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292 International Priority Airmail (IPA) Service

292.1 Description

292.11 General

International Priority Airmail (IPA) service, including IPA M-bags, is a commercial service designed for volume mailings of all First-Class Mail International postcards, letters, and large envelopes (flats), and for volume mailings of First-Class Package International Service packages (small packets). The sender must prepare mailpieces in accordance with the requirements of this subchapter and with the shape-based requirements of the applicable service — see 240 for First-Class Mail International items, and see 250 for First-Class Package International Service items. IPA shipments are typically flown to the foreign destinations (exceptions apply to Canada and Mexico) and are then entered into that country’s air or surface priority mail system for delivery. Separate prices are provided for International Service Center (ISC) drop shipments, presorted mail, and nonpresort mail. Volume incentives are available through customized agreements.

292.12 Mail Sealed Against Inspection

With the exception of M-bags (see 261.23), IPA mailpieces are sealed against inspection.

292.13 IPA M-bags
292.131 IPA M-bags — General

IPA M-bags (direct sacks of printed matter to one addressee) may be entered in conjunction with an IPA mailing, are subject to the provisions of 260, and may be sent to all destination countries that are referenced in Exhibit 292.45a. When using this method of mail preparation, the sender must complete PS Tag 115, International Priority Airmail, and PS Tag 158, Mbag Addressee Tag. Tags must be securely attached to the neck of the sack.

292.132 IPA M-bags — Customs Forms

IPA M-bags always require a fully completed PS Form 2976, which is to be affixed to PS Tag 158. Mailers must electronically transmit customs declaration information as required under 123.32 by using USPS-produced Global Shipping Software (GSS) or other USPS-approved software listed at https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=internationalvendors. To request information about either of these software solutions, send an e-mail to globalbusiness-sales@usps.gov.

292.2 Eligibility

292.21 Qualifying Mailpieces

To qualify for IPA service, a mailpiece must meet the First-Class Mail International characteristics as defined in 141.5 (except for weight — see 292.24) or the First-Class Package International Service characteristics as defined in 141.6 (except for weight — see 292.24). Mailpieces do not have to be of the same size and weight to qualify. Any item sent with IPA service must conform to the size limits for First-Class Mail International postcards, letters, or large envelopes (flats) as described in 240, or for First-Class Package International Service packages (small packets) as described in 250.

292.22 Availability

IPA service is available only to the foreign countries that are listed in Exhibit 292.45a, which shows the foreign office of exchange code and the price group assigned to each country. For additional information for Canada, see Exhibit 292.45b.

292.23 Minimum Quantity Requirements
292.231 Minimum Quantity

All mailings must meet a minimum weight quantity of 50 pounds. To achieve the 50-pound minimum, mailings may include a combination of presort mail, worldwide nonpresort mail, or M-bags.

292.232 Presort Eligibility — Full Service

Only a direct country container with a minimum of 2 pounds qualifies for the presort price. All remaining mail must be prepared and paid at the worldwide nonpresort price.

292.233 Presort Eligibility — ISC Drop Shipment

Eligibility for the presort price is as follows:

  1. Direct country price. For price groups 119, a minimum of 2 pounds for each direct country container.
  2. Mixed country price. For price groups 914, a minimum of 5 pounds for each price group; for price groups 1015, a minimum of 5 pounds for each price group prepared under 292.482a, or a minimum of 5 pounds for each sack prepared under 292.482b.

All remaining mail must be prepared and paid at the worldwide nonpresort price.

292.24 Maximum Weight Limits

The maximum weight for an IPA container is 66 pounds. The maximum weight for an individual IPA item is as follows:

  1. Letter-size item: 3.5 ounces.
  2. Flat-size item: 17.6 ounces.
  3. Package-size item: 4.4 pounds.
292.25 Dutiable Items

Dutiable items may be sent in accordance with the applicable rules in this subchapter for each respective category of mail. Priority Mail International items, either ordinary or insured, may not be mailed with IPA service.

292.26 Customs Forms Requirements

For items requiring PS Form 2976, mailers must electronically transmit customs declaration information as required under 123.32 by using USPS-produced Global Shipping Software (GSS) or other USPS-approved software listed at https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=internationalvendors. To request information about either of these software solutions, send an e-mail to globalbusiness-sales@usps.gov.

292.27 Extra Services

Extra services are not available for items sent with IPA service.

292.3 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

292.31 Prices

IPA service has two price options: a presort price with 19 price groups, and a worldwide nonpresort price. Both options offer full-service prices for mail deposited at offices other than the drop shipment offices listed in 292.532, and drop shipment prices for mail deposited at one of the drop shipment offices. The per-piece price and per-pound price are shown in Notice 123, Price List. The per-piece price applies to each piece regardless of its weight. The per-pound price applies to the net weight (gross weight minus tare weight of container) of the mail for the specific price group. Fractions of a pound are rounded to the next whole pound for postage calculation.

