Entry Discounts in a Single Mailing – Standard Mail
REVISED March 2010
This Customer Support Ruling discusses
how a single mailing can be eligible to receive multiple entry discounts.
Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) 246.2.2* states in part, that
Standard Mail pieces deposited at the same postal facility, 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
Under the above referenced standard,
a single mailing (entered locally where the mailer holds a permit or as a plant-verified
drop shipment (PVDS)), may contain pieces eligible for a variety of destination
entry rates. For example, because each of the eight postal facilities that
are designated as auxiliary service facilities (ASFs) are also designated as sectional
center facilities (SCFs), a mailing entered at one of these locations may contain
pieces eligible for the destination network distribution center (DNDC) discount
and pieces eligible for the destination SCF (DSCF) discount based on the delivery
addresses and the ZIP Codes that fall within the SCF and ASF service areas as prescribed
in DMM L005 and L602.
An Enhanced Carrier Route rate mailing
deposited at one of the ASFs could also contain pieces eligible for the destination
delivery unit (DDU) discount if the carriers are located in that same facility.
Mailings containing pieces eligible for an entry discount may also contain pieces
that are ineligible for any entry discount (i.e., pieces that are addressed to ZIP
Codes outside of the service areas of the entry DDU, SCF, ASF/NDC) as designated
by the Postal Service.
In addition to the eight co-located
ASFs and SCFs, the Springfield MA NDC and SCF are located in the same building.
Therefore, mailers may include pieces for NDC Springfield MA and for SCF Springfield
MA in the same Standard Mail mailing and claim the DSCF and DNDC rates for those
pieces, as applicable, under the provisions of DMM 246.2.2. A single minimum
volume requirement would apply to such mailings.
*See also DMM 346.2 and 446.2.
United States Postal Service
Washington DC 20260-3436