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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)

 
2014 Holiday Shipping Dates  
With the holiday season approaching, we are reminding everyone to mail early to ensure delivery of their holiday cards and packages, especially to APO/FPO/DPO destination addresses, by December 25. Deadlines for mailing to specific APO/FPO/DPO ZIP Codes vary according to the specific classes of mail being sent to them. They are listed below.

 

We also remind mailers that all mail addressed to overseas military/diplomatic Post Offices is subject to certain conditions or restrictions regarding content, preparation and handling.

Those restrictions are listed by individual APO/FPO/DPO ZIP Code in each Postal Bulletin. To access this listing on the Internet, go to pe.usps.com, click Postal Bulletins in the blue navigation bar, and then select the Pull-Out Information section.

Domestic Mail Class/Product Cut Off Date
First-Class Mail® Dec. 20
Priority Mail® Dec. 20
Priority Mail Express®* Dec. 23
Standard Post™ Dec. 15
DNDC Drop Ship Dec. 19
DDU Drop Ship Dec. 22
International Mail**  
Priority Mail Express Military™ APO/FPO/DPO**  

* Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed Dec. 22-25
** See additional information below

Mail Addressed To

Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS)1

First-Class Mail Letters and Cards

Priority Mail

Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) 2

Space Available Mail (SAM) 3

Standard Post

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092

Dec. 17

 

Dec. 10

 

Dec. 10

 

Dec. 3

 

Nov. 26

 

Nov. 8

 

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093

N/A

 

Dec. 3

 

Dec. 3

 

Dec. 3

 

Nov. 26

 

Nov. 8

 

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-098

Dec. 17

 

Dec. 10

 

Dec. 10

 

Dec. 3

 

Nov. 26

 

Nov. 8

 

APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIP 340

Dec. 17

 

Dec. 10

 

Dec. 10

 

Dec. 3

 

Nov. 26

 

Nov. 8

 

APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962-966

Dec. 17

 

Dec. 10

 

Dec. 10

 

Dec. 3

 

Nov. 26

 

Nov. 8

 

1 PMEMS: is available to selected military and diplomatic Post Offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO/DPO address.

2 PAL: is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. It is available for Standard Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight and 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface price of postage for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.

3 SAM: parcels are paid at Standard Post prices with maximum weight and size limits of 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis.

 


International Mail Addressed To

Global Express Guaranteed®

(GXG®)***

Priority Mail Express International™

(PMEI)

Priority Mail International®

(PMI)

First-Class Package International Service™

(FCPIS®)

Africa

Dec. 18

Dec. 10

Dec. 2

Dec. 2

Asia/Pacific Rim

Dec. 17

Dec. 14

Dec. 9

Dec. 9

Australia/New Zealand

Dec. 17

Dec. 14

Dec. 9

Dec. 9

Canada

Dec. 19

Dec. 16

Dec. 12

Dec. 9

Caribbean

Dec. 18

Dec. 14

Dec. 12

Dec. 9

Central & South America

Dec. 18

Dec. 12

Dec. 2

Dec. 2

Mexico

Dec. 19

Dec. 14

Dec. 9

Dec. 9

Europe

Dec. 18

Dec. 14

Dec. 12

Dec. 9

Middle East

Dec. 17

Dec. 14

Dec. 12

Dec. 9


***GXG Notes 1) Cutoff date does not take into account time needed for customs clearance 2) Should allocate extra transit day(s) for delivery outside major cities.

 

2014 Holiday Season Import Dates (Provides mailing guidelines for foreign postal partners in order to achieve December 25 delivery in the U.S.)

Surface

Air

EMS

LC/AO

CP

LC/AO

CP

 

Dec. 9

Dec. 6

Dec. 15

Dec. 13

Dec. 18

 

December 6  Last day to send parcel post packages via surface transportation

December 9  Last day to send letters, flats, and small packages via surface transportation

December 13  Last day to send priority packages via air transportation

December 15  Last day to send letters, flats, and small packages via air transportation

December 18  Last day to send Express Mail Service items (any shape)

UPU Mail class by code

LC = Letters, aerogrammes (USPS no longer offers outbound aerogrammes), cards and letter packages

AO = Newspapers, magazines, matter for the blind, printed matter, small packages

CP = Packages – parcel post (surface), priority (air)

The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) and DMM Advisories are available on Postal Explorer® (pe.usps.com)

 

 
   
Postage Rate Increase - 9/7/2014  

On September 7, 2014 Pricing at Post Offices and other retail outlets will have a modest increase of 1.7 percent on average.
Highlights of the new proposed retail pricing for Priority Mail products include:

  • Small box - $5.95
  • Medium box - $12.65
  • Large box - $17.90
  • Large APO/FPO box - $15.90
  • Regular envelope - $5.75
  • Legal envelope - $5.90
  • Padded envelope - $6.10

Please visit the USPS.com website for more information.

 

 
   
   
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.