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USPS Releases Brochure On Shipping Cremated Remains

Posted: April 6, 2014

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has released a brochure offering more information about changes it made to the method by which cremated remains may be shipped (they must be sent by Priority Mail Express); the brochure also provides other helpful information about shipping cremated remains.

The brochure includes information about how urns and containers should be packagedand labeled (the USPS requires packages containing cremated remains be identified using a special cremated remains label, Label 139).

All domestic shipments of cremated remains must be sent via Priority Mail Express Service. The price of shipping cremated remains will vary based on the shipment's city of origin and the destination.

International shipments of cremated remains, if allowed by a country, may be sent by Priority Mail Express International or First-Class Package International Registered Mail (it should be noted this service has a four pound weight limit). Additional information about international shipments of cremated remains can be found on the NFDA website.

The USPS brochure about shipping cremated remains can be found on the United States Postal Service Website.

NFDA Advocacy staff and Executive Board members met with representatives from the USPS during the 2014 Advocacy Summit to discuss shipping cremated remains. Click here to learn more about that meeting and its outcomes.

NFDA International Project Manager Corey Eggers presented a webinar in March during which he reviewed recent changes to USPS policies for shipping cremated remains and shared alternative domestic and international shipping options. This presentation is available to view at any time on the NFDA website.

If you have questions about shipping cremated remains or the body of a decedent, please contact Corey Eggers at 800-228-6332.