292.32 Computation of Postage

Postage is computed on PS Form 3700, Postage Statement International Mail.

292.321 Computing Worldwide Nonpresort Prices

Compute postage at the worldwide nonpresort price as follows:

  1. Multiply the number of pieces in the mailing by the applicable per-piece price.
  2. Multiply the net weight (in whole pounds) of the entire mailing by the applicable per-pound price.
  3. Add together the two totals in steps 1 and 2.
292.322 Computing Presort Prices

Compute postage at the presorted price as follows:

  1. Multiply the number of pieces in the mailing destined for countries in a specific price group by the appropriate per-piece price.
  2. Multiply the net weight (in whole pounds) of those pieces by the corresponding per-pound price.
  3. Add together the two totals in steps 1 and 2.
292.33 Postage Payment Methods
292.331 General

Postage must be paid by postage meter, permit imprint, or precanceled stamps (see DMM 604).

292.332 Postage Meter

Payments made by postage meter are subject to the following standards:

  1. Piece Price. The applicable per-piece postage shown in Notice 123, Price List, must be affixed to each mailpiece when paying with a meter. A mailer who has an ICM agreement must affix the applicable per-piece postage as set forth in the ICM agreement.
  2. Pound Price. Postage for the pound price portion must be paid either by meter stamp(s) attached to the postage statement or from the mailer’s authorized permit imprint advance deposit account.
  3. Postage Endorsement. Each piece must be legibly endorsed with the words “INTERNATIONAL PRIORITY AIRMAIL.”
  4. Specifications for Endorsement. The endorsement required in 292.332c must appear on the address side of each piece and must be applied by a printing press, hand stamp, or other similar printing device. It must appear either above the name of the addressee and to the left or below the postage, or adjacent to the meter stamp in either the postal inscription slug area or ad plate area. If the postal endorsement appears in the ad plate area, no other information may appear in the ad plate. The endorsement may not be typewritten or hand-drawn. The endorsement is not considered adequate if it is included as part of a decorative design or advertisement.
  5. Unmarked Pieces. Unmarked pieces lacking the postage endorsement are subject to the applicable First-Class Mail International or First-Class Package International Service single-piece price.
  6. Drop Shipment of Meter Mail. A mailer who wants to enter meter IPA mail at a Post Office facility other than where the meter is licensed must obtain a drop shipment authorization. To obtain an authorization, the mailer must submit a written request to the postmaster at the office where the mail will be entered (see DMM 705).
292.333 Precanceled Stamps

Payments made by precanceled stamps are subject to the following standards:

  1. Piece Price. The same denomination of stamp must be affixed to every piece in the mailing.
  2. Pound Price. Additional postage is paid at the time of mailing by advance deposit account or meter stamp affixed to the back of the accompanying postage statement.
  3. Postage Endorsement. Each piece must be legibly endorsed with the words “INTERNATIONAL PRIORITY AIRMAIL.”
  4. Specifications for Endorsement. The endorsement required in 292.333c must appear on the address side of each piece and must be applied by a printing press, hand stamp, or other similar printing device. It must appear either above the name of the addressee and to the left or below the postage, or adjacent to the precanceled stamp. The endorsement may not be typewritten or hand-drawn. The is not considered adequate if it is included as part of a decorative design or advertisement.
  5. Unmarked Pieces. Unmarked pieces lacking the postage endorsement are subject to the applicable First-Class Mail International or First-Class Package International Service single-piece price.
292.334 Permit Imprint

Mailers may use a permit imprint for mailings that contain identical-weight pieces. Any of the permit imprint formats shown in Exhibit 152.64 is acceptable but must include the “INTL PRIORITY AIRMAIL” rate marking. Postage is calculated as described in 292.32 and is deducted from the mailer’s advance deposit account. Permit imprints must not denote bulk mail, nonprofit, or other domestic or special mail. Mailers may use permit imprint with nonidentical-weight pieces only if authorized to use postage mailing systems under DMM 705.

292.4 Mail Preparation

292.41 Addressing and Return Address

IPA mailpieces are subject to the addressing requirements contained in 122, including the requirement of a U.S.-origin return address as defined in 122.2.

  1. Exception Canada: IPA items destined for Canada must have the applicable alphanumeric postcode included in the delivery address. See 122.1j for the address formatting requirements that generally apply to mailpieces sent to Canada.
  2. Exception Direct Country Containers: IPA letter-size and flat-size pieces not requiring a customs form prepared in direct country containers (see 292.46 and 292.48) are not subject to the interline addressing requirement that is specified in 122.1d. At the sender’s risk, the English translation of the destination post office or city name may be omitted from an address that is printed in Russian, Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Cyrillic, Japanese, or Chinese characters. An English translation of the country name (for example, Japan) is still required on the individual mailpieces.
292.42 Marking
292.421 Letter-Size and Flat-Size Mailpieces

The sender should mark “PAR AVION” or “AIR MAIL” on the address side of each piece. Alternatively, the user may use a bordered airmail envelope that contains an “AIR MAIL” endorsement.

