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[9-11-08] Nonpresorted Bound Printed Matter postage must be paid via permit imprint and be deposited and accepted at the Post Office that issued the permit, at a time and place designated by the postmaster, except as otherwise provided for plant-verified drop shipments under 604.5.0.
[9-11-08] All presorted, carrier route, destination entry, and barcoded commercial mailings must be presented for verification and acceptance at the Post Office where the permit is held. All such mailings must be deposited at locations and times specified by the postmaster or designee at the office that verifies and accepts the mailing. Plant-verified drop shipment (PVDS) mailings must be presented for verification, acceptance, and entry under 705.15.0. Plant-loaded mailings must be presented as specified by the applicable standards and the plant-load agreement.
[9-11-08] Nonpresorted Bound Printed Matter is not accepted at retail counters, in collection boxes, or by carriers. Mailers must deposit nonpresorted Bound Printed Matter only at the Post Office where the permit is held at the time and place specified by the postmaster at the office of mailing (see 604.5.0).
A mailer who presents large mailings of Bound Printed Matter may be authorized or directed to deposit such mailings at another postal facility when processing or logistics make such an alternative desirable for the USPS, subject to these conditions:
a. Zoned postage need not be recomputed if both the original Post Office of mailing and the alternative facility use the same zone chart for computing zoned postage, based on the 3-digit prefix of their ZIP Codes.
Essential information for entering drop shipment Package Services mailings at specific postal facilities can be found in the Drop Shipment Product maintained by the National Customer Support Center (NCSC) (see 608.8.1).
Destination entry prices apply to Presorted and Carrier Route Bound Printed Matter (BPM) that is deposited at a destination bulk mail center (DBMC), destination sectional center facility (DSCF), or destination delivery unit (DDU) as specified below. Eligibility for a destination entry price is determined by the sort level, processing category of the mail, and the type of container the mail is in (sack or pallet). Each piece can claim only one destination entry price; an individual pallet may contain pieces claimed at different destination entry prices.
b. Except as provided in 3.2e., each group of pieces prepared for deposit at different destination entry Post Offices must be presented as a separate mailing meeting separate minimum volume requirements and be accompanied by the appropriate Form 3605 postage statement.
c. Separate Presorted and Carrier Route mailings may be copalletized under 705.8.0.
d. Pieces deposited at the same destination entry Post Office but claimed at different destination entry prices may be included in a single mailing and reported on the same postage statement (subject to one minimum volume requirement) if the destination entry Post Office is the proper facility for claiming each of the destination entry prices.
e. When Presorted or Carrier Route mailings are presented together under the plant-verified drop shipment (PVDS) procedures in 705.15.0, a mailer may use the total piece count from a single presort file (i.e., mailing job) for all line items to all destinations reported on a single Form 3605 and accompanied by a postage statement register to meet the separate 300-piece minimum volume requirement for each mailing. Under this alternative, a mailer may enter fewer than 300 pieces for a Presorted or Carrier Route mailing entered at a single destination entry Post Office if there is a total of at least 300 Presorted price pieces and/or 300 Carrier Route pieces for all entry points combined for the single presort file listed on Form 3605 and the postage statement register.
f. When Bound Printed Matter presorted mailings are presented together under the Electronic Verification System (eVS), a mailer may use the total piece count for all line items to all destinations reported within the 24-hour mailing period defined in 705.2.9. Under this alternative, a mailer may enter fewer than 300 pieces for a presorted mailing at a single destination entry facility if there is at least 300 presorted price pieces for all entry points within the 24-hour mailing period.
a. Mailers must pay postage and correct mailing fees at each Post Office where they are authorized to present mailings for verification unless using the Electronic Verification System (eVS) under 705.2.9. Except for plant-verified drop shipments (see 705.15.0) and eVS shipments (see 705.2.9); mailers must have a permit imprint authorization at the parent Post Office for mailings deposited for entry at a DBMC, ASF, DSCF, or DDU. Correct mailing fees must be paid for the current 12-month period at the USPS facility where postage is paid for the mailing.
b. Mailers who mail parcels paid with a permit imprint and claimed at Bound Printed Matter destination entry prices may use eVS under 705.2.9. Mailers using eVS must pay postage and fees at the Post Office where they hold the permit used for all eVS mailings.
