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Shipping a Package

Central Services processes packages shipped by USPS, UPS and FedEx allowing you to both send and receive via these couriers.

All packages shipped via UPS or FedEx must be dropped off in person no later than the designated drop off times. Central Services will not process UPS or FedEX packages received amongst Campus Mail or standard USPS mail or received after the 3:00 pm (UPS) or 2:00 pm (FedEX) drop off times for same day service.

USPS

The United States Postal Service offers the following shipping services - click each to learn more.

  • Media Mail

    Media Mail is an economical way to send books, film, manuscripts, and digitally readable material such as DVDs and CDs, so long as they are not commercial mailings. Please ask about Media Mail when shipping these items if the Central Services staff does not offer this cost-saving service.

  • Certified Mail

    This provides you with a mailing receipt. A record of delivery is maintained at the recipient’s post office for two years. The new rate for certified mail is $2.80. A return receipt to provide you proof of delivery can be obtained for an additional fee. Certified mail service is available only for use with First Class Mail. No insurance coverage is provided. A numbered label and completed “Return Receipt” must be filed and affixed to each letter. Labels and Return Receipts can be obtained from Central Services.

  • International Mail

    Except for certain restrictions, most items are mailable to foreign countries. Please contact Central Services to determine specific classification and required documentation. If customs regulations are not followed and documentation is not proper, items may be impounded by foreign customs. Domestic and foreign customs regulations do not offer special concessions to any specific courier. Thus, irrespective of the carrier used, you must comply with the local customs regulations.

    For letter-sized items, use the special Tyvek® Red/Blue-bordered envelopes. This will enhance service and expedite their separation from Domestic mail during sorting by mail houses. The last line of any foreign address should be the country name spelled out in capital letters in English.

  • Priority Mail

    Priority Mail service should be used for First Class mail requiring expedited delivery within three days. All First Class mail exceeding 11 ounces but not exceeding 70 pounds is automatically considered “Priority Mail.” However, there is no minimum weight limitation and at the option of the mailer, any mail weighing less than 11 ounces can also be processed as Priority Mail. Priority Mail is normally delivered within two to three business days, but this is not a guaranteed service. For up to one pound weight, the flat rate fee is $4.95. Use Flat Rate “Priority Envelopes” when possible. These envelopes are free and allow up to one pound of weight for $4.95.

  • First-Class Mail

    The following are considered First Class matter and must carry postage at First Class or priority mail rates.

    • Matter wholly or partially handwritten or type-written (including identical copies prepared by automatic typewriter), originals or carbons, invoices (except when accompanying the matter to which they relate), postal cards, post cards
    • Matter sealed against postal inspection
    • Bills and statements of account
    • Forms with written figures charging items or prices
    • Blank printed forms filled out in writing, including canceled or un-canceled checks

    A computer printout may or may not be determined for First Class mail depending upon its content. Please contact Central Services for additional information.

  • Express Mail

    This is an extremely reliable and fast delivery service from the USPS. This service is available for all major zones in the U.S. and 84 foreign countries. Express Mail provides for shipment of letters, documents, and other mailable items, and carries document reconstruction insurance at no additional cost. You may mail up to 70 pounds. This service offers next-day domestic delivery six days a week at no extra charge in most areas some may be 2 days.

    Express mail offers a variety of other service options to meet your mailing needs. The options are:

    • Delivery to Post Office Box
    • Express Mail International Service

    Mail requiring this service must be delivered to Central Services by 3:00 pm to make that day’s mailing. A proper request note must accompany each piece.

    Domestic Overnight Delivery is guaranteed by the U.S. Postal Service and provides for a full refund of postage amount if the mail is not delivered as scheduled. International delivery times may vary by country of destination. Due to lack of Postal Services’ control over international situations and foreign delivery systems, no guaranty or refund of fees is offered.

UPS

We presently offer Ground, Second-Day Air, and Next Day letter and package service through UPS. Transactions are on cash and credit card basis only or they may be charged to department accounts. A form must be filled out by the sender and given to Central Services personnel at time of sending. The cutoff time for accepting mail for UPS to go out that day is 3:00 pm. This service is ideal for parcel sending and provides up to $100.00 insurance at no extra charge and can be insured for more with a fee of only 1.95 cents for each additional $300.00. This service provides the sender with a tracking number for convenient tracking of delivery time.

FedEx

Federal Express offers overnight and two day letter package service. The cutoff time for accepting Fedex packages to go out same day is 2:00 pm. Anything received after that time will go out the next day. If we process a FedEx package after the pick-up time, it is the responsibility of the department of mailing to take package to FedEx box downtown if they require the package to go out that day by 4:30 pm. This service is best suited for overnight letter services. This service provides the sender with a tracking number for easy tracking of delivery date and time.

Questions

If you would like to know more about shipping packages or courier services, please contact the Front Desk at 410-778-7871.