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295 Books and Sheet Music

295.1 Description

295.11 Definition

This classification encompasses:

a. Books (including books issued to supplement other books) that have the following characteristics:

(1) Eight or more printed pages.

(2) Consist wholly of reading matter or scholarly bibliography, or reading matter with incidental blank spaces for notations.

(3) Contains no advertising matter other than incidental announcements of books, in the form of book pages, and other bound and loose enclosures that are permissible under the provisions of DMM 373. Advertising includes paid advertising and publishers' own advertising in display, classified, or editorial style.

b. Printed sheet music.

295.12 Minimum Entry Requirements

To use the economy (surface) books and sheet music classification, the mailer must tender at least 200 pieces or 50 pounds of mail matter that conforms to the content description in 295.11. The minimum weight requirement can be met by entering (1) individually addressed mailpieces that have a combined weight of 50 pounds or more; or (2) individually addressed mailpieces, plus one or more M-bags, that have a combined weight of 50 pounds or more. See 262.12 for a regulatory exception that relates to the mailing of M-bags that contain books and sheet music.

295.2 Postage

295.21 Rates

See the Individual Country Listings for the economy (surface) postage rates that are applicable to books and sheet music mailings.

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295.22 Postage Payment Methods
295.221 General

a. Identical-weight mailpieces can be paid for by (1) affixing meter stamps to the packaging or (2) using an authorized permit imprint. When postage is paid through an advance deposit account, the mailer must complete PS Form 3651-LP, Postage Statement - International Letter-post Permit Imprint.

b. Nonidentical weight mailpieces must have meter stamps affixed to the packaging unless the mailer is authorized to use a Manifest Mail System (MMS) as specified in DMM 705.

295.222 M-Bags

M-bags that contain books or sheet music can be paid for by (1) affixing meter stamps or a postage validation imprinter (PVI) label to PS Tag 158, M-Bag Addressee Tag, or (2) using an authorized permit imprint and paying postage through an advance deposit account. When M-bag postage is paid through an advance deposit account, the mailer must complete PS Form 3651-M, Postage Statement - International M-Bag - Permit Imprint.

295.3 Weight and Size Limits

295.31 Weight Limit

The weight limit for individually addressed items is 4 pounds.

295.32 Size Limits
295.321 Envelopes and Packages

a. Minimum length and height: 5-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches.

b. Minimum depth (thickness): .007 inch.

c. Maximum length: 24 inches.

d. Maximum length, height, depth (thickness) combined: 36 inches.

295.322 Rolls

a. Minimum length: 4 inches.

b. Minimum length plus twice the diameter combined: 6-3/4 inches.

c. Maximum length: 36 inches.

d. Maximum length plus twice the diameter combined: 42 inches.

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295.4 Makeup Requirements for Books and Sheet Music

295.41 Endorsements

The sender must endorse the address side "BOOKS" or "SHEET MUSIC" on all items containing books or sheet music and paid at those rates.

295.42 Sortation

Books and sheet music must be sorted into country packages as follows:

a. Country packages must be prepared when six or more copies are addressed to the same country. Packages may be prepared according to foreign alphanumeric postal codes. Each package must bear a facing slip showing the country of destination. Packages that destinate in Canada must be prepared using the Canadian postal codes that are specified in Exhibit 295.44. At the mailer's option, a finer presort based on Canadian postal codes may be used.

b. Copies remaining after country packages are prepared are residual copies. Residual copies must be packaged and bear a facing slip marked "MIXED WORKING FOREIGN." The packages must be labeled to the appropriate international exchange office or, for Canada-bound mail, a concentration center as instructed by the Post Office of mailing.

c. All pieces in a package must have the address side facing up. Each package must be securely banded or tied with rubber bands or string to withstand handling without breakage or damage and to prevent injury to postal personnel or damage to sorting equipment.

