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September 4

September 4, 2013


September DMM Update


Postal Explorer® ( 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. Yesterday we updated our mailing standards to include the following changes:


Customs Declaration Forms - Authorized Editions

We revised 608.2.5.6and 608.2.5.8 to codify the authorized USPS®-produced customs declarations forms that may be used when an export license or other electronic filing notice is required through the U.S. Census Bureau's Automated Export System when sending certain goods to, from, and between U.S. territories, possessions, and Freely Associated States. We published this information in the July 25, 2013, Postal Bulletin.


Expansion of the Mailability of Live Adult Birds

We revised 601.9.3.4 to expand the mailability of adult birds to include any disease-free live adult bird, weighing no more than 25 pounds, if the mailer and the mailing is compliant with all applicable governmental laws and regulations. We published this information in the July 25, 2013, Postal Bulletin.


Additional Consolidation of ZIP Code Accuracy Standards for Periodicals

We revised 602 and 707 to consolidate ZIP CodeTM accuracy standards for non-barcoded, presorted Periodicals pieces into existing DMM 602.6.0, which details the ZIP Code accuracy standards for other classes of mail. We published this information in the August 8, 2013, Postal Bulletin.


Collect on Delivery (COD) - Privately Printed Forms

We revised 503.13.0 to clarify and simplify standards relating to the approval process for privately printed PS Form 3816-AS, Collect on Delivery (COD), and for the use of PS Form 3877, Firm Mailing Book for Accountable Mail, (firm sheets) when used in conjunction with PS Form 3816-AS. We published this information in the August 8, 2013, Postal Bulletin.


Updated Internet Address for the AESDirect Web Site

We revised 608.2.5.3 to update the Internet address to the AESDirect Web site as requested by the U.S. Census Bureau, Foreign Trade Division. We published this information in the August 8, 2013, Postal Bulletin.


New Label 139 for Cremated Remains

We revised 601.12.9.3 to include language describing a new label being made available for use in marking shipments containing cremated remains. We published this information in the August 22, 2013, Postal Bulletin.


Our next scheduled DMM update is October 7, 2013.


The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) and DMM Advisories are available on Postal Explorer (