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Quick Service Guide 705e
Bound Printed Matter Bundles on Pallets
November 7, 2011
Bundles of flats or nonmachinable parcels must be sorted and prepared under the standards for the price claimed. See Quick Service Guide 360 for Bound Printed Matter Flats or Quick Service Guide 460 for Bound Printed Matter Nonmachinable and Machinable Parcels. Destination entry under 366 for flats or 466 for parcels is optional. Individual pieces weighing 10 pounds or more are not eligible for preparation on pallets unless prepared as machinable parcels or prepared in sacks under 465.5.0 for presorted or 465.6.0 for carrier route parcels.
Bundle preparation must meet the applicable general standards in 365 for flats and 465 for parcels. Mixed ADC bundles must not be placed on pallets.
Prepare Carrier Route Bound Printed Matter (BPM) bundles and label under 365.6.0 for flats and 465.6.0 for parcels. Prepare and label Presorted BPM bundles in the sequence and to the destinations required for sacks in 365.5.0 for flats and 465.5.0 for parcels. Prepare a bundle when there are 10 or more pieces or 10 or more pounds, whichever comes first, for the same presort destination within an individual mailing (Carrier Route or Presorted). Bundles are not subject to a specific thickness limit. It is, however, recommended that bundles not exceed 8 inches in height.
Each physical bundle must contain at least 2 addressed pieces. The maximum bundle size is 20 pounds, except as provided in 705.8.9.5. When there are at least 10 pieces but fewer than 10 pounds for a presort destination, the pieces must be prepared in a single physical bundle. When there are 10 or more pounds for a destination, pieces must be prepared in bundles weighing from 10 to 20 pounds each except that the last bundle may weigh less than 10 pounds or contain fewer than 10 pieces (but never fewer than 2 pieces) and mailers should balance the mail in bundles as follows:
The total number of physical bundles prepared for a presort destination must not exceed the number of 10-pound increments to that destination. For example, if there are 95 pounds of mail to a 3-digit ZIP Code presort destination, bundles could be prepared as four 20-pound bundles and one 5-pound bundle, or nine 10-pound bundles and one 5-pound bundle.
Securing Individual Bundles
Bundles on pallets must be secure and stable and able to withstand normal transit and handling without
breakage or injury to USPS employees. To prevent broken bundles, material used to secure bundles
should be of adequate strength, be sealed securely (e.g., by heat or adhesive), and fit tightly around
the bundles. Prepare bundles as follows:
Two bands, one around the length and one around the width. Use sufficient tension. Wire and metal strapping are prohibited.
Pallet Preparation and Documentation