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Quick Service Guide 430

Discount Parcels

First-Class Mail—Presorted Parcels

May 2007
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Physical Standards (401)

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Maximum weight: 13 ounces.

For an overview of the physical standards for discount parcels, see Quick Service Guide 401.

Rates and Fees (433.1.0)

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Weight Not Over (ounces)1
5-Digit
3-Digit
ADC
Single-Piece
(Mixed ADC)
1
$0.704
$0.837
$0.891
$1.13
2
0.874
1.007
1.061
1.30
3
1.044
1.177
1.231
1.47
4
1.214
1.347
1.401
1.64
5
1.384
1.517
1.571
1.81
6
1.554
1.687
1.741
1.98
7
1.724
1.857
1.911
2.15
8
1.894
2.027
2.081
2.32
9
2.064
2.197
2.251
2.49
10
2.234
2.367
2.421
2.66
11
2.404
2.537
2.591
2.83
12
2.574
2.707
2.761
3.00
13
2.744
2.877
2.931
3.17
1A $0.05 surcharge applies to pieces in 3-digit and ADC sacks that:
  • 1Weigh less than 2 ounces.
  • 1Do not bear a UCC/EAN 128 or POSTNET barcode.
  • 1Are irregularly shaped such as rolls, tubes, and triangles.

Annual $175.00 presort mailing fee.

Content (433.2.0)

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First-Class Mail is required for personal correspondence, handwritten or typewritten material, and bills or statements of account. It may also be used for any mailable item including advertisements and lightweight merchandise.

Eligibility Standards (433.3.0)

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Mailings of 500 or more addressed pieces, sorted and marked as described below. All pieces must meet the physicals standards for parcels (401).

Each piece must include a complete delivery address with correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code.

Addresses on all pieces must be updated within 185 days before mailing through a USPS-approved address update method (e.g., ACS, NCOALink, FASTforward, or the appropriate ancillary service endorsement under 507.1.0). For an overview of the First-Class Mail Move Update standard, see Quick Service Guide 230a.

A certified process must be used at least once a year to ensure accuracy of 5-digit ZIP Codes.

Unless prepared in 5-digit/scheme sacks or paid at single piece rates, presorted parcels are subject to a $0.05 surcharge if they:

  • Weigh less than 2 ounces.
  • Do not bear a correct UCC/EAN Code 128 (708.5.0) or POSTNET barcode (708.4.0). For barcode placement, see 402.4.0.
  • Are irregularly shaped such as rolls, tubes, and triangles.

Postage Payment and Documentation (434)

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Precanceled stamp (604.3.0), meter (604.4.0), or permit imprint (604.5.0).

Additional standards apply to mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces.

Documentation:

  • Postage statement: Form 3600-R.
  • Supporting documentation: required unless correct rate is affixed to each piece, or unless each piece is of identical weight and separated by rate when presented for acceptance; documentation generated by PAVE-certified software (or printed in standardized format).

Mail Preparation (435)

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Marking on each piece in the postage area: "Presorted (or PRSRT) First-Class." For optional locations, see 402.2.1.

See page two for preparation and labeling.

Enter and Deposit (436)

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Mailing entered at an acceptance point designated by USPS.

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.

Sacking Sequence (435.4.0)1

5-Digit/Scheme2
Sacks: Optional but required for rate. 10 or more pounds of pieces to same 5-digit/scheme; less than 10 pounds in a sack not permitted.
Labels: Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks, use L606, Column B. For 5-digit sacks, use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on mail. Line 2: For 5-digit scheme sacks, use "FCM PARCELS 5D SCH." For 5-digit sacks, use "FCM PARCELS 5D."
Rate: 5-Digit
3-Digit
Sacks: Required if 10 or more pounds of pieces to same 3-digit ZIP Code prefix; less than 10 pounds in a sack not permitted.
(Exception: After all full sacks are prepared, one less-than-full sack must be prepared for any remaining pieces for each 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of SCF serving post office where mail is verified.)
Labels: For Line 1, use L002, Column A, for destination facility.
Rate: 3-Digit/ADC3
ADC
Sacks: Required if 10 or more pounds of pieces to same ADC (see L004); less than 10 pounds in a sack not permitted.
Labels: For Line 1, use L004, Column B for destination facility.
Rate: ADC
Mixed ADC
Sacks: Required for any remaining pieces. Pieces must be placed in mixed ADC sacks; only one less-than-full sack permitted.
Labels: For Line 1, use L201. For mail originating in 3-digit ZIP Codes in Column A, use "MXD" followed by city/state/3-digit ZIP Code in Column C.
Rate: Single-Piece
1For 5-digit scheme sacks, use "FCM PARCELS 5D SCH." For 5-digit sacks, use "FCM PARCELS 5D."
2All possible 5-digit scheme sacks must be prepared, then all possible 5-digit sacks.
3Origin 3-digit sacks with less than 10 pounds will pay the ADC rate.

 

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