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February 4

February 4, 2013

 

January DMM Update

 

Postal Explorer® (pe.usps.com) is your source for up-to-date mailing standards. The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) is fully searchable on Postal Explorer and features fly-out menus, cross-reference links, and an extensive subject index. On January 27 we updated our mailing standards to include the following changes:

 

New Standards for Domestic Mailing Services

We revised various sections to reflect price adjustments and mailing requirements changes associated with the October 2012 filing with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). We published this information in the December 27, 2012, Postal Bulletin.

 

Every Door Direct Mail

We revised various sections to add new standards for saturation mailings of Standard Mail® mailpieces known as Every Door Direct Mail-Retail® (EDDM-R or EDDM-Retail). We published this information in the December 27, 2012, Postal Bulletin.

 

Domestic Shipping Services Pricing and Mailing Standards Changes

We revised various sections to reflect changes to prices and mailing standards for the following Shipping Services: Express Mail®, Priority Mail®, First-Class Package Service™, Parcel Select®, Parcel Return Service, Mailer Services, and Recipient Services. We published this information in the December 13, 2012, Postal Bulletin.

 

Customs Declaration Requirements for Mailpieces Sent To or From APO, FPO, and DPO Locations

We revised 703.2.3.7 to stipulate that mailers may use either PS Form 2976, Customs Declaration CN 22 or PS Form 2976-A, Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note – CP 72 for items sent to or from any Army Post Office (APO), Fleet Post Office (FPO), or Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) location. We published this information in the December 27, 2012, Postal Bulletin.

 

New Eligibility Standards for Parcel Select Nonpresort Mailpieces

We revised 453.3.3 and 604.5.1.2 to provide new minimum volume eligibility criteria for Parcel Select nonpresort mailpieces, either entered within a single mailing or as part of a combined mailing of mixed class parcels. We published this information in the December 27, 2012, Postal Bulletin.

 

Retirement of FASTforward Technology

We revised 602.5.0 to terminate the use of FASTforward® technology as a Move Update option for commercial First-Class Mail®, First-Class Package Service, Standard Mail®, and Parcel Select Lightweight® mailings. We published this information in the December 27, 2012, Postal Bulletin.

 

Products Mailable at Nonprofit Standard Mail Prices

We revised 703.1.6.11 to reflect that, for 2013, the value of a low-cost item is $10.20 or less. We published this information in the November 29, 2012, Postal Bulletin.

 

New Marking Standards for Parcels Containing Hazardous Materials

We revised 601.10 to adopt new marking standards for parcels containing mailable hazardous materials which will be required for parcel intended for air transportation. We published this information in the December 13, 2012, Postal Bulletin.

 

POSTNET Barcode Discontinuation

We revised various sections to discontinue price eligibility based on the use of POSTNET™ barcodes on all types of mail. We published this information in the December 27, 2012, Postal Bulletin.

 

Our next scheduled DMM update is March 4, 2013.