7 Shades of Bulk Mail

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All Bulk Mail projects must be sent through a mail house to get bound and tied in a specific address order to qualify for the postage savings we've discussed in previous articles.

To add to the confusion about Bulk Mail, the Post Office has created 7 different classifications of Bulk Mail that effect cost.

Here's low-down on the USPS Bulk Mail Classifications:

1) POSTCARD

  • Shape: rectangular
  • Size: 3.50"-4.25" high x 5.00"-6.00" wide
  • Thickness: .007-.016"

2) LETTER

  • Shape: rectangular or square
  • Size: 3.50"-6.125" high x 5.00"-11.50" wide
  • Thickness: .007"-.25"

3) FLAT

  • The short side is > 6.125", OR
  • The long side is > 11.50", OR
  • The thickness is > .25"

4) MACHINABLE PARCEL

  • Height is 3"-17", AND
  • Length is 6"-27", AND
  • Thickness is .25"-17", AND
  • Weight is 6oz. – 25lbs.

5) IRREGULAR PARCEL

  • Odd shape
  • Larger than any category listed above
  • Heavier than any category listed above

6) MARKETING PARCEL

  • Maximum size: 9" x 12" x 2"
  • Maximum weight 16 ounces
  • Must be addressed to “Occupant", or Name plus “Or Current Occupant"

7) OUTSIDE PARCEL

  • Exceeds the size limits of a Machinable Parcel
  • Rolls & Tubes > 26"
  • Metal or wood boxes
  • Cartons containing more than 1 gallon of liquid

To make sense of all this, give us a call. We do this stuff Blindfolded.

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