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Quick Service Guide 705d
Special Standards
Standard Mail—Bundles of Flats on Pallets

January 2006
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Related QSGs

340a, Standard Mail Presorted Flats
340b, Standard Mail Automation Flats
340c, Standard Mail Enhanced Carrier Route Flats

 

Rate Eligibility Overview

Bundles of Standard Mail must be sorted and prepared under the standards for the rate claimed.

Rates are bundle-based. Rates are based on the preparation of mail in bundles and are not affected by the pallet on which a bundle is placed.

 

General Bundle Preparation Standards

Bundle preparation must meet the applicable general standards in 345.5 (Presorted Standard Mail), 345.6 (Enhanced Carrier Route Standard Mail), or 345.7 (Automation Flat Mail). Mixed ADC bundles may not be placed on pallets.

 

Bundle Size (705.8.9)

Prepare a bundle(s) when there are 10 or more pieces for the same presort destination or 10 or 15 pieces as applicable to a 5-digit destination within an individual mailing (for automation mail, AFSM 100 and UFSM 1000 (301.3) bundles must separately meet this minimum). Bundles are not subject to a specific thickness limit. When there are fewer than 10 pounds for a destination, the pieces must be prepared in a single physical bundle. When there are 10 or more pounds for a destination, pieces should be prepared in bundles weighing from 10 to 20 pounds each except that the last bundle may weigh less than 10 pounds and mailers may balance the mail in bundles as follows:

n The total number of physical bundles prepared for a presort destination must not exceed the number of 10-pound increments to that destination. For example, if there are 25 pounds of mail to a 3-digit ZIP Code presort destination, bundles could be prepared as (1) two 8-pound bundles and a 9-pound bundle, (2) a 12-pound bundle and a 13-pound bundle, (3) a 20-pound bundle and a 5-pound bundle, or (4) other combinations that result in no more than three bundles.

 

Securing Individual Bundles (345.2.6)

Bundles on pallets must be secure and stable and able to withstand normal transit and handling without breakage or injury to USPS employees. To prevent broken bundles, material used to secure bundles should be of adequate strength, be sealed securely (e.g., by heat or adhesive), and fit tightly around the bundles. Prepare bundles as follows:

  • Select one of the methods below for securing individual bundles placed on 5-digit, 3-digit, SCF, and ASF pallets:
    • Heavy-gauge shrinkwrap plus one or two bands
    • Only heavy-gauge shrinkwrap
    • Only banding
  • Bundles on BMC pallets must be secured with shrinkwrap and be machinable on BMC parcel sorters, except that bundles of individually polywrapped pieces may be secured with banding material only. If used, banding material must be applied at least once around the length and once around the girth; wire and metal strapping are prohibited.

 

Copalletized Bundles

Copalletization allows mailers to place together on pallets bundles from separate mailings that have been independently presorted in accordance with applicable standards (e.g., ECR, automation, and Presorted rate mailings). Each separate mailing must separately meet the minimum volume and other requirements as set forth in 705.11 unless bundles are prepared under 705.11 (Preparation of Cobundled Rate and Presorted Rate Flats) mailers must bundle their mail separately according to the applicable requirements in 345.5.9 for Presort, 345.6.8 for Enhanced Carrier Route, or 345.7.9 for Automation. Copalletization requires Business Mailer Support authorization (705.8.7).

 

Pallet Presort and Labeling (705.8.10)

Pallet sortation: see below.

At the mailer's option, bundles of flats may be palletized using the advanced presort options in 705.10, 705.12, or 705.13. These presort options require PAVE-certified software.

Copalletized mailings: Bundles of Presorted rate and automation rate flats must be placed on separate 5-digit and 5-digit scheme (L001) pallets from ECR rate bundles; bundles from ECR, automation, and Presorted rate mailings may be placed together on all other remaining levels of pallets. AFSM 100 and UFSM 1000 automation bundles may be placed together on all remaining level pallets.

