Contents Index
M000 General Preparation Standards
M040 Pallets

M045 Palletized Mailings

Summary

M045 describes the general standards for bundle preparation, sortation, and labeling for mail on pallets. The section covers bundle reallocation as an optional preparation method on pallets. It also covers the preparation procedures to claim bulk mail center (BMC) Presort discount, the origin bulk mail center (OBMC) Presort discount, destination sectional center facility (DSCF) discount, and destination delivery unit (DDU) discount.

1.0 Basic Uses

These types of mail may be palletized:

a. Letter-size mail in trays.

b. Bundles of nonletter-size mail not prepared in sacks.

c. Bundles or parcels in sacks.

d. Machinable or irregular parcels.

e. Copalletized multiple flat-size mailings, subject to M041.

f. Combined mailings of machinable parcels (Standard Mail and Package Services), subject to M073.

g. Two or more Periodicals publications combined or copalletized, subject to M041.

h. Combined mailings of Nonprofit Standard Mail mixed rate levels, subject to M041.

i. Commingled zoned rate Package Services, subject to M700.

2.0 BUNDLES on Pallets

2.1Applicability

[9-2-04] Presort destination bundles of Periodicals, Standard Mail, and Package Services flats and irregular parcels may be placed directly on pallets under 2.2 through 2.5, 3.0 (and, until January 6, 2005, under 15.0). Mail that cannot be placed on pallets must be prepared in sacks under the applicable standards in M200, M600, M700, M910, or M920. Sacks containing any remaining bundles after all pallets are prepared may be presented with the palletized portion of the mailing job (and, subject to 8.5, reported on the same postage statement) if the sacked portion is presented separately from the palletized portion.

2.2Basic Bundling Standards

[9-2-04] Bundle preparation for Periodicals, Standard Mail, and Package Services mailpieces must meet the general standards in M010 and M020 as well as the applicable standards in M200, M600, M700, M820, and M950, except as noted in 2.3 through 2.5. Bundles may be sorted onto pallets under 3.0 (and, until
January 6, 2005, under 15.0), as well as M920, M930, and M940.

2.3Periodicals

Bundle size: Six-piece minimum (lower volume bundles permitted under M210 and M220), 20-pound maximum, except that:

a. Firm bundles may contain as few as two copies of a publication and do not have to be further consolidated with other bundles to the same 5-digit destination. A firm bundle may be counted as one piece for presort standards (see M210 and M220).

b. All pieces for the same presort destination must be in one bundle if they weigh less than 10 pounds. Otherwise, bundles must weigh from 10 to 20 pounds each.

c. The last bundle to a presort destination may contain less than 10 pounds.

2.4Standard Mail

[8-5-04] Bundle size: 10-piece or 15-piece minimum as applicable; 20-pound maximum, except that:

a. All pieces for the same presort destination must be in one bundle if they weigh less than 10 pounds. Otherwise, bundles must weigh from 10 to 20 pounds each.

b. The last bundle to a presort destination may contain less than 10 pounds.

2.5Bound Printed Matter

[9-2-04] Bound Printed Matter on pallets must be bundled as follows:

a. Minimum Bundle Size. Bundle mail under the minimum bundle size of “10 pieces or 10 pounds, whichever comes first” according to these standards:

(1) For identical-weight pieces, a single-piece weight of 1 pound results in 10 pieces weighing 10 pounds. Identical-weight pieces weighing 1 pound or less must be prepared using the 10-piece minimum; those that weigh more must be prepared using the 10-pound minimum.

(2) For nonidentical-weight pieces, mailers must either use the minimum that applies to the average piece weight for the entire mailing (divide the net weight of the mailing by the number of pieces; the resulting average single-piece weight determines whether the 10-piece or 10-pound minimum applies). Alternatively, bundle by the actual piece count or mail weight for each bundle destination, provided documentation can be presented with the mailing that shows (specifically for each bundle) the number of pieces and their total weight.

(3) Mailers must note on the accompanying postage statement whether they applied the 10-piece or 10-pound threshold, or both.

b. Presorted and Carrier Route Bound Printed Matter:

(1) Only individual pieces of flats or irregular parcels that weigh less than 10 pounds each may be prepared as bundles on pallets. Presorted rate pieces that weigh 10 or more pounds each must be prepared and palletized as machinable parcels under 3.5 or prepared in sacks under M722. Carrier Route pieces that individually weigh 10 or more pounds each must either be prepared and palletized as machinable parcels under 3.5 and qualify for Presorted rates or be prepared in sacks under M723 and qualify for carrier route rates.

(2) Bundles must be prepared under M722, M723, or M950, as appropriate. The minimum bundle size is 10 addressed pieces or 10 pounds, whichever occurs first, except that the last bundle to a presort destination may contain fewer than 10 pieces or weigh less than 10 pounds. When there are at least 10 pieces but less than 10 pounds for a presort destination, the pieces must be prepared in a single physical bundle. The maximum physical bundle size for pallets prepared under 3.3a through 3.3g, and 3.4a through 3.4g is 40 pounds. The maximum physical bundle size for pallets prepared under 3.3h through 3.3l, and 3.4h through 3.4l is 20 pounds. The total number of bundles for a single presort destination must not exceed the number of 10-pound increments to that destination. Each physical bundle must contain at least two addressed pieces.

3.0 PALLET PRESORT AND LABELING

3.1Periodicals Bundles,
Sacks, or Trays

Until January 6, 2005, Periodicals mailings may also be palletized under 15.1. Pallets must be prepared under M041 in the sequence listed below and completed at each required level before the next optional or required level is prepared. Unless indicated as optional, all sort levels are required under the conditions shown. See E250 for additional requirements for destination entry rates eligibility. For mailings of sacks or trays on pallets, pallet preparation begins with 3.1e. Pallets must be labeled according to the Line 1 and Line 2 information listed below and under M031. All pallets prepared under 3.1 may contain firm bundles, and pallets prepared under 3.1a through 3.1i may contain low-volume bundles. Bundles of Periodicals nonletters (flats and irregular parcels) may also be palletized under M920, M930, or M940.

a. Merged 5-Digit Scheme (required). Permitted for bundles only. Not permitted for bundles containing noncarrier route AFSM 100-compatible flats under C820. Required for bundles containing all other flats or irregular parcels. Pallet must contain carrier route bundles and noncarrier route 5-digit bundles (automation rate and/or Presorted rate bundles) for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. For 5-digit destinations not part of L001, merged 5-digit pallet preparation begins with 3.1d. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L001.

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS,” as applicable; followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “CR/5D”; followed by “SCHEME” (or “SCH”).

b. 5-Digit Scheme Carrier Routes (required). Permitted for bundles only. Pallet must contain only carrier route bundles for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. For 5-digit destinations not part of L001, 5-digit carrier routes pallet preparation begins with 3.1e. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L001.

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS,” as applicable; followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” (or “CR-RTS”); followed by “SCHEME” (or “SCH”).

c. 5-Digit Scheme (required). Permitted for bundles only. Not permitted for bundles containing AFSM 100-compatible flats under C820. Required for bundles containing all other flats and irregular parcels. Pallet must contain only 5-digit bundles of automation rate and/or Presorted rate mail for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. For 5-digit destinations not part of L001, 5-digit pallet preparation begins with 3.1f. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L001.

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS,” as applicable; followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “5D”; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains Presorted rate mail; followed by “SCHEME” (or “SCH”).

d. Merged 5-Digit (required). Permitted for bundles only. Not permitted for bundles containing noncarrier route AFSM 100-compatible flats under C820. Required for bundles containing all other flats or irregular parcels. Pallet must contain carrier route bundles and noncarrier route 5-digit bundles (automation rate and/or Presorted rate bundles) for the same 5-digit ZIP Code. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for overseas military mail).

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS,” as applicable; followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “CR/5D.”

e. 5-Digit Carrier Routes (required except for trays). Permitted for bundles, sacks, and trays. Pallet must contain only carrier route mail for the same 5-digit ZIP Code. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for overseas military mail).

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS,” as applicable; followed by “FLTS,” “IRREG,” or “LTRS,” as applicable; followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” (or “CR-RTS”).

f. 5-Digit (required except for trays). Permitted for bundles, sacks, and trays. Pallet must contain only automation rate and/or Presorted rate mail for the same 5-digit ZIP Code or the same 5-digit scheme under L007 (for AFSM 100-compatible flats only under C820). Five-digit scheme (L007) bundles are assigned to pallets according to the OEL “label to” 5-digit ZIP Code. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for overseas military mail).

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS,” as applicable; followed by “FLTS,” “IRREG,” or “LTRS,” as applicable; followed by “5D”; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains Presorted rate mail.

g. 5-Digit Metro (optional). Permitted for bundles only. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate bundles for the 5-digit ZIP Codes in L006, Column A, and for 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L006, Column B. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L006.

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS,” as applicable; followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “METRO” (or “MET”); followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail.

h. 3-Digit (optional). Option not available for 3-digit ZIP Code prefixes marked “N” in L002. Permitted for bundles, sacks, and trays. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L002, Column A.

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS,” as applicable; followed by “FLTS,” “IRREG,” or “LTRS,” as applicable; followed by “3D”; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail.

i. SCF (required). Permitted for bundles, sacks, and trays. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L005. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L002, Column C.

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS,” as applicable; followed by “FLTS,” “IRREG,” or “LTRS,” as applicable; followed by “SCF”; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail.

j. ADC (required). Permitted for bundles, sacks, and trays. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L004. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L004.

