Countdown to New, Easy International Mailing



    WASHINGTON, April 24 /CNW/ -- The U.S. Postal Service's most familiar and
trusted mail products - Express Mail, Priority Mail and First-Class Mail - are
going international starting May 14, 2007.
    To make it easier for customers to mail letters and packages worldwide,
the Postal Service (USPS) has simplified the eight main International Mail
products into four: Global Express Guaranteed, Express Mail International,
Priority Mail International and First-Class Mail International.
    "Our customers have more international connections than ever before,"
said Anita Bizzotto, chief marketing officer and executive vice president.
"We're giving them quick, easy international mail connections too, whether
they're shipping to a business or family and friends."
    Another simplification for customers comes in packaging. Also effective
May 14, mailers can use the same Priority Mail and Express Mail packaging
whether they are shipping within the United States or to another country. And
as always, the packaging supplies are available free of charge from USPS.
    "When you send Priority Mail or Express Mail, the Postal Service provides
the same top-notch service whether it's shipped from Colorado to Connecticut
or from California to China," said Bizzotto. "It makes sense to use the same
packaging for both domestic and international shipping."

    
    Other changes to make international mailing easy for customers are:
     - The same flat-rate packaging already popular for domestic shipping can
       now be used for international mailing.
     - Online tools now combine a mailer's customs form and address label into
       one, easy-to-complete document.
     - Discounts are available for postage purchased online using Click-N-Ship
       at usps.com or through authorized PC postage vendors. Online customers
       also can request Free Package Pickup for most International Mail
       services.
    

    The following table shows the new International Mail product
simplifications.


    
     Current International Mail Products       New International Mail Products
                                               Effective May 14, 2007

     Global Express Guaranteed (document)      Global Express Guaranteed
     Global Express Guaranteed (non-document)

     Global Express Mail                       Express Mail International

     Global Priority Mail
     Airmail Parcel Post                       Priority Mail International
     Economy Parcel Post

     Airmail Letter Post                       First-Class Mail International
     Economy Letter Post
    

    Along with the product changes, USPS has restructured International Mail
prices. The cost to mail a letter to Canada or Mexico will change from 63
cents to 69 cents. For a complete listing of new prices, go to:
http://www.usps.com/ratecase and select "New International Rates, Fees and
Country Listing."
    In addition to the new International Mail options available for customers
at post offices and online through usps.com, business customers may negotiate
customized, flexible international shipping solutions based on the Postal
Service's International Customized Mail agreements.

    An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only
delivery service that visits 146 million homes and businesses, six days a
week. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage,
products, and services to cover its operating expenses. The Postal Service has
annual revenues of $73 billion and delivers nearly half the world's mail.





For further information:

For further information: Yvonne Yoerger of the U.S. Postal Service, 
+1-202-268-8596, or yvonne.yoerger@usps.com Web Site:
http://www.usps.com/ratecase                  http://www.usps.com

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