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September 25
September 25, 2008


International Packages


In today’s Postal Bulletin we published new U.S. Census Bureau regulations for packages destined outside the United States. The new regulations affect all customers who ship international packages.


Beginning September 30, customers must display an alphanumeric code on their Customs Form when package contents are valued at more than $2,500 (per Schedule B Export Codes) or require an export license under U.S. Law. The alphanumeric code indicates that the customer (or authorized agent) filed export information through the Census Bureau’s Automated Export System (AES) or AESDirect Web site ( prior to mailing. Export information filed on a printed Commerce Form 7525-V, Shipper’s Export Declaration (SED), will no longer be accepted.


For help with electronic filing, please refer to the Census Bureau’s Web site at or call 1-800-549-0595. The Postal Service cannot file on behalf of customers.


Priority Mail Commercial Pricing


In today’s Postal Bulletin we published updated standards for Priority Mail commercial base prices. The new standards remove the electronic Confirmation Services requirement for customers using permit imprint. For Priority Mail parcels, commercial base prices are available for permit imprint pieces with a UCC/EAN Code128 postal routing barcode. For flat-size pieces, customers may use a POSTNET or Intelligent Mail barcode instead of the postal routing barcode.


The updated standards are effective October 1.