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Standard Mail must be presented at the post office where the permit or license is held and the presort mailing fee is paid. Mailings must be presented at the locations and times specified by the postmaster. Plant‑verified drop shipment (PVDS) mailings must be presented for verification, acceptance, and entry under 705.15.0. Plant‑loaded mailings must be presented, verified, accepted, and entered as specified by the plant load agreement and applicable standards. Metered Standard Mail may be deposited at other than the licensing post office only as permitted under 705.17.0. Nonprofit Standard Mail must be presented only at post offices where the organization producing the mailing has an approved nonprofit authorization (703.1.0). [D600.2.1]
Pieces at different rates (e.g., 3/5 and basic) may be combined in the same mailing as provided in 345.1.0. Separate mailings may be reported on the same postage statement if the pieces in the mailings are in the same flat-size processing category, are part of the same mailing job, and are presented for verification at the same time. [D600.2.2]
Except for Customized MarketMail pieces as defined in 705.1.0, Regular, Nonprofit, Enhanced Carrier Route, and Nonprofit Enhanced Carrier Route Standard Mail pieces meeting the basic standards in 343.2.0 through 343.4.0 may qualify for the destination BMC, SCF, or DDU entry rates, as applicable, if deposited at the correct destination postal facility, subject to the general standards below and the specific standards in 3.0, Destination Bulk Mail Center (DBMC) Entry, 4.0, Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) Entry, and 5.0, Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Entry. Only one destination reduction may be claimed for each piece. An individual pallet may contain mail claimed at different destination entry rates. [E650.1.1]
b. Except as provided in 2.2e., each group of pieces prepared for deposit at different destination entry post offices must be presented as a separate mailing meeting separate minimum volume requirements and be accompanied by the appropriate Form 3602 postage statement.
c. Separate Standard Mail mailings may be copalletized under 705.8.0.
d. Pieces deposited at the same destination entry post office but claimed at different destination entry rates may be included in a single mailing and reported on the same postage statement (subject to one minimum volume requirement) if the destination entry post office is the proper facility for claiming each of the destination entry discounts.
e. When pieces from different Standard Mail mailings (Presorted, automation, and/or Enhanced Carrier Route) are presented together under the plant‑verified drop shipment (PVDS) procedures in 705.15.0, a mailer may use the total piece count from a single presort file (i.e., mailing job) for all line items to all destinations reported on a single Form 3602 and accompanied by Form 3602‑C (or a postage statement register) to meet the 200‑piece or 50‑pound minimum volume requirement for each mailing. Under this alternative, a mailer may enter fewer than 200 pieces or 50 pounds at a single destination entry post office if there is a total of at least 200 pieces or 50 pounds of Presorted rate mail, 200 pieces or 50 pounds of automation rate mail, and/or 200 pieces or 50 pounds of Enhanced Carrier Route mail for all entry points combined for the single presort file listed on Form 3602 and Form 3602‑C (or a postage statement register). [E650.1.3]
Postage payment for destination entry mailings is subject to the same standards that apply generally to Standard Mail. Postage and fees are paid to the post office that verifies the mailings. The correct mailing fee(s) must be paid for the current 12‑month period at the postal facility where postage is paid for the mailing. [E650.1.4]
Unless the mailing is paid and deposited as a metered mail drop shipment (see 705.17.0) or a plant‑verified drop shipment (see 705.15.0), mail paid with meter postage, precanceled stamps, or permit imprint must be deposited at the post office that issued the corresponding license or permit, or at the destination bulk mail center serving that post office. Under the latter alternative, only the DBMC rate is available. [E650.1.5]
No documentation for destination entry discounts is required, although the mailing must be accompanied by the appropriate postage statement. Documentation may be required by other rates or discounts claimed for the same mailing. [E650.1.6]
Destination entry rate mail must be verified under a PVDS system (705.15.0) or be presented for verification and acceptance at a BMEU located at a destination BMC, destination sectional center facility, or other designated destination postal facility. Only plant‑verified drop shipments may be deposited at a destination delivery unit not co‑located with a post office or other postal facility having a business mail entry unit. When presented to the USPS, destination entry mailings must meet the following requirements:
a. Each mailing must be separated from other mailings for verification. For PVDS, destination entry rate mailings for deposit at one destination postal facility must be separated from mailings for deposit at other facilities to allow for reconciliation with each accompanying Form 8125, 8125‑C, or 8125‑CD.
c. If Periodicals mail is on the same vehicle as Standard Mail, then the Periodicals mail should be loaded toward the tail of the vehicle so that, for each destination entry, Periodicals mail can be offloaded first.
