Who's Who in the
Transaction Times and
What Are You Mailing
Service for Mailing
Endorsements Reference Chart
Packages for Mailing
State Abbreviations for Mailing
Service Rates Chart for Postage
Ways To Save Money On Your Mailings
Mail to be metered must have
the department postal code attached to either each
piece of mail via an imprint of the code
incorporated in the return address or a card or
paper available that can be placed with the mail
picked up by the route personnel. Any mail received that has a
different postal card or account number than the
return address will be charged to the return address
account, unless the post office has been otherwise
notified by the department being charged.
Mail classified as “flats” which includes Manila
envelopes and mail exceeding 11 ˝ inches in length
and larger than 6 1/8 inches in height and packages
must be labeled with the service desired. Any mail
that is not labeled "Priority Rate" will be sent at
the lowest rate available for the weight of the
piece. This will include "Library Rate" for a
flat mailing exceeding 9oz.
All mail pertaining to education material may be sent
at “Library Rate”. Although Library rate should not
be used on items weighing less than nine ounces, a
very substantial savings can be made on items over
ounces. For example, from six ounces to one pound
Library rate is $2.26, from 1 to 2 pounds is $2.63.
First class is $2.24 for 9 ounces; it raises 17
cents per ounce until it reaches 2.92 for 13 ounces.
Mail weighing over 13 ounces is $4.95 up to one pound.
As you can see Library rate should definitely be
considered when mailing items over 9 ounces. Classes.
Rates can be found under “Choosing a Service for
Mailing” and the “Postage Rate Chart” on this web
site. Comparison-shopping is always the best option
when a budget has to be considered.
The web site also has a section available titled "Ways
To Save Money On Your Mailings".
Priority mail is a not guaranteed, two to three
day service offered by the Post Office. The
Federal Post Office does give special handling to
Priority Mail and usually gets it delivered within
the time suggested.
The Federal Postal Services offers free envelopes and
boxes that can be used for all Priority mail. This
can be very beneficial for departments who are
budget conscious, as the shipping material is of top
quality and the design makes them receive very
efficient Priority service. The Winthrop Post Office
has the most commonly used shipping material in the
office and can supply up to 10 pieces upon request.
Anyone needing larger amounts or cases of these
supplies can contact us, and we will be happy to
order them for you. Two weeks must be allowed for
delivery. These materials can be ordered directly
from the US Postal Service through internet by using
choose the supplies key.
All letter mail going outside of the 50 states of the
United States is sent Air Mail. Although domestic mail
often goes by plane it is not to be marked Air Mail.
Any other mail including Mexico and Canada must have
airmail written on the address side of the envelope.
All international mail must be kept separate from
domestic mail. When your postal specialists pick-up
the mail from your department, and bring it back to
the Post Office, unless campus mail and airmail is
banded separately they will be run through the meter
at domestic postal rates. When the mail comes in we do
not read each address we send through the meter, so
unless this mail is properly marked and kept separate,
it will receive first class postage according to the
weight of the letter.
Letters up to 1 ounce and postcards to Canada are 75
cents and 79 cents for Mexico All other countries
are $1.24 for the first ounce. Please refer to
the "USPS Rate Chart" in this web site as the rates
change for each additional ounce.