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436 Enter and Deposit

1.0 Deposit

1.1 Time and Location of Deposit

First-Class Package Service parcels must be deposited at locations and times designated by the postmaster. Metered mail must be deposited in locations under the jurisdiction of the licensing Post Office except under 604.4.6.3. Permit imprint mail must be deposited under 604.5.0 and 705.

1.2 Approved Collections

The USPS may collect First-Class Package Service parcels at a mailer's facility if part of an approved collection service for other classes of mail; space is available on the transportation; and:

a. Acceptance and verification are done at the customer’s facility; or

b. Postage is paid with permit imprint under an optional procedure; or

c. Postage is paid with meter or precanceled stamps.

1.3 Permit Imprint Collection

The USPS does not collect presort mailings from a customer’s facility if paid with a permit imprint and not covered by optional procedures.

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2.0 Verification

2.1 USPS Verification and Mailer Correction

Mailings are subject to USPS procedures to verify correct preparation and postage payment. If, at the acceptance unit, a mailing is found not to qualify for a First-Class Package Service presort price, the mailer must take corrective action or pay a single-piece price (see 2.3). The return of mailings to the mailer's facility for reworking is the mailer's responsibility.

2.2 Timeframe for Corrective Action

If a mailer corrects the presort or preparation problems in a metered or precanceled stamped mailing that caused its disqualification when originally presented for acceptance, but cannot resubmit that mailing on the same day, the date shown in the meter or mailer’s precancel postmark must be corrected. The mailer may either reenvelope each piece and reapply postage and request a postage refund or apply a legible “.00” meter impression that includes the correct mailing date.

2.3 Payment at Single-Piece Price Rather than Correcting Errors

A mailer who pays a single-piece First-Class Package Service price rather than correcting presorting errors in a mailing paid with meter or precanceled stamps must either affix metered postage for the additional amount on each piece or pay the difference in cash (or by check) and present the receipt to the acceptance point before the mail may be released for processing. A mailer who makes the same choice for a permit imprint mailing must correct the postage statement to show the higher price.