Business Standard

Business Standard is a cost-effective way to send 300 or more same sized mail items such as invoices, statements, company announcements or promotional mail within New Zealand, without the requirement for a statement of accuracy. Business Standard has a delivery target of up to three working days.

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The required postage to send mail by Business Standard is based on the size and weight of each mail item. To qualify for Business Standard rates, lodgements must be made after 8am and before 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding weekends and public holidays).

Size Minimum dimensions Max dimensions Product code Weight Price per item (excl GST) Price per item (incl GST)
Medium 88mm x 138mm x 6mm 130mm x 240mm x 6mm BUSM 55g $0.7800 $0.8970
Large 88mm x 138mm x 6mm

165mm x 240mm x 6mm

BUSL 75g $0.8700 $1.0005

Please ensure your mail complies with Business Standard requirements including the addressing standards and envelope layout standards for machine sorted mail. If your mail does not comply with these standards your lodgement will be up-rated to full rate mail.

Sending mail by Business Standard

To send your letters or documents by Business Standard you need to ensure that you are sending 300 or more items of the same size and that each item is of the following maximum dimensions:

  Thickness Size (height x length) Weight
Medium items 6mm 130mm x 240mm 55g
Large items 6mm 165mm x 240mm 75g

Note: The minimum volume threshold and minimum dimensions must be met for each mailing customer. Mail from groups of customers may not be consolidated to achieve Business Standard pricing.

For larger sized items, Business Flexible allows for a maximum thickness of 20mm and maximum weight of 1kg.

When sending mail by Business Standard, the following conditions also apply.

Within a single lodgement:

  • All mail items must have an approved PermitPost impression and New Zealand delivery and return address.
  • All mail items must be the same size and shape and within the same weight range.
  • All items must comply with current New Zealand Post standards for postcodes and Domestic Bulk Mail envelope layout and addressing (PDF - 5.6MB).
  • You need to include a Statement of Posting form and appropriate Business Standard product code.

How to prepare your mail for lodgement

Statement of Posting

A Statement of Posting (AR019N) form must accompany all lodgements or the lodgement will be held by New Zealand Post until we receive your form. Contact our National Contact Centre to have us send you a form. For help when completing the form download our Statement of Posting guide (PDF – 152KB).

Product codes

When completing your Statement of Posting you’ll need to tell us your product code. Refer to the Bulk Mail rate card (PDF - 50KB) for the right code.

Size Lodgement time Business Standard code
M = Medium Lodged after 8am and before 5pm
Monday to Friday (excluding weekends and public holidays)
L = Large Lodged after 8am and before 5pm
Monday to Friday (excluding weekends and public holidays)

New Zealand Post may correct any incorrectly completed Statement of Posting or lodgement slip, such as where the wrong Business Standard code has been provided.

Letter trays and containers

Place your mail address side up and in letter trays so that the PermitPost impression is on the top right-hand corner of the envelopes, facing the front of the tray. If you are using reusable envelopes the PermitPost impression must be in the centre or top right hand corner. Letter trays are available on application at your nearest mail centre. We have a container service for customers with lodgements exceeding 40 trays.

Bulk Mail labels

All trays must be clearly and correctly labelled with the appropriate New Zealand Post label.

Mailhouse lodgement

For mail lodged via mailhouses, use the green label for lodgements originating from the North Island and purple labels for lodgements originating from the South Island. These labels can be ordered through your Mail Centre, as can emergency supplies of blank labels if required. To find out more about these labels please download the Bulk Mail labelling chart (PDF - 602KB).

Business customer lodgement

For mail that is not lodged via mailhouses, simplified labelling requirements apply. Download labels for machine sorting (PDF - 60KB). Please print and complete these labels and attach these to the front of your mail tray.

Layout standards

Please ensure you meet the machine sort Domestic Bulk Mail Envelope Layout Standards (PDF - 5.6MB) so your business mail can go through our sorting machines correctly.

Lodging your mail

Lodge your items at any New Zealand Post Mail Centre, New Zealand Post Business Mail Centre or your local PostShop or selected New Zealand Post retail outlet. If you have a New Zealand Post Account and want to have your items picked up, talk to us today.

Terms and conditions

The standard terms and conditions of the products and services offered by New Zealand Post Limited, including information on the extent of our liability, are set out in the Public Contract and the Postal Users' Guide. They are also available for reference at PostShop stores and selected New Zealand Post retail outlets.

Delivery targets

Delivery targets are a guide only and we do not guarantee your item will reach its destination within the delivery target. Delivery to and from rural or remote areas may take longer.

Required postage

The required postage is the value of postage required for New Zealand Post to carry the item. Actual price paid may vary instore. The required postage and specifications are subject to change.

Cover for loss or damage, prohibited & restricted items

Before sending mail items, make sure your item is safe to send and will be covered if it goes missing or is damaged. Make sure you read about cover for loss or damage and prohibited & restricted items.

PermitPost and PostShop are trade marks of New Zealand Post Limited.

Next steps

  • Find out how to pre-print your envelopes with PermitPost
  • To get a New Zealand Post Account or discuss having your mail picked up, talk to us today.