Calendars – Bound Printed
Updated March 2001
This Customer Support Ruling discusses
the eligibility of calendars as Bound Printed Matter (BPM).
Postal standards provide that Bound
Printed Matter is Package Services Mail matter within specified weight limits.
Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) 463.3.1* provides that Bound Printed Matter must:
no more than 15 pounds.
of advertising, promotional, directory, or editorial material (or any combination
of such material).
securely bound by permanent fastenings such as staples, spiral binding, glue, or
stitching. Loose-leaf binders and similar fastenings are not considered permanent.
of sheets of which at least 90% are imprinted by any process other than handwriting
or typewriting with words, letters, characters, figures, or images (or any combination
have the nature of personal correspondence.
be stationery, such as pads of blank printed forms.
The regulatory history for Bound
Printed Matter shares insight into what matter may be eligible for BPM rates.
That history, specifically the testimony underlying the establishment of Bound Printed
Matter in the Domestic Mail Classification Schedule, indicates that “stationery”
including “calendar pads,” among other items, are not intended to be
eligible for BPM rates. However, that testimony did not provide any further
description of the calendars that would be considered stationery nor did it state
that all calendar-type material is considered ineligible for Bound Printed
Calendars often take different forms.
Some materials solely consist of calendar material, whether monthly pages or page-per-day
material. These can take the form of wall calendars, which generally include monthly
pages; bound pads, which generally are page-per-day calendars; or material bound
similar to books, which may be diary or page-per-day in nature. The nature of the
pages may vary in each of these formats; some may include a substantial number of
pages with text or pictures or have individual pages of text or pictures interleaved
between the calendar pages. Others may include little or no text other than the
year, month, date, and day of the week, but primarily consist of blank space in
which the user may write notes, appointments, or other material. Calendar material
containing little or no textual/editorial/picture material is ineligible for BPM
rates consistent with the regulatory history. However, other calendar-type
matter, as described above, which incorporates textual/editorial/picture matter
is deemed eligible for the BPM rates if such matter is substantial. As a rule
of thumb, calendar-type material, of which 50 percent or more of the pages contain
textual/editorial/picture matter, is deemed eligible for BPM rates.
This rule of thumb may not apply
to calendar-type matter that are part of hybrid pieces combining book and calendar
material, e.g., appointment books consisting of textual matter and calendar pages
containing blank spaces for note taking. This material differs from pure calendars
in that the calendar pages are appended to a series of pages of text and/or pictures
(as opposed to pages of text or pictures interleaved between calendar pages). With
these pieces, there is a preliminary issue whether the piece is a calendar that
should be subject to the test set out above. These pieces will not be considered
calendars if the separate text/pictorial pages consist of at least 30% of the pages
in the piece.
* See also DMM 363.3.
United States Postal Service
Washington DC 20260-3436