2005-09-16 / Columnists

From The Rockaway Postmaster’s Desk

Post Office Boxes
By George P. Buonocore

George P. Buonocore George P. Buonocore Some of us rent safety deposit boxes at our bank or financial institution. They provide security for our valuable possessions, and peace of mind for us.

For security, convenience and peace of mind concerning your mail, nothing beats a Post Office box at your local Post Office.

Security – Your mail is protected, under lock and key as well as by Federal statute.

Access – You can pick up your mail at your convenience, early, late, any

time the Post Office lobby is open. Since most Post Offices are located near other businesses, you may want to get a jump on the day by receiving your mail at a Post Office box near where you work.

Anonymity – P.O. Boxes let you receive important mail that is for your eyes only, or to keep your personal or business mail private. Only you have the key.

Stability – If you move often, or travel a lot, and need to establish one place where you receive your mail, then a Post Office box is the answer. Your mail is there when you return.

Flexibility – Expand your company without opening new offices. Apply for P.O. Boxes in cities where you do business, and pick up your mail as you travel. You don’t have to live in a community to get a Post Office box there.

Affordability – Boxes come in five different sizes, from 3 inches by 5 1/2 inches to 22 1/2 inches by 12 inches. Check with your local Post Office to see what sizes are available. You’ll find the price to be reasonable, too. Based on a customer’s eligibility for carrier delivery service, a no-fee Post Office box may be available. Otherwise, the annual fees range from $9 to $330, depending on the box size and location of the Post Office.

Post Office box delivery is a secure and private means of getting your mail.

For more information, visit any U.S. Post Office.

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