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 usps.com/supplies 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
-- Canada and Mexico $29.95
-- Other Countries $49.95
*20-pound weight limit
For more information, please visit usps.com.
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.
SOURCE U.S. Postal Service