Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service Domestic Mail Manual > 200 Commercial Letters, Flats, and ParcelsDesignStandards > 260Commercial MailBound Printed Matter > 264Postage Payment and Documentation
1.0 Basic Standards for Postage Payment
2.0 Mailing Documentation
The mailer is responsible for proper postage payment. Subject to the corresponding standards, postage and fees for Bound Printed Matter must be paid by permit imprint, as defined in 604.5.0. Mailings may contain nonidentical-weight pieces only when authorized by the director, Business Acceptance Solutions (see 608.8.0 for address), unless mailed as specified in 2.2. Identical-weight pieces must be separated at acceptance into groups that contain pieces all subject to the same zone and same combination of prices (e.g., all are zone 4), unless mailed under 705.2.0 through 705.4.0 in Advanced Preparation and Special Postage Payment Systems.
Bound Printed Matter mailings must meet the following minimum volume requirements:
- Presorted and Carrier Route. Must have at least 300 pieces
- Nonpresorted. No minimum volume required
See 203.1.0 and 203.2.0 for postage statement and documentation standards.
Nonpresorted, nonidentical-weight pieces may be separated by weight, reported on separate postage statements and documented under 2.2 or must be documented or authorized as follows:
- A maximum of 299 nonpresorted, nonidentical-weight pieces may be individually numbered and listed by the mailer on PS Form 8042, Bound Printed Matter Documentation, and submitted with a properly completed postage statement.
- Mailings of 300 or more nonpresorted, nonidentical-weight pieces must be authorized by the director, Business Acceptance Solutions and mailed under 705.2.0 through 705.4.0.