So – The USPS rates changed this past weekend.
Here’s a question – what is the correct rate for residual pieces in a presorted First-Class mailing?
Is it 48 cents for both 1 and 2 ounce pieces?
Is it 48 cents or 66 cents, based on weight and separation?
The USPS posted this DMM Advisory:
Commercial Residual First-Class Mail Letters
Effective January 27, 2013, there will be a change in how single-piece commercial residual First-Class Mail® letters are reported on PS Form 3600-FCM, Postage Statement – First-Class Mail. The pricing structure for presorted and automation First-Class Mail letters retains the change implemented in 2012 for the minimum postage charge to be that for a 2-ounce letter, and extends the concept to commercial residual piece letters that are part of the same mailing job and presented at the same time as the presorted and/or automation mailing.
The reason for this change is to minimize extra sorting for commercial residual prices and allow for a uniform price for both 1-ounce and 2-ounces for commercial residual First-Class Mail letters. There is no change to the physical handling of the mailpieces. Complete information on the reporting and mail makeup of First-Class Mail residual letters can be found on RIBBS under Important Links on the Latest News page.
Great, right? Well, no. The PRC did not approve. Everybody wants to talk about it some more. Meanwhile, life goes on, and so does the mail. Mailers are right now making decisions, and one of those decisions is to DROP these pieces, not mail them. That’s right, don’t mail them – there is so much confusion about the handling of these pieces, it is easier to not handle them at all.
Driving mail out of the mail stream is not acceptable. This is a ridiculous situation and it needs to be rectified quickly. We don’t have time for talk. Once out of the mail stream, these pieces will probably not come back.