What are the Shipping Options for Small Business Owners?

There are five shipping options available in addition to depositing shipments at a Post Office™ facility*.

  1. Leave it for your letter carrier when they deliver your mail. This may be limited to the room your letter carrier has in his vehicle.
  2. Deposit in a Collection Box. This may be limited depending on the weight of the mail pieces.
  3. Deposit in your business mailbox.
  4. Package Pickup is a requested next day (or other designated day) service. There is no extra charge for the pickup (regardless of the number of items requested for pickup). Pickup will occur with mail delivery or collection. Individual items cannot exceed 70 pounds or 130 inches in total length and girth. Free package pickup service can be scheduled up to a year in advance.
    • To qualify for free Package Pickup Service, your pickup must include a Priority Mail Express® shipment, a Priority Mail® shipment, an international shipment, or a returns package; packages of other mail classes may also be picked up, in combination with the four aforementioned products.
  5. Scheduled same day pickup is available with Pickup on Demand® service. There is a fee for Pickup on Demand® service per trip regardless of the number of items scheduled for pickup. Individual items cannot exceed 70 pounds or 108 inches in total length and girth. Subject to availability.

For additional information on Pickup on Demand® fees, go to www.usps.com/pickup.

Notes:

  • * Mail pieces weighing more than 13 oz. bearing postage stamps for postage must be brought to an employee at a Post Office™ retail counter.
  • All mail must have the same return information as the location where the mail is being picked up from.

Eligibility of Classes/Services for Free Package Pickup:

  • Priority Mail Express® service
  • Priority Mail® service
  • Priority Mail Express® or Priority Mail Open and Distribute® shipments
  • First-Class Package Service® items
  • International shipments:
    • Global Express Guaranteed® service
    • Priority Mail Express International® service
    • Priority Mail International® service
    • First-Class Package International Service® shipments
  • Returns Package:
    • Merchandise Return
    • Parcel Return
    • Bulk Parcel Return

Eligibility of Classes/Services for Pickup On Demand® service:

  • Priority Mail Express® service
  • Priority Mail® service
  • First-Class Mail® parcels
  • First-Class Package Service® shipments
  • Parcel Select® service
  • USPS Retail Ground™ service
  • Package Service parcels
    • Bound Printed Matter
    • Library Mail
    • Media Mail® service
  • Priority Mail Express® or Priority Mail Open and Distribute® shipments
  • Global Express Guaranteed® service
  • Priority Mail Express International® service
  • Priority Mail International® service
  • First-Class Package International Service® shipments

Note: Mail pieces weighing more than 13 oz. bearing postage stamps for postage must be brought to an employee at a Post Office™ retail counter.

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