295.43 Sacking and Labeling
295.431 Country Sacks and Labels (Except Canada)

Books and sheet music must be sacked and labeled when there are 11 pounds of mail to a particular country or country separation. All country packages must be included in the same country sack. See Exhibit 295.43 for separations, city, and routing ZIP Codes. Each sack must be labeled to show the destination, contents, and entry Post Office facility as follows:

Label color: Blue
Format:
Line 1: Destination exchange office code and country routing ZIP Code
Line 2: Contents "AO"
Line 3: City and state of Post Office of mailing and ZIP Code

Example:

TAN CHINA 945
AO
ALEXANDRIA VA 22315

Note: More than one separation is required for China, Great Britain, and Japan (see Exhibit 295.43). When mailpieces containing books or sheet music are mailed to those destination countries, the label should reflect the destination exchange office name along with the city code and the country name.

Example:

PEK BEIJING CHINA 945
AO
ALEXANDRIA VA 22315

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295.432 Residual Sacks

After the required country sacks are prepared, residual packages must be sacked and labeled to the international exchange office as directed by the entry Post Office facility. Each sack must be labeled as follows:

Label color: Pink
Format:
Line 1: International exchange office and routing ZIP Code
Line 2: Contents "AO" and "Mixed Working Foreign"
Line 3: City and state of Post Office of mailing and ZIP Code

Example:

FOREIGN CTR NJ 099
AO MIXED WORKING FOREIGN
ALEXANDRIA VA 22315

Exhibit 295.43 (p. )

Books and Sheet Music - All Countries (Except Canada) Labeling and Routing Information

