Resources & Links

Online Resources for Mailers 

Rates, Zone Charts, and Postage

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Domestic Rates and Fees

Domestic rates are available in PDF (read-only), HTML, and in tab-delimited downloadable files.

Postal Explorer

International Rates and Fees

General mailing information and international rates for most international services are available in PDF (read-only) and HTML.

Postal Explorer

Rate Calculators

Interactive domestic and international rate calculators are available for modeling or estimating postage costs. The Business Rate Calculator computes rates for all Periodicals mail and includes a printable rate log.

Postal Explorer

Postal Zone Charts

Interactive zone charts are available for computing postage on zoned mail such as periodicals.

Postal Explorer

Postage Statement Wizard

Automatically computes and prints Periodicals postage statements.

Postal Explorer

 

Mailing Standards

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Mail Classification and Preparation:
Domestic & International Mail Manual

The Postal Explorer web site provides up-to-the minute domestic and international mailing information. You can access Domestic Mail Manual 200-A, A Guide to Mailing for Businesses and Organizations; Domestic Mail Manual (updated monthly); the International Mail Manual (updated biweekly); Quick Service Guides; zone charts; and many other publications on mailpiece design, addressing standards, and nonprofit eligibility.

Postal Explorer

Customer Support Rulings

Customer Support Rulings clarify the meaning of certain standards in the Domestic Mail Manual.

Postal Explorer

 

 

Addressing Products, Certified Vendors, Polywrap

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Address Change Service (ACS)

This site provides information on ACS, a system that meets the needs of business mailers with a cost-effective and efficient means of obtaining accurate change-of-address (COA) information electronically.

RIBBS

Computerized Delivery Sequence (CDS)

This site provides information on the CDS File, a 5-digit ZIP Code based electronic product that provides and updates delivery sequence address information by carrier route for qualified mailers.

RIBBS

Labeling Lists

Manifest Analysis and Certification (MAC)

RIBBS

Manifest Analysis and Certification (MAC)

This site provides publications on MAC, list of certified MAC vendors, and a list of certified MAC Gold mailers.

RIBBS

Polywrap

This site presents a current list of approved polywrap and polywrap manufacturers.

RIBBS

Presort Accuracy Validation and Evaluation (PAVE)

This site provides information about the PAVE program, publications, and electronic files, as well as PAVE conferences.

RIBBS

Vendor Information

This site provides extensive lists of various types of vendors offering certified products and services for mail preparation including CASS/MASS products, Confirmation services, MAC products, NCOA, and PAVE.

RIBBS

Mailpiece Quality Control (MQC)

This site provides information on MQC, a Postal Service certification program for mailpiece design for mailers and their employees. The course incorporates a self-study guide and a final exam.

Postal Explorer

Publications

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Federal Register

Proposed and final rules published by the Postal Service are posted on the Rapid Information Bulletin Board System (RIBBS).

These documents provide notice of proposed and final changes to mail preparation standards, public meetings, and other official announcements.

RIBBS

Postal Bulletin

The Postal Bulletin is the official source of updates to Postal Service policies and procedures. This biweekly publication is available online and in paper. It includes advance notices of updates, time-sensitive instructions, and other business information.

The Postal Bulletin also includes the text of revisions to the standards in the Domestic Mail Manual and the International Mail Manual. The online version is fully searchable.

Postal Bulletin

Mailer's Companion

The Mailer's Companion is a free monthly newsletter for business mailers and Postal Service personnel. This newsletter presents information on Domestic Mail Manual revisions, classification changes, mail processing, address management, and other mailing topics.

It is available online or by hard copy. To subscribe, mail or fax your name, title, company name, completed delivery address, and daytime telephone number to:

Mailer's Companion
US Postal Service
6060 Primacy Pkwy
Ste 201
Memphis, TN 38188-0001
Fax: 901-681-4582

Mailer's Companion

 

Postal Facilities and Networks

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Business Mail Entry (BME) Offices

These offices can answer questions on rates, mail preparation, mailpiece design, and mail classification. A locater lookup tool provides the address, telephone number, and fax number of each district BME office by ZIP Code.

District Business Mail Entry Locator

Rates and Classification Service Centers
(RCSCs)

These centers provide additional guidance on rates, mail preparation, and mail classification. Domestic Mail Manual G042 provides the address, telephone number, and fax number of each RCSC.

Postal Explorer

Business Service Network
(BSN)

This national network provides help and support with mailing needs and resolves mailer issues concerning mail processing, transportation, and delivery. A locator lookup provides the address, telephone number, and fax number of each BSN by ZIP Code.

Business Service Network
(BSN)

Post Offices

Post offices and stations and branches provide various levels of service and customer support. A locator lookup tool provides the address and telephone number of post offices and postal facilities near a specific address.

Postal Office Locator

Bulk Mail Center (BMC) Network

The bulk mail center page provides information about the national bulk mail center network, transportation, and drop shipment scheduling, critical entry times, and the address and telephone number of each BMC and each auxiliary service facility (ASF).

Bulk Mail Centers