Information on mailing letters and packages is available on the Postal Service’s Web site, www.usps.com, along with other services and products available at the post office.
Following is some information you might need to send mail:
- Domestic mail (this is anywhere in the U.S.) is priced according to weight and mailing class.
- Packages may be insured (the fee depends on the value declared).
- First-class and priority mail items may be registered or certified to provide a record of mailing and receipt. The clerk in the post office will provide the necessary forms. There is an additional fee for these services.
- To send mail, you may put stamped, addressed letters in your mailbox, raising the red “flag” on the side of the box to the vertical position to let the mail carrier know there is mail to be collected.
- Parcels weighing more than 16 ounces must be taken to the post office; mailing cost depends on the weight of the item.
- It costs less to mail books if no written message is enclosed.
- Overseas mail may be sent by air or surface. Packages require a completed green customs declaration label, available in post offices.
- For proof of mailing and delivery of international mail, use registered mail.
Stamps are sold at post offices and many supermarkets. Retail packaging and mailing stores, and many grocery stores, sell stamps and will mail parcels, although they charge a fee for these services.
Other Delivery Services
Other compares offering worldwide package delivery and express mail include:
Packages from Outside the USA
All incoming foreign parcels are sent to the U.S. Customs Service for examination. If duty has to be paid on items in the parcel, the U.S. Customs Service will attach a form showing the amount to be paid. The payment of this duty, plus a processing fee, is collected by the post office, and the post office also charges another fee for doing this. For more information go to http://www.cbp.gov/.