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Global Forever Stamps
Issued January 28, 2013, the U.S. Postal Service introduced Global Forever®, a new international rate stamp. The Global Forever® stamp offers a single price for any First-Class Mail International 1-ounce letter to any country in the world. The Global Forever® stamp may also be used to mail a 2-ounce letter to Canada.
The Global Forever® stamps are being issued in self-adhesive sheets of 20 at the $1.10 rate, or $22.00 per sheet.
New Restrictions on International Mail Acceptance
Effective immediately, US Postal Services will no longer be allowed to accept packages from Campus Mail with customs forms that are filled out manually or that have stamps on them going to an APO, FPO or international address. All packages that require customs forms must now be done online (e.g., using the USPS.com Click-N-Ship method) and the forms printed off and taped to the package at time of mailing through Campus Mail.
If using a meter and handwriting the form, your package must be presented by someone from your department at a retail location so Postal personnel can ensure all info specific to the article is accurately obtained, recorded and shared with appropriate Federal Agencies.
Packages being sent by departments through Campus Mail that don't meet the necessary requirements will be returned. The US Postal Services will no longer have customs forms available for use.
Here is a quick link to the site where you can complete customs forms online
Here is also a link to a chart outlining which customs form should be used: http://pe.usps.com/text/imm/immc1_008.htm#ep1000983
New standards for folded self-mailers released by USPS
The Federal Register has published new standards for folded self-mailers (FSMs) and unenveloped mail pieces that are mailed through the US Postal Service at automation or machinable prices beginning January 5, 2013. Get ready for these new standards. Start preparing now.
Here's a link to the released standards:
USPS Rate Increase set for Sunday, January 27, 2013
||The US Postal Service will change their pricing structure effective January 27, 2013. Read about these changes at http://pe.usps.com/
On the left side of the page you will see *NEW* Jan. 2
Price Change Info followed by several choices of printable rate charts.
Highlights of the new pricing include:
- The price of first class postage has increased $.45 to $.46
- Additional ounce $.20
- Postcards stay at $.32
- Letters to Canada and Mexico from $.85
- Letters to other international destinations from $1.05
- Forever Stamps are always good for the existing 1st class postage rate no matter when you purchase them.
A 2013 Pricing Flyer is available outlining the changes a well as a condenced Rate Chart to help with your department mailing needs.
Return Empty Mail Containers
to Campus Mail
Are you using a U. S. Postal Service tray or mail tub to stow away items around the house or at the office? If so, it's time to return it to the owner. Postal Inspectors say that, effective November 26, 2011, they will resume their efforts to recover missing and stolen Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) and also seek prosecution against offenders.
The resumption of criminal enforcement comes after the Postal Service offered a two-week amnesty period, encouraging anyone who was in possession of Postal Service equipment to return it - no questions asked.
Theft or misuse of postal equipment is a federal crime. Please return all empty mail trays and tubs to Campus Mail Service so they can be placed back into circulation. After Nov. 26th, the maximum penalty for theft or misuse of postal property is a $1,000 fine and 3 year’s imprisonment.
Note from Campus Mail: If you have a tray or white bucket that is used for US Mail for your office, continue to do so. If you have trays, white buckets or other US Postal Service equipment in your home, please return it to Campus Mail or the US Postal Service.
13-Ounce Mail Rule
Washington, DC - A new Postal Service rule goes into effect next week for packages and envelopes that weigh more than 13 ounces, if they're being mailed with only stamps as postage at a location other than a Post Office retail service counter.
Have you heard about the Forever Stamp but wondered what it is? Here is the latest information from the US Postal Service on this handy stamp:
The Forever Stamp will be valid for mailing any future 1-ounce single piece First Class mail letter, no matter what the price may be at the time of mailing - without the addition of extra postage. This stamp will increase convenience for consumers by avoiding the "last minute rush" to purchase stamps when new prices are implemented in the future.
- The Forever Stamp will feature an image of the Liberty Bell (see sample)
- It will be available at the current first-class rate and is available in booklets and in sheets.
- The Forever Stamp or any nondenominated stamps (except those that bear unique markings, such as First-Class Presort, Nonprofit Org.) may be affixed to items that are sent to foreign countries
- The postage value of the Forever Stamp is always the domestic First-Class Mail single piece one-ounce letter rate that is in effect on the day of mailing. Since the international postage rates are always higher than the comparable domestic rates, additional postage must be affixed if such a stamp is used on international mail.
- The Forever Stamp will eliminate the need for customers to purchase make-up stamps for future First-Class Mail letter price changes.
Purchase these stamps at your local post office or online here.
USPS Customs Forms Now Online
Because international mail is subject to Customs examination in the country of its destination, when you ship items internationally you might need to complete and submit Customs Forms declaring the contents and their value.
You can now fill-out Customs Forms online by clicking here.