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453 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees

1.1 Price Application

[4-17-11] Postage is based on the price that applies to the weight increment of each addressed piece, and on the zone to which the piece is addressed, except for DDU and DSCF entered pieces. The 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 increment is 5 pounds. The minimum price per piece is the 1-pound price. For DDU and DSCF pieces, postage is based on the price that applies to the weight increment of each addressed piece. For Parcel Select Regional Ground price categories, see 3.4. There are three price categories for Parcel Select:

a. Destination entry including destination entry network distribution center (DNDC), destination entry sectional center facility (DSCF), and destination entry delivery unit (DDU).

b. NDC Presort and ONDC Presort.

c. Barcoded Nonpresort.

1.2 Parcel Select Prices

Pricing is available for Parcel Select at the Destination Entry, NDC Presort, ONDC Presort, and Barcoded Nonpresort levels. For prices, see Notice 123–Price List.

1.3 Annual Mailing Fee

An annual mailing fee is required for Parcel Select destination entry mailings and must be paid once each 12-month period. This fee must be paid at each Post Office of mailing by or for any mailer who enters mailings at the destination entry level. All destination entry prices (DNDC, DSCF, and DDU) are covered under the payment of a single annual fee per office of mailing. During the last 60 days of the current service period, advance payment of the annual mailing fee may be remitted for the subsequent 12-month period only. The established annual mailing fee in effect at the time of remittance will be assessed. See Notice 123—Price List for applicable annual mailing fees.

1.4 Computing Postage

1.4.1 Determining Single-Piece Weight

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. Except for mailers using eVS, when determining single-piece weight for Parcel Select mailpieces, express all weights in decimal pounds rounded off to two decimal places. Mailers using eVS may round off to four decimals, and eVS will automatically round to the appropriate decimal place. If a customer is using a manifest mailing system, the manifest weight field must be properly completed by adhering to the rules relative to the specific manifest.

1.4.2 Computing Postage for Affixed Postage

For each piece, affix correct postage for the weight (including any surcharges or discounts) and, if applicable, the zone to which the piece is addressed, as shown in 1.2 through 1.4. To calculate the total postage for the mailing, add all of the affixed postage amounts for each piece.

1.4.3 Computing Postage for Permit Imprint

To compute the total postage for a mailing, for each weight increment, multiply the number of pieces by the applicable price per piece. Round each product off to four decimal places. Add the products and round up the total postage to the nearest whole cent.

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2.0 Content Standards

2.1 Definition of Parcel Select

Parcel Select is a Shipping Services ground product using permit imprint or metered postage when mailing 50 or more packages. When postage is paid using USPS-approved PC Postage in conjunction with barcoded nonpresorted mailings there is no minimum volume. Basic Content Standards

Parcel Select 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 2.2 or permitted or required under 707.7.9). Mailers (other than publishers or registered news agents) may mail copies of Periodicals publications at Parcel Select prices.

2.2 Attachments or Enclosures of Periodicals Sample Copies

Sample copies of authorized and pending Periodicals publications may be enclosed or attached with merchandise sent at Parcel Select prices. Postage at Parcel Select prices is based on the combined weight of the host piece and the sample copies enclosed.

2.3 Postal Inspection

Parcel Select packages are not sealed against postal inspection. Regardless of physical closure, the mailing of articles at Parcel Select prices constitutes consent by the mailer to postal inspection of the contents.

2.4 Attachments and Enclosures

2.4.1 Invoice

An invoice, whether it also serves as a bill, may be placed either inside a Parcel Select 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:

a. Names and addresses of the sender and addressee.

b. Names and quantities of the articles enclosed, descriptions of each (e.g., price, tax, style, stock number, size, and quality, and, if defective, nature of defects).

c. Order or file number, date of order, date and manner of shipment, shipping weight, postage paid, and initials or name of packer or checker.

