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AGENCY:

Postal Service.

ACTION:

Amendment to interim rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is amending the interim rule on Priority Mail Global Guaranteed service to extend service to most countries in the world and to create rate groups for these countries to reflect the cost associated with providing this service.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

May 28, 2000. Comments on the amendment to the interim rule must be received on or before June 26, 2000.

ADDRESSES:

Written comments should be mailed or delivered to the Manager, Business Results, International Business, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Room 370-IBU, Washington, DC 20260-6500. Copies of all written comments will be available for public inspection between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, in International Business, 10th Floor, 901 D Street SW, Washington, DC.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Walter J. Grandjean, (202) 314-7256.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On April 19, 1999, the Postal Service announced in the Federal Register (62 FR 19039-19042) the introduction of Priority Mail Global Guaranteed on an interim basis.

The U.S. Postal Service, through an alliance with DHL Worldwide Express Inc., is offering an enhanced expedited service, Priority Mail Global Guaranteed, from selected locations in the United States to selected countries. This service offers day-certain delivery with postage refund guarantee and document reconstruction coverage of $100 for allowable contents. Start Printed Page 34097

On November 4, 1999, the Postal Service announced in the Federal Register (64 FR 60106-60109) an amendment to the interim rule to add more U.S. acceptance locations and to extend the service to more destination countries. Public comments were requested by December 6, 1999, and by that date two comments were received. Both comments related to the way in which the Postal Service categorized the U.S. acceptance offices and how the acceptance offices were selected.

The acceptance offices were selected on their ability to meet the stringent service standards for this service based on local considerations such as timely transportation, mail processing capabilities, and access to national transportation.

The presentation of acceptance offices has been changed. ZIP Code ranges can overlap metropolitan areas and state boundaries. Accordingly, the chart of acceptance offices has been changed to delete the reference to metropolitan areas and only state names are used as a guide to determining where service is available. The use of state designations is not meant to limit service within the specified ZIP Code ranges, since they are intended only to serve as a guide to the areas that offer Priority Mail Global Guaranteed service.

The Postal Service is now extending service to more countries and redesigning the rates to reflect the cost of providing service to these additional countries. Service will be available to all country destinations listed in the International Mail Manual except Afghanistan, Ascension, China, Iraq, Japan, Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North), Libya, Pitcairn Island, Saint Helena, Sudan, and Tristan de Cunha.

Although each network country has been placed into one of eight rate groups, rate groups 1 and 2, 3 and 7, and 4 and 6, respectively, contain duplicate rates at the present time. The applicable rates and the destination countries that are associated with each rate group are as follows:

