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September 13, 2007
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 to capture the following changes:
Updated Flexibility and Uniform Thickness Standards for Flat-Size Mail
New Parcel Design Options
We revised 601.1.2 to allow mailers to design parcels and Not Flat-Machinable (NFM) pieces with rounded corners.
In-County and Nonprofit Periodicals Rates
We revised 707.1.1, 707.6.4.1, 707.7.9.3, 707.10.0, and 707.11.0 to allow Periodicals mailers to claim In-County and Preferred rates for requester publications, and to revise the criteria for In-County rates to include copies entered within the county of publication but delivered outside that county on a postal carrier route that crossed over the county line.
“New Launch” Application Procedure for Periodicals
We revised 707.5.0 to introduce a new application procedure for publishers seeking Periodicals mailing privileges. The New Launch procedure provides an alternative process to apply for and obtain periodicals privileges under the “general” or “requester” categories.
Periodicals Optional Tray Preparation
Preparing Mixed ADC or Mixed AADC Letter Trays on DSCF Pallets
We revised 245.5.3.2, 188.8.131.52, 245.7.5, 246.3.4, 705.8.10.2, and L010 to provide an option for mailers to place mixed area distribution center (ADC) trays or mixed automation area distribution center (AADC) trays on destination sectional center facility (DSCF) pallets.
New Option for Mailing Shipments Approved Under DOT-SP 9275
We added 601.10.13.5 to allow shippers who are authorized under Department of Transportation Special Permit 9275 to mail shipments covered under this special permit.
Animal Fighting Accessories
Rate Level Column Headings
We revised 708.1.3 to update the rate level column headings for automation flats.
Sortation Level Abbreviations
We revised 708.1.4 to add the “M3D” abbreviation for merged 3-digit sacks of Periodicals mail.
Our next DMM update is scheduled for October 11.