The USPS is an efficient parcel service that ensures the timely delivery of all the parcels to their respective destinations. It provides various benefits and services to its customers, one of which is Collect on Delivery (COD).
In this article, we will tell you about this service in detail.
What is USPS Collect on Delivery?
Collect on Delivery (COD) service is used by customers to mail a package for which payment has not been made. On delivery of the package, the recipient pays the cost of the package and any postage charges. In this service, the sender has to bear the postage and mailing costs, and the maximum collectible amount is $1000.
COD service helps the sender of the package in collecting the payment from the recipient. The receiver of the parcel must make the payment when he/she receives the goods.
A recipient can pay in two ways:
- A Check
If it is a check payment, USPS sends the check to you. If the payment is made in cash mode, USPS will send a money order equal to the amount they have received.
All the packages of collect on delivery service have an identification number required for the accurate delivery of the items. Deposit any USPS collect on delivery mail to a post office.
How to Use USPS Collect on Delivery Service?
COD service by USPS enables the mailer to send goods or items for which the recipient will have to pay. Once the recipient makes the payment, USPS sends a money order to the sender of the parcel.
To use this service, the customer has to fill the USPS form 3816. You can find the form at the post office. Fill the form and paste it on the package.
Ensure that the COD mails are deposited at the post office. The customer can also send it through a rural carrier.
A customer can use USPS collect on delivery service only if the recipient orders the service for his/her items. Also, keep in mind that the amount to be collected should not exceed $1000.
What is the Eligibility to Use COD Service?
Collect on Delivery service provided by USPS is used for the following mail classes:
- Priority Mail Express
- First-Class Mail
- Priority Mail
- Parcel Select
- Media Mail
Conditions which you must fulfill to use the service:
- The package should have the complete name and address of the mailer and addressee.
- The addressee must order the goods.
- The mailer ensures to pay for any return delivery.
Additional Services Eligible with Collect On Delivery:
While using the Collect on Delivery service, customers can also purchase combined services like:
- Registered Mail
- Restricted Delivery
- Return Receipt
- Delivery Confirmation
- Signature Confirmation
- Special Handling
Note that to use the above services in addition to COD, the customer has to pay an additional service fee.
We hope this article was useful to you. Now you can use the Collect on Delivery service provided by USPS efficiently. Make sure to keep in mind all the essential points that will ensure that your package is delivered to the right destination with utmost care and safety.