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Quick Service Guide 240g

Commercial Flats

Standard Mail Carrier Route Flats

December 8, 2014
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Related QSG

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703, Standard Mail Nonprofit Eligibility

Physical Standards (201)

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Maximum weight: less than 16 ounces.

For an overview of the physical standards for commercial flats, see Quick Service Guide 201c.

Prices and Fees (243.1.0)

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For a complete list of commercial Standard Mail prices, see Notice 123–Price List.

Destination discounts apply to mail prepared as prescribed by USPS and addressed for delivery within service area of destination NDC/ASF, SCF, or delivery unit (246.2.0).

Annual presort mailing fee applies.

Content (243.2.0)

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Flats containing mailable items not required to be sent using First-Class Mail can be sent using Standard Mail. Standard Mail is typically used for advertisements, flyers, and catalogs. Additional content restrictions must be met for authorized nonprofit mailers (703.1.0).

Eligibility Standards (243.6.0)

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Mailings of 200 or more addressed pieces (or 50 pounds of addressed pieces), sorted and marked as described below. Pieces must be part of a group of 10 or more to one carrier route, prepared in line-of-travel or walk-sequence order, as required. All pieces must meet the physical standards for enhanced carrier route flats in 201. Pieces are eligible if not required to be mailed at First-Class Mail prices or not eligible for Periodicals prices. Nonprofit prices require specific authorization (703.1.0).

Each piece must include a complete delivery address with correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code, as appropriate, except as allowed for saturation flats with simplified address under 602.3.0.

Carrier route information must be updated using CASS-certified process within 90 days before mailing date.

Detached address label may be used with merchandise samples or saturation pieces, for an additional charge.

Mailers can apply Repositionable Notes for an additional charge. See 202.7.0.

Addresses on all pieces must be updated within 95 days before mailing through a USPS-approved address update method. For an overview of the Move Update standards, see Quick Service Guide 602a.

Postage Payment and Documentation (244)

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Precanceled stamp (604.3.0), meter (604.4.0), or permit imprint (604.5.0).

Additional standards apply to mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces.

Documentation:

Regular: PS Form 3602-R or approved facsimile.
Nonprofit: PS Form 3602-N or approved facsimile.

Mail Preparation (245)

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Marking on each piece in the postage area (202.3.0):

  • Regular: “Presorted Standard” or “PRSRT STD,” “Standard” or “STD.”
  • Nonprofit: “Nonprofit Organization” or “NONPROFIT ORG.” or “NONPROFIT.”
  • Basic, high-density, and saturation price pieces must also be marked “ECRLOT,” “ECRWSH,” or “ECRWSS,” respectively, in the correct optional endorsement line under 708.7.0 or in correct carrier route information line under 708.8.0 or in the postage area. Pieces in a mailing consisting of bundles claimed at more than one Enhanced Carrier Route price must bear appropriate marking for price claimed. Pieces not claimed at corresponding price must not be included in the mailing and must not bear the “ECRLOT,” “ECRWSH,” or “ECRWSS” marking. For additional marking standards for carrier route pieces, see 708.8.0.

Basic mail must be in line-of-travel (LOT) or in walk sequence (245.9.0).

High-density (WSH) and saturation (WSS) mail must be in walk sequence (245.9.0).

Palletization is preferred (see Quick Service Guide 705d).

Use standard sack label (245.4.0).

Enter and Deposit (246)

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Mailing entered at an acceptance point designated by USPS.

Preparation

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Bundling and Sacking Sequence (245.6.0)

Bundle Preparation

Saturation1

Bundles: 10 or more addressed pieces to same carrier route (city route, rural route, highway contract route, Post Office box section, or general delivery unit) must be prepared in bundles; fewer than 10 pieces allowed only if route has fewer than 10 delivery stops. Mail must be presented in walk-sequence (243.6.3.1) and meet density standards.

Labels: Use optional endorsement line (OEL) with carrier route description prefix and route number (708.7.0).3

Price: Saturation

High Density2

Bundles: 10 or more addressed pieces to same carrier route (city route, rural route, highway contract route, Post Office box section, or general delivery unit) must be prepared in bundles. Mail must be presented in walk-sequence (243.6.3.1) and meet density standards.

Labels: Use OEL with carrier route description prefix and route number (708.7.0).3

Price: High Density

Basic

Bundles: 10 or more addressed pieces to same carrier route (city route, rural route, highway contract route, Post Office box section, or general delivery unit) must be prepared in bundles. Mail must be presented in line-of-travel or walk-sequence (243.6.3.1).

Labels: Use OEL with carrier route description prefix and route number (708.7.0).3

Price: Basic

This graphic shows the bundle Preparation for Standard Mail Enhanced Carrier Route Flats as described in the text.

Sack Preparation

Carrier Route

Sacks: Required 125 pieces or 15 pounds.

Labels: For Line 1, use city, state and 5-digit ZIP Code of destination. For Line 2, use “STD FLTS”, and “ECRWSS,” “ECRWSH,” or “ECRLOT,” as applicable, followed by route type and number.4

5-Digit Scheme Carrier Routes

Sacks: Required, no minimum.

Labels: For Line 1, use L001, Column B. For Line 2, use “STD FLTS CR-RTS SCH.”

5-Digit Carrier Routes

Sacks: Required, no minimum.

Labels: For Line 1, use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code of destination. For Line 2, use “STD FLTS CR-RTS.”

This graphics shows the sack preparation for Standard Mail Enhanced Carrier Route Flats as described in the text.


1

Minimum 90% total active residential or 75% total active deliveries per route (100% if simplified address (243.6.7)).

2

Minimum 125 pieces per route unless route has fewer than 125 deliveries.

3

No facing slip or OEL required if the bundle is placed in a carrier route sack. Bundles in 5-digit/scheme carrier routes sacks must have a facing slip unless the pieces in the bundle show a carrier route information line or an OEL (245.9.3).

4

Use “ECRWSS” for saturation, “ECRWSH” for high density, and “ECRLOT” for basic.

 

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