NDG Presort Online Training
What is NDG Presort?
The following introduces you to the terms and processes for preparing and presorting your mail.
The Postal Code
The postal code is an integral part of every address in Canada. It was designed to aid in sorting mail by both mechanized and manual methods.
The postal code is made up of two segments, the FSA (Forward Sortation Area) and the LDU (Local Delivery Unit).
The National Presortation Schematic
The National Presortation Schematic (NPS) is a document updated monthly that defines how mail is grouped, containerized and labelled to move mailings across Canada.
The objective is to group/bundle your items to the lowest level of the NPS.
There are four key considerations for grouping/bundling and containerizing your items according to the NPS:
Facing and Sequencing
Facing the mail is a process whereby all items are placed with the address facing the same direction.
Sequencing consists in sorting the mail in alphanumeric order by postal code.
Ascending order is the preferred method of sequencing, however, descending order is acceptable if consistency is maintained throughout the mailing.
Grouping/Bundling and Labelling the Bundles
Grouping is the process of combining mail together by a common element. For the NDG Presort Option, items are grouped according to the National Presortation Schematic (NPS):
For the NDG Presort Option, bundling is the only option for segregating the groupings. A "bundle" describes a number of mail pieces tied together by elastic, string or plastic straps.
A bundle label (also known as a facing slip) must be applied to each bundle that is not a Level 1 Delivery Facility bundle. In other words, a bundle label must be affixed to Level 3 Distribution Centre Facility (DCF) bundles and to Residue bundles. Bundle labels must be securely fastened to the bundles and
Containerizing and Labelling the Containers
Presorted mail is placed in one of the following containers:
Each container must have the correct label or tie-on tag indicating the Service Name, Service Option and NPS routing information.
Depositing Your Mail
Publications Mail Customers must deposit their mailings with an authorized Canada Post employee at a Receipt Verification Unit (RVU), or at a postal facility approved by Canada Post.
Please proceed to the NDG Presort Hands-on Presortation Exercises.