280 Commercial Mail First-Class Package Service — Commercial
1.0 Prices and Fees
2.0 Content Standards for First-Class Package Service — Commercial Parcels
3.0 Basic Eligibility Standards for First-Class Package Service — Commercial
4.0 Price Eligibility for First-Class Package Service — Commercial
Postage is based on the price that applies to the weight and zone of each addressed piece. All prices and fees can be found in Notice 123—Price List. First-Class Package Service — Commercial prices start at 1 ounce up to less than 16 ounces. Any fraction of an ounce is considered a whole ounce.
Commercial prices are available when paid by one of the following methods:
- Registered end-users of USPS-approved PC Postage products when using a qualifying shipping label, managed by the PC Postage system.
- USPS-approved IBI postage meters that electronically transmit transactional data to USPS.
- Permit imprint.
- Permit holders using Merchandise Return Service (MRS) for First-Class Package Service — Commercial mailpieces when all MRS requirements are met (505.3.0).
A surcharge applies for parcels that are irregularly shaped, such as rolls, tubes, and triangles.
Eligible eVS First-Class Package Service — Commercial pieces omitted from the eVS manifest are subject to the eVS unmanifested fee (see Notice 123–Price List), unless the piece is subject to the IMpb noncompliance fee specified in 3.4.
In addition to restricted material described in 601.8.0, parcels mailed at First-Class Package Service — Commercial prices may not contain documents or personal correspondence, except that such parcels may contain invoices, receipts, incidental advertising, and other documents that relate in all substantial respects to merchandise contained in the parcels.
See 233.2.0 for a detailed description of matter required to be mailed as First-Class Mail or Priority Mail. The following types of contents must be mailed as First-Class Mail or -Priority Mail:
- Bills and statements of account.
- Personal information.
- Handwritten and typewritten material.
First-Class Package Service — Commercial parcels receive expeditious handling and transportation. The USPS does not guarantee the delivery of First-Class Package Service — Commercial within a specified time.
Articles mailed at First-Class Package Service — Commercial prices are not sealed against postal inspection. Regardless of physical closure, the mailing of articles at First-Class Package Service — Commercial prices constitutes consent by the mailer to postal inspection of the contents.
The postage price of First-Class Package Service — Commercial parcels includes forwarding service to a new address for up to 12 months and return of undeliverable parcels to the sender.
Extra services are available for First-Class Package Service — Commercial parcels under 503 and for Hold for Pickup service under 507.3.0.
All First-Class Package Service — Commercial parcels must:
- Meet the applicable postage payment standards in 284 and 604.7.0.
- Bear a delivery address that includes the correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4.
All First-Class Package Service — Commercial parcels must bear an Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb) prepared under 204.2.0. Unless otherwise excepted, mailpieces not meeting the requirements for use of unique Intelligent Mail package barcodes or extra services barcodes, as outlined in section 18.104.22.168 and Publication 199: Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb) Implementation Guide for: Confirmation Services and Electronic Verification System (eVS) Mailers, will be assessed an IMpb noncompliance fee. For details see PostalPro at https://postalpro.usps.com.
Single-piece prices apply to nonpresorted parcels mailed under 285.1.0.