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Proposed Rule

International Mailing Services: Proposed Product and Price Changes

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Proposed Rule.

Summary

In October 2012, the Postal Service filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), effective on January 27, 2013. The Postal Service proposes to revise various sections of Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®) to reflect new prices and classification changes.

 

Table of Contents Back to Top

DATES: Back to Top

We must receive your comments on or before November 23, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Back to Top

Mail or deliver comments to the manager, Product Classification, U.S. Postal Service®, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW., RM 4446, Washington, DC 20260-5015. You may inspect and photocopy all written comments at USPS® Headquarters Library, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW., 11th Floor N, Washington DC by appointment only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday by calling 1-202-268-2906 in advance. Email comments, containing the name and address of the commenter, may be sent to: MailingStandards@usps.gov, with a subject line of “International Mailing Services Price Change.” Faxed comments are not accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Back to Top

Rick Klutts at 813-877-0372.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Back to Top

Proposed prices are or will be available under Docket Number R2013-1 on the Postal Regulatory Commission's Web site at www.prc.gov.

This proposed rule includes price and classification changes for First-Class Mail International® and extra services. The proposed rule also reflects price and classification changes that result from the Postal Regulatory Commission granting the Postal Service's request in Docket No. MC2012-44 to transfer First-Class Mail International packages (small packets) and rolls from the market-dominant product list to the competitive product list.

First-Class Mail International Back to Top

This proposed rule would increase prices for single-piece First-Class Mail International letters, postcards, and flats by approximately 14.0 percent. Specifically, postcards would be increased by 8.7 percent, letters would be increased by 12.8 percent, and flats would be increased by 18.9 percent. First-Class Mail International packages (small packets) and rolls will be transferred from the market dominant product list to the competitive product list and no longer available effective January 27, 2013. The rebranded competitive product will be identified as—“First-Class Package International Service TM”.

Global Forever Stamp Back to Top

Building on the success of the domestic USPS Forever® stamp introduced in April, 2007, the Postal Service is proposing to introduce an international Global Forever stamp. Global Forever stamps can be used to mail a 1-ounce letter-size mailpiece anywhere in the world, regardless of when the stamp is purchased and regardless of how prices may change in the future. The Global Forever stamp will ease the transition during price changes, and will always be sold at the price of a single-piece First-Class Mail International 1-ounce machinable letter and have a postage value equivalent to the price of a single-piece First-Class Mail International 1-ounce machinable letter in effect at the time of use (mailing).

For R2013-1, we propose to charge the same price for 1-ounce and 2-ounce letter-size mailpieces to Canada. Consequently, for this price change, the Global Forever may also be used to mail a 2-ounce letter-size mailpiece to Canada.

To help distinguish between the domestic and international forever stamps, the international version will always be round and will always bear the words “Global Forever”. The initial offering of the Global Forever stamp will feature a picture of a globe. Finally, as with the domestic Forever stamp, mailers would have the flexibility to use these stamps as postage for any type of single-piece international or domestic mailpiece.

International Extra Services Back to Top

The Postal Service proposes to increase prices for market dominant extra services by approximately 11.3 percent, for the following:

  • Certificate of Mailing (4.4%)
  • Registered Mail TM (10.2%)
  • Return Receipt (48.9%)
  • International Business Reply Service (16.7%)

Certificate of Mailing

The Postal Service proposes to add the flexibility for mailers who pay for postage with a permit imprint, to now pay the fee using the same permit imprint account. Previously, the only option to pay the fee was for mailers to apply ordinary stamps, meter imprints, or PC Postage® imprints to PS Form 3877, Firm Mailing Book for Accountable Mail, or Form 3606, Certificate of Bulk Mailing.

Restricted Delivery

Due to low quantity demand by customers, the Postal Service proposes to discontinue outbound international restricted delivery service. Currently, restricted delivery is only available on First-Class Mail International items using Registered Mail service. The Postal Service will continue to offer inbound international restricted delivery service.

International Reply Coupons

Due to low quantity demand by customers, the Postal Service proposes to discontinue the sale of international reply coupons. The Postal Service will continue to exchange (redeem) international reply coupons purchased in foreign countries and presented at U.S. Post Office facilities.