2.4.2 Incidental First-Class Mail Attachments and Enclosures

Incidental First-Class Mail matter may be enclosed in or attached to any Parcel Select 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 Select price for the host piece is based on the combined weight of the host piece and the incidental First-Class Mail attachment or enclosure.

2.4.3 Additional Enclosures

Parcel Select may contain any printed matter mailable as Standard Mail, in addition to the enclosures and additions listed in 2.4 and 2.5.

2.5 Written Additions

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:

a. The sender’s and the addressee’s names, occupations, and addresses, preceded by “From” or “To,” and directions for handling.

b. Marks, numbers, names, or letters describing the contents.

c. Words or phrases such as “Do Not Open Until Christmas” and “Happy Birthday, Mother.”

d. Instructions and directions for the use of the item mailed.

e. A manuscript dedication or inscription not having the nature of personal correspondence.

f. Marks to call attention to words or passages in the text.

g. Corrections of typographical errors in printed matter.

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.

i. Handstamped imprints, unless the added material is in itself personal or converts the original matter to a personal communication.

j. Matter mailable separately as Standard Mail printed on the wrapper, envelope, tag, or label.

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3.0 Price Eligibility for Parcel Select and Parcel Select Regional Ground

3.1 Destination Entry Price Eligibility

3.1.1 Definition

Parcel Select destination entry prices apply to Parcel Select mailings prepared as specified in 705.8.0, Preparing Pallets, and 455.4.0, Preparing Destination Entry Parcel Select, and addressed for delivery within the service area of a destination network distribution center, sectional center facility, or delivery unit where they are deposited by the mailer. For this standard, the following destination facility definitions apply:

a. A destination network distribution center (DNDC) includes all network distribution centers (NDCs) and auxiliary service facilities (ASFs) under L601 and L602, and designated sectional center facilities (SCFs) under 456.2.16, DNDC Parcel Select—Acceptance at Designated SCF-USPS Benefit.

b. A destination sectional center facility (DSCF) includes all facilities listed under L005.

c. A destination delivery unit (DDU) is a facility that delivers to the addresses appearing on the deposited pieces in a destination entry Parcel Select mailing. Refer to the Drop Shipment Product maintained by the National Customer Support Center (NCSC) (see 608.8.1 for address) to determine the location of a 5-digit delivery facility. Use L606 only for mailings prepared using the optional 5-digit scheme sort.

3.1.2 Basic Standards

[4-17-11] For Parcel Select destination entry, pieces must meet the applicable standards in 455.4.0 and the following criteria:

a. Pieces may be bedloaded on pallets, in pallet boxes on pallets, in sacks, or in other authorized containers as specified in 456.2.1 through 456.2.16, depending on the facility at which the pieces are deposited.

b. Pieces may not be plant-loaded.

c. Pieces must be part of a single mailing of 50 or more pieces that are eligible for and claimed at any Parcel Select destination entry price. When Parcel Select mailings are submitted under PVDS procedures, mailers may use the total of all line items for all destinations on a PVDS register or PVDS postage statement to meet the 50-piece minimum volume requirement for destination entry price mailings. This means that a mailer may enter fewer than 50 pieces at an individual destination, provided there is a total of at least 50 Parcel Select pieces for all of the entry points for that single mailing job listed on the PVDS register or PVDS postage statement.

d. Pieces must be deposited at, or expedited to, via Express Mail Open and Distribute or Priority Mail Open and Distribute under 705.17.0, a destination NDC (or destination ASF), destination SCF, or destination delivery unit, as applicable for the price claimed.

e. Pieces must be addressed for delivery within the ZIP Code ranges that the applicable entry facility serves.

