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Wednesday,

September 27, 2006

Part II

Postal Service
39 CFR Part 111
New Standards for Domestic Mailing
Services; Proposed Rule
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POSTAL SERVICE Overview letter-size mailpiece with


Our pricing proposal reflects changes nonmachinable characteristics would
39 CFR Part 111 pay the flat-size price. Our additional
in operations and the marketplace. Our
proposal would enhance efficiency, handling costs are included in the
New Standards for Domestic Mailing proposed 1-ounce flat-size price, so no
Services offer more choices, and ensure that all
surcharge is necessary. To qualify for
types of mail cover their costs. We
letter rates, the maximum weight for
AGENCY: Postal Service. include incentives to create mailpieces
letter-size pieces would be 3.5 ounces.
compatible with our processing systems
ACTION: Proposed rule.
and deposit flats and parcels closer to First-Class Mail Discount Letters and
where they are delivered. Flats
SUMMARY: On May 3, 2006, the Postal
Our proposed prices recognize that The additional-ounce price for
Service filed a request with the Postal
each shape of mailpiece—letter, flat, automation letters would decrease from
Rate Commission to change prices for
and parcel—has substantially different $0.237 to $0.155. We would maintain
virtually all domestic mailing services.
processing costs that need to be covered. the 150-piece minimum tray preparation
The Commission designated the filing as
Our current prices do not distinguish requirement for automation First-Class
Docket No. R2006–1. This proposed rule
between shapes as much as they could. Mail letters and cards. Sort levels would
provides the mailing standards that
For example, in First-Class Mail, our be 5-digit/scheme, 3-digit/scheme, 3-
would accompany the new prices if the
current price is 63 cents for a 2-ounce digit origin, automation area
R2006–1 price change proposal is
piece regardless of whether it is a letter, distribution center (AADC), and mixed
adopted.
flat, or parcel. AADC. We propose a simplified
DATES: We must receive your comments We also provide opportunities to preparation to allow mailers of
on or before November 13, 2006. mitigate the impact of price increases. If machinable letters to sort only to the
the contents of a First-Class Mail flat are AADC and mixed AADC levels. We
ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written
folded and placed into a letter-size would eliminate the carrier route
comments to the Manager, Mailing
envelope, the mailer could save as much automation preparation and discounts.
Standards, U.S. Postal Service, 475
as 20 cents. If a parcel is reconfigured The maximum weight for letter rates,
L’Enfant Plaza SW., Room 3436,
as a flat, the mailer could save up to 38 including automation pieces, would be
Washington DC 20260–3436. You may
cents. 3.5 ounces.
inspect and photocopy all written
To better align mail preparation with We would expand the current
comments at USPS Headquarters
our processing capabilities and to requirement for pieces to be rectangular
Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW., 11th
maximize access to lower rates for to all flats. The physical standards for
Floor N, Washington DC between 9 a.m.
mailers, we propose to require scheme automation flats would be the current
and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
preparation wherever appropriate. We criteria for AFSM 100 pieces, with new
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joel define the terms ‘‘5-digit/scheme’’ and standards for flexibility. We also
Walker, 202–268–7266. ‘‘3-digit/scheme’’ as the preparation of propose to lessen the deflection
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Postal bundles and containers for 5-digit and standard.
Service’s request in Docket No. R2006– 3-digit ZIP Code combinations in any of Our proposal would eliminate the
1 includes mail classification changes, our scheme labeling lists, and single 5- nonmachinable surcharge. Instead,
new pricing structures, and price digit and 3-digit ZIP Codes not on these letter-size mailpieces with
changes for most domestic mailing lists. We also propose to require all flat- nonmachinable characteristics would
services. This proposed rule contains size pieces to be uniformly thick. pay flat-size prices. Presorted prices
the revisions to Mailing Standards of First-Class Mail would be available for machinable
the United States Postal Service, letters sorted to the 3-digit origin,
Our proposal introduces prices based AADC, and mixed AADC levels.
Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) that we
on the shape of mail and our relative To help reduce the costs of handling
would adopt to implement the R2006–
costs, with separate prices for letters, mail in letter trays, we propose a no-
1 price change proposal. We summarize
flats, and parcels. As shape becomes overflow tray option for automation
our revisions by class of mail and extra
more important, weight becomes less letters. In addition, to encourage fuller
service, and we provide our proposed
important, and our proposal reduces trays, we propose to change our
changes to the mailing standards in the
prices for many pieces over 1 ounce. definition of a ‘‘full letter tray’’ to one
DMM. We invite your comments on all
aspects of our proposed standards. First-Class Mail Retail Letters, Flats, and in which the pieces fill the length of the
Parcels tray between 85 percent and 100 percent
We also provide the proposed prices,
full.
price categories, and price structures The single-piece 1-ounce First-Class
that are currently under review by the Mail letter price would increase $0.03, First-Class Mail Discount Parcels
Postal Rate Commission. The pricing to $0.42, and the single-piece card price The structure for discount parcels
proposal is subject to separate also would increase $0.03, to $0.27. The includes new workshare prices. The
Commission proceedings. For more additional-ounce price would decrease proposed rate levels are 5-digit, 3-digit,
information visit http://www.prc.gov. $0.04, to $0.20. ADC, and single piece. At least 10
This is the first time since 2001 that We propose a ‘‘forever stamp’’ to pounds of parcels would be required for
we have proposed any restructuring to make future price changes more 5-digit sacks, 3-digit sacks, and ADC
our prices. We adjusted prices in convenient for consumers. The postage sacks. Remaining pieces sorted to a
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January 2006 solely to fund a $3.1 value of the forever stamp would equal mixed ADC sack would pay the single-
billion escrow account required by the First-Class Mail single-piece 1-ounce piece First-Class Mail parcel price.
federal law. When our new prices are letter rate at any time in the future, Discount parcels would require a 5-
implemented in 2007, postage prices without the addition of extra postage. digit UCC/EAN 128 or POSTNET
will have grown at or below the Our pricing proposal would eliminate barcode. Unless prepared in 5-digit
Consumer Price Index since 1971. the nonmachinable surcharge. Instead, a containers or paid at the single-piece

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rates, a surcharge would apply to all Standard Mail Not Flat-Machinable size pieces. Mailers who prepare mail
parcels that are not barcoded or weigh Pieces with addresses on their mailpieces
less than 2 ounces, or to irregularly Our proposal includes a new Not Flat- could avoid the new charge.
shaped parcels such as triangles, tubes, Machinable (NFM) classification for Periodicals
rolls, and similar pieces. rigid flat-size pieces and for pieces that
are currently automation-compatible Our proposed Periodicals prices
Standard Mail
only by meeting UFSM 1000 standards. encourage mailers to use pallets rather
Our proposed prices encourage mail We propose no bundling requirement than sacks, and to fill sacks with more
that is compatible with our operations for most NFMs and to have mailers mail. We also enhance drop ship
and drop shipped closer to its prepare pieces in 5-digit/scheme, 3- incentives to encourage mailers,
destination. As in First-Class Mail, digit, ADC/BMC, and mixed ADC/BMC including publishers of high editorial
Standard Mail pricing has greater containers. We propose allowing a DDU content publications, to enter Outside-
recognition of shape and reduced entry discount for NFMs sorted to 5- County mail closer to its destination.
reliance on weight. digit destinations when drop shipped The pricing proposal includes a new
Standard Mail Letters directly to the DDU. There would be no $0.85 Outside-County Container Rate.
minimum for NFMs drop shipped to The container rate would apply to
Automation letter sort levels would be DDUs. Unless prepared in 5-digit/ pallets, sacks, or trays of Outside-
5-digit/scheme, 3-digit/scheme, AADC, scheme containers, a surcharge would County Periodicals mail. We also
and mixed AADC. We propose a apply to all NFMs that are not barcoded. propose new drop ship prices based on
simplified preparation to allow mailers nonadvertising pounds, in addition to
of machinable letters to sort only to the Standard Mail Parcels increased per-piece drop ship discounts.
AADC and mixed AADC levels. We propose to eliminate the residual To encourage fuller letter trays, we
Nonmachinable letter sort levels shape surcharge for Standard Mail propose to change our definition of a
would be 5-digit, 3-digit, ADC, and parcels. We would no longer offer a ‘‘full letter tray’’ to one in which the
mixed ADC, for which there would be $0.03 machinable barcode discount. pieces fill the length of the tray between
separate rates. We would replace the Instead, parcel prices would include a 85 percent and 100 percent full.
nonmachinable surcharge with a requirement for barcodes. Unless
separate rate structure for prepared in 5-digit containers, a Package Services
nonmachinable letters up to 3.3 ounces. surcharge would apply to all parcels Package Services includes Parcel Post,
Nonmachinable letters over 3.3 ounces that are not barcoded. Bound Printed Matter, Media Mail, and
would pay the flat-size rate or the Not We would rename ‘‘irregular’’ parcels Library Mail. Our proposal simplifies
Flat-Machinable rate. as ‘‘nonmachinable’’ parcels and remove Package Services offerings and moves
Destination delivery unit (DDU) drop the bundling requirement for all toward more efficient handling of
shipment entry rates would not be Standard Mail nonmachinable parcels parcels.
available for letters. However, except enhanced carrier route pieces.
We propose to reduce the required Parcel Post
destination sectional center facility
(DSCF) entry rates would be allowed for minimum quantity of nonmachinable Currently, parcels weighing less than
DDU entry of some Enhanced Carrier parcels in sacks to 10 pounds per sack. 15 pounds and measuring more than 84
Route letters, including letters with We would allow mailers to inches in combined length and girth are
simplified addresses. Enhanced Carrier commingle machinable parcels, charged the 15-pound rates (the
Route automation basic rates would be nonmachinable parcels, and the new ‘‘balloon rate’’). Under our proposal,
eliminated. Not Flat-Machinable pieces when they parcels weighing less than 20 pounds
are able to combine them in 5-digit and measuring more than 84 inches in
To help reduce the costs of handling
containers. We would allow mailers to combined length and girth would be
mail in letter trays, we propose a no-
combine certain ZIP Codes for Standard charged the 20-pound rates.
overflow tray option for automation
Mail parcels, machinable Parcel Select,
letters. In addition, to encourage fuller The current $0.03 barcode discount
and Bound Printed Matter parcels when
trays, we propose to change our available for machinable Parcel Select
prepared in 3-digit containers and
definition of a ‘‘full letter tray’’ to one destination bulk mail center (DBMC)
entered at designated SCFs.
in which the pieces fill the length of the We propose to allow a DDU entry entry mail would be incorporated into
tray between 85 percent and 100 percent discount for parcels sorted to 5-digit the price and a barcode would be
full. destinations when drop shipped required. Nonbarcoded machinable
directly to the DDU. There would be no pieces could claim only the applicable
Standard Mail Flats
minimum for the amount of parcels Intra-BMC/ASF rate.
The physical standards for We do not propose any changes to
drop shipped to a DDU. The DDU
automation flats would be the criteria mail preparation standards for Parcel
discount is currently available only for
for AFSM 100 pieces, with new Post.
pieces sorted to carrier routes.
standards for flexibility. This change
would maximize the number of flats we Customized MarketMail Bound Printed Matter
can process in automated operations Rates for Customized MarketMail Single-piece Bound Printed Matter
and deliver as flats. We also propose to would equal the 5-digit rate for Not Flat- would be renamed ‘‘nonpresorted’’
lessen the deflection standard. Machinable pieces, and mailers would Bound Printed Matter and would be
We propose to increase the maximum still be required to drop ship eliminated as a retail option. The $0.08
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size for carrier route flats so that the Customized MarketMail pieces to DDUs. discount off the parcel price for flat-size
same standards apply to all flats, pieces increases to $0.16. The $0.03 per
regardless of the rate paid. We would Detached Address Labels piece POSTNET barcode discount for
expand the current requirement for Our proposal includes a new $0.015 flat-size mail and the $0.03 per piece
pieces to be rectangular to all flats, charge for detached address labels with barcode discount for machinable parcels
except Customized MarketMail. Enhanced Carrier Route saturation flat- would remain the same.

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We propose to require 5-digit/scheme The flat-rate envelope would continue declines as volume thresholds are
and 3-digit/scheme bundles and 5-digit/ to pay the half-pound price, regardless reached.
scheme sacks for presorted flat-size of weight. On-site meter services are no longer
Bound Printed Matter. We propose to offered. The fees associated with on-site
Extra Services meter service, meter resetting,
require 5-digit/scheme bundles for
nonmachinable parcels weighing less Our proposal keeps insured mail examination, and checking meters in
than 10 pounds and 5-digit/scheme reliable, easy, and affordable. All and out of service would be eliminated.
sacks for machinable and insured pieces would have a barcoded Individual post office box holders at
nonmachinable parcels. label and receive a delivery scan. We different locations may experience
would not require a signature for varying price changes as we continue to
Media Mail and Library Mail align prices with our costs for each
insured items with an indemnity of
We propose to require 5-digit/scheme $200 or less. location. Our proposal would also align
and 3-digit/scheme bundles and 5/digit We propose new prices for Bulk the Caller Service fees.
scheme sacks for presorted flat-size Parcel Return Service, Business Reply We propose price changes for Address
Media Mail and Library Mail. We Mail, Certificate of Mailing, Certified Sequencing Service, Mailing List
propose to require 5-digit/scheme Mail, Collect on Delivery, Delivery Service, Permit Imprint fees, Pickup on
bundles for nonmachinable parcels and Confirmation, Bulk Insurance, Express Demand service, Premium Forwarding
5-digit/scheme sacks for machinable Mail Insurance, Merchandise Return Service, Shipper Paid Forwarding,
and nonmachinable parcels. Service, Money Orders, Parcel Airlift, Stamped Cards, Stamped Envelopes,
Parcel Return Service, Registered Mail, and all annual mailing fees.
Priority Mail Restricted Delivery, Return Receipt, Although we are exempt from the
Return Receipt for Merchandise, notice and comment requirements of the
We continue to offer convenience in Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C
Priority Mail. The USPS-produced flat- Signature Confirmation, and Special
Handling. 410 (a)), we invite comments on the
rate envelope still would pay the 1- following proposed revisions to Mailing
pound price, $4.65 under the proposal, Other Services Standards of the United States Postal
regardless of weight or destination. Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM),
USPS-produced flat-rate boxes would Our proposal seeks to modernize our
services, improve address quality, and incorporated by reference in the Code of
pay $8.80 under the proposal, regardless Federal Regulations. See 39 CFR part
of weight or destination, and would reduce undeliverable-as-addressed mail.
The Address Change Service 111.
become a permanent offering. Prices for
all Priority Mail pieces weighing over 25 electronic option for First-Class Mail
List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111
pounds would decrease for all zones, would decrease from $0.21 to $0.06. All
other classes of mail would increase Administrative practice and
many by as much as 20 percent. procedure, Postal Service.
from $0.21 to $0.25. Manual Address
Currently, Priority Mail pieces Correction Service for all classes of mail Accordingly, 39 CFR part 111 is
weighing less than 15 pounds and would decrease from $0.75 to $0.50. proposed to be amended as follows:
measuring more than 84 inches in A new automated option for Address
combined length and girth are charged PART 111—[AMENDED]
Change Service would allow First-Class
the 15-pound rates (the ‘‘balloon rate’’). Mail letters to receive the first two 1. The authority citation for 39 CFR
Under the proposal, Priority Mail pieces notices at no charge, then each part 111 continues to read as follows:
weighing less than 20 pounds and additional notice for $0.05 each.
measuring more than 84 inches in Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a); 39 U.S.C. 101,
Standard Mail letters would receive the 401, 403, 404, 414, 3001–3011, 3201–3219,
combined length and girth would be first two notices at $0.02, then each 3403–3406, 3621, 3626, 5001.
charged the 20-pound rates. The new additional notice for $0.15 each. This
balloon rate would apply only to pieces 2. Revise the following sections of
new option would require mailers to use
addressed for local delivery and to Mailing Standards of the United States
the new 4-State Customer Barcode.
zones 1–4. Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual
Our proposed standards recognize the
Priority Mail pieces that exceed 1 (DMM), as follows:
value of address matching software by
cubic foot and are addressed to zones 5– encouraging mailers of all discount 100 Retail Mail: Letters, Cards, Flats,
8 could be subject to a new dimensional letters and flats to match their addresses and Parcels
weight price. Postage for these pieces using a Coding Accuracy Support 101 Physical Standards
would be rated at the greater of their System (CASS)—certified address
actual weight or their dimensional matching process and the correct ZIP+4 1.0 Physical Standards for Letters
weight. In general, if a piece is relatively code on each piece in their mailings. 1.1 Dimensional Standards for Letters
light for its size, it may be subject to a Because smaller mailers may need time
dimensional weight price. Dimensional to initiate such a change, we propose to * * * * *
weight is calculated using one of two [Renumber item c as item d. Insert new
implement this requirement in July
formulas, one for rectangular and one item c as follows:]
2009.
for nonrectangular pieces. The fee structure for Confirm service c. Not more than 3.5 ounces.
would change from the Silver, Gold, and * * * * *
Express Mail
Platinum tiers to a unit-based structure. 2.0 Physical Standards for Flats
Express Mail pieces often contain Customers would pay standardized
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material that ranges from a half pound annual fees and purchase blocks of units 2.1 General Definition
to 2 pounds. Currently, these pieces pay that are redeemed for Confirm scans. * * * * *
the 2-pound price. To keep Express Mail Units are redeemed at the rates of one [Renumber current item c as new item
a viable, low-cost alternative for mailers, unit per First-Class Mail scan or five f. Insert new items c through e as
the pricing proposal would add a new units per scan for any other class of follows:]
1-pound price. mail. The cost per block of units c. Flexible (see 1.3).

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d. Rectangular. securely wrapped or fastened together, (postage) increment is 1 pound; if a


e. Uniformly thick (see 1.4) and do not exceed the weight or size piece weighs 1.2 pounds, the weight
* * * * * limits. (postage) increment is 2 pounds.
[Insert new 2.2 through 2.4 as follows:] * * * * * * * * * *
2.2 Flexibility 6.0 Additional Physical Standards for 120 Retail Mail: Priority Mail
Flat-size pieces must meet minimum First-Class Mail 123 Rates and Eligibility
flexibility criteria. Test flexibility as * * * * * [We provide the proposed rates and fees
follows: for all Priority Mail services in ‘‘Rates
6.4 Nonmachinable Pieces
a. For pieces 10 inches or longer: and Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after
1. Place the piece with the length 6.4.1 Nonmachinable Letters
all of the proposed mailing standards.]
perpendicular to the edge of a flat [Revise 6.4.1 as follows:]
surface and extend the piece 5 inches 1.0 Priority Mail Rates and Fees
Letter-size pieces with one or more of
off the surface. the nonmachinable characteristics in 1.2 * * * * *
2. Press down on the piece at a central are subject to the applicable postage for
point about an inch off the edge of the 1.2 Priority Mail Rate Application
a flat-size piece, based on weight.
surface, exerting a steady pressure. [Revise heading and text of 6.4.2 as [Revise 1.2 as follows:]
3. The piece is flexible if it can bend follows:] Except under 1.3, 1.4, and 1.5,
at least 2 inches without being damaged. Priority Mail rates are charged per
b. For pieces less than 10 inches long: 6.4.2 Nonmachinable Flats
pound; any fraction of a pound is
1. Place the piece with the length Flat-size pieces that do not meet the rounded up to the next whole pound.
perpendicular to the edge of a flat standards in 2.0 are subject to the For example, if a piece weighs 1.2
surface and extend the piece one-half of applicable postage for a parcel-size pounds, the weight (postage) increment
its length off the surface. piece, based on weight. is 2 pounds. The minimum postage
2. Press down on the piece at a central * * * * * amount per addressed piece is the 1-
point about an inch off the edge of the [Delete 8.0, Additional Physical pound rate. The Priority Mail rate up to
surface, exerting a steady pressure. Standards for Bound Printed Matter. 1 pound is based on weight only; rates
3. The piece is flexible if it can bend Renumber 9.0 and 10.0 as new 8.0 and for pieces weighing more than 1 pound
at least 1 inch without being damaged. 9.0.] are based on weight and zone. Other
2.3 Uniform Thickness * * * * * charges may apply. See Exhibit 1.2,
Priority Mail Rates.
The contents of a flat-size mailpiece 102 Elements on the Face of a
must remain uniformly thick so that the Mailpiece 1.3 Minimum Rate for Parcels to
dimensions of the envelope, wrapper, or Zones 1–4
* * * * *
sleeve remain constant. If the contents [Revise 1.3 as follows:]
are of irregular thickness or significantly 3.0 Placement and Content of Mail Parcels addressed for delivery to
smaller than the envelope, wrapper, or Markings Zones 1–4 (including Local) that weigh
sleeve, those contents must be secured * * * * * less than 20 pounds but measure more
to prevent shifting within the wrapping [Revise heading of 3.3 as follows:] than 84 inches (but not more than 108
during processing and surrounded with inches) in combined length and girth are
material or padding to ensure that the 3.3 Mail Markings
charged the applicable zone rate for a
mailpiece remains uniformly thick. [Revise first sentence of 3.3 as follows:] 20-pound parcel (balloon rate).
2.4 Flat-Size Pieces Not Eligible for Mailers must print the basic required [Delete 1.6 and 1.7; renumber 1.4 and
Flat-Size Rates Package Services subclass marking— 1.5 as new 1.6 and 1.7. Insert new 1.4
‘‘Parcel Post’’ or ‘‘PP,’’ ‘‘Media Mail,’’ or and 1.5 as follows:]
Mailpieces that do not meet the ‘‘Library Mail’’—on each piece claimed
standards in 2.1 through 2.3 are not at the respective rate. * * * 1.4 Dimensional Weight Rate for Low-
eligible for flat-size rates and must pay Density Parcels to Zones 5–8
applicable parcel rates. * * * * *
Postage for parcels addressed for
3.0 Physical Standards for Parcels 113 Rates and Eligibility delivery to Zones 5–8 and exceeding 1
[We provide the proposed rates and fees cubic foot (1,728 cubic inches) is
* * * * *
for all Express Mail services in ‘‘Rates charged based on the actual weight or
[Change the terminology from
and Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after the dimensional weight (as calculated in
‘‘irregular’’ parcels to ‘‘nonmachinable’’
all of the proposed mailing standards.] 1.4.1 or 1.4.2), whichever is greater.
parcels in the heading and text of 3.5.]
* * * * * 1.0 Express Mail Rates and Fees 1.4.1 Determining Dimensional
* * * * * Weight for Rectangular Parcels
5.0 Additional Physical Standards for
Priority Mail 1.2 Express Mail Rate Application Follow these steps to determine the
dimensional weight for a rectangular
* * * * * [Revise 1.2 as follows:] parcel:
5.2 Two or More Packages Except under 1.4, Flat-Rate Envelope, a. Measure the length, width, and
Express Mail items are charged the 0.5- height in inches. Round off each
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[Revise 5.2 as follows:] pound rate for items up to 0.5 pound. measurement.
With the exception of USPS-produced Items over 0.5 pound are rounded up to b. Multiply the length by the width by
Priority Mail flat-rate envelopes or the next whole pound. For example, if the height.
boxes, two or more packages may be a piece weighs 0.25 pound, the weight c. If the result exceeds 1,728 cubic
mailed as a single parcel if they are (postage) increment is 0.5 pound; if a inches, divide the result by 194 and
about the same size or shape, are piece weighs 0.75 pound, the weight round up to the next whole number to