The prices and fees proposed in this notice, if adopted, would become effective concurrent with any domestic prices adopted as a result of the current proceedings before the Postal Regulatory Commission (Docket No. R2013-1). All regulatory changes necessary to implement this proposal are provided below.

Although exempt from the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act [5 U.S.C. 553(b), (c)] regarding proposed rulemaking by 39 U.S.C. 410(a), the Postal Service invites public comment on the following proposed revisions to the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM), incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. See 39 CFR Part 20.1.

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 20 Back to Top

Accordingly, 39 CFR Part 20 is proposed to be amended as follows:

begin regulatory text

PART 20—[AMENDED] Back to Top

1. The authority citation for 39 CFR Part 20 continues to read as follows:

Authority:

5 U.S.C. 552(a); 13 U.S.C. 301-307; 18 U.S.C. 1692-1737; 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 407, 414, 416, 3001-3011, 3201-3219, 3403-3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3632, 3633, and 5001.

2. Revise the following sections of the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM) as follows:

Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM) Back to Top

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1International Mail Services Back to Top

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130Mailability Back to Top

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134Valuable Articles Back to Top

134.1Service Options Back to Top

The following services can be used to send the articles noted in 134.2:

[Revise item 134.1a to read as follows:]

a. First-Class Mail International service with Registered Mail service or First-Class Package International service with Registered Mail service.

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135Mailable Dangerous Goods Back to Top

135.1Infectious Substances Back to Top

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135.12Type of Mail Back to Top

[Revise 135.12 to read as follows:]

Category B infectious substances must be sent using Registered Mail service via:

a. First-Class Mail International service.

b. First-Class Package International Service.

c. Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes.

d. Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes.

Nonregulated materials defined in DMM 601.10.17.3 and exempt human or animal specimens defined in DMM 601.10.17.2d are mailable by First-Class Mail International service or First-Class Package International Service when properly packaged as described in DMM 601.10.17.

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135.3Packaging, Marking, Labeling Back to Top

135.31Category B Infectious Substances Back to Top

[Revise the first sentence in 135.12 to read as follows:]

A material that is classified as a Category B infectious substance and that meets the definition in DMM 601.10.17.2a2 must be triple-packaged as described in DMM 601.10.17.4, must meet the packaging requirements in 49 CFR 173.199, and must be sent only by First-Class Mail International service, First-Class Package International Service, or Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes using Registered Mail service.* * *

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135.5Radioactive Materials Back to Top

Shipments containing radioactive materials are acceptable in international mail subject to the provisions of DMM 601 and of Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail, and under the following conditions:

[Revise item 135.5a to read as follows:]

a. Shipments may be sent only by First-Class Mail International service, First-Class Package International Service, or Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes with Registered Mail service.

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138Perishable Matter Back to Top

138.1Animals Back to Top

All live or dead animals are nonmailable, except the following:

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[Revise item138.1c(4) to read as follows:]

(4) They are sent by First-Class Mail International service, First-Class Package International Service, or Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes.

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140International Mail Categories Back to Top

141Definitions Back to Top

141.1General Back to Top

[Revise 141.1 to read as follows:]

There are five principal categories of international mail that are primarily differentiated from one another by speed of service. They are Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG®) service, Express Mail International® service, Priority Mail International® service, First-Class Mail International® service, and First-Class Package International Service [TM] .

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141.4Priority Mail International Back to Top

[Revise the second sentence of 141.4 to read as follows:]

* * * This classification is primarily designed to accommodate larger and heavier shipments whose size and/or weight exceeds the limits for First-Class Mail International, or First-Class Package International Service. * * *

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141.5First-Class Mail International Back to Top

[Revise 141.5 in its entirety to read as follows (this revision also deletes the “Note”):]

First-Class Mail International is a generic term for mailpieces that are letter-size or flat-size that weigh 4 pounds or less, and that have a value that is $400 or less. First-Class Mail International items may contain any letter-size or flat-size mailable matter that is not prohibited by the destination country. Aerogrammes are no longer available for purchase. Previously purchased aerogrammes are mailable at the applicable First-Class Mail International letter-size price. At the sender's option, extra services, such as Registered Mail and return receipt, may be added on a country-specific basis.

