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Introducing Global Express Guaranteed – Option for Fast, Guaranteed International Delivery

If you need a package to arrive quickly or by a certain date in a foreign country, you should consider using Global Express Guaranteed (GXG®), the U.S. Postal Service’s premium international mail service. GXG is a joint venture between the U.S. Postal Service and FedEx® Corporation to offer guaranteed, time-definite service to international destinations. Since delivery in the foreign country is done by the FedEx network, the service can be ideal for shipment to countries that have unreliable postal infrastructures. There can also be fewer chances of delays with customs clearance being handled directly by a local FedEx branch.

Full support of GXG is now available in our Endicia Professional® software, joining Priority Mail Express International®, Priority Mail International®, and First Class Mail International® as options for shipping products to other countries. An easy-to-use wizard guides you through the slightly more complex steps in completing GXG shipping forms. If your shipment requires a commercial invoice, Endicia Professional will automatically generate one. The final GXG shipping form can range from six to nine pages depending on the need for a commercial invoice and the number of items in the shipment.

After printing your postage and shipping forms, you will need to drop off your GXG package at your nearest Post Office™ location. Endicia Professional will let you know the latest time that you can drop off your package and still be covered by the date-certain delivery guarantee. The postal clerk will manually enter acceptance data on the first page of your shipping form and give you a copy as a receipt. The remaining pages then are put into a plastic sleeve and your package is expedited to the nearest USPS plant that evening. The package is then delivered to a FedEx location for shipment to the foreign country.

The shipping form will have two tracking numbers so that you can track your package on either the U.S. Postal Service website (www.USPS.com) or the FedEx website (www.FedEx.com). As part of developing full support for GXG, the Endicia engineering team sent out some test shipments to family members in China and France. The delivery times and level of tracking were quite impressive! A package sent to China took just four days and received 18 scans along the way.

If you have Endicia Professional service and would like to begin using GXG, please contact our sales team to get the service enabled.