January DMM Update
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Domestic Mail Manual
is fully searchable on Postal Explorer and features fly-out menus,
cross-reference links, and an extensive subject index. Today we updated our
mailing standards to capture the following changes:
Mailing Standards Changes for Shipping Services
We revised mailing standards and prices throughout the DMM to support the
pricing change recommended by the Postal Regulatory Commission and approved
by the Governors of the United States Postal Service. The new prices and
standards are effective January 4, 2010 and are for the following Shipping
Services; Express Mail, Priority Mail, Parcel Select, and Parcel Return
Imprint with Extra Services
We revised 604.5.3.7 and 604.5.3.8 to clarify the permit imprint class
markings for Standard Mail and Package Services mail items, and to allow
abbreviated phrasing when using permit imprint postage with extra services.
Mailable at Nonprofit Standard Mail Prices
We revised 703.1.6.11 to meet Internal Revenue Code restrictions for
products that are mailed at the Nonprofit Standard Mail prices that meet at
least one of three exceptions.
Option for Hardcopy and Electronic Return Receipt
We revised 503.6.2.1 to allow a combined purchase of
hardcopy and electronic return receipt service.
Commercial Base and Commercial Plus Prices Expanded to Merchandise Return
Service Priority Mail Items
We revised 402.2.1a., 423.1.0,
424.1.1, 425.2.2, and 507.11.1.5, to allow Priority Mail commercial base and
commercial plus prices for permit holders who use Priority Mail service for
Merchandise Return Service (MRS) mailpieces.
over 13 Ounces Must be Presented at a Retail Service Counter
We revised 116.1.0, 126.1.0, 156.1.0, 176.1.0, 186.1.0, 426.1.0, 507.6.0,
601.11.0, and 703.2.0 to require all mailpieces weighing more than 13 ounces
bearing only postage stamps be presented to a Postal Service employee at a
retail service counter in a Post Office.
Imprint Postage Payment Allowed for Express Mail Using the Electronic
Verification System (eVS)
to clarify that Express Mail commercial base and commercial plus prices are
available to permit imprint customers using the Electronic Verification
System (eVS) program to document and pay postage.