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Postal Updates

New Channel Direct is here to help you stay current on changes to mailing standards that affect your bottom line. Below is a summary of changes from the United States Postal Service.

November 7, 2016

Alternate Marked Copy Process

We revised 207.16.2 to add an alternate process for publishers to submit their marked copies. We published this information in the September 29, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Extra Services Eligibility

We revised 503 and 503.3.0 to provide clarity and consistency on the eligibility of extra services. We published this information in the September 29, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Registered Mail Deposit

We revised 503.2.0 to clarify how Registered Mail service may be obtained. We published this information in the September 29, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Full-Service Automation Option Waiver of Fees

We revised 705.23.0, Full Service Automation Option, to clarify the volume required to be eligible for the waiver of fees and for Mail Anywhere. In addition, we revised 705.23.3.2, Mail Anywhere, to clarify the volume requirement that a mailer must prepare is at least 90 percent of full-service eligible pieces as full-service. We published this information in the October 13, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Ballots – Priority Mail Express Label 11-DOD

We revised 703.8.0, Balloting Materials, to add the use of Priority Mail Express® Label 11-DOD on ballots. We published this information in the October 27, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

October 3, 2016

Customized MarketMail

We revised section 201.9.0 and 243.9.0, Customized MarketMail, for simplification and consistency with standards, and to remove redundancy. We published this information in the September 1, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Registered COD

We revised sub-sections 503.2.1.5 and 503.9.1.3, Registered COD Mail, to remove First-Class Package Service® (FCPS) as an eligible product. We published this information in the September 1, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Basic Eligibility Standards

We revised text in the Basic Eligibility Standards subsections under each class of mail for consistency and will also reverse the order of the Basic Eligibility Standards and Content Standards subsections under several classes of mail for consistency in the structure of the DMM. We published this information in the August 4, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

New PS Form 2976-R, USPS Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note

We updated sections 608.2.5.6, Placement of ITN, AES Downtime Citation, or AES Exemption, 703.2.3.6, Customs Declarations, and Index and Appendices. This was to support the addition of new customs form PS Form 2976-R, USPS Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note. We published this information in the August 18, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Manifest Mailing System Keyline Price Category Abbreviations

We revised 705.2.3.3 to provide Publication 401, Guide to the Manifest Mailing System, as the source for the Manifest Mailing System keyline price category abbreviations. We published this information in the August 18, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

July 11, 2016

Alternate Postage

We revised 604.5.5 to state that mailers no longer have to have a signed marketing agreement nor do they have to have unique Intelligent Mail barcodes. We published this information in the June 9, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Destination Network Distribution Center Price Eligibility

We revised various sections of the DMM to clarify that mail prepared under labeling list L601 for offshore ZIP Code™ destination ranges 006-009, 967- 969, and 995-999, is not eligible for Destination Network Distribution Center (DNDC) discount prices. We published this information in the June 9, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Full-Service Automation Option -Annual Permit Fee Renewal

We revised 705.23.0 to modify the annual fee renewal date process.. We published this information in the June 9, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Business Reply Mail-Mailer ID Based Intelligent Mail Barcode

We revised 505.1.5 to add a barcode option allowing Business Reply Mail® (BRM) customers sharing a BRM 9-digit ZIP Code® the ability to trace the mail separately using a Mailer ID (MID) based Intelligent Mail® barcode (IMb). We published this information in the May 26, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

June 6, 2016

Full-Service Automation Option

We revised 705.23.0 to add a new sub-section on the Mail Anywhere program. We published this information in the May 26, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Extra Service Refunds

We revised 604.9.2.4g. to clarify that extraz service fees will not be refunded for undeliverable Certified Mail®, Return Receipt for Merchandise (RRM), and Signature Confirmation™ mailpieces when they have received the proper event scan (e.g., UAA, Refused, etc.). We published this information in the May 26, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Optional Combined Parcel Mailings

We revised 705.21.1.1 to clarify that the minimum volume requirement for Parcel Select Lightweight® parcels in a combined parcel mailing under 705.21.0, is 200 pieces or 50 pounds. We published this information in the May 26, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Missing Mail

