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Quick Service Guide 340c
Standard Mail Carrier Route Flats
January 22, 2012
703, Standard Mail Nonprofit Eligibility
Physical Standards (301)
Maximum weight: less than 16 ounces.
For an overview of the physical standards for commercial flats, see Quick Service Guide 301.
Prices and Fees (343.1.0)
For a complete list of commercial Standard Mail prices, see Notice 123–Price List.
Destination discounts apply to mail prepared as prescribed by USPS and addressed for delivery within service area of destination NDC/ASF, SCF, or delivery unit (346.2.0).
Annual presort mailing fee applies.
Flats containing mailable items not required to be sent using First-Class Mail can be sent using Standard Mail. Standard Mail is typically used for advertisements, flyers, and catalogs. Additional content restrictions must be met for authorized nonprofit mailers (703.1.0).
Eligibility Standards (343.6.0)
Mailings of 200 or more addressed pieces (or 50 pounds of addressed pieces), sorted and marked as described below. Pieces must be part of a group of 10 or more to one carrier route, prepared in line-of-travel or walk-sequence order, as required. All pieces must meet the physical standards for enhanced carrier route flats in 301. Pieces are eligible if not required to be mailed at First-Class Mail prices or not eligible for Periodicals prices. Nonprofit prices require specific authorization (703.1.0).
Each piece must include a complete delivery address with correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code, as appropriate.
Carrier route information must be updated using CASS-certified process within 90 days before mailing date.
Detached address label may be used with merchandise samples or saturation pieces, for an additional charge.
Mailers can apply Repositionable Notes for an additional charge. See 705.23.0.
Addresses on all pieces must be updated within 95 days before mailing through a USPS-approved address update method. For an overview of the Move Update standards, see Quick Service Guide 230a.
Postage Payment and Documentation (344)
Precanceled stamp (604.3.0), meter (604.4.0), or permit imprint (604.5.0).
Additional standards apply to mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces.
Regular: PS Form 3602-R or approved facsimile.
Nonprofit: PS Form 3602-N or approved facsimile.
Mail Preparation (345)
Marking on each piece in the postage area (302.3.0):
Basic mail must be in line-of-travel (LOT) or in walk sequence (345.6.0).
High-density (WSH) and saturation (WSS) mail must be in walk sequence (345.6.0).
Palletization is preferred (see Quick Service Guide 705d).
Use standard sack label (345.4.0).
Enter and Deposit (346)
Mailing entered at an acceptance point designated by USPS.