Postal Rate Primer
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All rates effective as of August 29, 2021

Letters

1 oz

Machinable

Basic Single Piece w/Stamp .580
Basic Single Piece w/Meter Imprint .530
Each additional ounce .200
Presorted .460
Non-machinable surcharge .200

Automation

Mixed AADC .450
AADC .428
5-Digit Presort .398
Additional oz up to 3.5 oz max N/C

Flats

1 oz or Less

Non-Automation

Basic Single Piece 1.160
Presorted .870

Automation

Mixed ADC .774
ADC .666
3-Digit Presort .618
5-Digit Presort .460
Each additional ounce .200

Postcards

Sized from 312" × 5" up to 414" × 6"

Machinable

Basic Single Piece .400
Presorted .293

Automation

Mixed AADC .285
AADC .279
5-Digit Presort .269
Automation discount on all sizes for using full service IMB option: .003/pc

Letters

None NDC SCF

Machinable3

Mixed AADC .311 .291
AADC .302 .282 .278

Non-Machinable4

Mixed ADC .748 .679
ADC .691 .622 .613
3-Digit Presort .640 .571 .562
5-Digit Presort .538 .469 .460

Automation3

Mixed AADC .304 .284
AADC .285 .265 .261
5-Digit Presort .259 .239 .235

Carrier Route3

Basic1 .296 .275 .272
Saturation2 .191 .172 .168

Flats

None NDC SCF

Non-Automation4

Mixed ADC .748 .679
ADC .691 .662 .613
3-Digit Presort .640 .571 .562
5-Digit Presort .538 .469 .460

Automation4

Mixed ADC .726 .657
ADC .663 .594 .585
3-Digit Presort .588 .519 .510
5-Digit Presort .450 .381 .372

Carrier Route3

Basic .320 .285 .274
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 .190 .170
AADC .181 .161 .157

Non-Machinable4

Mixed ADC .554 .485
ADC .497 .428 .419
3-Digit Presort .446 .377 .368
5-Digit Presort .344 .275 .266

Automation3

Mixed AADC .183 .163
AADC .164 .144 .140
5-Digit Presort .138 .118 .114

Carrier Route3

Basic1 .210 .189 .186
Saturation2 .111 .092 .088

Flats

None NDC SCF

Non-Automation4

Mixed ADC .554 .485
ADC .497 .428 .419
3-Digit Presort .446 .377 .368
5-Digit Presort .344 .275 .266

Automation4

Mixed ADC .532 .463
ADC .469 .400 .391
3-Digit Presort .394 .325 .316
5-Digit Presort .256 .187 .178

Carrier Route3

Basic .230 .195 .184
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) 0.860
Charge (with advance deposit*) 0.086
Annual BRM Permit 245.00
Annual Accounting Fee 740.00

Address Correction Service

Mail piece forwarded, notice provided

Manual Notice 0.63 ea
Electronic Notice
First Class 0.15 ea
Other 0.33 ea

Permit Fees

Authorization to use permit imprint (indicia)

Application Fee 245.00
Annual Mailing Fee 245.00
(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