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July 16
July 16, 2007


July DMM Update


Postal Explorer ( 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. Yesterday we updated our mailing standards to capture the R2006-1 pricing change for Periodicals Mail, and the following additional changes:


Mailpiece Design for Flat-Size Mail

We revised 101.2.1, 301.1.0, 301.3.2, 601.1.2, and 707.26.0 to give mailers more design options for flat-size mailpieces.


AADC Letter Trays on SCF Pallets

We revised 246.3.0, 705.8.10, and 707.29.3.2 to allow mailers to place automation area distribution center (AADC) trays of Periodicals and Standard Mail letters on sectional center facility (SCF) pallets.


Mailing Lists for Automation Mailings

We revised 708.3.0 to allow mailers to use a new process, Direct Delivery Point Validation or "DirectDPV," as a valid coding method to qualify address lists for use in automation rate mailings.


Letter-Size Mailability

We revised 601.1.1, 601.1.4, and 601.1.5 to clarify the impact of address orientation on letter-size mailpieces.


Precancelation Handstamps and Electroplates

We revised 604.3.0 to discontinue use of all USPS precancelation handstamps and precancelation electroplates.


Customs Forms

We added 608.2.4 to require customs declarations on all Priority Mail pieces weighing 16 ounces or more sent to or from U.S. territories.


Our next DMM update is scheduled for August 2.