Mail Services

Expedited Mailing & Shipping / Domestic &International

First Class/Priority mail
Next-day services
Two- and three-day services


International mail
Parcel services
Other services (certified, return receipt, insurance)


USPS First Class (1 oz letter 48 ¢)

Domestic: 3 to 6 day delivery. Cost based on weight, shape and size. Max weight 12.9 0z. a First Class package weighs 13 oz or more it becomes  Priority Mail .

Expedited first-class

  • Usually delivered in 2-3 days but no guarantee
  • The post office delivers on Saturdays and delivers to P.O. boxes and street addresses

USPS International

International Air Mail: 7-10 day delivery, no tracking, no guarantee. 

Postcards and letters: 1 ounce $1.10 all countries

Priority Mail letters and boxes: Prices vary by country / usually delivers in 4-6 days / not available to all countries

Customs declarations required for all non document items and on printed matter over 1 lb. 



If mailing to a PO BOX address,  use USPS Express Mail

Fed-Ex priority overnight:

  • Next morning by 10 AM delivery  street addresses (no PO Box addresses)
  • Goes out at 3:00 p.m.
  • Costs around $10.00  for a half pound letter to any street address in U.S.
  • extra fee for Saturday delivery


Federal Express: Has excellent 2,3 and 5 day domestic shipping services to street addresses.

tracking, proof of delivery and insurance are reliable and modestly priced. Saturday delivery costs extra. Weekends don't count! a shipment sent 2 day air on Friday

is delivered the following Tuesday.




USPS parcel service

Parcel post is less expensive than UPS for deliveries in Oregon and Washington state. This service can use USPS insurance.

UPS parcel service

Within Oregon, UPS ground is effectively a next-day service. We have seen parcels arrive even to California and Washington state the next day. The East Coast takes 5-7 days. Cost depends on destination and weight. All packages are insured for $100 automatically and can be insured for more affordably.



USPS certified mail / return receipt

Using certified mail gives you legal proof that a piece was sent on a certain day to a certain address. There is also a number associated with the piece to aid in tracking, though the post office has not computerized their service and it takes a long time to get results. With certified mail you can get, for an extra fee, a return receipt showing that it was delivered. This service is available in the United States only.

Certified mail costs $2.70 plus the regular postage. A return receipt costs $2.20 in addition to the certified fee. ex. a 1 oz letter

sent certified with return receipt costs $5.32 

Many domestic and international services allow you to get proof of delivery. Electronic proof of delivery is free with certified and registered mail online at A physical return receipt costs $2.15 and shows that someone at the delivery address signed for the piece. For extra charges, you can get the time and date of delivery, or you can get delivery restricted to only the addressee, who must have proof of identification.

USPS registered mail(Cannot be sent from Reed Mail Services)

It is an obsolete service. You can achieve the same results using a DHL, UPS or FEDEX  next day service. 

USPS insurance

First class and parcel post pieces can be insured through the USPS insurance. Insured peices cannot be tracked. The USPS insurance claims process is arcane and kafkaesque. If you need to ship a valuable item, better insurance and tracking can be purchased though UPS, FEDEX or DHL