Pricing

Postage Fees

(Effective 01/27/2014)
US Postal Service Postage Rates

When ShipitAPO mails out a package on behalf of its Members, postage is charged at published U.S. Postal Service rates. See rate details below. Our Pennsylvania package processing facility is strategically located to service those from Military States AA and AE. Our California package processing facility is strategically located to service those from Military State AP.

Reminder

The only way to get packages to an APO/FPO/DPO address is via the U.S. Postal Service. This means that ALL size, weight and content restrictions must be adhered to in order for a package to be mailed out. While each APO/FPO/DPO has its own specific set of Zip Code Restrictions, in general no package can exceed 70 pounds, be larger than 130 inches when you add the length (always the longest side) and the girth, or contain prohibited items (flammables, air conditioners, etc.).

NOTE: ANY APO/FPO/DPO ZIP CODE SIZE OR WEIGHT RESTRICTION ALWAYS SUPERCEDES THE NORMAL WEIGHT LIMIT OF 70 POUNDS AND NORMAL SIZE LIMIT OF 130 INCHES (length + girth). Please see your local Postmaster for further details.

Postage Rates are based on both size and weight

The United States Postal Service postage rates, which went into effect January 18, 2009 brought with them many fundamental changes as to how postage for a package is determined. These changes, which carry forward to all future postage rate changes, subsequently affect how ShipitAPO handles and processes packages to ensure compliance with these new Postal regulations.

As postage rates change, these links will be updated as the USPS transitions from Rate Case terminology to actual/effective rates.

Shape-based Pricing

While postage has always been determined based on the weight of a package and the distance it traveled before being delivered using a "Zone" structure, the new postage rates now couple the "Zone distance" with the shape and size of a package. There are eight (8) postal Zones, each one a predetermined distance from the point of origin to the destination, Zone 1 being the shortest distance, Zone 8 the longest.

Balloon Rate: Packages addressed for delivery in Zones 1-4 (including Local) for mail class Priority Mail and all Zones for mail class Parcel Select that weigh less than 20 pounds but measure more than 84 inches (and not more than 108 inches) in combined length and girth (where girth is the measurement all the way around the thickest part of the parcel) are charged the applicable zone rate for a 20-pound parcel (balloon rate).

Dimensional Weight: Packages addressed for delivery in Zones 5-8 for mail class Priority Mail that measure more than 1 cubic foot in volume will be charged the higher of their actual weight and a dimensional weight. The dimensional weight is the volume of the parcel divided by 194 and rounded up.

Oversized Parcel Select (formerly Oversized Parcel Post): Packages that exceed 108 inches in postal dimension but do not exceed 130 inches in postal dimension (where the length cannot exceed 72 inches) are considered oversized and can only be mailed as oversized Parcel Select as long as they do not exceed 70 pounds. Postage for oversized Parcel Select is a flat rate, independent of weight, priced per Zone.

From: ShipitAPO Facility To: Destination Zone
California Military State AP 2
Military State AE 8
Military State AA 8
Pennsylvania Military State AE 2
Military State AA 5
Military State AP 8

To ensure compliance with these shape-based postage requirements, ShipitAPO has to measure each package so affected. These dimensions are entered into our package processing system; a proprietary system that incorporates the USPS certified "PC postage" services of Endicia to determine the proper postage for each package we mail out. Accordingly, you will note "Balloon," "Dimensional" and "Oversize" on ShipitAPO invoices when those types of postage rates are determined to be applicable.

Balloon Rate Postage
Priority Mail: Zones 1-4
Parcel Select: All Zones


Balloon Rate sample package
  1. Measure the length, width, and height in inches. Round each measurement to the nearest whole inch.
  2. Add the length (always the longest side) and the girth: 21 +(20+20+20+20) = 101".
  3. If the result exceeds 84" but does not exceed 108", the package falls into the balloon rate category. Balloon weight is 20lbs.
  4. The postage rate is based upon the actual weight or the balloon rate weight, whichever is greater.
Dimensional Weight Postage
Priority Mail: Zones 5-8
Parcel Select: N/A


Rectangular shaped Dimensional Rate sample package
  1. Measure the length, width, and height in inches. Round each measurement to the nearest whole inch.
  2. Multiply the length (always the longest side) x height x width: (21 x 20 x 20) = 8,400 cubic inches.
  3. If the result exceeds 1,728 cubic inches, divide the result by 194 and round up to nearest whole number to determine the dimensional weight in pounds: (8,400/194 = 43.29) 43.29 is rounded up to the next pound of 44lbs.
  4. The postage rate is based upon the actual weight or the dimensional weight, whichever is greater.

Non-rectangular shaped Dimensional Rate sample package
  1. Measure the length, width, and height in inches. Round each measurement to the nearest whole inch.
  2. Multiply the length (always the longest side) x height x width: (30 x 9 x 18) = 4,860 cubic inches.
  3. Multiply the result by an adjustment factor of 0.785: 4,860 x 0.785 = 3,815.1 cubic inches.
  4. If the final results exceeds 1,728 cubic inches, divide the result by 194 and round up the nearest whole number to determine the dimensional weight in pounds: (3,815.1/194 = 19.66) 19.66 rounded up to the next pound is 20lbs.
  5. The rate is based upon the actual weight or dimensional weight, whichever is greaer.
  6. If the dimensional weight exceeds 70lbs, the package pays the 70lb. rate.
Oversized Parcel Select:
Priority Mail: N/A
Parcel Select: All Zones


Oversized Parcel Select sample package
  1. Measure the length, width, and height in inches. Round each measurement to the nearest whole inch.
  2. Add the length and the girth: 31 + (20 + 20 + 20 + 20) = 110".
  3. If the result exceeds 108" but does not exceed 130", the package falls into the Oversized Parcel Select rate category. The postage is a flat rate (Zone dependent) regardless of weight, but the weight cannot exceed 70lbs.
  4. The rate is based upon destination Zone.

Note: Oversized Parcel Select packages usually take a very long time to be delivered. While the MPSA indicates a 30-day delivery timeframe, we see more like 6-8 weeks. Please do not associate long delivery times with ShipitAPO. We are at the mercy of the U.S. Postal Service and MPSA, just like everyone else.


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