Pricing & Classification DMM Advisory

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

January 10, 2014

Transitional Periods for Changes to MRS and BRM

Effective January 26, 2014, the Postal Service™ will revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) to require a unique Intelligent Mail® package barcode (IMpb) on all parcels using a Merchandise Return Service (MRS) label. In addition, the Postal Service is eliminating the option to use Business Reply Mail (BRM) for parcels.

  • The Postal Service will provide a 12-month transition period, until January 25, 2015, to allow current BRM parcel mailers to obtain an MRS or USPS™ Returns permit.
  • There will be a six-month transition period, until July 27, 2014, to meet the requirement for using an IMpb for MRS.

Refer to the December 26, 2013, Postal Bulletin for more information: