In general, the United States Postal Service offers cheaper rates than UPS for mailing letters and shipping packages. However, for large packages and certain types of express service, UPS is the cheaper option.
It is possible to refuse mail delivered through the United States Postal Service. The refusal may be possible even after the letter or package has been delivered. Certain items, such as certified letters, are not eligible for refusal.
According to the United States Postal Service, the expected delivery time for USPS Retail Ground, the ground shipping service that delivers to all U.S. addresses, is two to eight business days in the 48 contiguous states. Delivery outside this area in this time frame is not guaranteed.
When a package is in transit with USPS, it means that the delivery is currently traveling through the postal transportation network. USPS Tracking, a free service, can display the last known location of a package within the USPS system.
To track a USPS shipment, enter the tracking number into the tool on the USPS website. A tracking number is given to the customer when the package is shipped.
The time it takes for the USPS to deliver a package is dependent upon the kind of delivery service selected. Domestic delivery services available include Media Mail, USPS Retail Ground, First-Class Mail, Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express. USPS Retail Ground is delivered in two to eight busines
USPS Priority Mail is expected to reach the recipient in one, two or three business days from the date of pickup, according to USPS. The actual time items take to arrive depends on the origin, drop-off time and destination of the package.
The United States Postal Service provides tracking options for most packages and letters shipped to Canada. The USPS does not, however, ship or track Priority Mail International Fat Rate envelopes or small Flat Rate shipped boxes to Canada.
The U.S. Postal Service determines insurance rates according to the sender's declared value of the item, reports USPS. The maximum insurance liability for postage items is $5,000 as of 2015. Some postal services include a small amount of insurance in the postage price.
The best way to confirm an address is by looking up the ZIP code, which can be done at USPS.com. To do this, enter the address given, including the street number, name, city and state.