USPS rates and Machinable vs. Non-Machinable Parcel Post (January 2009)

If mailing through USPS we have the following information taken from their website as of January 2009 at:
For up to date information, please see the USPS website.

Small Flat Rate Package (8-5/8" x 5-3/8" x 1-5/8"): $4.95
Regular Flat Rate Package (11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" or 13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8"): $10.35
Large Flat Rate Package (12-1/4" x 12-1/4" x 6"): $13.95

Parcel Post Prices- Machinable
NOTE:  We have averaged the cost for all zones.  Please be aware that if you are shipping to zone 8 from your location the cost may be double.  These averaged costs will make money on shipments to zone 1.  You should average costs if you do not know where you will sell most of your products.  You can always alter this information at a later date if you find that particular zones order more of your products.
under 1 pound: $4.55
under 2 pounds: $5.61
under 3 pounds: $6.59
under 4 pounds: $7.57
under 5 pounds: $8.49
under 6 pounds: $9.36
under 7 pounds: $10.18
under 8 pounds: $10.93
under 9 pounds: $ 11.63
under 10 pounds: $ 12.32
under 11 pounds: $12.96
under 12 pounds: $13.59
under 13 pounds: $ 14.23
under 14 pounds: $14.76
under 15 pounds: $ 15.26
under 16 pounds: $15.74
under 17 pounds: $16.22
under 18 pounds: $16.67
under 19 pounds: $17.14
under 20 pounds: $17.55
under 21 pounds: $18.00
under 22 pounds: $18.41
under 23 pounds: $18.83
under 24 pounds: $19.21
under 25 pounds: $19.61
under 26 pounds:  $19.99
under 27 pounds: $20.38
under 28 pounds: $20.73
under 29 pounds: $21.10
under 30 pounds: $21.45
under 31 pounds: $21.81
under 32 pounds: $22.13
under 33 pounds: $22.47
under 34 pounds: $22.80
under 35 pounds: $23.13

If you are not sure if you should use Machinable or non-Machinable please see the specifications below obtained from:

Nonmachinable Parcel Post Standards

Mailpieces described in this section that are mailed at the Inter-BMC/ASF Parcel Post or Intra-BMC/ASF Parcel Post prices are subject to the applicable nonmachinable surcharge in 153.1.0, Parcel Post Prices and Fees, unless the applicable special handling fee is paid. An oversized parcel as described in 7.1b is not subject to the nonmachinable surcharge. Mailpieces are nonmachinable if they meet any of the following criteria:

a. A parcel more than 34 inches long, 17 inches wide, or 17 inches high.

b. A parcel less than 6 inches long, 1/4 inch thick, or 3 inches high.

c. A parcel that weighs less than 6 ounces or more than 35 pounds.

d. A parcel containing more than 24 ounces of liquid in glass containers, or 1 gallon or more of liquid in metal or plastic containers.

e. An insecurely wrapped or metal-banded parcel.

f. A can, roll, or tube, or wooden or metal box.

g. Books, printed matter, or business forms weighing more than 25 pounds.

h. A high-density parcel weighing more than 15 pounds and exerting more than 60 pounds per-square-foot pressure on its smallest side.

i. A film case weighing more than 5 pounds or with strap-type closures, except any film case the USPS authorizes to be entered as a machinable parcel under 3.3 through 3.5 in Physical Standards for Parcels and to be identified by the words "Machinable in United States Postal Service Equipment" permanently attached as a nontransferable decal in the lower right corner of the case.

j. Parcels with characteristics (such as inadequate packaging) that could result in damage to the contents of the mailpiece, other parcels, or postal machinery if mechanical sortation is used.

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