November 2009 Issue 50 Happy Holidays!!! The Holidays are coming very quickly! This year be prepared, don’t be late! Mail early so your holiday packages will be delivered before the holidays are over! Below is the 2009 Holiday Shipping Cut Off Dates for the USPS. They are listed by destination & service. 2009 Holiday Shipping Cut Off Dates Domestic Mail Class/Product First Class Mail Priority Mail Express Mail* Parcel Post Cut Off Date Dec-21 Dec-21 Dec-23 Dec-16 Military Mail Addressed To Express Mail® Military Service (EMMS)1/ Dec-18 N/A Dec-18 Dec-18 Dec-18 First-Class Mail® Letters and Cards Dec-11 Dec-4 Dec-11 Dec-11 Dec-11 Priority Mail® Dec-11 Dec-4 Dec-11 Dec-11 Dec-11 Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) 2/ Dec-4 Dec-1 Dec-4 Dec-4 Dec-4 Space Available Mail (SAM)3/ Nov-28 Nov-21 Nov-28 Nov-28 Nov-28 Parcel Post® Nov-13 Nov-13 Nov-13 Nov-13 Nov-13 APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092 APO/FPO AE ZIP 093 APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098 APO/FPO AA ZIP 340 APO/FPO AP ZIPs 962-966 1/ EMMS: is available to selected military post offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO address. 2/ PAL: is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. It is available for Parcel Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface rate of postage for each addressed piece sent by PAL service. 3/ SAM: parcels are paid at Parcel Post postage rate of postage with maximum weight and size limits of 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis. International Mail Addressed To Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG)4*** Dec-18 Dec-18 Dec-18 Dec-22 Dec-21 Dec-21 Dec-22 Dec-21 Express Mail® International (EMS)5* Dec-12 Dec-17 Dec-17 Dec-18 Dec-17 Dec-12 Dec-17 Dec-17 Priority Mail® International (PMI)6* Dec-4 Dec-11 Dec-11 Dec-14 Dec-14 Dec-4 Dec-11 Dec-14 FirstClass Mail® Dec-4 Dec-11 Dec-11 Dec-11 Dec-11 Dec-4 Dec-11 Dec-11 Africa Asia/Pacific Rim Australia/New Zealand Canada Caribbean Central & South America Mexico Europe Middle East Dec-18 Dec-17 Dec-14 Dec-11 ***GXG Notes: 1) Cutoff date does not take into account time needed for customs clearance. 2) Should allocate extra transit day(s) for delivery outside major cities. 3) Last day to ship to Afghanistan and Iraq is Dec 18. USPS Price Change for 2010 Announcement released by the United States Post Office about the price changes for the USPS competitive services which will take effect on January 4, 2010, the same day UPS & FedEx raise their rates. The overall increase will be 3.3% on average. Our competitive shipping services include Priority Mail, Express Mail, Express Mail International, Priority Mail International, Parcel Select and Parcel Return Service. There will be NO increase for market dominant mailing services in 2010. Market dominant services include First Class Mail, Standard Mail, Periodicals, Media Mail, Library Mail, Bound Printed Matter and associated special services (certified etc). Priority Mail - The cost starts at $4.90 then increases by weight and distance. The farther the distance away the package has to travel and the heavier the package, the more expensive the postage is. Express Mail – The cost starts at $13.65 then increases by weight and distance. The farther the distance away the package has to travel and the heavier the package, the more expensive the postage is. Be Aware that Flat Rate Packaging prices have changed and are noted in the charts below. The USPS provides Priority & Express Flat Rate packaging as well as regular Priority & Express packaging. If you are shipping a package to a destination that is far away, weighs more than 13 ounces & less than 70 pounds, Flat Rate may be right for you. However, if you are using a Flat Rate box & Regular Priority is cheaper, you still must pay the Flat Rate. Priority Flat Rate Boxes Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box (FRB1) Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box (FRB2) Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box (APO/FPO Destinations) 12-1/2" x 9-1/2" 8-5/8" x 5-3/8" x 1-5/8" 11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" 13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8" 12-1/4" x 12-1/4" x 6" 12-1/4" x 12-1/4" x 6" Domestic $4.90 $4.95 $10.70 $10.70 $14.50 $12.50 Domestic $18.30 Canada & Mexico $11.45 $11.45 $26.95 $26.95 $33.95 N/A Canada & Mexico $26.95 Other Countries $13.45 $13.45 $43.45 $43.45 $55.95 N/A Other Countries $28.95 Express Flat Rate Env. Express Flat Rate Envelope 12-1/2" x 9-1/2" For the Complete Price List Go to the USPS website! Please Update Your Mailing Lists Institutional Advancement has officially changed their name to Dean of Student Life. Please change your mailing list to reflect the new name. USPS Address: DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY 122 ANDERSON HALL MANHATTAN KS 66506-0100 Campus Address: DEAN OF STUDENT LIFE 122 ANDERSON HALL *!* In Addition *!* Central Mail Services Has Great News for KSU’s Wallet!!! Kansas State University now qualifies to ship through the USPS using the Commercial Base Pricing (CBP). Before, the rates used have been the USPS’ retail rates. The commercial base rates are cheaper than the retail rates. The services that are available to be shipped Commercial are the parcel services such as Priority & Express Mail. This does not include the cost of first class letters & other USPS services. Central Mail Services will be taking the initiative to continue to ship your packages using the most cost effective & time effective method. Be advised that when you ship personal mail at the KSU Contract Post Office you will be charged by the retail rates. You must be shipping through Central Mail Services to take advantage of these rates. These changes will take effect on January 4, 2010 when the USPS rates change as stated above. Priority Mail Commercial Base - The cost starts at $4.80 then increases by weight and distance. The farther the distance away the package has to travel and the heavier the package, the more expensive the postage is. Express Mail Commercial Base – The cost starts at $12.96 then increases by weight and distance. The farther the distance away the package has to travel and the heavier the package, the more expensive the postage is. Priority Flat Rate Boxes Commercial Prices Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Box Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box (FRB1) Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Box (FRB2) Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box (APO/FPO Destinations) 12-1/2" x 9-1/2" 8-5/8" x 5-3/8" x 1-5/8" 11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" 13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8" 12-1/4" x 12-1/4" x 6" 12-1/4" x 12-1/4" x 6" Domestic $4.75 $4.85 $10.20 $10.20 $13.95 $11.95 Domestic $17.40 Express Flat Rate Env. Commercial Prices Express Flat Rate Envelope 12-1/2" x 9-1/2" Central Mail Services Staff Update Connie Moseler, administrative officer for Central Mail Services, is out on extended leave and will not be able to respond to E-mail messages sent directly to her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send E-mail messages to email@example.com so that either Ed Albrant or Loleta Sump can assist you. Thank you for your attention to this detail. Note from the Central Mail Manager: As noted above, we are once again trying to accommodate for the absence of a very integral person to our Central Mail Team. I want to Loleta Sump extend a public KUDOS to our remaining TEAM Manager, Facilities Support Services Members, Ed Albrant, Elena Billings, Russell Kansas State University Thompson, Barb Larson and Ed Asebedos, as well as Division of Facilities our students, Nick Ingwersen, Tim Hofer and Joe 109 Dykstra Hall Badger. Each one of these individuals has stepped up Manhattan, KS 66506-0903 Phone: 785-532-1718 to do whatever is necessary to keep the mail moving. I Fax: 785-532-1711 appreciate and am eternally grateful to each and every one of you. Thank You, gang! You are the Best! A note from the KSU Contract Post Office Mailing Holiday cards? We have what you need. STAMPS!!! Come by and check out the 2009 holiday mailing stamps. Featuring the stamps: Winter Holidays, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa & Christmas with the Madonna & Sleeping Child. Please visit Central Mail Services online To find our web site from www.ksu.edu search the directory by office for Central Mail Services. The directory is found in the top right hand corner of the K-State main page.