292.422 Packages (Small Packets)

Items that might be mistaken for another class of mail because of their size, weight, or appearance should be marked “LETTER-POST” on the address side.

292.43 Sealing and Packaging
292.431 Mixed Country and Worldwide Nonpresort Price

All IPA mailpieces entered at the mixed country and worldwide nonpresort price must meet the sealing and packaging methods for First-Class Mail International service under IMM 244.3 and 244.4, and for First-Class Package International Service under IMM 254.3 and 254.4.

292.432 Direct Country Price

Mailers must meet the following sealing and packaging standards for IPA mail entered at the direct country price:

  1. Letters. Letter-size mailpieces entered at the direct country price must meet one of the following requirements:
    1. The sealing and packaging methods for First-Class Mail International service under IMM 244.3 and 244.4.
    2. The physical standards of a machinable letter under DMM 201.3.
  2. Flats. Flat-size mailpieces entered at the direct country price must meet the sealing and packaging methods for First-Class Mail International service under IMM 244.3 and 244.4.
  3. Small Packets. Package-size mailpieces (small packets) entered at the direct country price must meet the sealing and packaging methods for First-Class Package International Service under IMM 254.3 and 254.4.
292.44 Physical Characteristics and Requirements for All Bundles

The following standards apply:

  1. Thickness. Bundles of letter-size mail should be no thicker than approximately a handful of mail (4 to 6 inches thick). Bundles of flat-size mail may be thicker than 6 inches but must not weigh more than 11 pounds.
  2. Securing Bundles. Each bundle must be securely tied to withstand normal transit. Placing rubber bands around the length and then the girth is the preferred method of securing bundles of letter-size mail. Plastic strapping placed around the length and then the girth is the preferred method of securing bundles of flat-size mail.
  3. Separation of Bundles. Letter-size and flat-size mail must be bundled separately.
  4. Facing of Pieces. All pieces in bundles must be faced in the same direction.

Note: Parcel-size pieces do not require bundling.

292.45 IPA Foreign Office of Exchange Codes and Price Groups

See Exhibit 292.45a for the IPA foreign office of exchange code and price group assigned to each country. For additional information for Canada, see Exhibit 292.45b.

Exhibit 292.45a

IPA Foreign Office of Exchange Codes and Price Groups

 

Country Labeling Name

Foreign Office of Exchange Code

Price Group

Afghanistan

KBL

19

Albania

TIA

16

Algeria

ALG

19

Andorra, via Spain

MAD

15

Angola

LAD

19

Anguilla

AXA

17

Antigua and Barbuda

ANU

17

Argentina

BUE

10

Armenia

EVN

19

Aruba

AUA

17

Ascension, via Great Britain

LAL

16

Australia 1

SYD

09

Austria

VIE

12

Azerbaijan

BAK

19

Bahamas

NAS

17

Bahrain

BAH

19

Bangladesh

DAC

19

Barbados

BGI

17

Belarus

MSQ

16

Belgium

BRU

12

Belize

BZE

17

Benin

COO

19

Bermuda

SGE

17

Bhutan, via Great Britain

LAL

19

Bolivia

LPB

17

Bosnia-Herzegovina

SJJ

16

Botswana

GBE

19

Brazil

CWB

10

British Virgin Islands

RAD

17

Brunei Darussalam

BWN

18

Bulgaria

SOF

16

Burkina Faso

OUA

19

Burma (Myanmar)

RGN

19

Burundi

BJM

19

Cambodia

PNH

18

Cameroon

DLA

19

Canada

See Canadian Labeling Information in Exhibit 292.45b

1

Cape Verde

RAI

19

Cayman Islands

GCM

17

Central African Republic

BGF

19

Chad

NDJ

19

Chile

SCL

17

China

BJS

14

Colombia

BOG

17

Comoros Islands, via France

CDG

19

Congo, Dem. Rep. of the

FIH

19

Congo, Rep. of the

BZV

19

Cook Islands

RAR

9

Costa Rica

SJO

17

Cote d’Ivoire

ABJ

19

Croatia

ZAG

16

Curacao (includes Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius)

CUR

17

Cyprus

LCA

19

Czech Republic

PRG

16

Denmark

CPH

12

Djibouti

JIB

19

Dominica

DOM

17

Dominican Republic

SDQ

17

Ecuador

UIO

17

Egypt

CAI

19

El Salvador

SAL

17

Equatorial Guinea

SSG

19

Eritrea

ASM

19

Estonia

TLL

16

Ethiopia

ADD

19

Falkland Islands, via Great Britain

LAL

17

Faroe Islands, via Denmark

CPH

16

Fiji

NAN

18

Finland

HEL

12

France 2

CDG

05

French Guiana

CAY

17

French Polynesia

FAA

18

Gabon

LBV

19

Gambia

BJL

19

Georgia, Republic of

TBS

19

Germany

FRA

4

Ghana

ACC

19

Gibraltar

GIB

15

Great Britain (includes England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark, and The Isle of Man)