When mailings are verified and paid for at a postal facility different from the one at which they are accepted as mail and deposited into the mailstream, the mailer must ensure that they are accompanied by a Form 8125 completed by the mailer and the verifying post office. [E650.2.3]
For a mailing to be verified at a BMC, the post office where the mailer's account or license is held must be within the service area of that BMC. The post office must authorize the BMC to act as its agent by sending Form 4410 to the BMC. [E650.2.4]
The mailer must transport the PVDS mailing from the place where it was verified to the destination postal facility (BMC, SCF, or delivery unit), appropriate to the mailing and the rate claimed. [E650.2.6]
Except as permitted for a local mailer under 2.8.13, destination entry mailings are subject to these volume standards:
a. Regardless of total volume, the pieces for which a destination rate is claimed must represent more than 50% of the mail (by weight or pieces, whichever is greater) presented by the same mailer within any 24‑hour period. For this standard, mailer is the party presenting the material to the USPS (or for whom a transportation company has presented the material to the USPS).
b. The same mailer may not in a 24‑hour period present for verification and acceptance more than four destination rate mailings at the same destination postal facility (or at another acting as its agent). The mailer may ask for a waiver of this limit when scheduling the deposit of the mailings. There is no maximum for plant‑verified drop shipments. [E650.2.7]
a. Except for a local mailer under 2.8.13 and mailings of perishable commodities, appointments for deposit of destination entry rate mail at BMCs, ASFs, and SCFs must be scheduled through the appropriate appointment control center at least one business day in advance. Same‑day appointments may be granted by a control center only through a telephone request. All appointments for BMC loads must be scheduled by the appropriate BMC control center. Appointments for SCFs and ASFs must be scheduled through the appropriate district control center. Appointments may be made up to 30 calendar days before a desired appointment date. The mailer must adhere to the scheduled mail deposit time and location. The mailer must cancel any appointment by notifying the appropriate control center at least 24 hours in advance of a scheduled appointment.
b. Electronic appointments may be made by a mailer or agent using a USPS‑issued computer logon ID. Electronic appointments or cancelations must be made at least 12 hours before the desired time and date. All information required by the USPS appointment system regarding a mailing must be provided.
c. For deposit of DDU mailings, an appointment must be made by contacting the DDU at least 24 hours in advance. If the appointment must be canceled, the mailer must notify the DDU at least one business day in advance of a scheduled appointment. Recurring appointments are allowed if shipment frequency is once a week or more often.
d. When Periodicals are transported together with Standard Mail or Package Services as a mixed load (707.28.0, Destination Entry Rate Eligibility), an appointment must be obtained for deposit at a destination entry facility. [E650.3.3]
Except under 2.8.13, a mailer must schedule deposit of destination rate mailings at least 24 hours in advance by contacting the proper district or BMC control center or destination delivery unit. Appointments at delivery units must be made by calling the delivery unit at least 24 hours in advance. Appointments for ASFs, SCFs, or for any multistop loads must be made through the USPS district control center. Appointments for BMC loads must be scheduled by the proper BMC control center. When making an appointment, or as soon as available, the mailer must provide the control center or DDU with the following information:
b. Description of what is being mailed, product name, number of mailings, volume of mail, how prepared and whether containerized (e.g., pallets). For DDU entries, the mailer also must provide the 5‑digit ZIP Code(s) of the mail being deposited.
The mailer must follow the scheduled deposit time or cancel the appointment by notifying the designated control center. Destination facilities may refuse acceptance or deposit of unscheduled mailings or shipments that arrive more than 2 hours after the scheduled appointment at ASFs, BMCs, or SCFs or more than 20 minutes at delivery units. [E650.3.5]
A mailer may be directed to transport destination entry rate mailings to a facility other than the designated DDU, SCF, or BMC due to facility restrictions, building expansions, peak season mail volumes, or emergency constraints. [E650.3.6]
For service reasons, a mailer may ask to transport destination SCF rate mail to a facility other than the designated SCF. This exception may be approved only by the district control center serving the destination facility. To qualify for the SCF rate in this situation, mail deposited at a facility other than the SCF must destinate for processing within that facility and must not require backhauling to the SCF. [E650.3.7]
Recurring refers to a drop shipment that is delivered to a destination office with a frequency of at least once a week on the same time and day(s). Mailings must be of a comparable product in terms of mail class, size, volume, and containerization (pallets, pallet boxes, etc.). A request to establish recurring appointments must be written on company letterhead to the postal facility manager/postmaster. The drop shipment appointment control office/postmaster will respond to all requests within 10 days. Recurring appointments may be made for a period not to exceed 6 months. Thereafter, a new application must be submitted to ensure that up‑to‑date mailer information is on file. Written request for an additional 6 months may be made within 60 days prior to the expiration of a current arrangement. Failure to adhere to scheduled appointments or other abuse of the procedures will result in revocation of recurring appointment privileges. Requests for recurring appointments must include the following:
a. Properly prepared containerized loads (e.g., pallets) are unloaded by the USPS at BMCs, ASFs, and SCFs. The USPS does not unload or permit the mailer (or mailer's agent) to unload palletized loads that are unstable or severely leaning or that have otherwise not maintained their integrity in transit.
b. At BMCs, ASFs, and SCFs, the driver must unload bedloaded shipments within 8 hours of arrival. Combination containerized and bedloaded mailings are classified as bedloaded shipments for unload times. The USPS may assist in unloading.
c. At delivery units, the driver must unload all mail within 1 hour of arrival. If pallets (including pallet boxes on pallets) are stacked, the driver is required to unload, unstack, and unstrap them. If a mailer transports palletized mail to a DDU facility that cannot handle pallets, then the driver must unload the pallets into a container specified by the delivery unit.
