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July 29, 2013
July Classification Updates
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Domestic Mail Manual
Collect on Delivery (COD)--Service Features
We revised 503.12.0, 507.4.0 and 508.1.0 to provide new standards for the automatic holding period for Collect on Delivery (COD) articles, expand the acceptable payment methods for COD articles, and provide current options for the redirecting of COD articles. We published this information in the July 11, 2013, Postal Bulletin.
New Ancillary Service Endorsement Options
Clarification of Official Mail Standards
We revised 703 to clarify the standards for using Official Mail, such as the use of postage statements and the sale of Penalty Mail stamps and stationery. We published this information in the June 27, 2013, Postal Bulletin.
More Leeway for Barcodes on Flats
Package Simplification & Priority Mail Insurance Enhancement
We revised various related sections to reflect the renaming of Express Mail® as Priority Mail Express™ and new standards to include insurance coverage in the price of barcoded domestic Priority Mail®. We published this information in the June 27, 2013, Postal Bulletin.
Refunds and Exchanges
We revised 604.9.0 and other DMM sections to remove obsolete standards pertaining to postage refunds and stamp exchanges, and to standardize processes for requesting refunds for PC Postage® labels and extra service refunds.. We published this information in the June 27, 2013, Postal Bulletin.
Expansion of Optional Use of Flat Trays for Periodicals Flats
We revised 705 and 707 to allow Periodicals nonmachinable flats and Periodicals flats sorted to carrier routes to be prepared in flat trays instead of sacks, whenever the current standards allow such mail in sacks. We published this information in the May 30, 2013, Postal Bulletin.