Cremated remains can be sent through the USPS to both domestic and international destinations. They must be shipped using Priority Mail or Priority Mail Express. The following guidelines will help you prepare your package correctly.
Shipments of cremated remains must have:
- A primary inner sift-proof container. A sift-proof container is any vessel that does not allow loose powder to leak or sift out, such as a plastic bag.
- Cushioning material.
- An outer shipping package.
Two options for packaging:
- A Priority Mail Express Cremated Remains box. This is available at the post office.
- A customer-supplied box that has USPS Label 139 "Cremated Remains" is on all sides of the box, including the top and the bottom. These labels are available at the post office.
International shipment of cremated remains:
For International shipments, an urn is required. This is a sealed and sift-proof container.
You will need to fill out a customs form as well. ShippingEasy users will be provided with the correct customs forms when printing a label. You can also visit your local post office or refer to Section 123.61 of the International Mail Manual on http://USPS.com to give you more information on the forms you will need.
You can review the USPS policy for more information about shipping cremated remains.