The restrictions in 2.7.7, Volume Standards, and 2.8.4, Advance Scheduling, do not apply when a mailer deposits mailings for verification and acceptance at the local post office serving the facility where the mail was prepared, if the mailings are not verified under a plant load authorization or plant‑verified drop shipment postage payment authorization. Under this exception, the mailer may claim the destination entry rates for mailings or portions of mailings deposited at the local post office that meet the standards in 3.0, Destination Bulk Mail Center (DBMC) Entry, 4.0, Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) Entry, and 5.0, Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Entry. [E650.4.0]
For this standard, destination bulk mail center (DBMC) includes all bulk mail centers (BMCs) and auxiliary service facilities (ASFs) as shown in Exhibit 3.1. [E650.5.1]
Pieces in a mailing that meet the standards in 2.0 and 3.0 are eligible for the DBMC rate when they meet all of the following conditions: 1) are deposited at a BMC or ASF; 2) are addressed for delivery to one of the 3‑digit ZIP Codes served by the BMC or ASF where deposited that are listed in Exhibit 3.1; and 3) are placed in a tray, sack, or pallet (subject to the standards for the rate claimed) that is labeled to the BMC or ASF where deposited, or labeled to a postal facility within the service area of that BMC or ASF (see Exhibit 3.1). If bundles of flats on pallets are reallocated from an ASF pallet to a BMC pallet under 705.8.13, mail for the ASF ZIP Codes placed on the BMC pallet is not eligible for the DBMC rates. DBMC rate mail also must be eligible for Presorted, automation, or Enhanced Carrier Route rates, subject to the corresponding standards for those rates. [E650.5.2]
All pieces in an ADC sack or tray are eligible for the DBMC discount if the ADC facility ZIP Code (as shown on Line 1 of the corresponding container label) is within the service area of the BMC or ASF at which the sack or tray is deposited as shown in Exhibit 3.1. All pieces in a palletized ADC bundle are eligible for the DBMC discount if the ADC facility that is the destination of the bundle (determined by using the "Label To" ZIP Code in Column B of L004) is within the service area of the BMC or ASF at which it is deposited as shown in Exhibit 3.1. [E650.5.3]
a. All pieces in the bundle, sack, or tray must destinate within the ASF or BMC service area shown in Exhibit 3.1.
d. Otherwise applicable restrictions (e.g., minimum volume, number of less‑than‑full trays) are excepted when necessary to meet the standards in 3.4. [E650.5.4]
Mailings may be deposited at the DBMC only if that facility is authorized (by Form 4410) to act as acceptance agent for the entry post office (i.e., where the meter license, precanceled stamp permit, or permit imprint authorization is held). Form 4410 is not required for plant‑verified drop shipments. [E650.5.7]
Pieces meeting the standards in 2.0, Destination Entry, and 4.0, Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) Entry, are eligible for DSCF rates when deposited at an SCF (or USPS-designated facility); are addressed for delivery within that facility's service area, including when 3‑digit scheme combination in L008; and are placed in or on other than an ADC or mixed ADC sack, or BMC sack or pallet (as permitted by the standards for the rate claimed). Pieces prepared in 5‑digit bundles and placed in or on a merged 5‑digit scheme, merged 5‑digit, or 5‑digit scheme sack or pallet, that is deposited at the destination delivery unit as defined in 5.1 are eligible for the DSCF rate. [E650.6.2]
For this standard, destination delivery unit (DDU) refers to the facility designated by the USPS district drop shipment coordinator (for automation rate Standard Mail) or the facility (post office, branch, station, etc.) where the carrier cases mail for delivery to the addresses on pieces in the mailing (for other Standard Mail). [E650.7.1]
Pieces in a mailing that meet the standards in 2.0 and 5.0 are eligible for the DDU rate when deposited at a DDU, addressed for delivery within that facility's service area (carrier routes), and placed in properly prepared and labeled carrier route bundles sorted to carrier route sacks, 5‑digit carrier routes sacks, 5‑digit scheme carrier routes sacks under 345 or 705.10.0, merged 5‑digit sacks, merged 5‑digit scheme sacks under 705.10.0, or palletized under 705.8.0 or 705.10.0, 705.12.0, or 705.13.0 and otherwise eligible for and claimed at a carrier route rate. Pieces for which the DDU discount is claimed must also be eligible for and claimed at either the carrier route or a walk‑sequence rate. No other rates or discounts are available. A mailing that contains copies claimed at the DDU rates may include pieces claimed at other destination entry discounts and pieces for which no destination discount is claimed, subject to the standard for separation in 2.7.2. [E650.7.2]