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FedEx Information

USC faculty and staff who would like more information on the benefit associated with USC's contract with FedEx should click on the following links:

 

USC Logo Stamps

USC Logo Stamps - Mailing and Material Management Services is happy to introduce first class mail postage stamps with the USC logo.  They are available for purchase at the Mail Stop located in the Parking Structure C (PSX) lobby.

Price: $8.50 - 1 Sheet of 10 USC Stamps (each stamp $0.44 first class).

Click here or click the image below to view the stamps with the USC logo.

 

United States Postal Services (USPS)

 
Postage Rate Increase - Sunday, January 26, 2014  

On January 26, 2014 the U.S. Postal Service® will implement new postage rates for several mail classes including First Class Package Service, Priority Mail® and Priority Mail Express® along with many special services.

  • First Class Letters (1 oz.) will increase by three cents to $0.49 from $0.46. Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.21 (up one cent from 2013).
  • NEW! The USPS has introduced a new First Class letter rate for the "Metered Mail" category, which includes online postage providers and postage meters. This new rate would be $0.48, one cent below the retail rate of $0.49 for First Class Letters.
  • First Class Flats (1 oz.) will increase by six cents to $0.98 from $0.92. Each additional ounce will cost an extra $0.21 (up one cent from 2013).
  • Postcard rates will increase by one cent to $0.34 from $0.33.
  • NEW! A new "Zone 9" delivery zone has been introduced to represent U.S. territories and freely associated states (Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and Palau) for Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express.
  • NEW! Priority Mail International: The maximum weight for Rate Group 2 (Mexico) has been increased to 70 lbs. from 44 lbs.
  • NEW! The following countries are now also eligible for USPS Tracking™: Estonia, Finland, Gibraltar, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Portugal, and Singapore.
Post Office/Retail Rates
Letters 2014 Postage Rates 2013 Postage Rates
First-Class Mail letter (1 oz.) Stamp $0.49 Metered $0.48 $0.46
First-Class Mail letter - each additional ounce $0.21 $0.20
First-Class Mail Flat/Large Envelope (1 oz.) $0.98 $0.92
First-Class Mail Flat/Large Envelope - each additional ounce $0.21 $0.20
Postcard $0.34 $0.33
   
Flat Rate Envelopes 2014 Postage Rates 2013 Postage Rates
Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Envelope $19.99 $19.95
Priority Mail Express Padded Flat Rate Envelope $19.99 $19.95
Priority Mail Express Legal Flat Rate Envelope $19.99 $19.95
   
Packages 2014 Postage Rates 2013 Postage Rates
Priority Mail Express (0.5 lb.) $16.95 and up $14.10 and up
Priority Mail Express Flat Rate Box $44.95 $39.95
Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box $17.45 $16.85
Priority Mail APO/FPO/DPO Large Flat Rate Box $15.45 $14.85
Priority Mail Regional Rate Box C $16.00 and up $15.86 and up
First Class Mail® Package Service (1 oz.) $2.32 $2.07
Media Mail (1 lb.) $2.69 $2.53
   
International 2014 Postage Rates 2013 Postage Rates
Global Express Guaranteed (0.5 lb.) $51.50 and up $49.95 and up
Priority Mail Express Intl (0.5 lb.) $35.25 and up $33.95 and up
Priority Mail Express Intl Flat Rate Box -Canada $66.95 $64.95
Priority Mail Express Intl Flat Rate Box - Other Countries $84.95 $79.95
Priority Mail Express Intl Flat Rate Envelopes -Canada $35.95 $34.95
Priority Mail Express Intl Flat Rate Envelopes -Other Countries $46.50 $44.95
Priority Mail Intl (1 lb.) $29.25 and up $28.25 and up
Priority Mail Intl Flat Rate Envelopes - Canada $20.55 $19.95
Priority Mail Intl Flat Rate Envelopes - Other Countries $24.75 $23.95
Priority Mail Intl Small Flat Rate Box - Canada $20.55 $19.95
Priority Mail Intl Small Flat Rate Box - Other Countries $24.75 $23.95
Priority Mail Intl Medium Flat Rate Box -Canada  $42.25 $40.95
Priority Mail Intl Medium Flat Rate Box - Other Countries $61.75 $59.95
Priority Mail Intl Large Flat Rate Box - Canada $55.75 $53.95
Priority Mail Intl Large Flat Rate Box - Other Countries $80.50 $77.95
First Class Package Intl Service - Canada (1 lb.) $10.95 $10.55
First Class Mail Intl Letters - Mexico & Canada (1 oz.) $1.15 $1.10
First Class Mail Intl Letters - Other Countries (1 oz.) $1.15 $1.10
   
