USPS Extends Mail Hold Period
What does that mean for your business?
The USPS is responding to the growing number of COVID-19 related business closures by extending the mail hold time period. To accomodate businesses that have closed and have a full mailbox, or are unable to receive deliveries, the U.S. Postal Service will begin extending the period of time that returned mail can be held at the post office to 30 days. Currently, the policy dictates that mail returned to the delivery office can be held for 10 days before being returned to sender.
- Delivery will resume as soon as a business reopens, unless other delivery arrangements have been made.
- Businesses that fail to make delivery arrangments, like a request to hold or forward mail after the 30 day period, will resume receiving returned mail.
- USPS management may be reaching out to business owners for whom mail is being held to discuss alternative solutions.
- If businesses make delivery arrangements after the 30 day period is over and Moved, Left No Address (MLNA) orders have been processed, the USPS will offer additional assistance to immediately resume delivery.
Per the USPS announcement on March 28, 2020, the mail hold period will be extended until further notice.