Customer Support Ruling
Revenue Deficiencies on Inserts to Periodicals Publications
UPDATED January 2017
This Customer Support Ruling discusses the assessment of postage charges for ineligible enclosures in Periodicals publications when the material is detected after acceptance.
Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) 126.96.36.199 states, in part, that material containing any one of the following printed items, or that is referred to in a component of the Periodicals mailpiece by the use of these items, is ineligible to be mailed at Periodicals prices:
a. A separate price or subscription instructions.
b. The word “catalog.”
c. A First-Class Mail or USPS Marketing Mail Permit Imprint.
d. An ISBN, ISSN, or USPS number different from the host.
A publisher was assessed a revenue deficiency for a component of a publication that was ineligible to be mailed at the Periodicals prices under DMM 188.8.131.52b: specifically, the word “catalog” was used to describe the component. The initial ruling on this mailpiece erroneously assessed additional postage for the piece at the Ride-Along price, rather than at the applicable USPS Marketing Mail price.
The Ride-Along price was developed in cooperation with the industry to encourage new mail volume and to benefit publishers. The Ride-Along price is applicable when mail is prepared in accordance with prescribed requirements in DMM 207.15 and the price is claimed at the time of mailing. It was never intended to be used, nor is it the applicable price to be charged, for “content” violations, such as the one described above, that result in a revenue deficiency assessment. When such discrepancies are found after acceptance, any resulting revenue deficiency must be assessed at the applicable USPS Marketing Mail or Package Services price.
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