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Physical Standards (201)
Heavy letter mail weighing more than 3 ounces must have a barcode in the address block and be prepared in a sealed envelope under 22.214.171.124.
For an overview of the physical standards for discount letters and cards, see Quick Service Guide 201.
Rates and Fees (243.1)
Letters that weigh more than 3.3 ounces but not more than 3.5 ounces pay piece/pound postage but receive a discount (see 243.7.6).
There are no Standard Mail card rates; cards may be mailed at letter rates.
Destination discounts apply to mail prepared as prescribed by USPS and addressed for delivery within service area of destination BMC/ASF or SCF (246.2).
Annual $160.00 presort mailing fee (243.3.2).
Eligibility Standards (243.7)
Each piece must also include a complete delivery address with correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code.
For address standards, see 243.7.4; for barcode quality standards, see 708.4 and CASS/MASS standards in 708.3.
Addresses matched using CASS/MASS-certified process within 180 days before mailing date.
All letter-size reply cards and envelopes (business reply, courtesy reply, and metered reply mail) provided as enclosures must meet the standards in 201.3.14.
Mailers can apply Repositionable Notes ("sticky notes") for an additional charge of $0.015. See 709.7.
Postage Payment and Documentation (244)
Additional standards apply to mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces.
Mail Preparation (245.7)
Pieces with a delivery point barcode printed in the barcode clear zone must also bear an "AUTO" marking. For rate markings applied by an MLOCR, see 202.3.5. Pieces not claimed at an automation rate must not bear an "AUTO" marking.
1-foot or 2-foot trays used (245.3.3) where appropriate (e.g., when there is enough mail to fill a 2-foot tray, a 2-foot tray must be used).
Barcoded tray labels required (245.4.9).
See reverse for preparation and labeling.
Trays on pallets (705.8.5) are permitted and preferred.
Trays must be sleeved and strapped (246.3.4). See 245.3.5 for exceptions to strapping for mailings that originate and destinate in delivery area of same SCF. Strapping not required on trays placed on 5-digit, 3-digit, and SCF pallets that are secured with stretchwrap.
Enter and Deposit (246)
For the specific DMM standards applicable to this category of mail, consult the DMM sections referenced above and the general sections within each DMM module.
Bundling not permitted except for mailings of card-size pieces and for pieces in overflow and less-than-full trays.
1. AADC rate for any 3-digit/scheme tray for the origin SCF area containing fewer than 150 pieces.
2. Use "5D BC" on 5-digit trays; use "BC 5D SCHEME" on optional 5-digit scheme trays.
3. Use "3D BC" on 3-digit trays; use "BC SCHEME" on 3-digit scheme trays and, if applicable, as shown in L002, Column B, followed by the letter "A," "B," or "C."