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How to: Select a Large Envelope/Flat to ship international

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In January 2018, USPS discontinued service for First-Class Mail International service for Flats containing Merchandise. Though, this service type remains an option for sending Documents. Learn more about these changes.

Fortunately, ShippingEasy provides options for sending documents or merchandise internationally in Large Envelopes/Flats.

Expand each section to learn more about shipping Large Envelopes/Flats via First-Class Mail International service.

Sending Documents

When the First-Class Mail International service is used for documents, a standard USPS international label will be created. This requires selecting the Large Envelope/Flat - Documents package type. Also be sure to declare accurate package contents. See the "How to" steps below for more information.

Example label for Documents:

FCMI_Flat_Document_label.png

Sending Merchandise

ShippingEasy provides access to international consolidator services, thanks to our valued carrier partnerships. By working with an international consolidator, it's possible to send merchandise in a Large Envelope/Flat through USPS First-Class Mail International. Better yet, consolidator rates are lower than First-Class Package International Service.

This requires selecting the Large Envelope/Flat - Merchandise package type. See the next section to learn more.

These labels will look different from a standard USPS international label. The shipping label will:

  • Be a domestic label.
  • Be addressed to a Postal Processing Facility.
  • Include the international recipient address.
  • Include an international tracking number.
  • Have customs forms sent electronically.
Example label for Merchandise:

FCMI_Flat_Merchandise_consolidator_label.png

How to: Select the First-Class Mail International Flats service, based on package contents

  1. From the ORDERS page, create a shipment for your international order. Learn more.
  2. On the READY TO SHIP page, expand the Carrier menu and select USPS.
    Carrier_-_USPS.png
  3. Once USPS has been selected, the Carrier Service menu will display all available services for the carrier. Expand the menu and select First Class Mail.
    Carrier_Service_-_First_Class_Mail.png
  4. Once First Class Mail has been selected, the Packaging menu will display all available package options for the service. Expand the menu and locate the Large Envelope/Flat options.

    Determine if you are mailing Documents or Merchandise. Then follow the applicable steps below.

    When mailing Documents:

    Find out what items qualify as documents.

    1. From the Packaging menu, select Large Envelope/Flat - Documents.
      Packaging_-_Large_Envelop_Flat_-_Document.png
    2. Scroll down to the "Customs Information" section. ShippingEasy has populated this information from the Order and your INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS settings. Learn more.
    3. Review the "Customs Information" for accuracy, especially the Package Content Type. Customs_Information_-_Package_Content_Type_-_Doc_or_Letter.png
    4. The Package Content Type must specify Documents or Letters to be able to purchase a label with this packaging.
     
    When mailing Merchandise:

    Find out what items qualify as merchandise.

    1. From the Packaging menu, select Large Envelope/Flat - Merchandise.
      Packaging_-_Large_Envelop_Flat_-_Merchandise.png
    2. Verify that shipment is not time-sensitive as this service does not include tracking.
      alert_first_class_intl_merchandise_not_tracked.PNG
    3. Scroll down to the "Customs Information" section. ShippingEasy has populated this information from the Order and your INTERNATIONAL SHIPMENTS settings. Learn more.
    4. Review the "Customs Information" for accuracy, especially the Value.Customs_Information_-_Value.png
    5. International shipments containing merchandise are usually taxed. An accurate Value will ensure that the correct tariffs are assessed.
  5. Once you have made your Packaging selection and reviewed the "Customs Information", make the rest of your shipment selections. Check that the Weight, Additional Shipment Options, and Insurance Options are adjusted to your needs. Learn more.
  6. Purchase and print your label as usual, using the Review or Pay & Print options.
  7. ShippingEasy will automatically generate the label using the correct format. See example labels above, in the "Sending Documents" and "Sending Merchandise" sections.

 


Related articles:

USPS discontinues service for First-Class Mail Int'l Flats on Jan 21, 2018
What is the Large Envelope/Flat?
Which Customs Forms are used by the US Postal Service?


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