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS,” as applicable; followed by “FLTS,” “IRREG,” or “LTRS,” as applicable; followed by “ADC”; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail.

k. Mixed ADC (optional). Permitted for sacks and trays only. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: “MXD” followed by city, state, and ZIP Code information for ADC serving 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of entry post office as shown in L004, Column A (label to plant serving entry post office if authorized by processing and distribution manager).

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS,” as applicable; followed by “FLTS,” “IRREG,” or “LTRS,” as applicable; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail; followed by “WKG.”

3.2Standard MailBundles, Sacks, or Trays

Until January 6, 2005, Standard Mail mailings may also be palletized under 15.2. Pallets must be prepared under M041 in the sequence listed below and completed at each required level before the next optional or required level is prepared. Unless indicated as optional, all sort levels are required under the conditions shown. See E650 for additional requirements for destination entry rates eligibility. Irregular parcels prepared in bundles directly onto pallets are limited to those mailpieces that are of uniform thickness and more than 15 inches long or more than 12 inches high. For mailings of sacks or trays on pallets, pallet preparation begins with 3.2d. Pallets must be labeled according to the Line 1 and Line 2 information listed below and under M031. Bundles of Standard Mail flats may also be palletized under M920, M930, or M940.

a. Merged 5-Digit Scheme (required). Permitted for bundles only. Not permitted for bundles containing noncarrier route AFSM 100-compatible flats under C820. Required for bundles containing all other flats or irregular parcels. Pallet must contain carrier route bundles and noncarrier route 5-digit bundles (automation rate and/or Presorted rate bundles) for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. For 5-digit destinations not part of L001, merged 5-digit pallet preparation begins with 3.2c. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L001.

(2) Line 2: “STD” followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “CR/5D”; followed by “SCHEME” (or “SCH”).

b. 5-Digit Scheme Carrier Routes (required). Permitted for bundles only. Pallet must contain only carrier route bundles for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. For 5-digit destinations not part of L001, 5-digit carrier routes pallet preparation begins with 3.2d. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L001.

(2) Line 2: “STD” followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” (or “CR-RTS”); followed by “SCHEME” (or “SCH”).

c. Merged 5-Digit (required). Permitted for bundles only. Not permitted for bundles containing noncarrier route AFSM 100-compatible flats under C820. Required for bundles containing all other flats or irregular parcels. Pallet must contain carrier route bundles and noncarrier route 5-digit bundles (automation rate and/or Presorted rate bundles) for the same 5-digit ZIP Code. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for overseas military mail).

(2) Line 2: “STD” followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “CR/5D.”

d. 5-Digit Carrier Routes (required except for trays). Permitted for bundles, sacks, and trays. Pallet must contain only carrier route mail for the same 5-digit ZIP Code. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for overseas military mail).

(2) Line 2: For flats and irregular parcels, “STD” followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” (or “CR-RTS”). For letters, “STD LTRS”; followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” (or “CR-RTS”); followed by “BC” if pallet contains barcoded letters; followed by “MACH” if pallet contains machinable letters; followed by “MAN” if pallet contains nonmachinable letters.

e. 5-Digit (required except for trays). Permitted for bundles, sacks, and trays. Pallet must contain only automation rate and/or Presorted rate mail for the same 5-digit ZIP Code or same 5-digit scheme under L007 (for AFSM 100-compatible flats only under C820). Five-digit scheme (L007) bundles are assigned to 5-digit pallets according to the OEL “label to” 5-digit ZIP Code. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for overseas military mail).

(2) Line 2: For flats and irregular parcels, “STD” followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “5D”; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains Presorted rate mail. For letters, “STD LTRS 5D”; followed by “BC” if pallet contains barcoded letters; followed by “MACH” if pallet contains machinable letters; followed by “MAN” if pallet contains nonmachinable letters.

f. 5-Digit Metro (optional). Permitted for bundles only. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate bundles for the 5-digit ZIP Codes in L006, Column A, and for 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L006, Column B. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L006.

(2) Line 2: For flats and irregular parcels, “STD” followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “METRO” (or “MET”); followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail.

g. 3-Digit (optional). Option not available for 3-digit ZIP Code prefixes marked “N” in L002. Permitted for bundles, sacks, and trays. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L002, Column A.

(2) Line 2: For flats and irregular parcels, “STD” followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “3D”; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail. For letters, “STD LTRS 3D”; followed by “BC” if pallet contains barcoded letters; followed by “MACH” if pallet contains machinable letters; followed by “MAN” if pallet contains nonmachinable letters.

h. SCF (required). Permitted for bundles, sacks, and trays. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L005. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L002, Column C.

(2) Line 2: For flats and irregular parcels, “STD” followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “SCF”; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail. For letters, “STD LTRS SCF”; followed by “BC” if pallet contains barcoded letters; followed by “MACH” if pallet contains machinable letters; followed by “MAN” if pallet contains nonmachinable letters.

i. ASF (required, unless bundle reallocation used under 5.0). Permitted for bundles, sacks, and trays. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L602. ADC bundles, sacks, or trays are assigned to pallets according to the “label to” ZIP Code in L004 or L603, as appropriate. AADC trays are assigned to pallets according to the “label to” ZIP Code in L801. At the mailer’s option, appropriate mixed ADC bundles, sacks, or trays and mixed AADC trays may be sorted to ASF pallets according to the “label to” ZIP Code in L802. All mixed ADC bundles, sacks, and trays and mixed AADC trays must contain only pieces destinating within the ASF in Exhibit E650.5.1. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L602.

(2) Line 2: For flats and irregular parcels, “STD” followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “ASF”; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail. For letters, “STD LTRS ASF”; followed by “BC” if pallet contains barcoded letters; followed by “MACH” if pallet contains machinable letters; followed by “MAN” if pallet contains nonmachinable letters.

j. BMC (required). Permitted for bundles, sacks, and trays. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L601. ADC bundles, sacks, or trays are assigned to pallets according to the “label to” ZIP Code in L004 or L603, as appropriate. AADC trays are assigned to pallets according to the “label to” ZIP Code in L801. At the mailer’s option, appropriate mixed ADC bundles, sacks, or trays and mixed AADC trays may be sorted to BMC pallets according to the “label to” ZIP Code in L802. All mixed ADC bundles, sacks, and trays and mixed AADC trays must contain only pieces destinating within the BMC in Exhibit E650.5.1. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L601.

(2) Line 2: For flats and irregular parcels, “STD” followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “BMC”; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail. For letters, “STD LTRS BMC”; followed by “BC” if pallet contains barcoded letters; followed by “MACH” if pallet contains machinable letters; followed by “MAN” if pallet contains nonmachinable letters.

k. Mixed BMC (optional). Permitted for sacks and trays only. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: “MXD” followed by information in L601, Column B, for BMC serving 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of entry post office (label to plant serving entry post office if authorized by processing and distribution manager).

(2) Line 2: For flats and irregular parcels, “STD” followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG,” as applicable; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail; followed by “WKG.” For letters, “STD LTRS”; followed by “BC” if pallet contains barcoded letters; followed by “MACH” if pallet contains machinable letters; followed by “MAN” if pallet contains nonmachinable letters; followed by “WKG.”

3.3Package Services FlatsBundles and Sacks

Until January 6, 2005, Package Services mailings of flats may also be palletized under 15.3. Pallets must be prepared under M041 in the sequence listed below and completed at each required level before the next optional or required level is prepared. Unless indicated as optional, all sort levels are required under the conditions shown. Carrier route mail and Presorted rate mail with a barcode apply only to Bound Printed Matter mailings. Destination entry rate eligibility also applies only to Bound Printed Matter (see E752). At the mailer’s option, all Package Services flats may be prepared for destination entry. For mailings of sacks on pallets, pallet preparation begins with 3.3e. Pallets must be labeled according to the Line 1 and Line 2 information listed below and under M031.

a. Merged 5-Digit Scheme (required). Permitted for bundles only. Not permitted for bundles containing noncarrier route AFSM 100-compatible flats under C820. Required for bundles containing all other flats. Pallet must contain carrier route bundles and noncarrier route 5-digit bundles (Presorted rate bundles) for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. For 5-digit destinations not part of L001, merged 5-digit pallet preparation begins with 3.3d. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L001.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS CR/5D”; followed by “SCHEME” (or “SCH”).

b. 5-Digit Scheme Carrier Routes (required). Permitted for bundles only. Pallet must contain only carrier route bundles for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. For 5-digit destinations not part of L001, 5-digit carrier routes pallet preparation begins with 3.3e. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L001.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS”; followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” (or “CR-RTS”); followed by “SCHEME” (or “SCH”).

c. 5-Digit Scheme (required). Permitted for bundles only. Not permitted for bundles containing AFSM 100-compatible flats under C820. Required for bundles containing all other flats. Pallet must contain only 5-digit bundles of Presorted rate mail for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. For 5-digit destinations not part of L001, 5-digit pallet preparation begins with 3.3f. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L001.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS 5D”; followed by “SCHEME” (or “SCH”).

d. Merged 5-Digit (required). Permitted for bundles only. Not permitted for bundles containing noncarrier route AFSM 100-compatible flats under C820. Required for bundles containing all other flats. Pallet must contain carrier route bundles and noncarrier route 5-digit bundles (Presorted rate bundles) for the same 5-digit ZIP Code. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for overseas military mail).

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS CR/5D.”

e. 5-Digit Carrier Routes (required). Permitted for bundles and sacks. Pallet must contain only carrier route mail for the same 5-digit ZIP Code. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for overseas military mail).

