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Quick Service Guide 707e
Special Standards
Periodicals Nonautomation Flats

January 2006
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Related QSG

707a, Periodicals General Information and Eligibility

 

Physical Standards (301, 707.3)

For an overview of the physical standards for discount flats, see Quick Service Guide 301.

 

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; In-County rates apply to all eligible in-county copies of other than requester copies (707.11).

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

  • Basic Carrier Route: 24 or more addressed pieces sorted into carrier route bundles, prepared in line-of-travel or walk sequence and placed into carrier route sacks; or 6 or more addressed pieces sorted into carrier route bundles, prepared in line-of-travel or walk sequence and placed into 5-digit/scheme carrier route sacks.
  • 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 into 5-digit sacks or palletized under 705.8.

3-Digit: Six or more addressed pieces sorted in 5-digit and 3-digit bundles (L002) placed into 3-digit sacks or palletized under 705.8.

Basic:

  • Six or more addressed pieces sorted to 5-digit, 3-digit, ADC, or mixed ADC bundles and placed in SCF, ADC, and mixed ADC sacks.
  • Fewer than six pieces sorted to carrier route, 5-digit, and 3-digit bundles.

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.

Pallet discount: $0.005 per-piece discount available for each addressed nonletter-size piece prepared in bundles on pallets (outside-County only).

Destination entry pallet discount: $0.016 per-piece discount available for each addressed nonletter-size piece prepared in bundles on destination entry pallets.

Ride-Along rate available for items up to 3.3 ounces 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 (708.3) process or another AIS product containing carrier route information within 90 days before mailing.

A certified process must be used at least once a year to ensure accuracy of 5-digit ZIP Codes on other than carrier route pieces.

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.
  • Carrier Route: Form 3553 for address and barcode accuracy must be retained by mailer for 1 year (708.3.5.2).

 

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 707.19.13, or carrier route information lines under 707.19.14.

Flat-size pieces must be prepared in brown sacks. Palletization of sacks or bundles is permitted under 705.8.

Any mailing job that contains bundles of Presorted flats and bundles of automation flats must be cosacked using 705.9.

 

Enter and Deposit (707.27)

Deposit 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 Sacking Sequence (707.22)


5-Digit (Required)

Bundles: Pieces must be bundled if 6 or more pieces to same 5-digit ZIP Code; bundles of fewer than 6 pieces 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; bundles of fewer than 6 pieces 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 Packaging and Sacking sequence for Periodicals Nonautomation Flats.

5-Digit

Sacks: 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 "FLTS 5D NON BC."

Rate: 5-Digit2

3-Digit

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

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

Rate: 3-Digit2

SCF

Sacks: Required at 24 pieces (no minimum for required origin/optional entry SCF); optional with one 6-piece bundle.

Labels: For Line 1, use L002, Column C; for Line 2, "PER" (or "NEWS") and "FLTS SCF NON BC."

Rate: Basic

ADC

Sacks: 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 "FLTS ADC NON BC."

Rate: Basic

Mixed ADC

Sacks: Required, no minimum for any remaining bundles.

Labels: For Line 1, use L009; for Line 2, "PER" (or "NEWS") and "FLTS NON BC WKG."

Rate: Basic

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

2. Basic rate for bundles of fewer than six pieces.

 

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) must be prepared in bundles. Fewer than 6 pieces in a bundle are permitted in 5-digit scheme carrier routes or 5-digit carrier routes sacks, but only qualify for the Basic Presort rate. See 707.23.5 for optional firm bundles.

Rate: Saturation, High Density, Basic Carrier Route1

This graphic shows the Optional Carrier Route Preparation for Periodicals Nonautomation Flats.

Carrier Route

Sacks: Required at 24 pieces; fewer pieces not permitted.

Labels: For Line 1, use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on mail; for Line 2, "PER" (or "NEWS"), "FLTS," 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 Scheme Carrier Routes

Sacks: Required; no minimum.

Labels: For Line 1, use L001, Column B; for Line 2, "PER" (or "NEWS") and "FLTS CR-RTS SCH."

5-Digit Carrier Routes

Sacks: Required; no minimum.

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

1. Basic rate for bundles of fewer than six 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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