Special Handling-Fragile - Service and Cost

SERVICE FEATURES

  • Mail is given preferential handling to the extent practical
  • Provides additional care for plants, animals, and sensitive items and merchandise
    • Unless sent by First-Class Mail®, First-Class Package Service®, Priority Mail®, or Priority Mail Express®, Special Handling-Fragile is required for parcels containing honeybees or baby poultry
  • Travels at the same speed of the class of mail it was sent. Special Handling-Fragile does not provide preferential delivery.
  • Does NOT insure articles against loss or damage
  • Must be marked "Special Handling-Fragile" (or S.H.-Fragile)
    • Except for parcels containing cremated remains, which are either marked as such or have Label 139 affixed.

      Grey Label with Cremated Remains written on it

WHERE TO PURCHASE & COST

Special Handling-Fragile Service can only be purchased at a Post Office™ and the fee is $10.25, in addition to postage.

 

MAIL/SHIPPING SERVICES AVAILABLE WITH SPECIAL HANDLING-FRAGILE

  • Priority Mail Express®
  • Priority Mail®
  • First-Class Package Service®
  • First-Class Mail®
  • USPS Retail Ground™
  • Parcel Select®
  • Bound Printed Matter
  • Library Mail
  • Media Mail®

 

EXTRA SERVICES THAT COMBINE WITH SPECIAL HANDLING-FRAGILE

  • Collect on Delivery (COD)
  • Insurance
  • Signature Confirmation™
  • Return Receipt (if purchased with insurance over $500.00, COD, Registered Mail, or Signature Confirmation Restricted Delivery)
  • Return Receipt for Merchandise

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