We revised 507.1.9 by adding a new sub-section 1.9.3, Customer Inquiry. We published this information in the May 12, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Mailer Endorsements for Parcel Select Lightweight Pieces

We revised 507.1.5.3 to specify that Parcel Select Lightweight® pieces, which currently include USPS Tracking® service, will no longer be required to include any specific ancillary service endorsements. We published this information in the April 28, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Minimum Paper Basic Weight Standards

We revised 201.3.2 to provide the minimum paper basis weight for envelopes or letter-size mailpieces sealed along all four sides. We published this information in the April 28, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Return Receipt for Merchandise

We revised 503 to reinsert the language for Return Receipt for Merchandise (RRM) service. We published this information in the April 28, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

April 10, 2016

Parcel Select

We revised 705.8.0 to remove text that remains on palletizing NDC Presort parcels. We published this information in the March 17, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Periodicals Carrier Route Pallets

We revised 705.8.10.2 to facilitate the preparation of carrier route pallets. We published this information in the March 17, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

March 7, 2016

Military Mail Addressing and Restriction Codes

We revised 703.2.0 to include two restrictions pertaining to the overseas addressing requirements for military mail that were previously Restrictions A1 and A2 in the APO/FPO/DPO table. We published this information in the January 7, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Business Reply Mail

We revised 505.1.0 to clarify that Retail First-Class Mail or Priority Mail prices are required in addition to the per piece fee for Basic and High Volume BRM pieces. We published this information in the February 18, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Postage Stamp Denominations

We revised 604.1.0 to reinstate the current postage stamp denominations table. We published this information in the February 18, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

Priority Mail Regional Rate Box Pricing

We revised 223.1.2 and 224.1.1.1 to correct an omission regarding Priority Mail Regional Rate Box® pricing on Click-N-Ship®.. We published this information in the February 18, 2016, Postal Bulletin.

January 17, 2016

Priority Mail Express

We revised 110, 210 and 703.2.6 to clarify the standards for the acceptance and deposit of retail and commercial Priority Mail Express items. We published this information in the November 2, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Competitive Post Office Box Services

We revised 508.4.5.4 to clarify the maximum weight and dimension standards for private carrier packages addressed to competitive Post Office Box™ customers who are authorized to receive such packages at their Post Office Box address. We published this information in the November 12, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Flat-Size Mailpiece Deflection Standards

We revised 201.4.6 to clarify that flat-size mailpieces mailed at carrier route prices are not required to meet deflection standards. We published this information in the November 12, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Meter Provider Update

We revised 604.4.1.3 to update the contact information for meter provider, FP Mailing Solutions. We published this information in the November 12, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

No Handwritten Customs Forms May Be Submitted to a Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU)

We revised 608.2.4.6 and 608.2.4.7 to make mandatory the submission of electronically transmitted customs data for mail that is paid with a permit imprint and entered at a Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU). We published this information in the November 12, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Priority Mail Express Open and Distribute and Priority Mail Open and Distribute

We revised 223 and 705.18.5.7 to clarify the barcodes and service type codes that must be used on Priority Mail Express Open and Distribute and Priority Mail Open and Distribute address labels. We published this information in the November 26, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Products Mailable at Nonprofit Standard Mail Prices

We revised 703.1.6.11 to specify that the value of a low-cost item cannot exceed $10.60. We published this information in the November 26, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Domestic Competitive Products Pricing and Mailing Standards Changes

We revised various sections of the DMM to reflect changes to prices and mailing standards for competitive products. We published this information in the December 10, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

First-Class Package Service Maximum Dimensions

We revised 201.8.3 to list the maximum dimensions for First-Class Package Service as currently stated in the Mail Classification Schedule. We published this information in the December 10, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

New Standards for Domestic Certificates of Mailing

We revised 503 to incorporate new standards for domestic Certificates of Mailing. We published this information in the December 24, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

Parcel Simplification

We revised various sections of the DMM to clarify that the term "outside parcel" is a "nonmachinable parcel.” We published this information in the December 24, 2015, Postal Bulletin.

 

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