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determine the dimensional weight in [Revise the weight limit in item b as [Revise item d as follows:]
pounds. follows:] d. Parcels that weigh less than 20
1.4.2 Determining Dimensional b. The letter rate applies to letter-size pounds but measure more than 84
Weight for Nonrectangular Parcels pieces that meet the standards in inches (but not more than 108 inches)
101.1.1 and weigh 3.5 ounces or less, in combined length and girth are
Follow these steps to determine the and that are not eligible for and claimed charged the applicable rate for a 20-
dimensional weight for a nonrectangular at the card rate. pound parcel (balloon rate).
parcel: [Insert new items c and d as follows:]
a. Measure the length, width, and * * * * *
height in inches at their extreme c. The flat rate applies to flat-size
1.7 Inter-BMC/ASF Machinable Parcel
dimensions. Round off each pieces that meet the standards in
Post
measurement. 101.2.1 and letter-size pieces with one
b. Multiply the length by the width by or more of the nonmachinable [Revise the last sentence in 1.7 as
the height. characteristics in 101.1.2. follows:]
c. Multiply the result by an d. The parcel rate applies to parcel- * * * Parcels that weigh less than 20
adjustment factor of 0.785. size pieces under 101.3.0 and to flat-size pounds but measure more than 84
d. If the result exceeds 1,728 cubic pieces that do not meet the standards in inches (but not more than 108 inches)
inches, divide the result by 194 and 101.2.0. in combined length and girth are
round up to the next whole number to * * * * * charged the applicable rate for a 20-
determine the dimensional weight in [Restructure the rate tables in 1.4 pound parcel (balloon rate).
pounds. through 1.7 as new 1.4 through 1.8 and 1.8 Inter-BMC/ASF Nonmachinable
e. If the dimensional weight exceeds 1.10 to add separate letter, flat, and Parcel Post
70 pounds, the parcel pays the 70- parcel rate tables. Delete current 1.9 and
pound rate. 1.10 for the nonmachinable surcharge. [Revise the first three sentences in 1.8 as
Renumber current 1.7 as new 1.9.] follows:]
1.5 Flat-Rate Boxes and Envelopes
Rates include the $3.62
Any amount of material may be 1.9 Keys and Identification Devices nonmachinable surcharge. Regardless of
mailed in a USPS-produced Priority [Revise renumbered 1.9 to remove weight, a parcel that meets any of the
Mail flat-rate box or flat-rate envelope. references to nonmachinable surcharge criteria in 101.7.2, Nonmachinable
When sealing a flat-rate box or flat-rate in the first three sentences as follows:] Parcel Post Standards, must pay the rate
envelope, the container flaps must be Keys and identification devices (such listed in Exhibit 1.9. Parcels that weigh
able to close within the normal folds. as identification cards and uncovered less than 20 pounds but measure more
Tape may be applied to the flaps and identification tags) that weigh 13 ounces than 84 inches (but not more than 108
seams to reinforce the container, or less are returned at the applicable inches) in combined length and girth are
provided the design of the container is single-piece First-Class Mail parcel rate charged the applicable rate for a 20-
not enlarged by opening the sides, and plus the fee. Keys and identification pound parcel (balloon rate). * * *
the container is not reconstructed in any devices that weigh more than 13 ounces
way. 1.10 Local and Intra-BMC/ASF
but not more than 1 pound are returned
Machinable Parcel Post
1.5.1 Flat-Rate Boxes—Rate and at the 1-pound Priority Mail rate plus
Eligibility the fee. Keys and identification devices [Revise the third sentence in 1.10 as
weighing more than 1 pound but not follows:]
Each USPS-produced Priority Mail * * * Parcels that weigh less than 20
more than 2 pounds are mailed at the 2-
flat-rate box is charged $8.80, regardless pounds but measure more than 84
pound Priority Mail rate for zone 4 plus
of the actual weight of the piece or its inches (but not more than 108 inches)
the fee. * * *
destination. Only USPS-produced flat- in combined length and girth are
rate boxes are eligible for the flat-rate * * * * *
charged the applicable rate for a 20-
box rate. 2.0 Basic Eligibility Standards for pound parcel (balloon rate). * * *
1.5.2 Flat-Rate Envelopes—Rate and First-Class Mail
1.11 Local and Intra-BMC/ASF
Eligibility 2.1 Description of Service Nonmachinable Parcel Post
Each USPS-produced Priority Mail * * * * * [Revise the first three sentences in 1.11
flat-rate envelope is charged $4.65, as follows:]
regardless of the actual weight of the 2.1.2 Rate Options
piece or its destination. Only USPS- [Revise 2.1.2 to add shape-based Rates include the $1.85
produced flat-rate envelopes are eligible reference as follows:] nonmachinable surcharge. Regardless of
for the flat-rate envelope rate. First-Class Mail offers shape-based weight, a parcel that meets any of the
single-piece rates in 1.0. criteria in 101.7.2, Nonmachinable
* * * * * Parcel Post Standards, must pay the
* * * * * rates in Exhibit 1.12. Parcels that weigh
130 Retail Mail: First-Class Mail
150 Retail Mail: Parcel Post less than 20 pounds but measure more
133 Rates and Eligibility
than 84 inches (but not more than 108
[We provide the proposed rates and fees 153 Rates and Eligibility
inches) in combined length and girth are
for all First-Class Mail services in ‘‘Rates [We provide the proposed rates and fees charged the applicable rate for a 20-
and Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after for all Parcel Post services in ‘‘Rates and pound parcel (balloon rate). * * *
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all of the proposed mailing standards.] Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after all
of the proposed mailing standards.] 160 Retail Mail: Bound Printed Matter
1.0 First-Class Mail Rates and Fees
1.0 Parcel Post Rates and Fees [Delete 160 in its entirety. These
1.1 First-Class Mail Single-Piece Rate standards are incorporated into 360 and
Application 1.1 Rate Eligibility 460.]
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

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200 Discount Mail: Letters and Cards pound). See 3.13.4 for pieces heavier [Delete 1.13, 1.14, and 1.16. Renumber
201 Physical Standards than 3 ounces. 1.15 as new 1.13. Renumber 1.17
* * * * * through 1.19 as new 1.14 through 1.16.]
1.0 Physical Standards for * * * * *
Machinable Letters and Cards 202 Elements on the Face of a
Mailpiece 3.0 Basic Standards for First-Class
1.1 Physical Standards for
* * * * * Mail Letters
Machinable Letters
3.1 Description of Service
* * * * * 3.0 Placement and Content of Mail
Markings * * * * *
1.1.2 Weight Standards for
Machinable Letters * * * * * 3.1.2 Rate Options
[Revise 1.1.2 to change the maximum 3.3 Placement of Mail Markings [Revise 3.1.2 as follows:]
weight for First-Class Mail machinable * * * * * First-Class Mail letters offer shape-
letters to 3.5 ounces as follows:] [Revise item b, item b3, and item c to based single-piece rates in 133.1.0 and
The maximum weight for Presorted delete ‘‘AUTOCR.’’] discounted rates in 1.0 for presorted
First-Class Mail machinable letters is 3.5 mailings of 500 or more pieces that
* * * * *
ounces (0.2188 pound). The maximum weigh 3.5 ounces or less.
weight for Standard Mail machinable 3.4 Exceptions to Markings * * * * *
letters is 3.3 ounces (0.2063 pound). * * * * * 3.3 Additional Standards for First-
* * * * * [Revise item a to remove references to Class Mail
2.0 Physical Standards for carrier route mail as follows:]
[Revise introductory text in 3.3 as
Nonmachinable Letters a. Automation Letters: First-Class
follows:]
Mail and Standard Mail letters do not
* * * * * require an ‘‘AUTO’’ marking if they bear All pieces of presorted First-Class
[Delete 2.2.2. Renumber 2.2.1 as new 2.2 a delivery point barcode in the address Mail letters must:
and revise as follows:] block or on an insert visible through a * * * * *
2.2 Additional Criteria for First-Class window. First-Class Mail letters not [Revise the weight in item b as follows:]
Mail Nonmachinable Letters marked ‘‘AUTO’’ must bear both the b. Weigh 3.5 ounces or less.
‘‘Presorted’’ or ‘‘PRSRT’’ and ‘‘First- * * * * *
Letter-size pieces (except pieces Class’’ markings. Standard Mail letters
eligible for and mailed at card rates) not marked ‘‘AUTO’’ must bear the 3.6 ZIP Code Accuracy
with one or more of the nonmachinable appropriate basic marking in 3.3a.
characteristics in 2.1 are subject to the 3.6.1 Basic Standards
rates for flat-size pieces [Revise the second sentence in item b as [Revise the text in 3.6.1 as follows:]
follows:]
[Delete 2.3.2. Renumber 2.3.1 as new 2.3 The ZIP Code accuracy standard is a
and revise as follows:] b. * * * The two-letter rate category means of ensuring that the ZIP+4 or 5-
code required in the keyline on manifest digit ZIP Code in the delivery address
2.3 Additional Criteria for Standard mailing pieces prepared under 705.2.0, correctly matches the delivery address
Mail Nonmachinable Letters Manifest Mailing System, meets the information. For the purposes of this
The nonmachinable rates in 243.1.5 requirement for other rate markings. standard, address means a specific
apply to Standard Mail letter-size pieces * * * * * address associated with a specific ZIP+4
that weigh 3.3 ounces or less and have 230 Discount Letters and Cards: First- or 5-digit ZIP Code. Effective July 2009,
one or more of the nonmachinable Class Mail mailers of all discount letters, flats, and
characteristics in 2.1. parcels must properly code and match
233 Rates and Eligibility their address lists using one of the
3.0 Physical Standards for
[We provide the proposed rates and fees CASS-certified address matching
Automation Letters and Cards
for all First-Class Mail services in ‘‘Rates methods in 708.3.0 and use the correct
* * * * * and Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after ZIP+4 code on each mailpiece. Mailers
3.3 Weight Standards for First-Class all of the proposed mailing standards.] are encouraged to begin this practice
Mail Automation Letters and Cards immediately. Addresses used on pieces
1.0 Rates and Fees for First-Class Mail claiming discount rates must meet these
[Revise 3.3 to change the weight limit as 1.1 Rate Application requirements:
follows:] a. Each address and associated ZIP+4
[Revise 1.1 to add ‘‘letter’’ as follows:]
Maximum weight for First-Class Mail or 5-digit ZIP Code used on the
automation letters is 3.5 ounces (0.2188 Postage is based on the letter rate that mailpieces in a mailing must be verified
pound). See 3.13.4 for pieces heavier applies to the weight of each addressed and corrected within 12 months before
than 3 ounces. piece. the mailing date with one of the USPS-
1.2 Rate Computation for First-Class approved methods in 3.6.2.
3.4 Weight Standards for Standard
Mail Letters b. If an address used on a mailpiece
Mail Automation Letters
in a mailing at one class of mail and rate
[Revise 3.4 to remove the reference to [Revise the first sentence in 1.2 to add is verified and corrected with an
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automation carrier route mail as ‘‘letter’’ as follows:] approved method, the same address
follows:] First-Class Mail letter rates are may be used during the following 12
Maximum weight for Standard Mail charged per ounce or fraction thereof; months to meet the ZIP Code accuracy
mailed at automation and Enhanced any fraction of an ounce is considered standard required for mailing at any
Carrier Route high density and a whole ounce. * * * other class of mail and rate.
saturation rates is 3.5 ounces (0.2188 * * * * * * * * * *

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4.0 Additional Eligibility Standards under 235.6.6 are eligible for the 3-digit b. A full letter tray is one in which
for Nonautomation First-Class Mail rates. faced, upright pieces fill the length of
Letters c. Groups of fewer than 150 pieces in the tray between 85% and 100% full.
* * * * * origin 3-digit/scheme trays and all * * * * *
[Revise heading of 4.3 as follows:] pieces in AADC trays qualify for the [Revise item e by deleting the last
AADC rate. Pieces placed in mixed sentence.]
4.3 Letters With Nonmachinable AADC trays in lieu of AADC overflow * * * * *
Characteristics trays under 235.6.6 are eligible for the
AADC rates. 2.0 Bundles
[Revise 4.3 to delete nonmachinable
surcharge as follows:] d. Pieces in mixed AADC trays qualify * * * * *
Letters with one or more of the for the mixed AADC rate, except for 2.3 Preparing Bundles
nonmachinable characteristics in pieces prepared under 5.3c.
* * * * *
201.2.1 must pay the flat-size rate. In * * * * * [Revise item a by deleting the first
addition to the standards in 3.0, Basic [Delete 5.5 and renumber 5.6 and 5.7 as sentence and revising the remaining
Standards for First-Class Mail Letters, new 5.4 and 5.5.] sentence as follows:]
all pieces in a First-Class Mail Presorted * * * * * a. The maximum thickness for
nonmachinable letter-size mailing must bundles is 6 inches.
[Delete renumbered 5.4.7, Rural and
be marked, sorted, and documented
Highway Contract Routes.] * * * * *
according to 235.5.4, Nonmachinable
* * * * * [Delete item d and renumber items e
Preparation.
and f as new items d and e.]
* * * * * 234 Postage Payment and
* * * * *
[Revise heading of 5.0 to delete ‘‘Carrier Documentation
Route’’ as follows:] * * * * * 2.8 Labeling Bundles
5.0 Additional Eligibility Standards [Revise the first sentence in 2.8 by
2.0 Postage Payment for Presorted deleting the reference to carrier route
for Automation Rate First-Class Mail Letters
Letters bundles as follows:]
* * * * * Unless excepted by standard, the
[Revise heading of 5.1 as follows:]
2.2 Affixed Postage for Presorted presort level of each bundle must be
5.1 Basic Standards for Automation First-Class Mail identified either with an optional
First-Class Mail Letters endorsement line under 708.7.0 or with
* * * * * a barcoded pressure-sensitive bundle
* * * * *
[Delete item d2. Move text in item d1 [Revise item b to delete the reference to label. * * *
into item d.] the nonmachinable surcharge as * * * * *
follows:] [Delete 2.10 and 2.11.]
* * * * *
[Delete 5.2, Carrier Route Accuracy, and b. A precanceled stamp or the full * * * * *
renumber 5.3 and 5.4 as new 5.2 and postage at the lowest First-Class Mail 1- 4.0 Tray Labels
5.3.] ounce rate applicable to the mailing job,
and full postage on metered pieces for * * * * *
* * * * *
any additional ounces or extra services. 4.4 Line 2 (Content Line)
5.2 Maximum Weight for Automation * * * * *
Letters [Revise the table in item 4.4b to delete
235 Mail Preparation the entries for ‘‘Carrier Route,’’ ‘‘Carrier
[Revise renumbered 5.2 to change Routes,’’ ‘‘General Delivery Unit,’’
maximum weight from 3.3 to 3.5 ounces 1.0 General Definition of Terms
‘‘Highway Contract Route,’’ ‘‘Post Office
as follows:] * * * * * Box Section,’’ and ‘‘Rural Route.’’]
Maximum weight for First-Class Mail * * * * *
1.2 Definitions of Mailings
automation letters is 3.5 ounces (0.2188
pound) (see 201.3.13.4, Heavy Letter * * * * * 5.0 Preparation for Nonautomation
Mail, for pieces heavier than 3 ounces). [Revise the second sentence in item a to Letters
5.3 Rate Application—Automation remove ‘‘automation carrier route’’ as * * * * *
Cards and Letters follows:] [Delete 5.2, Manual Only Option, and
a. * * * Generally, automation and renumber 5.3 and 5.4 as new 5.2 and
* * * * * 5.3.]
[Delete item a. Renumber items b nonautomation letters must be prepared
through e as new items a through d and as separate mailings. * * * 5.2 Machinable Preparation
revise as follows:] * * * * * * * * * *
a. Groups of 150 or more pieces in 5- 1.3 Terms for Presort Levels 5.2.2 Traying and Labeling
digit/scheme trays qualify for the 5-digit
* * * * * [Revise the introductory text in 5.2.2 as
rate. Preparation to qualify for the 5-
digit rate is optional. Pieces placed in [Delete item a and renumber items b follows:]
full 3-digit/scheme trays in lieu of 5- through k as new items a through j.] Instead of preparing overflow AADC
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digit/scheme overflow trays under * * * * * trays with fewer than 150 pieces,
235.6.6 are eligible for the 5-digit rates. mailers may include these pieces in
1.4 Preparation Definitions and
b. Groups of 150 or more pieces in 3- mixed AADC trays.
Instructions
digit/scheme trays qualify for the 3-digit * * * * *
rate. Pieces placed in full AADC trays in * * * * * [Delete item a about labeling the 5-digit
lieu of 3-digit/scheme overflow trays [Revise item b as follows:] tray. Renumber items b through d as

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new items a through c. Revise 6.6 Tray Preparation weight limits also apply to pieces
renumbered item a to reflect the 3-digit [Add introductory statement about mailed at Standard Mail letter rates:
origin tray as follows:] overflow trays to 6.6 as follows:] a. Pieces mailed at machinable and
a. Separate 3-digit origin trays nonmachinable letter rates may weigh
Instead of preparing overflow trays
required for each origin 3-digit ZIP up to 3.3 ounces. Letter-size pieces
with fewer than 150 pieces, mailers may
Code; one less-than-full tray permitted weighing more than 3.3 ounces and
include these pieces in the next tray
for each origin ZIP Code; labeling: prepared as nonmachinable letters are
level if it results in a full tray. Pieces
1. Line 1: L002, Column A. mailable at Not Flat-Machinable rates
must be grouped by destination. This
2. Line 2: ‘‘FCM LTR 3D MACH.’’ (see 443), unless they qualify for
option does not apply to origin 3-digit
automation letter rates or Enhanced
* * * * * trays. When using this option, it must be
Carrier Route high-density or saturation
applied to the entire mailing.
5.3 Nonmachinable Preparation rates.
Preparation sequence, tray size, and
b. Pieces mailed at automation letter
5.3.1 Nonmachinable Bundling Line 1 labeling:
rates or Enhanced Carrier Route high-
[Revise the second-to-last sentence in [Delete items a through c and renumber density or saturation rates may weigh
5.3.1 as follows:] items d through g as new items a up to 3.5 ounces.
through d. Revise renumbered item a as
* * * Smaller volumes are not follows:] * * * * *
permitted except for mixed ADC
a. 5-digit/scheme (see 1.4e): optional, 3.3 Additional Basic Standards for
bundles. * * *
but required for 5-digit rate (150-piece Standard Mail
* * * * * minimum); overflow allowed. * * * * *
6.0 Preparation for Automation Rate 1. For 5-digit scheme trays, use [Revise item e by adding a reference to
Letters destination shown in the current USPS 3.8.1 as follows:]
City State Product.
* * * * * 2. For 5-digit trays, use city, state, and e. Each piece must bear the
5-digit ZIP Code destination on pieces addressee’s name and delivery address,
6.2 Mailings
(see 4.0 for overseas military mail). including the correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4
* * * * * code (see 3.8.1), unless an alternative
[Revise item b as follows:] * * * * *
addressing format is used subject to
b. First-Class Mail. A single 6.7 Tray Line 2 602.3.0. Detached address labels may be
automation rate First-Class Mail mailing * * * * * used subject to 602.4.0.
may include pieces prepared at 5-digit, [Delete items a through c and renumber * * * * *
3-digit, origin 3-digit, AADC, and mixed items d through i as new items a 3.8 ZIP Code Accuracy
AADC rates. through f.]
* * * * * * * * * * 3.8.1 Basic Standards
6.3 Marking [Revise the introductory text and item a
240 Discount Letters and Cards:
in 3.8.1 as follows:]
[Revise 6.3 to delete the carrier route Standard Mail
The ZIP Code accuracy standard is a
references as follows:] 243 Rates and Eligibility means of ensuring that the ZIP+4 or 5-
All automation rate pieces must be [We provide the proposed rates and fees digit ZIP Code in the delivery address
marked under 202.3.0, Placement and for all Standard Mail services in ‘‘Rates correctly matches the delivery address
Content of Mail Markings, and 202.4.0, and Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after information. For the purposes of this
Endorsement Placement. Pieces claimed all of the proposed mailing standards.] standard, address means a specific
at an automation rate must bear the address associated with a specific ZIP+4
appropriate class marking and, except as 1.0 Rates and Fees for Standard Mail or 5-digit ZIP Code. Effective July 2009,
provided in 202.3.0, Placement and * * * * * mailers of all discount letters, flats, and
Content of Mail Markings, and 202.4.0, parcels must properly code and match
Endorsement Placement, ‘‘AUTO.’’ 1.7 Computing Postage for Standard
their address lists using one of the
Pieces not claimed at an automation rate Mail
CASS-certified address matching
must not bear ‘‘AUTO’’ unless single- * * * * * methods in 708.3.0 and use the correct
piece rate postage is affixed or the ZIP+4 code on each mailpiece. Mailers
1.7.8 Discount for Heavy Automation
corrective single-piece rate marking are encouraged to begin this practice
Letters
(‘‘SNGLP’’ or ‘‘Single-Piece’’) is applied. immediately. Except for mail bearing a
[Revise 1.7.8 by deleting the second-to- simplified address, addresses used on
6.4 General Preparation last sentence about automation ECR.] pieces claiming discount rates must
[Revise 6.4 to delete carrier route * * * * * meet these requirements:
references and add a new last sentence [Delete 1.7.10.] a. Each address and associated ZIP+4
as follows:] * * * * * or 5-digit ZIP Code used on the
Grouping, bundling, and labeling are mailpieces in a mailing must be verified
3.0 Basic Standards for Standard Mail
not generally required or permitted, and corrected within 12 months before
Letters
except bundling is required in any the mailing date with one of the USPS-
mailing consisting entirely of card-size * * * * * approved methods in 3.8.2.
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pieces and for pieces in overflow and 3.2 Defining Characteristics [Delete item b and renumber items c
less-than-full trays, and grouping is and d as new items b and c.]
required under 6.6. 3.2.1 Mailpiece Weight Limit
* * * * *
* * * * * [Revise 3.2.1 as follows:]
[Delete 6.6 and 6.7. Renumber 6.8 All Standard Mail pieces must weigh 4.0 Rate Eligibility for Standard Mail
through 6.10 as new 6.6 through 6.8.] less than 16 ounces. The following * * * * *

