Postal Rates / Specs for Printed Direct Mail Campaigns

Did you realize that hundreds of millions of pieces of mail are delivered every day to more than 141 million homes and businesses in the United States? Because the United States Postal Service has to deal with such a massive quantity, they have established very specific criteria that is important for bulk mailers to understand.

Mail 101

Perhaps you're wondering what "bulk mail" means. Bulk mail is a way for you to save money on postage by doing things for the post office that saves them time. This means that somebody is printing, preparing, sorting, and bundling the mail for the USPS. There is a minimum of 200 pieces required for bulk mail rates, and the pieces must be "essentially identical". The terms bulk mail and presort mail are synonymous.

PDQ Printing, as a full-service direct mail house, will deal directly with the USPS for you. Your mailers are addressed and CASS certified, bundle-trayed and logged with incorporated intelligent bar-coding, giving you further control with on-line tracking and verification capabilities too.

By the way, this page is intended to be a general reference, and is by no means exhaustive! Contact us to discuss all of the details for your next direct mail campaign.

 

*New 2014 USPS postage rates are effective as of January 26, 2014

Schedule of Rates

FIRST-CLASS MAIL
Non-Auto (under 1 oz) Letters Cards Flats
Single Piece (Machinable) 49.0¢ 34.0¢ 98.0¢
Additional Ounce 21.0¢ - 21.0¢
Presorted Letters Cards Flats
Machinable Presorted 46.0¢ 29.3¢ 81.5¢
Mixed AADC Automation 43.5¢ 27.8¢ 78.2¢
AADC Automation 40.6¢ 26.5¢ 69.1¢
3-Digit Automation 40.6¢ 26.5¢ 63.4¢
5-Digit Automation 38.1¢ 25.1¢ 45.1¢

*Additional ounce rate does not apply on letter mail under 2 ounces.

 

STANDARD MAIL
Automation (under 3.3 oz) Letters Flats
Mixed AADC 30.1¢ 55.3¢
AADC 27.9¢ 52.4¢
3-Digit 27.9¢ 47.2¢
5-Digit 26.1¢ 38.6¢
ECR Basic 29.5¢ 29.5¢
ECR High Density 21.3¢ 24.3¢
ECR Saturation 19.8¢ 21.1¢

 

NON-PROFIT MAIL
Automation (under 3.3 oz) Letters Flats
Mixed AADC 18.3¢ 40.4¢
AADC 16.1¢ 37.5¢
3-Digit 16.1¢ 32.3¢
5-Digit 14.3¢ 23.7¢
ECR Basic 21.6¢ 21.6¢
ECR High Density 13.4¢ 16.4¢
ECR Saturation 12.1¢ 13.1¢

 

Sizing Guidelines

The size of your printed piece will directly impact the postage rates to which you are subject. This table outlines the minimums and maximums allowed for each type of mail. Also, note the thickness parameters. Presort mail must be uniform in thickness.

POSTAL SPECIFICATIONS CHART
Type Minimum Maximum
First Class Post Cards    
Height 3.5" 4.25"
Length 5" 6"
Thickness .007" .016"
Letters (all classes, excludes folded self-mailers)    
Height 3.5" 6.125"
Length 5" 11.5"
Thickness .009" .25"
Automation Compatible Flat-Size Mail    
Height 5" 12"
Length 6" 15"
Thickness .009" .75"
Folded Letter-Size Self-Mailers    
Height 3.5" 6"
Length 5" 10.5"
Thickness .009" .25"

 

Envelopes

Many times, presort mail pieces are stuffed envelopes. Below are some of the more common envelope sizes used by printers. This method is a good option when you need to send out several sheets of printed material in each piece of mail.

COMMON ENVELOPE SIZE GUIDE
#6 14 : 3 12" x 6" #9 : 3 78" x 8 78" A-6 : 4 34" x 6 12"
#6 34 : 3 58" x 6 12" #10 : 4 18" x 9 12" A-7 : 5 14" x 7 14"
#7 : 3 34" x 6 34" #11 : 4 12" x 10 38" A-8 : 5 12" x 8 18"
#7 34 : 3 78" x 7 12" #12 : 4 34" x 11" A-9 : 5 34" x 8 34"
#8 58 : 3 58" x 8 58" #14 : 5" x 11 12" A-10 : 6" x 9 12"

 

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