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Premium Forwarding Service Here to Stay for Residents Away from Home


WASHINGTON, DC — Residents who temporarily relocate to another U.S. address, such as a summer home, now can count on having their mail forwarded for up to one year with Premium Forwarding Service.

The Postal Service announced today that Premium Forwarding Service (PFS) now is a permanent offering. It was first tested as an experimental product in August 2005. The high customer interest and success of the service were cited as reasons for the announcement.

The consumer value for using PFS is that all mail is forwarded, including magazines and catalog subscriptions. Mail is reshipped once a week to the temporary location for a fee. Expedited services, such as Express Mail and Priority Mail, as well as Registered Mail, are forwarded separately at no extra charge.

“Premium Forwarding Service has been a big hit with our residential customers” said Nick Barranca, vice president, product development. “For ‘snow birds’ and others on the move, it enables them to take a little piece of home along with them.”

PFS was introduced as an experimental product in August 2005. To date it has generated more than 300,000 applications and $25.7 million in revenue for the Postal Service.

Customers can enroll at the Post Office serving their permanent address (a government issued photo ID and proof of permanent address are required). There is a one-time application fee of $10, and a weekly forwarding charge is $11.95.

Change-of-Address and Hold Mail services are still available at no charge.

An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that visits every address in the nation, 146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to pay for operating expenses, not tax dollars. The Postal Service has annual revenues of $75 billion and delivers nearly half the world’s mail.


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