Department of Veterans Affairs

Reduce Postage Costs

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We frequently have to send Veterans files to the Bureau of Veterans Affairs in Washington DC for appeals review. The files contain anywhere from 1 folder to as many as 25. Total shipping weight may be anywhere from 2 ibs to as much as 100 lbs.


In most cases, once we receive notice from the BVA to send a particular case, we have up to 10 business days to get the file to BVA. We usually send the files via UPS with overnight shipping. A 50 lbs container going from Portland to Washington DC cost about $300 for overnight shipping. If we sent it at ground (arrives within five business days) it would cost about $65, or for three day select, about $100 . It is very rare when a case actually needs to go overnight so if we shipped these packages using a longer shipping term the savings would be dramatic.

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