Destination
Exchange
Office
Code
Country Routing Code Observations
KBL Afghanistan 099 Surface mail service suspended.
TIA Albania 099 blank
ALG Algeria 099 blank
blank Andorra blank Include with Spain.
LOB Angola 099 blank
blank Anguilla blank See Netherlands Antilles.
AAJ Antigua and Barbuda 099 Include Redonda.
BUE Argentina 099 blank
EVN Armenia 099 blank
AUA Aruba 099 blank
blank Ascension Islands blank Include with Great Britain.
SYD Australia 099 From Origin ZIP Codes 004-269.
SYD Australia 945 From Origin ZIP Codes 270-999.
SZG Austria 099 blank
BAK Azerbaijan 099 blank
blank Azores blank Include with Portugal.
NAS Bahamas 099 blank
AAM Bahrain 099 blank
blank Balearic Islands blank Include with Spain.
CGP Bangladesh 099 blank
BGI Barbados 099 blank
MSQ Belarus 099 blank
ANX Belgium 099 blank
BZE Belize 099 blank
COU Benin 099 Include Dahomey.
BDA Bermuda 099 blank
blank Bhutan blank Include with India.
LPB Bolivia 099 blank
blank Bonaire blank See Netherlands Antilles.
SJJ Bosnia-Herzegovina 099 blank
blank Botswana blank Include with South Africa.
RIO Brazil 099 blank
RAD British Virgin Islands 099 blank
BWN Brunei Darussalam 945 blank
SOF Bulgaria 099 blank
OUA Burkina Faso 099 blank
RGN Burma (Myanmar) 945 blank
AGC Burundi 099 blank
AGO Cambodia 099 blank
DLA Cameroon 099 blank
blank Canada blank See Exhibit 295.44.
blank Canary Islands blank Include with Spain.
VXE Cape Verde 099 blank
GCM Cayman Islands 099 blank
BGF Central African Republic 099 blank
blank Chad blank Surface mail suspended.
SCQ Chile 099 blank
BJS Beijing, China 945 Beijing only.
TSN China 945 All other China, Tibet, and Mongolia.
BOG Colombia 099 blank
blank Comoros blank Include with France.
FIH Congo, Democratic Rep. (Kinshasa) 099 blank
PDN Congo, Rep. of the (Brazzaville) 099 blank
RAR Cook Islands 945 blank
blank Corsica blank Include with France.
SJD Costa Rica 099 blank
ABJ Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) 099 blank
ZAG Croatia 099 blank
HAV Cuba 099 blank
blank Curacao blank Include with Netherlands Antilles.
LMS Cyprus 099 blank
PRG Czech Republic 099 blank
AAL Denmark 099 Include Faroe Islands and Greenland.
JIB Djibouti 099 blank
DOM Dominica 099 blank
SDQ Dominican Republic 099 blank
blank Dubai blank Include with United Arab Emirates.
GYE Ecuador 099 blank
ALY Egypt 099 blank
SAL El Salvador 099 blank
blank England blank See Great Britain.
BSG Equatorial Guinea 099 blank
MSW Eritrea 099 blank
TLL Estonia 099 blank
ADD Ethiopia 099 blank
blank Falkland Islands blank Include with Great Britain.
blank Faroe Islands blank Include with Denmark.
SUV Fiji 945 Include Kiribati and Tuvalu.
HEL Finland 099 blank
MRS France 099 Include Comoros, Monaco, and Corsica.
CAY French Guiana 099 blank
PPT French Polynesia 945 Include Tahiti.
LBV Gabon 099 blank
BJL Gambia 099 blank
TBS Georgia, Republic of 099 blank
HAM Germany 099 blank
ACC Ghana 099 blank
GIB Gibraltar 099 blank
blank Great Britain and Northern Ireland: blank blank
GBR Great Britain 099 England (except London), Wales, Isle of Man, Channel Islands, Jersey Islands, Ascension, Falkland Islands, and Seychelles.
LON London 099 London only.
GLA Scotland 099 Scotland only.
BFS Northern Ireland 099 Northern Ireland only.
AHN Greece 099 blank
blank Greenland blank Include with Denmark.
SGO Grenada 099 blank
PTP Guadeloupe 099 Include St. Martin and St. Barthelemy.
GUA Guatemala 099 blank
CKY Guinea 099 blank
blank Guinea-Bissau blank Include with Portugal.
Surface mail service suspended.
GEO Guyana 099 blank
PAP Haiti 099 blank
TGU Honduras 099 blank
HKG Hong Kong 099 From Origin ZIP Codes 004-269; include Kowloon and North Korea.
HKG Hong Kong 945 From Origin ZIP Codes 270-999; include Kowloon and North Korea.
BUD Hungary 099 blank
REK Iceland 099 blank
BOF India 099 From Origin ZIP Codes 004-269; include Bhutan.
BOF India 945 From Origin ZIP Codes 270-999; include Bhutan.
TNS Indonesia 945 blank
THR Iran 099 blank
BGW Iraq 099 Surface mail suspended. Other services restricted.
AHE Ireland 099 blank
HFA Israel 099 blank
GOA Italy 099 Include San Marino.
KIN Jamaica 099 blank
KWS Tokyo, Japan 099 From Origin ZIP Codes 004-269; include Okinawa and Ryukyu Islands.
KWS Yokohama, Japan 945 From Origin ZIP Codes 270-999; include Okinawa and Ryukyu Islands.
AMM Jordan 099 blank
blank Kampuchea blank See Cambodia.
ALA Kazakhstan 099 blank
MBA Kenya 099 blank
blank Kiribati blank Include with Fiji.
blank Korea, Democratic People's Rep. of (North Korea) blank Include with Hong Kong.
PUS Korea, Republic of (South Korea) 099 From Origin ZIP Codes 004-269.
PUS Korea, Republic of (South Korea) 945 From Origin ZIP Codes 270-999.
blank Kowloon blank Include with Hong Kong.
KWI Kuwait 099 blank
blank Kyrgyzstan blank Include with Russia.
VTE Laos 945 blank
RIX Latvia 099 blank
blank Lebanon blank Surface mail suspended.
blank Lesotho blank Include with South Africa.
blank Liberia blank Surface mail service suspended.
TIP Libya 099 blank
blank Liechtenstein blank Include with Switzerland.
VNO Lithuania 099 blank
LUX Luxembourg 099 blank
MFM Macao 945 blank
SKP Macedonia 099 blank
TNR Madagascar 099 blank
FNC Madeira Islands 099 blank
LMB Malawi 099 blank
KUL Malaysia 945 blank
