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Quick Service Guide 450

Commercial Parcels

Parcel Select

May, 11 2009
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Physical Standards (401)

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Maximum weight: 70 pounds.

Maximum length and girth: 130 inches.

For an overview of the physical standards for commercial parcels, see Quick Service Guide 401.

Prices and Fees (453.1.0)

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Available prices: Parcel Select Destination Entry (DBMC, DSCF, and DDU), Parcel Select OBMC and BMC Presort, and Parcel Select Barcoded Nonpresort.

Price determination: Parcel Select Destination Entry DSCF and DDU prices are based on weight only, all other prices are based on weight and zone.

Barcode discount: $0.03 per piece. Available for Parcel Select machinable parcels (401.1.5) that bear a correct barcode under 708.5.0 for the ZIP Code of the delivery address and are part of a mailing of 50 or more Parcel Select pieces. Parcel Select DBMC machinable price pieces must be barcoded.

Oversized price: pieces exceeding 108 inches but not more than 130 inches in combined length and girth are mailable at the Parcel Select oversized price for the zone to which addressed.

Balloon price: parcels that weigh less than 20 pounds but measuring more than 84 inches (but not exceeding 108 inches) in combined length and girth are charged the 20-pound price for the zone to which addressed (453.3.5).

Destination Entry (453.3.0):

  • DBMC: entered at the destination BMC/ASF for delivery within the DBMC/ASF service area and part of a mailing of 50 or more Parcel Select pieces. Nonmachinable parcels subject to a $2.21 surcharge (does not apply to pieces mailed at oversized prices or sent with special handling). Machinable parcels claiming the DBMC price must bear a barcode under 708.5.0 for the ZIP Code of the delivery address. Nonbarcoded machinable parcels are only eligible for retail Parcel Post prices.
  • DSCF: entered at the designated facility for delivery within the DSCF area, sorted by 5-digit scheme or
    5-digit ZIP Code destinations, and part of a mailing of 50 or more Parcel Select pieces. Nonmachinable parcels sorted to 3-digit ZIP Code areas subject to $0.82 surcharge (453.3.1.4a).
  • DDU: entered at the designated destination delivery unit for delivery within the DDU area and part of a mailing of 50 or more Parcel Select pieces (453.3.1.4b).

For Loyalty Rebates, see 453.3.6. For Growth Rebates, see 453.3.7.

Annual Parcel Select destination entry (DBMC, DSCF, and DDU) fee: $185.00.

Content (453.2.0)

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Parcel Select is matter not mailed at Package Services prices (Parcel Post, Bound Printed Matter, Media Mail, or Library Mail). Any Package Services matter may be mailed at Parcel Select prices, subject to the basic standards in 453.2.0.

Generally used for shipping merchandise.

Eligibility Standards (453.3.0)

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Minimum mailing: 50-piece minimum. Pieces sorted and marked as described on page two.

Each piece must include a complete delivery and return address and a correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code (453.3.8).

Mailing items with no ancillary service endorsement obligates the mailer to pay any applicable forwarding and return postage charges at the single-piece Parcel Post price (507.1.5.4).

Postage Payment and Documentation (454)

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Meter (604.4.0) or permit imprint (604.5.0).

Documentation:

  • Postage statement: PS Form 3605-R or approved facsimile.
  • Supplemental documentation: additional documentation as required by price, destination discount, preparation option, or postage payment system.

Mail Preparation (455)

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Marking: (455.1.8)

  • Destination Entry - "Parcel Select".
  • BMC Presort - "Parcel Select BMC Presort" or "Parcel Select BMC PRSRT".
  • OBMC Presort - "Parcel Select OBMC Presort" or "Parcel Select OBMC PRSRT".
  • Barcoded Nonpresorted - "Parcel Select Barcoded" or "Parcel Select BC".

Preparation and labeling: see below.

Enter and Deposit (456)

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Deposit:

  • Mail with meter or permit imprint must be presented at Post Office where license or permit held.
  • OBMC and BMC Presort, DBMC, DSCF, and DDU: at facility appropriate for price claimed. See 456.2.0 for scheduling deposit of DBMC, DSCF, and DDU mail.

Extra Services (503)

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May use COD, Delivery Confirmation, insurance, return receipt for merchandise, Signature Confirmation, and special handling. Parcel Select destination entry pieces are eligible for no-fee electronic Delivery Confirmation. Return receipt and restricted delivery are available for COD mail or mail insured for more than $200.

Preparation

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Parcel Select BMC Presort and BMC Presort Preparation
BMC Presort
and
OMBC Presort (455.5.0)
OBMC Presort and BMC Presort: sorted to BMC if machinable or BMCs/ASFs if nonmachinable.
See Quick Service Guide 705c Parcel Select BMC and OBMC Presort.

