11 February 2010 Postal Bulletin Summary
Apologies for getting this out a few days after the PB publication. And it figures that since I was out a couple days this is the first PB since I started making blog entries where there’s something that does affect Presort in some way!
Since the 11 Feb 2010 Postal Bulletin is the first PB in an even-numbered month, there are Labeling List Changes, in this case to more than half a dozen tables (L001, L002, L005, L007, L009, L011, L201, and L606). Postalsoft Presort accounts for these in directory files, and the changes will be incorporated into the March set of directories. These changes may be used immediately, so you can update as soon as you receive those directories, but you MUST be using these updates for mailings being sent on or after 5 April 2010.
Conspicuously absent from this PB is any mention of changes destined to be published soon in the Federal Register. A DMM Advisory from 9 Feb announced “an advance copy” of what will be a Federal Register Notice that will update the DMM and all related manuals and other materials, replacing all references to Bulk Mail Centers (BMCs) with Network Distribution Centers (NDCs). This is in addition to the previously announced changes to postage statements making similar changes. This means things like pallet labels, destinations in OELs, and references on standardized documentation (the qualification report) will change to use “NDC” instead of “BMC,” for example.
According to the advance copy, these updates may be used as early as 14 March, when the postage statements will be required. However, they MUST be used by 26 May. It will probably be good to be aware of those dates, as some sites may be eager to force mailers into transtioning before required, while others will be unaware any transition is coming and wondering what “NDC” means on a pallet label! Postalsoft Presort will be updated with these changes prior to the “must use” date.
Back to the bulletin – the rest does not appear to affect Presort; there are a couple items about international mail, there’s an interesting Abstract Expressionists stamp sheet for collectors, and some of the “normal” items for every bulletin (like updates to handling of overseas military mail, minor post office name changes, etc.).