The University of Massachusetts Amherst


Harmonized Tariff Codes Now Required

Effective March 1, 2023, USPS customs forms require the Harmonized Tariff Code (HTC)  be included for everything shipped internationally, except documents. UPS has had this in effect for years.

There are two search tools that we recommend to help determine the proper HTC - The U.S. International Trade Commission HTS search tool and The U.S. Census Bureau search tool. Both of these tools will provide up to a ten-digit Schedule B number (which includes the six-digit HS code). The six-digit HS code is required on the customs form(s). Should the code be more than six digits, you need only include the first six digits.

Click this link to view an informative video, provided by the US Dept. of Commerce International Trade Administration, titled Understanding Your Products HS Code.


Marketing Mail Services :: Saving Departments Time and Money

A picture of a mailbox.

Marketing Mail Services, a division of the UMass Mail Services Department, didn't skip a beat during the pandemic and continues to offer bulk mail services at an affordable price to all departments campus-wide.


  • Reduced postage rates*
  • Non-Profit and Standard bulk
  • Mail list review and cleansing
  • Inserting
  • Tabbing
  • Labeling
  • Addressing
  • Sealing
  • NCOA address updates

Please visit the Marketing Mail Services page for more information. *Reduced rates for qualifying, large quantity orders.

Distribution Services

Resource Files 

Frequently Asked Questions 

How should I address a freight delivery?

When ordering a commodity that requires freight delivery, please use the following address format:

University of Massachusetts Distribution
Attn: (Recipient's name & phone)
360 Campus Center Way
Amherst, MA 01003-9248

My package was delivered. How long is it held at the RSD office?

Packages will be held for no longer than seven (7) days. After 7 days, the "unclaimed" packages will be returned to the sender as "undeliverable".

To avoid delays, please be sure that the address given to the vendor is correct at the time of shipping / delivery. Mail clerks will not open a package. (Ex. to look for a packing slip for alternative addresses/information.)