When Should You Use the USPS's Flat Rate Postage Options?
The United States Post Office has a number of flat rate postage options that can save you money and time when you have something to mail within the United States. Flat rate packaging ranges from envelopes to boxes and chances are there.s a package that can handle what you need to mail. Better yet, flat rate packaging is available for free from your local post office. If your local post office doesn.t have the materials you need on hand, you can request that the materials be delivered to your home or office by visiting the USPS website.
The first shipping option to consider is the flat rate envelope or mailer. This is a large, sturdy cardboard envelope or mailer that measures 12.5 inches by 9.5 inches. In the United States, there.s no weight limit on this type of mailer and the cost to mail it is only $4.95. The only requirement is that the contents must be allowed to be mailed according to US postal regulations and that the envelope must close securely on its own and can.t be modified. For example, if the contents of the envelope are so large that you.d have to staple the envelope to keep it closed, this envelop won.t work for you.
Once you leave the envelope behind, you move up to flat rate boxes. The smallest of these boxes is about 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches by 1.5 inches. If you.re familiar with VHS cassette tapes, that.s about the size of this box. Again, the cost for mailing this box is only $4.95 and basically anything that will fit inside the box can be mailed for the flat rate. Again, you can.t modify the box to get it to close.
The next flat rate box is a bit larger . measuring about 13.5 inches by 12 inches by 3.5 inches. The cost for shipping this box anywhere in the United States is $10.35 and you can mail anything legal that will fit in this box up to a weight limit of 70 pounds.
If this isn't large enough, there.s also a larger flat rate box that measures about 11 inches by 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches. This box also costs $10.35 to mail and has the same limit of up to 70 pounds.
Finally, there.s one box that is slightly larger. This is a newer box that.s about an inch longer and almost 4 inches taller than the one mentioned previously. This one shares the 70 pound weight limit and costs $13.95 to mail in the United States.
All of these flat rate postage options are shipped priority mail, which is roughly equivalent in terms of speed to first class postage. Most flat rate postage materials will be delivered in 2 to 3 days, depending on the distance the package needs to travel and when it was sent from the originating post office.
To save even more time, you can print out the postage for these packages at home, right from your computer. You can even request that the USPS come to your location to pick up the material, saving you a trip to the post office.
These flat rate options are the best choice when you have materials to send that are heavy for their size, or if you want the convenience of free packaging and knowing in advance exactly what your postage costs will be. Additionally, all of these packaging options may be used to send mail to international locations. Usually, there.s a slightly larger fee and the weight limits may vary. Complete information is available through the USPS.