Quick Service Guide 440b
Standard Mail Irregular Parcels
Physical Standards (401)
Maximum weight: less than 16 ounces.
For an overview of the physical standards for discount parcels, see Quick Service Guide 401.
Rates and Fees (443.1.0)
Unless prepared in a carrier route or 5-digit/scheme container irregular parcels are subject to a $0.05 surcharge if they do not bear a correct readable POSTNET (708.4.0) or UCC/EAN Code 128 barcode (708.5.0). For barcode placement, see 402.4.0.
Destination discounts apply to mail prepared as prescribed by USPS and addressed for delivery within service area of destination BMC/ASF, SCF (5-digit, 3-digit, and ADC), or delivery unit (5-digit only) (446).
Annual $175.00 presort mailing fee.
Pieces are eligible if not required to be mailed at First-Class Mail rates or not authorized for Periodicals rates. Nonprofit rates require specific authorization (703.1.0).
Eligibility Standards (443.3.0)
Mailings of 200 or more addressed pieces (or 50 pounds of addressed pieces), sorted and marked as described below. Machinable parcels (401.1.5) and nonmachinable parcels (401.1.6) may be combined in the same mailing only in 5-digit containers.
Each piece must include a complete delivery address with correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code.
A certified process must be used at least once a year to ensure accuracy of 5-digit ZIP Codes.
Add $0.015 for detached address labels (DAL) used with merchandise samples.
Mail prepared using an extra service must bear a return address and an ancillary service endorsement that results in the return of the mailpiece if undeliverable (443.4.5).
Postage Payment and Documentation (444)
Additional standards apply to mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces.
Mail Preparation (445)
Marking on each piece in the postage area (402.2.0):
For use of detached address labels with merchandise samples more than 5 inches wide (high) or 1/4 inch thick, or nonuniform in thickness, see 602.4.0.
See page two for preparation and labeling.
Enter and Deposit (446)
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.