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Quick Service Guide 450

Commercial Parcels

Parcel Select

April 17, 2011
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Physical Standards (401)

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Maximum weight:

Parcel Select: 70 pounds.

Regional Ground: 5 pounds.

Maximum length and girth:

Parcel Select: 130 inches.

Regional Ground: .35 cubic foot.

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:

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: 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 DNDC machinable price pieces must be barcoded. The barcode discount does not apply to Parcel Select Regional Ground pieces.

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 (453.3.6).

Destination Entry (453.3.0):

Annual Parcel Select destination entry (DNDC, DSCF, and DDU) fee applies.

Content (453.2.0)

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Parcel Select (including Regional Ground) 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 or Regional Ground 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:

Each piece must include a complete delivery and return address and a correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code (453.3.7).

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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Parcel Select: meter (604.4.0) or permit imprint (604.5.0).

Regional Ground: permit imprint (604.5.0).

Documentation:

Mail Preparation (455)

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Marking: (455.1.8)

Parcel Select:

Regional Ground:

Preparation and labeling: see below.

Enter and Deposit (456)

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Deposit:

Extra Services (503)

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Parcel Select 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.

Regional Ground may use Delivery Confirmation, insurance, and Signature Confirmation.

Preparation

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Parcel Select NDC Presort and ONDC Presort Preparation

NDC Presort
and
ONDC Presort (455.5.0)

ONDC Presort and NDC Presort: sorted to NDC if machinable or NDCs/ASFs if nonmachinable.

See Quick Service Guide 705c Parcel Select NDC and ONDC 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 DNDC, DSCF, and DDU Preparation

DNDC

DNDC price applies to parcels deposited at the destination NDC/ASF (453.3.1.3). Parcels claimed at the DNDC price must meet the standards in 455.4.3, including:

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.

DNDC price machinable and nonmachinable parcels may not be combined in the same container.

Price: DNDC, 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:

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. DNDC 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:

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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