LAL

3

Greece

ATH

13

Greenland, via Denmark

CPH

15

Grenada

GND

17

Guadeloupe

PTP

17

Guatemala

GUA

17

Guinea

CKY

19

Guinea-Bissau

OXB

19

Guyana

GEO

17

Haiti

PAP

17

Honduras

TGU

17

Hong Kong

HKG

11

Hungary

BUD

16

Iceland

REK

15

India

DEL

14

Indonesia

JKT

18

Iraq

BGW

19

Ireland

DUB

13

Israel

TLV

13

Italy

MIL

7

Jamaica

KIN

17

Japan

NRT

6

Jordan

AMM

19

Kazakhstan

ALA

19

Kenya

NBO

19

Kiribati

TRW

18

Korea, Republic of (South)

SEL

11

Kosovo, Republic of

PRN

16

Kuwait

KWI

19

Kyrgyzstan

FRU

16

Laos

VTE

18

Latvia

RIX

16

Lebanon

BEY

19

Lesotho

MSU

19

Liberia

MLW

19

Libya

TIP

19

Liechtenstein, via Switzerland

ZRH

15

Lithuania

VNO

16

Luxembourg

LUX

15

Macao

MFM

16

Macedonia

FRA

16

Madagascar

TNR

19

Malawi

LBE

19

Malaysia

KUL

18

Maldives

MLE

19

Mali

BKO

19

Malta

MAR

19

Martinique

FDF

17

Mauritania

NKC

19

Mauritius

PLU

19

Mexico

MEX

2

Moldova

KIV

19

Monaco

MON

12

Mongolia

ULN

18

Montenegro

TGD

17

Montserrat

MNI

17

Morocco

CAS

19

Mozambique

MPM

19

Namibia

WDH

19

Nauru

INU

18

Nepal

KTM

18

Netherlands

AMS

12

New Caledonia

NOU

18

New Zealand 3

AKL

09

Nicaragua

MGA

17

Niger

NIM

19

Nigeria

LOS

19

Norway

OSL

12

Oman

MCT

19

Pakistan

ISB

19

Panama

PTY

17

Papua New Guinea

BOR

18

Paraguay

ASU

17

Peru

LIM

17

Philippines

MNL

14

Pitcairn Island, via New Zealand

AKL

18

Poland

WAW

12

Portugal (includes Azores and Madeira Islands)

LIS

13

Qatar

DOH

19

Reunion

RUN

19

Romania

BUH

16

Russia

MOW

16

Rwanda

KGL

19

Saint Christopher and Nevis

SKB

17

Saint Helena, via Great Britain

LAL

19

Saint Lucia

SLU

17

Saint Pierre and Miquelon, via Canada

See Canadian Labeling Information in Exhibit 292.45b

17

Saint Vincent and The Grenadines

KTN

17

San Marino, via Italy

MIL

12

Sao Tome and Principe, via Portugal

LIS

16

Saudi Arabia

DMM

19

Senegal

DKR

19

Serbia, Republic of

BEG

16

Seychelles

SEZ

19

Sierra Leone

FNA

19

Singapore

SIN

11

Sint Maarten

SXM

17

Slovak Republic (Slovakia)

BTS

16

Slovenia

LJU

13

Solomon Islands

HIR

18

South Africa

JNB

14

Spain (includes Canary Islands)

MAD

8

Sri Lanka

CMB

19

Suriname

PBM

17

Swaziland

MTS

19

Sweden

STO

12

Switzerland

ZRH

12

Taiwan

TPE

14

Tajikistan

DYU

19

Tanzania

DAR

19

Thailand

BKK

14

Timor-Leste, Democratic Republic of

DIL

18

Togo

LFW

19

Tonga

TBU

18

Trinidad and Tobago

POS

17

Tristan da Cunha, via South Africa

JNB

19

Tunisia

TUN

19

Turkey

IST

16

Turkmenistan

ASB

16

Turks and Caicos Islands

GDT

17

Tuvalu, via Fiji

NAN

18

Uganda

KLA

19

Ukraine

IEV

19

United Arab Emirates

DXB

19

Uruguay

MVD

17

Uzbekistan

TAS

19

Vanuatu

VLI

18

Vatican City

VAT

15

Venezuela

CCS

17

Vietnam

SGN

18

Wallis and Futuna Islands, via New Caledonia

NOU

18

Western Samoa

APW

18

Yemen

SAH

19

Zambia

LUN

19

Zimbabwe

HRE

19

1 At the mailer’s option, a finer sortation for IPA items addressed to Australia may be used. If this option is chosen, items addressed with postal codes beginning with 0, 1, 2, 4, and 9 and uncoded mail should be sorted and prepared in direct country containers tagged to Sydney. Both the three-letter exchange office code (“SYD”) and the country name (“Australia”) should be entered in the “To” block of PS Tag 115, International Priority Airmail. Items addressed with postal codes beginning with 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 should be sorted and prepared in direct country containers tagged to Melbourne. Both the three-letter exchange office code (“MEL”) and the country name (“Australia”) should be entered in the “To” block of PS Tag 115.