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4.2 Minimum Per Piece Rates Code and presented in 5-digit trays 7.0 Eligibility Standards for
* * * * * under 245.5.0. Automation Rate Standard Mail
[Revise item b1 by deleting 5.5.2 3-Digit Rate * * * * *
‘‘(nonletter).’’]
The 3-digit rate applies to letter-size 7.3 Rate Application for Automation
* * * * * Letters
[Revise item b3 by changing the base pieces subject to the nonmachinable
rate for Customized MarketMail as rates (see 5.5) prepared in quantities of * * * * *
follows:] 150 or more pieces for a 3-digit ZIP [Revise items a through d to
Code and presented in 3-digit trays accommodate an option to overflow
3. Pieces mailed as Customized
under 245.5.0. trays as follows:]
MarketMail under 705.1.0 must pay the
Regular or Nonprofit Standard Mail 5- 5.5.3 ADC Rate a. Groups of 150 or more pieces in 5-
digit nonentry rates for Not Flat- digit/scheme trays qualify for the 5-digit
Machinable pieces and must not exceed The ADC rate applies to letter-size rate. Preparation to qualify for that rate
3.3 ounces. pieces subject to the nonmachinable is optional. Pieces placed in full 3-digit/
rates (see 5.5) prepared in quantities of scheme trays in lieu of 5-digit/scheme
[Revise item c by deleting the last
150 or more pieces for an ADC and overflow trays are eligible for 5-digit
sentence about DDU rates.]
presented in ADC trays under 245.5.0. rates (see 245.7.5).
* * * * * b. Groups of 150 or more pieces in 3-
[Delete 4.4, Residual Shape Surcharge.] 5.5.4 Mixed ADC Rate
digit/scheme trays qualify for the 3-digit
[Replace ‘‘presorted’’ with rate. Pieces placed in full AADC trays in
The mixed ADC rate applies to letter-
‘‘nonautomation’’ throughout 5.0.] lieu of 3-digit/scheme overflow trays are
size pieces that are subject to the
5.0 Additional Eligibility Standards nonmachinable rates and prepared in eligible for 3-digit rates (see 245.7.5).
for Nonautomation Standard Mail mixed ADC trays. c. Groups of fewer than 150 pieces in
Letters origin/entry 3-digit/scheme trays and
[Revise heading in 6.0 as follows:] groups of 150 or more pieces in AADC
* * * * * trays qualify for the AADC rate. Pieces
[Revise heading and text of 5.4 to refer 6.0 Additional Eligibility Standards
for Enhanced Carrier Route Standard placed in mixed AADC trays in lieu of
to new AADC and mixed AADC rates, AADC overflow trays also are eligible
instead of basic rates, as follows:] Mail Letters
for AADC rates (see 245.7.5).
6.1 General Enhanced Carrier Route d. Pieces in mixed AADC trays qualify
5.4 Machinable Rate Application
Standards for the mixed AADC rate, except for
Machinable letters are subject only to
6.1.1 Optional Preparation pieces prepared under 7.3c.
AADC and mixed AADC rates.
* * * * *
5.4.1 AADC Rate [Revise 6.1.1 by deleting the last
sentence about automation basic carrier 245 Mail Preparation
The AADC rate applies to qualifying route.]
letter-size machinable pieces (see 1.0 General Information for Mail
* * * * * Preparation
201.1.0, Physical Standards for
Machinable Letters and Cards) in 6.1.2 Basic Eligibility Standards * * * * *
quantities of 150 or more pieces * * * * *
prepared in AADC trays for a single 1.2 Definitions of Mailings
AADC (see L801). [Revise item b by deleting the second * * * * *
sentence about automation basic carrier [Delete item b1 about automation ECR.
5.4.2 Mixed AADC Rate route.] Renumber items b2 through b8 as new
The mixed AADC rate applies to * * * * * items b1 through b7.]
qualifying letter-size machinable pieces * * * * *
6.1.3 Maximum Weight for Enhanced
that the mailer prepares in mixed AADC
Carrier Route Letters 1.4 Preparation Definitions and
trays, except for pieces placed in mixed
AADC trays in lieu of overflow AADC [Revise 6.1.3 by deleting the reference to Instructions
trays (see 245.5.3.2). automation carrier route as follows:] * * * * *
[Delete 5.5 and 5.6. Insert new 5.5 as Maximum weight for Standard Mail [Revise item b as follows:]
follows:] Enhanced Carrier Route high density b. A full letter tray is one in which
and saturation pieces: 3.5 ounces faced, upright pieces fill the length of
5.5 Nonmachinable Rate Application
(0.2188 pound) (see 201.3.13.4, Heavy the tray between 85% and 100% full.
Nonmachinable rates in 1.0 apply * * * * *
Letter Mail, for pieces heavier than 3
only to Standard Mail letter-size pieces [Revise the last sentence in item e as
ounces).
(including card-size pieces) weighing follows:]
3.3 ounces or less that have one or more * * * * *
e. * * * When standards require 5-
of the nonmachinable characteristics in 6.2 Carrier Route Accuracy digit/scheme sort, mailers must prepare
201.2.1. Nonmachinable letter-size all possible 5-digit scheme trays, then
pieces weighing more than 3.3 ounces 6.2.1 Basic Standards
prepare all possible 5-digit trays.
are subject to Not Flat-Machinable rates * * * * *
[Revise item f by adding a new last
(see 443).
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[Revise item a by deleting the last sentence as follows:]


5.5.1 5-Digit Rate sentence.] f. * * * When standards require 3-
The 5-digit rate applies to letter-size * * * * * digit/scheme sort, mailers must prepare
pieces subject to the nonmachinable [Delete 6.6, Automation ECR all possible 3-digit scheme trays, then
rates (see 5.5) prepared in quantities of Standards.] prepare all possible 3-digit trays.
150 or more pieces for a 5-digit ZIP * * * * * * * * * *

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2.0 Bundles b. 3-digit (required); 150-piece 2. Line 2: for saturation, ‘‘STD LTR BC
* * * * * minimum; labeling: * * * WSS,’’ followed by route type and
* * * * * number; for high density, ‘‘STD LTR BC
2.3 Preparing Bundles c. ADC (required); 150-piece WSH,’’ followed by route type and
* * * * * minimum; labeling: * * * number; for basic, ‘‘STD LTR BC LOT,’’
[Revise item c by deleting ‘‘and for * * * * * followed by route type and number.
Standard Mail pieces where the mailer b. 5-digit carrier routes: required; full
6.0 Preparation for Enhanced Carrier trays only, no overflow, no bundling.
has requested ‘‘manual only’’
Route Letters 1. Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP
processing.’’ Revise item d by deleting
the second sentence.] 6.1 Basic Standards Code on mail (see 4.0 for overseas
military mail).
* * * * * [Revise 6.1 by deleting ‘‘(Enhanced 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD LTR 5–D CR–RT BC.’’
[Revise heading in 5.0 as follows:] Carrier Route automation rate mailings c. 3-digit carrier routes: required;
must be prepared under 7.0)’’ in the bundling required in less than full trays.
5.0 Preparation for Nonautomation
introductory text.] 1. Line 1: city, state, and 3-digit ZIP
Letters
* * * * * Code prefix shown in L002, Column A,
* * * * * that corresponds to 3-digit ZIP Code
6.4 Carrier Route Bundle Preparation
5.2 Marking prefix on mail.
* * * * * 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD LTR 3–D CR–RT BC.’’
[Revise 5.2 by deleting ‘‘AUTOCR’’ in [Revise item a as follows:]
the last sentence.] * * * * *
a. Mailers must prepare only carrier
* * * * * route bundles, except under 6.7. Carrier 7.0 Preparation for Automation Rate
[Delete 5.3. Renumber current 5.4 and route bundles are not permitted in full Letters
5.5 as new 5.3 and 5.4.] carrier route trays, except for card-size * * * * *
5.3 Machinable Preparation pieces.
* * * * * 7.2 Mailings
5.3.1 Machinable Bundling [Revise heading of 6.6 as follows:] [Restructure 7.2 by deleting the
* * * * * 6.6 General Traying and Labeling introductory text and item b. Make item
[Delete item b. Renumber item c as new a the new text.]
item b.] * * * * * * * * * *
* * * * * [Renumber 6.7 through 6.9 as new 6.8
through 6.10. Insert new 6.7 as follows:] 7.3 Marking
5.3.2 Traying and Labeling [Revise 7.3 by deleting the parenthetical
6.7 Traying and Labeling for
[Replace the first sentence in 5.3.2 with Enhanced Carrier Route Letters for ZIP phrase in the second sentence and
new text as follows:] Codes Identified in the City State deleting ‘‘AUTOCR’’ in the last
Instead of preparing overflow AADC Product sentence.]
trays with fewer than 150 pieces, * * * * *
Mailers preparing automation-
mailers may include these pieces in
compatible, barcoded ECR letters that 7.4 General Preparation
mixed AADC trays. * * *
weigh up to 3 ounces for ZIP Codes [Revise 7.4 to delete carrier route
* * * * * identified with a ‘‘C’’ or a ‘‘D’’ in the
[Delete items a through c. Renumber references and add a new last sentence
Carrier Route indicators in the USPS as follows:]
items d and e as new items a and b and City State Product must make full
revise as follows:] Grouping, bundling, and labeling are
carrier route and 5-digit carrier routes
a. AADC (required); 150-piece not generally required or permitted,
trays. Except for card-size pieces, pieces
minimum (overflow allowed); labeling: except bundling is required in any
must not be bundled. Group pieces
* * * mailing consisting entirely of card-size
together by carrier route in 5-digit and
pieces and for pieces in overflow and
* * * * * 3-digit carrier routes trays. If pieces for
b. Mixed AADC (required); no less-than-full trays, and grouping is
one carrier route do not result in a full
minimum; labeling: * * * required under 7.5.
tray, mailers must combine pieces for
* * * * * more than one route to make full 5-digit * * * * *
carrier routes trays, grouping pieces [Delete 7.5 and 7.6 about carrier route
5.4 Nonmachinable Preparation together by carrier route. If pieces for trays and pieces. Renumber 7.7 through
5.4.1 Nonmachinable Bundling multiple carrier routes do not result in 7.9 as new 7.5 through 7.7.]
[Revise renumbered 5.4.1 to delete the a full 5-digit tray, mailers must combine 7.5 Tray Preparation
fourth sentence about manual pieces for more than one 5-digit ZIP
[Add new first, second, and third
processing.] Code to make 3-digit carrier routes trays,
sentences about overflow trays to
grouping pieces together by carrier
* * * * * renumbered 7.5 as follows:]
route. If pieces fill more than one tray
5.4.2 Traying and Labeling but do not fill an additional tray, Instead of preparing overflow trays
mailers must place excess pieces in a with fewer than 150 pieces, mailers may
[Revise introductory text in 5.4.2 and include these pieces in the next tray
tray at the next sortation level.
items a through c as follows:] level if it results in a full tray. Pieces
Preparation sequence, tray size, and
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Overflow trays are not allowed. labeling: must be grouped by destination. When
Preparation sequence, tray size, and a. Carrier route: required; full trays using this option, it must be applied to
labeling: only, no overflow. the entire mailing. Preparation
a. 5-digit (required); 150-piece 1. Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP sequence, tray size, and Line 1 labeling:
minimum; labeling: * * * Code on mail (see 4.0 for overseas [Delete items a through c about carrier
* * * * * military mail). routes trays. Renumber items d through

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g as new items a through d. Revise or 5-digit carrier routes trays, or on 3. The piece is flexible if it can bend
renumbered item a to require 5-digit/ pallets under 705.8.0. at least 1 inch without being damaged.
scheme trays for rate as follows:] 3. The pieces are eligible for and [Insert new 1.5 as follows:]
a. 5-digit/scheme (see 1.4e): optional, claimed at a carrier route rate.
b. Letter-size mailpieces eligible for 1.5 Uniform Thickness
but required for 5-digit rate (150-piece
minimum); overflow allowed; for Line DDU entry under 5.2a are eligible for The contents of a flat-size mailpiece
1, label as follows: DSCF rates under either of these must remain uniformly thick so that the
1. For 5-digit scheme trays, use conditions: dimensions of the envelope, wrapper, or
destination shown in the current USPS 1. The pieces are prepared with sleeve remain constant. If the contents
City State Product. simplified addresses under 602.3.2. are of irregular thickness or significantly
2. For 5-digit trays, use city, state, and 2. Mailers may deposit only one smaller than the envelope, wrapper, or
5-digit ZIP Code destination on pieces mailing (of fewer than 2,500 pieces) per sleeve, those contents must be secured
(see 4.0 for overseas military mail). day. The annual presort mailing fee to prevent shifting within the wrapping
* * * * * must be paid at the office of deposit. during processing and surrounded with
* * * * * material or padding to ensure that the
7.6 Tray Line 2 mailpiece remains uniformly thick.
300 Discount Mail: Flats
* * * * * [Insert new 1.6 as follows:]
[Delete items a through c about carrier 301 Physical Standards
1.6 Flat-Size Pieces Not Eligible for
routes; renumber items d through i as 1.0 Physical Standards for Flats Flat-Size Rates
new items a through f.]
1.1 General Definition of Flat-Size Mailpieces that do not meet the
* * * * * Mail standards in 1.3 through 1.5 are not
246 Enter and Deposit * * * * * eligible for flat-size rates and must pay
* * * * * [Add an exception for Periodicals mail applicable rates as follows:
in item b as follows:] a. First-Class Mail—parcel rates.
4.0 Destination Sectional Center b. Standard Mail—Not Flat-
b. Not more than 15 inches long, or
Facility (DSCF) Entry Machinable or parcel rates.
more than 12 inches high, or greater c. Bound Printed Matter—parcel rates.
* * * * * than 3⁄4 inch thick, except for
[Revise the heading of 2.0 to delete
4.2 Eligibility Periodicals mail under 707.25.3.
‘‘Presorted.’’]
[Replace items c and d with new items
[Revise 4.2 to allow pieces placed in c and d as follows:] 2.0 Physical Standards for
AADC trays in lieu of in 3-digit trays Nonautomation Flats
under 245.7.5 to be eligible for DSCF c. Rectangular.
d. Other size or weight standards may 2.1 First-Class Mail
rates, as follows:]
apply to mail claimed at certain rates,
Pieces in a mailing that meet the [Revise 2.1 as follows:]
mail addressed to certain APOs and
standards in 2.0 and 4.0 are eligible for FPOs, and mail sent by the Department These additional standards apply to
DSCF rates when deposited at a DSCF of State to U.S. government personnel First-Class Mail flat-size pieces:
(or USPS-designated facility); addressed abroad. a. First-Class Mail cannot exceed 13
for delivery within that SCF’s service ounces. First-Class Mail weighing more
area; and placed in a tray that is labeled * * * * * than 13 ounces is Priority Mail.
[Insert new 1.3 through 1.6 as follows:] b. Flat-size pieces that do not meet the
to that DSCF, to the AADC that includes
that DSCF under the preparation option 1.3 Shape standards in 1.3 through 1.5 must be
in 245.7.5, or to a postal facility within prepared as parcels and pay the
Each flat-size piece must be
its service area. See 5.2 for additional applicable parcel rate.
rectangular. See 2.0 for additional
DSCF rate eligibility for letters. standards by class of mail. * * * * *
* * * * * 2.2 Standard Mail
1.4 Flexibility
5.0 Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) 2.2.1 Basic Physical Standards
Entry Flat-size pieces must meet minimum
flexibility criteria. Test flexibility as [Revise the introductory text as follows:]
* * * * * follows: These additional standards apply to
5.2 Eligibility a. For pieces 10 inches or longer: Standard Mail flat-size pieces:
1. Place the piece with the length * * * * *
[Revise 5.2 to reorganize text and perpendicular to the edge of a flat
eliminate the DDU entry discount as [Delete item b. Insert new item b as
surface and extend the piece 5 inches follows:]
follows:] off the surface. b. Flat-size pieces that do not meet the
Letter-size mailpieces are not eligible 2. Press down on the piece at a central standards in 1.3 through 1.5 must be
for a destination delivery unit (DDU) point about an inch off the edge of the prepared as parcels or Not Flat-
discount. Mailers may deposit mail at a surface, exerting a steady pressure. Machinable pieces and pay the parcel or
DDU under all of the following 3. The piece is flexible if it can bend Not Flat-Machinable rates (see 401).
conditions: at least 2 inches without being damaged.
a. Mailers may deposit letter-size b. For pieces less than 10 inches long: * * * * *
[Delete current Exhibit 2.2.1b.]
pieces that meet the standards in 2.0 1. Place the piece with the length
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1. Those pieces are addressed for surface and extend the piece one-half of 2.3 Bound Printed Matter
delivery within that facility’s service its length off the surface.
area (enhanced carrier route only). 2. Press down on the piece at a central 2.3.1 General Standards
2. The pieces are placed in properly point about an inch off the edge of the [Delete item c in 2.3.1. Renumber items
prepared and labeled carrier route trays surface, exerting a steady pressure. a and b as new items b and c. Revise

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the introductory text and insert new 2. Minimum length is 6 inches. 3.4.3 Overhang
item a as follows:] Maximum length is 15 inches. [Revise 3.4.3 by deleting item b and
These additional standards apply to 3. Minimum thickness is 0.009 inch. restructuring the text as follows:]
Bound Printed Matter: Maximum thickness is 0.75 inch.
a. Flat-size pieces that do not meet the For purposes of the polywrap
* * * * * standards for overhang (selvage) only,
standards in 1.3 through 1.5 must be [Revise heading and text of 3.3.4 to
prepared as parcels and pay the the top edge of the mailpiece is one of
delete standards for turning ability and the two physically longer edges of the
applicable parcel rate. add new standards for flexibility as piece, regardless of address orientation
* * * * * follows:] and whether bound or unbound. Any
2.4 Media Mail 3.3.4 Flexibility polywrap overhang (selvage) around the
* * * * * four edges of the mailpiece (top, bottom,
An automation flat-size mailpiece and left and right sides) must meet these
[Delete item c. Renumber items a and b must be flexible (see 1.4) and must meet
as new items b and c. Insert new item standards:
maximum deflection standards. Test a. When the mailpiece contents are
a as follows:] deflection as follows:
a. Flat-size pieces that do not meet the totally positioned at the bottom of the
a. For pieces 10 inches or longer: polywrap, the overhang must not be
standards in 1.3 through 1.5 must be 1. Place the piece with the length
prepared as parcels. more than 0.5 inch at the top of the
perpendicular to the edge of a flat mailpiece.
* * * * * surface and extend the piece 5 inches b. When the mailpiece contents are
2.5 Library Mail off the surface. totally positioned to the left or to the
2. The piece is automation-compatible right side of the polywrap, the overhang
* * * * * if it does not droop more than 4 inches.
[Delete item c. Renumber items a and b must not be more than 1.5 inches on the
b. For pieces less than 10 inches long: opposite side.
as new items b and c. Insert new item 1. Place the piece with the length
a as follows:] c. The polywrap covering must not be
perpendicular to the edge of a flat so tight that it bends the mailpiece.
a. Flat-size pieces that do not meet the surface and extend the piece one-half of
flexibility standards in 1.3 through 1.5 [Delete 3.4.4.]
its length off the surface.
must be prepared as parcels. 2. The piece is automation-compatible * * * * *
* * * * * if it does not droop more than 2 inches. 3.8 Uniformity and Exterior Format
3.0 Physical Standards for [Delete 3.4 to remove the standards for 3.8.1 General
Automation Flats UFSM 1000 flats. Renumber 3.5 through
3.9 as new 3.4 through 3.8.] [Revise 3.8.1 by adding a reference to
3.1 Basic Standards for Automation 1.5 in the first sentence as follows:]
Flats 3.4 Polywrap Coverings A flat-size mailpiece prepared and
[Revise 3.1 as follows:] [Revise heading and text of renumbered claimed at automation rates must be
Flat-size pieces claimed at automation 3.4.1 as follows:] uniformly thick (see 1.5). * * *
rates must meet the standards in 3.0 and * * * * *
the eligibility standards for the class of 3.4.1 Polywrap Films and Similar
Coverings [Delete 3.8.3 (this information was
mail and rate claimed. Pieces prepared relocated to 1.5). Renumber 3.8.4 as new
with polywrap film must meet the When mailers use polywrap film or 3.8.3.]
standards in 3.4. similar material to enclose flat-size
* * * * *
* * * * * mailpieces claimed at automation rates,
[Revise heading of 3.3 as follows:] the material must meet the standards in 302 Elements on the Face of a
3.4. Film approved for use under 3.4.5 Mailpiece
3.3 Additional Criteria for must meet the specifications in Exhibit
Automation Flats * * * * *
3.4.1 as follows:
[Revise the title and text of 3.3.1 as a. Films or similar coverings must 2.0 Placement and Content of Mail
follows:] meet all eight properties in Exhibit Markings
3.3.1 Address Placement on Folded 3.4.1. 2.1 First-Class Mail and Standard
Pieces b. If the address label is affixed to the Mail Markings
outside of the polywrap, the haze
Mailers must design folded pieces so property (property 2) does not apply. 2.1.1 Placement
that the address is in view when the * * * * *
final folded edge is at the bottom of the 3.4.2 Wrap Direction and Seam
[Revise items b and b3 as follows:]
piece and any intermediate bound or Placement
folded edge is to the right. b. Other Markings. Mailers may place
* * * * * rate-specific markings as follows:
3.3.2 Shape and Size [Revise item a as follows:]
* * * * *
[Revise 3.3.2 to specify the minimum a. The wrap direction must be around 3. If preceded by two asterisks (**),
and maximum dimensions as follows:] the longer axis of the mailpiece, with the ‘‘AUTO,’’ ‘‘PRESORTED’’ (or
Each flat-size piece must be the seam parallel to that axis. The longer ‘‘PRSRT’’), ‘‘CUSTOMIZED
rectangular. The following minimum axis is always parallel to the length of MARKETMAIL’’ (or ‘‘CUST MKTMAIL’’
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and maximum dimensions apply to the mailpiece. or ‘‘CMM’’), or ‘‘Single-Piece’’ (or


First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, [Revise the first sentence in item b as ‘‘SNGLP’’) markings also may be placed
Periodicals (except under 707.25.3), and follows:] on the line directly above or two lines
Bound Printed Matter pieces: b. The preferred seam placement is on above the address in a mailer keyline or
1. Minimum height is 5 inches. the nonaddressed side of the mailpiece. a manifest keyline, or it may be placed
Maximum height is 12 inches. * * * above the address and below the postage

