Your Best Full Service Post Office Alternative

Our full-service postal office in Bellingham is designed to meet the business and consumer needs of our community. Our team can help you pack and ship to ensure they’ll arrive safely, including fragile items, artwork, electronics, furniture, and antiques. We can also help you ship items internationally as well via freight services. Small enough to know you and big enough to serve you, we’re committed to connecting communities.

US Mail Pickup

US Post Office Shipping Services

Maximum Weight:
  1. 70 pounds.
Required Marking:
  1. "Priority Mail"
All matter that is mailable by air transportation can be mailed as Priority Mail. Some things MUST be mailed as Priority Mail (or First-Class Mail), including:
  • Handwritten or typewritten material.
  • Bills, statements of account or invoices, credit cards.
  • Personal correspondence (a letter to Grandma), personalized business correspondence (a handwritten letter to your customer).
  • All matter sealed or otherwise closed against inspection.

If getting your mail there fast is your top priority, Priority Mail offers the best value. Priority Mail postage includes forwarding and return service. You can enhance the service, security, and convenience of Priority Mail by adding extra services such as USPS Tracking and Registered Mail. Registered Mail service is available at retail Post Offices and online for a fee. USPS Tracking is free of charge on Priority Mail.

Priority Mail postage is determined by how far the mailpiece must travel to get to its destination: the farther it travels the more you pay in postage. The actual distance is measured by "zones." Zones range from zone 1 (local, close to you) to zone 9 (very far away from you). The farther the mail travels, the more zones it crosses, and the more postage you pay. You can access zone charts online. Dimensional Weight Price: Postage for parcels addressed for delivery to zones 1-9 and exceeding 1 cubic foot (1,728 cubic inches) is based on the actual weight or the dimensional weight, whichever is greater. (Including Priority Mail Commercial Base and Commercial Plus)

The Postal Service offers special prices for Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes or Boxes. Regardless of weight (up to 70 lbs.) or domestic destination, any amount of material that fits into a USPS-provided Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope or Box can be mailed for one low price (the container flaps must be able to close within the normal folds). Many Priority Mail envelopes, boxes, and tubes are available for free from your local Post Office.

You can ship care packages to military addresses at domestic prices, even if you're sending mail overseas.

Sending Overseas.

APO/FPO services allow you to ship mail and packages to our military members virtually anywhere in the world at a reduced postage rate from traditional international shipping. When you send an international package through military and diplomatic mail, follow the destination country's restriction policies and include customs forms when necessary which we can help fill out in store.

Military Guidelines & Country Regulations

Different countries have varying prohibitions and restrictions based on the 5-digit Military Post Office ZIP Code you're shipping to, but you are responsible for ensuring your package complies with the laws and regulations of the U.S. and the destination country. You often need a customs form to ship overseas which we can help you with in store. We can also let you know which customs forms you need and fill them out for your specific shipment.

Addressing Military & Diplomatic Mail

Each shipment to an APO/FPO/DPO needs the recipient's name, rank, and unit, and the APO/FPO/DPO address with the 9-digit ZIP Code. which we can fill out for you with your shipping label at the time of shipment. Mail and shipments must be addressed to a specific person; addressing to "Any Service Member" is no longer permitted.

Here are properly addressed shipment examples:
Army/Air Post Office (APO)
PFC JOHN DOE
PSC 3 BOX 4120
APO AE 09021

Fleet Post Office (FPO)
SEAMAN JOSEPH SMITH
UNIT 100100 BOX 4120
FPO AP 96691

Diplomatic Post Office (DPO)JOHN ADAMS
UNIT 8400 BOX 0000
DPO AE 09498-0048

Tuck an Address Inside the Box

It's a good idea to include a second piece of paper with the address inside the box, just in case something happens to damage the label on the outside. Be sure to include both the destination address and your return address on the spare copy.

