Postal Rate Primer
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All rates effective as of January 26, 2020

Letters

1 oz

Machinable

Basic Single Piece w/Stamp .550
Basic Single Piece w/Meter Imprint .500
Each additional ounce .150
Presorted .460
Non-machinable surcharge .150

Automation

Mixed AADC .439
AADC .419
5-Digit Presort .389
Additional oz up to 3.5 oz max N/C

Flats

1 oz or Less

Non-Automation

Basic Single Piece 1.000
Presorted .810

Automation

Mixed ADC .716
ADC .620
3-Digit Presort .577
5-Digit Presort .430
Each additional ounce .200

Postcards

Sized from 312" × 5" up to 414" × 6"

Machinable

Basic Single Piece .350
Presorted .285

Automation

Mixed AADC .276
AADC .270
5-Digit Presort .260
Automation discount on all sizes for using full service IMB option: .003/pc

Letters

None NDC SCF

Machinable3

Mixed AADC .305 .285
AADC .295 .275 .269

Non-Machinable4

Mixed AADC .702 .682
ADC .629 .609 .603
3-Digit Presort .607 .587 .581
5-Digit Presort .539 .519 .513

Automation3

Mixed AADC .299 .279
AADC .284 .264 .258
5-Digit Presort .259 .239 .233

Carrier Route3

Basic1 .294 .271 .265
Saturation2 .191 .172 .168

Flats

None NDC SCF

Non-Automation4

Mixed ADC .685 .642
ADC .650 .607 .596
3-Digit Presort .594 .551 .540
5-Digit Presort .501 .458 .447

Automation4

Mixed ADC .666 .623
ADC .608 .565 .554
3-Digit Presort .543 .500 .489
5-Digit Presort .418 .375 .364

Carrier Route3

Basic .302 .271 .265
Saturation2, 5 .224 .186 .179
Saturation EDDM5 .225 .187 .180
1. Requires Line-of-Travel sortation
2. Requires Walk Sequence sortation
3. For pieces weighing less than 3.5 oz.
4. For pieces weighing less than 4.0 oz.
5. Surcharge for use of detached address labels = .04/pc
Misc: Customized Market Mail .462
NDC: Network Distribution Center
SCF: Sectional Center Facility

Letters

None NDC SCF

Machinable3

Mixed AADC .184 .164
AADC .174 .154 .148

Non-Machinable4

Mixed ADC .581 .561
ADC .508 .488 .482
3-Digit Presort .486 .466 .460
5-Digit Presort .418 .398 .392

Automation3

Mixed AADC .178 .158
AADC .163 .143 .137
5-Digit Presort .138 .118 .112

Carrier Route3

Basic1 .209 .186 .180
Saturation2 .111 .092 .088

Flats

None NDC SCF

Non-Automation4

Mixed ADC .507 .464
ADC .472 .429 .418
3-Digit Presort .416 .373 .362
5-Digit Presort .323 .280 .269

Automation4

Mixed ADC .488 .445
ADC .430 .387 .376
3-Digit Presort .365 .322 .311
5-Digit Presort .240 .197 .186

Carrier Route3

Basic .218 .187 .181
Saturation2, 5 .136 .098 .091
Saturation EDDM5 .137 .099 .092
1. Requires Line-of-Travel sortation
2. Requires Walk Sequence sortation
3. For pieces weighing less than 3.5 oz.
4. For pieces weighing less than 4.0 oz.
5. Surcharge for use of detached address labels = .04/pc
Misc: Customized Market Mail .342
NDC: Network Distribution Center
SCF: Sectional Center Facility

Addressing for Automation

How and where addresses are placed on mail pieces is important to efficient mail processing. The template below applies to any letter-size mailer. Any non-address information, such as logos, advertising, etc., should be placed above the delivery address line.

Postal diagram

Business Reply Mail

Per Piece (without advance deposit) 0.850
Charge (with advance deposit*) 0.093
Annual BRM Permit 240.00
Annual Accounting Fee 725.00

Address Correction Service

Mail piece forwarded, notice provided

Manual Notice 0.62 ea
Electronic Notice
First Class 0.14 ea
Other 0.32 ea

Permit Fees

Authorization to use permit imprint (indicia)

Application Fee 240.00
Annual Mailing Fee 240.00
(per class of mail; separate fees required for First Class and Standard mail)
* Requires payment of annual accounting fee + advance deposit postage account.

Mail Standards

Flats Letters Postcards
Minimum Size 6 18" × 11 12" 3 12" × 5 12" 3 12" × 5 12"
Maximum Size 12" × 15" 6 18" × 11 12*" 4 14" × 6"
Minimum Thickness 0.25" 0.009" 0.007"
Maximum Thickness 0.75" 0.25" 0.016"
* Folded Self-Mailer Maximum Size = 6" × 10 12"

Minimum Presort Mailing Size

1st Class 500 pcs
Standard Mail 200 pcs (or 50 lbs.)
  • All Automation Rate Mail must be 100% barcoded with delivery-point barcodes.
  • Pieces that are rigid, non-rectangular or not uniformly thick pay a non-machinable surcharge.
  • All mail must have an approved address correction process performed within 95 days prior to mailing.

A folded self-mailer is formed of two or more panels created when a single or multiple unbound sheets of paper are folded together and sealed to form a letter-size mailpiece.

Size and Weight

Dimensions

Height 3 12" to 6" maximum
Length 5" to 10" 12" maximum
Weight up to 3 oz

Paper Basis Weight

  • 70 lb minimum for 1 oz mailpiece
  • 80 lb over 1 oz up to 3 oz

Closure Methods

Glue

Glue diagram 1

Continuous Glue Line

  • 18" W to within 14" of each edge
Glue diagram 2

Glue Spots

  • 38" diameter
  • 3-4 spots based on design/weight
Glue diagram 3

Elongated Glue Lines

  • 18" W × 12" L or
  • 14" W × 12" L or
  • 18" W × 1" L or
  • 3-4 lines based on design/weight

Tabs (2 or 3 Based on Mailpiece Design)

Tab position Tab size
  • Placed either at top of lead/trail
  • Within 1" from adjacent edge(s)
  • Lower lead edge tab 12" from bottom

Panel Count

Address side view. Fold edge must be on the bottom.

2 panels

2 Panels (Bi-Fold)

  • Single sheet folded once in half
4 panels

4 Panels

  • Two nested sheets folded once in half
  • One sheet folded three times
  • One sheet quarter-folded perpendicular
3 panels

3 Panels (Tri-Fold)

  • Single sheet folded twice

Flap

Used for closure of mailpiece on non-address side.

  • Placed either at top or lead / trail
  • Horizontal fold letter, external flap is final fold from top edge
  • Vertical fold letter, external flap must be final fold from lead edge
  • Die-cut shape external flaps allowed
    • Glue line seal along the contour of the edge recommended
    • Glue spots / elongated glue lines or tabs must sufficiently seal the flap to the non-address side panel
Flap diagrams