Pricing & Classification DMM Advisory

Message board to keep postal customers informed of changes to mailing standards, services, and prices.

September 8, 2009

September DMM Update

Postal Explorer ( is your source for up-to-date mailing standards. The Domestic Mail Manual is fully searchable on Postal Explorer and features fly-out menus, cross-reference links, and an extensive subject index. We updated our mailing standards with the following changes:

Express Mail Refunds for Shipments of Live Animals
We revised 114.3.1, 414.3.0, and 604.9.2.4 to reflect that Express Mail shipments containing live animals are now exempt from next day or second day delivery guarantee. The delivery refund guarantee of live animals is extended to within three days from the date of mailing to account for airline flight changes that occur to protect the well-being of the animals.

Change in Intelligent Mail Barcode Requirements for Qualified Business Reply Mail and Permit Reply Mail
We revised 507.9.0, 507.10.0, and 708.4.3.1 to postpone the Intelligent Mail barcode requirement for qualified Business Reply Mail (QBRM) and permit reply mail (PRM) pieces until May 2011. Revising the timeline is consistent with the Intelligent Mail barcode requirement for automation letters, flats and other BRM pieces.

Booklets: Sealing Letter-Sized Booklets Mailed at Automation Prices
We revised 201.1.0 and 201.3.0 to reflect changes to the construction and sealing of letter-sized booklets mailed at automation, presorted machinable or carrier route letter prices. We clarify tab placement on small letter-size booklets; construction of mailpieces with glued flaps; and, add one booklet sealing option.

Our next scheduled DMM update is October 5.