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in an MLOCR ink-jet printed date may be used during the following 12 mailers of all discount letters, flats, and
correction/meter drop shipment line. months to meet the ZIP Code accuracy parcels must properly code and match
* * * * * standard required for mailing at any their address lists using one of the
other class of mail and rate. CASS-certified address matching
2.1.2 Exceptions to Markings methods in 708.3.0 and use the correct
* * * * *
* * * * * ZIP+4 code on each mailpiece. Mailers
[Delete ‘‘AUTOCR’’ in item b as 4.0 Additional Eligibility Standards are encouraged to begin this practice
follows:] for Nonautomation First-Class Mail immediately. Except for mail bearing a
b. Manifest Mailings. The basic Flats simplified address, addresses used on
marking must appear in the postage area * * * * * pieces claiming discount rates must
on each piece. The two-letter rate [Revise the heading and text in 4.3 as meet these requirements:
category code required in the keyline on follows:] a. Each address and associated ZIP+4
manifest mailing pieces prepared under or 5-digit ZIP Code used on the
4.3 Nonmachinable Flat-Size Pieces mailpieces in a mailing must be verified
705.2.0 meets the requirement for other
rate markings. Flat-size pieces that do not meet the and corrected within 12 months before
* * * * * standards in 301.1.3 through 301.1.5 the mailing date with one of the USPS-
must be prepared as parcels and pay the approved methods in 3.8.2.
330 Discount Flats: First-Class Mail applicable parcel rate. [Delete item b and renumber items c
333 Rates and Eligibility * * * * * and d as new items b and c.]
[We provide the proposed rates and fees 5.0 Additional Eligibility Standards * * * * *
for all First-Class Mail services in ‘‘Rates for Automation Rate First-Class Mail 4.0 Rate Eligibility for Standard Mail
and Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after Flats
all of the proposed mailing standards.] * * * * *
* * * * *
1.0 Rates and Fees for First-Class Mail [Delete 5.2 and renumber 5.3 through 4.2 Minimum Per Piece Rates
1.1 Rate Application 5.6 as new 5.2 through 5.5.] * * * * *
* * * * * [Revise item b2 to change the rates for
[Revise 1.1 as follows:] Customized MarketMail to the NFM
Postage is based on the flat-size rate 340 Discount Flats: Standard Mail rates as follows:]
that applies to the weight of each 343 Rates and Eligibility 2. Pieces mailed as Customized
addressed piece. MarketMail under 705.1.0 must pay
[We provide the proposed rates and fees
* * * * * Regular or Nonprofit Standard Mail 5-
for all Standard Mail services in ‘‘Rates
3.0 Rate Eligibility for First-Class Mail and Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after digit nonentry rates for Not Flat-
Flats all of the proposed mailing standards.] Machinable pieces and must not exceed
3.3 ounces.
* * * * * * * * * *
* * * * *
3.6 ZIP Code Accuracy 3.0 Basic Standards for Standard Mail [Revise heading and text of 4.4 as
Flats follows:]
3.6.1 Basic Standards
* * * * * 4.4 Rigid Flat-Size Pieces
[Revise 3.6.1 as follows:]
The ZIP Code accuracy standard is a 3.2 Defining Characteristics Flat-size pieces that do not meet the
means of ensuring that the ZIP+4 or 5- [Revise heading and text of 3.2.1 as standards in 301.1.3 through 301.1.5
digit ZIP Code in the delivery address follows:] must be prepared as parcels or Not Flat-
correctly matches the delivery address Machinable pieces and pay parcel or
information. For the purposes of this 3.2.1 Mailpiece Weight Limit, Shape, Not Flat-Machinable rates (see 401).
standard, address means a specific and Flexibility [Revise heading of 5.0 as follows:]
address associated with a specific ZIP+4 All Standard Mail pieces must weigh
or 5-digit ZIP Code. Effective July 2009, 5.0 Additional Eligibility Standards
less than 16 ounces. Flat-size pieces that
mailers of all discount letters, flats, and for Nonautomation Standard Mail Flats
do not meet the standards in 301.1.3
parcels must properly code and match through 301.1.5 must be prepared as * * * * *
their address lists using one of the parcels or Not Flat-Machinable pieces [Replace 5.3 and 5.4 with new 5.3
CASS-certified address matching and pay parcel or Not Flat-Machinable through 5.6 as follows:]
methods in 708.3.0 and use the correct rates (see 401). 5.3 5-Digit Rates for Flats
ZIP+4 code on each mailpiece. Mailers * * * * *
are encouraged to begin this practice The 5-digit rate applies to flat-size
immediately. Addresses used on pieces 3.8 ZIP Code Accuracy pieces:
claiming discount rates must meet these 3.8.1 Basic Standards a. In a 5-digit/scheme bundle of 10 or
requirements: more pieces, or 15 or more pieces, as
a. Each address and associated ZIP+4 [Revise the introductory text and item a applicable; properly placed in a 5-digit/
or 5-digit ZIP Code used on the in 3.8.1 as follows:] scheme sack containing at least 125
mailpieces in a mailing must be verified The ZIP Code accuracy standard is a pieces or 15 pounds of pieces.
and corrected within 12 months before means of ensuring that the ZIP+4 or 5- b. When palletized under 705.8.0 and
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the mailing date with one of the USPS- digit ZIP Code in the delivery address 705.10.0 through 705.13.0, in a 5-digit/
approved methods in 3.6.2. correctly matches the delivery address scheme bundle of 10 or more pieces, or
b. If an address used on a mailpiece information. For the purposes of this 15 or more pieces, as applicable.
in a mailing at one class of mail and rate standard, address means a specific c. In a 5-digit bundle of 10 or more
is verified and corrected with an address associated with a specific ZIP+4 pieces, or 15 or more pieces, as
approved method, the same address or 5-digit ZIP Code. Effective July 2009, applicable; properly placed in a merged

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5-digit/scheme or 5-digit sack under compatibility standards in 301.3.0: as applicable, using the OEL ‘‘label to’’
705.10.0. * * * 3-digit ZIP Code.
5.4 3-Digit Rates for Flats * * * * * * * * * *
k. 3-digit scheme bundles for flats [Revise 5.0 to change ‘‘presorted’’ flats
The 3-digit rate applies to flat-size to ‘‘nonautomation’’ flats throughout.]
pieces: meeting the automation-compatibility
a. In a 5-digit/scheme bundle of 10 or standards in 301.3.0: * * * 5.0 Preparation for Nonautomation
more pieces, or 15 or more pieces, as * * * * * Flats
applicable, or in a 3-digit/scheme 1.4 Preparation Definitions and 5.1 Basic Standards
bundle of 10 or more pieces; properly Instructions
placed in a 3-digit sack of at least 125 * * * * *
pieces or 15 pounds of pieces. * * * * * [Revise item a as follows:]
b. When palletized under 705.8.0 and [Revise item f as follows:] a. All pieces must be in the flat-size
705.10.0 through 705.13.0, in a 3-digit/ processing category.
f. A 5-digit scheme sort for flats
scheme bundle of 10 or more pieces. [Revise item b by deleting ‘‘AUTOCR.’’]
meeting the automation-compatibility
5.5 ADC Rates for Flats standards in 301.3.0 yields 5-digit * * * * *
ADC rates apply to flat-size pieces: scheme bundles for those 5-digit ZIP 5.3 Bundling and Labeling
a. In a 5-digit/scheme, 3-digit/scheme, Codes identified in L007 and 5-digit
[Add a new first sentence to 5.3 as
or ADC bundle of 10 or more pieces bundles for other ZIP Codes. When
follows:]
properly placed in an ADC sack of at standards require 5-digit/scheme sort,
mailers must prepare all possible 5-digit Only pieces meeting the automation-
least 125 pieces or 15 pounds of pieces. compatibility criteria in 301.3.0 may be
b. When palletized under 705.8.0 and scheme bundles and sacks of flats, then
prepare all possible 5-digit bundles and prepared in 5-digit scheme bundles for
705.10 through 705.13, in an ADC those 5-digit ZIP Codes identified in
bundle of 10 or more pieces; properly sacks. The 5-digit ZIP Codes in each
scheme are treated as a single presort L007 and in 3-digit scheme bundles for
placed on an ADC pallet. those 3-digit ZIP Codes identified in
destination subject to a single minimum
5.6 Mixed ADC Rates for Flats volume, with no further separation L008. * * *
required. Bundles prepared for a 5-digit [Revise items a and b as follows:]
Mixed ADC rates apply to flat-size
pieces in bundles that do not qualify for scheme destination that contain pieces a. 5-digit/scheme (required), see
5-digit, 3 digit, or ADC rates; placed in for only one of the schemed 5-digit ZIP definition in 1.4f.
mixed ADC sacks or on ASF, BMC, or Codes are still considered 5-digit b. 3-digit/scheme (required), see
mixed BMC pallets under 705.8.0. scheme sorted and are labeled definition in 1.4n.
* * * * * accordingly. Label mailpieces using an * * * * *
optional endorsement line (OEL) under 5.7 Sacking and Labeling
7.0 Additional Eligibility Standards 708.7.0. Place bundles in appropriate
for Automation Standard Mail Flats containers using the OEL ‘‘label to’’ 5- * * * * *
digit ZIP Code. [Revise item a as follows:]
* * * * *
* * * * * a. 5-digit/scheme for pieces meeting
7.2 Rate Application the automation-compatibility criteria in
[Revise item h by replacing ‘‘Presorted’’ 301.3.0 (required), see definition in 1.4f;
[Revise 7.2 as follows:] with ‘‘nonautomation’’ in the first
Automation rates apply to each piece 125-piece or 15-pound minimum;
sentence and ‘‘irregular parcels’’ with labeling:
properly sorted into qualifying groups: ‘‘nonmachinable parcels’’ in the fifth
a. The 5-digit rate applies to flat-size 1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks use
sentence.] L007, Column B. For 5-digit sacks, use
pieces in a 5-digit/scheme bundle of 10
or more pieces, or 15 or more pieces, as * * * * * city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code
applicable. [Revise item n as follows:] destination on pieces. (see 4.2 for
b. The 3-digit rate applies to flat-size overseas military mail).
n. A 3-digit scheme sort for flats
pieces in a 3-digit/scheme bundle of 10 2. Line 2: For 5-digit scheme sacks,
meeting the automation-compatibility
or more pieces. ‘‘STD FLTS 5D SCH NON BC.’’ For 5-
standards in 301.3.0 yields 3-digit
c. The ADC rate applies to flat-size digit sacks, ‘‘STD FLTS 5D NON BC.’’
scheme bundles for those 3-digit ZIP
pieces in an ADC bundle of 10 or more Codes identified in L008. When * * * * *
pieces. standards require 3-digit/scheme sort,
d. The mixed ADC rate applies to flat- 7.0 Preparation for Automation Rate
mailers must prepare all possible 3-digit Flats
size pieces in mixed ADC bundles (no scheme bundles of flats, then prepare all
minimum). [Delete 7.4. Renumber 7.5 through 7.9 as
possible 3-digit bundles. The 3-digit ZIP
* * * * * new 7.4 through 7.8.]
Codes in each scheme are treated as a
345 Mail Preparation single presort destination subject to a 7.4 Standard Mail Bundle Preparation
single minimum volume, with no 7.4.1 Bundling and Labeling
1.0 General Information for Mail further separation by 3-digit ZIP Code
Preparation required. Bundles prepared for a 3-digit * * * * *
* * * * * scheme destination that contain pieces [Revise item a to require 5-digit/scheme
for only one of the schemed 3-digit ZIP preparation as follows:]
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1.3 Terms for Presort Levels Codes are still considered 3-digit a. 5-digit/scheme (required); see
* * * * * scheme sorted and are labeled definition in 1.4f * * *
[Revise the first sentence in items c and accordingly. Label mailpieces using an * * * * *
K as follows:] optional endorsement line (OEL) under [Delete item b. Renumber item c as new
c. 5-digit scheme (bundles and sacks) 708.7.0. Place 3-digit scheme bundles in item b and revise to require 3-digit
for flats meeting the automation- 3-digit through mixed ADC containers, scheme preparation as follows:]

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b. 3-digit/scheme (required); see [Revise the heading of renumbered 1.4 h. 3-digit scheme bundles for flats
definition in 1.4n * * * as follows:] meeting the automation-compatibility
* * * * * standards in 301.3.0: * * *
1.4 Discount Bound Printed Matter
[Delete current item d. Renumber items Rates * * * * *
e and f as new items c and d.]
* * * * * 1.4 Preparation Definitions and
* * * * * Instructions
[Insert new 1.4.3 as follows:]
[Delete renumbered 7.4.2. Renumber
7.4.3 and 7.4.4 as new 7.4.2 and 7.4.3.] 1.4.3 Rigid Flat-Size Pieces * * * * *
[Revise item e for 5-digit scheme sort as
7.4.3 Sacking and Labeling Flat-size pieces that do not meet the follows:]
standards in 301.1.3 through 301.1.5 e. A 5-digit scheme sort for flats
* * * * *
must be prepared as parcels and pay the meeting the automation-compatibility
[Revise item a in renumbered 7.4.3 as
applicable parcel rate based on weight standards in 301.3.0 yields 5-digit
follows:]
and zone. scheme bundles for those 5-digit ZIP
a. 5-digit/scheme (required containing
5-digit scheme bundles only; see * * * * * Codes identified in L007 and 5-digit
definition in 1.4f); 125-piece or 15- 3.0 Basic Standards for Bound Printed bundles for other ZIP Codes. When
pound minimum, labeling: Matter Flats standards require 5-digit/scheme sort,
1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks use mailers must prepare all possible 5-digit
* * * * * scheme bundles and sacks of flats before
L007, Column B. For 5-digit sacks use
city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on mail 3.3 ZIP Code Accuracy preparing 5-digit bundles and sacks.
(see 4.2 for overseas military mail). The 5-digit ZIP Codes in each scheme
3.3.1 Basic Standards are treated as a single presort
2. Line 2: For 5-digit scheme sacks,
‘‘STD FLTS 5D SCH BC.’’ For 5-digit [Revise the introductory text and item a destination subject to a single minimum
sacks, ‘‘STD FLTS 5D BC.’’ in 3.3.1 as follows:] volume, with no further separation
[Delete item b. Renumber items c though The ZIP Code accuracy standard is a required. Bundles prepared for a 5-digit
f as items b through e.] means of ensuring that the ZIP+4 or 5- scheme destination that contain pieces
digit ZIP Code in the delivery address for only one of the schemed 5-digit ZIP
* * * * * Codes are still considered 5-digit
[Delete current 7.6; renumber current correctly matches the delivery address
information. For the purposes of this scheme sorted and are labeled
7.7 through 7.9 as new 7.5 through 7.7 accordingly. Label mailpieces using an
Revise renumbered 7.5 through 7.7 by standard, address means a specific
address associated with a specific ZIP+4 optional endorsement line (OEL) under
replacing ‘‘presorted’’ with 708.7.0. Place bundles in appropriate
‘‘nonautomation’’ throughout.] or 5-digit ZIP Code. Effective July 2009,
mailers of all discount letters, flats, and containers using the OEL ‘‘label to’’ 5-
7.7 Exception—Automation and parcels must properly code and match digit ZIP Code.
Nonautomation Pieces on Pallets their address lists using one of the * * * * *
[Replace ‘‘nonletter’’ with ‘‘flat-size’’ CASS-certified address matching [Revise item g for 3-digit scheme sort as
throughout renumbered 7.7.] methods in 708.3.0 and use the correct follows:]
* * * * * ZIP+4 code on each mailpiece. Mailers g. A 3-digit scheme sort for flats
are encouraged to begin this practice meeting the automation-compatibility
360 Discount Flats: Bound Printed immediately. Except for mail bearing a standards in 301.3.0 yields 3-digit
Matter simplified address, addresses used on scheme bundles for those 3-digit ZIP
[Incorporate the standards for Bound pieces claiming discount rates must Codes identified in L008. When
Printed Matter in 160 into 360. Make meet these requirements: standards require 3-digit/scheme sort,
revisions throughout to change single- a. Each address and associated ZIP+4 mailers must prepare all possible 3-digit
piece Bound Printed Matter to or 5-digit ZIP Code used on the scheme bundles of flats before preparing
‘‘nonpresorted’’ Bound Printed Matter mailpieces in a mailing must be verified 3-digit bundles. The 3-digit ZIP Codes
and make following additional and corrected within 12 months before in each scheme are treated as a single
changes:] the mailing date with one of the USPS- presort destination subject to a single
approved methods in 3.3.2. minimum volume, with no further
363 Rates and Eligibility [Delete item b and renumber items c separation by 3-digit ZIP Code required.
[We provide the proposed rates and fees and d as new items b and c.] Bundles prepared for a 3-digit scheme
for all Bound Printed Matter services in * * * * * destination that contain pieces for only
‘‘Rates and Fees’’ at the end of this one of the schemed 3-digit ZIP Codes
notice, after all of the proposed mailing 365 Mail Preparation are still considered 3-digit scheme
standards.] 1.0 General Information for Mail sorted and are labeled accordingly.
Preparation Mailpieces must be labeled using an
1.0 Rates and Fees for Bound Printed optional endorsement line (OEL) under
Matter * * * * * 708.7.0. Three-digit scheme bundles are
* * * * * 1.3 Terms for Presort Levels placed in 3-digit through mixed ADC
[Renumber 1.3 through 1.5 as new 1.4 containers, as applicable, using the OEL
* * * * *
through 1.6. Insert new 1.3 as follows:] ‘‘label to’’ 3-digit ZIP Code.
[Revise the first sentence in items c and
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1.3 Nonpresorted Bound Printed h as follows:] * * * * *


Matter Rates c. 5-digit scheme (bundles and sacks) 5.0 Preparation for Presorted Flats
Flat-size pieces that do not meet the for flats meeting the automation- * * * * *
standards in 301.1.3 through 301.1.5 compatibility standards in 301.3.0:
must pay the applicable parcel rate * * * 5.2 Bundling
based on weight and zone. * * * * * * * * * *

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5.2.2 Bundling and Labeling 7.4 Sacking applicable parcel rate based on weight
7.4.1 Sack Preparation and Labeling and entry.
[Add a new first sentence to 5.2.2 as
follows:] * * * * *
* * * * *
Only pieces meeting the automation- [Revise item a as follows. Delete item b 375 Mail Preparation
compatibility criteria in 301.3.0 may be and renumber items c through f as new 1.0 General Information for Mail
prepared in 5-digit scheme bundles for items b through e.] Preparation
those 5-digit ZIP Codes identified in a. 5-digit/scheme (see 1.4e) (required),
L007 and in 3-digit scheme bundles for minimum 20 addressed pieces; labeling: * * * * *
those 3-digit ZIP Codes identified in 1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks, 1.3 Terms for Presort Levels
L008. * * * use L007, Column B. For 5-digit sacks,
* * * * *
[Revise items a and b to make 5-digit use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on
[Renumber item b as new item c. Insert
and 3-digit schemes required as mail (see 4.2 for overseas military mail).
new item b for 5-digit scheme sort as
follows:] 2. Line 2: ‘‘PSVC FLTS 5D SCH BC.’’
follows:]
a. 5-digit scheme (required); red Label * * * * *
5 or optional endorsement line (OEL). b. 5-digit scheme (bundles and sacks)
See definition in 1.4e. 366 Enter and Deposit for flats meeting the automation-
1.0 Presenting a Mailing compatibility standards in 301.3.0: the
b. 3-digit scheme (required); green
ZIP Code in the delivery address on all
Label 3 or OEL. See definition in 1.4g. [Revise the heading of 1.1 as follows:] pieces begins with one of the 5-digit ZIP
5.3 Sacking 1.1 Verification and Entry—Presorted, Code zones processed by the USPS as a
* * * * * Carrier Route, Destination Entry, and single scheme, as shown in L007.
Barcoded Mailings * * * * *
5.3.5 Sacking and Labeling [Renumber items d and f as new items
* * * * *
* * * * * e and g. Insert new item d for 3-digit
[Renumber 1.2 through 1.5 as new 1.3
[Revise items a and a1 as follows:] scheme sort as follows:]
through 1.6. Insert new 1.2 as follows:]
a. 5-digit/scheme for pieces meeting d. 3-digit scheme bundles for flats
1.2 Verification and Entry— meeting the automation-compatibility
the automation-compatibility criteria in
Nonpresorted Mailings standards in 301.3.0: the ZIP Code in
301.3.0 (see 1.4e) (required), minimum
20 addressed pieces; labeling: Nonpresorted rate Bound Printed the delivery address on all pieces begins
1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks, Matter is not offered at post offices, with one of the 3-digit ZIP Code zones
use L007, Column B. For 5-digit sacks, branches, stations, or through Postal processed by the USPS as a single
use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on Service carriers, except under 1.2c and scheme, as shown in L008.
mail (see 4.5 for overseas military mail). 1.2d. Mailers must deposit * * * * *
2. Line 2: For 5-digit scheme sacks, ‘‘ Nonpresorted Bound Printed Matter as
1.4 Preparation Definitions and
PSVC FLTS 5D SCH NON BC.’’ For 5- follows:
a. At the time and place specified by Instructions
digit sacks, ‘‘PSVC FLTS 5D NON BC.’’
the postmaster at the office of mailing. * * * * *
* * * * * b. For metered mail, at other than the [Renumber items c through f as new
7.0 Preparation for Barcoded Flats licensing post office only as permitted items e through h. Insert new items c
under 705.17.0, Metered Mail Drop and d for 5-digit and 3-digit scheme
* * * * *
Shipment. sorts as follows:]
7.3 Bundling c. For permit imprint mail, only at the c. A 5-digit scheme sort for flats
* * * * * post office where the permit is held (see meeting the automation-compatibility
604.5.0). standards in 301.3.0 yields 5-digit
7.3.2 Bundle Preparation d. At any post office, branch, or scheme bundles for those 5-digit ZIP
* * * * * station, or with a Postal Service carrier, Codes identified in L007 and 5-digit
[Revise items a and b as follows to make if the correct postage is applied, bundles for other ZIP Codes. When
5-digit and 3-digit schemes required. including postage for any extra service standards require 5-digit/scheme sort,
Delete item d and renumber items e and elected. mailers must prepare all possible 5-digit
f as new items d and e.] * * * * * scheme bundles and sacks of flats before
preparing 5-digit bundles and sacks.
a. 5-digit/scheme: (required); 370 Discount Flats: Media Mail
The 5-digit ZIP Codes in each scheme
minimum 10 pieces or 10 pounds, 373 Rates and Eligibility are treated as a single presort
maximum weight 20 pounds; optional
[We provide the proposed rates and fees destination subject to a single minimum
endorsement line (OEL) required. See
for all Media Mail services in ‘‘Rates volume, with no further separation
definition in 1.4e.
and Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after required. Bundles prepared for a 5-digit
b. 3-digit/scheme (required);
all of the proposed mailing standards.] scheme destination that contain pieces
minimum 10 pieces or 10 pounds,
for only one of the schemed 5-digit ZIP
maximum weight 20 pounds; OEL 1.0 Rates and Fees for Media Mail Codes are still considered 5-digit
required. See definition in 1.4g.
* * * * * scheme sorted and are labeled
* * * * * [Renumber 1.3 through 1.5 as new 1.4 accordingly. Label mailpieces using an
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7.3.3 Scheme Bundle Preparation through 1.6. Insert new 1.3 as follows:] optional endorsement line (OEL) under
708.7.0. Place bundles in appropriate
[Revise 7.3.3 as follows:] 1.3 Rigid Flat-Size Pieces containers using the OEL ‘‘label to’’ 5-
See 1.4e and 1.4g for additional Flat-size pieces that do not meet the digit ZIP Code.
standards for pieces prepared in scheme standards in 301.1.3 through 301.1.5 d. A 3-digit scheme sort for flats
bundles. must be prepared as parcels and pay the meeting the automation-compatibility