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS”; followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” (or “CR-RTS”).

f. 5-Digit (required). Permitted for bundles and sacks. Pallet must contain only Presorted rate mail with or without a barcode for the same 5-digit ZIP Code or same 5-digit scheme under L007 (for AFSM 100-compatible flats only under C820). Five-digit scheme (L007) bundles are assigned to pallets according to the OEL “label to” 5-digit ZIP Code. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for overseas military mail).

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS 5D”; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains Presorted rate mail with a barcode; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains Presorted rate mail without a barcode.

g. 5-Digit Metro (optional). Permitted for bundles only. Pallet may contain carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail with or without a barcode for the 5-digit ZIP Codes in L006, Column A, and for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L006, Column B. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L006.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS”; followed by “METRO” (or “MET”); followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains Presorted rate mail with a barcode; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail without a barcode.

h. 3-Digit (optional). Option not available for 3-digit ZIP Code prefixes marked “N” in L002. Permitted for bundles and sacks. Pallet may contain carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail with or without a barcode. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L002, Column A.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS 3D”; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains Presorted rate mail with a barcode; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail without a barcode.

i. SCF (required). Permitted for bundles and sacks. Pallet may contain carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail with or without a barcode for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L005. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L002, Column C.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS SCF”; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains Presorted rate mail with a barcode; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail without a barcode.

j. ASF (required). Permitted for bundles and sacks. Pallet may contain carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail with or without a barcode for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L602. ADC bundles or sacks are assigned to pallets according to the “label to” ZIP Code in L004. At the mailer’s option, appropriate mixed ADC bundles or sacks may be sorted to ASF pallets according to the “label to” ZIP Code in L802. All mixed ADC bundles and sacks must contain only pieces destinating within the ASF in Exhibit E751.1.3. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L602.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS ASF”; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains Presorted rate mail with a barcode; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail without a barcode.

k. BMC (required). Permitted for bundles and sacks. Pallet may contain carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail with or without a barcode for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L601. ADC bundles or sacks are assigned to pallets according to the “label to” ZIP Code in L004. At the mailer’s option, appropriate mixed ADC bundles or sacks may be sorted to BMC pallets according to the “label to” ZIP Code in L802. All mixed ADC bundles and sacks must contain only pieces destinating within the BMC in Exhibit E751.1.3. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L601.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS BMC”; followed by “BARCODED” (or “BC”) if pallet contains Presorted rate mail with a barcode; followed by “NONBARCODED” (or “NBC”) if pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail without a barcode.

l. Mixed BMC (optional). Permitted for sacks only. Pallet may contain carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail with or without a barcode. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: “MXD” followed by information in L601, Column B, for BMC serving 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of entry post office (label to plant serving entry post office if authorized by processing and distribution manager).

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS WKG.”

3.4Package Services Irregular ParcelsBundles and Sacks

Until January 6, 2005, Package Services mailings of irregular parcels may also be palletized under 15.4. Pallets must be prepared under M041 in the sequence listed below and completed at each required level before the next optional or required level is prepared. Unless indicated as optional, all sort levels are required under the conditions shown. Carrier route (3.4a, 3.4b, 3.4d, and 3.4e) applies to Bound Printed Matter mailings only. Destination entry rate eligibility applies only to Parcel Select (see E751) and Bound Printed Matter (see E752). At the mailer’s option, all Package Services irregular parcels also may be prepared for destination entry (see E753). For mailings of sacks on pallets, pallet preparation begins with 3.4e. Pallets must be labeled according to the Line 1 and Line 2 information listed below and under M031.

a. Merged 5-Digit Scheme (required). Permitted for bundles only. Pallet must contain carrier route bundles and noncarrier route 5-digit bundles (Presorted rate bundles) for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. For 5-digit destinations not part of L001, merged 5-digit pallet preparation begins with 3.4d. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L001.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG CR/5D”; followed by “SCHEME” (or “SCH”).

b. 5-Digit Scheme Carrier Routes (required). Permitted for bundles only. Pallet must contain only carrier route bundles for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. For 5-digit destinations not part of L001, 5-digit carrier routes pallet preparation begins with 3.4e. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L001.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG”; followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” (or “CR-RTS”); followed by “SCHEME” (or “SCH”).

c. 5-Digit Scheme (required). Permitted for bundles only. Pallet must contain only 5-digit bundles of Presorted rate mail for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. For 5-digit destinations not part of L001, 5-digit pallet preparation begins with 3.4d. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L001.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG 5D”; followed by “SCHEME” (or “SCH”).

d. Merged 5-Digit (required). Permitted for bundles only. Pallet must contain carrier route bundles and noncarrier route 5-digit bundles (Presorted rate bundles) for the same 5-digit ZIP Code. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for overseas military mail).

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG CR/5D.”

e. 5-Digit Carrier Routes (required). Permitted for bundles and sacks. Pallet must contain only carrier route mail for the same 5-digit ZIP Code. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for overseas military mail).

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG”; followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” (or “CR-RTS”).

f. 5-Digit (required). Permitted for bundles and sacks. Pallet must contain only Presorted rate mail for the same 5-digit ZIP Code. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for overseas military mail).

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG 5D.”

g. 5-Digit Metro (optional). Permitted for bundles only. Pallet must contain carrier route and/or Presorted rate bundles for the 5-digit ZIP Codes in L006, Column A, and for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L006, Column B. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L006.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG”; followed by “METRO” (or “MET”).

h. 3-Digit (optional). Option not available for 3-digit ZIP Code prefixes marked “N” in L002. Permitted for bundles and sacks. Pallet may contain carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L002, Column A.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG 3D.”

i. SCF (required). Permitted for bundles and sacks. Pallet may contain carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L005. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L002, Column C.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG SCF.”

j. ASF (required). Permitted for bundles and sacks. Pallet may contain carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L602. ADC bundles or sacks are assigned to pallets according to the “label to” ZIP Code in L004. At the mailer’s option, appropriate mixed ADC bundles or sacks may be sorted to ASF pallets according to the “label to” ZIP Code in L802. All mixed ADC bundles and sacks must contain only pieces destinating within the ASF in Exhibit E751.1.3. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L602.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG ASF.”

k. BMC (required). Permitted for bundles and sacks. Pallet may contain carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L601. ADC (L004) bundles or sacks are assigned to pallets according to the “label to” ZIP Code in L004. At the mailer’s option, appropriate mixed ADC bundles or sacks may be sorted to BMC pallets according to the “label to” ZIP Code in L802. All mixed ADC bundles and sacks must contain only pieces destinating within the BMC in Exhibit E751.1.3. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L601.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG BMC.”

l. Mixed BMC (optional). Permitted for sacks only. Pallet may contain carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: “MXD” followed by information in L601, Column B, for BMC serving 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of entry post office (or labeled to plant serving entry post office if authorized by processing and distribution manager).

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG WKG.”

3.5Machinable ParcelsStandard Mail and Package Services

Until January 6, 2005, Standard Mail and Package Services mailings of machinable parcels may also be palletized under 15.5. Pallets must be prepared under M041 in the sequence listed below and completed at each required level before the next optional or required level is prepared. Unless indicated as optional, all sort levels are required under the conditions shown. At the mailer’s option, Inter-BMC/ASF and Intra-BMC/ASF Parcel Post mailings may be prepared on pallets under this section. Destination entry rates eligibility applies only to Standard Mail (see E650), Parcel Select (see E751), and Bound Printed Matter (see E752). At the mailer’s option, all Package Services machinable parcels also may be prepared for destination entry (see E753). Combined mailings of Standard Mail and Package Services machinable parcels must also meet the standards in M073. Pallets must be labeled according to the Line 1 and Line 2 information listed below and under M031.

a. 5-Digit Scheme (optional). Pallet may contain parcels for the same 5-digit scheme under L606. Pallets need not be prepared for all 5-digit scheme destinations. For 5-digit destinations not part of L606, or for which scheme sorts are not performed, 5-digit pallets are prepared under 3.5b. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L606.

(2) Line 2: “STD MACH 5D” or “PSVC MACH 5D,” as applicable; followed by “SCHEME” (or “SCH”).

b. 5-Digit (required). Optional for Standard Mail if 3/5 rates are not claimed. Pallet must contain parcels only for the same 5-digit ZIP Code. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for military mail).

(2) Line 2: “STD MACH 5D” or “PSVC MACH 5D,” as applicable.

c. ASF (required if claiming DBMC rates, otherwise optional). Not available for the Buffalo, NY ASF in L602. Pallets must contain only parcels for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L602.

(1) Line 1: L602.

(2) Line 2: “STD MACH ASF” or “PSVC MACH ASF,” as applicable.

d. BMC (required). Pallets must contain only parcels for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L601. Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: L601.

(2) Line 2: “STD MACH BMC” or “PSVC MACH BMC,” as applicable.

e. Mixed BMC (optional). Pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: “MXD” followed by information in L601, Column B, for BMC serving 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of entry post office (or labeled to plant serving entry post office if authorized by processing and distribution manager).

(2) Line 2: “STD MACH WKG” or “PSVC MACH WKG,” as applicable.

