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In the May edition of the Retail Coaches Corner (Postal Bulletin 22101, pages 88-89), a graphic depicting Parcel Post Oversized Rate and footnote information about measuring parcels were inadvertently omitted. Below and on the following page is the correct information.

How do you establish an oversized parcel?

Regardless of weight, a parcel that measures more than 108 inches but not more than 130 inches in combined length and girth must pay the surcharge at the oversized rate. The oversized surcharge applies to Parcel Post items (not Priority Mail).

Priority Mall and Parcel Post Balloon Rate If:
- Weight less than 15 pounds and
- Length plus girth combined is more than 84 but not more than 108 Inches

Nonmachinable Surcharge: No
Balloon Rate: Yes
Oversized Rate: No

Parcel Post Oversized Rate If:
- Length plus girth combined is more than 108 but not more than 130 Inches

The nonmachinable surcharge does not apply to the oversized rate or pieces with special handling fee.

Nonmachinable Surcharge: No
Balloon Rate: No
Oversized Rate: Yes

Example of rate difference

- A 4-pound Priority Mail parcel (Zone 8) measuring 18" x 16" x 16" (82" combined length + girth) costs $10.35. (No balloon rate surcharge should be applied)
- By adding 4" to the girth (18" x 17" x 17" = 86" combined length and girth), the package should be assessed the 15-pound balloon rate surcharge at $27.80. This is calculated at a 15-pound Priority Mail parcel destined to Zone 8.
- That's a $17.45 difference and a revenue loss to the USPS if the customer isn't charged the balloon rate surcharge.

Measuring parcels

For parcels, length is the measurement of the longest dimension and the girth is the measurement around the thickest part (perpendicular to the length). Below are examples of measuring parcels.

Example 1:
Length = 10”
Girth (8 + 5 + 8 + 5) = 26
Length + Girth = 36”

Example 2:
Length = 20"
Girth (6 + 6 + 6) = 18"
Length + Girth = 38"

Length + Girth

108 inches'
70 pounds

1. Except for Parcel Post, no mailpiece may measure more than 108 inches in length and girth combined Parcel Post pieces measuring over 108 inches but not more than 130 inches in combined length and girth are mailable at the applicable oversized rates (R700).


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