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Quick Service Guide 250
January 17, 2016
Physical Standards (201)
For an overview of the physical standards for commercial parcels, see Quick Service Guide 201e.
Prices and Fees (253.1.0)
Price determination: Parcel Select Destination Entry DSCF and DDU prices are based on weight only, all other prices are based on weight and zone.
Oversized price: pieces exceeding 108 inches but not more than 130 inches in combined length and girth are mailable at the Parcel Select oversized price for the zone to which addressed.
Balloon price: parcels that weigh less than 20 pounds but measuring more than 84 inches (but not exceeding 108 inches) in combined length and girth are charged the 20-pound price for the zone to which addressed (253.4.5).
Annual Parcel Select destination entry (DNDC, DSCF, and DDU) fee applies.
Additional Service Fee applies to mailpieces returned as undeliverable as addressed.
Parcel Select is matter not mailed at Package Services prices (Bound Printed Matter, Media Mail, or Library Mail). Any Package Services matter may be mailed at Parcel Select prices, subject to the basic standards in 253.2.0.
Generally used for shipping merchandise.
Eligibility Standards (253.3.0)
Each piece must include a complete delivery and return address and a correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code (253.4.6).
All commercial Parcel Select mailpieces must meet the requirements for use of unique Intelligent Mail package barcodes (IMpb) or an extra service IMpb. Mailpieces not meeting this requirement will be assessed an IMpb noncompliance fee as outlined in Publication 199 available on RIBBS at https://ribbs.usps.gov/.
Mailing items with no ancillary service endorsement obligates the mailer to pay the applicable forwarding and return postage at Parcel Select barcoded nonpresort prices, plus an additional service fee (507.1.5.4).
Postage Payment and Documentation (254)
Parcel Select: meter (604.4.0) or permit imprint (604.5.0).
Mail Preparation (255)
Preparation and labeling: see below.
Enter and Deposit (256)
Extra Services (503)
Parcel Select may use Adult Signature services, COD, USPS Tracking, insurance, return receipt for merchandise, Signature Confirmation, and special handling. Parcel Select destination entry pieces are eligible for no-fee electronic USPS Tracking. Return receipt and restricted delivery are available for COD mail or mail insured for more than $200.