235 Mail Entry and Deposit

235.1 Place of Mailing

235.11 Items Eligible for Deposit or Pickup

Priority Mail International items bearing a computer-generated customs form with customs data that has been electronically transmitted (e.g., using Click-N-Ship service, an authorized PC Postage vendor, or the USPS Web Tools system) may be deposited through any of the following methods, provided postage is paid by a means other than the use of postage stamps:

  1. In a private mailbox bearing a return address that matches the address at the point of pick up, when the customer or business is known to reside or do business at that location.
  2. Through Pickup on Demand service.
  3. Through Package Pickup service.
  4. At a Postal Service retail counter.
  5. Into a Postal Service lobby drop.
  6. In a collection box.
  7. At a Contract Postal Unit (CPU).
  8. At a USPS Approved Shipper location.

Note: The following items may also be deposited through the aforementioned methods:

  1. Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes weighing 13 ounces or less, bearing only postage stamps, and not requiring a customs form (see 123.6).
  2. Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes weighing 16 ounces or less, paid with online postage or postage meters or information-based indicia (IBI), and not requiring a customs form (see 123.6).
235.12 Items Not Eligible for Deposit or Pickup

Customers must present the following Priority Mail International items requiring a customs form to an employee at a Post Office retail service counter. Deposit and pickup methods listed in 235.11 are prohibited. The Postal Service will return improperly presented items to the sender for proper entry and acceptance.

  1. Any item bearing a customs form and paid with only postage stamps.
  2. Any item bearing a handwritten customs form.
  3. Any item bearing a customs form that was not computer-generated.
  4. Any item for which the customs data was not electronically transmitted.
235.13 Items Paid With a Permit Imprint

Mailers who enter volume mailings paid with a permit imprint under 233.22 must enter such items through a business mail entry unit (BMEU) or, when authorized by the district BMEU manager, through a detached mail unit (DMU) at a mailer’s plant.

235.2 Pickup On Demand Service

Subject to the standards in 235.1, Pickup On Demand service is available for Priority Mail International items. There is a single charge for Pickup On Demand service (see Notice 123, Price List), regardless of the number of items scheduled for pickup. A pickup can include any or all of the following items:

  1. Global Express Guaranteed items.
  2. Express Mail International items.
  3. Priority Mail International items.
  4. Express Mail items.
  5. Priority Mail items.
  6. Package Services items.

235.3 Package Pickup Service

No pickup fee will be charged when a Priority Mail International item or items are picked up during a letter carrier’s regular delivery stop or during a scheduled stop made to collect other mail not subject to a pickup fee. Pickup service is provided in accordance with the information in DMM 507.6; for more information, also visit the online site at