2 For all destinations to France other than Monaco. For Monaco, see the entry for Monaco in this exhibit.

3 For all destinations to New Zealand other than Cook Islands. For Cook Islands, see the entry for Cook Islands in this exhibit.

Exhibit 292.45b

Canadian Mail Container Labeling Information (Full-service Only)

 

ZIP Code of Entry Post Office*

Canadian Destination

U.S.
Exchange
Office Code

U.S.
Exchange
Office (or ISC)

Foreign Office of Exchange Code

005, 010–089, 100–212, 214–268, 270–297, 400–418, 420–427, 470–471, 476–477

MONTREAL QC FWD

003

JFK

YMQ

006–009, 298–339, 341–342, 344, 346–347, 349–352, 354–399, 723

MONTREAL QC FWD

33112

MIA

YMQ

430–469, 472–475, 478–516, 520–528, 530–532, 534–535, 537–551, 553–567, 570–577, 580–588, 600–620, 622–631, 633–641, 644–658, 660–662, 664–681, 683–693, 700–701, 703–708, 710–714, 716–722, 724–731, 733–741, 743–816, 822–831, 840–847, 870–875, 877–885, 893, 897–898

TORONTO ON FWD

60290

ORD

For IPA letter-size and flat-size: TOR.

For IPA packages-size:
YTO.

590–599, 820–821, 832–838, 894–895, 937–961, 970–986, 988–999

VANCOUVER BC FWD

94013

SFO

YVR

850–853, 855–857, 859–860, 863–865, 889–891, 900–908, 910–928, 930–936

VANCOUVER BC FWD

90899

LAX

YVR

967–969

VANCOUVER BC FWD

96820

HNL

YVR

* The “ZIP Code of Entry Post Office” column is relevant only for a mailing claimed at the full-service price (i.e., not drop shipped at an ISC) to determine its Canadian destination and U.S. exchange office code container information.

292.46 Presort Mailings: Direct Country — Price Groups 1 through 14
292.461 General

Price groups 1 through 14 may be prepared in direct country containers (full-service price and ISC drop shipment price). Each direct country container must contain at least 2 pounds of mail. The mailer must separately containerize items bearing customs forms from items not bearing customs forms and must prepare letter-size, flat-size, and package-size items in separate containers as defined in 292.462a and 292.462b. Smaller quantities qualify only for a mixed country price (price groups 9 through 14 only) under 292.47, or for the worldwide nonpresort price under 292.49. The maximum container weight is 66 pounds.

292.462 Preparation

The mailer must prepare direct country containers of presorted IPA mail (full-service price and ISC drop shipment price) as follows:

  1. Letter-Size and Flat-Size Mail. For each direct country container of letter-size or flat-size mail, the mailer must do the following:
    1. Mail Preparation. Prepare letter-size items in letter trays, either 1foot or 2-foot, depending on volume. Prepare flat-size items in flat trays/tubs. Do not prepare the content of trays in bundles. Face all letter-size items and flat-size items in the same direction. Ensure that all trays are full enough to keep the mail from mixing during transportation. Cover (i.e., sleeve or lid) all letter-size and flat-size trays and secure them with strapping.
    2. Container Tags. Complete the front side of PS Tag 115, International Priority Airmail, which identifies the mail to ensure it receives priority handling. Check the appropriate box to indicate if the container contains items with or without customs forms, identify the destination country, and enter the date of mailing, the 10-digit permit number, the foreign office of exchange code as listed in Exhibit 292.45a or Exhibit 292.45b, and the price group as listed in Exhibit 292.45a. To the front side of the tag, apply a barcode that indicates the mailer’s permit number, the product code, the service type code, the container type code, the mail contents shape type code, the foreign office of exchange code, and the serial number of the container. (To request technical specifications for the barcode, send an e-mail to globalbusiness-sales@usps.gov.) Finally, tape PS Tag 115 to the tray cover.
  2. Packages. For each direct country container of package-size items, the mailer must do the following:
    1. Mail Preparation. Prepare package-size items by placing them loose in sacks.
    2. Container Tags. Complete the front side of PS Tag 115, International Priority Airmail, which identifies the mail to ensure it receives priority handling. Check the appropriate box to indicate if the container contains items with or without customs forms, identify the destination country, and enter the date of mailing, the 10-digit permit number, the foreign office of exchange code as listed in Exhibit 292.45a or Exhibit 292.45b, and the price group as listed in Exhibit 292.45a. To the front side of the tag, apply a barcode that indicates the mailer’s permit number, the product code, the service type code, the container type code, the shape type code, the foreign office of exchange code, and the serial number of the container. (To request technical specifications for the barcode, send an e-mail to globalbusiness-sales@usps.gov). Finally, attach PS Tag 115 to the neck of the sack.
    3. Direct Country Container Label. A mailer who claims the ISC drop shipment price and enters the mail at an authorized drop shipment location under 292.532 is not required to prepare container labels. A mailer who claims the full-service price must complete 2-inch container labels (and insert them into the applicable container label holder) as follows (see Exhibit 292.462 for the list of U.S. Exchange Offices):
    4. Line 1: Appropriate U.S. Exchange Office and Routing Code
      Line 2: Contents DRX COUNTRY
      Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location

