Postal Service Offers New Larger Box With One Flat Price for Shipping

Order Boxes Now and Prepare to Ship March 3

Feb 21, 2008, 00:00 ET from U.S. Postal Service

    WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Sending a birthday gift
 cross-country, a care package to a college student, or a reminder of home
 to a military member overseas? The Postal Service has launched a new box
 for larger shipments, giving customers three different size and shape
 options -- all with convenient flat-rate pricing -- to meet their shipping
 needs. The new box is 50 percent larger than the current flat-rate boxes.
 If it fits, it ships, for just $12.95 to any U.S. address beginning March
     "Flat-rate shipping is the best value in the marketplace," said
 Postmaster General John Potter. "Our new, bigger box gives customers even
 more room to send items across the country, with one flat price, regardless
 of how much they weigh or how far they're going."
     New Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box The current flat-rate boxes,
 introduced in November 2004, give customers a single, predetermined rate
 regardless of the weight or delivery zone. The new, larger box extends the
 Postal Service's line of successful flat-rate offerings, providing more
 choices for small businesses and consumers.
     The new Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box (12" x 12" x 5 1/2" or nearly
 800 cubic inches) will be available in Post Offices nationwide beginning
 March 3, but customers can begin ordering them now at or
 by calling 800-610-8734.
     Some of the new boxes are co-branded with the logo of America Supports
 You, a Department of Defense program that connects citizens offering
 support to the military and their families.
     Mail to APO/FPO addresses receive $2 discount
     Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Boxes shipped to an APO/FPO destination
 receive a $2 discount, a postal first for the military; either version of
 the new larger box can receive the discount. The two existing flat-rate
 boxes (11 ?" x 3 ?" x 13 ?" and 11" x 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"), which currently
 retail for $8.95 for U.S. addresses, are not eligible for the military
 discount. All flat-rate boxes can be used for shipping to international
     All Postal Service Priority and Express Mail packages and envelopes are
 environmentally friendly, exceeding the highest standards for
Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box Prices Domestic Shipping $12.95 APO/FPO Addresses $10.95 International Shipping* -- Canada and Mexico $29.95 -- Other Countries $49.95 *20-pound weight limit For more information, please visit An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that visits every address in the nation - 146 million homes and businesses. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to pay for operating expenses, not tax dollars. The Postal Service has annual revenues of $75 billion and delivers nearly half the world's mail.

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