Secure, Affordable Global Shipping

USPS® international mail services go to more than 180 countries, including Great Britain, Canada, Japan, Mexico, and Australia. Global Express Guaranteed®, Priority Mail Express International®, and Priority Mail International® services include international tracking and some insurance.

Priority Mail International

6–10 Business Days

USPS provides reliable and affordable international delivery to about 180 countries through Priority Mail International. Most Priority Mail International shipments include tracking.  

First-Class Package International Service

Affordable Lightweight Shipping

First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS) is an economical way to send lightweight packages to about 180 countries. Restrictions may apply based on the destination country.

First-Class Mail International

Affordable International Mailing

First-Class Mail International is our most affordable option for sending postcards, letters, and flats (large envelopes) to about 180 countries.

  • Send 1 oz. letters or postcards around the world with one Global Forever® stamp, which never expires, even if the postage price goes up.
  • For large envelopes (flats) up to 15.994 oz., postage prices vary based on weight and destination, starting from $2.60.
  • Standard Forever Stamps can not be used for international mailing. Stamps showing a stated dollar amount can be used with the appropriate amount of postage affixed.
Media Mail

Shipping in 2–8 Business Days (frequently takes longer, timing not guaranteed)

Media Mail® is a cost-effective way to send media and educational materials. This service has restrictions on the type of media that can be sent

Using Media Mail

Here's what you can send:

  • Books (at least 8 pages)
  • 16-millimeter or narrower width films
  • Printed music and test materials
  • Video and sound recordings
  • Playscripts and manuscripts
  • Printed educational reference charts
  • Medical loose-leaf pages and binders
  • Computer-readable media

NOTE: Video games, computer drives, and digital drives do not qualify for Media Mail prices.

Weight, Size, & Shape Requirements

  • Maximum weight is 70 lbs.
Certified Mail®

Prove you sent it. See when it was delivered or that a delivery attempt was made, and get the signature of the person who accepts the mailing when combined with Return Receipt.

Notes

  • Present for mailing to a Postal employee if a postmarked sender’s receipt is requested.
  • Combine with Return Receipt to get an electronic or physical delivery record showing the recipient’s signature.
  • The recipient may be required to show an acceptable primary ID before USPS will deliver the mailpiece.
Return Receipt

Get an electronic or hardcopy delivery record showing the recipient’s signature.

Notes

  • Electronic Return Receipts are not available to APO/FPO/DPO addresses or to certain U.S. territories or possessions, or Freely Associated States.
Direct Mail Advertising for Your Business

Direct Mail Advertising

USPS targeted mail campaign through your Post And Parcel Store can do everything for you. Choose and customize a design, select your market segments, and your campaign will be delivered wherever and whenever you choose. You can even add digital advertising options. Market Your Business today.

Every Door Direct Mail® explained

EDDM® is the best way to reach entire neighborhoods or local communities. This service delivers your mail to every residential mailbox within your target market. Use our online mapping tool to search for the best prospects via powerful geographic and demographic filters. Get instant mailbox counts as you search and build the perfect campaign.

Grow your business with direct mail

We make it fast, easy, and affordable to reach the best prospects for your business. Launch your campaign in ten minutes or less with our turnkey campaign builder.

  • Affordable for any budget
  • No paperwork or Post Office® drop-offs
  • 100% all-inclusive service with world-class support
The best way to reach every home

When you need to reach every household within a defined geographic area, Every Door Direct Mail® is a great option. This service delivers your offer as a stand-alone postcard or flyer to every mailbox.

The best part? You can do it all in a few clicks.

First-Class Mail

Mail typically in 1–10 Business Days; Small Packages typically in 1–14 Business Days

First-Class Mail® service is an affordable and easy way to send envelopes and lightweight packages. First-Class Mail Forever® stamps will never expire, even if the First-Class postage rate goes up. For packages (up to 13 oz).