Weight not over (lbs.)Rate Groups 1 and 2 (Canada, Mexico, and St. Pierre & Miquelon)Rate Groups 3 and 7Rate Groups 4 and 6Rate Group 5Rate Group 8
0.5$20.00$24.00$29.00$40.00$60.00
131.0034.0041.0051.0072.00
231.0034.0041.0065.0087.00
342.0053.0060.0080.00102.00
444.0060.0067.0094.00115.00
547.0066.0074.00107.00129.00
650.0071.0081.00119.00141.00
753.0076.0088.00131.00153.00
856.0081.0095.00142.00165.00
959.0085.00102.00154.00176.00
1062.0089.00109.00166.00188.00
1164.0093.00114.00177.00200.00
1266.0098.00120.00187.00212.00
1369.00102.00125.00197.00224.00
1472.00106.00131.00207.00235.00
1574.00110.00136.00215.00246.00
1677.00114.00141.00223.00258.00
1779.00118.00147.00230.00269.00
1882.00121.00152.00238.00280.00
1984.00125.00158.00245.00292.00
2087.00128.00163.00253.00303.00
2189.00132.00168.00260.00313.00
2291.00136.00173.00268.00322.00
2394.00139.00178.00275.00332.00
2496.00143.00183.00283.00341.00
2598.00146.00188.00290.00349.00
26100.00149.00193.00298.00358.00
27103.00153.00198.00305.00366.00
28105.00156.00203.00313.00375.00
29107.00160.00208.00320.00384.00
30110.00163.00213.00328.00392.00
31112.00167.00218.00335.00401.00
32114.00170.00223.00343.00410.00
33116.00174.00228.00350.00418.00
34119.00177.00233.00358.00427.00
35121.00181.00238.00365.00435.00
36123.00184.00243.00373.00444.00
37125.00188.00248.00380.00453.00
38128.00191.00253.00388.00461.00
39130.00195.00258.00395.00470.00
40132.00198.00263.00403.00479.00
41133.00202.00268.00410.00487.00
42135.00205.00273.00418.00496.00
43137.00209.00278.00425.00505.00
44138.00212.00283.00433.00514.00
45140.00216.00288.00440.00522.00
46142.00219.00293.00448.00531.00
47143.00223.00298.00455.00540.00
48145.00226.00303.00463.00548.00
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49147.00230.00308.00470.00557.00
50148.00233.00313.00478.00566.00
51148.00233.00313.00478.00566.00
52152.00240.00323.00492.00583.00
53152.00240.00323.00492.00583.00
54154.00247.00333.00505.00601.00
55154.00247.00333.00505.00601.00
56156.00254.00343.00516.00617.00
57156.00254.00343.00516.00617.00
58159.00261.00353.00527.00633.00
59159.00261.00353.00527.00633.00
60161.00268.00363.00538.00649.00
61161.00268.00363.00538.00649.00
62164.00275.00373.00549.00666.00
63164.00275.00373.00549.00666.00
64166.00282.00383.00560.00684.00
65166.00282.00383.00560.00684.00
66168.00289.00393.00571.00701.00
67168.00289.00393.00571.00701.00
68171.00296.00403.00583.00718.00
69171.00296.00403.00583.00718.00
70173.00303.00413.00594.00735.00
CountryRate group
Afghanistan(1)
Albania8
Algeria8
Andorra8
Angola8
Anguilla7
Antigua & Barbuda7
Argentina5
Armenia8
Aruba7
Ascension(1)
Australia4
Austria3
Azerbaijan8
Bahamas7
Bahrain6
Bangladesh8
Barbados7
Belarus8
Belgium3
Belize5
Benin8
Bermuda7
Bhutan8
Bolivia5
Bosnia-Herzegovina8
Botswana8
Brazil5
British Virgin Islands7
Brunei Darussalam8
Bulgaria8
Burkina Faso8
Burma (Myanmar)8
Burundi8
Cambodia8
Cameroon8
Canada1
Cape Verde8
Cayman Islands7
Central African Republic8
Chad8
Chile5
China(1)
Colombia5
Comoros8
Congo, Democratic Republic of the8
Congo, Republic of the8
Costa Rica5
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)8
Croatia8
Cuba8
Cyprus6
Czech Republic8
Denmark3
Djibouti8
Dominica7
Dominican Republic7
Ecuador5
Egypt6
El Salvador5
Equatorial Guinea8
Eritrea8
Estonia8
Ethiopia8
Falkland Islands5
Faroe Islands8
Fiji8
Finland3
France3
French Guiana5
French Polynesia8
Gabon8
Gambia8
Georgia, Republic of8
Germany3
Ghana8
Gibraltar3
Great Britain & Northern Ireland3
Greece3
Greenland8
Grenada7
Guadeloupe7
Guatemala5
Guinea8
Guinea-Bissau8
Guyana5
Haiti7
Honduras5
Hong Kong3
Hungary8
Iceland8
India6
Indonesia4
Iran6
Iraq(1)
Ireland (Eire)3
Israel6
Italy3
Jamaica7
Japan(1)
Jordan6
Kazakhstan8
Kenya8
Kiribati8
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North)(1)
Korea, Republic of (South)4
Kuwait6
Kyrgyzstan8
Laos8
Latvia8
Lebanon6
Lesotho8
Liberia8
Libya(1)
Liechtenstein3
Lithuania8
Luxembourg3
Macao3
Macedonia, Republic of8
Madagascar8
Malawi8
Malaysia4
Maldives8
Mali8
Malta3
Martinique7
Mauritania8
Mauritius8
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Mexico2
Moldova8
Mongolia8
Montserrat7
Morocco8
Mozambique8
Namibia8
Nauru8
Nepal8
Netherlands3
Netherlands Antilles7
New Caledonia8
New Zealand4
Nicaragua5
Niger8
Nigeria8
Norway3
Oman6
Pakistan6
Panama5
Papua New Guinea8
Paraguay5
Peru5
Philippines4
Pitcairn Island(1)
Poland8
Portugal3
Qatar6
Reunion8
Romania8
Russia8
Rwanda8
St. Christopher (St. Kitts) & Nevis7
Saint Helena(1)
Saint Lucia7
Saint Pierre & Miquelon1
Saint Vincent & Grenadines7
San Marino3
Sao Tome & Principe8
Saudi Arabia6
Senegal8
Serbia-Montenegro (Yugoslavia)8
Seychelles8
Sierra Leone8
Singapore3
Slovak Republic (Slovakia)8
Slovenia8
Solomon Islands8
Somalia8
South Africa8
Spain3
Sri Lanka8
Sudan(1)
Suriname5
Swaziland8
Sweden3
Switzerland3
Syrian Arab Republic (Syria)6
Taiwan3
Tajikistan8
Tanzania8
Thailand4
Togo8
Tonga8
Trinidad & Tobago7
Tristan da Cunha(1)
Tunisia8
Turkey6
Turkmenistan8
Turks & Caicos Islands7
Tuvalu8
Uganda8
Ukraine8
United Arab Emirates6
Uruguay5
Uzbekistan8
Vanuatu8
Vatican City3
Venezuela5
Vietnam4
Wallis & Futuna Islands4
Western Samoa4
Yemen6
Zambia8
Zimbabwe8
1 No Service.

