Minimum Weight: none
Maximum Weight: 15 pounds (for Bound Printed
Matter); 70 pounds (for Parcel Post, Media Mail, and Library
Package Services is a class of mail primarily
intended for merchandise, catalogs, and other printed material.
Package Services does not receive expedited service.
There are four subclasses of Package Services (see below).
Each subclass is best suited for a certain kind of mail,
so be sure to pick the one that best suits your mailing.
Package Services does not include free forwarding and
return, but mailers can use ancillary service endorsements
to tell the Postal Service how to treat undeliverable
Unendorsed Package Services, mail that
is refused or is otherwise undeliverable will be returned
to the sender rated postage due, except for Bound Printed
Matter. Unendorsed, undeliverable Bound Printed Matter is
disposed of at the local office.
You can enhance the service and convenience of Package
Services by adding extra services such as insurance and
Delivery Confirmation. These services are available for
a small fee.
Postage discounts are available for bulk
quantities of Package Services that meet additional standards
for volume, presort, and destination entry.
If you are mailing merchandise, compare the costs and service
between Priority Mail and Package Services. In many cases,
the postage costs are very similar to Priority Mail but
Priority Mail gets there faster and includes free forwarding
Used for mailing merchandise, books, circulars, catalogs,
and other printed matter. There are bulk rates and destination
entry rates available for mailers who are sending large
quantities of Parcel Post. There also is a barcoded discount
available for Parcel Post pieces.
Bound Printed Matter
Bound Printed Matter must:
a. Consist of advertising, promotional, directory, or editorial
material (or any combination of such material).
b. Be securely bound by permanent fastenings such as staples,
spiral binding, glue, or stitching. Loose-leaf binders and
similar fastenings are not considered permanent.
c. Consist of sheets of which at least 90% are imprinted
by any process other than handwriting or typewriting with
words, letters, characters, figures, or images (or any combination
d. Not have the nature of personal correspondence.
e. Not be stationery, such as pads of blank printed forms.
There are presorted rates, carrier route rates, and destination
entry discounts available for bulk quantities of Bound Printed
Matter. The minimum quantity is 300 pieces. There also is
a barcoded discount available for Bound Printed Matter pieces.
Generally used for books (at least eight pages), film, printed
music, printed test materials, sound recordings, play scripts,
printed educational charts, loose-leaf pages and binders
consisting of medical information, and computer-readable
media. Advertising restrictions apply. There are presorted
rates available for bulk quantities of Media Mail (minimum
quantity is 300 pieces). There is also a barcoded discount
available for Media Mail.
Used by qualifying institutions like libraries, universities,
zoos, and research institutions to mail educational and
research material. There are presorted rates available
for bulk quantities of Library Mail (minimum quantity
is 300 pieces). There is also a barcoded discount available
for Library Mail.