DMM TOC > 100 Retail Letters, Cards, Flats, and Parcels > 150 Parcel Post|
b. Parcels that weigh less than 20 pounds but measure more than 84 inches (but not more than 108 inches) in combined length and girth are charged the applicable price for a 20-pound parcel (balloon price).
To determine single-piece weight in any mailing of nonidentical-weight pieces, weigh each piece individually. To determine single-piece weight in a mailing of identical-weight pieces, weigh a sample group of at least 10 randomly selected pieces and divide the total sample weight by the number of pieces in the sample. Express all single-piece weights in decimal pounds rounded off to four decimal places.
The Parcel Post price is charged per pound or fraction thereof; any fraction of a pound is considered a whole pound. For example, if an item weighs 4.225 pounds, the weight (postage) increment is 5 pounds. The minimum postage per piece is the 1-pound price.
Parcel Post only, per occurrence. May be combined with Express Mail and Priority Mail pickups (see 507.6.0, Pickup on Demand Service).
Parcel Post prices are calculated based on the zone to which the parcel is addressed, and the weight of the parcel (see Notice 123—Price List).
The USPS does not guarantee the delivery of Parcel Post within a specified time. Parcel Post might receive deferred service. The local Post Office can provide more information concerning delivery times within its area.
Parcel Post mail is not sealed against postal inspection. Regardless of physical closure, the mailing of articles at Parcel Post prices constitutes consent by the mailer to postal inspection of the contents.
All Parcel Post mail must bear a delivery address. Alternative addressing formats under 602.3.0 may be used. Each piece must bear the sender's return address.
Parcel Post mail consists of mailable matter that is neither mailed or required to be mailed as First-Class Mail nor entered as Periodicals (except as permitted under 3.2 or permitted or required under 707.7.9). The general public (other than publishers or registered news agents) may mail copies of Periodicals publications at Parcel Post prices.
Sample copies of authorized and pending Periodicals publications may be enclosed or attached with merchandise sent at Parcel Post prices. Postage at Parcel Post prices is based on the combined weight of the host piece and the sample copies enclosed.
Parcel Post may contain any printed matter mailable as Standard Mail, in addition to the enclosures and additions listed in 4.0.
Markings that have the character of personal correspondence require, with certain exceptions, additional postage at the First-Class Mail prices. The following written additions and enclosures do not require additional First-Class Mail postage:
h. Manuscripts accompanying related proof sheets and corrections of proof sheets including corrections of typographical and other errors, changes in the text, insertions of new text, marginal instructions to the printer, and corrective rewrites of parts.
An invoice, whether it also serves as a bill, may be placed either inside a Parcel Post piece or in an envelope marked "Invoice Enclosed" and attached to the outside of the piece if the invoice relates solely to the matter with which it is mailed. The invoice may show this information:
Incidental First-Class Mail matter may be enclosed in or attached to any Parcel Post piece without payment of First-Class Mail postage. An incidental First-Class Mail attachment or enclosure must be matter that, if mailed separately, would require First-Class Mail postage, is closely associated with but secondary to the host piece, and is prepared so as not to interfere with postal processing. An incidental First-Class Mail attachment or enclosure may be a bill for the product or publication, a statement of account for past products or publications, or a personal message or greeting included with a product, publication, or parcel. Postage at the Parcel Post price for the host piece is based on the combined weight of the host piece and the incidental First-Class Mail attachment or enclosure.