Postal services providers / carriers
Federal provider is:
United States Postal Service (USPS)
Apart from them you can choose private companies as i.e. UPS,
Fedex, Airborne, DHL, and others.
Other private companies like "Mailbox etc." offer
services like packaging & shipping or also mail boxes and
forwarding service. It's also possible to choose the final
provider, that means, if you want to ship via USPS, FEDEX, UPS
and so on.
US Post Offices open normally between 8.30am and 5.30pm, but these
basic hours may vary from office to office and city to city.
There exist also 24/7 offices in bigger cities as i.e. New York
Can be bought at all USPS offices and includes envelopes, tape,
boxes and so on.
Some Examples (effective since January 2012):
International to Australia, Germany, UK...
Airmail Letter: $1.05 cent
(Specs: 1oz; Standard U.S. envelope size)
Postcard: $1.05 cent
(Maximum size: 6 inches long by 4-1/4 inches high)
Letter (1oz): 44 cent
Postcard: 32 cent (Standard format)
1 oz == 28.35 g
Above shown information has been researched carefully, but may change at any time, so please use following links to the USPS Postage Calculators to find out the accurate postage.
Mail boxes (P.O. Boxes)
To rent a P.O. Box with USPS you need a residence in the city where
you want to have the box. Proper identification is required.
Normally you apply for a box when you move to a certain city and you
get a box within some days. Sometimes it can also take a couple of
Private companies as the mentioned "Mailbox Etc." offer
also mail boxes. This can be helpful prior to move to a new
residence, so you got already a box there, even while you're looking
for a home. Actual requirements for applications must be obtained
from these private companies.
Postcards / Letters via Airmail with USPS to western Europe take
about 1 week.
Express mail is faster and takes 3-5 days. Flat rates are available
for certain express mail envelopes with a generous weight limit. Ask
for Global Priority Mail (International), Priority Mail (National)
and special express versions.