Quick Service Guide 401a
January 27, 2013
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.
Commercial parcels (except for Standard Mail parcels) mailed at a presorted or destination entry price must include a unique Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb) or extra services barcode, including a postal routing code. On January 7, 2013, an Intelligent Mail package barcode will be required for all commercial mailpieces that include a tracking or extra services barcode and on all parcels (except Standard Mail parcels) claiming presort or destination entry pricing.
Package Services barcodes may be combined with USPS Tracking/Delivery Confirmation or Signature Confirmation and insurance barcode.
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 (601.4.0)
Cushioning absorbs shock and vibration of handling. Combinations of cushioning materials are most effective. Cushion items separately.
Closure and Sealing (601.3.0)
Standard Mail parcels: Unless prepared in a carrier route or 5-digit/scheme containers, Standard Mail parcels are subject to a surcharge if:
Machinable parcels do not bear a GS1-128 routing barcode or Intelligent Mail package barcode, (IMpb).