REVISED March 2010
This Customer Support Ruling determines
when mailers may enter Standard Mail (STD) parcels at Destination Delivery Units
(DDUs) and claim the 3/5 Presorted rate and the Destination Network Distribution
Center (DNDC) discount.
The mailings may contain less than
the minimum volume required for the STD Mail 5-digit sort (e.g., 10 pounds to a
5-digit Scheme/5-digit). It also includes the option to combine STD Mail machinable
and irregular parcels in the same container with Package Services parcels when presented
at a DDU.
Pieces in a mailing are eligible
for the DNDC rate when they, 1) are deposited at a NDC or ASF, 2) are addressed
for delivery to one of the 3-digit ZIP Codes serviced by the NDC or ASF, and, 3)
are containerized based on the standards for the rate claimed. Allowing both
the 3/5 rate and the DNDC discount for containers with less than 10 pounds of STD
Mail recognizes that the mailing would meet the minimum volume requirement of 200
addressed pieces or 50 pounds of addressed pieces for the DNDC separation, that
it has bypassed several processing points in postal operations and, as a result,
has reduced costs.
Mailers wishing to deposit STD Mail
parcels that have less than the minimum required for the STD Mail 5-digit sort (e.g.,
10 pounds to a 5-digit Scheme/5-digit) at DDUs and/or combine STD Mail parcels and
Package Services parcels for entry at DDUs must meet the following requirements:
- Mailers may combine STD Mail machinable
and irregular parcels on pallets with Package Services parcels when tendered under
an approved manifesting system for permit imprint mail under Domestic Mail Manual
(DMM) 705.2. All conditions of the authorization must be met in order
for the authorization to remain in effect.
- The manifest agreement must include
procedures for combined mailings approved by Business Mail Acceptance and the combined
mailings must be supported by a Form 8125-C that indicates the number and weight
of pieces for each class of mail, as well as the total volume and weight of the
parcels included in the shipment.
- STD Mail machinable parcels must meet
the dimensions for a machinable parcel in DMM 401.1.5.
- STD Mail irregular parcels must meet
the dimension for an irregular parcel in DMM 401.1.6.
- The STD Mail parcels prepared separately
in sacks (not combined with Package Services parcels) may also be deposited at DDUs.
All sacks must meet the required minimums of 125 pieces or 15 pounds for irregular
parcels, or 10 pounds for machinable parcels or combined machinable and irregular
parcels. Such parcels may be claimed at the 3/5 Presorted rates and may claim
the Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) entry discount.
- Pallets entered at DDUs containing
STD Mail parcels and Parcel Select parcels must be balanced to ensure that pallet
integrity is maintained and that small or lightweight parcels are not damaged by
- Pallets may be entered at facilities
capable of handling pallets.
Under current Domestic Mail Manual
(DMM) standards, the DSCF rate for STD parcels is allowed if the minimum volume
for a 5-digit STD Mail container (e.g., 10 pounds to the 5-digit/5-digit Scheme)
is met. If a mailer combines STD parcels with Parcel Select parcels in containers
and can document on the manifest supporting the mailing that there are 10 or more
pounds of STD parcels for a 5-digit/scheme destination, that mail would be eligible
for the DSCF discount. At this time, the Postal Service will not allow the
DSCF rate for mail that does not meet current DMM eligibility standards.
It will be necessary for the mailer
to substantiate to the Postal Service, upon request, that these conditions are met.
United States Postal Service
Washington DC 20260-3436