4.0 Bundle Reallocation to Protect SCF Pallet for Periodicals Flats and Irregular Parcels and Standard Mail Flats on Pallets

4.1Basic Standards

Bundle reallocation to protect the SCF pallet is an optional preparation method (if performed, bundle reallocation must be done for the entire mailing job); only PAVE-certified presort software may be used to create pallets under the standards in 4.2 through 4.4. Presort software determines if mail for an SCF service area would fall beyond the SCF level if all finer level pallets are prepared. Reallocation is performed only when there is mail for the SCF service area that would fall beyond the SCF pallet level (e.g., to an ADC or BMC pallet). The amount of mail required to bring the mail that would fall beyond the SCF level back to an SCF level is the minimum volume that will be reallocated. For the purposes of reallocation, 5-digit metro pallets are considered to be 3-digit pallets (because they contain subsets of mail for a 3-digit ZIP Code area).

4.2General Rules

Reallocation rules are as follows:

a. Bundle preparation is not affected by the reallocation process. Reallocate only complete bundles and only the minimum number of bundles necessary to create an SCF pallet meeting the minimum pallet weight. Based on the weight of individual pieces within a bundle and bundling parameters, the weight of mail that is reallocated may be slightly more than the minimum volume required to create an SCF pallet.

b. Reallocate bundles from the highest (least fine) pallet level possible. If it is not possible to reallocate some mail from a 3-digit pallet first, then attempt to eliminate a 3-digit pallet and reallocate all mail from that pallet to create an SCF pallet; if mail cannot be reallocated from a 3-digit pallet, then attempt to reallocate some mail from any 5-digit level pallet.

c. The reallocation process may result in the elimination of a 3-digit pallet to create an SCF pallet, but a 5-digit level pallet may not be eliminated to create an SCF pallet.

d. When reallocating mail to create an SCF pallet, reallocate mail from only one more finely sorted pallet. This may be accomplished by reallocating a portion of a 3-digit pallet, reallocating all mail from a 3-digit pallet, or reallocating a portion of one of the following pallets: 5-digit, 5-digit carrier routes, merged 5-digit, 5-digit scheme, 5-digit scheme carrier routes, or merged 5-digit scheme.

e. Mailers may use any minimum pallet weight(s) permitted by standards and may use different minimum weights for different pallet levels in conjunction with bundle reallocation.

4.3Reallocation of Bundles If Optional 3-Digit Pallets Are Prepared

Reallocation rules are as follows:

a. Attempt to identify a 3-digit pallet of adequate weight that can support reallocation of one or more bundles to bring the mail that has fallen through the SCF level back to the SCF level without eliminating the pallet. A sufficient volume of mail must remain on the 3-digit pallet after reallocation to meet the 3-digit pallet weight minimum established by the mailer in compliance with applicable standards. If a 3-digit pallet of adequate weight is available, create an SCF pallet by combining the reallocated mail from the 3-digit pallet with the mail that would fall beyond the SCF pallet level.

b. If no single 3-digit pallet within the SCF service area contains an adequate volume of mail to allow reallocation of a portion of the mail on a pallet as described in the previous step, then eliminate one 3-digit pallet and reallocate all of the mail to create an SCF pallet by combining it with the mail that would fall beyond the SCF pallet level. As a result, the software will not prepare one 3-digit pallet for the SCF service area if it is detrimental to the SCF pallet.

c. If preparation is under M045 and there are no 3-digit pallets, attempt to identify a 5-digit level pallet of adequate weight to support reallocation of one or more bundles to bring the mail that would fall beyond the SCF pallet level back to the SCF level. If preparation is under M920, M930, or M940 and there are no 3-digit pallets, attempt to identify a 5-digit level pallet of adequate weight to support reallocation of one or more bundles to bring the mail that would fall beyond the SCF pallet level back to the SCF level. A sufficient volume of mail must remain on the applicable pallet after reallocation to meet the pallet weight minimum established by the mailer in compliance with applicable standards. If a 5-digit level pallet of adequate weight is available, create an SCF pallet by combining the reallocated bundles with the mail that would fall beyond the SCF pallet level.

d. If no single 5-digit level pallet within the SCF service area contains an adequate volume of mail to allow reallocation of a portion of the mail on a pallet as described in 4.3c, then no bundles will be reallocated and an SCF pallet will not be prepared; the mail that falls beyond the SCF pallet level must be placed on the next appropriate pallet (ADC, ASF, or BMC) or in the next appropriate sack.

4.4Reallocation of Bundles If Optional 3-Digit Pallets Are Not Prepared

Reallocation rules are as follows:

a. Attempt to identify a 5-digit level pallet of adequate weight to support reallocation of one or more bundles to bring the mail that would fall beyond the SCF pallet level back to the SCF level. A sufficient volume of mail must remain on the 5-digit level pallet after reallocation to meet the pallet weight minimum established by the mailer in compliance with applicable standards. If a 5-digit level pallet of adequate weight is available, create an SCF pallet by combining the reallocated bundles with the mail that would fall beyond the SCF pallet level.

b. If no single 5-digit level pallet within the SCF service area contains an adequate volume of mail to allow reallocation of a portion of the mail on a pallet as described in 4.4a, then no bundles will be reallocated and an SCF pallet will not be prepared; the mail that falls beyond the SCF pallet level must be placed on the next appropriate pallet (ADC, ASF, or BMC) or in the next appropriate sack.

4.5Documentation

Mailings must be supported by documentation produced by PAVE-certified software meeting the standards in P012.

5.0 Bundle REALLOCATION TO PROTECT BMC PALLET FOR STANDARD MAIL FLATS ON PALLETS

5.1Basic Standards

Bundle reallocation to protect the BMC pallet level is an optional preparation method (if performed, bundle reallocation must be done for the complete mailing job); only PAVE-certified presort software may be used to create pallets under the standards in 5.2 through 5.4. The software will determine if mail for a BMC service area would fall beyond the BMC level when ASF pallets are prepared. Reallocation is performed only when there is mail for the BMC service area that would fall beyond the BMC pallet level as a result of an ASF pallet being prepared. The amount required to bring the mail back to the BMC level is the minimum volume that would be reallocated from an ASF pallet, when possible. The following “parent” BMCs can be protected with bundle reallocation by using mail from the ASF “child” pallets indicated in Exhibit 5.1.

Exhibit 5.1Parent BMC/Child ASF [7-22-04]

Parent BMC Service Areas Child ASF ZIP Code Areas Served
   
Pittsburgh BMC Buffalo ASF: 130-136; 140-149
Denver BMC Albuquerque ASF: 865, 870-875, 877-884
  Phoenix ASF: 850, 852, 853, 855, 859, 860, 863, 864
  Salt Lake City ASF: 832-834, 836, 837, 840-847, 898, 979
  Billings ASF: 590-599, 821
Dallas BMC Oklahoma City ASF: 730, 731, 734-738, 740, 741, 743-746, 748, 749
Des Moines BMC Sioux Falls ASF: 570-577
Minneapolis BMC Fargo ASF: 565, 567, 580-588
5.2General Rules

In general, when reallocating:

a. The reallocation process does not affect bundle preparation. Reallocate only complete bundles and only the minimum number of bundles necessary to create a BMC pallet that meets the minimum pallet weight. Based on the weight of individual pieces within a bundle and bundling parameters, the weight of mail that is reallocated may be slightly more than the minimum volume required to create a BMC pallet.

b. Use Exhibit 5.1 to reallocate bundles from the ASF pallet to create a BMC pallet. The ASF pallet may be eliminated to protect the BMC pallet.

c. Reallocate mail only from one ASF pallet. Bundle reallocation is to be used only between the “parent” BMC and the “child” ASF. Mail from finer levels of pallets (e.g., SCF pallets) may not be reallocated.

d. Mailers may use any minimum pallet weight(s) permitted by standard and may use different minimum weights for different pallet levels in conjunction with bundle reallocation.

5.3Reallocation of Bundles From ASF Pallets

When reallocating bundles from ASF pallets:

a. Use Exhibit 5.1 to identify an ASF pallet of adequate weight that can support reallocation of one or more bundles to bring the mail that has fallen through the BMC level back to the BMC level without eliminating the ASF pallet. A sufficient amount of mail must remain on the ASF pallet after reallocation to meet the minimum ASF pallet weight. If an ASF pallet of adequate weight is available, then create a BMC pallet by combining the reallocated mail from the ASF pallet with the mail that would fall beyond the BMC pallet level.

b. If no single ASF pallet within the BMC service area contains an adequate volume of mail to allow reallocation of the portion of the mail on a pallet as described in 5.3a, then eliminate one ASF pallet and reallocate all of the mail to create a BMC pallet.

5.4Documentation

Mailings must be supported by documentation produced by PAVE-certified software meeting the standards in P012.

6.0 Pallets of Bundles, Sacks, and Trays

6.1Periodicals

Additional pallet preparation:

a. Combined Mailings. When two or more publications are part of a combined mailing, the mailer must keep records for each mailing (publication) as required by standard.

b. Destination Delivery Unit Rates. Pieces claimed at destination delivery unit rates do not require separation from pieces claimed at other rates on the same pallet.

c. Carrier Route Mail on Separate 5-Digit Level Pallets. Carrier route sorted pieces must be prepared on separate 5-digit pallets (5-digit carrier routes or 5-digit scheme carrier routes pallets) from automation rate or Presorted rate pieces (prepared on 5-digit pallets or 5-digit scheme pallets). Exception: When nonletter-size Periodicals are prepared as bundles on pallets under M920, M930, or M940, then carrier route sorted mail, 5-digit sorted automation rate mail, and 5-digit sorted Presorted rate mail may be placed on the same merged 5-digit pallet or on the same merged 5-digit scheme pallet for those 5-digit ZIP Codes for which 1) there are “A” or “C” indicators in the City State Product under M920, or 2) the 5-digit bundles are within the 5% threshold requirement under M930, or 3) the 5-digit bundles are either all for 5-digit ZIP Codes that have an “A” or “C” indicator in the City State Product or are for 5-digit ZIP Codes with a “B” or “D” indicator in the City State Product and the pieces in such 5-digit bundles meet the 5% threshold under M940.