Although the Postal Service is exempted by 39 U.S.C. 410(a) from the advance notice requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act regarding proposed rulemaking (5 U.S.C. 553), the Postal Service invites public comment on the amendment to the interim rule at the above address.

The Postal Service is amending International Mail Manual chapter 2, Conditions for Mailing, which is incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. See 39 CFR 20.1.

A transmittal letter changing the relevant pages in the International Mail Manual will be published and automatically transmitted to all subscribers. Notice of issuance of the transmittal will be published in the Federal Register as provided by 39 CFR 20.3.

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List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 20

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PART 20—[AMENDED]

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1. The authority citation for

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Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a); 39 U.S.C. 401, 404, 407, 408.

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2. Chapter 2 of the International Mail Manual (IMM) is amended as follows:

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2 CONDITIONS FOR MAILING

210 Express Mail International Service

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215 Priority Mail Global Guaranteed

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215.3 Service Areas

215.31 U.S. Origins

Priority Mail Global Guaranteed (PMGG) items must be entered at post offices that are located in the following ZIP Code areas:

StateZIP code areas
Arizona850, 852-853
California900, 902-908, 910-918, 926-928, 937, 939-941, 943-944, 946, 949-951, 954
Colorado802
Connecticut060-069
Delaware197-199
District of Columbia200, 202-203, 205
Florida320, 322, 327-338, 342, 346-347
Georgia300-303, 305-306, 311
Illinois600-608, 610-611, 620, 622, 629
Indiana460-470, 472-475, 478-479
Kentucky410, 452
Maine039-041
Maryland206-212, 214, 217, 219
Massachusetts010-027
Michigan481-482, 486-491, 493-497
Minnesota550-551, 553-554, 558-559
Missouri630-631, 633
New Hampshire030-034, 038
New Jersey070-085, 087-089
New York100-101, 103-105, 107, 109-119, 124-127
North Carolina270-278, 280-282, 286
Ohio430-438, 440-458
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Pennsylvania189-191, 193-196
Rhode Island028-029
Tennessee372
Texas750-752, 760-764, 769-770, 772-778, 780-782, 784, 791, 794
Virginia201, 220-225, 230-232, 238-239
Vermont054, 056
Washington980-982
Wisconsin530-532, 534

