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Quick Service Guide 440b

Discount Parcels

Standard Mail Irregular Parcels

July 2007
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Related QSG

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703, Standard Mail Nonprofit Eligibility

Physical Standards (401)

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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)

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For pieces weighing 3.3 ounces (0.2063 pound) or less:
Mixed ADC
For pieces weighing more than 3.3 ounces (0.2063 pound):
Per piece rates:
Mixed ADC
PLUS per pound rates:

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.

Content (443.2.0)

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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)

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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)

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


  • Postage statement:
  • Regular: Form 3602-R or approved facsimile.
  • Nonprofit: Form 3602-N or approved facsimile.
  • 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.

Additional standards apply to mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces.

Mail Preparation (445)

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Marking on each piece in the postage area (402.2.0):

  • Regular: "Presorted Standard" or "PRSRT STD."
  • Nonprofit: "Nonprofit Organization" or "NONPROFIT ORG." or "NONPROFIT."

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)

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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 (445.5.4)1

This graphic shows the sacking sequence for Standard Mail Machinable Parcels as described in the text.

Sacks: Optional but required for 5-digit rate. 10 pound minimum, smaller volume not permitted.2
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 "STD IRREG 5D SCH," for 5-digit sacks, use STD IRREG 5D."
Rate: Irregular 5-Digit
Sacks: Required at 10 pounds, smaller volume not permitted.
Optional: One less-than-full sack may be prepared for any remaining bundles for each origin 3-digit ZIP Code.
Labels: Line 1, use L002, Column A. Line 2, Use STD IRREG 3D."
Rate: Irregular 3-Digit or ADC3
Sacks: Required at 10 pounds, smaller volume not permitted.
Labels: Line 1, use L603, Column B. Use L004 for parcels that weigh at least two ounces and are not rolls or tubes. For Line 2, use "STD IRREG ADC."
Rate: Irregular ADC
Mixed ADC
Sacks: Required, no minimum for all remaining mail.
Labels: For Line 1, use L604, Column B. Use L009 for parcels that weigh at least two ounces and are not tubes or rolls. For Line 2, use "STD IRREG WKG."
Rate: Irregular Mixed ADC
Bundling not permitted except for bundles of carrier route irregular parcels under 445.6.0.
Rate is based on sack level.
1For 5-digit schemes, use "STD IRREG 5D SCH," for 5-digit sacks, use STD IRREG 5D."
2No minimum for 5-digit/scheme sacks entered at a DDU.
3ADC rate for optional 3-digit origin/entry sack.


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