142Official Mail Back to Top

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142.4General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) Back to Top

[Add an introduction to 142.4 and revise items a and b to read as follows:]

The following standards apply when mail is sent as OAS General Secretariat official mail:

a. Unregistered First-Class Mail International and First-Class Package International Service items bearing the return address of the OAS General Secretariat and weighing not more than 4 pounds are accepted without postage when addressed to the OAS member countries listed in 142.4c.

b. Items sent other than First-Class Mail International or First-Class Package International Service with extra services may not be provided for OAS General Secretariat official mail without the prepayment of postage or the fee for the extra service requested.

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142.5Pan American Sanitary Bureau Mail Back to Top

[Revise 142.5 in its entirety to read as follows:]

The following standards apply when mail is sent as OAS General Secretariat official mail:

a. Unregistered First-Class Mail International and First-Class Package International Service items bearing the return address of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau and weighing not more than 4 pounds are accepted without postage affixed when addressed to an OAS member country listed in 142.4c or to Cuba.

b. Items with the Pan American Sanitary Bureau return address that are sent other than First-Class Mail International or First-Class Package International Service, or that request extra services must prepay all postage and fees.

150Postage Back to Top

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152Payment Methods Back to Top

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152.3Stamps Back to Top

152.31Types of Stamps Back to Top

[As explained in an upcoming revision article, and to be effective November 5, 2012 (which is before these revisions on mailing services will be effective), we will switch the order of sections 152.2 and 152.3 (so that “Stamps” will be the title of 152.3) and will revise the renumbered 152.3. Then, effective January 27, 2013, we will revise the renumbered 152.31 and revise item d and insert a new item e to read as follows:]

The following types of stamps may be used to pay for postage and fees for extra services listed under chapter 3 for all single-piece international mail transactions:

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d. Forever Stamps (domestic): A domestic Forever stamp's value is linked to the domestic First-Class Mail single-piece 1-ounce letter price that is in effect on the day of use (mailing) regardless of when the stamp is purchased and regardless of how prices may change in the future.

e. Global Forever Stamps: A Global Forever stamp's value is linked to the First-Class Mail International single-piece 1-ounce machinable letter price that is in effect on the day of use (mailing). Global Forever Stamps can be used to mail a 1-ounce machinable letter-size mailpiece anywhere in the world, regardless of when the stamp is purchased and regardless of how prices may change in the future. Global Forever stamps are round and always bear the words “Global Forever.” In addition, mailers may use the Global Forever stamp, as postage for any type of single-piece international or domestic mailpiece. Their value (regardless of purchase date) is always equal to the First-Class Mail International single-piece 1-ounce machinable letter price that is in effect on the day of use (mailing).

[Revise 153.32 to read as follows:]

152.32Additional Postage for Nondenominated Postage Stamps, Forever Stamps or Forever Print-on-Demand Indicias Back to Top

Since international postage prices are always higher than the comparable domestic postage prices, mailers who affix a single nondenominated postage stamp or a domestic Forever stamp to their outbound mailpieces must add additional postage to comply with the international price schedule.

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2Conditions for Mailing Back to Top

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240First-Class Mail International Back to Top

241Description and Physical Characteristics Back to Top

241.1General Back to Top

[Revise 241.1 to read as follows:]

The First-Class Mail International® classification encompasses the categories of international mail that before May 14, 2007, were categorized as airmail letter-post and economy letter-post, postcards, and printed matter.

241.2Physical Characteristics Back to Top

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241.23Physical Standards—Large Envelopes (Flats) Back to Top

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241.232Dimensions and Characteristics Back to Top

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[Revise the “Note” to read as follows:]

Note: The length of a large envelope (flat) is always the longest dimension. The height is the dimension perpendicular to the length. A First-Class Mail International large envelope (flat) that does not meet the standards in 241.23 is not eligible for the large envelope (flat) size price and is charged the applicable First-Class Package International Service (small packet) price.

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241.24Physical Standards—Packages (Small Packets) Back to Top

[Delete in its entirety section 241.24 titled “Physical Standards—Packages (Small Packets).”.]

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242Eligibility Back to Top

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242.4Extra Services Back to Top

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[Delete in its entirety section 242.44 titled “Restricted Delivery.”]

