NEW TABBING REQUIREMENTS
Effective September 8th, 2009, the USPS
has implemented new tabbing rules for
booklets. The definition of a booklet is
a mail piece that consists of bound
sheets or pages. Binding methods include
perfect binding, saddle stitching
(permanent fastening with at least two
staples in the manufacturing fold),
pressed glue and glue dots.
The maximum height for machinable and
automated booklets is six inches and the
maximum length can vary between 9 and 10
½ inches, depending on the booklet
design. The minimum thickness for
booklets is .009 and the maximum
thickness is .25 inches, regardless of
size. Thickness is measured at the spine
of the mailpiece. The maximum weight for
a booklet is still 3 ounces.
Tabs used to seal booklets must not have
perforations. Generally, booklets will
require three 1 ½” tabs as closures. The
larger, heavier type booklet is
recommended to have 2-inch tabs. Glue
dots or a continuous glue line may be
used to seal some booklet designs.
Booklets that do not comply with the new
standards will not be eligible for
machinable or automation letter
discounts. Non-machinable booklets will
be assessed a surcharge (for First Class
Mail), pay nonmachinable prices (for
Standard/Non-Profit mail) or pay non-barcoded
prices (for Periodicals).
Again these new changes express the
desire of the USPS to improve mail
processing efficiency and reduce
equipment jams and mailpiece damage.
UH Postal Services has stocked some of
the new non-perforated 1 ½” tabs in
preparation for the change. Our staff
will be happy to work with your
designers to ensure that any future mail
pieces that may be designed in booklet
format meet the new USPS mailing
An exhibit showing the different types
of booklet design is included below.
Please contact UH Postal Services with
any questions you have on this new
General Services Bldg.
Parking Lot 17A
Monday - Friday, 8:00 - 5:00
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