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Comments on USPS Mailing Standards Due at End of January

(Jan. 22, 2007) Comments regarding the United States Postal Service’s (USPS) new mailing standards are due by Jan. 31, 2007.

In September 2006, the USPS published a proposal in the Federal Register and asked for input and comments about new mailing standards to accompany the R2006-1 price change proposal currently before the Postal Regulatory Commission.

The USPS has since reviewed those comments, made changes to its proposal, published a revised proposal and asked for comments by the end of January.

According to the Alliance for Nonprofit Mailers, the pricing proposal reflects changes in operations. The USPS intends to ensure that all types of mail cover its costs. The proposal includes incentives, especially for mailers who can create mailpieces compatible with USPS processing systems and can deposit flats and parcels closer to where they are delivered.

The revised proposal can be found on the Alliance website. A side-by-side comparison of the September proposals, along with the revised changes, can be found on the USPS website.

Proposal Details

The proposal includes a new “forever stamp” to make future price changes more convenient for consumers. The forever stamp would always equal the First-Class Mail single-piece, one-ounce letter price, without the addition of extra postage. The USPS also proposes new shape-based prices for First-Class Mail, with lower rates for many letter-size pieces over one ounce. Priority Mail flat-rate boxes would become a permanent product offering, and the service would add a new 1-pound pricing option for Express Mail.

Under the proposal, First-Class Mail parcel mailers would have new barcode options, and mailers would have new opportunities to combine Standard Mail and Package Services parcels in the same mailing.

Periodicals mailers also would have new incentives to use efficient containers, and the USPS would revise the copalletization standards as a permanent offering to encourage more publishers to combine mailings. The proposal also includes new prices for the editorial portion of a mailing to give mailers of high-editorial-content publications access to lower, destination entry rates.

To Comment

Comments can be mailed or delivered to the USPS at the following address:

Manager, Mailing Standards, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW., Room 3436, Washington, DC 20260–3436.

For further information, call Joel Walker at (202) 268-7261.

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