Technical rule [CURRENT]
This Technical Specification specifies a methodology that allows postal operators to define specific statements of mailing submission (SMS) customised according to their respective environment and applications. The document defines information requirements for existing generic postal information processing applications related to major postal functions, namely operations, finance and marketing by specifically identifying the information that could be collected within the mailer's domain and transmitted to the postal domain. In addition, this document defines the organisation of data into messages by describing data content, format and communication protocol suitable for communication of data originating in the mailer's domain. The specification also provides a detailed analysis and recommendations for implementing application level security threats and countermeasures particularly relevant for postal revenue protection in controlled mail entry settings. Finally, this document provides several examples of concrete statements of mailing submissions and an example of a secure communication protocol recommended for transmission of such statements. The SMS describes letter mail or flats that are submitted for distribution and does not deal explicitly with content of letters or flats, whether it concerns customers or any other party that could in principle be interested in knowing the content of these mail units.