How to Provide Postage to Return a Package

Make sure that package gets back to you by paying for return postage yourself.
Make sure that package gets back to you by paying for return postage yourself. (Image: David Sacks/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Occasionally, Postal Service customers need to send a package that they wish to get back in the future. Whether you are just loaning something to a friend across the country, or you are sending many packages out to customers that must include return postage, this is quite easy to do through the US Postal Service. If you will need to use the return service regularly, it may be best to sign up Merchandise Return Service. If you only need to send a package with return postage paid once, it will be much easier to use Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes.

Provide Return Postage With Merchandise Return Service

Sign up for Merchandise Return Service from the US Postal Service. This service is not available online, so you will have to physically to your local post office to sign up.

Pay the permit fee, account maintenance fee, and make an advance deposit in your account to cover the return postage costs. The staff at your local post office will inform you of how much these fees are and how to pay them.

Decide how the package will be returned. You can pay for regular postage, First Class Mail, or Registered Mail on your return packages.

Collect the labels. You will be given some adhesive backed labels with your name and permit number. These can be sent with the package, and placed on the front of the package by the receiver when they are ready to return it.

Provide Return Postage With a Priority Mail Flat Rate Package.

Go to your local post office and ask to view the different options for Priority Flat Rate Packages. These are special packages that allow you to ship virtually anything that fits inside the box to any location in the US for one price. They come in many shapes and sizes. Find the box that fits your package, and pay for two of them.

Fill the address and return information out on both packages. For one, the address will be the receivers, and the senders address will be your own. You can leave the other one blank and let the receiver fill it out, or you can fill it out for them by putting your own name and address in the receiver portion and their name and address in the sender portion.

Send both boxes. If you can, fold up the return box and fit it inside the box that you are sending. If it will not fit, fold it up and put it in a Priority Mail envelope that to send simultaneously with the package.

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