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Standard Mail (B) rate.  If the mailer wants the article to  get  to  the  addressee  faster,  it  must  be  sent  at  the First-Class or priority rate, depending on the weight. STANDARD MAIL Learning  Objective: Identify  the  different types of Standard Mail. Standard  Mail  is  broken  down  into  two  classes, Standard Mail (A) (presorted mail) and Standard Mail (B).    As  a  military  postal  clerk,  you  will  only  be concerned with Standard Mail (B) while conducting customer service at your post office finance window. STANDARD MAIL (B) Standard  Mail  (B)  includes  parcel  post,  special standard  mail  (B),  and  library  mail.    At  MPOs, Standard  Mail  (B)  is  commonly  known  as  Space Available  Mail  (SAM)  mail.    Standard  Mail  (B) includes all mailable merchandise, printed matter, and all  other  matter  not  included  in  the  First-Class category. Standard Mail (B) is given air service to the U.S. and between MPOs overseas.   Customers frequently refer to Standard Mail (B) as the “CHEAPEST WAY.” When  a  customer  wants  to  mail  an  article  the CHEAPEST  WAY,”  look  at  the  contents  to determine if First-Class matter (other than authorized enclosures) are included in the article. If not, then mail it as Standard Mail (B). Preparation The  delivery  address  on  all  articles  sent  as Standard Mail (B) should include a complete mailing address  with  ZIP  Code,  and  the  complete  return address of the sender.  Standard Mail (B) mail must be wrapped or packaged so that it can be easily examined. Standard  Mail  (B)  mail  is  not  sealed  against inspection.   Articles mailed at the Standard Mail (B) rate  of  postage  may  be  subject  to  inspection  under certain  conditions  whether  or  not  the  mail  piece  is secured. Enclosures and Additions The following examples of written additions and enclosures  do  not  require  First-Class  postage  when placed in or on a parcel mailed at the Standard Mail (B) rate:    Marks to call attention to words or passages in the text of the publication.    Standard Mail (A) printed matter.    Marks, numbers, names, or letters describing the contents.    Words or phrases such as “Do Not Open Until Christmas” and “Happy Birthday, Mother,” and similar inscriptions on the package, wrapper, or envelope, or on an attached tag or label.    Instructions and directions for the use of the item mailed. For further information on written additions, refer to Module E of the DMM. Weight and Size Limits The maximum weight limit for Standard Mail (B) is 70 pounds. However, mail being sent to APOs/FPOs overseas must meet the applicable standards listed in the USPS Postal Bulletin (Conditions Applied to Mail Addressed to Military Post Offices Overseas). The  maximum  size  limit  for  mail  sent  at  the Standard  Mail  (B)  rate  of  postage  is  108  inches  in length and girth combined. The exception being Parcel Post  (Oversized  Mail),  which  may  be  130  inches (charged  the  applicable  oversized  rate). Articles measuring over 84 inches in length and girth combined weighing less than 15 pounds fall under the 15-pound rule mentioned earlier in this chapter. Rates Like priority mail, postage for Standard Mail (B) is determined by the weight of the parcel and the distance it must travel.  The greater the distance a parcel must travel and the more it weighs, the higher the mailing cost.    For  determining  the  weight,  use  your  scale. Always remember when computing the postage for an article to be mailed at the Standard Mail (B) rate that a fraction  of  a  pound  is  considered  a  full  pound. Example:  A parcel that weighs 6 pounds and 4 ounces would be charged the rate for 7 pounds. Use the official zone chart that is applicable to your serving  postmaster  to  determine  the  zone  rate  of postage to charge.  There are two additional steps that must be taken when postage is computed for Standard Mail  (B). You  must  determine  if  the  article  is 4-12

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