blank Maldives blank Include with Singapore.
BKO Mali 099 blank
MLA Malta 099 blank
MAJ Marshall Islands, Republic of the 945 blank
FDF Martinique 099 blank
blank Mauritania blank Include with Senegal.
MRU Mauritius 099 blank
MEX Mexico 75199 blank
PNI Micronesia, Federated States of 945 blank
KIV Moldova 099 blank
blank Monaco blank Include with France.
blank Mongolia blank Include with China.
blank Montenegro blank See Serbia-Montenegro.
MNI Montserrat 099 blank
CAS Morocco 099 blank
MPM Mozambique 099 blank
blank Namibia blank Include with South Africa.
ACW Nauru 945 blank
KTM Nepal 099 blank
RTM Netherlands 099 blank
SXM Netherlands Antilles (Philipsburg) 099 Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, and Anguilla.
WMS Netherlands Antilles (Willemstad) 099 Bonaire and Curacao.
NOU New Caledonia 945 Include Wallis and Futuna Islands.
blank New Hebrides blank Include with Vanuatu.
AKL New Zealand 099 From Origin ZIP Codes 004-269; include Pitcairn Island, Niue Islands, and Ross Dependency.
AKL New Zealand 945 From Origin ZIP Codes 270-999; include Pitcairn Island, Niue Islands, and Ross Dependency.
MGA Nicaragua 099 blank
MFQ Niger 099 blank
LOS Nigeria 099 blank
blank Niue Islands blank Include with New Zealand.
blank Northern Ireland blank See Great Britain.
OSL Norway 099 blank
blank Okinawa blank Include with Japan.
MCT Oman 099 blank
KHI Pakistan 099 blank
ROR Palau 945 blank
PTY Panama 099 blank
LAE Papua New Guinea 945 blank
ASU Paraguay 099 blank
LIM Peru 099 blank
MNL Philippines 099 From Origin ZIP Codes 004-269.
MNL Philippines 945 From Origin ZIP Codes 270-999.
blank Pitcairn Island blank Include with New Zealand.
GYN Poland 099 blank
LIS Portugal 099 Include Azores, Guinea-Bissau, and Sao Tome and Principe.
DOH Qatar 099 blank
blank Redonda blank Include with Antigua and Barbuda.
RUN Reunion 099 blank
CND Romania 099 blank
blank Ross Dependency blank Include with New Zealand.
MOW Russia 099 Include Kyrgystan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
KGL Rwanda 099 blank
blank Ryukyu Islands blank Include with Japan.
blank Saba blank Include with Netherlands Antilles.
blank St. Barthelemy blank Include with Guadeloupe.
SKB St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis 099 blank
blank St. Eustatius blank Include with Netherlands Antilles.
blank St. Helena blank Include with South Africa.
SLU St. Lucia 099 blank
blank St. Maarten blank Include with Netherlands Antilles.
blank St. Martin blank Include with Guadeloupe.
blank St. Pierre and Miquelon blank See labeling requirements for Canada - Exhibit 295.44.
SVD St. Vincent and the Grenadines 099 blank
blank San Marino blank Include with Italy.
blank Santa Cruz Islands blank Include with Solomon Islands.
blank Sao Tome and Principe blank Include with Portugal.
QDM Saudi Arabia 099 blank
blank Scotland blank See Great Britain.
DKR Senegal 099 Include Mauritania.
BEG Serbia-Montenegro (Yugoslavia) 099 Include Serbia, Montenegro, and Yugoslavia.
blank Seychelles blank Include with Great Britain.
FNA Sierra Leone 099 blank
SIN Singapore 099 From Origin ZIP Codes 004-269; include Maldives.
SIN Singapore 945 From Origin ZIP Codes 270-999; include Maldives.
BTS Slovak Republic (Slovakia) 099 blank
LJU Slovenia 099 blank
HIR Solomon Islands 945 Include Santa Cruz Islands.
blank Somalia blank All mail service suspended.
CPF South Africa 099 Include Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Transkei, St. Helena, and Tristan da Cunha.
BCN Spain 099 Include Andorra, Canary Islands, and Balearic Islands.
CMB Sri Lanka 099 blank
KRT Sudan 099 blank
PBM Suriname 099 blank
QMN Swaziland 099 blank
MMA Sweden 099 blank
BSL Switzerland 099 Include Liechtenstein.
DAM Syrian Arab Republic (Syria) 099 blank
blank Tahiti blank Include with French Polynesia.
TPE Taiwan 099 From Origin ZIP Codes 004-269.
TPE Taiwan 945 From Origin ZIP Codes 270-999.
blank Tajikistan blank Include with Russia.
DAR Tanzania 099 Include Zanzibar.
BKK Thailand 945 blank
blank Tibet blank Include with China.
LFW Togo 099 blank
TBU Tonga 945 blank
blank Transkei blank Include with South Africa.
POS Trinidad and Tobago 099 blank
blank Tristan da Cunha blank Include with South Africa.
TUN Tunisia 099 blank
IST Turkey 099 blank
blank Turkmenistan blank Include with Russia.
GDT Turks and Caicos Islands 099 blank
blank Tuvalu blank Include with Fiji.
EBB Uganda 099 blank
ODS Ukraine 099 blank
DXB United Arab Emirates 099 Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
blank United Kingdom blank See Great Britain.
MVD Uruguay 099 blank
TAS Uzbekistan 099 blank
VLI Vanuatu 945 Include New Hebrides.
VCS Vatican City 099 blank
CCS Venezuela 099 blank
SGN Vietnam 945 blank
blank Wales blank Include with Great Britain.
blank Wallis and Futuna Islands blank Include with New Caledonia.
APW Western Samoa 945 blank
SAH Yemen 099 North and South Yemen.
blank Yugoslavia blank See Serbia-Montenegro.
LVI Zambia 099 blank
blank Zanzibar blank See Tanzania.
BUQ Zimbabwe 099 blank
Routing Identification Information:
099 Foreign Mail Center NJ 099 (NJI & BMC)
945 Oakland CA 945
798 El Paso TX 798
75199 BMC Dallas TX 75199
856 Tucson AZ 856
920 San Diego CA 920

