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Quick Service Guide 470
Media Mail Machinable Parcels
June 7, 2010
Physical Standards (401)
Minimum weight: 6 ounces (3.5 ounces for parcels prepared under 401.1.5.2).
Maximum weight: 35 pounds (25 pounds for books and other printed matter).
For an overview of the physical standards for machinable parcels, see Quick Service Guide 401.
Prices and Fees (473.1.0)
For a complete listing of commercial Media Mail prices, see Notice 123-Price List.
For heavier pieces, see 473.1.0.
Barcoded discount: $0.03 per piece; available for Presorted Basic price machinable parcels (50-piece minimum) that bear a correct barcode under 708.5.0. Does not apply to pieces mailed at the
Annual presort mailing fee: $185.00.
Generally used for books (at least eight pages), film (16 mm or narrower), printed music, printed test materials, video and sound recordings, play scripts, printed educational charts, loose-leaf pages and binders consisting of medical information, and computer-readable media. Books may contain no advertising other than incidental announcements of other books.
Eligibility Standards (473.3.0)
Mailings of 300 or more addressed pieces sorted and marked as described below. Prices based on weight and level of presort.
Machinable parcels (401.1.5) and nonmachinable parcels (401.1.6) may not be combined in the same mailing.
Each piece must include complete delivery and return addresses with correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code.
Mailing items with no ancillary service endorsement obligates the mailer to pay any applicable forwarding and return postage charges at the single-piece price (507.1.5.4).
Postage Payment and Documentation (474)
Meter (604.4.0) or permit imprint (604.5.0).
Postage statement: PS Form 3605-R or approved facsimile.
Mail Preparation (475)
Mark each piece "Media Mail" and "Presorted" or "PRSRT" in the postage area. For optional marking locations, see 402.2.5.4.
Enter and Deposit (476)
All meter or permit imprint: generally, at Post Office where permit or meter license is held.