· The 48 contiguous states: 15 pounds, 60 inches
in length and girth combined.
· An APO/FPO outside the 48 contiguous states:
70 pounds, 100 inches in length and girth
PARCEL AIRLIFT (PAL)
Parcel airlift service provides for air transportation
of parcels on a space-available basis to or from military
post offices outside the contiguous 48 states. PAL
service is available for articles sent as Standard Mail
(B) that are mailed at or addressed to any overseas post
offices outside the 48 contiguous states.
PAL is given air service from the point of loading
overseas to the point of entry into the U.S. on a
space-available basis. Unlike SAM, PAL provides for
continued air service from the point of entry into the
U.S. to the city of address or to the nearest point where
air service is available.
Weight and Size Limits
For Standard Mail (B) to be given PAL service,
certain weight and size requirements must be met.
· The article must not exceed 60 inches in length
and girth combined.
· The article must not weigh more than 30 pounds.
To receive PAL service, the customer pays a fee in
addition to the Standard Mail (B) rate of postage. The
PAL fee is determined on the basis of the following
· Not more than 2 pounds.
· Over 2 but not more than 3 pounds.
· Over 3 but not more than 4 pounds.
· Over 4 pounds.
The current PAL fees are found in Module R of the
Articles sent PAL will be endorsed with the large
letters PAL on the address side, above the name of
the addressee (see figure 4-8.) It is the responsibility of
the accepting clerk to place the PAL endorsement on
the article at the time of acceptance.
SPECIAL STANDARD MAIL
This is a special rate of postage for certain items of
Standard Mail. In most instances, this rate is cheaper
than the Standard Mail (B) rate. Both rates should
always be checked to ensure that the cheapest rate is
applied. Some of the articles that may be mailed at the
Special Standard Mail rate include:
Able B. Seaman
USS Underway (CV-66)
FPO AE 09561-0001
Mr. Jack Frost
5 Sunnyside St.
Anytown US 11111
Figure 4-8Endorsement on a PAL article.