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standards in 301.3.0 yields 3-digit 2. Line 2: For 5-digit scheme sacks, ‘‘ bundles for other ZIP Codes. When
scheme bundles for those 3-digit ZIP PSVC FLTS 5D SCH NON BC.’’ For 5- standards require 5-digit/scheme sort,
Codes identified in L008. When digit sacks, ‘‘PSVC FLTS 5D NON BC.’’ mailers must prepare all possible 5-digit
standards require 3-digit/scheme sort, * * * * * scheme bundles and sacks of flats before
mailers must prepare all possible 3-digit preparing 5-digit bundles and sacks.
scheme bundles of flats before preparing 380 Discount Flats: Library Mail The 5-digit ZIP Codes in each scheme
3-digit bundles. The 3-digit ZIP Codes 383 Rates and Eligibility are treated as a single presort
in each scheme are treated as a single [We provide the proposed rates and fees
destination subject to a single minimum
presort destination subject to a single for all Library Mail services in ‘‘Rates
volume, with no further separation
minimum volume, with no further and Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after
required. Bundles prepared for a 5-digit
separation by 3-digit ZIP Code required. all of the proposed mailing standards.]
scheme destination that contain pieces
Bundles prepared for a 3-digit scheme for only one of the schemed 5-digit ZIP
destination that contain pieces for only 1.0 Rates and Fees for Library Mail Codes are still considered 5-digit
one of the schemed 3-digit ZIP Codes * * * * * scheme sorted and are labeled
are still considered 3-digit scheme [Renumber 1.3 through 1.5 as new 1.4 accordingly. Label mailpieces using an
sorted and are labeled accordingly. through 1.6. Insert new 1.3 as follows:] optional endorsement line (OEL) under
Mailpieces must be labeled using an 708.7.0. Place bundles in appropriate
optional endorsement line (OEL) under 1.3 Rigid Flat-Size Pieces containers using the OEL ‘‘label to’’ 5-
708.7.0. Place 3-digit scheme bundles in Flat-size pieces that do not meet the digit ZIP Code.
3-digit through mixed ADC containers, standards in 301.1.3 through 301.1.5 d. A 3-digit scheme sort for flats
as applicable, using the OEL ‘‘label to’’ must be prepared as parcels and pay the meeting the automation-compatibility
3-digit ZIP Code. applicable parcel rate based on weight standards in 301.3.0 yields 3-digit
* * * * * and entry. scheme bundles for those 3-digit ZIP
* * * * * Codes identified in L008. When
5.0 Preparation for Presorted Flats standards require 3-digit/scheme sort,
* * * * * 385 Mail Preparation mailers must prepare all possible 3-digit
1.0 General Information for Mail scheme bundles of flats before preparing
5.2 Bundling
Preparation 3-digit bundles. The 3-digit ZIP Codes
* * * * * in each scheme are treated as a single
* * * * *
presort destination subject to a single
5.2.2 Bundling and Labeling
1.3 Terms for Presort Levels minimum volume, with no further
[Add a new first sentence to 5.2.2 as * * * * * separation by 3-digit ZIP Code required.
follows:] [Renumber item b as new item c. Insert Bundles prepared for a 3-digit scheme
new item b for 5-digit scheme sort as destination that contain pieces for only
Only pieces meeting the automation- one of the schemed 3-digit ZIP Codes
compatibility criteria in 301.3.0 may be follows:]
are still considered 3-digit scheme
prepared in 5-digit scheme bundles for b. 5-digit scheme (bundles and sacks)
sorted and are labeled accordingly.
those 5-digit ZIP Codes identified in for flats meeting the automation-
Mailpieces must be labeled using an
L007 and in 3-digit scheme bundles for compatibility standards in 301.3.0: the
optional endorsement line (OEL) under
those 3-digit ZIP Codes identified in ZIP Code in the delivery address on all
708.7.0. Place 3-digit scheme bundles in
L008. * * * pieces begins with one of the 5-digit ZIP
3-digit through mixed ADC containers,
Code zones processed by the USPS as a
[Revise items a and b to make 5-digit as applicable, using the OEL ‘‘label to’’
single scheme, as shown in L007.
and 3-digit schemes required as 3-digit ZIP Code.
* * * * *
follows:] * * * * *
[Renumber items d and f as new items
a. 5-digit/scheme (optional, but e and g. Insert new item d for 3-digit 5.0 Preparation for Presorted Flats
required for 5-digit rate); red Label 5 or scheme sort as follows:] * * * * *
optional endorsement line (OEL). See d. 3-digit scheme bundles for flats
definition in 1.4c. meeting the automation-compatibility 5.2 Bundling
b. 3-digit/scheme (required); green standards in 301.3.0: the ZIP Code in * * * * *
Label 3 or OEL. See definition in 1.4d. the delivery address on all pieces begins
with one of the 3-digit ZIP Code zones 5.2.2 Bundling and Labeling
5.3 Sacking processed by the USPS as a single [Add a new first sentence to 5.2.2 as
* * * * * scheme, as shown in L008. follows:]
* * * * * Only pieces meeting the automation-
5.3.2 Sacking and Labeling
1.4 Preparation Definitions and compatibility criteria in 301.3.0 may be
* * * * *
Instructions prepared in 5-digit scheme bundles for
[Revise item a as follows:] those 5-digit ZIP Codes identified in
* * * * * L007 and in 3-digit scheme bundles for
a. 5-digit/scheme for pieces meeting [Renumber items c through f as new
the automation-compatibility criteria in those 3-digit ZIP Codes identified in
items e through h. Insert new items c
301.3.0 (see 1.4c) (optional, but required L008. * * *
and d for 5-digit and 3-digit scheme
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for 5-digit rate), minimum 10 addressed sorts as follows:] [Revise items a and b as follows to make
pieces; labeling: c. A 5-digit scheme sort for flats 5-digit and 3-digit schemes required:]
1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks, meeting the automation-compatibility a. 5-digit scheme (optional, but
use L007, Column B. For 5-digit sacks, standards in 301.3.0 yields 5-digit required for 5-digit rate); red Label 5 or
use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on scheme bundles for those 5-digit ZIP optional endorsement line (OEL). See
mail (see 4.5 for overseas military mail). Codes identified in L007 and 5-digit definition in 1.4c.

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b. 3-digit scheme (required); green 2.2 Standard Mail Parcels and Not 2.0 Placement and Content of
Label 3 or OEL. See definition in 1.4d. Flat-Machinable Pieces Markings
5.3 Sacking [Revise heading and text of 2.2.1 as 2.1 First-Class Mail and Standard
follows:] Mail Markings
* * * * *
2.2.1 Additional Physical Standards 2.1.1 Placement
5.3.2 Sacking and Labeling
* * * * *
* * * * * Each piece must weigh less than 16
ounces. [Renumber item c as new item d. Insert
[Revise items a and a1 as follows:]
new item c as follows:]
a. 5-digit/scheme for pieces meeting [Revise heading and text of 2.2.2 as
the automation-compatibility criteria in c. Mark each NFM ‘‘NOT FLAT-
follows:]
301.3.0 (see 1.4c) (optional, but required MACHINABLE’’ or ‘‘NFM’’ in capital
for 5-digit rate), minimum 10 addressed 2.2.2 Not Flat-Machinable Pieces letters, either by including the marking
pieces; labeling: in the optional endorsement line or by
Rectangular Standard Mail pieces placing the marking immediately to the
1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks, with any of the following characteristics
use L007, Column B. For 5-digit sacks, left of or below the postage area. See
must be prepared as Not Flat- 402.2.1.1.
use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on Machinable (NFM) pieces or as parcels:
mail (see 4.5 for overseas military mail). * * * * *
a. Rigid pieces that do not meet the
2. Line 2: For 5-digit scheme sacks, ‘‘ flexibility criteria in 301.1.4. 430 Discount Parcels: First-Class Mail
PSVC FLTS 5D SCH NON BC.’’ For 5-
digit sacks, ‘‘ PSVC FLTS 5D NON BC.’’ b. Pieces over 15 inches long, up to 433 Rates and Eligibility
a maximum of 153⁄4 inches long.
* * * * * [We provide the proposed rates and fees
c. Pieces over 3/4 inch thick, up to a for all First-Class Mail services in ‘‘Rates
400 Discount Mail: Parcels maximum of 11⁄4 inches thick. and Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after
[Change the terminology from d. Pieces less than either 5 inches all of the proposed mailing standards.]
‘‘irregular’’ parcels to ‘‘nonmachinable’’ high or 6 inches long (but no less than
parcels and from ‘‘IRREG’’ to ‘‘NON 4 inches high or 4 inches long) and 1.0 Rates and Fees for First-Class Mail
MACH’’ throughout 400.] between 1⁄4 and 11⁄4 inches thick. * * * * *
401 Physical Standards e. Nonmachinable letter-size pieces [Revise 1.4 to change heading and text
weighing more than 3.3 ounces, unless describing the surcharge as follows:]
1.0 Physical Standards for Parcels they qualify to be mailed as flats.
1.4 Surcharge
[Revise the heading of 1.1 as follows:] [Delete current 2.2.3 and replace with
new 2.2.3 as follows:] Unless prepared in 5-digit/scheme
1.1 Processing Categories sacks or paid at the single-piece rates,
[Revise the first sentence of 1.1 as 2.2.3 Surcharge presorted parcels are subject to a $0.05
follows:] surcharge if any of the following
Unless prepared in 5-digit/scheme
USPS categorizes parcels into one of characteristics apply:
containers, Standard Mail parcels and
three mail processing categories: Not Flat-Machinable pieces are subject a. The parcels weigh less than 2
machinable, nonmachinable, or outside to a $0.05 surcharge if: ounces.
parcel. * * * a. The machinable or nonmachinable b. The parcels do not bear a UCC/EAN
* * * * * parcels do not bear a UCC/EAN 128 128 or POSTNET barcode.
barcode. c. The parcels are irregularly shaped,
1.5 Machinable Parcels such as rolls, tubes, and triangles.
b. The Not Flat-Machinable pieces
* * * * * weigh 6 ounces or more and do not bear * * * * *
[Delete 1.5.4, Exclusions.] a UCC/EAN 128 barcode. [Insert new 4.0 to describe Presorted
* * * * * c. The Not Flat-Machinable pieces parcel rates as follows:]
2.0 Additional Physical Standards by weigh less than 6 ounces and do not 4.0 Rate Eligibility for Presorted First-
Class of Mail bear a UCC/EAN 128 or POSTNET Class Mail Parcels
barcode.
2.1 First-Class Mail Parcels 4.1 5-Digit Rate
* * * * * 2.3 Parcel Post
The 5-digit rate applies to presorted
[Delete current 2.1.2 and replace with 2.3.1 General Standards parcels in a 5-digit/scheme sack
new 2.1.2 as follows:] * * * * * containing at least 10 pounds of parcels.
2.1.2 Surcharge [Revise item b as follows:] 4.2 3-Digit Rate
Unless prepared in 5-digit sacks or b. An item weighing less than 20 The 3-digit rate applies to presorted
paid at a single-piece rate, presorted pounds but measuring more than 84 parcels in a 3-digit sack containing at
parcels are subject to a $0.05 surcharge inches (but not more than 108 inches) least 10 pounds of parcels.
if any of the following characteristics in combined length and girth is charged
apply: the rate for a 20-pound parcel for the 4.3 ADC Rate
a. The parcels do not bear a UCC/EAN zone to which it is addressed (balloon The ADC rate applies to presorted
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b. The parcels weigh less than 2 * * * * * least 10 pounds of parcels.
ounces.
c. The parcels are irregularly shaped, 402 Elements on the Face of a 4.4 Single-Piece Rate
such as rolls, tubes, and triangles. Mailpiece The single-piece rate applies to
[Revise the heading of 2.2 as follows:] * * * * * presorted parcels in a mixed ADC sack.

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434 Postage Payment and applicable preparation requirements or to either a single minimum per piece
Documentation the size of the individual pieces. rate or a combined piece/pound rate,
* * * * * * * * * * depending on the weight of the
[Delete 2.0, Bundles, and renumber 3.0 individual pieces in the mailing under
2.0 Postage Payment for Presorted through 5.0 as new 2.0 through 4.0.] 4.2 or 4.3. Only organizations
Parcels * * * * * authorized by the USPS under 703.1.0
* * * * * may mail at Nonprofit rates.
3.0 Sack Labels
2.2 Affixed Postage for Presorted 4.2 Minimum Per Piece Rates
* * * * *
First-Class Mail * * * * *
3.4 Line 2 (Content Line) [Revise item b by deleting the text that
* * * * *
[Revise the table in renumbered 3.4 to does not apply to parcels as follows:]
[Revise item b to remove
delete the entries for ‘‘General Delivery b. In applying the minimum per piece
‘‘nonmachinable surcharge’’ as follows:]
Unit,’’ ‘‘Highway Contract Route,’’ ‘‘Post rates, a mailpiece is categorized as a
b. A precanceled stamp or the full Office Box Section’’, and ‘‘Rural parcel based on the standards in 401,
postage at the lowest First-Class Mail 1- Route.’’] Physical Standards.
ounce rate applicable to the mailing job, [Revise item c by deleting the text that
and full postage on metered pieces for * * * * *
[Revise the heading in renumbered 4.0 does not apply to parcels and by adding
additional ounce(s) or extra services. 5-digit rate mail as eligible for DDU
as follows:]
* * * * * rates as follows:]
4.0 Preparation for Presorted Parcels c. Individual Rates. There are separate
435 Mail Preparation
* * * * * minimum per piece rates for each
1.0 General Information for Mail [Revise heading and text in 4.3 to subclass (Regular, Enhanced Carrier
Preparation remove bundling requirement as Route, Nonprofit, and Nonprofit
* * * * * follows:] Enhanced Carrier Route) and within
each subclass for the level of presort
1.2 Definition of Mailings 4.3 Bundling within each mailing. Mailers may claim
* * * * * Bundling is not permitted. discounted rates for destination entry
[Delete item b. Move item a into * * * * * mailings under 446.2.0 through 446.5.0
introductory text.] in Enter and Deposit. DDU rates are
4.4 Sacking and Labeling available for parcels and Not Flat-
* * * * * Machinable pieces entered at 5-digit,
* * * * *
1.3 Terms for Presort Levels [Revise item a as follows:] Enhanced Carrier Route, or Nonprofit
a. 5-digit/scheme (required; see Enhanced Carrier Route rates. See 1.0,
* * * * *
definition in 1.3a); 10-pound minimum, Rates and Fees for Standard Mail, for
[Renumber items a through e as new individual per piece rates.
items b through f. Insert new item a as labeling:
1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks use * * * * *
follows:] [Revise the heading and text of 4.4 as
L606, Column B. For 5-digit sacks use
a. 5-digit scheme for First-Class Mail city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on mail follows:]
parcels: the ZIP Code in the delivery (see 4.3c for overseas military mail). 4.4 Surcharge
address on all pieces begins with one of 2. Line 2: For 5-digit scheme sacks,
the 5-digit ZIP Code zones processed by ‘‘FCM PARCELS 5D SCH.’’ For 5-digit Unless prepared in 5-digit/scheme
the USPS as a single scheme, as shown sacks, ‘‘FCM PARCELS 5D.’’ containers, Standard Mail parcels and
in L606. Not Flat-Machinable pieces are subject
* * * * * to a $0.05 surcharge if:
* * * * *
440 Discount Parcels: Standard Mail a. The machinable or nonmachinable
1.4 Preparation Definitions and parcels do not bear a UCC/EAN 128
Instructions 443 Rates and Eligibility barcode.
[We provide the proposed rates and fees b. The Not Flat-Machinable pieces
* * * * *
for all Standard Mail services in ‘‘Rates weigh 6 ounces or more and do not bear
[Revise item d as follows:] and Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after a UCC/EAN 128 barcode.
d. The required quantity (for example, all of the proposed mailing standards.] c. The Not Flat-Machinable pieces
‘‘required at 10 pieces’’) means that the * * * * * weigh less than 6 ounces and do not
unit must be prepared for the bear a UCC/EAN 128 or POSTNET
corresponding presort level whenever 4.0 Rate Eligibility for Standard Mail barcode.
the specified quantity of mail is reached 4.1 General Information [Delete 4.5 and renumber 4.6 as new
or exceeded. Smaller quantities may be 4.5.]
[Revise 4.1 by deleting reference to
prepared only if permitted by the
barcode discount and reorganizing text 4.5 Extra Services for Standard Mail
standards for each rate.
as follows:] * * * * *
* * * * *
All Standard Mail rates are Presorted
[Delete item g. Renumber item h as new rates. These rates apply to mailings 4.5.2 Eligible Matter
item g and revise as follows:] meeting the basic standards in 2.0 [Revise renumbered 4.5.2 as follows:]
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g. A ‘‘logical’’ presort destination through 4.0 and the corresponding Extra services may be used only with
represents the total number of pieces standards for Presorted rates under 5.0 pieces mailed at machinable or
that are eligible for a specific presort or Enhanced Carrier Route rates under nonmachinable parcel rates.
level based on the required sortation, 6.0. Destination entry discount rates are
but which might not be contained in a available under 446.2.0 through 446.5.0 4.5.3 Ineligible Matter
single container (sack or pallet) due to in Enter and Deposit. Pieces are subject * * * * *

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[Revise item a as follows:] 5.4.2 3-Digit Rate standards require 5-digit/scheme sort,
a. Pieces entered as letters, flats, or The 3-digit rate applies to mailers must prepare all possible 5-digit
NFMs. nonmachinable parcels (see 401.1.6) scheme sacks, then prepare all possible
presented: 5-digit sacks. The 5-digit ZIP Codes in
* * * * * each scheme are treated as a single
[Revise the heading of 5.0 as follows:] a. In a 3-digit sack containing at least
10 pounds of parcels. presort destination subject to a single
5.0 Additional Eligibility Standards b. On a 3-digit pallet, according to minimum volume (if required), with no
for Presorted Standard Mail Pieces 705.8.10. further separation by 5-digit ZIP Code
required. Sacks or pallets prepared for a
* * * * * 5.4.3 ADC Rate 5-digit scheme destination that contain
5.2 Rate Application The ADC rate applies to pieces for only one of the schemed 5-
nonmachinable parcels (see 401.1.6) digit ZIP Codes are still considered 5-
[Revise 5.2 to add Not Flat-Machinable digit scheme sorted and are labeled
presented:
pieces and to note separate rates as accordingly.
a. In an ADC sack containing at least
follows:]
10 pounds of parcels. * * * * *
Rates for Regular and Nonprofit b. On an ADC pallet, according to
Standard Mail apply separately to 2.0 Bundles
705.8.10.4.
machinable parcels, nonmachinable 2.1 Definition of a Bundle
parcels, and Not Flat-Machinable pieces 5.4.4 Mixed ADC Rate
[Add a new fifth sentence to restrict
that meet the eligibility standards in 2.0 The mixed ADC rate applies to bundling as follows:]
through 4.0 and the preparation nonmachinable parcels (see 401.1.6) in
* * * Bundling under 445 is allowed
standards in 445.5.0, Preparation, or mixed ADC sacks.
only for carrier route bundles of parcels
705.8.0, Preparation for Pallets. [Insert new 5.5 for Not Flat-Machinable and 5-digit bundles of Not Flat-
[Delete 5.3 through 5.5. Insert new 5.3 rates as follows:] Machinable pieces placed on pallets or
for machinable parcel rates as follows:] 5.5 Rates for Not Flat-Machinable in pallet boxes (see 6.0). * * *
5.3 Rates for Machinable Parcels (NFM) Pieces * * * * *
5.3.1 5-Digit Rate 5.5.1 5-Digit Rate 5.0 Preparation for Presorted Parcels
The 5-digit rate applies to qualifying The 5-digit rate applies to NFM pieces * * * * *
machinable parcels presented: presented:
a. In a 5-digit/scheme sack of 10 or 5.3 Preparation of Machinable Parcels
a. In a 5-digit/scheme (L606) sack
more pounds of pieces (bundling not 5.3.1 5-Digit Sacks
containing at least 10 pounds of parcels.
permitted). [Revise 5.3.1 to change the preparation
b. On a 5-digit pallet, according to b. In 5-digit bundles of five or more
standards in 705.8.10. of 5-digit/scheme sacks containing both
pieces on pallets or in pallet boxes machinable and nonmachinable parcels
c. As one or more parcels that mailers under 705.8.0.
drop ship to a DDU under 446.5.2. (or also containing Not Flat-Machinable
c. As one or more pieces that mailers pieces) to be that for machinable
5.3.2 BMC Rate drop ship to a DDU under 446.5.0. parcels, and to require 5-digit scheme
5.5.2 3-Digit Rates sorting when claiming 5-digit rates, as
The BMC rate applies to qualifying
follows:]
machinable parcels presented: The 3-digit rate applies to NFM pieces
in 3-digit containers. Mailers must prepare all possible 5-
a. In an ASF or BMC sack containing
digit/scheme sacks in a mailing that
at least 10 pounds of parcels. 5.5.3 ADC Rate includes pieces claimed at the 5-digit
b. On an ASF or BMC pallet, rate. If mailers do not prepare all 5-
according to standards in 705.8.10. The ADC rate applies to NFM pieces
in ADC or ASF/BMC containers. digit/scheme sacks when there are 10
5.3.3 Mixed BMC Rate pounds or more of mail for a
5.5.4 Mixed ADC Rate destination, they may not claim the 5-
The mixed BMC rate applies to digit rate for any part of the mailing.
The mixed ADC rate applies to NFM
machinable parcels that are not eligible Mailers choosing to combine the
pieces in mixed ADC or mixed BMC
for 5-digit or BMC rates. Place preparation of either nonmachinable
containers.
machinable parcels at mixed BMC rates parcels or Not Flat-Machinable pieces
in mixed BMC sacks under 445.5.3.2 or * * * * *
(see 401.2.2.3) weighing 6 ounces or
on mixed BMC pallets under 705.8.10. 445 Mail Preparation more with machinable parcels placed in
[Insert new 5.4 for nonmachinable 1.0 General Information for Mail 5-digit/scheme sacks must prepare those
parcel rates as follows:] Preparation sacks under 5.3.2. Mailers choosing to
combine the preparation of Not Flat-
5.4 Rates for Nonmachinable Parcels * * * * * Machinable pieces weighing 6 ounces or
5.4.1 5-Digit Rate 1.4 Preparation Definitions and more with machinable parcels placed in
Instructions ASF, BMC, or mixed BMC sacks must
The 5-digit rate applies to
prepare the sacks under 5.3.2. There is
nonmachinable parcels (see 401.1.6) * * * * * no minimum for parcels prepared in 5-
presented: [Revise item c to require 5-digit/scheme digit/scheme sacks entered at a DDU.
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a. In a 5-digit/scheme (L606) sack sort for rate eligibility as follows:]


containing at least 10 pounds of parcels. c. A 5-digit/scheme sort for Standard 5.3.2 Sacking and Labeling
b. On a 5-digit/scheme (L606) pallet, Mail parcels yields 5-digit scheme sacks * * * * *
according to 705.8.10. or pallets for those 5-digit ZIP Codes [Revise item a to add the requirement of
c. As one or more parcels that mailers listed in L606 and 5-digit sacks or 5-digit/scheme sorting for pieces
drop ship to a DDU under 446.5.2. pallets for other ZIP Codes. When claiming the 5-digit rate as follows:]

