Monday, December 13, 2010

Packaging and mailing tips

Here are some familiar, but helpful packaging tips:
· Make sure packages can withstand processing without the contents or box breaking.
· Cushion items with bubble wrap and foam peanuts so they do not shift during transit.
· Wrap each item separately when packing more than one item in the same box.
· Remove batteries from electronic devices and wrap separately.
· Use new boxes when possible. When reusing a box make sure previous labels and markings are covered before mailing.
· Place an extra address label with the delivery and return address inside the package. This ensures the safe return of an item that could not be delivered should the outside label become damaged or fall off.
· Always use tape designed for sealing shipping boxes. Do not use string, cellophane or masking tape to seal packages.
· Packages can weigh up to 70 lbs. and measure up to 130 inches in combined length and width. Make sure the width is measured around the largest point of the package.

Guidelines for addressing envelopes and packages:

Print complete address clearly.

A complete address includes:
  • the recipient’s name
  • Post Office Box or street number
  • street name
  • suffix (AVE., ST, LN, etc.)
  • directional (N, E, S, W)
  • secondary address (apartment or suite number)
  • city, state and 5-digit ZIP Code
Use the proper ZIP Code. ZIP Codes can be found at or by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS. Never guess at the ZIP Code. No ZIP Code is better than a wrong ZIP Code.

Print the delivery and return addresses on the same side of the envelope or package.

Always use a return address. It tells the Postal Service where to return mail if it cannot be delivered.

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