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August 2

August 2, 2010


August 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. Today we updated our mailing standards to capture the following changes:


Container Preparation Options for Saturation Flats with Detached Address Labels
We revised
602.4.0 to provide new containerization and palletization options for the preparation of saturation flats with detached address labels (DALs).


Catalogs—A Definition
We revised
301.1.0 by adding a definition of the term catalog.


Detached Address Labels for Merchandise Samples
We revised
602.4.0 to provide customers the option to use detached address labels (DALs) when current general distribution density standards for Standard Mail merchandise samples cannot be met.


Purchasing Domestic Insurance
We revised
503.4.0 and 709.4.0 to clarify that customers may only purchase domestic insurance once per applicable mailpiece when postage is paid at a retail Post Office, online, or at an Automated Postal Center (APC).


Expanded Options for Attachments to Letters and Flats
We revised
201.3.0 and 301.1.0 to remove a restriction that requires relocatable labels to be affixed on the outside of a reply piece, and to allow up to two release cards to the outside of letters and flats of specific size ranges, subject to placement restrictions.


Express Mail Next Day Delivery Postage Refund Amendment
We revised
114.2.0, 414.3.0, and 604.9.0 to state the conditions for Express Mail Next Day Delivery postage refunds when shipments are mailed each year during the time period of December 22 through December 25.


Labeling Lists
We revised labeling lists
L001, L002, L005, L007, L009, L201, and L606 to reflect changes in mail processing operations.


Our next scheduled DMM update is September 7.