A destination entry mailing fee (418.104.22.168) must be paid once each 12-month period at each postal facility where the mailing(s) are verified. For mail manifested using eVS under 705.2.9, only one annual destination entry mailing fee, paid at the Post Office where the eVS permit imprint account is held, is required regardless of the number of Postal Service facilities where mailings are verified. The fee may be paid in advance only for the next 12-month period and only during the last 60 days of the current service period. The fee charged is that in effect on the date of payment.
Mailers may present unsacked, nonpalletized bundles of BPM irregular parcels that are properly prepared for and entered at DDU prices and unloaded according to standards in 3.9.9. Pieces in these bundles are not eligible for barcode discounts.
a. At the origin mailer's plant or the origin Post Office serving the mailer's plant under an authorized plant-verified drop shipment system under 705.15.0 or, when required by class of mail, price category, or other reasons determined by the Postal Service, Electronic Verification System (eVS) under 705.2.9.
c. At the destination entry Postal Service facility for eVS mailings under 705.2.9.
Mailers must have Bound Printed Matter destination entry price mailings verified under a PVDS system (see 705.15.0) or use eVS (see 705.2.9), or they must present mailings for verification and acceptance at a BMEU located at a designated destination Postal Service facility. Mailers may deposit only PVDS and eVS mailings at a destination delivery unit not co-located with a Post Office or other Postal Service facility with a business mail entry unit. If authorized under 705.7.0, mailers may commingle Bound Printed Matter parcels with other approved parcel mail using eVS. Mailers presenting destination entry mailings to the Postal Service must meet the following requirements:
b. Separate DBMC price mailings by zone for permit imprint mailings of identical-weight pieces that are not mailed using a special postage payment system under 705.2.0 through 705.4.0, or that are not mailed under 465.1.5.
When mailings are verified and paid for at a postal facility different from the one at which they are accepted as mail and deposited into the mailstream, the mailer must ensure that they are accompanied by a Form 8125 completed by the mailer and the verifying Post Office.
For a mailing to be verified at a BMC, the Post Office where the mailer's account or license is held must be within the service area of that BMC. The Post Office must authorize the BMC to act as its agent by sending Form 4410 to the BMC.
Except as permitted for a local mailer under 3.9.12, destination entry mailings are subject to these volume standards:
a. Regardless of total volume, the pieces for which a destination price is claimed must represent more than 50% of the mail (by weight or pieces, whichever is greater) presented by the same mailer within any 24-hour period. For this standard, mailer is the party presenting the material to the USPS (or for whom a transportation company has presented the material to the USPS).
b. The same mailer may not in a 24-hour period present for verification and acceptance more than four destination price mailings at the same destination postal facility (or at another acting as its agent). The mailer may ask for a waiver of this limit when scheduling the deposit of the mailings. There is no maximum for plant-verified drop shipments.
Each mailing claimed at a destination price must be deposited at the time and location specified by the USPS. Mailings must be presented in vehicles that are compatible with dock, yard, and DDU operations, as applicable.
a. Except for a local mailer under 3.9.12 and mailings of perishable commodities, appointments for deposit of destination entry price mail at BMCs, ASFs, and SCFs must be scheduled through the appropriate appointment control center at least one business day in advance. Same-day appointments may be granted by a control center only through a telephone request. All appointments for BMC loads must be scheduled by the appropriate BMC control center. Appointments for SCFs and ASFs must be scheduled through the appropriate district control center. Appointments may be made up to 30 calendar days before a desired appointment date. The mailer must adhere to the scheduled mail deposit time and location. The mailer must cancel any appointment by notifying the appropriate control center at least 24 hours in advance of a scheduled appointment.
b. Electronic appointments may be made through the Dropship Appointment System (DSAS) by a mailer or agent using a USPS-issued computer logon ID. Electronic appointments or cancellations must be made at least 12 hours before the desired time and date. All information required by the USPS appointment system regarding a mailing must be provided.
c. For deposit of DDU mailings, an appointment must be made by contacting the DDU at least 24 hours in advance. If the appointment must be canceled, the mailer must notify the DDU at least one business day in advance of a scheduled appointment. Recurring appointments are allowed if shipment frequency is once a week or more often.
d. When Periodicals are transported together with BPM as a mixed load (707.29.0, Destination Entry), an appointment must be obtained for deposit at a destination entry facility.
Mailers must schedule appointments for deposit of destination entry price mail under 3.9.3 and the conditions below. When making an appointment, or as soon as available, the mailer must provide the control center or DDU with the following information:
b. Description of what is being mailed, product name, number of mailings, volume of mail, how prepared and whether containerized (e.g., pallets). For DDU entries, the mailer also must provide the 5-digit ZIP Code(s) of the mail being deposited.
