
Quick Service Guide 340a
Commercial Flats
Standard Mail Nonautomation Flats
January 4, 2010
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Related QSG
703, Standard Mail Nonprofit Eligibility
Physical Standards (301)
Maximum weight: less than 16 ounces.
For an overview of the physical standards for commercial flats, see Quick Service Guide 301.
Prices and Fees (343.1.0)
For a complete list of commercial Standard Mail prices, see Notice 123Price List.
Destination discounts apply to mail prepared as prescribed by USPS and addressed for delivery within service area of destination BMC/ASF or SCF (346.2.0).
Annual $185.00 presort mailing fee.
Flats containing mailable items not required to be sent using FirstClass Mail can be sent using Standard Mail. Standard Mail is typically used for advertisements, flyers, and catalogs. Additional content restrictions must be met for authorized nonprofit mailers (703.1.0).
Eligibility Standards (343.3.0)
Mailings of 200 or more addressed pieces (or 50 pounds of addressed pieces), sorted and marked as described below. All pieces must meet the physical standards for flats (301). Pieces are eligible if not required to be mailed at FirstClass Mail prices or not eligible for Periodicals prices. Nonprofit prices require specific authorization (703.1.0).
Each piece must include a complete delivery address with correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code.
A certified process (233.3.6.2) must be used within 12 months before mailing to ensure accuracy of 5digit ZIP Codes.
Rigid, nonrectangular, and pieces that are not uniformly thick must be prepared as parcels or Not FlatMachinable pieces and pay parcel or Not FlatMachinable prices (343.3.2.1).
Mailers can apply Repositionable Notes for an additional charge of $0.015. See 705.21.0.
Addresses on all pieces must be updated within 95 days before mailing through a USPSapproved address update method (e.g., ACS, NCOALink, or the appropriate ancillary service endorsement (except Forwarding Service Requested) under 507.1.5.3). For an overview of the Move Update standards, see Quick Service Guide 230a.
Postage Payment and Documentation (344)
Precanceled stamp (604.3.0), meter (604.4.0), or permit imprint (604.5.0).
Additional standards apply to mailings of nonidenticalweight pieces.
Documentation:
 Postage statement:
 Supporting documentation: required unless correct price is affixed to each piece or unless each piece is of identical weight and separated by price when presented for acceptance; documentation generated by PAVEcertified software (or printed in standardized format).
Mail Preparation (345)
Marking on each piece in the postage area (302.3.0):
 Regular: "Presorted Standard" or "PRSRT STD," "Standard" or "STD."
 Nonprofit: "Nonprofit Organization" or "NONPROFIT ORG." or "NONPROFIT."
Palletization is preferred, see Quick Service Guide 705d.
Any mailing job that contains bundles of Presorted flats and bundles of automation flats must be cosacked using 705.9.3.
Enter and Deposit (346)
Mailing entered at an acceptance point designated by USPS.
Preparation
Bundling and Sacking Sequence ( 345.5.0)

Bundles: Scheme bundles required for 5digit ZIP Codes in L007. Required with 15 pieces or more for mailings containing only pieces weighing 5 ounces or less. Required with 10 or more pieces for mailings containing any pieces weighing more than 5 ounces. Fewer pieces in a bundle not permitted.
Labels: Red Label 5 or optional endorsement line (OEL).

3Digit/Scheme^{1 }
Bundles: Scheme bundles required for 3digit ZIP Codes in L008. Required with 10 or more pieces to same 3digit/scheme; fewer than 10 pieces in a bundle not permitted. 2
Labels: Green Label 3 or OEL.

ADC
Bundles: Required with 10 or more pieces to same ADC (see L004); fewer than 10 pieces in a bundle not permitted. 2
Labels: Pink Label A or OEL.

Mixed ADC
Bundles: Any remaining pieces must be bundled in mixed ADC bundles.
Labels: Tan Label X or OEL.


Sacks: Required when there are 125 pieces or 15 pounds to the same 5digit/scheme; smaller volume not permitted.
Labels: Line 1: For 5digit scheme sacks, use L007, Column B. For 5digit sacks, use city, state, and 5digit ZIP Code on mail. Line 2: For 5digit scheme sacks, use "STD FLT 5D SCH NON BC." For 5digit sacks, use "STD FLTS 5D NON BC."
Price: 5Digit

3Digit
Sacks: Required when there are 125 pieces or 15 pounds; smaller volume not permitted.
Optional: After all full sacks are prepared, mailers may make one lessthanfull sack for any remaining bundles for each origin 3digit ZIP Code prefix of SCF serving post office where mail is verified.
Labels: For Line 1, use L002, Column A, for destination facility.

ADC
Sacks: Required when there are 125 pieces or 15 pounds; smaller volume not permitted.
Labels: For Line 1, use L004, Column B for destination facility.
Price: ADC

Mixed ADC
Sacks: Any remaining bundles placed in mixed ADC sacks.
Labels: For Line 1, use L009, Column B.
Price: Mixed ADC

Prices are based on sack level.

Pieces meeting the automationcompatibility standards in 301.3.0 must be prepared in 5digit scheme and 3digit scheme bundles. Mailers must prepare all possible 5digit scheme bundles and 5digit scheme sacks before preparing 5digit bundles and 5digit sacks. All possible 3digit scheme bundles must be prepared before preparing 3digit bundles and 3digit sacks.
Bundles may contain less than the 10 or 15 piece minimums when there are at least the minimum number of pieces to a destination and the bundle size would exceed the maximum size (345.2.10).
For 5digit scheme sacks, use "STD FLT 5D SCH NON BC," for 5digit sacks, use "STD FLTS 5D NON BC."
For nonidenticalweight pieces, see 345.5.5b.
ADC price for any 3digit sack for origin SCF not meeting 125piece or 15pound minimum.

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