Parcel Select Barcoded Preparation
Barcoded Nonpresorted (455.6.0)
Pieces must be separated by zones when presented for acceptance unless either the correct postage is affixed to each piece or the mailing is prepared under 455.1.7, Commingled Zones, or the mailing is presented under a special postage payment system under 705.2.0, Manifest Mailing System, 705.3.0, Optional Procedure Mailing System, or 705.4.0, Alternate Mailing System.
Pallets: See 705.8.0 for pallet preparation.

Parcel Select Destination Entry DBMC, DSCF, and DDU Preparation
DBMC
DBMC price applies to parcels deposited at the destination BMC/ASF (453.3.1.3). Parcels claimed at the DBMC price must meet the standards in 455.4.3, including:
  • Must be part of a mailing of 50 or more Parcel Select pieces (at any price).
  • Must be addressed for delivery within the service area of the BMC/ASF where the mail is deposited.
  • Machinable parcels claiming the DBMC price must bear a correct barcode under 708.5.0 for the ZIP Code of the delivery address. Nonbarcoded machinable parcels are eligible for Parcel Post prices.
Preparation:
For machinable parcels on pallets, see 705.8.10.6.
For machinable parcels prepared in sacks, see 455.4.3.3.
For bedloaded parcels, see 456.2.0. Special preparation may be required for nonmachinable parcels.
DBMC price machinable and nonmachinable parcels may not be combined in the same container.
Price: DBMC, see 453.1.2.
DSCF
DSCF price applies to parcels deposited at the destination SCF listed in L005. Pieces claimed at the DSCF price must meet the standards in 455.4.2, including:
  • Must be part of a mailing of 50 or more Parcel Select pieces (at any price).
  • Must be addressed for delivery within the service area of the SCF where the mail is deposited.
Nonmachinable parcels sorted to 3-digit ZIP Code areas and claimed at a DSCF price must be entered at a designated SCF under L005 (for exceptions see 455.4.2).
Preparation: Must be sacked or placed directly on pallets or in pallet boxes. Machinable and nonmachinable parcels may be combined in the same container.
Sacks: Must be in 5-digit scheme or 5-digit sacks. Minimum seven pieces per sack, one overflow sack permitted per 5-digit scheme or 5-digit ZIP Code. After all possible 5-digit scheme or 5-digit sacks are prepared, any remaining 3-digit nonmachinable parcels are placed in 3-digit sacks, no minimum required.
Sack Labels
5-digit scheme: For Line 1, use L606, Column B. For Line 2, use "PSVC PARCELS 5D SCH."
5-digit: For Line 1, use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on mail. For Line 2, "PSVC PARCELS 5D."
3-digit nonmachinable: For Line 1, use L002, Column C. For Line 2, "PSVC 3D NON MACH."
Pallets: See 705.8.10 for pallet preparation standards. Must be on 5-digit scheme, 5-digit pallets, or 3-digit (nonmachinable) destinations. Pallet boxes cannot exceed 60 inches in height. If the 5-digit destination facility cannot handle pallets, the DSCF price is not available for mail on pallets; however, mail for those facilities can be put into sacks that are placed on pallets (see 705.8.21).
Pallet Labels: See 705.8.6.
Price: DSCF, see 453.2.0. DBMC price for overflow pallet.
DDU
DDU price applies to parcels deposited at the destination delivery unit. Parcels claimed at the DDU price must meet the standards in 455.4.1, including:
  • Must be part of a mailing of 50 or more Parcel Select pieces (at any price).
  • Must be addressed for delivery within the service area of the delivery unit where the mail is deposited.
Preparation: Must be bedloaded, sacked, or placed directly on pallets or in pallet boxes. Machinable and nonmachinable pieces may be combined.
Sacks: Must be in 5-digit scheme or
5-digit sacks. There are no piece or weight minimums.
Sack Labels
5-digit scheme: For Line 1, use L606, Column B. For Line 2, use "PSVC PARCELS 5D SCH."
5-digit: For Line 1, use city, state, and
5-digit ZIP Code on mail. For Line 2, "PSVC PARCELS 5D."
Pallets: Must be on 5-digit scheme or
5-digit pallets. There are no piece or weight minimums. Pallet boxes cannot exceed 60 inches in height. Pallets or pallet boxes may be used only if the delivery unit can handle pallets or if mailer unloads pallets into a container specified by the delivery unit.
Pallet Labels
5-digit scheme: For Line 1, use L606, Column B. For Line 2, use "PSVC PARCELS 5D SCH."
5-digit: For Line 1, use city, state, and
5-digit ZIP Code on mail. For Line 2, use "PSVC PARCELS 5D."
Price: DDU, see 453.2.0.

 

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