Dear Members & Others:

We have exciting news to report: Due to ACMA’s, its members, and others’ actions and protests, the USPS has formally withdrawn its proposal of adding new subsections to establish parcel selvage standards and to clarify how to measure parcels prepared in soft packaging. Here is the USPS statement:

The Postal Service is withdrawing the Federal Register proposed rule, Parcels Prepared in Soft Packaging, that would have added new subsections in the Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) to establish parcel selvage standards and to clarify how to measure parcels prepared in soft packaging.

In the proposed rule that was published in the Federal Register (87 FR 16700-16702) on March 24, 2022, the Postal Service proposed to implement a two-inch maximum of selvage on the length and the width of a parcel prepared in soft packaging and to provide a clarification defining how to measure parcels prepared in soft packaging to generally determine the length, width, and height of the mailpiece.

In consideration of concerns expressed by members of the mailing community during the proposed rule comment period, the Postal Service has elected to withdraw the proposed rule.

This is yet another prime example of the ACMA standing up, members stepping up, and potential problems being averted. We encourage both our members and non-members to continue this kind of effective diligence as future issues arise.

Hamilton Davison
President & Executive Director


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