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8 Sep 2011 Postal Bulletin – 1C Package Service

Looking at the shorter items first in this issue, there is an article clarifying Parcel Return Service (PRS) that basically involves returns for parcels to Alaska or offshore locations – check it out if that applies to you, but it’s not something that affects Presort implementation.

Next up in the short category is the “2010 Standard Mail Incentive Program Removal,” aka the 2010 Summer Sale. If you mailed some of the 4.3 billiion mailpieces they claim qualified for a rebate, it appears you should wrap up your claims for a rebate soon!

So the long DMM revision in this issue is for the introduction of First-Class Package Service. The USPS claims it will begin to account for this change on October 1, 2011, but mailers “…will not be required to [use the changes] until May 2012.”

This change was introduced in a previous Federal Register Notice that you may have seen. Basically, it “removes First-Class Mail(r) commercial base and commercial plus parcels from the market-dominant product offering” and replaces it with this new competitive shipping option. However, single-piece parcels will still be available as a market-dominant offering.

Although there are a lot of changes to the DMM for this update (10 pages of the Bulletin), it appears most of them involve having to change old references to terms like “First-Class parcels” to a new term like “First-Class Package Service.” There are some labeling and marking changes involved, but as noted those will not be required until May 2012. I believe there is also some alteration to content standards for the Commercial Base version, so if you include personal correspondence in your presorted 1C parcels, be sure to check that carefully!

Any other items in this PB appear to be the “routine” type, with minor PO updates and such. Oh-oh, there are also a number of holiday stamps being introduced – is it getting to be that time already?! And BTW, I have heard that there are not supposed to be any labeling list updates in the Bulletin for the rest of the year, so I’m not expecting any in October or December as there usually would be … but I will still be checking 😉

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