E220 describes the eligibility standards for mailing Presorted rate mailings (5-digit, 3-digit, and basic rates). It also describes combining multiple publications or editions.
The standards for Presorted rates are in addition to the basic standards for Periodicals in M210, the standards for other rates or discounts claimed, and the applicable preparation standards in M045, M200, and M900. Not all combinations of presort level, automation, and destination entry discounts are permitted.
A correctly prepared bundle is the equivalent of a sack when palletized under M045, M920, M930, or M940. Individual pieces qualify for the presort level rate appropriate for the palletized bundles in which they are placed, regardless of the destination of the pallet. Eligibility for destination entry or other zoned rates depends on the point of entry.
All pieces in a Periodicals Presorted rate mailing must bear a delivery address that includes the correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code and that meets these address quality standards:
a. The ZIP Code accuracy standard in A030.2.0.
b. If an alternative addressing format is used, the additional standards in A020.
Any POSTNET barcode on a mailpiece in a Presorted Periodicals mailing must be correct for the delivery address and meet the standards in C840 and A950.
A complete, signed postage statement, using the correct USPS form or an approved facsimile, must accompany each mailing, supported by standardized documentation meeting the basic standards in P012. Documentation of postage is not required if each piece in the mailing is of identical weight and the pieces are separated when presented for acceptance by rate, by zone (including separation by In-County and Outside-County rates), and by entry discount (e.g., DDU and DSCF).
[9-2-04] Subject to M045, M210, or M900, 5-digit rates apply to:
a. Letter-size pieces in 5-digit bundles of six or more pieces each, placed in 5-digit trays.
b. Nonletter-size pieces in 5-digit scheme (L007) bundles and 5-digit bundles of six or more addressed pieces each, placed in applicable merged 5-digit scheme (L001) sacks, merged 5-digit sacks, 5-digit scheme (L001) sacks, or 5-digit sacks, or palletized under M045, M920, M930, or M940.
[9-2-04] Subject to M045, M210, or M900, 3-digit rates apply to:
a. Letter-size pieces in 5-digit and 3-digit bundles of six or more pieces each, placed in 3-digit trays.
b. Nonletter-size pieces in 5-digit scheme (L007) bundles, 5-digit bundles, and 3-digit bundles of six or more addressed pieces each, placed in 3-digit sacks; or 3-digit bundles of six or more addressed pieces each, placed onto 3-digit or lower pallets under M045, M920, M930, or M940.
Basic rates apply to pieces prepared under M045, M210, or M900 that are not eligible for and claimed at 5-digit or 3-digit rates.
DMM Issue 58 Updated 12-9-04