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May 12

May 12, 2008

 

May DMM Update

 

Postal Explorer (pe.usps.com) is your source for up-to-date mailing standards. The 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 with the following changes:

 

2008 Pricing Change

We revised prices throughout the DMM to support the May 12 pricing change reviewed by the Postal Regulatory Commission and approved by the Governors of the United States Postal Service.

 

We added new chapters 413416 and 423426, and revised chapters 110 and 120, to support the price change by creating commercial Express Mail and Priority Mail chapters separate from the retail prices and standards.

 

We revised chapters 453456 to make Parcel Post a retail option, while implementing Parcel Select as the commercial mailing option. In 153 we removed the barcode discount for Parcel Post, which is now a commercial option available for Parcel Select. 

 

Repositionable Notes a Permanent Classification

We moved the standards for Repositionable Notes (RPNs) from 709.3.0 to 705.21.0 to make RPNs a permanent option for commercial First-Class Mail, Periodicals, and Standard Mail cards, letters, and flats. The 3-inch by 3-inch removable paper notes are still priced at 0.5¢ for First-Class Mail and 1.5¢ for Standard Mail and Periodicals.

 

New Periodicals Limited-Circulation Price

We revised 707.1.0, 707.7.0, and 707.11.0 to provide a new “Limited-Circulation” price for Periodicals publications mailed at In-County prices. Eligible publications receive a 5-percent discount off the Outside-County postage (excluding postage for advertis­ing pounds) when the Outside-County circulation is less than 5,000 pieces.

 

Loose Enclosures in Periodicals Mail

We revised 707.3.3.4 to include a “publisher’s printed letter, including facsimile signature” as a permissible loose enclosure with a Periodicals publication.

 

Periodicals OMX Sacks on Pallets

We revised 705.8.10.1 to allow Periodicals mailers to place origin mixed area distribution center (OMX) sacks on origin sectional center facility (SCF) pallets.

 

Our next scheduled DMM update is June 5.

 

New Mail Markings for Parcel Select

 

An advance copy of the Federal Register notice proposing new marking requirements for Parcel Select mail is now available on Postal Explorer at pe.usps.com (click on "Federal Register Notices" in the left frame). The proposal supports our expanded Shipping Services product line and the separation of Parcel Select from Parcel Post. We encourage shippers to use the new markings as soon as possible, but no later than September 30, 2008, when the "Parcel Post" marking can no longer appear on Parcel Select packages.