USPS SUMMER SALE!! Federal Register Comments Requested

Submit your comments to the Postal regulatory Commission by May 21st for the USPS summer sale proposal regarding the Standard Mail letters and flats.

The PRC and USPS have encouraged all interested individual mailers to submit comments.

Please submit comments electronically via the PRC’s Filing Online system at

  • The sale will run from July 1, 2009 through September 30, 2009.
  • Mailers who mailed over 1 million Standard letters and/or flats from October 1, 2007 through March 31, 2008 are eligible to participate in the sale (about 3,250 mailers accounting for 75% of Standard Mail volume).
  • Mailers will receive a rebate of 30% on any mail volume in that period which is over the past threshold.
  • Mailers’ rebates will be adjusted if their October 2009 volume is less than their October 2008 mail volume, adjusted to their mailing trend.

Mailers will pay full postage during the summer.  After October 31, 2009, USPS will determine the rebate which each mailer is due.  Rebates will be credited to the mailer’s permit account before December 31, 2009. 

USPS will be sending eligible mailers letters that will provide the threshold as determined by USPS data systems.  Mailers who believe they are eligible but did not receive a letter or mailers who do not agree with the USPS determined threshold may appeal to USPS.  USPS, shortly, will provide DMA with the contact for any appeals.  We expect mailers to receive these letters by May 4, 2009.

Mailers may enroll in the program on the web on or before July 1, 2009 (URL will be provided once available) after they receive their eligibility letter.  NOTE:  Enrolling on the web means that the mailer accepts the threshold as determined by USPS or as determined via appeal, whichever is applicable.

In determining the threshold, USPS will aggregate a mailer’s mail from all its permits, ghost permits and subsidiaries and business names.  If a mailer has entered its mail or portion thereof using another’s permit (such as a mail service provider), the burden is upon the mailer to provide documentation indicating its volume of mail entered under that permit.