Shipping Information and Rates

Shipping Information and Rates
Postal rates established by the U.S. Postal Service
Mail weighing 13oz or less-
First Class Mail is material weighing thirteen (13) ounces or less, and could be defined as the basic letter-in-an-envelope mailing. Some examples of First Class Mail include material that is directly handwritten, material having the character of personal correspondence, and material closed against postal inspection (e.g. bills, statements of account).
Services for Mail weighing over 13oz-
Priority- This form of shipping is the most expensive and is not used often by the campus Mail Services unless requested.  Priority Mail packages must not exceed 108" in length and girth combined.
Parcel Post- Mail weighing less than or equal to 70 pounds (unless it is library or book rate). Parcel Post packages must not exceed 130" in length and girth combined.
FedEx- A trackable method of package delivery for all item sizes going anywhere in the world. In many cases, shipping FedEx ground can be less costly than Parcel Post with comparable, if not quicker transit times. Mail Services evaluates the cost of both Parcel Post and FedEx and ships the most economical way for the campus unless otherwise notated. In 2011, on average, we have saved campus over $700 per month shipping with FedEx rather than USPS Parcel Post, due to our pricing comparison.
Business Reply Mail is a special First Class Mail Arrangement whereby the original sender may pay postage for responses to correspondence. UNC holds a permit for and maintains an account for Business Reply mail with the U.S. Postal Service. We charge back these postage costs to the appropriate campus departments distributing Business Reply mail. To arrange for the printing of Business Reply envelopes or postcards, please contact University Communications at 1-2331.
Express Mail is time-sensitive correspondence. Mail Services typically uses FedEx for express mail and shipping services. Theses services include:

 Next-business-1st AM

FedEx First Overnight®

Next-business-day morning

FedEx Priority Overnight®

Next-business-day afternoon

FedEx Standard Overnight®

2 business days

FedEx 2Day®

3 business days

FedEx Express Saver®

Economical ground delivery to businesses

FedEx Ground®

Economical ground delivery to residences

FedEx Home Delivery®

All are guaranteed services. Rates vary based on destination.

Standard Mail (Bulk Mail) is used for large mailings of identical pieces. Standard mail is accepted by Mail Services when there are over 200 pieces in zip code order. Mail that is time-sensitive should not be sent in this manner. Mail Services has up to five (5) working days to get mailings of 3000 pieces or less to the Post Office. They, in turn, promise a three to five week delivery time.