3.1.3 DNDC Prices

For DNDC prices, pieces must meet the applicable standards in 3.0 and the following:

a. Pieces must be part of a Parcel Select destination entry mailing that is deposited at a NDC or ASF under L601 or L602.

b. Machinable parcels must bear a barcode under 708.5.0 for the ZIP Code of the delivery address. Nonbarcoded machinable parcels are eligible only for Parcel Post prices.

c. Except as provided in Exhibit 3.1.3, NDC/ASF—DNDC Price Eligibility, pieces deposited at each NDC or ASF must be addressed for delivery within the ZIP Code range of that facility.

d. Pieces must be within a ZIP Code eligible for DNDC prices under Exhibit 3.1.3 and, if sacked or palletized, must be prepared according to 455.4.0, Preparing Destination Entry Parcel Select, and 705.8.0, Preparing Pallets. Mail meeting the additional criteria in 456.2.15 or 456.2.16 may be deposited at an SCF.

Exhibit 3.1.3 NDC/ASF—DNDC Price Eligibility

Eligible Destination ZIP Codes

Entry Facility

005, 066, 068-079, 085-119, 124-127

NDC New Jersey NJ 00102

010-065, 067, 120-123, 128,129

NDC Springfield MA 05500

130-136, 140-149 [Except machinable parcels]

ASF Buffalo NY 140

130-136, 140-168, 260-266, 439-449 [Machinable parcels only or machinable parcels combined with bedloaded nonmachinable parcels]

NDC Pittsburgh PA 15195

150-168, 260-265, 439-449 [Except machinable parcels]

NDC Pittsburgh PA 15195

080-084, 137-139, 169-199

NDC Philadelphia PA 19205

200-212, 214-239, 244, 254, 267, 268

NDC Washington DC 20799

240-243, 245-249, 270-297, 376

NDC Greensboro NC 27075

298, 300-312, 317-319, 350-352, 354-368, 373, 374, 377-379, 398, 399

NDC Atlanta GA 31195

299, 313-316, 320-342, 344, 346, 347, 349.

NDC Jacksonville FL 32099

369-372, 375, 380-397, 700, 701, 703-705, 707, 708, 713, 714, 716, 717, 719-729

NDC Memphis TN 38999

250-253, 255-259, 266, 400-418, 421, 422, 425-427, 430-433, 437, 438, 450-457, 459-462, 469-474

NDC Cincinnati OH 45900

434-436, 458, 465-468, 480-497

NDC Detroit MI 48399

500-516, 520-528, 612, 680, 681, 683-689

NDC Des Moines IA 50999

498, 499, 540-564, 566

NDC Minneapolis/St. Paul MN 55202

570-577

ASF Sioux Falls SD 570

565, 567, 580-588

ASF Fargo ND 580

590-599, 821

ASF Billings MT 590

463, 464, 530-532, 534, 535, 537-539, 600-611, 613

NDC Chicago IL 60808

420, 423, 424, 475-479, 614-620, 622-639

NDC St. Louis MO 63299

640, 641, 644-658, 660-679, 739

NDC Kansas City KS 64399

730, 731, 734-738, 740, 741, 743-746, 748, 749

ASF Oklahoma City OK 730

706, 710-712, 718, 733, 747, 750-799, 880, 885

NDC Dallas TX 75199

690-693, 800-816, 820, 822-831

NDC Denver CO 80088

832-834, 836, 837, 840-847, 898, 979

ASF Salt Lake City UT 840

850-853, 855-857, 859, 860, 863, 864

ASF Phoenix AZ 852

865, 870-875, 877-879, 881-884

ASF Albuquerque NM 870

889-891, 893, 900-908, 910-928, 930-935

NDC Los Angeles CA 90901

894, 895, 897, 936-966

NDC San Francisco CA 94850

835, 838, 970-978, 980-986, 988-994

NDC Seattle WA 98000

3.1.4 DSCF and DDU Prices

For DSCF and DDU prices, pieces must meet the applicable standards in 3.0 and the following criteria:

a. For DSCF prices, be part of a Parcel Select destination entry mailing of parcels sorted to 5-digit scheme or 5-digit destinations and deposited at a designated SCF under L005. Nonmachinable parcels sorted to 3-digit ZIP Code prefixes and claimed at a DSCF price must be entered at the designated SCF under L005. Mailers must not prepare mail on pallets or pallet boxes for the DSCF price if the 5-digit delivery facility is unable to handle pallets. Refer to the Drop Shipment Product maintained by the National Customer Support Center (NCSC) (see 608.8.1) to determine which 5-digit delivery facilities can handle pallets or pallet boxes. 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 where the majority of city carrier routes are located to determine if the delivery facility can handle pallets.

