Tuesday, October 18, 2016

How to Put an mail on Hold

When you say you are moving for a month and want to wait 14

days before you start the forwarding, wow, that complicates

things even more. Is it because you won't know your new

address until after you get there? If so, in effect, you

only want your mail forwarded for 16 or 17 days. In general,

USPS will not accept a forwarding order for less than a 30

day time period. But you can get around that by doing the

change for 31 days, then later cancelling the change early.

But there will be problems.

The biggest problem will be the forwarding lag. It will take

10 to 14 days from the date the change of address is

effective for your mail to start showing up at your new

address. So if you are moving on, lets call it day 1, then

won't know what your new address will be until after you get

there on day 14, obviously you cannot file the change of

address until day 15 or so. Then 10 to 14 days later your

mail will start showing up at your new address---- just a

few days before you leave again. So you get your mail for a

few days at your new address. Then when you leave on day 30,

there will be 10 to 14 days worth of mail in the pipeline,

so to speak, that has been forwarded from your old address,

but not recieved yet at the new address. Not a very good

situation-- that's why forwards less than 30 days are not


Another concern with forwarding is that not all mail gets

forwarded. Sometimes, the mail you want the most is not

forwarded. Instead, it's returned to the sender. You see, as

far as USPS is concerned, the sender owns the mail until it

is delivered. So the sender can mail things conditionally by

endorsing the mail "Return Service Requested" where it is

only delivered if the address is correct. So if you have

done a change of address, the Return Service mail goes back

to the sender. It helps the sender keep track of where you

really are. And it is often the mail you want the most that

is mailed this way. I am talking about things like bank

statements, some checks, and some bills.

Now if you know what your new address will be before you

leave your old address, (and yes, General Delivery can be a

new address) things can work better. Start forwarding from

your old address on day 1. Simultaneously, go online and

begin holding the mail at your new address. Then, when you

arrive on day 14 or so, there should be mail waiting for you

at your new address. But the mail that is sent "Return

Service Requested" will still be returned. Also, when you

leave your new address after the month, there will still be

mail in the pipeline. You could solve the pipeline issue by

going online on day 20 or so and holding your mail at your

original address. Then when you know what your new, new

address will be, do another change of address. But things

are starting to get really complicated, aren't they?

Finally, Premium Forwarding Service may be the best

solution. This is the service mentioned in an earlier

response where USPS accumulates your mail for a set period,

even 14 days, then packages all your mail into a priority

parcel and sends it directly to you at your new address.

Although costly, (with an enrollment fee and per package

forwarded fee), it will get you all your mail on the

schedule you decide. Return Service Requested mail will not

be returned, rather it will be put in the parcel going to

you at your new address. See your post office at your

original address to sign up.

Whos is U S P S mailing system

The mail or post is a system for physically transporting documents and other small packages, as well as a term for the postcards, letters, and parcels themselves.[1] A postal service can be private or public, though many governments place restrictions on private systems. Since the mid-19th century national postal systems have generally been established as government monopolies with a fee on the article prepaid. Proof of payment is often in the form of adhesive postage stamps, but postage meters are also used for bulk mailing. Modern private postal systems are typically distinguished from national postal agencies by the names "courier" or "delivery service".

Postal authorities often have functions other than transporting letters. In some countries, a postal, telegraph and telephone (PTT) service oversees the postal system, in addition to telephone and telegraph systems. Some countries' postal systems allow for savings accounts and handle applications for passports.

The economic growth and political stability under the Mauryan empire (322–185 BC) saw the development of impressive civil infrastructure in ancient India. The Mauryans developed early Indian mail service as well as public wells, rest houses, and other facilities for the common public.[7] Common chariots called Dagana were sometimes used as mail chariots in ancient India.[8] Couriers were used militarily by kings and local rulers to deliver information through runners and other carriers. The postmaster, the head of the intelligence service, was responsible for ensuring the maintenance of the courier system. Couriers were also used to deliver personal letters.

Larger envelopes are also sent through the mail. These are often composed of a stronger material than standard envelopes and are often used by businesses to transport documents that may not be folded or damaged, such as legal documents and contracts. Due to their size, larger envelopes are sometimes charged additional postage.

Packages are often sent through some postal services, usually requiring additional postage than an average letter or postcard. Many postal services have limitations as to what a package may or may not contain, usually placing limits or bans on perishable, hazardous or flammable materials. Some hazardous materials in limited quantities may be shipped with appropriate markings and packaging, like an ORM-D label. Additionally, as a result of terrorism concerns, the U.S. Postal Service subjects their packages to numerous security tests, often scanning or x-raying packages for materials that might be found in biological materials or mail bombs.