225 Mail Preparation


1.0 General Information for Mail Preparation

2.0 Markings

3.0 Preparation of Permit Imprint Mailings

4.0 Preparing a Cubic Mailing

1.0 General Information for Mail Preparation

1.1 Priority Mail Packaging Provided by the USPS

Priority Mail packaging provided by the USPS must be used only for Priority Mail. Regardless of how the packaging is reconfigured or how markings may be obliterated, any matter mailed in USPS-provided Priority Mail packaging is charged the appropriate Priority Mail price.

1.2 Sealing Flat Rate and Regional Rate Packaging

When sealing a Flat Rate Envelope, Flat Rate Box, or Regional Rate Box, the container flaps must be able to close within the normal folds. Tape may be applied to the flaps and seams to reinforce the container; provided the design of the container is not enlarged by opening the sides and the container is not reconstructed in any way.

1.3 Required Use of Return Address

The sender‘s domestic return address must appear legibly on Priority Mail pieces.

2.0 Markings

The marking “Priority Mail” must be placed prominently on the address side of each piece of Priority Mail. See 202.3.3 for price and other markings.

3.0 Preparation of Permit Imprint Mailings

3.1 Identical Weight Pieces

To use a permit imprint, the pieces must be of identical weight and, unless all the pieces are in a weight category for which the price does not vary by zone, the pieces must be separated by zone when presented to the Post Office, except under 3.2.

3.2 Nonidentical Weight Pieces

A permit imprint may be used for mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces only if authorized by the director, Business Acceptance Solutions (see 608.8.0 for address).

4.0 [7-10-22] Preparing a Cubic Mailing

[7-10-22] Cubic mailpieces for multiple price tiers may be combined in the same container.