Features & Pricing
  • Mail typically delivered in 1–10 business days
  • Small packages typically delivered in 1–15 business days
  • Best priced service for items up to 13 oz
  • Insurance for loss or damage up to $5,000 for merchandise only (extra cost)
  • Eligible for delivery confirmation services such as Certified Mail®
  • Prices based on shape and weight

Letters

  • Standard-sized, rectangular envelope.
  • Square, oversized, or unusually shaped envelope at additional price.

Postcards

  • Standard-sized, rectangular postcard stamps.
  • Oversized postcards need letter stamps.

Large Envelopes/Small Packages:

  • Large envelopes (flats) start at $1.16.
  • Small packages start at $4.00.
Weight & Shape Requirements
  • Maximum weight for First-Class Mail letters is 3.5 oz; for large First-Class Mail envelopes and parcels, the maximum weight is 13 oz.
  • All postcards and envelopes (or flats) must be rectangular, otherwise an additional charge may apply. Additional size restrictions apply depending on the type of mailpiece you're sending.

Additional Charges for Irregular Mailpieces & Envelopes

Nonmachinable Envelopes

Unusually shaped mail, like square or vertical envelopes, lumpy envelopes, rigid envelopes, and mail with clasps, string, buttons, must be hand-cancelled. They are charged a nonmachinable surcharge even if they weight less than 1 oz.

Large Mailpieces & Envelopes

If a mailpiece exceeds the maximum length, height, or thickness, it will be charged at the next higher price and mailpiece category.

Large First-Class envelopes (flats) that exceed maximum dimensions, are rigid, non-rectangular, or not uniformly thick, are charged parcel prices.

US Mail Pickup

Your Neighborhood Postal Office in Bellingham, WA

Your mail and packages have big goals to fulfill. You’re not just shipping envelopes and parcels. You’re delivering smiles, messages, relief, and care to the people who matter most in your life. You’re ensuring your clients and business partners have the VIPs (Very Important Products) they need to keep business going, and you’ll be their hero when you can deliver on time and on budget.

No matter the journey, we’re committed to helping your precious cargo reach its destination safely, quickly, and reliably.

LISA RODGERS-POTTER
LISA RODGERS-POTTER
JUNE 17, 2020
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I love this business! They always go the extra mile to give great service and get your parcels anywhere in the world & in a timely fashion! I am a very happy customer and will always come back! Thank you for your great and friendly service!
ELIZABETH WATT
ELIZABETH WATT
JUNE 12, 2020
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Employees were very helpful when my package got returned due to issues with the shipping location.
GRETCHEN WALLA
GRETCHEN WALLA
SEPTEMBER 3, 2020
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My go-to place shipping/mailing for both business and personal items. Excellent customer service and are thorough with making sure things are done well and right. I can't imagine getting a follow-up email from the post office to double check if I wanted a printed receipt after a large order (I received an email receipt with tracking #s, costs, etc).
TABLLOYD
TABLLOYD
AUGUST 30, 2021
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Always prompt, curteous, efficient and amicable. Shop is always spotless, well appointed and arranged. Very proud that FP&P is a neighbor, great work and effort!
RICK HANN
RICK HANN
DECEMBER 17, 2020
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Fairhaven Post & Parcel is my go-to place for all my postal needs. As an author, I regularly ship books, and their service is always fast, friendly and most of all accurate. They also value customer safety with strict adherence to COVID protocols - I would definitely recommend Fairhaven Post & Parcel!
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Packing and US Mail Shipping Services

Certified Mail

Certified Mail

Sending mail and documents securely can be a tricky process – involving paperwork, numerous complex options and fees. Let Your Post And Parcel Store handle the details; we’re Bellingham’s certified mail experts.

Every Door Direct Mailers

Every Door Direct Mail

Looking for an economically way to send mail to every person on a delivery route? The US Post Office’s Every Door Direct Mail options provides a convenient way to target only those neighborhoods that will be most beneficial to your business.