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a. 5-digit/scheme (optional, but a. 5-digit/scheme (optional, but in 445.1.4c; 10-pound minimum, except
required for 5-digit rate), see definition required for 5-digit rate), 10-pound when dropshipped to a DDU (no
in 1.4c; 10-pound minimum except minimum, except when entered at a minimum); labeling:
under 5.3.1; labeling: DDU; labeling: 1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks,
1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks, 1. For 5-digit scheme sacks, use L606, use L606, Column B. For 5-digit sacks,
use L606, Column B. For 5-digit sacks, Column B. For 5-digit sacks, use city, use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code
use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on mail (see destination on pieces (see 4.0 for
destination on pieces (see 4.0 for 4.3 for overseas military mail). overseas military mail).
overseas military mail). 2. For Line 2, ‘‘STD NONMACH 5D 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NFM 5D SCH.’’
2. Line 2: ‘‘STD MACH 5D SCHEME’’ SCH’’ or ‘‘STD NONMACH 5D.’’ b. 3-digit (optional, but required for 3-
or ‘‘STD MACH 5D SCH.’’ [Delete item b. Renumber item c as new digit rate); 10-pound minimum;
[Delete item b; renumber items c item b and revise as follows:] labeling:
b. 3-digit (required); 10-pound 1. Line 1: Use L002, Column A.
through e as new items b through d.]
minimum; for nonmachinable parcels 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NFM 3D.’’
* * * * * c. ADC (required); 10-pound
only:
5.4 Preparation of Nonmachinable 1. For Line 1, L002, Column A. minimum; labeling:
Parcels 2. For Line 2, ‘‘STD NONMACH 3D.’’ 1. Line 1: Use L004, Column B.
2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NFM ADC.’’
[Delete 5.4.1 and 5.4.2; renumber 5.4.3 [Delete item d and renumber items e d. Mixed ADC (required); no
through 5.4.8 as new 5.4.1 through and f as new items c and d. Revise new minimum; labeling:
5.4.6. Revise heading and text of item c as follows:] 1. Line 1: Use L009, Column B.
renumbered 5.4.1 to restrict bundling of c. ADC (required); 10-pound 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NFM WKG.’’
nonmachinable parcels as follows:] minimum; labeling:
1. Line 1: L603, Column B. 6.3.3 NFM Pieces Weighing 6 Ounces
5.4.1 Bundling or More
2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NON MACH ADC.’’
Bundling is not permitted, except for [Revise new item d as follows:] Preparation sequence, sack size, and
bundles of carrier route parcels under d. Mixed ADC (required); no labeling for sacks of NFM pieces that
6.0. minimum; labeling: weigh less than 6 ounces:
* * * * * 1. Line 1: L604, Column B. a. 5-digit/scheme (required); see
2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NON MACH WKG.’’ definition in 445.1.4c; 10-pound
5.4.3 Loose Packing minimum, except when dropshipped to
[Renumber 6.0 as 7.0. Insert new 6.0 for
[Revise renumbered 5.4.3 to delete the preparation of NFM pieces as follows:] a DDU (no minimum); labeling:
advance approval requirement to loose 1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks,
pack as follows:] 6.0 Preparation for Not Flat- use L606, Column B. For 5-digit sacks,
When placing nonmachinable parcels Machinable Pieces use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code
in sacks, mailers must face and pack the 6.1 Basic Standards destination on pieces (see 4.0 for
parcels to maintain their orientation in overseas military mail).
All mailings at Regular Standard Mail 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NFM 5D SCH.’’
transit. and Nonprofit Standard Mail Presorted b. ASF (optional), permitted only for
5.4.4 Required Sacking rates for NFM pieces are subject to the mail deposited at an ASF to claim
general preparation standards in 1.0 DBMC rate; 10-pound minimum;
[Revise renumbered 5.4.4 to change the through 4.0. Prepare NFM pieces (see
minimum quantity per sack from 15 labeling:
301.2.2.3) according to the standards in 1. Line 1: L602, Column B. DBMC rate
pounds to 10 pounds and to add NFMs 6.0 unless commingled with parcels
as follows:] eligibility determined by Exhibit
under 445.5.3. Mark NFM pieces 446.3.1, BMC/ASF—DMBC Rate
Mailers must prepare a sack when the according to the standards in 402.2.1.1. Eligibility.
quantity of mail for a required presort 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NFM ASF.’’
destination reaches 10 pounds of 6.2 Bundling
c. BMC (required); 10-pound
parcels. There is no minimum for Mailers may make 5-digit bundles of minimum; labeling:
parcels prepared in 5-digit/scheme at least five pieces when placed on 1. Line 1: L601, Column B. DBMC rate
sacks entered at a DDU. Mailers pallets or in pallet boxes under 705.8.0. eligibility determined by Exhibit
choosing to combine the preparation of No other NFM bundling is permitted. 446.3.1, BMC/ASF—DMBC Rate
nonmachinable parcels with machinable Eligibility.
6.3 Sacking and Labeling
parcels placed in 5-digit/scheme sacks 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NFM BMC.’’
must prepare those sacks under 5.3.2. 6.3.1 General d. Mixed BMC (required); no
Mailers may not prepare sacks Mailers may combine NFM pieces minimum; labeling:
containing nonmachinable and with parcels in 5-digit/scheme sacks 1. Line 1: ‘‘MXD’’ followed by L601,
machinable parcels to other presort under 445.5.3. See 6.3.2 for NFM pieces Column B information for BMC serving
levels. Mailers may combine that weigh less than 6 ounces; see 6.3.3 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of entry post
nonmachinable parcels with Not Flat- for NFM pieces that weigh 6 ounces or office.
Machinable pieces weighing less than 6 more. 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NFM WKG.’’
ounces in sacks under 5.4.6. * * * * *
* * * * * 6.3.2 NFM Pieces Weighing Less Than
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5.4.6 Sacking and Labeling
Preparation sequence, sack size, and * * * * *
* * * * * labeling for sacks of NFM pieces that
[Revise item a to require 5-digit/scheme weigh less than 6 ounces: 4.0 Destination Sectional Center
sacks and to change minimum quantity a. 5-digit/scheme (optional, but Facility (DSCF) Entry
to 10 pounds as follows:] required for 5-digit rate); see definition * * * * *

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4.2 Eligibility The barcode discount applies to Inter- c. 5-digit scheme (pallets and sacks)
* * * * * BMC/ASF and Intra-BMC/ASF Parcel for Bound Printer Matter parcels: the
[Insert new item c as follows:] Post machinable parcels (401.1.5) that ZIP Code in the delivery address on all
c. When prepared and deposited bear a barcode under 708.5.0 for the ZIP pieces begins with one of the 5-digit ZIP
under 705.6.3. Code of the delivery address and are Code zones processed by the USPS as a
part of a mailing of 50 or more Parcel single scheme, as shown in L606.
* * * * * Post rate pieces. * * * * *
5.0 Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) * * * * *
5.0 Preparation for Presorted Parcels
Entry
456 Enter and Deposit * * * * *
* * * * *
* * * * * 5.2 Preparation for Irregular Parcels
5.2 Eligibility
2.0 Parcel Select Weighing Less Than 10 Pounds
[Revise 5.2 to allow 5-digit sacks of
parcels to be entered at DDUs and to * * * * * * * * * *
add ‘‘Not Flat-Machinable’’ pieces as 2.2 Rate Eligibility for Parcel Select 5.2.2 Bundling and Labeling
follows:] Rates * * * * *
Pieces in a mailing that meet the [Revise item a to require 5-digit schemes
* * * * *
standards in 2.0 and 5.0 are eligible for as follows:]
the DDU rate when deposited at a DDU, 2.2.2 DBMC Rates a. 5-digit/scheme (required); red Label
addressed for delivery within that * * * * * 5 or optional endorsement line (OEL).
facility’s service area, and prepared as [Renumber items b and c as new items See definition in 1.4c.
follows: c and d. Insert new item b as follows:]
a. Parcels in carrier route bundles * * * * *
b. Machinable parcels must bear a [Renumber 5.2.3 and 5.2.4 as new 5.2.4
sorted to carrier route sacks
barcode under 708.5.0 for the ZIP Code and 5.2.5. Insert new 5.2.3 as follows:]
(nonmachinable parcels), and otherwise
of the delivery address. Nonbarcoded
eligible for and claimed at a carrier 5.2.3 Scheme Bundle Preparation
machinable parcels are eligible only for
route rate. See 1.4c for additional standards for
b. One or more parcels or Not Flat- the Intra-BMC/ASF rates.
* * * * * pieces prepared in scheme bundles.
Machinable pieces in 5-digit containers.
2.6 Acceptance at Designated SCF— 5.2.4 Sacking and Labeling
450 Discount Parcels: Parcel Post
Mailer Benefit * * * * *
453 Rates and Eligibility [Replace items a and b with new item
* * * * *
[We provide the proposed rates and fees [Revise item b as follows:] a as follows. Renumber items c through
for all Parcel Post services in ‘‘Rates and f as new items b through e.]
b. Bound Printed Matter machinable
Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after all a. 5-digit/scheme (required); labeling:
parcels under 466.3.3 and Standard
of the proposed mailing standards.] 1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks,
Mail parcels under 705.6.3 may be
* * * * * use L606, Column B. For 5-digit sacks,
included.
use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on
3.0 Rate Eligibility Standards for * * * * * mail (see 4.3 for overseas military mail).
Parcel Post 2. Line 2: ‘‘PSVC IRREG 5D SCHEME’’
460 Discount Parcels: Bound Printed
3.1 Parcel Post and Parcel Select Rate Matter or ‘‘PSVC IRREG 5D SCH.’’
Eligibility [Incorporate the standards for Bound * * * * *
* * * * * Printed Matter in 160 into 460. Make 5.3 Preparation for Nonmachinable
[Revise item f as follows:] revisions throughout to change single- Parcels Weighing 10 Pounds or More
f. The barcode discount applies to piece Bound Printed Matter to * * * * *
Inter-BMC/ASF and Intra-BMC/ASF ‘‘nonpresorted’’ Bound Printed Matter
Parcel Post machinable parcels (401.1.5) and make following additional 5.3.3 Sacking and Labeling
that bear a barcode under 708.5.0 for the changes:] * * * * *
ZIP Code of the delivery address and are [Replace items a and b with new item
463 Rates and Eligibility
part of a mailing of 50 or more Parcel a as follows. Renumber items c through
Post rate pieces. [We provide the proposed rates and fees f as new items b through e.]
* * * * * for all Bound Printed Matter services in
a. 5-digit/scheme (required); labeling:
[Revise item h as follows:] ‘‘Rates and Fees’’ at the end of this
1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks,
h. Items weighing less than 20 pounds notice, after all of the proposed mailing
use L606, Column B. For 5-digit sacks,
but measuring more than 84 inches (but standards.]
use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on
not more than 108 inches) in combined * * * * * mail (see 4.3 for overseas military mail).
length and girth are charged the rate for 465 Mail Preparation 2. Line 2: ‘‘PSVC NON MACH 5D
a 20-pound parcel for the zone to which SCHEME’’ or ‘‘PSVC NON MACH 5D
it is addressed (balloon rate). 1.0 General Information for Mail SCH.’’
Preparation
* * * * * * * * * *
* * * * *
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455 Mail Preparation 5.4 Preparation for Machinable


1.3 Terms for Presort Levels Parcels Not Claiming the DBMC Rates
* * * * *
* * * * * * * * * *
5.0 Standards for Barcode Discounts [Renumber items c through g as new
5.1 Standards for Barcoded Mail items d through h. Insert new item c for 5.4.2 Sacking and Labeling
[Revise 5.1 as follows:] 5-digit schemes as follows:] * * * * *

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[Replace items a and b with new item 3.2 Acceptance at Designated SCF— 2. Line 2: ‘‘PSVC NON MACH 5D
a as follows. Renumber items c and d as Mailer Benefit SCHEME’’ or ‘‘PSVC NON MACH 5D
new items b and c.] * * * * * SCH.’’
a. 5-digit/scheme (required); labeling: [Revise item c as follows:] 480 Library Mail
1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks,
use L606, Column B. For 5-digit sacks, c. Parcel Select machinable parcels 483 Rates and Eligibility
use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on under 456.2.6 and Standard Mail
parcels under 705.6.3 may be included. [We provide the proposed rates and fees
mail (see 4.3 for overseas military mail).
2. Line 2: ‘‘PSVC MACH 5D * * * * * for all Library Mail services in ‘‘Rates
SCHEME’’ or ‘‘PSVC MACH 5D SCH.’’ and Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after
470 Media Mail all of the proposed mailing standards.]
* * * * *
473 Rates and Eligibility * * * * *
5.5 Preparation for Machinable
Parcels Claiming the DBMC Rates [We provide the proposed rates and fees 485 Mail Preparation
for all Media Mail services in ‘‘Rates * * * * *
* * * * * and Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after
5.5.2 Sacking and Labeling all of the proposed mailing standards.] 5.0 Preparation for Library Mail
* * * * * Parcels
* * * * *
[Replace items a and b with new item 475 Mail Preparation * * * * *
a as follows. Renumber items c through 5.2 Preparation for Machinable
e as new items b through d.] * * * * *
Parcels
a. 5-digit/scheme (required); labeling: 5.0 Preparation for Media Mail
1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks, Parcels * * * * *
use L606, Column B. For 5-digit sacks, [Replace items a and b with new item
* * * * * a as follows. Renumber items c and d as
use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on
mail (see 4.3 for overseas military mail). 5.2 Preparation for Machinable new items b and c.]
2. Line 2: ‘‘PSVC MACH 5D Parcels a. 5-digit/scheme (optional, but
SCHEME’’ or ‘‘PSVC MACH 5D SCH.’’ required for 5-digit rate); labeling:
* * * * *
* * * * * [Replace items a and b with new item 1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks,
466 Enter and Deposit a as follows. Renumber items c and d as use L606, Column B. For 5-digit sacks,
new items b and c.] use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on
1.0 Presenting a Mailing
a. 5-digit/scheme (optional, but mail (see 4.3 for overseas military mail).
[Revise the heading of 1.1 as follows:] required for 5-digit rate); labeling: 2. Line 2: ‘‘PSVC MACH 5D
1.1 Verification and Entry—Presorted, 1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks, SCHEME’’ or ‘‘PSVC MACH 5D SCH.’’
Carrier Route, Destination Entry, And use L606, Column B. For 5-digit sacks, * * * * *
Barcoded Mailings use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on
mail (see 4.3 for overseas military mail). 5.3 Preparation for Nonmachinable
* * * * * Parcels
[Renumber 1.2 through 1.5 as new 1.3 2. Line 2: ‘‘PSVC MACH 5D
through 1.6. Insert new 1.2 as follows:] SCHEME’’ or ‘‘PSVC MACH 5D SCH.’’ * * * * *
* * * * * 5.3.2 Bundling and Labeling
1.2 Verification and Entry—
Nonpresorted Mailings 5.3 Preparation for Nonmachinable * * * * *
Nonpresorted rate Bound Printed Parcels [Revise item a to require 5-digit schemes
Matter is not offered at post offices, * * * * * as follows:]
branches, stations, or through Postal
5.3.2 Bundling and Labeling a. 5-digit/scheme (optional, but
Service carriers, except under 1.2c and
required for 5-digit rate); 10-piece
1.2d. Mailers must deposit * * * * * minimum; red Label 5 or optional
Nonpresorted Bound Printed Matter as [Revise item a to require 5-digit schemes endorsement line (OEL). See definition
follows: as follows:] in 1.4c.
a. At the time and place specified by a. 5-digit/scheme (optional, but
the postmaster at the office of mailing. * * * * *
required for 5-digit rate); 10-piece
b. For metered mail, at other than the 5.3.4 Sacking and Labeling
minimum; red Label 5 or optional
licensing post office only as permitted
endorsement line (OEL). See definition * * * * *
under 705.17.0, Metered Mail Drop
in 1.4c. [Replace items a and b with new item
Shipment.
c. For permit imprint mail, only at the * * * * * a as follows. Renumber items c through
post office where the permit is held (see 5.3.4 Sacking and Labeling e as new items b through d.]
604.5.0). a. 5-digit/scheme (optional, but
d. At any post office, branch, or * * * * *
[Replace items a and b with new item required for 5-digit rate); labeling:
station, or with a Postal Service carrier,
if the correct postage is applied, a as follows. Renumber items c through 1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks,
including postage for any extra service e as new items b through d.] use L606, Column B. For 5-digit sacks,
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elected. a. 5-digit/scheme (optional, but use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on
required for 5-digit rate); labeling: mail (see 4.3 for overseas military mail).
* * * * *
1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks, 2. Line 2: ‘‘PSVC NON MACH 5D
3.0 Destination Bulk Mail Center use L606, Column B. For 5-digit sacks, SCHEME’’ or ‘‘PSVC NON MACH 5D
(DBMC) Entry use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code on SCH.’’
* * * * * mail (see 4.3 for overseas military mail). * * * * *

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500 Additional Services piece above the delivery address and to d. Package Services when purchased
503 Extra Services the right of the return address. at the time of mailing with COD or
* * * * * insured mail (for more than $200).
[We provide the proposed rates and fees * * * * *
for all extra services in ‘‘Rates and Fees’’ 4.3.5 Integrated Barcodes
at the end of this notice, after all of the * * * * * 6.3 Obtaining Service
proposed mailing standards.] [Revise items c1 and c2 as follows:] * * * * *
* * * * * 1. Mailers may purchase insurance 6.3.2 After Mailing
4.0 Insured Mail online for indemnity coverage of $200
or less with electronic option Delivery [Revise first sentence of 6.3.2 to replace
* * * * * Confirmation service. The human- old value of $50 with new value of $200
4.2 Basic Information readable text above the integrated as follows:]
barcode must state, ‘‘e/USPS Delivery The mailer may request a delivery
4.2.1 Description
Confirmation.’’ record after mailing for Express Mail,
* * * * * 2. Mailers may purchase insurance Certified Mail, Registered Mail, COD
[Revise item d as follows:] online for indemnity coverage of more mail, and mail insured for more than
d. Insured mail service provides the than $200, up to $500, with electronic $200. * * *
mailer with a mailing receipt. No record option Delivery Confirmation service. * * * * *
of insured mail is kept at the office of The human-readable text above the
integrated barcode must state, ‘‘e/USPS 7.0 Restricted Delivery
mailing. For mail insured for $200 or
less, the USPS maintains delivery Insured.’’ * * * * *
information (not including a signature). * * * * * 7.2 Basic Information
For mail insured for more than $200, the 4.3.7 Receipt
USPS maintains a delivery record * * * * *
(which includes the recipient’s * * * * * 7.2.2 Eligible Matter
signature) for a specified period of time. [Revise items a1 and a2 as follows:]
Customers may obtain a delivery record 1. Form 3813 when the insurance * * * * *
by purchasing additional services; see coverage is $200 or less. [Revise items a, b, and c to replace old
6.0 for details. 2. Form 3813–P when the insurance value of $50 with new value of $200.
coverage is more than $200. Further revise item b to remove
4.2.2 Eligible Matter reference to residual shape surcharge
* * * * * and insert text about preparation as
* * * * *
[Revise item b as follows:] 4.5 Delivery machinable or nonmachinable parcels
as follows:]
b. Standard Mail pieces prepared as [Revise the first sentence of 4.5 and add
machinable or nonmachinable parcels a new second sentence as follows:] a. First-Class Mail (including Priority
(bulk insurance only). An item insured for $200 or less is Mail) when purchased at the time of
* * * * * delivered as ordinary mail and receives mailing with Certified Mail, COD,
a delivery scan. An item insured for insured mail (for more than $200), or
4.2.4 Additional Services Registered Mail service.
more than $200 receives a delivery scan
[Revise the first sentence in 4.2.4 as and the recipient’s signature.* * * b. Standard Mail prepared as
follows:] machinable or nonmachinable parcels
* * * * * when bulk insurance (for more than
Insuring an item for more than $200 $200) is purchased at the time of
6.0 Return Receipt
allows customers to purchase restricted mailing.
delivery service or return receipt * * * * *
c. Package Services when purchased
service.* * * 6.2 Basic Information at the time of mailing with COD or
* * * * * insured mail (for more than $200).
* * * * *
[Revise item c as follows:] * * * * *
c. Return receipt for merchandise (for 6.2.2 Eligible Matter
items insured for $200 or less). 8.0 Return Receipt for Merchandise
* * * * *
* * * * * [Revise items b, c, and d to replace old * * * * *
value of $50 with new value of $200. 8.2 Basic Information
4.3 Mailing
Further revise item c to remove
* * * * * reference to residual shape surcharge * * * * *
4.3.3 Markings and Forms and insert text about preparation as 8.2.2 Eligible Matter
machinable or nonmachinable parcels
* * * * * as follows:] [Revise 8.2.2 as follows:]
[Revise items a and b as follows:] b. First-Class Mail (including Priority Return receipt for merchandise is
a. Retail pieces insured for $200 or Mail) when purchased at the time of available for merchandise sent as
less: The mailer must affix a barcoded mailing with Certified Mail, COD, Priority Mail, Standard Mail parcels,
Form 3813 (see Exhibit 4.3.3) to each insured mail (for more than $200), or and Package Services.
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piece above the delivery address and to Registered Mail service. * * * * *


the right of the return address. No c. Standard Mail prepared as
signature is obtained. 8.2.4 Additional Services
machinable or nonmachinable parcels
b. Retail pieces insured for more than when bulk insurance (for more than * * * * *
$200: The mailer must affix a barcoded $200) is purchased at the time of [Revise item b to replace old value of
Form 3813–P (see Exhibit 4.3.3) to each mailing. $50 with new value of $200 as follows:]

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b. Insurance (for up to $200). 13.0 Confirm j. Returned pieces endorsed ‘‘Return


* * * * * * * * * * Service Requested’’ are charged the
single-piece First-Class Mail rate for the
9.0 Delivery Confirmation 13.2 Basic Information weight and shape of the piece or the
* * * * * * * * * * Priority Mail rate for the weight and
[Revise the heading and text in 13.2.7 as destination of the piece.
9.2 Basic Information
follows:] * * * * *
* * * * *
13.2.7 Subscription 1.6 Attachments and Enclosures
9.2.2 Eligible Matter
Confirm is available in blocks of 1 1.6.1 Periodicals
[Revise 9.2.2 to remove reference to million units. By paying the user fee,
Standard Mail residual shape surcharge [Revise the first sentence in 1.6.1 as
subscribers receive 1 million units. The follows:]
and insert text about Standard Mail user fee and the 1 million units are valid
preparation as machinable or Undeliverable Periodicals (including
for 1 year from the date purchased.
nonmachinable parcels as follows:] publications pending Periodicals
Additional units may be purchased
Delivery Confirmation is available for authorization) with a nonincidental
during the subscription period in blocks
First-Class Mail parcels under 401.1.0, First-Class Mail attachment or enclosure
of 1 million with a declining price
for all Priority Mail pieces, for Standard are returned at the single-piece First-
threshold as described in 13.1.1. Units
Mail pieces prepared as machinable or Class Mail rate for the weight and shape
expire when the annual fee expires.
nonmachinable parcels (electronic of the piece or Priority Mail rate for the
Units are redeemed for Confirm scans at
option only), and for Package Services weight and destination of the piece.
the rate of one unit per First-Class Mail
parcels under 401.1.0. For the purposes * * *
scan or five units per scan of other
of using Delivery Confirmation with a classes of mail. 1.6.2 Standard Mail
First-Class Mail parcel or a Package * * * * * [Revise the first sentence in 1.6.2 as
Services parcel, the parcel must meet
507 Mailer Services follows:]
these additional requirements:
Undeliverable, unendorsed Standard
* * * * * [We provide the proposed rates and fees Mail with a nonincidental First-Class
9.2.6 Additional Services for all mailer services in ‘‘Rates and Mail attachment or enclosure is
Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after all returned at the single-piece First-Class
* * * * * of the proposed mailing standards.]
[Revise items d and e to replace old Mail rate for the weight and shape of the
[Revise 507 to change the term piece or Priority Mail rate for the weight
value of $50 with new value of $200 as ‘‘accounting fee’’ to ‘‘account
follows:] and destination of the piece. * * *
maintenance fee’’ throughout the
d. Restricted delivery, if purchased chapter.] * * * * *
with insurance for more than $200, 3.0 Address Correction Services
COD, or registry service. 1.0 Treatment of Mail
e. Return receipt, if purchased with * * * * * * * * * *
insurance for more than $200, COD, or 3.2 Address Change Service (ACS)
1.5 Treatment for Ancillary Services
registry service.
by Class of Mail * * * * *
* * * * *
* * * * * 3.2.2 Service Options
10.0 Signature Confirmation
1.5.2 Periodicals [Revise 3.2.2 as follows:]
* * * * * ACS offers three levels of service:
* * * * *
10.2 Basic Information [Revise item f to remove the a. An automated option for letter-size
nonmachinable surcharge in the mail with electronic notices processed
* * * * *
second-to-last sentence as follows:] using OneCode technology (see 3.2.6,
10.2.2 Eligible Matter Additional Standards—4-State
f. * * * Each returned piece is
[Revise the introductory text of 10.2.2 as Customer Barcodes).
charged the single-piece First-Class Mail
follows:] b. An electronic option for all notices
rate for the weight and shape of the
processed electronically, except
Signature Confirmation is available piece or the Priority Mail rate for the
automated notices under 3.2.2a.
for First-Class Mail parcels and Package weight and destination of the piece. c. A manual option for notices
Services parcels defined in 401.1.0, and * * * processed manually.
for all Priority Mail pieces. For the * * * * *
purposes of using Signature * * * * *
Confirmation with a First-Class Mail or 1.5.3 Standard Mail 10.0 Merchandise Return Service
Package Services parcel, the parcel must * * * * * * * * * *
meet these additional requirements: [Revise the second sentence in item i as
* * * * * follows:] 10.5 Additional Features
i. * * * The weighted fee is the * * * * *
10.2.6 Additional Services
single-piece First-Class Mail rate for the
* * * * * weight and shape of the piece or the 10.5.3 Insured Markings
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[Revise item d to replace old value of Priority Mail rate for the weight and [Revise 10.5.3 as follows:]
$50 with new value of $200 as follows:] destination of the piece multiplied by The permit holder must either leave a
d. Restricted delivery, if purchased 2.472 and rounded up to the next whole clear space on the merchandise return
with insurance for more than $200, cent (if the computation yields a label to the right of the return address
COD, or registry service. fraction of a cent). * * * for the numbered insured label or
* * * * * [Revise item j as follows:] instruct the customer to affix the

