Postal Bulletin 22213 > Policies, Procedures, and Forms update > Manuals > DMM Revision: clarify of Shape-based Standards

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DMM Revision: clarification of Shape-based Standards

The Postal Service™ is clarifying standards for identify flexibility and uniform thickness that flat-size mailpieces and also deleting requirements for using the noting “Do not Bend.” We space revising the Mailing criter of the United states Postal Service, residential Mail hands-on (DMM®) 101, 301, and also 601 accordingly.

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We recognize that part flat-size mailpieces have components that room stiff yet not fully rigid. Some employees might be reluctant to administer the adaptability test on this pieces. As declared in the Federal Register notification of march 30, 2007, customers may provide the flexibility test ~ above their very own mailpieces v an employee observing. When the client demonstrates that a flat-size piece is functional according to standards, the employee walk not must perform the test. Us are including this clarification come DMM 101 and 301.

The need that nonpaper components in flat-size mailpieces no shift an ext than 2 inch is in ~ the context of the all at once standard worrying uniform thickness. In DMM 101 and also 301, us are including the expression “if moving would reason the item to it is in nonuniform in thickness,” come clarify that intent. Us are including a reminder to the same section that part objects put in ordinary file enve­lopes may need come be resolved in location or wrapped in ~ the other materials of the mailpiece to avoid them native burst­ing out of the envelope. We are additionally clarifying once to exclude the external edges the a flat-size mailpiece as soon as determining uniform thickness.

There has been a longstanding mailing typical that mailers noting their mailpieces with “Do no Bend” must add a stiffener within the mailpiece. That requirement was had to carry out a sensory reminder in instance our employ­ees did not check out the marking. However, we do not guarantee the these pieces will certainly not be bent throughout processing or bending or folded when delivered. Therefore, we room removing referrals to this marking. We recommend the mailers prepare these items (that can be damaged by bending or folding) in crate or comparable protective containers mailed in ~ the applicable thoreau rates, instead of adding handling endorsements ~ above the external of the mailpiece.

These revised requirements are effective immediately.

Mailing criter of the United states Postal Service, domestic Mail hands-on (DMM)

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100 sleeve Mail 101 Physical standards

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2.0 Physical standards for Flats

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2.3 Minimum flexibility Criteria for Flat-Size pieces

Flat-size pieces should be flexible. Crate — through or there is no hinges, gaps, or division that allow the piece to bend — space not flats. Tight envelopes or wrappers that space filled through one or much more boxes room not flats. At the customer’s option, a customer might perform the adhering to test top top their own mailpieces. When a postal employee observes a client demonstrating that a flat-size item is functional according to these standards, the employee does not need to perform the test. Check flats as follows:

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2.4 Uniform Thickness

Flat-size mailpieces have to be uniformly special so that any bumps, protrusions, or various other irregularities execute not cause more than 1/4-inch variance in thickness. When determin­ing variance in thickness, to exclude, the external edges the a mailpiece (1 customs from every edge) as soon as the contents do not extend into those edges. Also, exclude the selvage of any kind of polywrap spanning (see 301.3.3) indigenous this determina­tion. Mailers need to secure nonpaper components to protect against shifting of more than 2 inches in ~ the mailpiece if changing would reason the item to it is in nonuniform in thickness or would result in the components bursting the end of the mailpiece (see 601.11.18).

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300 Discount Flats 301 Physical requirements 1.0 Physical criter for Flats

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1.3 Minimum adaptability for Flat-Size pieces

Flat-size pieces should be flexible. Crate — v or without hinges, gaps, or breaks that allow the item to bend — room not flats. Chop envelopes or wrappers that are filled v one or more boxes space not flats. In ~ the customer’s option, a customer might perform the following test ~ above their own mailpieces. When a postal employee observes a client demonstrating the a flat-size piece is flexible according to these standards, the employee go not must perform the test. Check flats together follows:

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1.4 Uniform Thickness

Flat-size mailpieces must be uniformly thick so that any type of bumps, protrusions, or various other irregularities do not cause much more than 1/4-inch variance in thickness. Once determin­ing variance in thickness, exclude, the exterior edges of a mailpiece (1 customs from every edge) when the contents do not expand into those edges. Also, exclude the selvage of any polywrap spanning (see 301.3.3) native this determina­tion. Mailers must secure nonpaper contents to protect against shifting of an ext than 2 inches in ~ the mailpiece if moving would reason the piece to be nonuniform in thickness or would an outcome in the materials bursting out of the mailpiece (see 601.11.18).

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600 simple Standards for every Mailing services 601 Mailability

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5.0 Handling, Content, and also Extra organization Markings 5.1 Handling, Content, and Extra company

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a. Handling markings such together “Fragile” must be used only come packages containing fragile items such as glass and electrical appliances.

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We will incorporate this revision into the next printed version of the DMM and also into the monthly update of the digital DMM accessible via Postal Explorer® at http://pe.historicsweetsballroom.com.com.