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Quick Service Guide 207f
Periodicals Barcoded (Automation) Flats
January 17, 2016
201d, Designing Flats for Automated Processing
Physical Standards (201.6.0, 207.3.0)
For an overview of designing machinable flats, see Quick Service Guide 201d.
Prices and Fees (207.1.0)
Prices include piece charges, pound prices (advertising and nonadvertising), and applicable discounts.
5-digit, 3-digit/SCF, and ADC and Mixed ADC prices are bundle based; 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. Bundle prices do not apply to flat-size pieces prepared in flat trays under the optional tray preparation (207.22.7). 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 (207.4.0, 207.14.0)
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.
Mailings must be designed according to 201.6.0 or 207.26.0 (prepared in 5-digit bundles only), bear a delivery point Intelligent Mail barcode (207.14.0) and be sorted as described below.
Each piece must 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 207.14.0; and for CASS/MASS, see standards in 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 metered 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 original and each additional entry post office, unless authorized under Centralized Postage Payment (CPP) (207.16.5).
Mail Preparation (207.25.0)
Pink barcoded sack labels required (207.21.0).
Pieces meeting specifications in 207.26.0 must be prepared in separate bundles from pieces meeting specifications in 201.6.0. Separate bundle minimums (207.25.1) must be met for each bundle type. Within each bundle, mailers may combine pieces of nonidentical weights if authorized under 705.2.0. Bundles of pieces prepared under 207.26.0 and 201.6.0 may be combined in the same sack or on the same pallet.
Traying is permitted under 207.25.5.
Any mailing job that contains bundles of machinable barcoded (automation) flats and bundles of machinable nonbarcoded flats must be cosacked using 705.9.0.
Enter and Deposit (207.28.0)
Only at authorized original and/or additional entry Post Office(s), unless authorized exceptional dispatch under 207.28.3.