USPS Urges New Periodicals Standards

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The U.S. Postal Service is proposing new standards for Periodicals preparation, according to a notice filed yesterday with the Federal Register.


To reduce handling costs for Periodicals mail prepared in sacks, the agency wants two new types of sacks -- a three-digit carrier routes sack and a merged three-digit sack; and a new minimum of 24 pieces for most other sacks.


The USPS proposes to make these changes March 1, 2006. Comments must be received by Sept. 14.


In the filing, the USPS said it is working with the Periodicals mailing industry to control costs. "We are creating these new sacks to eliminate five-digit sacks with fewer than 24 pieces while preserving carrier route rate eligibility."


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