6.2Standard Mail

Additional pallet preparation:

a. Combined Mailings. Nonprofit Standard Mail may be included in the same mailing or palletized on the same pallet as regular Standard Mail only as permitted by standard.

b. Destination Delivery Unit Rates. Pieces claimed at destination delivery unit rates do not require separation from pieces claimed at other rates on the same pallet.

c. Carrier Route Mail on Separate 5-Digit Level Pallets. Carrier route rate pieces must be prepared on separate 5-digit pallets (5-digit carrier routes or 5-digit scheme carrier routes pallets) from automation rate and/or Presorted rate pieces (prepared on 5-digit pallets or 5-digit scheme pallets). Exception: When flat-size pieces are prepared as bundles on pallets under M920, M930, or M940, then carrier route sorted mail, 5-digit sorted automation rate mail, and 5-digit sorted Presorted rate mail may be placed on the same merged 5-digit pallet or on the same merged 5-digit scheme pallet for those 5-digit ZIP Codes for which 1) there are “A” or “C” indicators in the City State Product under M920, or 2) the 5-digit bundles are within the 5% threshold requirement under M930, or 3) the 5-digit bundles are either all for 5-digit ZIP Codes that have an “A” or “C” indicator in the City State Product, or are for 5-digit ZIP Codes with a “B” or “D” indicator in the City State Product and the pieces in such 5-digit bundles meet the 5% threshold under M940.

6.3BMC and Mixed BMC Pallets

Bundles placed on BMC pallets must be machinable on BMC parcel sorting equipment. Line 2 on pallet labels must reflect the processing category of the pieces. A BMC or mixed BMC (trays and sacks only) pallet may include pieces that are eligible for the DBMC rate and others that are ineligible.

6.4Commingled Zones

Pieces of Package Services for different zones may be commingled only under M710 or M720.

6.5Securing Trays

Trays must be sleeved and strapped under M033, except that strapping is not required for any letter tray placed on a 5-digit, 3-digit, or SCF pallet secured with stretchwrap. In addition, if the processing and distribution manager gives a written waiver, strapping is not required for any letter tray that originates and destinates in the same SCF (mail processing plant) service area.

7.0 Sacks

All sacks remaining after all pallets are prepared may be presented with the palletized mailing (on the same postage statement) if the sacks are set apart from the palletized portion of the mailing.

8.0 Copalletized Flat-size PiecesPeriodicals or Standard Mail

8.1Basic Standards

Copalletized flat-size mailings must meet the standards in M041 and in 1.0 through 6.0 and those below. In addition, if copalletized under M920, M930, or M940, the provisions of one of those preparation options must also be met. Any combination of automation rate mailings and nonautomation rate mailings is subject to the restrictions in 6.0. Bundles in a copalletized mailing qualify for the appropriate presort level rate, regardless of the pallet level on which they are placed.

8.2Periodicals

Additional standards are as follows:

a. Periodicals eligible for preferred rates (In-County, Nonprofit, Classroom, and Science-of-Agriculture) may be combined with Periodicals eligible for Outside-County rates.

b. All pallets in a copalletized mailing are identified on the content line (Line 2) of the label with only “NEWS” (see M031) or “PER” as the class designation under these conditions:

(1) If at least 51% of the total number of copies in the copalletized mailing can qualify for “NEWS” treatment, then all pallets in such a mailing are labeled “NEWS,” unless the mailer chooses to use “PER.”

(2) If less than 51% of the total number of copies in a copalletized mailing can qualify for “NEWS” treatment, then all pallets in such a mailing are labeled “PER.”

c. Documentation meeting the basic standard in P012 must be provided with each mailing. Before copalletizing, the mailer must obtain the written approval of the Business Mailer Support manager. Approval is based on the mailer’s demonstrated ability to provide documentation meeting these standards:

(1) Documentation by bundle and by publication and edition showing the number of addressed pieces and copies in each bundle and the per piece presort rate claimed, or a listing by pallet showing (by presort level and destination) the number of copies and pieces for each publication and edition. For large volume mailing jobs reported on a single listing, the mailer may provide the abbreviated documentation in P012.2.5b.

(2) Documentation showing the number of copies and pieces claimed at the SCF rate.

(3) Documentation showing that bundles are sorted to the appropriate finest pallet level in the mailing.

(4) Documentation showing that 5-digit, 3-digit, SCF, and ADC pallets are prepared when the applicable minimum volume is developed in the copalletized mailing for these destinations.

(5) A listing showing the destination of pallets in the copalletized mailing.

(6) If the sacked portion of the mailing is presented with the copalletized portion, a report by sack showing the number of pieces (and copies) at each presort level.

8.3Standard Mail

Additional standards are as follows:

a. Nonprofit Standard mailings may be copalletized with one another but not with mailings at other rates unless permitted by standard.

b. Nonidentical-weight pieces may be copalletized only if the correct postage is affixed to each piece or if otherwise authorized by Business Mailer Support.

c. All pieces in mailings to be copalletized must be subject to the minimum per piece rate, or all subject to the per pound rate, unless otherwise authorized by Business Mailer Support.

d. All pieces must have postage paid with permit imprint, or all pieces must have postage affixed.

e. When requested, the mailer must present pallets selected by USPS employees for verification.

8.4Pallet Labels

Pallet labels for copalletized mailings must meet the provisions of M031 and 3.0, or if applicable, M031 and M920, M930, or M940.

8.5Postage Statement

Separate postage statements are required:

a. For Periodicals, a separate postage statement is required for each publication and/or edition that is part of the copalletized mailing. The mailer must note on or in an attachment to the postage statement the name and issue date of the publications with which each publication and/or edition was copalletized.

b. For Standard Mail, a separate postage statement must be prepared for each mailing that is part of a single copalletized shipment, except that copalletized Regular and Enhanced Carrier Route mailings (or Nonprofit and Nonprofit Enhanced Carrier Route mailings) produced as part of the same job may be reported on the same postage statement.

9.0 Pallets of Machinable Parcels

9.1Standard Mail

Pieces may be eligible for the 3/5 rate when prepared under 3.5a through 3.5d. This eligibility includes pieces sorted under 3.5c and 3.5d to the service area of the entry ASF/BMC.

9.2DBMC Rate

A BMC pallet may include pieces that are eligible for the DBMC rate and pieces that are ineligible.

9.3Top Caps

When top caps are used, the mailer must write the tare weight of the top cap on the pallet label or in another prominent location.

10.0 PARCEL POSTBULK MAIL CENTER (BMC) PRESORT DISCOUNT

10.1Machinable Parcels

To qualify for the BMC Presort discount:

a. Machinable pieces must be sorted to BMCs under L601 in 69-inch pallet boxes. Each pallet box must contain at least 52 inches of mail (not including pallet) for a BMC (see M041). Overflow pallet boxes are not permitted. Preparation in sacks, directly on pallets, or in other containers is not permitted.

b. Pallet box preparation and Line 1 labeling: destination BMC (required); for Line 1 use L601.

c. Pallet box Line 2 labeling: “PSVC MACH BMC.”

10.2Nonmachinable Parcels

To qualify for the BMC Presort discount:

a. Nonmachinable pieces must be sorted to BMCs and ASFs under L605 directly on pallets. Each pallet for a BMC or ASF destination must have a minimum height of 42 inches of mail (not including the height of the pallet) (see M041). Overflow pallets are not permitted. Preparation in sacks, pallet boxes, or in other containers is not permitted.

b. Pallet preparation and Line 1 labeling: destination BMC or destination ASF (required); for Line 1, use L605.

c. Pallet Line 2 labeling: “PSVC NON MACH BMC” or “PSVC NON MACH ASF” as applicable.

11.0 PARCEL POSTORIGIN BULK MAIL CENTER (OBMC) PRESORT DISCOUNT

11.1Machinable Parcels

To qualify for the OBMC Presort discount:

a. Machinable pieces must be sorted to BMCs under L601 in 69-inch pallet boxes. Each pallet box must contain at least 52 inches of mail (not including pallet) for a BMC (see M041). Overflow pallet boxes are not permitted. Preparation in sacks, directly on pallets, or in other containers is not permitted.

b. Pallet box preparation and Line 1 labeling: destination BMC (required); for Line 1, use L601.

c. Pallet box Line 2 labeling: “PSVC MACH BMC.”

11.2Nonmachinable Parcels

To qualify for the OBMC Presort discount:

a. Nonmachinable pieces must be sorted to BMCs and ASFs under L605 directly on pallets. Each pallet for a BMC or ASF destination must have a minimum height of 42 inches of mail (not including the height of the pallet) (see M041). Overflow pallets are not allowed. Preparation in sacks, pallet boxes, or in other containers is not permitted.

b. Pallet preparation and Line 1 labeling: destination BMC or destination ASF (required); for Line 1, use L605.

c. Pallet Line 2 labeling: “PSVC NON MACH BMC” or “PSVC NON MACH ASF” as applicable.

