New USPS parcel safety rules in force

To protect its staff the US Postal Service (USPS) is improving the safety and security procedures through enhancing the longstanding Aviation Mail Security Rule.

The 1996 Aviation Security Rule forced senders of all packages weighing 16oz or more to be presented in person to a postal clerk or mail man. This rule was put in place to protect the public, USPS staff and postal contractors transporting the mail.

The weight was reduced to 13oz in 2007.

Under the new USPS rules, where a package is 1.5 inches thick or more, or weighs more than 10oz, must be presented at a post office or delivery staff, and is not to be dropped anonymously through collection poxes or Post Office mail slots. The rule took place effective 1st October.

Self-service kiosks can be used to purchase the stamps but the parcel must be dropped into a package slot at the post office – not mail slots. Where a package is found in a collection box, mail chute or lobby mail slot it will be returned direct to the sender with a label explaining why it has been and the new rules.

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