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How To Ship A Package

Shipping packages through the United States Postal Service may seem like a complicated process, but if you follow this simple set of directions, it can be quite simple and straightforward.

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Prepare the package.
Find the correct size box for everything you intend to ship. Larger boxes mean higher fees, and are unnecessary if shipping small items. Either use a box supplied by the USPS specifically designed for shipping, or a cardboard box with thick sidewalls that will not break or rot.
Place the items in the box and seal with tape. Masking tape and duct tape will not be accepted by the USPS. Packaging tape is easy to find and holds cardboard better.
If the items are fragile, make sure to pad with spare paper, bubble wrap, bundled up newspaper, or something else soft.

2
Label your package.
Go to the USPS website and select the “print shipping label” button.
Type in your address in the return address section.
Type in the address you want the package sent to.
Print the label and attach to the box with clear packaging tape.
Alternately, write your address and sending address by hand. Attach to the box with clear packaging tape.
The label should always be parallel with the longest side of the package.

3
Calculate the price of shipping.
Based on the weight and size of your package, there will be varying shipping costs.
Go to the USPS website and select the Price Calculator to figure out the shipping cost by inserting the weight and dimensions.
Alternately, weigh the package at the post office.

4
Determine your shipping method.
There are numerous shipping methods that all have differing costs.
Priority. This is an expensive option, and will get your package to its destination in 2-3 business days.
Priority Mail Express. This is an even more expensive option, and will get your package to its destination overnight.
Domestic. This means you are sending your package within the United States. hold mail service
International. This means you are sending your package outside the United States.
Standard. Standard is the cheapest and will get the package to its destination in 5 to 7 business days.

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Ship your package.
Schedule a shipment to be picked up from your home or office. You can pay the shipping fees online at no extra cost. change address service of usps
Alternately, bring the packages in to your nearest USPS office and have them ship it for you.

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How To Contact USPS

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Call domestic customer service. For general information and inquiries, you can call the domestic USPS customer service line at: 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777)[1]
Note that the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) or Teletypewriter (TTY) relay number is: 1-800-877-8339
You will be directed through a series of prompts. When asked, indicate that you need to be connected to the USPS customer support number: 1-800-275-8777
Make your phone call during customer service hours if you need to speak to an actual person. The hours of operation are 8:00 AM through 8:30 PM Eastern Standard Time on Monday through Friday. On Saturday, the hours are 8:00 AM through 6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time. Customer service is closed on Sundays and on all holidays.
When you call this phone number, you will be led through a series of computerized prompts. If you want to speak with a human operator instead of navigating through these prompts, you will need to press “2” on your phone, then press “0.” Wait for the automated operator to speak, then press “0” again. Repeat, pressing “0” each time until the operator speaks, until you reach a live person.[2]
Average reported wait time is 22 minutes.
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Send an e-mail. If you need to contact customer service during off hours, send an e-mail and include as much detail as possible in your message.
E-mail the USPS using the online form, found here: https://prd2faq.usps.com/faq/iq/usps/request.do?forward=emailUs
On the form, you will be asked to select your inquiry type (information, problem, suggestion, compliment). Depending on your answer, you will also need to navigate through the topic categories and subcategories before you can type in your message.
You should get a reply back within 24 hours as long as the following day is a business day.

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Call for tracking information. If you need to find out information concerning domestic or international USPS tracking, you should call: 1-800-222-1811
The hours of operation for this line are 8:00 AM through 8:30 PM EST on Monday through Friday and 8:00 AM through 6:00 PM EST on Saturdays.

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Order stamps. To place a bulk order for stamps or to inquire about a previous stamp order, call: 1-800-Stamp24 (1-800-782-6724)
Place your call during the hours of operation on a non-holiday. Hours of operation are 8:00 AM through 8:30 PM EST on Monday through Friday and 8:00 AM through 6:00 PM EST on Saturdays.

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Get technical support. If you need technical help for something concerning the USPS website, you can call: 1-800-344-7779
As with other aspects of customer support, the hours of operation for this line are 8:00 AM through 8:30 PM EST on Monday through Friday and 8:00 AM through 6:00 PM EST on Saturdays.

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Ask for free shipping supplies. If you need to request free shipping supplies, you should call the USPS at: 1-800-610-8734
The customer service hours of this line vary from most other lines. Call from 7:00 AM through 11:00 PM EST on Monday through Friday and 7:00 AM through 6:00 PM EST on Saturdays.

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