Quick Service Guide 707f
Periodicals Barcoded Letters
Maximum weight: 3.5 ounces.
For an overview of designing letters for automated processing, see Quick Service Guide 201a.
Rates and Fees (707.1.0)
Rates include piece charges, pound rates (advertising and nonadvertising), and applicable discounts.
In-County rates include piece rates, pound rates (DDU and other), and DDU discount.
Pound Rates—Advertising pounds based on destination entry and zone. Nonadvertising pounds based on destination entry and all other zones.
Piece Rates—The presort level of pieces prepared loose (no bundles) in full trays is based on the tray level. Pieces in bundles, piece rate based on bundle level (six or more pieces).
Bundle Rates—Bundle rates do not apply to "loose" pieces in full trays. Bundle rates for bundles in less than full trays are based on the bundle and container level. For bundles and containers with both In-County and Outside-County pieces, mailers do not pay the bundle or container charges for carrier route, 5-digit carrier routes, and 5-digit/scheme bundles, pallets, and trays.
Container Rates—Based on the container type, container level, and entry. For mailings prepared in trays, mailers pay the container rate for each tray based on container level and entry
Destination entry rates (DDU, DSCF, DADC, and DBMC) have additional standards (707.29.0). The mail must be addressed for delivery within that facility's service area.
Ride-Along rate of $0.155 available for items up to 3.3 ounces (or not more than the weight of the host publication) eligible as Standard Mail (707.15.0).
Eligibility Standards (707.4.0)
For authorized publications 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 publications must have a legitimate list of subscribers, and Requestor publications must have a legitimate list of requestors or subscribers. All pieces within each mailing must be in the same processing category. Mailings eligible for barcoded letter rates must be automation-compatible (201.3.0), delivery point barcoded (708.4.0) or Intelligent Mail barcoded (708.4.0), and sorted as described below.
Each piece must also include a complete delivery address with correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code.
Addresses matched using CASS/MASS-certified process within 180 days before mailing.
All letter-size reply cards and envelopes (business reply, courtesy reply, and meter 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 709.3.0.
Advance deposit account(s) at the original and each additional entry post office, unless authorized under Centralized Postage Payment (CPP) (707.16.5).
Mail Preparation (707.24.0)
See page two for preparation and labeling.
1-foot or 2-foot trays used where appropriate (e.g., when there is enough mail to fill a 2-foot tray, a 2-foot tray must be used).
Pink barcoded tray labels required (707.21.0).
Trays sleeved and strapped (707.20.0). See 707.20.1.4 for exceptions to strapping for mailings that originate and destinate in delivery area of same SCF. Strapping not required on trays placed on 5-digit, 3-digit, and SCF pallets that are secured with stretchwrap.
Enter and Deposit (707.29.0)
Deposit only at authorized original and additional entry post office(s), unless authorized exceptional dispatch under 707.29.4.
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.