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Quick Service Guide 707d
Special Standards
Periodicals—Nonautomation Letters

January 2006
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Related QSG

707a, Periodicals General Information and Eligibility

 

Physical Standards (201, 707.3)

For an overview of the physical standards for discount letters, see Quick Service Guide 201.

 

Rates and Fees (707.1)

Rates include addressed piece charge, pound rates (advertising and nonadvertising), and applicable discounts; factors include place of mailing, destination, presort, etc.

Carrier Route, 5-digit, 3-digit, and basic rates are available; Outside-County rates apply per 707.11; In-County rates apply to all eligible in-county copies of other than requester publications.

Carrier Route (Outside-County and In-County):

  • Basic Carrier Route: six or more addressed pieces sorted in carrier route bundles, prepared in line-of-travel or walk-sequence and placed in carrier route, 5-digit carrier routes, or 3-digit carrier routes trays.
  • High Density: carrier route pieces prepared in walk sequence with necessary density (125 pieces or more to single carrier route). For In-County rate, density requirement may be based on either 125 pieces or 25% of total active deliveries per carrier route.
  • Saturation: carrier route pieces prepared in walk sequence with necessary density (90% residential or 75% total deliveries) (707.13).

5-Digit: Six or more addressed pieces sorted in 5-digit bundles, placed in 5-digit trays.

3-Digit: Six or more addressed pieces sorted in 5-digit and 3-digit bundles (L002), placed in 3-digit trays.

Basic: Six or more addressed pieces sorted in 5-digit, 3-digit, ADC (L004), or mixed ADC bundles and placed in ADC and mixed ADC trays.

Destination entry discounts (DDU, DSCF, and DADC) have additional standards (707.28).

Not all presort levels may be claimed in combination with destination entry discounts.

Ride-Along rate available for items eligible as Standard Mail (707.15).

 

Eligibility Standards (707.12, 707.13)

For authorized publications (e.g., magazines and newspapers) whose primary purpose is transmitting information. Periodicals must be issued at least four times a year at a stated frequency from a known office of publication and be formed of printed sheets. General and requester publications must have an established list of subscribers or requesters. All pieces within each mailing must be in the same processing category.

Carrier route: carrier route information updated using CASS-certified process or another Address Information System product containing carrier route information within 90 days before mailing (707.13).

A certified process used at least once a year to ensure accuracy of 5-digit ZIP Codes for other than carrier route pieces (707.12.3).

Mailers can apply Repositionable Notes ("sticky notes") for an additional charge of $0.015. See 709.7.

 

Postage Payment and Documentation (707.16, 705.15)

Advance deposit account(s) at original and each additional entry post office, unless authorized under Centralized Postage Payment (CPP) (707.16.5).

Documentation:

  • Postage statement: Form 3541, Periodicals One Issue or One Edition, or approved facsimile.
  • Supporting documentation: required by rates claimed, including marked copy. Documentation generated by PAVE-certified software or printed in standardized format.

 

Mail Preparation (707.22, 707.23)

See reverse for preparation and labeling.

Bundles for individual carrier routes must be prepared with facing slips under 707.19.15, optional endorsement lines under 708.7, or carrier route information lines under 708.8.

1-foot or 2-foot trays used where appropriate (e.g., when there is enough mail to fill a 2-foot tray, a 2-foot tray must be used).

See reverse for pink tray label Line 2 information.

Use 2-inch pink tray labels (707.21).

Trays sleeved and strapped (707.20). See 707.20.1.5 for exceptions to strapping for mailings that originate and destinate in delivery area of same SCF. Strapping not required on trays placed on 5-digit, 3-digit, and SCF pallets that are secured with stretchwrap.

 

Enter and Deposit (707.27)

Only at authorized original and/or additional entry post office(s), unless authorized exceptional dispatch under 707.27.3.

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.

 
Bundling and Traying Sequence (707.22)


5-Digit (Required)

Bundles: Bundling not required in full trays. Pieces must be bundled if 6 or more pieces to same 5-digit ZIP Code; fewer than 6 pieces in a bundle not permitted. See 707.22.3 for optional firm bundles.

Labels: Red Label 5 or optional endorsement line (OEL) (708.7).


3-Digit (Required)

Bundles: Pieces must be bundled if 6 or more pieces to same 3-digit ZIP Code prefix; fewer than 6 pieces in a bundle not permitted.

Labels: Green Label 3 or OEL.


ADC (Required)

Bundles: 6 or more pieces to same ADC (L004); fewer than 6 pieces in a bundle not permitted.

Labels: Pink Label A or OEL.


Mixed ADC (Required)

Bundles: Any remaining pieces must be bundled in mixed ADC bundles.

Labels: Tan Label X or OEL.

This graphic shows the bundling and traying sequence for Periodicals nonautomation letters as described in the text.

Trays: Required at 24 pieces; optional with one 6-piece bundle.

Labels: For Line 1, use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on mail; for Line 2, "PER" (or "NEWS") and "LTRS 5D NON BC."

Rate: 5-Digit

Trays: Required at 24 pieces; optional with one 6-piece bundle. One less-than-full tray must be prepared for any remaining bundles for each 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of SCF serving entry post office.

Labels: For Line 1, use L002, Column A; for Line 2, "PER" (or "NEWS") and "LTRS 3D NON BC."

Rate: 3-Digit

Trays: Required at 24 pieces; optional with one 6-piece bundle.

Labels: For Line 1, use L004, Column B. For Line 2, "PER" (or "NEWS") and "LTRS ADC NON BC."

Rate: Basic

Trays: Required, no minimum for any remaining bundles; only one less-than-full tray permitted.

Labels: For Line 1, use MXD, followed by origin facility in L004; for Line 2, "PER" (or "NEWS") and "LTRS NON BC WKG."

Rate: Basic

1. Use "NEWS" only if issued weekly or more frequently.

 
Optional Carrier Route Preparation (707.23)


Bundles: Six or more pieces addressed to same carrier route (city route, rural route, highway contract route, post office box section, or general delivery unit) prepared in line-of-travel or walk sequence, must be prepared in bundles. Fewer than 6 pieces in a bundle not permitted. See 707.22.5 for optional firm bundles.

Labels: Facing slip (707.19.15), OEL (708.7), or carrier route information line (708.8).

Rate: Saturation, High Density, Basic Carrier Route1

 

This graphic shows the Optional Carrier Route Preparation for Periodicals Nonautomatioin Letters.

Carrier Route

Trays: Required at 24 pieces; optional with one 6-piece bundle.

Labels: For Line 1, use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on mail; for Line 2, "PER" (or "NEWS"), "LTRS," and route marking as appropriate: for saturation, "WSS" and route type and number; for high density, "WSH" and route type and number; or for basic, "CR" and route type and number.

5-Digit Carrier Routes

Trays: Required if full tray, optional with one 6-piece bundle; only one less-than-full tray permitted.

Labels: For Line 1, use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on mail; for Line 2, "PER" (or "NEWS") and "LTRS CR-RTS."

3-Digit Carrier Routes

Trays: Optional with one 6-piece bundle for each of two or more 5-digit areas.

Labels: For Line 1, use city, state, and 3-digit ZIP Code prefix shown in L002, Column A; for Line 2, "PER" (or "NEWS") and "LTRS 3D CR-RTS."

 

1. Basic rate for bundles of fewer than 6 pieces.

2. Use "NEWS" only if issued weekly or more frequently.

3. Use "WSS" for Saturation, "WSH" for High Density or "CR" for Basic Carrier Route.

 

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