Packing Guarantee

Packing Guarantee

Let our Packing Experts pack your Priority Mail shipment for you. When we pack and ship your items using materials purchased from Fairhaven Post And Parcel, we’ll cover the cost of packing and shipping plus the value of your items, if lost or damaged.

Frequently Asked Questions

Easy Packing Options

Definetely! We specialize in properly packing fragile and high-value items like artwork or electronics, and can package large or odd-shaped items such as golf clubs, bikes or sporting equipment. Whether you are looking for a US Mail Drop Off Location or we are sending your package with Flat Rate Priority Mail Shipping we are experts at packing to save you money on your shipping and to keep your packing costs down to a reasonable amount. Save time and visit your locally owned and operated Post And Parcel Store for help from the packing experts.

Our Pack & Ship Guarantee
We are here to help with all of your packing and shipping needs and guarantee our packing jobs to arrive intact.

Box Sizes for Your Every Need
Each Post And Parcel Store location stocks more than 20 standard box sizes, or we can customize a box specific to the item you’re shipping.

Box Sizes for Your Every Need
For convenience our locations stocks more than 20 standard box sizes to make sure we have just the size you need to ship that awkwardly shaped item.  

We also offer Packing Materials to Keep Your Priority Mail Shipping Items Safe

  • Bubble cushioning
  • Foam wrap
  • Bubble and Tyvek Mailers
  • Mailing Tubes
  • Flat Rate Shipping Boxes

Absolutely. Whether you are just shipping socks to your Dad for Fathers Day or a $10,000 painting off to a high profile client we can insure almost anything while also making sure your items are packed to ship safely and securely. Matching the shipping carrier, method and options to what you are shipping and the value of that shipment ensures that you have the best and most cost effective delivery guaranteed and to make sure you get the best rates we will have to pack any items you want to insure for breakage.

We wont force you to have us pack your items like some of those franchised chains. If you want to reuse that old Amazon box or simply like the challenge of packing 10lbs of stuff in a 5lb box we welcome all shipments. With your package we will do our best to make sure you get the best shipping rates but keep in mind that a lot of keeping cost down and ensuring an intact delivery involves the packing so pack those items with care, in the correct boxes and with the right padding as we wont be able to insure them for breakage.

Track Your Package

We get this phone call at least once a day… I shipped a package, it’s later than I would have thought, how do I track it?

Nearly every package that leaves one of our stores has a tracking or delivery confirmation number which we keep on file for your shipment. Once you have a delivery confirmation or tracking number you can use one of the carrier websites to track down your package. If you shipped your package with us feel free to give us a call and we can track it down for you.

USPS Shipment TrackingUPS Shipment TrackingFedEx Shipment TrackingDHL Shipment Tracking

Check out our package receiving service for how to sign up, get your address and email alerts when your package arrives.

We accept drop offs for all shipping carriers including UPS, FedEx drop offs, USPS and DHL. There are some limitations related to individual retailers. You must have an actual prepaid return label and not a QR code for us to accept your FedEx drop off.

Additional Ways We Ship

We can pack and ship anything including items too large to ship through the traditional carriers. With over 20 years of Post Office shipping and packing experience and a multitude of packing techniques to draw from we are sure to find a way to ship anything.

Yes! Limitations from the carriers for lithium batteries and tricky packing can make shipping electronics difficult. With years of experience and constant training and monitoring of service changes we ensure that we can pack even the most delicate pieces of electronic equipment.

Delicate china, baubles made of twigs or $10,000 oil paintings… we have shipped all kinds of artwork requiring delicate and precise packing and shipping methods while also making sure insurance carrier requirements are covered should the worst happen.

Golf clubs to Arizona? No problem. Hawaii? UK? Scotland? And everywhere in between… Yep.

Being close to Bellingham International airport and Bellinghams Alaskan Ferry Terminal, we ship luggage all the time and at very reasonable rates.

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