The United States Postal Service recently revised their rules regarding “Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail.” While most changes were done in order to correct erroneous references and provide greater clarity to existing language, anyone shipping firearms should know that the following language has been added:
“All regulated firearms must be mailed using a USPS product or Extra Service that provides tracking and signature capture at delivery.”
Also worth noting is a change to the requirements for mailing rifles and shotguns (Section 432.3), which now states that these items must include “Signature Confirmation service or insured mail service (for more than $500) requiring a signature at delivery.” That insured mail service amount is up from $200.
While these changes to the firearm requirements are fairly minor, this update serves as a good opportunity to remind shippers about USPS content restrictions.
Here are some resources we think you’ll find helpful:
– USPS to Limit Shipping of Hoverboards—This blog post explains restrictions for shipping “hoverboards,” also known as motorized balance boards. The USPS implemented restrictions due to safety concerns and the risk of fire caused by the lithium batteries used to power hoverboards.
– While on the subject of batteries, this blog post details USPS standards for mailing lithium batteries.
– USPS International Restrictions by Country—Anyone who wants to ship to customers outside of the U.S. will want to take a look.
– Keep up with all USPS News on the Stamps.com blog.