243Prices and Postage Payment Methods Back to Top

243.1Prices Back to Top

243.11Prices and Price Application—General Back to Top

[Revise 243.11 in its entirety to read as follows:]

First-Class Mail International cards, letters, and large envelopes (flats) are charged postage for each addressed piece according to its weight and price group. For prices, see Notice 123, Price List.

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243.13Destinating Countries and Price Groups Back to Top

[Revise 243.13 to read as follows:]

See the Individual Country Listings to determine the country-specific price group for First-Class Mail International. For postage prices, see Notice 123, Price List.

[Delete Exhibit 243.13 in its entirety.]

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244Mail Preparation Back to Top

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[Revise the title to 244.2 to read as follows:]

244.2Markings Back to Top

The following markings apply to First-Class Mail International items:

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[Delete current item 244.2 b in its entirety and redesignate current item c as the new item b, and revise new item b to read as follows:]

b. First-Class Mail International letters and large envelopes (flats) that qualify as free matter for the blind or physically handicapped must bear the marking “Free Matter for the Blind or Physically Handicapped” in the upper-right corner of the address side of the mailpiece. See 274.2.

244.3Sealing Back to Top

[Revise the second sentence of 244.3 to read as follows:]

* * * Mailpieces not sealed by conventional means, such as moistening the gummed flaps on envelopes, must be closed in such a manner as to prevent the contents from falling out or being damaged during postal handling and transport. * * *

244.4Packaging Back to Top

[Revise the introductory text of 244.4 to read as follows:]

The following packaging methods may be used for First-Class Mail International letter-size and flat-size items:

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[Delete current item 244.4d in its entirety, and redesignate current items e and f, as items d and e.]

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270Free Matter for the Blind or Other Physically Handicapped Persons Back to Top

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272Postage Prices Back to Top

Postage is free for the following eligible items marked “Free Matter for the Blind or Physically Handicapped”:

[Revise item 272a and b and insert new items c and d to read as follows:]

a. A First-Class Mail International item.

b. The Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes.

c. The Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes.

d. A Priority Mail International parcel weighing up to 15 pounds.

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273Weight and Size Limits Back to Top

273.1Weight Limit Back to Top

[Revise the first paragraph of 273.1 to read as follows:]

For First-Class Mail International or First-Class Package International Service items, or the Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes, the weight limit is 4 pounds.

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273.2Size Limits Back to Top

[Revise 273.2 in its entirety to read as follows:]

For First-Class Mail International items, see 241.2.

For First-Class Package International Service items, see 251.2.

For Priority Mail International parcels, see 231.2.

274Mail Preparation Back to Top

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274.2Marking Back to Top

[Revise 274.2 in its entirety to read as follows:]

In addition to the markings required in 244.2 for First-Class Mail International items, in 254.2 for First-Class Package International Service items and in 234.2 for Priority Mail International parcels, free matter must be marked “Free Matter for the Blind or Handicapped” in the upper right-hand corner of the address side of the mailpiece.

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275Extra Services Back to Top

* * * Only the following extra services are authorized:

[Revise item 275a to read as follows:]

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a. Registered Mail service for First-Class Mail International items, First-Class Package International Service items, and Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes.

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3Extra Services Back to Top

310Certificate of Mailing Back to Top

311Individual Pieces Back to Top

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311.2Availability Back to Top

311.21At Time of Purchase Back to Top

A customer may purchase a certificate of mailing (individual pieces) when sending the following:

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[Insert new item 311.21c and redesignate current items c through f as items d through g.]

c. Unregistered for First-Class Package International Service items.

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311.3Fees Back to Top

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311.32Three or More Individual Pieces Back to Top

[Revise 311.32 to read as follows:]

When mailing three or more pieces, the mailer may optionally use PS Form 3877. In addition to the correct postage, the mailer must pay the certificate of mailing fee for each article on PS Form 3877 by affixing ordinary (uncanceled) stamps, meter imprints, or PC Postage imprints to the PS Form 3877. Mailers paying for the postage with a permit imprint may also pay the fee at the time of mailing using the same permit imprint account. For a separate fee, the mailer may request a duplicate copy of PS Form 3877 after mailing (see 311.22). See Notice 123, Price List.

