E240 describes the eligibility standards for mailing automation 5-digit, 3-digit, and basic rate mailings.
[6-12-03] All pieces in a Periodicals automation rate mailing must:
a. Meet the basic standards for Periodicals in E211 and for the category of authorization in E212.
b. Be in the same processing category and meet the physical standards in C810 (letters) or C820 (flats). (Automation rate mailings may not include firm packages.)
c. Bear a delivery address that includes the correct ZIP Code, ZIP+4 code, or numeric equivalent to the delivery point barcode (DPBC) and that meets these address quality standards:
(1) The address matching and coding standards in A800 and A950.
(2) If an alternative addressing format is used, the additional standards in A020.
d. Bear an accurate barcode meeting the standards in C840, either a DPBC (if a letter) or a ZIP+4 barcode or DPBC (if a flat), either on the piece or on an insert showing through a barcode window.
e. Be marked, sorted, and documented as specified in M045, or M810 (letters) or M820 (flats) or, for nonletter-size mail, M910, M920, M930, or M940.
f. Meet the applicable documentation and postage payment standards in P012, P013, and P200.
All letter-size reply cards and envelopes provided as enclosures in automation rate Periodicals and addressed for return to a domestic delivery address must meet the standards in C810 for enclosed reply cards and envelopes. The mailers signature on the postage statement certifies that this standard has been met when the corresponding mail is presented to the USPS.
5-digit automation rates apply to:
a. Letters in groups of 150 or more pieces to the same 5-digit or 5-digit scheme placed in a 5-digit or 5-digit scheme tray or trays prepared under M810. (Preparation to qualify for the 5-digit rate is optional and, if performed, need not be done for all 5-digit or 5-digit scheme destinations.)
b. [1-9-03] Flats in 5-digit packages and 5-digit scheme packages of six or more pieces each, prepared under M045, M820, or M900.
3-digit automation rates apply to:
a. Letters in groups of 150 or more pieces to the same 3-digit or 3-digit scheme placed in a 3-digit/scheme tray or trays under M810.
b. Flats in 3-digit packages of six or more pieces each, prepared under M045, M820, or M900.
Basic automation rates apply to:
a. Letters prepared under M810 that are not claimed at 5-digit or 3-digit rates.
b. Flats prepared under M045, M820, or M900 that are not claimed at 5-digit or 3-digit rates.
c. All pieces in any package that contains fewer than six pieces.
DMM Issue 58 (8-10-03)