Whether you’re shipping cremated remains domestically or internationally, the United States Postal Service (USPS) reminds you that you may only use Priority Mail Express. The specific policy from the USPS is outlined below. For more information on domestic or international shipping, please visit the NFDA website or call 800-228-6332.
451.22 cremated remains
The following applies when mailing cremated remains (ashes):
a. Domestic: permitted for cremated human or animal remains only when sent via priority mail express service. the identity of the contents should be marked “cremated remains” (label 139 preferred) on the address side of the mailpiece. the item must be packaged as required in 451.3b and packaging instruction 10b.
b. International: when permitted by country, cremated remains may only be sent via priority mail express international service. cremated remains and the class of service must be available to the destination country. the contents must be indicated on the applicable customs declaration form. label 139, cremated remains, may optionally be applied to the address side of the mailpiece. the item must be packaged as required in 451.3b and packaging instruction 10b.
451.3 packaging and marking
The following conditions apply:
b. Powders and cremated remains. dry materials that could cause damage, discomfort, destruction, or soiling upon escape (leakage) must be packed in siftproof containers or other containers that are sealed in durable siftproof outer containers.