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312Bulk Quantities—Certificate of Mailing Back to Top

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312.2Availability Back to Top

312.21At Time of Entry Back to Top

A customer may purchase a certificate of bulk mailing when sending the following identical-weight items:

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[Insert new item 312.21c and redesignate current items c through f as d through g.]

c. Unregistered for First-Class Package International Service items.

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312.3Fees Back to Top

[Revise 312.3 to read as follows:]

In addition to the correct postage, the applicable certificate of bulk mailing fee must be paid for mailings of identical-weight pieces reported on PS Form 3606. The mailer may pay the fee by ordinary (uncanceled) stamps, meter imprints, or PC Postage imprints by affixing them to the form. Mailers paying for the postage with a permit imprint also may pay the fee, at the time of mailing, with the same permit imprint account. For a separate fee, the mailer may request a duplicate copy of PS Form 3606 after mailing (see 312.22). See Notice 123, Price List, for all applicable fees.

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330Registered Mail Back to Top

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332Availability Back to Top

* * * Registered Mail service is available for the following types of mail:

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[Add new item d to read as follows:]

d. First-Class Package International Service items, including free matter for the blind items.

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334Processing Requests Back to Top

334.1Mailing Receipt and Registration Number Back to Top

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334.13Accepting Clerk's Responsibility Back to Top

The accepting clerk must:

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[Revise item 334.13d. to read as follows:]

d. Enter the registration fee and postage plus the return receipt fee, if applicable, on the receipt.

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[Revise the title and text of 334.5 to read as follows:]

334.5Return Receipt Back to Top

Return receipts can be purchased for Registered Mail items to most countries. (See 340 and 350 and Individual Country Listings.)

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350Restricted Delivery Back to Top

[Revise 350 in its entirety to read as follows (this replaces all the current text from 351 through 354.2):]

Restricted delivery service is no longer available and was discontinued effective January 27, 2013. It was limited to First-Class Mail International items, the Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and the Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes when used in conjunction with Registered Mail service.

[Delete 351 through 354.2 in their entirety.]

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380Supplemental Services Back to Top

381International Reply Coupons Back to Top

[Revise 381 in its entirety to read as follows:]

381.1Description Back to Top

As of January 27, 2013, the U.S. Postal Service no longer sells international reply coupons. However, coupons previously sold by the U.S. Postal Service can still be used or exchanged (see 381.2). The following standards apply to international reply coupons:

a. The sender of a letter may prepay a reply by purchasing reply coupons that are sold and exchangeable for postage stamps by participating postal administrations in member countries of the Universal Postal Union.

b. International reply coupons (in French, Coupons-Reponse Internationaux) are printed in blue ink on paper that has the letters “UPU” in large characters in the watermark. The front of each coupon is printed in French. The reverse side of the coupon shows the text relating to its use in German, English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and/or Russian.

381.2Previously Sold Coupons and Exchange Value Back to Top

The following standards apply to the exchange of international reply coupons:

a. International reply coupons sold by the United States Postal Service prior to January 27, 2013, are exchangeable in any other member country for a stamp or stamps representing the minimum postage on an unregistered air letter. Unused U.S. coupons (that is, those with the U.S. selling price stamped on them that are not ultimately redeemed by recipients in other countries) may be exchanged only by the original purchaser for United States postage stamps at a discount of 1 cent below the purchase price.

b. With the exceptions noted in 381.3d, international reply coupons purchased in foreign countries are exchangeable at U.S. Post Office facilities toward the purchase of postage stamps and embossed stamped envelopes at the current maximum First-Class Mail International 1-ounce, letter-size price, per coupon, irrespective of the country where they were purchased. See Notice 123, Price List.

