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Quick Service Guide 207e
Periodicals Barcoded (Automation) Letters
May 31, 2015
201a, Designing Letters and Cards for Automated Processing
Physical Standards (201.3.0, 207.3.0)
For an overview of designing letters for automated processing, see Quick Service Guide 201a.
Prices and Fees (207.1.0)
Prices include piece charges, pound prices (advertising and nonadvertising), and applicable discounts.
In-County prices include piece prices, pound prices (DDU and other), and DDU discount.
Pound Prices—Advertising pounds based on destination entry and zone. Nonadvertising pounds based on destination entry and all other zones.
Piece Prices—The presort level of pieces prepared loose (no bundles) in full trays is based on the tray level. Pieces in bundles, piece price based on bundle level (six or more pieces).
Bundle Prices—Bundle prices do not apply to “loose” pieces in full trays. Bundle prices for bundles in less than full trays are based on the bundle and container level. For bundles and containers with both In-County and Outside-County pieces, mailers do not pay the bundle or container charges for carrier route, 5-digit carrier routes, and 5-digit/scheme bundles, pallets, and trays.
Container Prices—Based on the container type, container level, and entry. For mailings prepared in trays, mailers pay the container price for each tray based on container level and entry
Destination entry prices (DDU, DSCF, DADC, and DNDC) have additional standards (207.29.0). The mail must be addressed for delivery within that facility's service area.
Ride-Along price of $0.165 available for items up to 3.3 ounces (or not more than the weight of the host publication) eligible as Standard Mail (207.15.0).
Eligibility Standards (207.4.0)
For authorized publications 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 publications must have a legitimate list of subscribers, and Requester publications must have a legitimate list of requesters or subscribers. All pieces within each mailing must be in the same processing category. Mailings eligible for barcoded letter prices must be automation-compatible (201.3.0), Intelligent Mail barcoded (708.4.0), and 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 207.4.0; 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 Mail, Courtesy Reply Mail, and meter reply mail) provided as enclosures must meet the standards in 207.14.2.
Mailers can apply Repositionable Notes, see 202.7.0.
Postage Payment and Documentation (207.16.0, 207.17.0)
Advance deposit account(s) at the original and each additional entry Post Office, unless authorized under Centralized Postage Payment (CPP) (207.16.5).
Mail Preparation (207.24.0)
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 (207.21.0).
Trays sleeved and strapped (207.20.0). See 18.104.22.168 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 (207.29.0)
Deposit only at authorized original and additional entry Post Office(s), unless authorized exceptional dispatch under 207.29.4.