Postal Notes / December 21, 2016

The U.S. Postal Service published the New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products in today’s Federal Register Notice (FRN).  These are the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) changes taking place with the January 22nd price adjustment.

Most importantly are the standards around the rebranding of Standard Mail to Marketing Mail.   In response to feedback from the mailing community, the USPS is implementing this change in a phased transition period to allow both hardware and software changes to be implemented successfully;

  • The new indicia and/or postage markings should not be used for letter or flat mail until January 2018 at the earliest.
  • Tray label and pallet markings will be deferred until mid-2017 at the earliest.
  • Other types of changes, such as changes to postage statements and forms, can move forward with the January 2017 price change.  This phased transition period will allow both hardware and software changes to be implemented successfully.

New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products

 AGENCY:  Postal Service

Publication Date:  12/21/2016

ACTION:  Final rule.

SUMMARY:  On October 12, 2016, the Postal Service filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), effective January 22, 2017. This final rule contains the revisions to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) that we will adopt to implement the changes coincident with the price adjustments.

DATES:  Effective date: January 22, 2017.

Federal Register Notice:  https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/21/2016-30381/new-mailing-standards-for-domestic-mailing-services-products#print


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