381.3Processing Requests Back to Top

The following standards apply when processing international reply coupons:

a. Under Universal Postal Union's regulations, participating member countries are not required to place a control stamp or postmark on the international reply coupons that they sell. Therefore some foreign issue reply coupons that are tendered for redemption may bear the name of the issuing country (generally in French) rather than the optional control stamp or postmark. Such coupons are exchangeable for U.S. postage as specified in 381.2b.

b. A Post Office facility redeeming an unused U.S. coupon must postmark it in the unpostmarked circle. A Post Office facility exchanging a foreign reply coupon must postmark it. Post Office facilities must not accept foreign coupons that already bear a United States Postal Service postmark.

c. The only valid version of the international reply coupons printed by the Universal Postal Union is Item Number 330800, which is approximately 3.75 inches by 6 inches, has a barcode on the reverse side, and has an expiration date of December 31, 2013. This policy is for international reply coupons issued by the United States before January 27, 2013 as well as for those issued by foreign postal administrations.

d. Reply coupons formerly issued by the Postal Union of the Americas and Spain are no longer valid. These coupons are printed in green ink and bear the caption Cupon Respuesta America-Espanol. Customers possessing any of these coupons should return them to their correspondents in the country of issue for redemption through the selling post office.

e. Postmasters must process exchanged foreign and redeemed U.S. international reply coupons as prescribed in 11-6.6, “International Reply Coupons” in Handbook F-101, Field Accounting Procedures.

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4Treatment of Outbound Mail Back to Top

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420Unpaid and Shortpaid Mail Back to Top

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423Shortpaid Mail Back to Top

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423.2Disposition Back to Top

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423.24 Back to Top

[Revise the title of 423.24 to read as follows:]

423.24 First-Class Mail International Items (including Postcards), First-Class Mail Package International Service, Airmail M-Bags, Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes, and Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes Back to Top

423.241Items Paid With a Permit Imprint or USPS-Produced PVI Label Back to Top

[Revise the text of 423.241 to read as follows:]

Regardless of the amount of deficiency, consider as paid in full each shortpaid First-Class Mail International item (including a postcard), First-Class Package International Service, Airmail M-bag, Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope, and Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Box that is paid with a permit imprint or USPS-produced postage validation imprinter (PVI) label, and dispatch it to the appropriate International Service Center (ISC).

423.242Items Paid With Any Other Postage Payment Method Back to Top

[Revise the text of the introduction of 423.242 to read as follows:]

The disposition of a shortpaid First-Class Mail International item (including a postcard), First-Class Package International Service, Airmail M-bag, Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope, and Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Box that is paid with a postage payment method other than a permit imprint or USPS-produced PVI label is based on the amount of the deficiency, as follows:

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7Treatment of Inbound Mail Back to Top

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770Undeliverable Mail Back to Top

771Mail of Domestic Origin Back to Top

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[Revise 771.5 in its entirety to read as follows:]

771.5Return Charges for Letter-Post Items Back to Top

771.51General Back to Top

Except as noted in 771.52, any undeliverable-as-addressed mail item listed below that a foreign postal administration returns to the U.S. sender is not subject to the payment of return charges. This provision applies to postal items that were originally entered at the following rates of postage:

a. Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope.

b. Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Box.

c. First-Class Mail International (including postcards).

d. First-Class Package International Service.

e. Airmail M-bag.

f. International Priority Airmail (IPA), including M-bags.

g. International Surface Air Lift (ISAL), including M-bags.

771.52Exceptions Back to Top

Delivery Post Office facilities should collect return charges from the U.S. sender under the following circumstances:

a. If a returned letter-post item listed in 771.51 bears a short-paid endorsement that was originally applied by the Postal Service dispatching exchange office, the delivery office should collect the amount of the postage deficiency that would otherwise have been collected from the foreign addressee.

b. If a returned letter-post item listed in 771.51 bears a collection instruction that was applied by an International Service Center (ISC), international exchange office, or mail recovery center, the delivery office should collect the “due amount” that is specified on the mailpiece.

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780Items Mailed Abroad by or on Behalf of Senders in the United States Back to Top

781Payment Required Back to Top

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781.2Handling Charges Back to Top

[Revise 781.2 to read as follows:]

Undeliverable-as-addressed mail returned to the sender for which outbound postage was not paid to the U.S. Postal Service is subject to the payment of handling charges. On delivery to the sender, the sender may be charged the applicable First-Class Mail International or First-Class Package International Service price for the weight and shape of the returned piece.