Special Services 2014 Postage Rates 2013 Postage Rates
Certified Mail™ $3.30 $3.10
Certificate of Mailing $1.30 $1.20
Registered Mail™ $11.95 and up $11.20 and up
USPS Tracking $1.05 $0.90
Restricted Delivery $5.05 $4.75
Return Receipt - (mail) $2.70 $2.55
Return Receipt - (electronic) $1.35 $1.25
Return Receipt - (for Merchandise) $4.40 $4.10
Signature Confirmation™ $2.90 $2.70

 

 
   
   
Changes for Folded Self-Mailers in 2013 - January 5, 2013  

As we told you in an eTip earlier this year, the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) published the final regulations for folded self-mailers (FSM's) and other unenveloped pieces in the December 1, 2011 Federal Register. These final rules take effect on January 5, 2013, so mailers need to make plans to use up remaining stock and to make design changes for affected mailpieces that will mail after the effective date. As part of the changes, the USPS renamed pieces designed to carry discs and expanded the standards that apply to tabs to include folded self-mailers (FSM's). These new rules do not apply to cards, envelopes, booklet style letters or mailpieces designed to carry discs.

The Changes
The notice lays out the specifications for the size requirements for FSM's:

  • Length: A minimum of 5 inches and a maximum of 10 1/2 inches
  • Height: A minimum of 3 1/2 inches and a maximum of 6 inches
  • Thickness: A minimum of 0.007 inch; (0.009 inch if the height exceeds 4 1/4 inches or if the length exceeds 6 inches); the maximum thickness is 1/4 inch
  • Maximum Weight: 3 ounces
  • Rectangular, with four square corners and parallel opposite sides.
  • Within an aspect ratio (length divided by height) of 1.3 to 2.5, inclusive (see Domestic Mail Manual 601.1.4)
  • Maximum number of panels, bi-fold, tri-fold and oblongs: 12 for FSM's constructed of non-newsprint paper
  • Exception: Quarter folded self-mailers made of a minimum of 100 lb book grade paper may have 4 panels and those made of 55 lb newsprint must have at least 8 panels and may contain up to 24 panels.

The proposals include the definition of a "panel" and lengthy descriptions of permissible fold and panel configurations. The sealing options provided are numerous, including the optimal continuous glue line as well as three or four glue spots, three or four elongated glue lines, and various tabbing options. Many of the options are dependent on the paper basis weight and number of folds or panels. There are also a number of options for other design elements, such as die cuts, perforations, loose enclosures and attachments.

Effective Date
Due to the looming January 5, 2013 effective date, we strongly encourage mailers to review these new regulations and start making plans for any necessary design changes to future mailpieces. Many mailpieces, or components of mailpieces, are designed and prepared months in advance of the actual mailing date and may be kept in stock for remailings. Before you design and order mailpieces for 2013, please review these new rules so that you do not get stuck with additional postage charges or, worse, unmailable pieces.

Further information
For more detailed information on these new rules, click on the links above for the Federal Register notice or the Folded Self-Mailer Reference Material document, the Folded Self-Mailer landing page on the RIBBS web site.

 
   
   
International Mail with Customs Declaration Form (PS Form 2976 and 2976-A) - January 27, 2013  

On January 27, 2013, the United States Postal Service (USPS) will revise the mailing standards to require that customs information for international packages is electronically transmitted to the USPS.  This update will assist the Postal Service and other federal agencies in monitoring mailers’ compliance with federal export regulations that, among other things, prohibit certain goods from being sent to persons, entities, or countries determined to be adverse to U.S. interests.  

The majority of international mail items will require a customs form.  The type of customs form required will depend on the service and the declared value of the mail piece.  First-Class Mail International items and Priority Mail International Flat Rate envelopes that weigh less than 16 oz. and no more than ¾" thick (with only documents enclosed) are excluded.  

To ensure USC is compliant with these requirements, it is very important that departments sending international mailings (i.e. books, merchandise, small packets, etc.) fill out the customs form electronically.  The information required is the sender's name, department, address, accurate and detailed contents of the package and the declared value.  As the mailing agent for the university, we will submit the information electronically to the USPS for all departments.  Customs forms received that are handwritten or incomplete will be returned to the department.

To fillout and print customs forms online Please visit the USPS customs forms website at: https://cns.usps.com/go/ShippingInformationAction_input.

For customs forms information please visit the USPS website at: http://pe.usps.gov/text/imm/immc1_008.htm#ep1014060.