12.0 Parcel Post DSCF RatesParcels on Pallets

12.1Basic Preparation, Parcels on Pallets

Unless prepared under 12.2, or in sacks under M710, mail must be prepared for the DSCF rate as follows:

a. General. Parcels for each SCF area must be sorted to 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, or 3-digit (nonmachinable) destinations on pallets. For purposes of this section, the term “pallets” includes preparation of parcels directly on pallets and in pallet boxes on pallets. Except when prepared under 12.2, each 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, and 3-digit pallet must meet a minimum volume requirement under one of the criteria in 12.1b. Machinable and nonmachinable pieces may be combined on the same pallet or in the same overflow sack when sorted to 5-digit scheme or 5-digit destinations. In a single mailing mailers may prepare some pallets under the minimum volume requirement in 12.1b(1) and some pallets under the minimum volume requirement in 12.1b(2). A mailing entered at a destination SCF facility containing pallets prepared under 12.1 also may include mail that is sacked for the DSCF rate under M710. Double-stacking is permitted if the requirements of M041 are met.

b. Minimum volume. The minimum volume per 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, and 3-digit pallet can be met in one of the following ways:

(1) Pieces may be placed on 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, and 3-digit pallets, each containing at least 50 pieces and 250 pounds.

(2) Pieces may be placed on 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, and 3-digit pallets, each having a minimum height of 36 inches of mail (excluding the height of the pallet) (see M041).

c. Overflow. After filling a pallet(s) to a 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, or 3-digit destination, any remaining pieces that do not meet the minimum pallet requirements may be prepared in one or both of the following ways:

(1) Placed in 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, or 3-digit overflow sacks (no minimum number of pieces per sack) that are labeled in accordance with the 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, or 3-digit sacking requirements for the DSCF rate in M710. Overflow pieces sacked in this manner are eligible for the DSCF rates.

(2) Placed on a 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, or 3-digit pallet labeled under 12.1d that does not meet the minimums for the DSCF rate. Overflow pieces palletized in this manner are not eligible for the DSCF rates but are eligible for the DBMC rates.

d. 5-digit scheme pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: use L606, Column B.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC PARCELS 5D SCH.”

e. 5-digit pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination of contents.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC PARCELS 5D.”

f. 3-digit pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: use L002, Column C.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC PARCELS 3D.”

g. Separation. If sacks prepared under M710 are included in the same mailing as pallets prepared under this section, at the time of acceptance the mailer must separate sacks that are overflow from palletized mail from those sacks that were prepared under the provisions of M710.

12.2Alternate Preparation, Parcels on Pallets

DSCF rate mailings not prepared under 12.1 may be prepared as follows:

a. General. All DSCF rate mail in the mailing must be sorted to 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, or 3-digit destinations under 12.2 (i.e., mail prepared under 12.1 and mail sacked under M710 must not be included in a mailing prepared under 12.2). For purposes of this section, the term “pallets” includes preparation of parcels directly on pallets and in pallet boxes on pallets. Machinable and nonmachinable pieces may be combined on the same pallet. Double-stacking is permitted if the requirements of M041 are met.

b. Minimum volume. To qualify for the DSCF rate, no pallet may contain fewer than 35 pieces and 200 pounds, and for the entire mailing the average number of DSCF rate pieces per 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, or 3-digit destination must be at least 50.

c. Overflow. After filling pallets to a 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, or 3-digit destination, any remaining pieces that do not meet the minimum pallet requirements may be prepared in one or both of the following ways:

(1) Placed in 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, or 3-digit overflow sacks (no minimum number of pieces per sack) that are labeled in accordance with the DSCF sacking requirements in M710. Overflow pieces sacked in this manner are eligible for the DSCF rates.

(2) Placed on a 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, or 3-digit pallet labeled under 12.2d that does not meet the minimums for the DSCF rate. Overflow pieces palletized in this manner are not eligible for the DSCF rates but are eligible for the DBMC rates.

d. 5-digit scheme pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: use L606, Column B.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC PARCELS 5D SCH.”

(3) In the mailer area below Line 3: use the pallet ID number.

e. 5-digit pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination of contents.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC PARCELS 5D.”

(3) In mailer area below line 3: use the pallet ID number.

f. 3-digit pallet labeling:

(1) Line 1: use L002, Column C.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC PARCELS 3D.”

(3) In the mailer area below Line 3: use the pallet ID number.

g. Documentation. A list of each 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, and 3-digit pallet in the mailing that qualifies for the DSCF rate must be submitted. The pallets in the mailing that qualify for the DSCF rate must be renumbered sequentially, and this pallet identification number must be printed below Line 3 on the pallet label. The documentation must list each pallet in sequential order by pallet identification number. For each pallet, the listing must show: the pallet identification number, the applicable 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, or 3-digit destination of the pallet, the total weight of pieces on the pallet, the total number of pieces on the pallet, and the running total of pieces (i.e., the number equal to the number of pieces for that pallet plus the sum of the pieces on all pallets listed before it). This documentation must not include: pieces prepared in overflow sacks at the DSCF rates, pieces prepared on overflow pallets at the DBMC rates, or pieces claimed at any other rate in the mailing.

12.35-Digit ZIP Codes for Which Pallets May Not Be Prepared

Refer to the Drop Shipment Product available from the National Customer Support Center (NCSC) (see G043) and to Exhibits E751.7.0 and E751.8.0 to determine if the facility serving the 5-digit ZIP Code destination can handle pallets. There is a charge for the Drop Shipment Product. If a facility cannot handle pallets, the DSCF rate is not applicable unless the mail can be prepared under the sacking requirement in M710.

12.45-Digit ZIP Codes Requiring BMC Entry

Refer to Exhibit E751.6.0 for 5-digit ZIP Code destinations where palletized mail must be entered at the BMC that serves the SCF to obtain the DSCF rate.

13.0 Parcel Post DSCF RatesSacks on Pallets

Mailers who prepared DSCF rate mail in 5-digit scheme or 5-digit sacks under M710 may place 5-digit sacks for the same SCF area on an SCF pallet (including a pallet box on a pallet). Mailers who prepare overflow from pallets under 12.1 or 12.2 may place 5-digit scheme or 5-digit sacks for the same SCF area on an SCF pallet (including a pallet box on a pallet). See 12.1g for requirements concerning separation of sacks prepared under M710 from sacks prepared under 12.1. There are no pallet minimums for such pallets. Mailers may prepare such SCF pallets without preparing all possible 5-digit scheme and 5-digit pallets. The pallets must be labeled in the following manner:

a. 5-digit scheme pallets (optional):

(1) Line 1: use L606, Column B.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC PP 5D SCHEME” or “PSVC PP 5D SCH.”

b. 5-digit pallets:

(1) Line 1: use L002, Column C.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC PP 5D.”

14.0 Parcel Post DDU Rates

Parcels may be bedloaded, sacked, or palletized. For purposes of this section the term “pallets” includes preparation of parcels directly on pallets and preparation of parcels in pallet boxes on pallets. There are no preparation or presort requirements for DDU rate mailings other than separation by 5-digit scheme and 5-digit destination. Machinable and nonmachinable pieces may be combined. Refer to the Drop Shipment Product maintained by the National Customer Support Center (NCSC) (see G043) and the information in E751 including Exhibits E751.7.0 and E751.8.0 to determine the location of the 5-digit delivery facility and whether that facility can handle pallets (including pallet boxes on pallets). If a DDU facility cannot handle pallets, and a mailer transports mail to the DDU facility on pallets, the driver must unload the pallets into a container specified by the delivery unit. If pieces are sacked or palletized, they must be prepared to 5-digit scheme (optional) and 5-digit destinations, and labeled as follows:

a. 5-digit scheme sacks or pallets (optional):

(1) Line 1: use L606, Column B.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC PARCELS 5D SCH.”

b. 5-digit sacks or pallets:

(1) Line 1: use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination of pieces.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC PARCELS 5D.”

15.0 Pallet Presort and Labeling (Effective until January 6, 2005)

15.1Periodicals Bundles, Sacks, or Trays on Pallets

Mailers must prepare pallets in the sequence listed below. For mailings of sacks or trays on pallets, mailers must begin preparing pallets under 15.1c. Pallets must be labeled according to the Line 1 and Line 2 information listed below and under M031. At the mailer's option, bundles of Periodicals nonletters (flats and irregular parcels) may be palletized in accordance with one of the advanced presort options under M920, M930, or M940.

a. 5-Digit Scheme Carrier Routes. Required for nonletter-size bundles. Not permitted for sacks or trays. May contain only carrier route bundles for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. Scheme sort must be done for all possible 5-digit scheme destinations. For all 5-digit destinations that are not part of a scheme, prepare 5-digit carrier routes pallets under 15.1c.

(1) Line 1: use L001, Column B.

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS” as applicable; followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG” as applicable; followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” or “CR-RTS” and “SCHEME” or “SCH.”

b. 5-Digit Scheme. Not permitted for flats that meet the dimension, weight, and flexibility criteria of the AFSM 100 in C820.2.0, including copalletized or combined AFSM 100-compatible flats and other flats, and not permitted for sacks or trays. Required for all other flats and irregular parcels. May contain only 5-digit bundles of automation rate and/or Presorted rate bundles for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. Scheme sort must be done for all possible 5-digit scheme destinations. For all 5-digit destinations that are not part of a scheme, prepare 5-digit pallets under 15.1d.

(1) Line 1: use L001, Column B.

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS” as applicable; followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG” as applicable; followed by “5D”; followed by “BARCODED” or “BC” if the pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” or “NBC” if the pallet contains Presorted rate mail; followed by “SCHEME” or “SCH.”

c. 5-Digit Carrier Routes. Required for sacks; required for bundles (except for bundles prepared to 5-digit scheme carrier routes pallets under 15.1a); optional for trays. May contain only carrier route mail for the same 5-digit ZIP Code.

