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Cremated remains

USPS offers reminder about procedures

Customers should affix Label 139, Cremated Remains, to all sides of packages that contain cremated remains.

The Postal Service is reminding employees about its new procedures for shipping cremated remains through the mail.

Under the changes, customers who use their own packaging must follow the guidelines for shipping cremated remains detailed in Publication 139, How to Package and Ship Cremated Remains, and Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail.

Customers should affix the updated bright orange version of Label 139, Cremated Remains, to all sides of the package, including the top and bottom.

USPS has also introduced two versions of a Cremated Remains Animal Kit that must be shipped through Priority Mail Express.

Additionally, the Postal Service has posted a video on YouTube that offers step-by-step instructions for packaging and mailing cremated remains.

The changes, which USPS introduced last year, aim to make it easier for employees and customers alike to track cremated remains as they move through the postal network.