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6-4 Soft Goods

6-4.1 General

Soft goods include textile items like clothing; sheets, blankets, pillows, and pillow cases; draperies; and cloth and fabric. Containers for these items can be badly damaged if they are inadequately closed or cannot withstand puncture, friction, or compression during normal handling.

6-4.2 Soft Goods up to 5 Pounds

6-4.2.1 Packing

A mailing of soft goods weighing up to 5 pounds should be packed in a cloth bag, a paper bag, paper wraps (with an exteriorPackaging materials. ply of at least 50-pound basis weight), a plastic bag (at least 2-mil-thick polyethylene or equivalent), or a paperboard or fiberboard box. If a box is used, it must be filled to capacity.

If a paper bag, plastic bag, or paper wraps are used, the container should be vented so it will not burst if compressed quickly.

6-4.2.2 Closing

A bag should be closed with heat sealing, adhesive, sewing, tape, or completely clinched staples. Improperly clinched staples must be removed to prevent injury to Postal Service employees or damage to other mail or mail processing equipment.

A box should be closed with staples, adhesive, heat sealing, nonmetallic banding, or tape. Paper or plastic tape should be applied along all box flaps and closure seams. Although shrinkwrap is not acceptable as the only means of packaging, it may be used on the exterior of an otherwise properly closed box. When a box weighs less than 5 pounds (or its density is less than 4 pounds per cubic foot), it should be reinforced in at least two of the longest directions.

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6-4.3 Soft Goods From 5 to 10 Pounds

6-4.3.1 Packing

A mailing of soft goods weighing from 5 to 10 pounds should be packed in a cloth bag, a paper bag, a filament-reinforced paper bag, a fiberboard box, paper wraps (with an exterior ply of at least 70-pound basis weight), or a plastic bag (at least 4-mil-thick polyethylene or equivalent).

6-4.3.2 Closing

A bag should be closed with heat sealing, adhesive, sewing, tape, or completely clinched staples. Improperly clinched staples must be removed to prevent injury to Postal Service employees or damage to other mail or mail processing equipment.Example of staples allowed.

A box should be closed with staples, adhesive, heat sealing, nonmetallic banding, or tape. Paper or plastic tape should be applied along all box flaps and closure seams. Although shrink-wrap is not acceptable as the only means of packaging,
it may be used on the exterior of an otherwise properly closed box. Reinforced tape is adequate both to close and reinforce the container.

6-4.4 Soft Goods From 10 to 20 Pounds

6-4.4.1 Packing

A mailing of soft goods weighing from 10 to 20 pounds should be packed in a paper bag, paper wraps (with an exterior ply of at least 70-pound basis weight), a reinforced paper or cloth bag, or a 175-pound test fiberboard (or stronger) box.

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6-4.4.2 Closing

The mailing container should be closed with staples, adhesive, reinforced paper tape, or equally strong plastic tape. The container should be optimally reinforced with pressure-sensitive filament tape or tight nonmetallic banding. Reinforced tape is adequate both to close and reinforce the container.

6-4.5 Soft Goods From 20 to 45 Pounds

6-4.5.1 Packing

A mailing of soft goods weighing from 20 to 45 pounds should be packed in a paper bag, paper wraps (with an exterior ply of at least 70-pound basis weight), a reinforced paper or cloth bag, or a 200-pound test fiberboard (or stronger) box.

6-4.5.2 Closing

The mailing container should be closed with staples, adhesive, reinforced paper tape, or equally strong plastic tape. The container should be reinforced with reinforced paper or plastic tape, pressure-sensitive filament tape, or tight nonmetallic banding.

6-4.6 Soft Goods From 45 to 70 Pounds

6-4.6.1 Packing

A mailing of soft goods weighing from 45 to 70 pounds should be packed in a paper bag, paper wraps (with an exterior ply of at least 70-pound basis weight), a reinforced paper or cloth bag, or a 275-pound test fiberboard (or stronger) box.

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6-4.6.2 Closing

The mailing container should be closed with staples, adhesive, reinforced paper tape, or equally strong plastic tape. The container should be reinforced with reinforced paper or plastic tape, pressure-sensitive filament tape, or tight nonmetallic banding.

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