(1) Line 1: use city, state abbreviation, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for military mail).

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS” as applicable; followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG” or, for trays only, “LTRS” as applicable; followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” or “CR-RTS.”

d. 5-Digit. Required for sacks and bundles (except for bundles prepared to 5-digit scheme pallets under 15.1b); optional for trays. May contain only automation rate and/or Presorted rate mail for the same 5-digit scheme (automation rate only) or the same 5-digit ZIP Code. Five-digit scheme (L007) bundles are assigned to 5-digit pallets according to the OEL “label to” 5-digit ZIP Code.

(1) Line 1: use city, state abbreviation, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for military mail).

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS” as applicable; followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG” or, for trays only, “LTRS” as applicable; followed by “5D”; followed by “BARCODED” or “BC” if the pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” or “NBC” if the pallet contains Presorted rate mail.

e. 5-Digit Metro. Optional for bundles of flats and irregulars. Not permitted for sacks or trays. May contain carrier route, automation, and/or Presorted rate bundles for the 5-digit ZIP Codes listed in L006, Column A, and for the 3-digit ZIP Code areas listed in L006, Column B.

(1) Line 1: use L006, Column C.

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS”; followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG”; followed by “METRO” or “MET”; followed by “BARCODED” or “BC” if the pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” or “NBC” if the pallet contains Presorted rate and/or carrier route mail.

f. 3-Digit. Optional. Not permitted for bundles with 3-digit ZIP Code prefixes indicated by an “N” in L002. May contain carrier route rate, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail.

(1) Line 1: use L002, Column A.

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS” as applicable; followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG” or, for trays only, “LTRS” as applicable; followed by “3D”; followed by “BARCODED” or “BC” if the pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” or “NBC” if the pallet contains Presorted rate and/or carrier route mail.

g. SCF. Required. May contain carrier route rate, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail.

(1) Line 1: use L002, Column C.

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS” as applicable; followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG” or, for trays only, “LTRS” as applicable; followed by “SCF”; followed by “BARCODED” or “BC” if the pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” or “NBC” if the pallet contains Presorted rate and/or carrier route mail.

h. ADC. Required. May contain carrier route rate, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail.

(1) Line 1: use L004.

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS” as applicable; followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG” or, for trays only, “LTRS” as applicable; followed by “ADC”; followed by “BARCODED” or “BC” if the pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” or “NBC” if the pallet contains Presorted rate and/or carrier route mail.

i. Mixed ADC (for sacks and trays only). Optional. May contain carrier route rate, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail.

(1) Line 1: “MXD” followed by the city/state/ZIP Code of the ADC serving the 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of the entry post office as shown in L004, Column A (label to plant serving entry post office if authorized by the processing and distribution manager).

(2) Line 2: “PER” or “NEWS” as applicable; followed by “FLTS” or “IRREG” or, for trays only, “LTRS” as applicable; followed by “BARCODED” or “BC” if the pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” or “NBC” if the pallet contains Presorted rate mail; followed by “WKG.”

15.2Standard Mail Bundles, Sacks, Irregular Parcels, or Trays on Pallets

Mailers must prepare pallets in the sequence listed below. For mailings of sacks and trays on pallets, mailers must begin preparing pallets under 15.2b (because scheme sort is not permitted). Pallets must be labeled according to the Line 1 and Line 2 information listed below and under M031. At the mailer's option, bundles of Standard Mail flats may be palletized using the advanced presort options under M920, M930, or M940.

a. 5-Digit Scheme Carrier Routes. Required for bundles of flats. Not permitted for sacks or trays or for irregular parcels except under M011. May contain only carrier route rate bundles for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. Scheme sort must be done for all 5-digit scheme destinations. For 5-digit destinations that are not part of a scheme, prepare 5-digit carrier routes pallets under 15.2b.

(1) Line 1: use L001, Column B.

(2) Line 2: “STD FLTS”; followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” or “CR-RTS”; followed by “SCHEME” or “SCH.”

b. 5-Digit Carrier Routes. Required for sacks and bundles; optional for trays. May contain only carrier route rate mail for the same 5-digit ZIP Code.

(1) Line 1: use city, state abbreviation, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for military mail).

(2) Line 2: For flats and irregulars, “STD FLTS” or “STD IRREG”; followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” or “CR-RTS.” For trays, “STD LTRS”; followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” or “CR-RTS”; followed by “BC” if the pallet contains barcoded letters; followed by “MACH” if the pallet contains machinable letters; followed by “MAN” if the pallet contains nonmachinable letters.

c. 5-Digit. Required for sacks and bundles; optional for trays. May contain only automation rate and/or Presorted rate mail for the same 5-digit scheme (automation rate only) or the same 5-digit ZIP Code. Five-digit scheme (L007) bundles are assigned to 5-digit pallets according to the OEL “label to” 5-digit ZIP Code.

(1) Line 1: use city, state abbreviation, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for military mail).

(2) Line 2: “STD FLTS 5D” or “STD IRREG 5D” or, for trays only, “STD LTRS 5D” as applicable; followed by “BARCODED” or “BC” if the pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” or “NBC” if the pallet contains Presorted rate mail.

d. 5-Digit Metro. Optional for bundles of flats. Not permitted for sacks or trays. May contain carrier route, automation, and/or Presorted rate bundles for the 5-digit ZIP Codes listed in L006, Column A, and for the 3-digit ZIP Code areas listed in L006, Column B.

(1) Line 1: use L006, Column C.

(2) Line 2: “STD FLTS” followed by “METRO” or “MET”; followed by “BARCODED” or “BC” if the pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” or “NBC” if the pallet contains Presorted rate and/or carrier route mail.

e. 3-Digit. Optional. Not permitted for bundles with 3-digit ZIP Code prefixes indicated by an “N” in L002. May contain carrier route rate, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail.

(1) Line 1: use L002, Column A.

(2) Line 2: For flats and irregulars, “STD FLTS 3D” or “STD IRREG 3D”; followed by “BARCODED” or “BC” if the pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” or “NBC” if the pallet contains Presorted rate and/or carrier route rate mail. For letters, “STD LTRS 3D”; followed by “BC” if the pallet contains barcoded letters; followed by “MACH” if the pallet contains machinable letters; followed by “MAN” if the pallet contains nonmachinable letters.

f. SCF. Required. May contain carrier route rate, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail.

(1) Line 1: use L002, Column C.

(2) Line 2: For flats and irregulars, “STD FLTS SCF” or “STD IRREG SCF”; followed by “BARCODED” or “BC” if the pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” or “NBC” if the pallet contains Presorted rate and/or carrier route rate mail. For letters, “STD LTRS SCF”; followed by “BC” if the pallet contains barcoded letters; followed by “MACH” if the pallet contains machinable letters; followed by “MAN” if the pallet contains nonmachinable letters.

g. ASF. Required, except that an ASF sort may not be required if using bundle reallocation for flats to protect the BMC pallet under 5.0. May contain carrier route rate, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail. Sort ADC bundles, sacks, or trays to ASF pallets based on the “label to” ZIP Code for the ADC destination of the bundle, sack, or tray in L004 (letters or flats) or L603 (irregular parcels). Sort AADC trays to ASF pallets based on the “label to” ZIP Code for the AADC destination of the tray in L801. At the mailer’s option, sort appropriate mixed ADC bundles, sacks, or trays and mixed AADC trays to ASF pallets based on the “label to” ZIP Code for the ADC or AADC destination of the bundle, sack, or tray in L802. All optional mixed ADC bundles, sacks, and trays and mixed AADC trays on ASF pallets must contain only pieces destinating within the ASF as shown in Exhibit E650.5.1. See E650.5.0 for additional requirements for DBMC rate eligibility.

(1) Line 1: use L602.

(2) Line 2: For flats and irregulars, “STD FLTS ASF” or “STD IRREG ASF”; followed by “BARCODED” or “BC” if the pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” or “NBC” if the pallet contains Presorted rate and/or carrier route rate mail. For letters, “STD LTRS ASF”; followed by “BC” if the pallet contains barcoded letters; followed by “MACH” if the pallet contains machinable letters; followed by “MAN” if the pallet contains nonmachinable letters.

h. BMC. Required. May contain carrier route rate, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail. Sort ADC bundles, sacks, or trays to BMC pallets based on the “label to” ZIP Code for the ADC destination of the bundle, sack, or tray in L004 (letters or flats) or L603 (irregular parcels). Sort AADC trays to BMC pallets based on the “label to” ZIP Code for the AADC destination of the tray in L801. At the mailer’s option, sort appropriate mixed ADC bundles, sacks, or trays and mixed AADC trays to BMC pallets based on the “label to” ZIP Code for the ADC or AADC destination of the bundle, sack, or tray in L802. All optional mixed ADC bundles, sacks, and trays and mixed AADC trays on BMC pallets must contain only pieces destinating within the BMC as shown in Exhibit E650.5.1. See E650.5.0 for additional requirements for DBMC rate eligibility.

(1) Line 1: use L601.

(2) Line 2: For flats and irregulars, “STD FLTS BMC” or “STD IRREG BMC”; followed by “BARCODED” or “BC” if the pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” or “NBC” if the pallet contains Presorted rate and/or carrier route rate mail. For letters, “STD LTRS BMC”; followed by “BC” if the pallet contains barcoded letters; followed by “MACH” if the pallet contains machinable letters; followed by “MAN” if the pallet contains nonmachinable letters.

i. Mixed BMC (for sacks and trays only). Optional. May contain carrier route rate, automation rate, and/or Presorted rate mail.

