240h Quick Service Guide

Commercial - USPS Marketing Mail Machinable Parcels

Physical Standards (201)

Minimum weight: 6 ounces (3.5 ounces for parcels prepared under

Maximum weight: less than 16 ounces.

For an overview of the physical standards for commercial parcels, see Quick Service Guide 201e.

Prices and Fees (243.1.0)

For a complete listing of commercial USPS Marketing Mail prices, see Notice 123Price List.

Unless prepared in 5-digit/scheme containers, USPS Marketing Mail machinable parcel pieces must bear an Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb). USPS Marketing Mail parcels prepared in 5-digit/scheme containers may optionally use and IMb in lieu of an IMpb (and a Mail.dat or Mail.XML file will be accepted in lieu of a Shipping Service File) (204.2.0).

Destination discounts apply to mail prepared as prescribed by USPS and addressed for delivery within service area of destination NDC/ASF, SCF (5-digit and SCF), or delivery unit (5-digit only) under 246.

Annual presort mailing fee applies.

Content (243.2.0)

Pieces are eligible if not required to be mailed at First-Class Mail prices or not authorized for Periodicals prices. Nonprofit prices require specific authorization (703.1.0).

Eligibility Standards (243.3.0)

Mailings of 200 or more addressed pieces (or 50 pounds of addressed pieces), sorted and marked as described below. Machinable parcels (201.7.5) and irregular parcels (201.7.6) may not be combined in the same mailing.

Each piece must include a complete delivery address with correct ZIP Code or ZIP+4 code.

A certified process must be used at least once a year to ensure accuracy of 5-digit ZIP Codes.

Mail prepared using an extra service must bear a return address and an ancillary service endorsement that results in the return of the mailpiece if undeliverable (243.4.4).

Addresses on all pieces must be updated within 95 days before mailing through a USPS-approved address update method (e.g., ACS, NCOALink, or the appropriate ancillary service endorsement (except Forwarding Service Requested) under 507.1.5.3). For an overview of the Move Update standards, see Quick Service Guide 602a.

Postage Payment and Documentation (244)

Meter (604.4.0), or permit imprint (604.5.0).


Additional standards apply to mailings of nonidentical-weight pieces.

Mail Preparation (245)

Marking on each piece in the postage area (202.3.0):

  • Regular: “Marketing” or “MKTG” or “MKT”, “Standard” or “STD”, “Presorted USPS Marketing” or “PRSRT MKTG” or “PRSRT MKT”, “Presorted Standard” or “PRSRT STD.”
  • Nonprofit: “Nonprofit Organization,” “Nonprofit Org.,” or “Nonprofit.”

Note: Both markings (e.g., Mktg or STD) are acceptable in the same mailing.

For barcode placement, see 202.6.0.

For use of detached address labels or detached marketing labels with merchandise samples more than 5 inches wide (high) or 1/4 inch thick, or nonuniform in thickness, see 602.4.0.

Enter and Deposit (246)

Mailing entered at an acceptance point designated by USPS.


Machinable Sacking Sequence—when entered at Origin (245.11.3)

Machinable sacking sequence - when entered at origin for USPS Marketing Mail machinable parcels.

Origin NDC

Sacks: Required, no minimum.

Labels: For Line 1, use L601, Column B. 1 For Line 2, “STD MACH NDC.”

Price: Mixed NDC

Mixed NDC

Sacks: Required, no minimum for all remaining mail.

Labels: For Line 1, “MXD” followed by L601, Column B information for the NDC serving the 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of the entry Post Office. For Line 2, “STD MACH WKG.”

Price: Mixed NDC

1. For DNDC price eligibility, see 246.3.0.

For DDU and DNDC price eligibility and preparation see DMM 240.