b. For DDU prices, be part of a Parcel Select mailing deposited at a designated DDU facility that delivers parcels to the addresses appearing on the pieces. There is no required minimum number of pieces that must be deposited for the DDU price and no specific preparation requirements; however, the pieces must be part of a mailing of at least 50 Parcel Select destination entry price pieces and must be prepared by 5-digit scheme (optional) and 5-digit sorts. To determine the location for entry of 5-digit scheme sorted pieces, use Column B of L606. 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.

3.2 Parcel Select NDC and ONDC Presort Price Eligibility

Parcel Select NDC Presort and Parcel Select ONDC Presort per piece prices apply to Parcel Select sorted to NDC destinations under L601 for machinable pieces, and sorted to NDC and ASF destinations for nonmachinable pieces under L605, and to pieces prepared as part of a combined mailing under 705.21.0. To qualify, machinable pieces must be placed in pallet boxes on pallets; and nonmachinable pieces must be placed directly on pallets under 705.8.0, or be prepared as part of a combined mailing and placed in a 5-digit, 3-digit, ADC, or NDC container under 705.21.0. The mail must be entered at a NDC listed in L601 for ONDC Presort and not at a NDC for NDC presort, and must be part of a mailing containing 50 or more Parcel Select pieces.

3.3 Parcel Select Barcoded Nonpresort Price Eligibility

Parcel Select Barcoded Nonpresort per piece prices apply to Parcel Select machinable parcels that are barcoded. See Exhibit 3.3, NDC/ASF Service Areas. The barcoded nonpresort price requires a minimum volume of 50 Parcel Select pieces, except when postage is paid using USPS-approved PC Postage which doesn't require a minimum volume of mailpieces. Machinable parcels (401.1.5) must bear a correct, readable barcode under 708.5.0 for the ZIP Code of the delivery address under any of the following conditions:

a. The mailing contains a minimum volume of 50 or more pieces.

b. The mailing is prepared as part of a combined mailing of 300 or more pieces under 705.21.0 in other than 5-digit containers.

c. The postage is paid using USPS-approved PC Postage and the mailing is less than 50 pieces.

Exhibit 3.3 NDC/ASF Service Areas

Service area

zip code areas served

NDC

 

New Jersey

005, 068-079, 085-098, 100-119, 124-127

Springfield

010-067, 120-123, 128, 129

Philadelphia

080-084, 137-139, 169-199

Pittsburgh

150-168, 260-266, 439-447

Washington

200-212, 214-239, 244, 254, 267, 268

Greensboro

240-243, 245-249, 270-297, 376

Cincinnati

250-253, 255-259, 400-418, 421, 422, 425-427, 430-433, 437, 438, 448-462, 469-474

Atlanta

298, 300-312, 317-319, 350-352, 354-368, 373, 374, 377-379, 398, 399.

Jacksonville

299, 313-316, 320-342, 344, 346, 347, 349.

Memphis

369-372, 375, 380-397, 700, 701, 703-705, 707, 708, 713, 714, 716, 717, 719-729

St. Louis

420, 423, 424, 475-479, 614-620, 622-631, 633-639

Detroit

434-436, 465-468, 480-497

Chicago

463, 464, 530-532, 534, 535, 537-539, 600-611, 613

Minneapolis/St. Paul

498, 499, 540-551, 553-564, 566

Des Moines

500-516, 520-528, 612, 680, 681, 683-689

Kansas City

640, 641, 644-658, 660-662, 664-679, 739

Denver

690-693, 800-816, 820, 822-831, 856, 857

Dallas

706, 710-712, 718, 733, 747, 750-799, 880, 885

Seattle

835, 838, 970-978, 980-986, 988-994

Los Angeles

889-891, 893, 900-908, 910-928, 930-935

San Francisco

894, 895, 897, 936-966

ASF

 