The mailer must follow the scheduled deposit time or cancel the appointment by notifying the designated control center. Destination facilities may refuse acceptance or deposit of unscheduled mailings or shipments that arrive more than 2 hours after the scheduled appointment at ASFs, BMCs, or SCFs or more than 20 minutes at delivery units.
A mailer may be directed to transport destination entry price mailings to a facility other than the designated DDU, SCF, or BMC due to facility restrictions, building expansions, peak season mail volumes, or emergency constraints.
For service reasons, a mailer may ask to transport destination SCF price mail to a facility other than the designated SCF. This exception may be approved only by the district control center serving the destination facility. To qualify for the SCF price in this situation, mail deposited at a facility other than the SCF must destinate for processing within that facility and must not require backhauling to the SCF.
Recurring appointments refer to a drop shipment that is delivered to a destination office with a frequency of at least once a week on the same time and day(s). Mailings must be of a comparable product in terms of mail class, size, volume, and containerization (pallets, pallet boxes, etc.). A request to establish recurring appointments must be written on company letterhead to the postal facility manager/postmaster. The drop shipment appointment control office/postmaster will respond to all requests within 10 days. Recurring appointments may be made for a period not to exceed 6 months. Thereafter, a new application must be submitted to ensure that up-to-date mailer information is on file. Written request for an additional 6 months may be made within 60 days prior to the expiration of a current arrangement. Failure to adhere to scheduled appointments or other abuse of the procedures will result in revocation of recurring appointment privileges. Requests for recurring appointments must include the following:
a. Properly prepared containerized loads (e.g., pallets) are unloaded by the USPS at BMCs, ASFs, and SCFs. The USPS does not unload or permit the mailer (or mailer's agent) to unload palletized loads that are unstable or severely leaning or that have otherwise not maintained their integrity in transit.
b. At BMCs and ASFs, the driver must unload bedloaded shipments within 8 hours of arrival. Combination containerized and bedloaded mailings are classified as bedloaded shipments for unload times. The USPS may assist in unloading.
The restrictions in 3.8.7, Volume Standards, and 3.9.3, Appointments, do not apply when a mailer deposits mailings for verification and acceptance at the local Post Office serving the facility where the mail was prepared, if the mailings are not verified under a plant load authorization or plant-verified drop shipment postage payment authorization. Under this exception, the mailer may claim the destination entry prices for mailings or portions of mailings deposited at the local Post Office that meet the standards in 4.0, Destination Bulk Mail Center (DBMC) Entry, 5.0, Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) Entry, or 6.0, Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Entry.
c. Are addressed for delivery to one of the 3-digit ZIP Codes served by the BMC or ASF where deposited that are listed in Exhibit 4.4.
d. Are placed in a sack or pallet that is labeled to the BMC or ASF where deposited, or labeled to a postal facility within that BMC's or ASF's service area (see Exhibit 4.4).
e. Are entered at designated SCFs under 4.2.
Mailers may deposit machinable parcels otherwise eligible for the DBMC prices at an SCF designated by the USPS for destination ZIP Codes listed in labeling list L607. The following standards apply:
b. Eligible machinable parcels are restricted to the ZIP Codes listed in L607.
d. Mailers must prepare parcels on 3-digit pallets or in 3-digit pallet boxes, or unload and physically separate the parcels into containers specified by the destination facility. Parcels are eligible for the applicable DBMC entry price.
g. Parcels must contain the correct marking in 402.2.2, Parcel Select, Bound Printed Matter, Media Mail, and Library Mail Markings.
Presorted machinable parcels in sacks or on pallets at all sort levels may claim DBMC prices. Machinable parcels sacked under 465.5.0, Preparing Presorted Parcels, or palletized under 705.8.0 may be sorted to destination BMCs under L601 or to destination BMCs and ASFs under L601 and L602. Except as provided in Exhibit 4.4, sortation of machinable parcels to ASFs is optional but is required for the ASF mail to be eligible for DBMC prices. Mailers may opt to sort some or all machinable parcels for ASF service area ZIP Codes to ASFs only when the mail will be deposited at the respective ASFs where the DBMC prices are claimed, under applicable volume standards, using L602. Mailers also may opt to sort machinable parcels only to destination BMCs under L601. When machinable parcels are sorted under L601, only mail for 3-digit ZIP Codes served by a BMC as listed in Exhibit 4.4 is eligible for DBMC prices (i.e., mail for 3-digit ZIP Codes served by an ASF in Exhibit 4.4 is not eligible for DBMC prices, nor are 3-digit ZIP Codes that do not appear on Exhibit 4.4). Machinable parcels prepared in mixed BMC sacks or on mixed BMC pallets that are sorted to the origin BMC under 465.5.0, Preparing Presorted Parcels, or 705.8.0, Preparing Pallets, are eligible for the DBMC prices if both of the following conditions are met:
b. The pieces are for 3-digit ZIP Codes listed as eligible destination ZIP Codes for that BMC in Exhibit 4.4.