(1) Line 1: use “MXD” followed by the information in L601, Column B, for the BMC serving the 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of the entry post office (label to plant serving entry post office if authorized by the processing and distribution manager).

(2) Line 2: For flats and irregulars, “STD FLTS” or “STD IRREG”; followed by “BARCODED” or “BC” if the pallet contains automation rate mail; followed by “NONBARCODED” or “NBC” if the pallet contains Presorted rate and/or carrier route rate mail; followed by “WKG.” For letters, “STD LTRS”; followed by “BC” if the pallet contains barcoded letters; followed by “MACH” if the pallet contains machinable letters; followed by “MAN” if the pallet contains nonmachinable letters; followed by “WKG.”

15.3Package Services FlatsBundles and Sacks on Pallets

Mailers must prepare pallets in the sequence listed below. For mailings of sacks on pallets, mailers must begin preparing pallets under 15.3c. Pallets must be labeled according to the Line 1 and Line 2 information listed below and under M031.

a. 5-Digit Scheme Carrier Routes. Required for bundles of BPM flats. Not permitted for sacks. May contain only Carrier Route rate bundles for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. Scheme sort must be done for all 5-digit scheme destinations. For all 5-digit destinations that are not part of a scheme, prepare 5-digit carrier routes pallets under 15.3c.

(1) Line 1: use L001, Column B.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS,” followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” or “CR-RTS” and “SCHEME” or “SCH.”

b. 5-Digit Scheme. Not permitted for flats that meet the dimension, weight, and flexibility criteria of the AFSM 100 in C820.2.0, and not permitted for sacks. Required for all other flats and irregular parcels. May contain only Presorted rate 5-digit bundles for the same 5-digit scheme under L001. Scheme sort must be done for all possible 5-digit scheme destinations. For all 5-digit destinations that are not part of a scheme, prepare 5-digit pallets under 15.3c.

(1) Line 1: use L001, Column B.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS 5D” followed by “SCHEME” or “SCH.”

c. 5-Digit Carrier Routes. Required for sacks and bundles of BPM flats. May contain only Carrier Route rate mail for the same 5-digit ZIP Code.

(1) Line 1: use city, state abbreviation, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for military mail).

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS” followed by “CARRIER ROUTES” or “CR-RTS.”

d. 5-Digit. Required for sacks and bundles. May contain only Presorted rate mail for the same 5-digit scheme (only when optional 5-digit scheme bundles of Presorted rate pieces with a barcoded discount and cobundled Presorted rate pieces with and without the barcoded discount). Five-digit scheme (L007) bundles are assigned to 5-digit pallets according to the OEL “label to” 5-digit ZIP Code.

(1) Line 1: use city, state abbreviation, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for military mail).

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS 5D.”

e. 5-Digit Metro. Optional for BPM flats only. May contain Carrier Route and/or Presorted rate bundles for the 5-digit ZIP Codes listed in L006, Column A, and for the 3-digit ZIP Code areas listed in L006, Column B.

(1) Line 1: use L006, Column C.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS “followed by “METRO” or “MET” and if applicable, as shown in L006, Column C.

f. 3-Digit. Optional. Not permitted for presorted bundles with 3-digit ZIP Code prefixes indicated by an “N” in L002. May contain carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail.

(1) Line 1: use L002, Column A.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS 3D.”

g. SCF. Required. May contain Carrier Route and/or Presorted rate mail.

(1) Line 1: use L002, Column C.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS SCF.”

h. ASF. Required. May contain Carrier Route and/or Presorted rate mail. Sort ADC bundles or sacks to ASF pallets based on the “label to” ZIP Code for the ADC destination of the bundle or sack in L004. See E752 for additional requirements for DBMC rate eligibility.

(1) Line 1: use L602.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS ASF.”

i. BMC. Required. May contain Carrier Route and/or Presorted rate mail. Sort ADC bundles or sacks to BMC pallets based on the label to ZIP Code for the ADC destination of the bundle or sack in L004. See E752 for additional requirements for DBMC rate eligibility.

(1) Line 1: use L601.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS BMC.”

j. Mixed BMC (for sacks on pallets only). Optional. May contain Carrier Route and/or Presorted rate mail.

(1) Line 1: “MXD,” followed by the information in L601, Column B, for the BMC serving the 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of the entry post office (label to plant serving entry post office if authorized by the processing and distribution manager).

(2) Line 2: “PSVC FLTS WKG.”

15.4Package Services Irregular Parcels
Bundles and Sacks on Pallets

Mailers must prepare pallets in the sequence listed below. Pallets must be labeled according to the Line 1 and Line 2 information listed below and under M031.

a. 5-digit scheme (for irregular parcels only). Optional. May contain Presorted rate irregular parcels for the same 5-digit scheme under L606. If scheme sort is performed, it need not be done for all 5-digit scheme destinations. For all 5-digit destinations that are not part of a scheme or for which scheme sorts are not performed, prepare 5-digit pallets under 15.4b.

(1) Line 1: use L606, Column B.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG 5D SCHEME” or “PSVC IRREG 5D SCH.”

b. 5-digit. Required. May contain Carrier Route and/or Presorted rate mail.

(1) Line 1: use city, state abbreviation, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for military mail).

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG 5D” and, if the pallet contains only Carrier Route rate mail, “CARRIER ROUTES” or “CR-RTS.”

c. 3-digit. Optional. Not permitted for presorted bundles with 3-digit ZIP Code prefixes indicated by an “N” in L002. May contain carrier route and/or Presorted rate mail.

(1) Line 1: use L002, Column A.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG 3D.”

d. SCF. Required. May contain Carrier Route and/or Presorted rate mail.

(1) Line 1: use L002, Column C.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG SCF.”

e. ASF. Required. May contain Carrier Route rate and/or Presorted rate mail. Sort ADC bundles or sacks to ASF pallets based on the “label to” ZIP Code for the ADC destination of the bundle or sack in L004.

(1) Line 1: use L602.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG ASF.”

f. BMC. Required. May contain Carrier Route and/or Presorted rate mail. Sort ADC bundles or sacks to BMC pallets based on the “label to” ZIP Code for the ADC destination of the bundle or sack in L004.

(1) Line 1: use L601.

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG BMC.”

g. Mixed BMC (for sacks only). Optional. May contain Carrier Route and/or Presorted rate mail.

(1) Line 1: “MXD,” followed by the information in L601, Column B, for the BMC serving the 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of the entry post office (label to plant serving entry post office if authorized by the processing and distribution manager).

(2) Line 2: “PSVC IRREG WKG.”

15.5Machinable ParcelsStandard Mail and Package Services

Mailers must prepare pallets in the sequence listed below. Mailers may prepare Parcel Post other than BMC Presort, OBMC Presort, and Parcel Select DDU and DSCF on pallets under this section as an option. Pallets must be labeled according to the Line 1 and Line 2 information listed below and under M031.

a. 5-digit scheme. Optional. May contain machinable parcels for the same 5-digit scheme under L606. If scheme sort is performed, it need not be done for all 5-digit scheme destinations. For all 5-digit destinations that are not part of a scheme or for which scheme sorts are not performed, prepare 5-digit pallets under 15.5b.

(1) Line 1: use L606, Column B.

(2) Line 2: “STD” or “PSVC” as applicable, followed by “MACH 5D SCHEME” or “MACH 5D SCH.”

b. 5-digit. Required, except optional for Standard Mail if 3/5 rates are not claimed.

(1) Line 1: use city, state abbreviation, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see M031 for military mail).

(2) Line 2: “STD MACH 5D” or “PSVC MACH 5D” as applicable.

c. BMC (if DBMC rates are not claimed). Required.

(1) Line 1: use L601.

(2) Line 2: “STD MACH BMC” or “PSVC MACH BMC” as applicable.

d. ASF/BMC (if DBMC rates are claimed). Option 1: Mailers may opt to sort mail to ASFs using L602 only when the mail on the ASF pallet will be deposited at the ASF to claim the DBMC rate. After ASF pallets are prepared (mail need not be sorted to all ASFs), remaining mail must be sorted to BMCs using L601. Mail on BMC pallets deposited at the applicable BMC facility will be eligible for DBMC rates only if its 3-digit ZIP Code prefix is listed in Exhibit E650.5.1 (Standard Mail) or Exhibit E751.1.3 (Parcel Post and Bound Printed Matter) for that entry BMC. Option 2: Mailers may sort mail only to BMCs using L601. Under option 2, only mail for 3-digit ZIP Codes served by a BMC listed in Exhibit E650.5.1 or Exhibit E751.1.3 are eligible for DBMC rates (i.e., mail for 3-digit ZIP Codes served by an ASF in Exhibit E650.5.1 or Exhibit E751.1.3 are not eligible for DBMC rates, nor are 3-digit ZIP Codes that do not appear in Exhibit E650.5.1 or Exhibit E751.1.3).

(1) Line 1: Option 1: use L602 for ASF pallets; use L601 for BMC pallets. Option 2: use L601.

(2) Line 2: “STD MACH” or “PSVC MACH” as applicable; followed by “ASF” or “BMC” as applicable.

e. Mixed BMC. Optional.

(1) Line 1: “MXD,” followed by the information in L601, Column B, for the BMC serving the 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of the entry post office (label to plant serving entry post office if authorized by the processing and distribution manager).

(2) Line 2: “STD MACH WKG” or “PSVC MACH WKG” as applicable.

DMM Issue 58 Updated 12-9-04