The U.S. Postal Service® has published on RIBBS, a document titled January 2014 Release – Proposed Structure Changes Pre Release Document. While nothing is yet final and some proposed 2014 changes may not be implemented, it is very important to understand where the Postal Service is heading how mailers may be impacted.
Proposed 2014 changes may appear cosmetic while others are more comprehensive. For Pitney Bowes clients, some of the proposed 2014 changes may be quite impactful if steps are not taken proactively. Pitney Bowes sales consultants will be able to help clients navigate mailing options and available Pitney Bowes solutions.
The intent of this article is to alert mailers to 2014 changes being considered. Once proposed changes are approved, a follow-up article will be published on this blog site to discuss implications and opportunities.
USPS® Proposed 2014 Changes:
Create a new price category for First-Class Mail Retail Single-Piece
The USPS® proposes to create a new price category for First-Class Mail Retail Single-Piece titled “First-Class Meter”. The price category will be based on incremental weight up to 3.5 oz for the payment methods of PC Postage, Meter, and Commercial Mail (Permit Imprint, OMAS Imprint, Precancelled, Meter and OMAS Meter).
The USPS® proposes to create price categories for First-Class Mail Commercial Residual Single-Piece letter for PS form 3600 FCM, First-Class Mail. New price categories will be based on incremental weight.
Discontinue support for First-Class Election Mail as a rate type
The USPS® proposes to discontinue support for First-Class Election Mail as a rate type for PS 3600 FCM for First-Class Mail.
First-Class Package International Service
The First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS) for Permit Imprint mailings will be enhanced to accommodate Commercial Base, Commercial Plus, Global Expedited Package Services (GEPS) contract, and Negotiated Service Agreement pricing to the PS Form 3700 for International Mail.
Mexico 70 Pound Weight Limit
The USPS® proposes to increase the weight limit to 70 pounds for mail destined to Mexico (Price Group 2) for Priority Mail Express International and Priority Mail International for Retail, Commercial Base, and Commercial Plus products. The modification will be made to PS Form 3700 for International Mail.
Rename the Service Type “Delivery Confirmation” to “USPS® Tracking”.
This change impacts Section S, Line S4 for PS Form 3600 FCM for First-Class Mail, PS Form 3602R/N for Standard Mail Regular / Non-profit, and PS Form 3605 for Package Services.
Revise the minimum volume and weight requirements for parcel mailings.
The USPS® proposes to revise the minimum volume and weight requirements for parcel mailings. Under the proposed change, a minimum requirement of 50 pieces or 50 pounds can be met using multiple postage statements, provided the mailing and/or statements are: 1) the same permit holder’s permit number / same permit holder’s permit type, 2) eVS or Manifested, 3) presented at the same time, and 4) at the same acceptance unit. For Parcel Select mailings, the mail may be presorted but does not need to be manifested.
The minimum volume or minimum weight requirement can be met by combining the applicable totals from domestic and / or international postage statements. There is no change in the requirement that domestic mail and international mail cannot be reported on the same postage statement and must be reported on separate postage statements.
Parcels Included: Priority Mail Express, PMEI, GXG, Priority Mail, Priority Mail International, BPM Nonpresort, Parcel Select Nonpresort, Media (Retail SP price only), Library (Retail SP price only), and FCPIS. This includes PME, PMEI, PM, PMI Flat Rate Envelopes and GXG envelopes.
Add an Extra Service fee for IMpb Non-Compliance
The USPS® proposes to add an Extra Service fee for IMpb Non-Compliance. The Extra Service Fee will apply to all parcels processing categories for PS Form 3600 PM for Priority Mail, PS Form 3600 FCM for First-Class Mail, PS Form 3602 R/N for Standard Mail Regular / Non-Profit, and PS Form 3605 for Package Services.
Modify Non-Profit Identification
The USPS® proposes to expand the options available to identify a non-profit mailer to MID, CRID, or Permit. Expanding options to identify a non-profit mailer to MID and CRID and permit.
New Zone 9 (eVS)
The USPS® proposes to add a Zone 9 to Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express postage statements. The system will be enhanced to recognize Zone 9 for Freely Associated States for Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express.
For more details, please see the January 2014 Release Proposed Structure Changes Pre Release Document. The content of this document is subject to change until final approval and some changes described may not be implemented.
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