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295.44 Canadian Sacks

Sacks of books or sheet music for delivery in Canada must be sorted by the Canadian post code designations that are specified in Exhibit 295.44 and labeled in the following manner:

Label color: White or Terra-Cotta
Format:
Line 1: Name of destination office in Canada is left-justified; routing ZIP Code for applicable Postal Service exchange office is right-justified
Line 2: Content designation "AO"
Line 3: City, state, and ZIP Code of U.S. Post Office of mailing

Example:

OTTAWA ON FWD 099
AO
BETHESDA MD 20815

Residual mail for Canada is prepared under 295.432, except it is labeled to the local concentration center.

295.45 Physical Characteristics and Requirements for Sacks

Sacks must meet these requirements:

a. Maximum Weight. No more than 66 pounds of mail may be placed in any one sack. The weight of tying, wrapping, and packaging materials is included in determining the weight of the mail enclosed in a sack.

b. Sacks. Disposable plastic sacks are recommended; however, other appropriate equipment may be provided by Post Office facilities.

c. Labels. Handbook PO-423, Requisitioning Labels, contains instructions for ordering labels. Mailers may also preprint labels if they are of the colors specified and used by the Postal Service.

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295.5 Customs Forms Required

Printed matter known to be dutiable in the country of destination must have a green customs label (PS Form 2976) affixed to the address side of the articles. (See 123 for detailed requirements for customs documentation.) This requirement is applicable to dutiable printed matter mailed in a direct sack (M-bags).

