USPS publishes proposed new standards for Periodicals

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The U.S. Postal Service yesterday published proposed revisions to the Periodicals portion of the mailing standards that will accompany the new Periodicals pricing that will go into effect July 15.

Periodical mailers will have new incentives to use efficient containers and bundles. In addition, copalletization - publishers/printers merging bundles from separate publications or titles on the same pallet - becomes a permanent offering to encourage more publishers to combine mailings. The Postal Service is adding new prices for the editorial portion of a mailing to give mailers of high-editorial-content publications access to lower-destination entry rates.

The proposed revised standards can be viewed at www.usps.com/ratecase . The site also offers rate charts and other information for mailers, including an FAQ section and articles about the pricing change.

The Postal Service is seeking comments on the new standards for Periodicals. Written comments may be sent to The Manager, Mailing Standards, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Room 3436, Washington, DC 20260-3436. Comments must be received within 14 days from the date the proposed standards are published in the Federal Register.

While many Postal Service price changes and new mailing standards will go into effect on May 14, the USPS Board of Governors delayed the implementation of new Periodical prices and mailing standards until July 15. The delay is intended to give mailers and the Postal Service more time to prepare for the new pricing structure recommended by the Postal Regulatory Commission.

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