Agents for Foreign Periodicals
This Customer Support Ruling
discusses the “agents” who
perform services on behalf of foreign publishers seeking Periodicals
privileges for the purpose of mailing copies of foreign
The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM)
707.6.5.1 authorizes foreign newspapers and other periodicals to be
granted Periodicals mailing privileges.
DMM 707.6.5.2 states that the known
office of publication for a Periodicals publication authorized in
the foreign category may be the office of the publisher’s agent. An
agent for foreign Periodicals publications performs functions
domestically on behalf of a publisher of a foreign published
publication much like a U. S. publisher of a Periodicals publication
authorized in the general or requester category.
Such agents would normally perform
duties on behalf of a foreign publisher that include, but are not
limited to, the following:
main activity of the agent is to assist the foreign publisher obtain
Periodicals privileges for a foreign published publication and
distribute domestic addressed subscriber copies at Periodicals.
This includes receipt of imported copies of a publication; proper
preparation of copies for mailing according to DMM standards, and
the distribution of those copies.
agent must maintain a domestic office meeting the requirements of a
known office of publication for doing business with the USPS.
records for domestic distribution for foreign publications
authorized Periodicals privileges.
such duties as timely submission of the annual Statement of
Ownership, Management, and Circulation to the USPS; assists the
publisher in meeting identification statement requirements; and
cooperates with USPS in such matters as answering inquiries
concerning the publication, demonstrating compliance with
circulation requirements, and ensuring compliance with all other
Periodicals standards such as enclosure and supplement rules.
foreign publishers that do not meet such requirements may not be
authorized periodicals privileges, but are eligible to be mailed in
the U. S. at the First-Class Mail, Standard Mail, or Package
Services rates, as applicable.
United States Postal Service
Washington DC 20260-3436