September 4, 2009

Effective September 8, 2009, changes in postal regulation for booklet (self-mailer) style mail pieces.

Posted in Postal Regulations tagged , , , , at 4:27 pm by admailinc

The Postal Service will adopt new standards to reflect changes to the construction and sealing of letter-sized booklets mailed at the automation, presorted machinable or carrier route letter prices. We will also adopt a definition of booklets and clarify weight standards for letter-sized mail.
The definition of a booklet is a mail piece consisting of bound sheets or pages. Any binding method may be used if it results in a nearly uniform thick mail piece. Spiral bindings do not meet this criterion and do not qualify for automation prices. Multiple sheets nested together with no binding method are still folded self mailers.

The maximum height for a machinable or automation booklet will be 6 inches, instead of the 6 1/8 inches today. The maximum length will vary between 9 and 10 ½ inches depending on design instead of the 11 ½ inches today. Heavy booklets weighing 3 ounces should not be longer than 9 inches. The spine is required to be at the bottom (preferred) or at the leading edge. The wafer seals required for booklets must have no perforations and must be 1 ½ inch in diameter. Larger and heavier booklets will require 2 inch seals.

These new standards are scheduled to take effect September 8, 2009.

The proposed standards for folded self mailers have become recommendations while the Postal Service conducts further testing on these designs. If you have any questions or concerns or need more clarification, simply respond to this post or give us a call at Ad Mail. Happy Mailing!

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