Documentation:

  • Address accuracy, barcode accuracy, density standards or address sequencing (for ECR), as applicable for rates claimed.
  • Postage statement:
    Regular: Form 3602-R or consolidated form or approved facsimile.
    Nonprofit: Form 3602-N or consolidated form or approved facsimile.
  • Supporting documentation:
    • n Standardized documentation required unless correct rate is affixed to each piece (see 344.4).
    • n For copalletized mailings, additional information may be required on the standardized documentation (see 344.4).

 

Bundling and Palletizing Sequence (705.8.10)

Bundle Preparation: See previous page for physical bundle size and securing standards. Except for 5-digit and 5-digit scheme pallets, carrier route bundles may be combined with automation and Presorted rate bundles on the same pallet.

Carrier Route
Pieces must be bundled if 10 or more pieces to the same carrier route.
Bundles of fewer pieces not permitted.
Labels: Use optional endorsement line (OEL) (345.2).

5-Digit
Pieces must be bundled if 10 or 15 pieces as applicable to the same
5-digit ZIP Code. Bundles of fewer pieces not permitted.
Labels: Red Label D or OEL.

3-Digit
Pieces must be bundled if 10 or more pieces to the same
3-digit ZIP Code. Bundles of fewer pieces not permitted.
Labels: Green Label 3 or OEL.

ADC
Pieces must be bundled if 10 or more pieces to the same ADC (L004). Sort ADC bundles to ASF and BMC pallets based on ZIP Code of the bundle destination in L004, Column B.
Labels: Pink Label A or OEL.

This graphic shows preparation of Packages on pallets as described in the text.

5-Digit Scheme Carrier Routes4
Required at 500 pounds. Optional at 250 pounds.
Labels: For Line 1, use L001, Column B. For Line 2, use "STD FLTS CR-RTS SCH."

5-Digit Carrier Routes4
Required at 500 pounds. Optional
at 250 pounds.
Labels: For Line 1, use city, state and 5-digit ZIP Code on mail. For Line 2, use "STD FLTS CR-RTS."

5-Digit Scheme4
Required at 500 pounds. Optional at 250 pounds.
Labels: For Line 1, use L001, Column B. For Line 2, use "STD FLTS 5D" followed by "BARCODED" (or "BC") for automation rate mail and/or "NONBARCODED" (or "NBC") for Presorted rate mail followed by "SCH."

5-Digit4
Required at 500 pounds. Optional at 250 pounds.
Labels: For Line 1, use city, state and 5-digit ZIP Code on mail. For Line 2, use "STD FLTS 5D" followed by "BARCODED" (or "BC") for automation rate mail and/or "NONBARCODED" (or "NBC") for Presorted rate mail.

3-Digit4
Optional at 250
pounds.
Labels: For Line 1, use L002, Column A. For Line 2, use "STD FLTS 3D" followed by "BARCODED" (or "BC") for automation rate mail and/or "NONBARCODED" (or "NBC") for Presorted rate mail and/or carrier route mail.

SCF4
Required at 500 pounds. Optional
at 250 pounds.
Labels: For Line 1, use L002, Column C. For Line 2, use "STD FLTS SCF" followed by "BARCODED" (or "BC") for automation rate mail and/or "NONBARCODED" (or "NBC") for Presorted rate mail and/or carrier route mail.

ASF4 and BMC
Separate ASF and BMC pallets required at 500 pounds. Optional at 250 pounds.
Labels: For Line 1, ASF use L602. For Line 1 BMC use L601. For Line 2, use "STD FLTS" and "ASF" or "BMC" followed by "BARCODED" (or "BC") for automation rate mail and/or "NONBARCODED" (or "NBC") for Presorted rate mail and/or carrier route mail.

 

1. Use "BARCODED" (or "BC") for automation rate mail and/or "NONBARCODED" (or "NBC") for Presorted and/or carrier route mail.

2. Use "ASF" or "BMC" as appropriate.

3. Use "ASF" or "BMC" followed by "BARCODED" (or "BC") for automation rate mail and/or "NONBARCODED" (or "NBC") for Presorted rate mail and/or carrier route mail.

4. Processing and Distribution managers may authorize pallets of less than 250 pounds for their service area for mailings entered within their service area only. For these destinations, one residual (overflow) pallet of less than 250 pounds may be prepared for the service area of the entry office without special approval.

 

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