Quick Service Guide 470
Media Mail Machinable Parcels
Physical Standards (401)
Minimum weight: 6 ounces.
Maximum weight: 35 pounds (25 pounds for books and other printed matter).
For an overview of the physical standards for machinable parcels, see
Quick Service Guide 401.
Rates and Fees (473.1)
For heavier pieces, see 473.1.
Barcoded discount: $0.03 per piece: available for Presorted Basic rate
machinable parcels (473.3) that bear a correct barcode under 708.5.
Does not apply to pieces mailed at the Presorted 5-digit rate.
Annual presort mailing fee: $160.00.
Generally used for books (at least eight pages), film (16 mm or narrower),
printed music, printed test materials, video and sound recordings,
play scripts, printed educational charts, loose-leaf pages and binders
consisting of medical information, and computer-readable media. Books
may contain no advertising other than incidental announcements of other
Eligibility Standards (473.3)
Mailings of 300 or more addressed pieces sorted and marked as described
below. Rates based on weight and level of presort.
Machinable parcels (401.1.5) and irregular parcels (401.1.6) may not
be combined in the same mailing.
Each piece must include complete delivery and return addresses with
correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code.
Mailing items with no ancillary service endorsement obligates the mailer
to pay any applicable forwarding and return postage charges at the
single-piece rate (507.1.5.4).
Postage Payment and Documentation (474)
Meter (604.4) or permit imprint
Postage statement: Form 3605-R or approved facsimile.
Mail Preparation (475)
Mark each piece "Presorted" or "PRSRT" and "Media
Mail" in the postage area. For optional marking locations, see
For preparation and labeling, see reverse.
Enter and Deposit (476)
All meter or permit imprint: generally, at post office where permit
or meter license is held.
For the specific DMM standards applicable to this
category of mail, consult the DMM sections referenced above and the
general sections within each DMM module.
Sacks: Optional; minimum 10 addressed pieces or 20 pounds,
smaller volumes not permitted.
Labels: For Line 1, use L606, Column B.
Sacks: Optional but required for 5-Digit rate eligibility.
Minimum 10 addressed pieces, 20 pounds, or 1,000 cubic
inches. Smaller volumes not permitted.
Labels: For Line 1, use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code
Sacks: Required; minimum 10 addressed pieces, 20 pounds,
or 1,000 cubic inches. Smaller volumes not permitted.
Labels: For Line 1, use L601, Column B.
Sacks: Required, no minimum.
Labels: For 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.
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