Quick Service Guide 401a
April 17, 2011
Dimensions: 6 to 34 inches long, 3 to 17 inches high, and 1/4 to 17 inches thick. Parcels 1/4 inch thick must be at least 3-1/2 inches high and 6 inches long.
Machinable parcels must bear the correct readable GS1-128 routing barcode under 708.5.0, or Intelligent Mail package barcode.
Barcoded discount: Package Services (Parcel Select, Bound Printed Matter, Media Mail, and Library Mail) barcoded discount pieces must meet the standards in 708.5.0.
Standard Mail and Package Services barcodes must be prepared with the address and barcode placed squarely onto the largest surface area of the parcel except when the shape and contents require specific orientation for stability during processing. The barcode should be placed immediately adjacent to the delivery address and no closer than 1/2 inch from the edge of the parcel.
Acceptable Container (601.3.0)
Cushioning absorbs shock and vibration of handling. Combinations of cushioning materials are most effective. Cushion items separately.
Closure and Sealing (601.4.0)
First-Class Mail: Unless prepared in 5-digit/scheme containers or paid at a single-piece price, presorted parcels are subject to a surcharge if:
Standard Mail Parcels and Not Flat-Machinables: Unless prepared in a carrier route or 5-digit/scheme containers, Standard Mail parcels and Not Flat-Machinable pieces are subject to a surcharge if:
Not Flat-Machinable pieces weighing 6 ounces or more and machinable parcels do not bear a
GS1-128 routing barcode or Intelligent Mail package barcode.
Irregular parcels and Not Flat-Machinable pieces weighing less than 6 ounces and do not bear a
GS1-128 routing or POSTNET barcode.