    Example:

    ISC NEW YORK NY 003
    ipa — DRX country
    ABC STORE ALBANY NY

Exhibit 292.462 

Labeling of IPA Mail to Postal Service Exchange Offices (Full–service only)

 

IPA Acceptance Office
3-Digit ZIP Code Prefix

U.S. Exchange Office and Routing Code for Line 1

005, 010–089, 100–212, 214–268, 270–297, 400–418, 420–427, 470–477

ISC NEW YORK NY 003

006–009, 298–339, 341–342, 344, 346–347, 349–352, 354–399

ISC MIAMI FL 33112

424, 430–469, 478–516, 520–528, 530–532, 534–535, 537–551, 553–567, 570–577, 580–588, 600–620, 622–631, 633–641, 644–658, 660–662, 664–681, 683–693, 700–701, 703–708, 710–714, 716–731, 733–741, 743–799, 885

ISC CHICAGO IL 60290

590–599, 800–816, 820–838, 840–847, 893–895, 897–898, 937–961, 970–986, 988–999

ISC SAN FRANCISCO CA 94013

850–853, 855–857, 859–860, 863–865, 870–875, 877–884, 889–891, 900–908, 910–928, 930–936

ISC LOS ANGELES CA 900

967–969

P&DC HONOLULU HI 967

292.47 Presort Mailings: Mixed Country — Price Groups 9 through 14
292.471 General

The mailer may prepare price groups 9 through 14 in mixed country containers (ISC drop shipment price) only after all possible direct country containers have been prepared. Each mixed country price group must contain at least 5 pounds of mail that is destined within the same price group. The mailer must separately containerize items bearing customs forms from items not bearing customs forms and must prepare letter-size, flat-size, and package-size items in separate containers as defined in 292.472a and 292.472b. Smaller quantities qualify only for the worldwide nonpresort price under 292.49. The maximum container weight is 66 pounds.

292.472 Preparation

The mailer must prepare mixed country containers of presorted IPA mail (ISC drop shipment price) as follows:

  1. Letter-Size and Flat-Size Mail. For each mixed country container of letter-size or flat-size mail, the mailer must do the following:
    1. Mail Preparation. Prepare letter-size items in letter trays, either 1foot or 2-foot, depending on volume. Prepare flat-size items in flat trays/tubs. Bundle letter-size and flat-size pieces as defined in 292.44, and bundle each country separately. Face all letter-size items and flat-size items in the same direction and apply a label (facing slip) to the top item as defined in 292.473. Cover (i.e., sleeve or lid) all letter-size trays and flat-size trays/tubs and secure them with strapping.
    2. Container Tags. Complete the front side of PS Tag 115, International Priority Airmail, which identifies the mail to ensure it receives priority handling. Identify the date of mailing, the 10-digit permit number, and the price group as listed in Exhibit 292.45a followed by the word “Mixed” (e.g., “14Mixed”). Finally, tape PS Tag 115 to the tray cover.
  2. Packages. For each mixed country container of package-size items, the mailer must do the following:
    1. Mail Preparation. Prepare package-size items by placing them loose in sacks.
    2. Container Tags. Complete the front side of PS Tag 115, International Priority Airmail, which identifies the mail to ensure it receives priority handling. Identify the date of mailing, the 10-digit permit number, and the price group as listed in Exhibit 292.45a followed by the word “Mixed” (e.g., “14Mixed”). Finally, attach PS Tag 115 to the neck of the sack.
292.473 Direct Country Bundle Label for Mixed Country Containers

Only letter-size and flat-size direct country bundles prepared for mixed country containers require a label (facing slip). The mailer must complete the label and place it on the address side of the top item of each bundle in such a manner that it will not become separated from the bundle. The pressure-sensitive labels and optional endorsement lines used domestically for presort mail are prohibited for IPA service. Bundle labels must contain the following information:

Line 1: Foreign Office of Exchange Code. (See Exhibit 292.45a or Exhibit 292.45b.)

Line 2: Country Labeling Name. (See Exhibit 292.45a.)

Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location (City and State).