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9Inquiries, Indemnities, and Refunds Back to Top

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920Inquiries and Claims Back to Top

921Inquiries Back to Top

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921.2Initiating an Inquiry Back to Top

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Exhibit 921.2Time Limits for Inquiries Back to Top

[Revise the “Note” in Exhibit 921.2 to read as follows:]

Note: Inquires are not accepted for First-Class Mail International items, First-Class Package International Service items, Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes, or M-bags.

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940Postage Refunds Back to Top

[Revise the title of 941 to read as follows:]

941Postage Refunds for First-Class Mail International, First-Class Package International Service, and Priority Mail International Back to Top

941.1General Back to Top

[Revise 941.1 to read as follows:]

A refund may be made when postage, extra service fees, or other charges have been paid on the following First-Class Mail International, First-Class Package International Service, or Priority Mail International items:

a. Items for which full service was not rendered.

b. Items that were paid in excess of the proper price.

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Country Price Groups and Weight Limits Back to Top

[Revise the text to read as follows:]

Listed below are the countries and their price groups and weight limits for the five principal categories of international mail. Complete tables of prices and weights appear in the Individual Country Listings (ICLs).

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[Revise footnote 2 to read as follows:]

2. First-Class Mail International maximum weights: Letters, 3.5 ozs.; Large Envelopes (flats), 4 lbs. Note that the heading in the maximum weight column lists both ounces and pounds (“ozs./lbs.”) and that there are two numbers in the entry for each country (“3.5/4”)—this indicates that the maximum weight for Letters is 3.5 ozs., and that the maximum weight for Large Envelopes (flats) is 4 lbs. For First-Class Package International Service, maximum weight is 4 lbs.

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[Revise footnote 5 to read as follows:]

5. Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North Korea): First-Class Package International Service is not available. In addition, Priority Mail International parcel services are not available, including the Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes. Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes (maximum weight: 4 lbs.) may be used. Regardless of mail class, dutiable items and merchandise are prohibited.

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[In the table, revise the heading for “First-Class Mail International” to read as “First-Class Mail International and First-Class Package International Service”]

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Individual Country Listings Back to Top

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First-Class Mail International (240) Back to Top

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[For each country that offers First-Class Mail International service, revise the introductory text to read as follows, however, retain the country's current Price Group designation.]:

For the prices and maximum weights for letters, large envelopes (flats) and postcards, see Notice 123, Price List.

Size Limits Back to Top

[For each country that offers First-Class Mail International service, revise the text to read as follows:]

Letters: See 241.212

Postcards: See 241.221

Large Envelopes (Flats): See 241.232

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Matter for the Blind (270) Back to Top

[For each country that offers Matter for the Blind, revise the first paragraph to read as follows:]

Free when sent as First-Class Mail International or First-Class Package International Service, or in Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes or the Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes. Weight limit: 4 pounds.

Extra Services Back to Top

Certificate of Mailing (313) Back to Top

[For each country that offers certificate of mailing service, revise the fees to read as follows:]

Individual Pieces Fee
Individual article (PS Form 3817) $1.20
Firm mailing books (PS Form 3877), per article listed (minimum 3) 0.44
Duplicate copy of PS Form 3817 or PS Form 3877 (per page) 1.20
Bulk Quantities Fee
First 1,000 pieces (or fraction thereof) $7.05
Each additional 1,000 pieces (or fraction thereof) 0.85
Duplicate copy of PS Form 3606 1.20

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International Business Reply Service (382) Back to Top

[For each country that offers International Business Reply service, revise the fees to read as follows:]

Fee: Envelopes up to 2 ounces $1.75; Cards $1.25

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International Reply Coupons (381) Back to Top

[For each country revise the text to read as follows:]

Discontinued January 27, 2013

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Registered Mail (330) Back to Top

[For each country that offers international Registered Mail service, revise the fee to read as follows:]

Fee: $12.95

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Restricted Delivery (350) Back to Top

[For each country revise the text to read as follows:]

Discontinued January 27, 2013

Return Receipt (340) Back to Top

[For each country that offers international return receipt service, revise the fee to read as follows:]

Fee: $3.50

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We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR Part 20 to reflect these changes if our proposal is adopted.

Stanley F. Mires,

Attorney, Legal Policy & Legislative Advice.

end regulatory text

[FR Doc. 2012-25992 Filed 10-22-12; 8:45 am]

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