Refund Postage for Late Priority Mail Express Delivery | How To

Priority Mail Express is a time-guaranteed service through the USPS. The USPS is separate from ShippingEasy.

Getting a Postage Refund for Late Priority Mail Express Delivery
  1. Anyone with a late Priority Mail Express delivery should first file a claim with the USPS. Jump to the steps for starting a claim for a late Express shipment.
  2. For ShippingEasy subscribers: After the USPS verifies late delivery, reach out to ShippingEasy's Customer Success team to finalize your refund. Jump to the steps for notifying ShippingEasy of late delivery.

This guide provides details for completing both these steps.

Eligibility Requirements for Late Packages

In order for a refund to be obtained for a late Priority Mail Express shipment, it must meet the eligibility requirements of a late package.

  • The shipment must have been scanned in at your local Post Office by the cut-off time to begin the shipping process on time.

    The cut-off time can vary per Post Office and refunds may be denied for packages delayed due to drop off after the local office's cut-off time.

    Make sure your Priority Mail Express packages are scanned by the cut-off time.

    1. Check with your local Post Office to find their specific cut-off time.
    2. Hand deliver Priority Mail Express packages and wait until you see a clerk scan each package.

    These two steps safeguard that packages are scanned before the cut-off time.

  • The package must be delivered after the guaranteed time and date on the label and/or tracking number.

    To find out what is considered late, look up guaranteed times.

    To determine if your package has been delayed, check the tracking via USPS.

  • If traveling internationally, the destination must be eligible for postage refunds.

    List of international destinations eligible for Priority Mail Express refund

    Destination restrictions apply to international shipments.

    The guarantee is only available to the following countries:

    • Australia
    • Canada
    • China
    • France (does not include Corsica and Monaco)
    • Hong Kong
    • Israel
    • Japan
    • New Zealand
    • Republic of Korea (South Korea)
    • Singapore
    • Spain (does not include the Canary Islands)
    • Sweden
    • Switzerland
    • Thailand
    • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

    This list is current as of February 2021.
    Find the list of currently eligible international destinations on the USPS website.

Does your shipment qualify for a refund, based on the above criteria?

If so, now you can request a postage refund for your Priority Mail Express package.

Guaranteed delivery to select international locations is available directly from a Post Office location. (Additional restrictions apply) Priority Mail Express International's late claims need to be processed with USPS.

A refund claim for late delivery can quickly be filed online. Follow our steps below for help.

Obtaining a Refund on a Delayed USPS Priority Mail Express Shipment

  1. Start a claim with USPS in a timely manner:
  • Domestic: within 30 days from purchase.
  • International: within 90 days from purchase.
  • Prepare evidence:
    1. The tracking number
    2. The label PDF
    3. Proof of purchase. Learn how to print this.
  • Log in to your account.
  • Click Help and then select Request a Refund
  • Under Domestic Service Refunds, select Priority Mail Express
  • Select Request a PME Refund
  • You will be required to enter some details about your items, including the tracking number, and the reason why you are requesting a refund. If applicable, you may be required to upload proof of purchase.
  • Get your refund:
    • Domestic: within 60 days from purchase.
    • International: within 120 days from purchase.
    • If approved, USPS will send you a check in the mail for your reimbursement.
    • Should the amount USPS refund you differ from what you paid, notify ShippingEasy per the following instructions. ShippingEasy must be notified in a timely manner to complete the claim.

    The form below should be completed as soon as your claim is approved by the USPS.

    • For Domestic: the form should be completed within 60 days from the label purchase.
    • For International: the form should be completed within 120 days from the label purchase.

    This is an additional 30 days beyond the USPS cut-off to ensure time for USPS to process the claim.

    Notifying ShippingEasy of a Delayed USPS Priority Mail Express Shipment

    If you are on a paid ShippingEasy plan, you have access to the best discounts online. More generally, PC Postage providers (eg software that helps you print USPS postage from your PC or computer) provide access to Commercial Pricing, and in most cases that is what the Post Office is set up to refund. Don’t worry – ShippingEasy will refund any remaining difference between what the Post Office is able to refund and the total postage price paid on ShippingEasy.

    We hate asking you to complete additional paperwork! However, we need some additional details in order to refund any remaining amount.

    To receive the remaining portion of your refund, please complete our form to request a Priority Mail Express Refund from ShippingEasy.

    Please remember that USPS guarantees the timely delivery of Priority Mail Express shipments, so a claim will need to be filed directly with USPS to receive a complete refund of any postage paid for a delayed shipment.

    If you have multiple claims to file with USPS, please submit a form for each shipment.

    Learn how to export a shipping report from ShippingEasy. Remember to edit exported report data to detail only delayed Priority Mail Express shipments for which you will be filing a refund claim with USPS.

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