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Quick Service Guide 707c

Special Standards

Periodicals In-County Rates/Preferred Rates

July 2007
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Eligibility Standards (707.11.3)

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In-County rates apply to subscriber copies of any issue of a Periodicals publication when the copies are entered within the county in which the post office of original entry is located for delivery to addresses within that county and outside county copies that are part of a carrier route with addresses destined inside the county, under either of these two conditions:

  • The total paid circulation of the issue is less than 10,000 copies.
  • The number of paid copies of the issue distributed within the county of publication is more than 50 percent of the total paid circulation.

The simplified and exceptional address formats are prohibited on Periodicals publications intended to count as subscriber or requester copies to meet the applicable circulation standards (602.3.1.2).

Preferred Rates (707.11.3)

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Preferred rates include:

  • In-County
  • Nonprofit
  • Classroom
  • Science-of-Agriculture

Nonsubscriber Copies (707.11.3)

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For a calendar year, the total number of nonsubscriber copies mailed at In-County rates may not exceed 10 percent of the number of subscriber copies mailed at In-County rates.

For publications authorized for Preferred rates and for publications authorized for both Regular and In-County rates and/or Science-of-Agriculture rates, once the total number of nonsubscriber copies mailed for the calendar year (regardless of rate) exceeds 10 percent of the total number of copies mailed to subscribers during the calendar year, further mailings of nonsubscriber copies are not eligible for any preferred rate, including In-County rates.

A mailing is not eligible for any Preferred Periodicals rate if it consists entirely of nonsubscribers over the 10 percent limit of the total number of copies mailed to subscribers during the calendar year.

Spreadsheet

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To help publishers maintain compliance with the Periodicals nonsubscriber copies 10 percent requirement, the reverse side of this page contains a manual spreadsheet that can be used to track a publication's mailing of subscriber and nonsubscriber copies. An electronic version of the spreadsheet is available through Postal Explorer at pe.usps.com. To access this tool, click on "Postal Links" in the upper left frame of the Postal Explorer Home Page and then select "Nonsubscriber Percentage Calculator." The template is available as a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet.

Issue
Date
Outside-County*
In-County*
Total
In-County
Sub. for
Calendar
Year
(a)
Total
In-County
Nonsub.
for
Calendar
Year (b)
Percent
In-County
Nonsub.
(b a x 100)
Total
Sub. for
Calendar
Year
(c)
Total
Nonsub.
for
Calendar
Year
(d)
Percent
Total
Nonsub.
(d c x 100)
Sub.
Copies
Nonsub. Copies
Sub.
Copies
Nonsub.
Copies
w/in 10%
Over 10%
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       
                       

* Figures reported on PS Forms 3541 within the same calendar year.
See reverse side of this page for information about an electronic version of this template on Postal Explorer pe.usps.com

 

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