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Quick Service Guide 707g

Special Standards

Periodicals Automation Flats

May 2007
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707a, Periodicals General Information and Eligibility

301a, Designing Flats for Automated Processing

Physical Standards (707.2.5)

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Maximum weight:

For an overview of designing flats for automated processing, see Quick Service Guide 301a.

Rates and Fees (707.1.0)

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

5-Digit, 3-digit, and basic rates are bundle-based. Outside-County rates apply; In-County rates apply to all eligible In-county copies of other than requester publications (707.11.3).

  • 5-Digit: Six or more pieces sorted to 5-digit bundles and placed into 5-digit, 3-digit, SCF, ADC (L004), and mixed ADC sacks.
  • 3-Digit: Six or more pieces sorted to 3-digit bundles and placed into 3-digit, SCF, ADC (L004), and mixed ADC sacks.
  • Basic:

· Six or more pieces sorted to ADC, origin mixed ADC, and mixed ADC bundles and placed into ADC, origin mixed ADC, and mixed ADC sacks.

· Fewer than six pieces sorted to 5-digit or 3-digit bundles.

Destination entry discounts (DSCF and DADC) have additional standards (707.28.0).

Not all presort levels may be claimed in combination with other automation or 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 (707.15.0).

Eligibility Standards (707.4.0, 707.14.0)

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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.

Mailings must be automation-compatible (301.3.0 or 707.25.0) and bear a ZIP+4 barcode, a delivery point barcode, or Intelligent Mail barcode (707.14.0), and be sorted as described below.

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

For address standards, see 707.4.0; for barcode quality standards, see 707.14.0; and for CASS/MASS, see standards in 708.3.0.

Addresses matched using CASS/MASS-certified process within 180 days before mailing.

All letter-size reply cards and envelopes (business reply, courtesy reply, and metered reply mail) provided as enclosures must meet the standards in 707.14.1.2.

Mailers can apply Repositionable Notes for an additional charge of $0.015. See 709.5.0.

Postage Payment and Documentation (707.16.0, 707.17.0)

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

Mail Preparation (707.25.0)

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Bundle preparation, labeling, and sacking, see page two.

Pink barcoded sack labels required (707.21.0). See page two for pink sack label Line 2 information.

Pieces meeting the physical standards in 707.25.3 and pieces meeting the physical standards in 301.3.0 must be prepared in separate bundles. Separate bundle minimums (707.25.1.5) must be met for each bundle type. Within each bundle, mailers may combine pieces of nonidentical weights if authorized under 705.2.0. Bundles meeting the standards in 707.25.3 and 301.3.0 may be combined in the same sack or on the same pallet.

Any mailing job that contains bundles of Presorted flats and bundles of automation flats must beco-sacked using 705.9.0.

Enter and Deposit (707.27.0)

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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 (707.25.0)
5-Digit1
Bundles: Required, pieces must be bundled if 6 or more pieces to the same
5-digit ZIP Codes; fewer pieces permitted under 707.25.1.9.
Labels: Red Label 5 or optional endorseŻment line (OEL) (708.7.0).
Rate: 5-Digit2
3-Digit1
Bundles: Required, pieces must be bundled if 6 or more pieces to same 3-digit ZIP Code prefix; fewer pieces permitted under 707.25.1.9.
Labels: Green Label 3 or OEL.
Rate: 3-Digit2
 
ADC
Bundles: Required, pieces must be bundled if 6 or more pieces to same ADC (L004); fewer pieces not permitted.
Labels: Pink Label A or OEL.
Rate: Basic
Origin Mixed ADC
Bundles: Required, no minimum for any remaining pieces for destinations in L201, Column B, of the origin ZIP Code in Column A.
Labels: Tan Label X or OEL.
Rate: Basic
Mixed ADC
Bundles: Required, any remaining pieces must be bundled
in mixed ADC bundles.
Labels: Tan Label X or OEL.
Rate: Basic

This graphic shows the bundling and sacking sequence for Periodicals Automation Flats as described in the text.

5-Digit/Scheme1
Sacks: Required at 24 pieces; fewer pieces not permitted.
Barcoded Labels: Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks use L007, Column B. For 5-digit sacks, use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on mail. Line 2: For 5-digit scheme sacks, use "NEWS" (or "PER") and "FLTS 5D SCH BC." For
5-digit sacks, use "NEWS" (or "PER") and "FLTS 5D BC."
3-Digit2
Sacks: Required at 24 pieces, fewer pieces not permitted.
Barcoded Labels: For Line 1, use L002, Column A; for Line 2, "NEWS" (or "PER") and "FLTS 3D BC."
SCF/Origin Entry SCF3
Sacks: Required at 24 pieces; fewer pieces not permitted.
Required, no minimum for SCF of origin (verification) office; optional for the SCF of an entry office other than origin office.
Barcoded Labels: For Line 1, use L002, Column C; for Line 2, "NEWS" (or "PER") and "FLTS SCF BC."
ADC
Sacks: Required at 24 pieces; fewer pieces not permitted.
Barcoded Labels: For Line 1, use L004, Column B; for Line 2, "NEWS" (or "PER") and "FLTS ADC BC."
Origin Mixed ADC
Sacks: Required, no minimum for any remaining pieces for destinations in L201, Column B, of the origin ZIP Code in Column A.
Barcoded Labels: For Line 1, use L201, Column C; for Line 2, "NEWS" (or "PER") and "FLTS WKG W FCM."
Mixed ADC
Sacks: Required,no minimum for any remaining bundles placed into mixed ADC sacks.
Barcoded Labels: For Line 1, use L009, Column B; for Line 2, "NEWS" (or "PER") and "FLTS BC WKG."
Rate is based on type of bundle regardless of sack in which it is placed.
1Optional scheme bundling available.
2Basic rate applies to bundles with fewer than 6 pieces.
3Use "PER" if issued less frequently than weekly.

 

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