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Quick Service Guide 207d
Periodicals Nonbarcoded Flats
January 17, 2016
Physical Standards (207.26.0)
Polywrapped Pieces: Must meet all six properties in Exhibit 188.8.131.52.
If an address label is used on the outside of the polywrapped piece, the haze property is not required. Polywrap seam must be parallel to longest dimension.
The preferred seam placement is on the nonaddressed side of the mailpiece. If seam is on the addressed side, it must not cover the delivery address, barcode, postage area, or any required markings.
Prices and Fees (207.1.0)
Prices include piece charges, pound prices (advertising and nonadvertising), and applicable discounts.
Carrier Route, 5-digit, 3-digit/SCF, and ADC and Mixed ADC prices are available; Outside-County prices apply; In-County prices apply to all eligible In-County copies.
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—Based on the bundle level (six or more pieces). Firm bundles pay a separate firm piece price.
Bundle Prices—Based on container and bundle level. Firm bundles pay a separate firm bundle price. 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 sacks.
Container Prices—Based on the container type, container level, and entry. For mailings prepared in sacks, mailers pay the container price for each sack based on container level and entry.
— For bundles placed directly on pallets, mailers pay the container price for each pallet.
— For sacks on pallets, mailers pay the container price for each sack, and not for the pallets. The container price for each sack is based on the sack level and where the pallet is entered.
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-Alongs are 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 (207.12.0, 207.13.0)
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 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.
Carrier route: carrier route information updated using CASS-certified process (708.3.0) or another AIS product containing carrier route information within 90 days before mailing.
A certified process must be used at least once a year to ensure accuracy of 5-digit ZIP Codes on other than carrier route pieces (602.6.0).
Mailers can apply Repositionable Notes, see 202.7.0.
Postage Payment and Documentation (207.16.0, 705.19.0)
Advance deposit account(s) at original and each additional entry Post Office, unless authorized under Centralized Postage Payment (CPP) (207.16.5).
Mail Preparation (207.22.0, 207.23.0)
Bundles for individual carrier routes must be prepared with facing slips under 203.3.15, optional endorsement lines under 203.3.13, or carrier route information lines under 203.3.14.
Palletization of sacks or bundles is permitted under 705.8.0. Traying is permitted under 207.22.7.
Any mailing job that contains bundles of machinable barcoded (automation) flats and bundles of machinable nonbarcoded flats must be co-sacked using 705.9.0.
Enter and Deposit (207.28.0)
Deposit only at authorized original and additional entry Post Office(s), unless authorized exceptional dispatch under 207.29.4.