Free". 2 ounce mail pays the 1-pounce postage rate. This does not affect your personal mail which still requires postage of an additional 21 cents for the 2nd ounce.
Domestic Flat-size mail includes letter mail over 3.5 oz, and Flats. This mail is processed in the most economical manner by Delivery Services staff. In most cases it is sent as First-Class mail.
This mail can be sent as bound printed matter if the contents include a bound piece, defined as a permanently bound (stapled, spiral, glued) item. The piece is sent at parcel rate and takes approximately 3 days longer than First- Class mail. Maxiumum weight limit is 15 pounds.
All mail with an address change is returned to the department with the coding of COA and a different address on it. To resend such mail, place it in a fresh envelope directed to the new address and place it into the campus system with your departmental mail card to be metered .
International mail is handled through an authorized USPS international consolidator. Letters are sent as International Priority Airmail (IPA). Flats are sent as International Surface Air Lift (ISAL). These pieces carry fixed US postage plus a poundage rate based on destination. The mail is airlifted to the destination country, deposited into that country's mail system, and handled as priority mail to its destination. All countries participate in the International Postal Services union, and this procedure is part of its service. This method should be used for mail directed to Latin America and developing Pacific Rim countries, as well as strife-torn countries.
International parcels are processed through the USPS directly. Each piece must bear customs forms if the package weighs 16 oz or more, regardless of contents. Contact the Campus Post Office at extension 4360 for specifics on which customs form is required.
Standard Mail includes all large-volume mailings with 200 identical pieces and no personal correspondence. See section on Bulk Mailings for further information.
This service should be used for parcels to domestic addresses. Parcels may be dropped into any collection box with appropriate postage affixed if the weight is under 13 oz. All packages weighing 13 oz or more MUST be presented to a postal clerk for packaging inspection and identity stamping. If such a package is placed in a collection box, it will be returned to the sender. ALL PARCELS MAY BE PLACED IN THE CAMPUS MAIL AND THE APPROPRIATE PROCEDURES WILL BE FOLLOWED.
Approximate Delivery Schedule Distance Delivery Time 100 Miles 3-4 Days 150 Miles 5 Days 300 Miles 6 Days 600 Miles 7 Days 1000 Miles 8 Days 1400 Miles 9 Days 1800 Miles 10 Days Over 1800 Miles 11 Days
Parcels can weigh up to 70 pounds. Parcels can measure up to 108 inches in combined lenght and girth. Anything over 70 pounds or it exceedes 108 inches in combined length and girth, must pay oversized rates. To compute Standard Post rates, go to Postal Explorer at pe.usps.com and click on "Retail/Single Piece" under Rate Claculators in the left frame. For zone charts click on "Zone Charts" in the left frame.
Two or more items may be mailed as a single piece if they are of the same shape and form and do not exceed the limitations when securely fastened together.
Parcels can be mailed as Standard Post, Media Mail or Library Mail.
Bound Printed Matter can only be used for departmental mail.
SPECIAL SERVICES FOR DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL MAILDelivery Service maintains U.S. Postal Service Firm Mailing Books that include details on each item that is sent through campus mail as insured, certified, or registered mail.
Registered mail should be used for the protection of monies, critical documents, jewelry, and other items of value. This service is available for domestic and international mail.
The shipper is required by law to declare the full value of each item presented for registration.
The USPS provides indemnity of up to $25,000 in the event of loss or damage for an additional fee. Should the value of items exceed $25,000, contact the Campus Post Office. The following fees are in addition to postage.
Certified mail should be used for mailing important documents, notices and first class items of no monetary value. This is a domestic service only. Return receipts for Registered and Certified mail must have a department and mail stop number to assure they are returned to the originating department.
Extra Services Certificate of Mailing $1.30 Certified Mail $3.30 USPS Tracking (formerly Delivery Confirmation) Priority Mail FREE
USPS Tracking - First-Class Mail (parcels only) - Retail
$1.05 USPS Tracking - Standard Post FREE USPS Tracking - Package Service $1.05 Registered Mail Fee $11.95 on up (depending on declared value) in addition to postage Return Receipt* (requested at time of mailing) $2.70 (to whom, when and address) Return Receipt* (receive electronically) $1.35 (requested at time of mailing) Return Receipt for Merchandise (Form 3804) $4.40 (requested at time of mailing)
Return Receipt requested after mailing* (form 3811-A)
$5.25 (receive by fax, mail, or e-mail) Signature Confirmation First-Class Mail (parcels only) (retail) $2.90 Signature Confirmation Priority Mail (retail) $2.90 Signature Confirmation Standard Post (parcels only) (retail) $2.70 Signature Confirmation Parcel Select (customer generated electronic label)
*(in conjuction with another service)
Insured mail provides indemnity coverage for First Class, Parcel Post, and Priority Mail. Maximum coverage is $5,000. The mail pieces have the same delivery schedule as Priority Mail. Delivery Services maintains United States Postal Service Firm Mailing Books that include details on each item sent as registered, certified, or insured and processed through Delivery Services' normal procedures.
|Insured Mail Rates|
|Up to $50||$2.10|
|$50.01 to $100||$2.60|
|$100.01 to $200||$3.30|
|$200.01 to $300||
|per each addt. $100||$1.25|
|Express Mail Insurance||Fee|
|$0.01 to $100.00||$0.00|
|$100.01 to $200.00||$1.00|
|$200.01 to $500.00||$2.60|
|per ea. addt. $500||