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April 5 2010 10:48 PM

Changes to PMOD Requirements
The United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced changes in the requirements for Express Mail Open and Distribute (EMOD) and Priority Mail Open and Distribute (PMOD). These changes are effective April 5, 2010.

Label 23 Eliminated
Currently, mailers who use PMOD for letter mail in trays have the option of using USPS-provided PMOD tray boxes, placing trays in mail sacks, or affixing Label 23 to the letter trays as methods of preparing their PMOD mail. With the introduction of the USPS provided PMOD tray boxes in April of 2009, the Label 23 is no longer needed, so it is being discontinued. Mailers can continue to use the USPS-provided PMOD tray boxes or place the trays in mail sacks, but using the USPS-provided PMOD tray boxes is recommended as this method is more secure.

Elimination of Facsimile Tags 190 and 161
Effective April 5, 2010, mailers must also now use only USPS-provided Tag 190 and Tag 161, both of which are color-coded for easier identification. Currently, mailers have the option to use facsimile tags from another source, but the USPS is discontinuing the optional use of facsimile Tag 190 and Tag 161. Post-presort software, such as Window Book's Postal Package Partner (PPP), allows mailers to print the necessary information for the Tag 190 and Tag 161 and adhere these printed labels to the USPS provided tags.

Other Changes
The USPS is also updating the standards for EMOD and PMOD to reflect the following:

Open and Distribute containers must remain unsealed until the business mail entry verification and acceptance of the contents have been completed, unless accepted under an alternate procedure authorized by Business Mailer Support.
PS Form 3152, Confirmation Services Certification, must be submitted with each mailing.

Containers must not exceed the 70-pound weight limit.

All of these changes were detailed in the March 25, 2010 Postal Bulletin.

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