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14 Jul 2011 Postal Bulletin

If you send mail using precanceled stamps or mailer’s precanceled postmarks, you will want to read the item in today’s PB, otherwise…not so much.

Part of the clarification is to specify “mailers may place more than a single denominated stamp on each mailpiece…” if those stamps meet several conditions, including that the resulting affixed postage is exactly the value of the precanceled stamp appropriate for the mailpiece and that the stamps are “precanceled by an authorized mailer’s precancel postmark….”

After a few minutes of mental text parsing, I think a key element in the previous paragraph is the last bit about “authorized mailer’s precancel postmark,” because the next item declares that “when using USPS precanceled stamps, mailers must affix only a single USPS precanceled stamp to each mailpiece, and that each mailpiece prepared as part of the same mailing must bear the same amount of affixed post-age.” Evidently the only difference here is that this part refers to “USPS precanceled stamps.” So if you use those, now that’s clearly limited to just one stamp per piece AND all the pieces in the mailing must have the same amount affixed.

If these changes will affect you, definitely read through the item to make sure your mailings will continue to be in compliance.

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