Exhibit 295.44

Books and Sheet Music - Canada Labeling and Routing Information (Standard Entry)

Postal
Code
City and/or Province Origin Area by ZIP Code Orange/Terra Cotta Label
(Including Routing Code)
A Newfoundland All N SYDNEY TL NS (NF) FWD 099
B Nova Scotia All HALIFAX NS FWD 099
C
E
Prince Edward Is
New Brunswick
All SAINT JOHN NB FWD 099
G0-G8 Quebec All QUEBEC QC FWD 099
H1-H9
J4
Montreal
Quebec (Include St. Pierre and Miquelon)
All MONTREAL CNTREVLLE QC 099
G9, H0, J0-J3, J5-J9, Uncoded Quebec All MONTREAL STLAU QC FWD 099
K0-K8 Ontario 004-129, 137-139, 169-249, 254, 267-268, 270-297, 376 OTTAWA ON FWD 099
130-136, 140-168, 260-266, 439-447 OTTAWA ON FWD 140
Other Origins OTTAWA ON FWD 48399
L2, L7-L9, N3 Ontario All HAMILTON ON FWD 140
K9, L0-L1, L3-L6, Uncoded Ontario 004-249, 254, 260-268, 270-297, 376, 439-447 TORONTO WLPP ON FWD 140
Other Origins TORONTO WLPP ON FWD 48399
M1-M9 Ontario 004-249, 254, 260-268, 270-297, 376, 439-447 TORONTO SCLPP ON 140
Other Origins TORONTO SCLPP ON 48399
N Ontario 004-249, 254, 260-268, 270-297, 376, 439-447 LONDON ON FWD 140
Other Origins LONDON ON FWD 48399
P Ontario 004-249, 254, 260-268, 270-297, 376, 439-447 TORONTO WLPP ON FWD 140
Other Origins TORONTO WLPP ON FWD 48399
R Manitoba All TORONTO WLPP ON FWD 48399
S Saskatchewan All VANCOUVER BC FWD 98000
T0A-T0J, T0N-T0Z, T5-T9 Alberta All EDMONTON AB 98000
Other "T," Uncoded Alberta All CALGARY AB FWD 98000
V British Columbia All VANCOUVER BC FWD 98000
X Northwest Territories 004-249, 254, 260-268, 270-297, 376, 439-447 MONTREAL STLAU QC FWD 099
Other Origins EDMONTON AB 98000
Y Yukon All VANCOUVER BC FWD 98000
Routing Code Identification:
099 Foreign Mail Center NJ 099 (NJI and BMC)
140 Buffalo NY
48399 Detroit MI
98000 BMC Seattle WA

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296 (Reserved)

297 International Customized Mail

297.1 Description

International Customized Mail (ICM) service is an international business mail service that is available only pursuant to an ICM service agreement between the Postal Service and a mailer meeting the requirements in 292. The Postal Service provides ICM service on a mailer-specific basis pursuant to the terms and conditions stipulated in a particular ICM service agreement.

297.2 Qualifying Mailers

To qualify for ICM service, a mailer must tender all of its ICM mail to the Postal Service and must be capable, on an annualized basis, of either:

a. Tendering at least 1 million pounds of international letter-post mail (excluding Global Priority Mail) to the Postal Service, or paying at least $2 million in international letter-post postage to the Postal Service.

b. Tendering at least 600 pieces of international non-letter-post mail (including Global Priority Mail) to the Postal Service, or paying at least $12,000 in international non-letter-post postage to the Postal Service.

297.3 ICM Service Agreements

Each ICM service agreement must set forth the following:

a. The term of the agreement, including any renewal options.

b. The type of mail to be tendered by the mailer.

c. The destination country or countries.

d. The services to be provided by the Postal Service, including any speed-of-delivery targets.

e. Minimum volume commitments for each service.

f. Postage and method of payment.

g. Weight and size limits.

h. Preparation requirements.

i. Makeup requirements.

j. Any other obligations of either party.

k. The location from which the mailer is required to tender its items to the Postal Service.

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297.4 Postal Bulletin Notifications

Within 30 days of entering into an ICM service agreement, the Postal Service must publish the following information about the agreement in the Postal Bulletin:

a. The term of the agreement, including any renewal options.

b. The type of mail involved.

c. The destination country or countries.

d. A brief description of each of the services to be provided by the Postal Service.

e. Minimum volume commitments for each service.

f. A brief description of any worksharing to be performed by the mailer.

g. The agreed-upon rate for each service at the volume level committed to by the mailer.

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