DMM Advisory – Letter Self Mailers and Booklets

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New Standards for Letter-Size Booklets and Folded Self-Mailers

The DMM Advisory is circulating a link to an advance copy of the Federal Register notice proposing new mailing standards for booklets and folded self-mailers.  The new standards describe the characteristics required in order to claim automation and machinable letter prices.

Some of the important items to note:

Tabs – NO perforations.  Booklets require three 1.5 inch tabs; folded self-mailers require two 1 inch tabs.  Large and/or heavy booklets have a 2 inch paper tab recommendation.

Booklet Weight – Maximum weight of 3 ounces. However, 3-ounce booklets are processed with the least amount of damage when the final trim size is reduced to 9 inches in length.

Booklet Size – Maximum size: 6 inches high by 10-1/2 inches long by 0.25 inches thick.
Cover stock: 40 pound minimum basis weight for some designs: 60- or 70-pound minimum for pieces longer than 9 inches.

Optional Booklet Preparation — Oblong Oblong booklets must be prepared with a spine on the leading edge.
Booklets with a spine on the trailing edge are not machinable.

Folded Self-Mailers
Changes include:
A new definition of folded self-mailers which limits pieces to those made from one continuous sheet of paper.
Maximum size: 6 inches high by 10-1/2 inches long by 0.25 inches thick.
Paper stock from 50 to 70 pounds

Nonmachinable Pieces
A nonmachinable price (for Standard Mail®), a surcharge (for First-Class Mail®), or a nonbarcoded price (for Periodicals) applies to booklets and folded self-mailers that do not comply with the proposed standards and are too small to be mailed at flats prices. Such pieces are not eligible for automation or machinable letter prices.

The implementation date on the new standards is scheduled to coincide with the May 2009 pricing changes.

Written by Lisa.Bowes

December 19th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

Posted in USPS

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