Buffalo

130-136, 140-149

Fargo

565, 567, 580-588

Sioux Falls

570-577

Billings

590-599, 821

Oklahoma City

730, 731, 734-738, 740, 741, 743-746, 748, 749

Salt Lake City

832-834, 836, 837, 840-847, 898, 979

Phoenix

850, 852, 853, 855, 859, 860, 863, 864

Albuquerque

865, 870-875, 877-879, 881-884

Other

 

Puerto Rico

006-009

Hawaii

967-969

Alaska

995-999

 

3.4 Parcel Select Regional Ground

[4-17-11] Parcel Select Regional Ground is a nonpresort product which requires postage payment by permit imprint. There are two price categories for Parcel Select Regional Ground:

a. OSCF entry - Mailpieces destined for zones local, 1, 2, and 3.

b. ONDC entry - Mailpieces for zones local - 8.

3.4.1 General Eligibility

Parcel Select Regional Ground prices are available for machinable parcels (see 401.1.5), measure .35 cubic foot or less and weigh 5 pounds or less when customers meet the following requirements:

a. Establish a customer commitment agreement with USPS (see 3.4.4).

b. In succeeding years, maintain account volumes that exceed 10,000 Parcel Select Regional Ground parcels in the previous calendar year.

c. Pay for postage using a permit imprint.

d. Apply one of the following routing barcodes on each mailpiece:

1. A routing barcode included as part of a concatenated Intelligent Mail package barcode.

2. A Confirmation Services GS-128 barcode.

3. A postal routing barcode may be printed separately with a non-concatenated barcode under 708.5.0.

e. Pay postage by permit imprint using the Electronic Verification System (eVS) or submit an electronic postage statement with a computerized manifest.

f. Enter mailings at eligible location that are authorized to accept Parcel Select Regional Ground mailings.

3.4.2 Parcel Select Regional Ground—OSCF

Parcel Select Regional Ground OSCF prices are available for parcels which are entered at eligible OSCF locations destined to zones local, 1, 2, and 3 from that OSCF entry, and that meet requirements in 3.4.1.

3.4.3 Parcel Select Regional Ground—ONDC

Parcel Select Regional Ground ONDC prices are available for parcels to zones local - 8 with the pieces for the ONDC service area segregated from the pieces outside the ONDC service area according to L601 and that meet requirements in 3.4.1.

3.4.4 Parcel Select Regional Ground Eligible Locations

For a listing of eligible OSCF and ONDC locations, contact your local USPS account representative.

3.4.5 Customer Commitment Agreement

Parcel Select Regional Ground prices are available for customers who have a customer commitment agreement with USPS. For additional information, mailers must contact their account manager or the manager, Solutions Development by emailing commercialpricing@usps.gov.

3.5 Oversized Price

The oversized price applies to parcels that measure over 108 inches but not more than 130 inches in combined length and girth.

3.6 Balloon Price

The balloon price applies to parcels weighing less than 20 pounds but measuring more than 84 inches (but not more than 108 inches) in combined length and girth which is charged the price for a 20-pound parcel for the zone to which it is addressed (balloon price).

3.7 Delivery and Return Addresses

[4-17-11] All Parcel Select mail must bear a delivery address. The delivery address on each piece must include the correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code. Except Parcel Select Regional Ground, alternative addressing formats under 602.3.0 or detached address labels under 602.4.0 may be used. Each piece must bear the sender's return address.

3.8 Hold For Pickup

[4-17-11] Under Hold For Pickup service, only Parcel Select barcoded, nonpresorted parcels and Parcel Select Regional Ground parcels are eligible for this service and are held at a designated Post Office location for pick up by a specified addressee or designee (see 508.8.0).