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January 17, 2007
Shaping a More Efficient Future
Postal Service Seeks Additional Comments on Proposed Mailing Standards
In today’s Federal Register we update our proposed mailing standards to support our current pricing proposal. We respond to your comments on our initial proposal, summarize major changes by class of mail and extra service, and update our summary of the mailing standards.
Highlights of Revised Mailing Standards
Relaxed Standards for Automation Flats
Relaxed Standards and New Payment Option for Periodicals Container Charge
Relaxed Standards and Easier Preparation for Letters
Retained Terminology and Easier Preparation for Parcels and Not Flat-Machinable (NFM) Pieces
Today’s notice provides you with a second opportunity to comment on and make suggestions about our proposed mailing standards. We invite your comments on all aspects of our second proposal. Send written comments on or before January 31 to the Manager of Mailing Standards, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW Rm 3436, Washington DC 20260-3436.
In February we will publish an additional Federal Register notice incorporating comments from this proposal to ensure mailers have adequate time to prepare for the new standards and prices. The updated notice will provide a comprehensive view of our proposal at least a month before the Postal Service Governors vote on the new prices and an early opportunity to update software and other systems.
Timeline – Domestic and International Proposals