07-09-2008 03:40 PM
parcel - Mail that does not meet the mail processing category of letter-size mail or flat-size mail. It is usually enclosed in a mailing container such as a carton.
Parcel Post - A subclass of Standard Mail with rates based generally on weight and zone.
07-09-2008 04:03 PM
Thanks so much for your response to the "what is a parcel vs. Parcel Post" question!
You're so right, a mailpiece that isn't classified as a letter or flat would then be considered a parcel.... unless you're talking about Standard Mail. In the case of Standard Mail, a mailpiece that isn't a letter or a flat might be considered a "Not Flat-Machinable" or a parcel depending on dimensions and physical characteristics.
Parcel Post though, is a subclass of Package Services. Package Services is a class of mail in which the contents are nonpersonal. There are 4 subclasses: Media Mail, Library Mail, Bound Printed Matter and Parcel Post.
Thanks so much for your participation in our Forum!
07-09-2008 04:09 PM
Skinned provided a nice response, and I added to that.
But to keep the 2 straight, just think of this....
A package is a SHAPE. You need to know the shape (postcard, letter, flat, parcel, etc.) in order to calculate postage for a mailpiece within a certain CLASS of mail such as First-Class Mail or Standard Mail or Package Services.
As noted below, Parcel Post is a sub-category/class of Package Services. And within Parcel Post, there are machinable parcel/package prices and nonmachinable package/parcel prices.
Thanks for the question!