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merchandise return label to the article [Revise item c to remove reference to Pieces mailed as Customized
so that the USPS acceptance employee nonmachinable surcharge as follows:] MarketMail under 705.1.0 must pay the
can place the insured label on the article c. The postage value of each Regular or Nonprofit Standard Mail 5-
directly above the merchandise return semipostal stamp is the First-Class Mail digit nonentry rate for Not Flat-
label. single-piece 1-ounce letter rate in Machinable pieces and must not exceed
* * * * * 133.1.5 * * * 3.3 ounces.
* * * * * * * * * *
508 Recipient Services
[We provide the proposed rates and fees 609 Filing Indemnity Claims for Loss 6.0 Combining Mailings of Standard
for all recipient services in ‘‘Rates and or Damage Mail and Package Services Parcels
Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after all 1.0 General Filing Instructions 6.1 Combined Machinable Parcels—
of the proposed mailing standards.] DBMC Entry
* * * * *
1.0 Recipient Options * * * * *
1.5 Where to File for Loss or Damage
1.1 Basic Recipient Concerns 6.1.2 Basic Standards
* * * * *
* * * * * [Add new text to item a as follows:] * * * * *
a. Online at www.usps.com * * * [Renumber current items c through h as
1.1.7 Express Mail and Accountable
new items d through i. Insert new item
Mail * * * * * c as follows:]
[Revise the introductory text of 1.1.7 to [Revise the heading of 2.0 as follows:]
c. Parcel Select machinable parcels
change the insurance threshold from 2.0 Providing Proof of Missing must bear a barcode under 708.5.0 for
$50 to $200 as follows:] Contents or Damage the ZIP Code of the delivery address.
The following conditions also apply * * * * *
[Revise 2.1 and 2.2 to change the
to the delivery of Express Mail and [Insert new 6.3 as follows:]
requirements for proving missing
accountable mail (registered, certified,
contents or damage as follows:] 6.3 Combining Package Services and
insured for more than $200, or COD, as
well as mail for which a return receipt 2.1 Missing Contents Standard Mail—Optional 3-Digit
or a return receipt for merchandise is Preparation
If a claim is filed because some or all
requested or for which the sender has of the contents are missing, the 6.3.1 Acceptance at Designated SCF—
specified restricted delivery): addressee must make available the Qualification and Preparation
* * * * * mailing container, including any Mailers may deposit parcels otherwise
600 Basic Standards for All Mailing wrapping, packaging, and any contents eligible for the Package Services and
Services that were received, to the USPS with the Standard Mail DBMC rates (for
claim. machinable parcels) and the Standard
[Change the terminology from
‘‘irregular’’ parcels to ‘‘nonmachinable’’ 2.2 Proof of Damage Mail SCF rate (for nonmachinable
parcels throughout 600.] parcels and Not Flat-Machinable pieces)
If the addressee files the claim, the at an SCF designated by the USPS for
* * * * * addressee must make available the destination ZIP Codes listed in labeling
604 Postage Payment Methods damaged article and mailing container, list L607. The following standards
including any wrapping, packaging, and apply:
[We provide the proposed rates and fees any other contents that were received, to a. Standard Mail parcels, Not Flat-
for all mailing services in ‘‘Rates and the USPS for inspection. If the mailer Machinable pieces, Bound Printed
Fees’’ at the end of this notice, after all files the claim, the USPS will notify the Matter machinable parcels, and Parcel
of the proposed mailing standards.] addressee by letter to make available the Select machinable parcels may be
1.0 Stamps damaged article and mailing container, included. Standard Mail parcels and
including any wrapping, packaging, and Not Flat-Machinable pieces that weigh
1.1 Postage Stamp Denominations any other contents that were received, to less than 2 ounces and Standard Mail
[Add the forever stamp to the table of the USPS for inspection. Failure to do parcels that are tubes, rolls, triangles,
types and formats of stamps.] so will result in denial of the claim. and similar pieces may not be included.
* * * * * [Delete 2.3, Proof of Loss.] b. Mailers must prepare pieces on 3-
[Renumber current 1.10 through 1.12 as * * * * * digit pallets or in 3-digit pallet boxes, or
new 1.11 through 1.13 and remove unload and physically separate the
reference to nonmachinable surcharge. 700 Special Standards pieces into containers as specified by
Insert new 1.10 as follows:] * * * * * the destination facility.
1.10 Additional Standards for Forever c. Parcel Select and Bound Printed
705 Advanced Preparation and Matter parcels are eligible for the
Stamps Special Postage Payment Systems applicable DBMC entry rate.
Forever stamps are sold for the price [Change the terminology from d. Standard Mail machinable parcels
of the current First-Class Mail single- ‘‘irregular’’ parcels to ‘‘nonmachinable’’ are eligible for the BMC presort level,
piece 1-ounce letter rate in 133.1.5. The parcels and from ‘‘IRREG’’ to ‘‘NON DBMC rate; Not Flat-Machinable pieces
postage value of each forever stamp is MACH’’ for parcel preparation and nonmachinable parcels are eligible
the current First-Class Mail single-piece throughout 705.] for the 3-digit presort level, DSCF rate.
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1-ounce letter rate. e. All pieces must be for delivery


[Revise the heading of 1.11 as follows:] 1.0 Customized MarketMail within the service area of the SCF where
* * * * * they are deposited by the mailer.
1.11 Additional Standards for f. Postage on all zone-rated parcels
Semipostal Stamps 1.2 Rates deposited at the SCF is computed using
* * * * * [Revise 1.2 as follows:] the zone chart for that postal facility.

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6.3.2 Documentation 8.10.2 Standard Mail—Bundles, 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD MACH 5D,’’ ‘‘STD
Sacks, or Trays NFM 5D,’’ or ‘‘PSVC MACH 5D,’’ as
Presort documentation is required for applicable.
each rate claimed if the manifest does [Reorganize introductory text of 8.10.2 c. ASF, optional, but required for
not list pieces in presort order. Separate as follows:] DBMC rates. Not available for the
postage statements must be prepared for Mailers must prepare pallets under Buffalo, NY ASF in L602. Pallets must
the Standard Mail and Package Services 8.0 in the sequence listed below and contain only parcels or NFMs for the 3-
pieces. Within each group, combined complete at each required level before digit ZIP Code groups in L602. Labeling:
forms may be prepared where the preparing the next optional or required 1. Line 1: L602.
standards and the forms permit. All level. Unless indicated as optional, all 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD MACH ASF,’’ ‘‘STD
postage statements must be provided at sort levels are required. For mailings of NFM ASF,’’ or ‘‘PSVC MACH ASF,’’ as
the time of mailing. sacks or trays on pallets, pallet applicable.
6.3.3 Authorization preparation begins with 8.10.1e. Pallets d. BMC, required. Pallets must
must be labeled according to the Line 1 contain only parcels or NFMs for the 3-
Mailers must be authorized under and Line 2 information listed below and digit ZIP Code groups in L601. Labeling:
6.1.5 to prepare mailings that combine under 8.6. Mailers also may palletize 1. Line 1: L601.
Standard Mail pieces and Package bundles of Standard Mail flats under 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD MACH BMC,’’ ‘‘STD
Services parcels. 10.0, 12.0, or 13.0. NFM BMC,’’ or ‘‘PSVC MACH BMC,’’ as
applicable.
6.3.4 Postage Payment * * * * *
e. Mixed BMC, optional. Labeling:
[Revise the heading and text of 8.10.5 to 1. Line 1: ‘‘MXD’’ followed by
Postage for all pieces must be paid add Not Flat-Machinable pieces as information in L601, Column B, for
with permit imprint at the post office follows:] BMC serving 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of
serving the mailer’s plant under an
8.10.5 Package Services and Standard entry post office (or labeled to plant
approved manifest mailing system
Mail Machinable Parcels, and Not Flat serving entry post office if authorized by
under 2.0.
Machinable Pieces Weighing 6 Ounces processing and distribution manager).
7.0 Combining Package Services or More 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD MACH WKG,’’ ‘‘STD
Parcels for Destination Entry NFM WKG,’’ or ‘‘PSVC MACH WKG,’’
Pallets must be prepared under 8.0 in as applicable.
* * * * * the sequence listed below and [Insert new 8.10.6 as follows:]
7.2 Combining Package Services completed at each required level before
Machinable Parcels for DBMC Entry the next optional or required level is 8.10.6 Standard Mail Nonmachinable
prepared. Unless indicated as optional, Parcels Weighing 2 Ounces or More
* * * * *
all sort levels are required under the Mailers who palletize nonmachinable
7.2.2 Basic Standards conditions shown. At the mailer’s parcels must make pallets or pallet
* * * * * option, Inter-BMC/ASF and Intra-BMC/ boxes when there are 250 pounds or
ASF Parcel Post mailings may be more for the destination levels below.
[Renumber current items c through h as prepared on pallets under this section. Pallets or pallet boxes of nonmachinable
new items d through i. Insert new item Destination entry rates eligibility parcels (except tubes, rolls, and similar
c as follows:] applies only to Standard Mail (see 446 pieces) weighing 2 ounces or more must
c. Parcel Select machinable parcels for parcels and NFMs that weigh 6 be prepared under 8.0 in the sequence
must bear a barcode under 708.5.0 for ounces or more), Parcel Select (see 456), listed below and completed at each
the ZIP Code of the delivery address. and Bound Printed Matter (see 466). required level before the next optional
* * * * * Combined mailings of Standard Mail or required level is prepared. Unless
and Package Services machinable indicated as optional, all sort levels are
8.0 Preparation for Pallets parcels also must meet the standards in required. Label pallets or pallet boxes
* * * * * 6.0. Pallets must be labeled according to according to the Line 1 and Line 2
the Line 1 and Line 2 information listed information listed below and under 8.6.
8.5 General Preparation below and under 8.6. Mailers may not prepare tubes, rolls,
* * * * * a. 5-digit scheme, required, pallet and similar pieces or pieces that weigh
must contain parcels or NFMs for the less than 2 ounces on pallets or in pallet
8.5.6 Mail on Pallets
same 5-digit scheme under L606. For 5- boxes.
* * * * * digit destinations not part of L606, or for a. 5-digit scheme, required. Pallet or
[Revise item c to delete ‘‘automation which scheme sorts are not performed, pallet box must contain parcels only for
carrier route’’ and to replace 5-digit pallets are prepared under the same 5-digit scheme under L606.
‘‘presorted’’ with ‘‘nonautomation’’ as 8.10.5b. For 5-digit destinations not part of L606,
follows:] Labeling: or for which scheme sorts are not
1. Line 1: L606. performed, prepare 5-digit pallets under
c. For letter-size Standard Mail and 8.10.6b.
Periodicals prepared in trays on pallets, 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD MACH 5D,’’ ‘‘STD
Labeling:
mailers must prepare carrier route rate NFM 5D,’’ or ‘‘PSVC MACH 5D,’’ as 1. Line 1: Use L606.
mail on separate 5-digit pallets (5-digit applicable; followed by ‘‘SCHEME’’ (or 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NONMACH 5D;
carrier routes pallets) from automation ‘‘SCH’’). followed by ‘‘SCHEME’’ (or ‘‘SCH’’).
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rate or nonautomation rate mail (5-digit b. 5-digit, required. Pallet must b. 5-digit, required. Pallet or pallet
pallets). contain parcels only for the same 5-digit box must contain parcels only for the
* * * * * ZIP Code. Labeling: same 5-digit ZIP Code. Labeling:
1. Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP 1. Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP
8.10 Pallet Presort and Labeling Code destination (see 8.6.4c for overseas Code destination (see 8.6.4c for overseas
* * * * * military mail). military mail).

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2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NONMACH 5D’’. 1. Line 1: ‘‘MXD’’ followed by city, [Revise item b to require 5-digit scheme
c. 3-digit, optional, option not state, and ZIP Code information for ADC bundles as follows:]
available for 3-digit ZIP Code prefixes serving 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of entry b. 5-digit scheme, required * * *
marked ‘‘N’’ in L002. Pallet or pallet box post office as shown in L004, Column A. * * * * *
must contain parcels only for the same 2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NFM MXD’’. [Revise item d to require 3-digit scheme
3-digit ZIP Code. Labeling: * * * * * bundles as follows:]
1. Line 1: Use L002, Column A. d. 3-digit scheme, required * * *
2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NONMACH 3D.’’ 8.14 Pallets of Bundles, Sacks, and
d. ADC, required. Pallet or pallet box Trays * * * * *
must contain parcels for the 3-digit ZIP * * * * * 11.3 Standard Mail
Code groups in L005. Labeling:
1. Line 1: Use L602. 8.14.2 Standard Mail 11.3.1 Basic Standards
2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NONMACH ADC.’’ * * * * * [Revise introductory text in 11.3.1 to
e. Mixed ADC, optional. Labeling: [Revise item a2 as follows:] require 5-digit scheme and 3-digit
1. Line 1: ‘‘MXD’’ followed by city, 2. Mailers may include machinable scheme sort and eliminate distinctions
state, and ZIP Code information for ADC parcels, nonmachinable parcels, and between AFSM 100 and UFSM 1000
serving 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of entry Not Flat-Machinable pieces on 5-digit flats as follows:]
post office as shown in L603, Column A. pallets. Mailers may choose to cobundle (see
2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NONMACH MXD.’’ * * * * * 345.1.4u) automation rate and
* * * * * [Revise 11.0 to replace ‘‘presorted’’ with nonautomation rate flat-size pieces as an
[Insert new 8.10.7 as follows:] ‘‘nonautomation’’ throughout.] option to the basic bundling
requirements in 345.5.0 and 345.7.0.
8.10.7 Standard Mail Not Flat- 11.0 Preparation of Cobundled Flats in the same bundle must all meet
Machinable Pieces Weighing Less Than Automation Rate and Nonautomation the standards in 301.3.0. 5-digit scheme
6 Ounces Rate Flats and 3-digit scheme bundles must meet
Mailers must prepare pieces on 11.1 First-Class Mail the additional standards in 345.1.4f and
pallets or in pallet boxes when there are 345.1.4n. Mailing jobs prepared using
250 pounds or more of NFMs for the 11.1.1 Basic Standards
the 5-digit scheme and/or 3-digit
destination levels below. Prepare pallets * * * * * scheme bundle preparation (for flats
or pallet boxes of NFM pieces weighing [Delete item f.] meeting the criteria in 301.3.0) must be
less than 6 ounces under 8.0 in the * * * * * sacked under 10.0 or palletized under
sequence listed below and completed at 10.0, 12.0, or 13.0. All bundles are
each required level before the next 11.2 Periodicals
subject to the following conditions:
optional or required level is prepared. 11.2.1 Basic Standards * * * * *
Unless indicated as optional, all sort [Revise introductory text in 11.2.1 to [Delete item g. Renumber item h as new
levels are required. Label pallets or require 5-digit scheme and 3-digit item g.]
pallet boxes according to the Line 1 and scheme sort and eliminate distinctions * * * * *
Line 2 information listed below and between AFSM 100 and UFSM 1000
under 8.6. 11.3.2 Bundle Preparation
flats as follows:]
a. 5-digit scheme, required. Pallet or [Add two new sentences to the
Mailers may choose to cobundle (see
pallet box must contain NFMs only for beginning of 11.3.2 as follows:]
707.18.4ab) automation rate and
the same 5-digit scheme under L606. Only pieces meeting the criteria in
nonautomation rate flat-size pieces as an
For 5-digit destinations not part of L606, 301.3.0 may be prepared in 5-digit
option to the basic bundling
or for which scheme sorts are not scheme bundles for those 5-digit ZIP
requirements in 707.22.0 and 707.25.0.
performed, prepare 5-digit pallets under Codes identified in L007 and in 3-digit
Flats in the same bundle must all meet
8.10.6b. Labeling: scheme bundles for those 3-digit ZIP
the standards in 301.3.0 or all meet the
1. Line 1: Use L606. Codes identified in L008. * * *
standards in 707.25.3. 5-digit scheme
2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NFM 5D; followed by
and 3-digit scheme bundles also must [Revise item a to require 5-digit scheme
‘‘SCHEME’’ (or ‘‘SCH’’).
meet the additional standards in bundles as follows:]
b. 5-digit, required. Pallet or pallet
box must contain NFMs only for the 707.18.4i and 707.18.4r. Mailing jobs a. 5-digit scheme, required: * * *
same 5-digit ZIP Code. Labeling: (for flats meeting the criteria in 301.3.0) * * * * *
1. Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP prepared using the 5-digit scheme and/ [Revise item c to require 3-digit scheme
Code destination (see 8.6.4c for overseas or the 3-digit scheme bundle bundles as follows:]
military mail). preparation must be sacked under 10.0 c. 3-digit scheme, required: * * *
2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NFM 5D’’. or palletized under 10.0, 12.0, or 13.0.
* * * * *
c. 3-digit, optional, option not All bundles are subject to the following
available for 3-digit ZIP Code prefixes conditions: * * * 15.0 Plant-Verified Drop Shipment
marked ‘‘N’’ in L002. Pallet or pallet box 11.2.2 Bundle Preparation * * * * *
must contain NFMs only for the same 3-
[Add two new sentences to the 15.2 Program Participation
digit ZIP Code. Labeling:
beginning of 11.2.2 as follows:] * * * * *
1. Line 1: Use L002, Column A.
2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NFM 3D.’’ Only pieces meeting the criteria in
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d. ADC, required. Pallet or pallet box
must contain NFMs for the 3-digit ZIP scheme bundles for those 5-digit ZIP [Revise 15.2.4 to reflect the new rate
Code groups in L005. Labeling: Codes identified in L007 and in 3-digit structure for Periodicals mail as
1. Line 1: Use L004. scheme bundles for those 3-digit ZIP follows:]
2. Line 2: ‘‘STD NFM ADC.’’ Codes identified in L008. * * * Periodicals postage must be paid at
e. Mixed ADC, optional. Labeling: * * * * * the post office verifying the copies or as

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designated by the district. Postage is for each pallet, and not for the bundles is the 1-pound rate. For example, three
calculated from the destination USPS or trays. 2-ounce copies for a zone are subject to
facility where deposited and accepted as c. For mailings not presented in the minimum 1-pound charge.
mail (or from the facility where the containers under 707.23.4, Exception to b. Authorized Nonprofit and
Express Mail or Priority Mail drop Sacking, mailers pay the container rate Classroom publications with an
shipment destinates). The publisher for each 5-digit ZIP Code or 5-digit advertising percentage that is 10% or
must ensure that sufficient funds are on scheme serviced by the DDU. less are considered 100%
deposit to pay for all shipments before * * * * * nonadvertising. When computing the
their release. A publisher authorized pound rates and the nonadvertising
under an alternative postage payment 2.0 Rate Application and adjustment, use ‘‘0’’ as the advertising
system must pay postage under the Computation percentage. Authorized Nonprofit and
corresponding standards. 2.1 Rate Application Classroom publications claiming 0%
* * * * * advertising must pay the nonadvertising
2.1.1 Rate Elements
pound rate for the entire weight of all
707 Periodicals [Revise 2.1.1 to reflect the new Outside- copies to all zones.
[We provide the proposed rates and fees County container rate and the new * * * * *
for all Periodicals mail services in nonadvertising rate structure as
‘‘Rates and Fees’’ at the end of this follows:] 3.0 Physical Characteristics and
notice, after all of the proposed mailing Postage for Periodicals mail includes Content Eligibility
standards.] a pound rate charge, a piece rate charge, * * * * *
an Outside-County container rate
1.0 Rates and Fees 3.5 Mailpiece Construction
charge, and any discounts for which the
1.1 Outside-County—Excluding mail qualifies under the corresponding * * * * *
Science-of-Agriculture standards. 3.5.2 Size and Weight
* * * * * 2.1.2 Applying Pound Rate [Insert new second sentence in 3.5.2 to
[Renumber current 1.1.3 through 1.1.5 include the maximum weight and
as new 1.1.4 through 1.1.6. Insert new [Revise 2.1.2 to reflect the new Outside-
County container rate and the new thickness for Periodicals automation
1.1.3 as follows:] flat-size pieces as follows:]
nonadvertising rate structure as
1.1.3 Outside-County Container Rate follows:] * * * Automation flat-size pieces
Rate per pallet, sack, or tray Pound rates are applied to the weight may not weigh more than 6 pounds or
containing Outside-County Periodicals of the pieces in the mailing as follows: measure more than 11⁄4 inch thick.
mail: $0.85. a. Outside-County pound rates are * * *
The following standards apply: based on the weight of the advertising * * * * *
a. For mailings correctly prepared in portion sent to each postal zone (as
11.0 Basic Rate Eligibility
sacks on pallets under 705.8.0, mailers computed from the entry office) or
pay the container rate for each sack, and delivery unit zone, and the weight of the * * * * *
not for the pallet. nonadvertising portion to a delivery 11.4 Discounts
b. For mailings correctly prepared in unit zone.
bundles or trays on pallets under b. Science-of-Agriculture Outside- [Delete item c to eliminate the pallet
705.8.0, mailers pay the container rate County pound rates are based on the discounts.]
for each pallet, and not for the bundles weights of the advertising portion and * * * * *
or trays. the nonadvertising portion of the mail
15.0 Ride-Along Rate Eligibility
c. For mailings not presented in sent to each postal zone (as computed
containers under 707.23.4, Exception to from the entry office) or delivery unit * * * * *
Sacking, mailers pay the container rate zone. 15.3 Physical Characteristics
for each 5-digit ZIP Code or 5-digit c. In-County pound rates consist of a
scheme serviced by the DDU. delivery unit zone rate and an unzoned * * * * *
rate for all other eligible copies [Revise item c as follows:]
* * * * *
delivered within the county of c. A Periodicals piece with a Ride-
1.2 Outside-County—Science-of- publication. Along that claims automation rates must
Agriculture meet the automation requirements in
2.1.3 Computing Weight of 201.3.0, Physical Standards for
* * * * * Advertising and Nonadvertising
[Renumber current 1.2.3 as new 1.2.4. Automation Letters and Cards, or 25.0,
Portions Preparing Flat-Size Automation
Insert new 1.2.3 as follows:]
[Revise 2.1.3 to reflect the new Outside- Periodicals, and must maintain the same
1.2.3 Outside-County Container Rate County container rate and the new processing category as before the
Rate per pallet, sack, or tray nonadvertising rate structure as addition of the Ride-Along. For
containing Outside-County Periodicals follows:] example, if, due to the inclusion of a
mail: $0.85. The following standards The pound rate charge is the sum of Ride-Along piece, an automation letter-
apply: the charges for the computed weight of size host piece can no longer be
a. For mailings correctly prepared in the advertising portion of copies to each processed as an automation letter, then
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sacks on pallets under 705.8.0, mailers zone, plus the sum of the charges for the that piece must pay the Periodicals
pay the container rate for each sack, and computed weight of the nonadvertising nonautomation rate for the host piece
not for the pallet. portion of copies to each zone. The plus the Ride-Along rate or the Standard
b. For mailings correctly prepared in following standards apply: Mail rate for the attachment or
bundles or trays on pallets under a. The minimum pound rate charge enclosure.
705.8.0, mailers pay the container rate for any zone to which copies are mailed * * * * *

