Thursday, April 30, 2009

Mail Preparation Standards Changing - AGAIN!

First-Class Mail and Standard Mail Machinable Letters will have a pricing change going into affect on May 11th.

The mail preparation standards for First Class Mail and Standard Mail must now meet all the standards for automation letters, except for the bar code requirement. This change will enable the USPS to process more machinable mail on automated letter sorting machines, especially unenveloped mail such as booklets and folded self-mailers.

The changes include:
- All folded self mailers and booklets mailed at machinable prices must be sealed with tabs, tape, glue spots, or glue lines. Follow the tabbing instructions posted in the Quick Service Guide 201b, Using Tabs, wafer Seals, and Glue Spots.

- The maximum weight for machinable and automation letter-sized booklets and folded self-mailers is 3 ounces.

- Letters closed with staples and letters without closures are nonmachinable and eligible only for nonmachinable prices.

Rest assured, the AGC Fulfillment Yields Interest Mailing Department is adept at quickly responding to the changing needs of the USPS. If you have any questions or if you are concerned about a piece you are currently working on please email us.