Example:

VIE
AUSTRIA
ABC COMPANY WASHINGTON DC

292.48 Presort Mailings — Price Groups 15 through 19
292.481 General

Mailers must prepare price groups 15 through 19 in direct country containers (full-service price and ISC drop shipment price) or mixed country containers (ISC drop shipment price). Each direct country container must contain at least 2 pounds of mail. Each mixed country price group must contain a minimum of 5 pounds when prepared under 292.47, or a minimum of 5 pounds for each sack when sorted under 293.483. Smaller quantities qualify only for the worldwide nonpresort price under 292.49. The mailer must separately containerize items bearing customs forms from items not bearing customs forms. The maximum container weight is 66 pounds.

292.482 Preparation

The mailer has two options to prepare direct country or mixed country containers of presorted IPA mail, as follows:

  1. Prepare mail as described in 292.46 and 292.47, including using letter-size trays for letter-size items, flat-size trays/tubs for flat-size items, and sacks for package-size items.
  2. Prepare mail in sacks for all processing categories as defined in 292.483 and 292.484.
292.483 Direct Country and Mixed Country — Optional Sack Preparation

The mailer may optionally prepare direct country sacks or mixed country sacks of presorted IPA mail when sacks are used for all processing categories as follows:

  1. Full-Service and ISC Drop Shipment Direct country sacks.
    1. Preparation. Mail (letter-size, flat-size, and package-size) that is addressed to an individual country and that contains 2 pounds or more must be sorted into direct country sacks. Mail that cannot be made up into direct country sacks must be prepared and entered as mixed country sacks or as worldwide nonpresort sacks. The mailer must bundle letter-size and flat-size items as defined in 292.44. The mailer must bundle letter-size items and flat-size items separately, although nonidentical items may be commingled within each of these categories. Face all letter-size items and flat-size items in the same direction and apply a label (facing slip) to the top item as defined in 292.472. Place package-size items loose in the sack provided that items bearing customs forms are separated from items not bearing customs forms.
    2. Container Tags. The mailer must complete the front side of PS Tag 115, International Priority Airmail, which identifies the mail to ensure it receives priority handling. The mailer must check the appropriate box to indicate if the sack contains items with or without customs forms, identify the destination country, and enter the date of mailing, the 10-digit permit number, the foreign office of exchange code as listed in Exhibit 292.45a and Exhibit 292.45b, and the price group as listed in Exhibit 292.45a. The mailer must apply a barcode to the front side of the tag that indicates the mailer’s permit number, the product code, the service type code, the container type, the shape type, the foreign office of exchange code, and the serial number of the sack. (To request technical specifications for the barcode, send an e–mail to globalbusiness-sales@usps.gov). Finally, the mailer must attach PS Tag 115 to the neck of the sack.
    3. Direct Country Container Label. A mailer who claims the ISC drop shipment price and enters the mail at an authorized drop shipment location under 292.532 is not required to prepare container labels. A mailer who claims the full-service price must complete 2-inch container labels (and insert them into the applicable container label holder) as follows (see Exhibit 292.483 for the list of U.S. Exchange Offices):

    Line 1: Appropriate U.S. Exchange Office and Routing Code
    Line 2: Contents DRX COUNTRY
    Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location

    Example:

    ISC NEW YORK NY 003
    ipa — DRX country
    ABC STORE ALBANY NY

Exhibit 292.483 

Labeling of IPA Mail to Postal Service Exchange Offices
(Full-service only)

 

IPA Acceptance Office
3-Digit ZIP Code Prefix

U.S. Exchange Office and Routing Code for Line 1

005, 010–089, 100–212, 214–268, 270–297, 400–418, 420–427, 470–477

ISC NEW YORK NY 003

006–009, 298–339, 341–342, 344, 346–347, 349–352, 354–399

ISC MIAMI FL 33112

424, 430–469, 478–516, 520–528, 530–532, 534–535, 537–551, 553–567, 570–577, 580–588, 600–620, 622–631, 633–641, 644–658, 660–662, 664–681, 683–693, 700–701, 703–708, 710–714, 716–731, 733–741, 743–799, 885

ISC CHICAGO IL 60290

590–599, 800–816, 820–838, 840–847, 893–895, 897–898, 937–961, 970–986, 988–999

ISC SAN FRANCISCO CA 94013

850–853, 855–857, 859–860, 863–865, 870–875, 877–884, 889–891, 900–908, 910–928, 930–936

ISC LOS ANGELES CA 900

967–969

P&DC HONOLULU HI 967

  1. ISC Drop Shipment Mixed country sacks.
    1. Preparation. Mixed country sacks can be prepared only after all possible direct country sacks have been prepared. The mailer must prepare mixed country sacks for items that contain 5 pounds or more and that are destined within the same price group. Mail that ultimately cannot be made up into direct country sacks or mixed country sacks must be prepared and entered at the worldwide nonpresort price. The mailer must bundle letter-size and flat-size items as defined in 292.44. The mailer must bundle letter-size and flat-size items separately, although nonidentical items may be commingled within each of these categories. Face all letter-size items and flat-size items in the same direction and apply a label (facing slip) to the top item as defined in 292.484. Place package-size items that cannot be bundled because of their physical characteristics loose in the sack provided that items bearing customs forms are separated from items not bearing customs forms.
    2. Container Tags. The mailer must complete the front side of PS Tag 115, International Priority Airmail, which identifies the mail to ensure it receives priority handling. On the front of the tag, the mailer must identify the date of mailing, the 10-digit permit number, and the price group as listed in Exhibit 292.45a followed by the word “Mixed” (e.g., “15Mixed”). Finally, the mailer must attach PS Tag 115 to the neck of the sack.
292.484 Presorted Mail — Direct Country Bundle Label

Only letter-size and flat-size direct country bundles prepared for mixed country sacks require a label (facing slip). The mailer must complete the label and place it on the address side of the top item of each bundle in such a manner that it will not become separated from the bundle. The pressure-sensitive labels and optional endorsement lines used domestically for presort mail are prohibited for IPA service. Bundle labels must contain the following information:

Line 1: Foreign Office of Exchange Code. (See Exhibit 292.45a and Exhibit 292.45b.)

Line 2: Country Labeling Name. (See Exhibit 292.45a.)

Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location (City and State).

Example:

VIE
AUSTRIA
ABC COMPANY WASHINGTON DC

292.49 Worldwide Nonpresort Preparation

The following standards apply when the mailer prepares worldwide nonpresort IPA mail (full-service price and ISC drop shipment price):

  1. General. A mailer claiming any mail at the direct country or mixed country price cannot enclose the mail in worldwide nonpresort sacks. The mailer must bundle letter-size and flat-size mail. All types of mail, including letter-size bundles, flat-size bundles, and loose items, can be commingled in the same sack. Labels (facing slips) are not required on any bundles. Containers other than sacks are not authorized unless other equipment is specified by the acceptance office for example, the mailer may present nonpresorted letter-size mail in trays if authorized by the acceptance office. The maximum weight of any container is 66 pounds.
  2. Worldwide Nonpresort Container Label. A mailer who claims the ISC drop shipment price and enters the mail at an authorized drop shipment location under 292.532 is not required to prepare container labels. A mailer who claims the full-service price must complete 2-inch container labels (and insert them into the applicable container label holder) as follows (see Exhibit 292.483 for the list of U.S. Exchange Offices):

Line 1: Appropriate U.S. Exchange Office and Routing Code
Line 2: Contents WKG
Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location

Example:

ISC MIAMI FL 33112
IPA — WKG
ABC COMPANY MIAMI FL

292.5 Mail Entry and Deposit

292.51 Separation by Price Group

The mailer must physically separate the containers by price group at the time of mailing as indicated on the container tag.

292.52 Full Service

Mailings must be deposited at a Post Office facility where bulk mail is accepted and where the mailer holds an advance deposit account or postage meter license.

292.53 Drop Shipment
292.531 General

To qualify for the drop shipment price, mailers must present the mail to one of the locations in 292.532. The mailer must pay postage at the drop shipment location either through an advance deposit account or postage meter license at the serving Post Office facility. As an alternative, mailers who are participating in the plant-verified drop shipment (PVDS) program may have the mail verified, accepted, and paid for at the mailer’s plant or at the origin Post Office facility serving the mailer’s plant if authorized under DMM 705. PVDS mail must be transported by the mailer to the drop shipment location, and the mail must be accompanied by PS Form 8125, Plant-Verified Drop Shipment (PVDS) Verification and Clearance.

292.532 Drop Shipment Locations

Drop shipments are available through the offices noted in Exhibit 292.532.

Note: California, Illinois, and New York locations accept both “cleared” mail (mail that has been previously presented and paid for at a BMEU) and “uncleared” mail (mail that has not been previously presented and paid for at a BMEU). For Florida locations, refer to footnotes 1 and 2 for special requirements.

Exhibit 292.532 

IPA Drop Shipment Locations

 

State

Facility

California

LOS ANGELES ISC
US POSTAL SERVICE
5800 w century blvd
los angeles ca 90009-9998

SAN FRANCISCO ISC
US POSTAL SERVICE
660 W FIELD RD
SAN FRANCISCO CA 94128-3161

Florida

MIAMI ISC 1
US POSTAL SERVICE
11698 NW 25TH ST
MIAMI FL 33112-9997

MIAMI PROCESSING AND DISTRIBUTION CTR 2
US POSTAL SERVICE
2200 NW 72ND AVE
MIAMI FL 33152-9997

Illinois

JT WEEKER ISC
US POSTAL SERVICE
11600 W IRVING PARK RD
CHICAGO IL 60666-9998

New York

JOHN F KENNEDY AIRPORT MAIL CTR
US POSTAL SERVICE
JOHN F KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT BLDG 250
JAMAICA NY 11430-9998

 

 


This facility accepts cleared and uncleared IPA mail.For drop shipment locations of ISAL mail, refer to 293.532.