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17.0 Documentation prepared in scheme bundles must meet 22.7 Optional Tray Preparation—Flat-
* * * * * the automation flat criteria in 301.3.0. Size Nonautomation Pieces
* * * * * [Revise the first sentence in 22.7 as
17.7 Additional Standards
r. A 3-digit scheme sort for flats follows:]
* * * * * prepared according to 301.3.0 yields 3- As an option, mailers may place in
[Insert new 17.7.4 as follows:] digit scheme bundles for those 3-digit trays the automation-compatible flat-
17.7.4 Outside-County Container Rate ZIP Codes identified in L008. The 3- size pieces prepared under 301.3.0 that
Documentation digit scheme sort is optional, except would normally be placed in ADC,
under 705.12.0 and 705.13.0. For origin mixed ADC, or mixed ADC sacks.
A complete, signed postage statement, 705.12.0 and 705.13.0, presorting must
using the correct USPS form or an * * *
be performed using L008. Pieces
approved facsimile, must accompany prepared in scheme bundles must meet * * * * *
each mailing, supported by the automation flat criteria in 301.3.0. 25.0 Preparing Flat-Size Automation
standardized documentation meeting Periodicals
* * * * *
the basic standards in 708.1.0. The
documentation must show how many 22.0 Preparing Presorted Periodicals 25.1 Basic Standards
trays, sacks, or pallets are required for * * * * * 25.1.1 General
the rates and discounts claimed, even
when the mailing is presented under 22.2 Bundle Preparation [Revise 25.1.1 as follows:]
707.23.4, Exception to Sacking, or is Each piece must meet the weight and
[Revise the introductory text of 22.2 as
otherwise presented by the mailer. size standards in 301.3.0 or in 25.3.
follows:]
Documentation of postage is not Bundle, sack, and tray preparation are
required if each piece in the mailing is Only pieces meeting the criteria in also subject to 18.0 through 21.0. Trays
of identical weight and the pieces are 301.3.0 may be prepared in 5-digit and sacks must bear the appropriate
separated when presented for scheme bundles for those 5-digit ZIP barcoded container labels under 708.6.0.
acceptance by rate, by zone, and by Codes identified in L007 and in 3-digit * * * * *
entry discount (such as DDU and DSCF). scheme bundles for those 3-digit ZIP
If standardized documentation is not Codes identified in L008. Bundling is 25.1.5 Bundle Preparation
presented, the container charge is required before traying or sacking. A * * * * *
determined by dividing the total bundle must be prepared when the [Revise the items a, c, and d as follows:]
number of Outside-County pieces in the quantity of addressed pieces for a
required presort level reaches the a. Pieces that meet the standards in
mailing by 24, and multiplying the 301.3.0 must be prepared in separate
result by the container rate charge. minimum bundle size. Smaller volumes
are not permitted except mixed ADC bundles from pieces that meet the
18.0 General Information for Mail bundles and 5-digit/scheme and 3-digit/ standards in 25.3.
Preparation scheme bundles prepared under 22.4. * * * * *
* * * * * Bundling is also subject to 19.0, c. Each bundle of pieces prepared
Bundles. Preparation sequence, bundle under 301.3.0 and each bundle of pieces
18.3 Presort Terms size, and labeling: prepared under 25.3 must separately
* * * * * * * * * * meet the bundle minimums in 25.4.
[Revise items c, e, and p as follows:] d. Presort destination bundles may
[Renumber item b as item c. Insert new
c. A full letter tray is one in which item b as follows:] contain fewer than six pieces when the
faced, upright pieces fill the length of mailpieces are too thick or too heavy to
the tray between 85% and 100% full. b. 5-digit scheme (optional); six-piece create a six-piece bundle. Rate eligibility
minimum; red Label 5 or OEL. is not affected if the total number of
* * * * *
e. 5-digit scheme (bundles and sacks) * * * * * pieces bundled for a presort destination
for flats prepared according to 301.3.0: [Renumber items d through f as new meets or exceeds the minimum for rate
the ZIP Code in the delivery address on items e through g. Insert new item d as eligibility under 14.0.
all pieces is one of the 5-digit ZIP Codes follows:] 25.1.6 Scheme Bundle Preparation
processed by the USPS as a single d. 3-digit scheme (optional); six-piece
scheme, as shown in L007. [Revise 25.1.6 as follows:]
minimum; green Label 3 or OEL.
* * * * * * * * * * Pieces meeting the criteria in 301.3.0
p. 3-digit scheme bundles for flats must be prepared in 5-digit scheme
prepared according to 301.3.0: the ZIP 22.6 Sack Preparation—Flat-Size bundles for those 5-digit ZIP Codes
Code in the delivery address on all Pieces and Irregular Parcels identified in L007 and in 3-digit scheme
pieces is one of the 3-digit ZIP Codes * * * * * bundles for those 3-digit ZIP Codes
processed by the USPS as a single [Renumber items a through g as items b identified in L008. These bundles must
scheme, as shown in L008. through h. Insert new item a as follows:] meet the additional standards in 18.4i or
* * * * * 18.4r. Pieces meeting the alternate
a. 5-digit scheme; optional; for pieces criteria in 25.3 must not be prepared in
18.4 Mail Preparation Terms meeting the standards in 301.3.0; 24- scheme bundles.
* * * * * piece minimum, fewer pieces not
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[Revise items i and r as follows:]
i. A 5-digit scheme sort for flats 1. Line 1: L007, Column B. [Revise 25.1.7 as follows:]
prepared according to 301.3.0 yields 5- 2. Line 2: ‘‘PER’’ or NEWS’’ as Mailers may combine bundles of
digit scheme bundles for those 5-digit applicable, followed by ‘‘FLTS 5D SCH pieces prepared under 301.3.0 and
ZIP Codes identified in L007. Presorting NON BC.’’ bundles of pieces prepared under 25.3
must be performed using L007. Pieces * * * * * in the same sack.

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25.1.8 Exception—Automation and c. 3-digit scheme (required for pieces have to achieve the finest pallet presort
Nonautomation Pieces on Pallets meeting the standards in 301.3); six- level possible.
[Revise the first sentence of 25.1.8 as piece minimum (fewer pieces permitted
26.2 Authorization
follows:] under 25.1.9); OEL required.
* * * * * 26.2.1 Basic Standards
When the physical dimensions of the
mailpieces in a Periodicals mailing meet Each publication in a combined
25.5 Sacking and Labeling
the definition of both a letter-size piece mailing must be authorized (or pending
* * * * * authorization) to mail at Periodicals
and an automation flat-size piece, the [Revise item a in renumbered 25.5 as
entire job may be prepared, merged, and rates. A mailer preparing comailed or
follows:] copalletized mailings under 26.1a and
palletized under 705.9.0 through
705.13.0 if the applicable standards are a. 5-digit scheme (for pieces meeting 26.1c must be authorized to do so by
met.* * * the standards in 301.3.0 only), required Business Mailer Support (see 608.8.1 for
at 24 pieces, fewer pieces not permitted; address). For copalletization, each
* * * * * may contain 5-digit scheme bundles mailer that sends mail to the
[Renumber 25.2 and 25.3 as new 25.4 only; labeling: copalletization facility also must be
and 25.5. Insert new 25.2 and 25.3 as authorized. Requests for authorization
follows:] * * * * *
must show:
25.2 Physical Standards 25.6 Optional Tray Preparation—Flat- a. The mailer’s name and address.
Size Barcoded Pieces b. The mailing office.
Each flat-size piece must be c. Procedures and quality control
[Revise the first sentence in renumbered
rectangular and must meet the standards measures for the combined mailing.
25.6 as follows:]
in 301.3.0 or the alternative criteria in d. The expected date of the first
25.3. As an option, mailers may place in
trays the automation-compatible flat- mailing.
25.3 Alternative Criteria size pieces prepared under 301.3.0 that e. A sample of the standardized
would normally be placed in ADC, documentation.
25.3.1 General
origin mixed ADC, or mixed ADC sacks. 26.2.2 Denial
Mailers may prepare automation flat- * * *
size pieces that differ in weight and If the application is denied, the mailer
* * * * * or consolidator may file at a later date,
thickness from the criteria in 301.3.0
according to 25.3.2 and 25.3.3. Pieces 26.0 Combining Multiple Editions or or submit additional information
prepared under 25.3 and pieces Publications needed to support the request.
prepared under 301.3.0 may not be [Reorganize and revise 26.0 to add the 26.2.3 Termination
combined in the same bundle. definition and standards for
Determine length and height according An authorization may not exceed 2
copalletized mailings. The experimental years. Business Mailer Support may take
to 301.3.2. copalletization drop-ship classifications action to terminate an authorization at
25.3.2 Weight and Size in 709.3.0 and 709.4.0 expire, and all any time, by written notice, if the mailer
mailers may copalletize under 26.0 as does not meet the standards.
The maximum weight for each piece
follows:]
is 6 pounds. The following minimum 26.3 Minimum Volume
and maximum dimensions apply: 26.1 Description
a. Minimum height is 5 inches. The following minimum volume
Mailers may prepare Periodicals standards apply:
Maximum height is 12 inches. publications as a combined mailing by a. For combined mailings prepared
b. Minimum length is 6 inches. merging copies or bundles of copies to under 26.1a, more than one Periodicals
Maximum length is 15 inches. achieve the finest presort level possible publication, or edition of a publication,
c. Minimum thickness is 0.009 inch. or to reduce the per piece or the are combined to meet the required
Maximum thickness is 1.25 inches. Outside-County container rate charge. minimum volume per bundle, sack, or
25.3.3 Address Placement on Folded Mailers may use one of the following tray for the rate claimed.
Pieces methods: b. For combined mailings prepared
a. Mailers may merge and sort under 26.1b, the minimum volume
Mailers must design folded pieces so together (‘‘comail’’) individually
that the address is in view when the requirements in 22.0, 23.0, 201.3.0, or
addressed copies of different editions of 25.0 apply for the rate claimed.
final folded edge is to the right and any a Periodicals publication (one title) or c. For copalletized mailings prepared
intermediate bound or folded edge is at individually addressed copies of under 26.1c, the minimum volume
the bottom of the piece. Unbound flat- different Periodicals publications (more requirements for pallets in 705.8.5.3
size pieces must be at least double- than one title) to obtain a finer presort apply for the rate claimed.
folded. level.
b. Mailers may place two or more 26.4 Labeling
25.4 Bundling and Labeling
copies of different Periodicals Mailers must label all containers in a
* * * * * publications (two or more titles), and/or combined mailing as either ‘‘NEWS’’
[Revise items a and c in renumbered multiple editions of the same (see 21.1.3) or ‘‘PER’’ as follows:
25.4 to require scheme bundling as publication in the same mailing a. If at least 51% of the total number
follows:] wrapper or firm bundle and present it of copies in the combined mailing can
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a. 5-digit scheme (required for pieces as one addressed piece to a single qualify for ‘‘NEWS’’ treatment then all
meeting the standards in 301.3.0); six- recipient to reduce the per piece charge. containers in the mailing are labeled
piece minimum (fewer pieces permitted c. Mailers may copalletize separately ‘‘NEWS,’’ unless the mailer chooses to
under 25.1.9); optional endorsement presorted bundles of different use ‘‘PER.’’
line (OEL) required. Periodicals titles and editions to achieve b. If less than 51% of the total number
* * * * * minimum pallet weights. Mailers do not of copies in a combined mailing can

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qualify for ‘‘NEWS’’ treatment then all statement claiming the applicable per 28.0 Destination Entry Rate Eligibility
containers in the mailing are labeled pound charges for each publication or 28.1 Basic Standards
‘‘PER.’’ edition in the combined mailing except
as provided in 26.2.5a. The mailer must 28.1.1 Rate Application
26.5 Documentation
annotate on, or attach to, each postage [Revise 28.1.1 to eliminate the pallet
Each mailing must be accompanied by statement, the title and issue date of discounts and add the new container
documentation meeting the standards in each publication or edition and indicate rate as follows:]
17.0, as well as any additional mailing that the copies were prepared as part of Outside-County addressed pieces may
information requested by the USPS to qualify for destination area distribution
a combined mailing under 26.1b. The
support the postage claimed (such as center (DADC) or destination sectional
per piece charges must be claimed as
advertising percentage and weight per center facility (DSCF) rates under 28.2
copy). The following additional follows:
or 28.3. Carrier route rate addressed
standards apply: 1. If all copies in the combined pieces may qualify for destination
a. Presort documentation required mailing are eligible for the Classroom or delivery unit (DDU) rates under 28.4.
under 708.1.0 must show the total Nonprofit discount, or if all copies are Outside-County pieces are subject to the
number of addressed pieces and total not eligible for the Classroom or Outside-County container rate in 1.1.3
number of copies for each publication Nonprofit discount, mailers may claim or 1.2.3. For all destination entry rate
and each edition in the combined the per piece charges only on the pieces:
mailing claimed at the carrier route, 5- postage statement for the publication a. Only one destination entry discount
digit, 3-digit, and basic rates. The mailer that contains the highest amount of may be claimed for each addressed
also must provide a list, by 3-digit ZIP advertising. piece.
Code prefix, of the number of addressed b. An individual bundle, tray, sack, or
pieces for each publication and each 2. If a portion of the copies in the
pallet may contain pieces claimed at
edition claimed at any destination entry combined mailing are eligible for the
different destination entry rates.
discount. Classroom or Nonprofit discount and a c. In-County carrier route rate
b. Copalletized mailing portion are not eligible, mailers may addressed pieces may qualify for the
documentation must be presented by claim the per piece charges only on the DDU discount under 28.4.
each title and version, segment, or postage statement for the publication d. The advertising and nonadvertising
edition in the mailing, or by codes that contains the highest amount of portions may be eligible for DADC,
representing each title and version, advertising and is not eligible for the DSCF, or DDU pound rates based on the
segment, or edition. The documentation Classroom or Nonprofit discount. The entry facility and the address on the
must include presort and pallet reports Classroom or Nonprofit per piece piece.
showing how the copalletized pieces are discount must not be claimed. * * * * *
prepared and where they will be d. For copalletized mailings under
entered. 28.2 Destination Area Distribution
26.1c, mailers must prepare a separate Center
26.6 Postage Statements postage statement for each publication
* * * * *
Mailers must prepare postage in the mailing. Mailings consisting of
statements for a combined mailing as different editions or versions of the 28.2.3 Rates
follows: same publication must be accompanied [Revise 28.2.3 to reflect the new
a. Copy weight and advertising by one consolidated postage statement nonadvertising rate structure as
percentage determine whether separate and a register of mailings. follows:]
postage statements are required for DADC rates include a per piece
26.7 Postage Payment
editions of the same publication: discount off the addressed piece rate, a
1. If the copy weight and advertising Each mailing must meet the postage nonadvertising pound rate, and, if
percentage for all editions of a payment standards in 16.0. For applicable, an advertising pound rate.
publication are the same, mailers may copalletized mailings under 26.1c,
report all the editions on the same 28.3 Destination Sectional Center
mailers must pay postage at the post Facility
postage statement or each edition on a office serving the facility where
separate postage statement. * * * * *
consolidation takes place, except that
2. If the copy weight or the
advertising percentage is different for postage for publications authorized 28.3.3 Rates
each edition of a publication, mailers under the Centralized Postage Payment [Revise 28.3.3 to reflect the new
must report each edition on a separate (CPP) system may be paid to the Pricing nonadvertising rate structure as
postage statement. and Classification Service Center (see follows:]
b. For a combined mailing prepared 608.8.4.1 for address). DSCF rates include a per piece
under 26.1a, mailers must prepare a 26.8 Deposit of Mail discount off the addressed piece rate, a
separate postage statement that claims nonadvertising pound rate, and, if
all applicable per piece and per pound Each publication in a combined applicable, an advertising pound rate.
charges for each publication or edition mailing must be authorized for original
except as provided in 26.2.5a. The 28.4 Destination Delivery Unit
entry or additional entry at the post
mailer must annotate on, or attach to, office where the mailing is entered. For * * * * *
each postage statement, the title and
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issue date of each publication or edition mailers must enter each mailing at the
and indicate that the pieces were [Revise 28.4.3 to reflect the new
post office serving the facility where
prepared as part of a combined mailing nonadvertising rate structure as
consolidation takes place. follows:]
under 26.1a.
c. For mailings under 26.1b, mailers * * * * * DDU rates for Outside-County include
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piece rate, a nonadvertising pound rate, 1.2 Format and Content under the no overflow option, the
and, if applicable, an advertising pound * * * * * number of pieces in the next higher
rate. DDU rates for In-County consist of [Revise item c1 as follows:] level tray in lieu of overflow trays. For
a per piece discount off the addressed ECR letters prepared under 245.6.0, the
1. Tray/sack sortation level.
piece rate and a pound charge. number of pieces in carrier routes
Periodicals documentation must also
* * * * * show the total number of each type of within full trays. For automation flats,
708 Technical Specifications container in the mailing. regular nonautomation presort mail, and
* * * * * ECR Standard Mail, the number of
[Change the terminology from pieces in each bundle level and presort
‘‘irregular’’ parcels to ‘‘nonmachinable’’ [Revise item c3 as follows:]
3. The number of pieces for each 5- destination.
parcels and from ‘‘IRREG’’ to ‘‘NON
MACH’’ for parcel preparation digit ZIP Code in 5-digit/scheme * * * * *
throughout 708.] bundles or trays; for each 3-digit ZIP 1.3 Rate Level Column Headings
Code in 3-digit/scheme bundles or trays;
1.0 Standardized Documentation for for each 3-digit/scheme in (A)ADC * * * * *
First-Class Mail, Periodicals, Standard bundles or trays; for each (A)ADC in
Mail, and Flat-Size Bound Printed [Delete the ‘‘Carrier Route’’ entry in item
mixed (A)ADC bundles or trays (or, for a. Revise the ‘‘3/5’’ and ‘‘Basic’’ entries
Matter Periodicals, origin mixed ADC trays). as follows:]
* * * * * For automation-rate mailings prepared

Rate Abbreviation

* * * * * * *
5-Digit [Standard Mail flats] .............................................................................................................................................................. 5B
3-Digit [Standard Mail flats] .............................................................................................................................................................. 3B
ADC [Standard Mail flats] ................................................................................................................................................................. AB
Mixed ADC [Standard Mail flats] ...................................................................................................................................................... MB

* * * * * * *

[Delete the ‘‘3/5’’ entry in item b. Revise


the ‘‘5-Digit,’’ ‘‘3-Digit,’’ and ‘‘Basic’’
entries in item b as follows:]

Rate Abbreviation

* * * * * * *
5-Digit [Standard Mail letters; Periodicals letters, flats, and parcels] ............................................................................................... 5D
3-Digit [Standard Mail letters; Periodicals letters, flats, and parcels] ............................................................................................... 3D
ADC [letters/cards and flats] ............................................................................................................................................................. AD
Mixed ADC [letters/cards and flats] .................................................................................................................................................. MD

* * * * * * *

[Delete the ‘‘Basic Automation’’ entry in 1.4 Sortation Level [Revise the ‘‘5-Digit Scheme’’ entry as
item c.] follows:]
* * * * *
* * * * *

Sortation level Abbreviation

* * * * * * *
5-Digit Scheme [barcoded and machinable letters] ......................................................................................................................... 5DGS

* * * * * * *

[Revise the heading of 5.0 as follows:] Mailers may use a postal routing properly prepared UCC/EAN Code 128
barcode on parcels and Not Flat- barcode symbology as described in 5.3
5.0 Barcoding Standards for Parcels
Machinable pieces that meet the that accurately represents the correct
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and Not Flat-Machinable Pieces


eligibility requirements in 443.1.1 for ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code of the delivery
5.1 Basic Requirements for Postal First-Class Mail, 443.4.4 and 443.5.5 for address. For information on barcode
Routing Barcodes. Standard Mail, 453.3.1 for Parcel Post, placement for parcels, see 402.4.0.
463.4.1 for Bound Printed Matter, * * * * *
[Revise 5.1 as follows:] 473.3.4 for Media Mail, or 483.3.4 for
Library Mail. Each parcel must bear a

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6.0 Barcoding Standards for 8.0 Carrier Route Information Lines [Delete 3.0, Outside-County Periodicals
Container Labels 8.1 Basic Information Copalletization Drop-Ship
6.1 Basic Standards—Tray and Sack Classification; 4.0, Outside-County
[Delete reference to First-Class Mail as Periodicals Copalletization Drop-Ship
Labels follows:] Discounts for High-Editorial, Heavy-
6.1.1 Use Bundles for individual carrier routes, Weight, Small-Circulation Publications;
* * * * * rural routes, highway contract routes, and 5.0, Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box.
post office box sections, or general Renumber remaining sections 6.0 and
Exhibit 6.1.4 3-Digit Content Identifier delivery units must be prepared with 7.0 as new 3.0 and 4.0. The
Numbers facing slips under 245.2.11 for Standard experimental copalletization discounts
Mail letters, 345.2.14 for Standard Mail expire and are replaced by the new rate
[Revise the content identifier numbers flats, 365.2.13 for Bound Printed Matter
for First-Class Mail automation letters, structure for Periodicals mail in 707.
flats, 445.2.12 for Standard Mail parcels, The Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box becomes
Enhanced Carrier Route Standard Mail 465.2.12 for Bound Printed Matter
letters, and Not Flat-Machinable pieces.] a permanent offering in 123. We provide
parcels, and 707.19.16 for Periodicals, the proposed rates and fees for all
* * * * * optional endorsement lines under 7.0, remaining experimental services in
7.0 Optional Endorsement Lines or carrier route information lines under ‘‘Rates and Fees’’ at the end of this
(OELs) 8.2. These standards apply to Carrier notice, after all of the proposed mailing
Route Periodicals, Enhanced Carrier standards.]
7.1 OEL Use Route Standard Mail, and Carrier Route
Bound Printed Matter mailings. Carrier * * * * *
7.1.1 Basic Standards
route information lines may be on all We will publish an appropriate
* * * * * pieces in a mailing, regardless of presort amendment to 39 CFR Part 111 to reflect
Exhibit 7.1.1 OEL Formats level. these changes if our proposal is
* * * * * adopted.
[Delete the example for Carrier Route—
Automation (First-Class Mail and 709 Experimental Classifications and Neva R. Watson,
Standard Mail).] Rates Attorney, Legislative.
* * * * * * * * * * BILLING CODE 7710–12–P
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