USPS Filed Move Update Assessment Changes with Postal Regulatory Commission


The U.S. Postal Service filed its case for price and classification changes to the Move Update Verification and Assessment methods with the Postal Regulatory Commission with an effective date of January 21, 2018.

Postal Service regulations on Move Update compliance require mailers submitting

  • Commercial First-Class Mail and
  • USPS Marketing Mail

Compliance with the Move Update standard is a basic eligibility requirement for these mailers to receive commercial automation and presort rates.

In addition, the Postal Service is proposing to extend Full-Service Address Correction Service (ACS) to qualifying mailpieces.

The filing does not affect the price of Forever stamps or other Postal Service pricing. With approval, the Move Update changes would take effect January 21, 2018.

In the filing, the Postal Service is proposing to change the Move Update assessment charge to $0.08; amend the classification language associated with the Move Update assessment charge to account for the new Move Update verification method; delete an erroneous reference to the Move Update assessment charge in USPS Marketing Mail Parcels, which is not subject to the Move Update standard; and extend the Full-Service Address Correction Service (ACS) fee to certain non-Full-Service mailpieces.

The Postal Service intends to host a webinar to discuss the price cap calculations and data on Friday, July 7.

The filing states “The Census method improves upon the MERLIN method by checking all eligible pieces, rather than relying on sampling. In addition, instead of relying on the presence of MERLINs to perform Move Update verifications at acceptance, the Census method utilizes Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) technology to verify the address quality of mail submitted via electronic documentation (eDoc), after it is entered into the mailstream. Under the Census method, address quality would be evaluated on a calendar month basis by calculating the ratio of mailpieces submitted in a calendar month with COA errors, to all qualifying mailpieces submitted by a mailer in that calendar month. If this ratio is greater than the error threshold (planned to be 0.5 percent of all eligible pieces).”