Presorted irregular parcels in sacks or on pallets at all sort levels may claim DBMC prices. All pieces in an ADC sack or in a palletized ADC bundle are eligible for the DBMC price if the ADC facility ZIP Code (as shown in Line 1 of the corresponding sack label or the ADC facility that is the destination of the palletized ADC bundle as would be shown on an ADC sack label for that facility using L004, Column B) is within the service area of the BMC at which the sack is deposited under Exhibit 4.4. Separate mixed ADC sacks must be prepared for pieces eligible for and claimed at the DBMC price and for parcels not claimed at the DBMC price. Use the "label to" ZIP Code for the ADC to assign ADC bundles to the respective mixed ADC sack. Use the address on the parcels to assign parcels to the respective mixed ADC bundle or sack, as appropriate. Mail must be entered at the appropriate facility under 4.1.
Carrier Route machinable parcels in individual carrier route sacks may claim DBMC prices. Mail must be entered at the appropriate facility under 4.1, Eligibility.
Carrier Route irregular parcels in sacks at all sort levels or on pallets at all sort levels may claim DBMC prices. Mail must be entered at the appropriate facility under 4.1, Eligibility.
Pieces in a mailing meeting the standards in 3.0, Destination Entry, and 5.0, Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) Entry, are eligible for the DSCF price when they meet all of the following conditions:
Presorted machinable parcels in sacks or on pallets at the 5-digit scheme and 5-digit sort levels may claim DSCF prices. Mail must be entered at the appropriate facility under 5.1, Eligibility.
Presorted irregular parcels in sacks at the 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, 3-digit, and SCF sort levels, or on pallets at the 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, 3-digit, SCF, and ASF sort levels may claim DSCF prices. Mail must be entered at the appropriate facility under 5.1, Eligibility.
Carrier Route machinable parcels in individual carrier route sacks may claim DSCF prices. Mail must be entered at the appropriate facility under 5.1, Eligibility.
Carrier Route irregular parcels in sacks at all sort levels or on pallets at the 5-digit scheme, 5-digit, 3-digit, SCF, and ASF sort levels may claim DSCF prices. Mail must be entered at the appropriate facility under 5.1, Eligibility.
c. For parcels prepared using the optional 5-digit scheme sort, use Column B of L606 to determine the 5-digit scheme destination. For parcels prepared using the 5-digit sort, the Drop Shipment Product must be used to determine the 5-digit destination. To determine the location for entry of 5-digit sorted pieces or whether a 5-digit delivery facility can handle pallets (or pallet boxes), refer to the Drop Shipment Product maintained by the National Customer Support Center (NCSC) (see 608.8.1). When the Drop Shipment Product shows that mail for a single 5-digit ZIP Code area is delivered out of more than one postal facility, use the facility from which the majority of city carrier routes are delivered as the facility at which the DDU mail must be entered. The Drop Shipment Product identifies the 5-digit ZIP Codes that are exceptions to the "majority of city carriers rule" or other facilities where parcels are normally dropped. If a mailer transports mail to a DDU facility that cannot handle pallets, the driver must unload the pallets into containers as specified by the delivery unit.
Presorted machinable parcels in 5-digit scheme and 5-digit sacks or on 5-digit scheme and 5-digit pallets may claim DDU prices. Mail must be entered at the appropriate facility under 6.1.
Presorted irregular parcels in 5-digit scheme sacks and 5-digit sacks, on 5-digit scheme or 5-digit pallets, or prepared as unsacked 5-digit bundles may claim DDU prices. Mailers must enter mail at the appropriate facility under 6.1.
Carrier Route machinable parcels sorted to carrier route sacks may claim DDU prices. Mail must be entered at the appropriate facility under 6.1.
Carrier Route irregular parcels in sacks, on 5-digit scheme and 5-digit pallets, or prepared as unsacked carrier route bundles may claim DDU prices. Mailers must enter mail at the appropriate facility under 6.1.