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Quick Service Guide 707f
Periodicals Automation Letters
707a, Periodicals General Information and Eligibility
201a, Designing Letters and Cards for Automated Processing
Physical Standards (201, 707.3.0)
Maximum weight: 3.3 ounces.
For an overview of the physical standards for discount letters, see Quick Service Guide 201.
For an overview of designing letters for automated processing, see Quick Service Guide 201a.
Rates and Fees (707.1.0)
Rates include addressed piece charge, pound rates (advertising and nonadvertising), and applicable discounts; factors include place of mailing, destination, presort, etc.
Destination entry discounts (DSCF and DADC) have additional standards (707.28.0).
Not all presort levels may be claimed in combination with other automation or destination entry discounts.
Eligibility Standards (707.14.0)
For authorized publications (e.g., magazines and newspapers) whose primary purpose is transmitting information. Periodicals must be issued at least four times a year at a stated frequency from a known office of publication and be formed of printed sheets. General and requester publications must have an established list of subscribers or requesters. All pieces within each mailing must be in the same processing category. Mailings eligible for automation discounts must contain automation-compatible (201.3.0) 100% delivery point barcoded (202.5.0) pieces, sorted as described below.
Each piece must also include a complete delivery address with correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code.
For address standards, see 707.4.0; for barcode quality standards, see 708.4.0; and for CASS/MASS standards, see 708.3.0.
Addresses matched using CASS/MASS-certified process within 180 days before mailing.
All letter-size reply cards and envelopes (business reply, courtesy reply, and meter reply mail) provided as enclosures must meet the standards in 707.14.1.2.
Mailers can apply Repositionable Notes for an additional charge of $0.015. See 709.5.0.
Postage Payment and Documentation (707.16.0, 707.17.0)
Advance deposit account(s) at the original and each additional entry post office, unless authorized under Centralized Postage Payment (CPP) (707.16.5).
Mail Preparation (707.24.0)
See reverse for preparation and labeling.
1-foot or 2-foot trays used where appropriate (e.g., when there is enough mail to fill a 2-foot tray, a 2-foot tray must be used).
Pink barcoded tray labels required (707.21.0).
Trays sleeved and strapped (707.20.0). See 707.20.1.5 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 (707.27.0)
Deposit only at authorized original and/or additional entry post office(s), unless authorized exceptional dispatch under 707.27.3.
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.