Production of Printed Sheets –
UPDATED March 2010
This Customer Support Ruling discusses
permissible methods of producing printed sheets for Periodicals publications.
Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) 707.4.5 provides that Periodicals publications must
be formed of printed sheets. Printed sheets may not be reproduced by stencil, mimeograph,
or hectograph processes. Reproduction by any other process is permissible. Any style
of type may be used. Sheets may be die cut or deckle-edged and may be made of paper,
cellophane, foil, or other similar materials.
The offset printing process and
xerography (photocopying) are examples of permissible methods of reproducing copies
of Periodicals publications. The silk screen process, which is a stencil method
of printing, is one example of a method that may not be used for pages of a Periodicals
Publications produced on microfilm,
microfiche, magnetic medium, CD-ROM, or similar media, are not acceptable in the
mails at the Periodicals rates of postage. Such items are not printed sheets; therefore,
they are subject to the appropriate First-Class Mail or Standard Mail postage rates.
United States Postal Service
Washington DC 20260-3436