215.32 Foreign Destinations

Priority Mail Global Guaranteed (PMGG) service is available to all locations that are referenced in the Individual Country Listings except for the following:

Afghanistan

Ascension

China

Iraq

Japan

Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North)

Libya

Pitcairn Island

Saint Helena

Sudan

Tristan de Cunha

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215.6 Postage

215.61 Rate Groups 1

Weight not over (lb.) 2Rate groups 1 and 2 (Canada, Mexico, and St. Pierre & Miquelon)Rate groups 3 and 7Rate groups 4 and 6Rate group 5Rate group 8
0.5$20.00$24.00$29.00$40.00$60.00
131.0034.0041.0051.0072.00
231.0034.0041.0065.0087.00
342.0053.0060.0080.00102.00
444.0060.0067.0094.00115.00
547.0066.0074.00107.00129.00
650.0071.0081.00119.00141.00
753.0076.0088.00131.00153.00
856.0081.0095.00142.00165.00
959.0085.00102.00154.00176.00
1062.0089.00109.00166.00188.00
1164.0093.00114.00177.00200.00
1266.0098.00120.00187.00212.00
1369.00102.00125.00197.00224.00
1472.00106.00131.00207.00235.00
1574.00110.00136.00215.00246.00
1677.00114.00141.00223.00258.00
1779.00118.00147.00230.00269.00
1882.00121.00152.00238.00280.00
1984.00125.00158.00245.00292.00
2087.00128.00163.00253.00303.00
2189.00132.00168.00260.00313.00
2291.00136.00173.00268.00322.00
2394.00139.00178.00275.00332.00
2496.00143.00183.00283.00341.00
2598.00146.00188.00290.00349.00
26100.00149.00193.00298.00358.00
27103.00153.00198.00305.00366.00
28105.00156.00203.00313.00375.00
29107.00160.00208.00320.00384.00
30110.00163.00213.00328.00392.00
31112.00167.00218.00335.00401.00
32114.00170.00223.00343.00410.00
33116.00174.00228.00350.00418.00
34119.00177.00233.00358.00427.00
35121.00181.00238.00365.00435.00
36123.00184.00243.00373.00444.00
37125.00188.00248.00380.00453.00
38128.00191.00253.00388.00461.00
39130.00195.00258.00395.00470.00
40132.00198.00263.00403.00479.00
41133.00202.00268.00410.00487.00
42135.00205.00273.00418.00496.00
43137.00209.00278.00425.00505.00
44138.00212.00283.00433.00514.00
45140.00216.00288.00440.00522.00
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46142.00219.00293.00448.00531.00
47143.00223.00298.00455.00540.00
48145.00226.00303.00463.00548.00
49147.00230.00308.00470.00557.00
50148.00233.00313.00478.00566.00
51148.00233.00313.00478.00566.00
52152.00240.00323.00492.00583.00
53152.00240.00323.00492.00583.00
54154.00247.00333.00505.00601.00
55154.00247.00333.00505.00601.00
56156.00254.00343.00516.00617.00
57156.00254.00343.00516.00617.00
58159.00261.00353.00527.00633.00
59159.00261.00353.00527.00633.00
60161.00268.00363.00538.00649.00
61161.00268.00363.00538.00649.00
62164.00275.00373.00549.00666.00
63164.00275.00373.00549.00666.00
64166.00282.00383.00560.00684.00
65166.00282.00383.00560.00684.00
66168.00289.00393.00571.00701.00
67168.00289.00393.00571.00701.00
68171.00296.00403.00583.00718.00
69171.00296.00403.00583.00718.00
70173.00303.00413.00594.00735.00
1 See the Individual Country Listings for the postage rates that are applicable to each PMGG destination country.
2 Maximum weight limit is 70 pounds to all destination countries.
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[The Individual Country Listing pages in the International Mail Manual will be revised to reflect the availability of Priority Mail Global Guaranteed service and the applicable postage rates.]

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Stanley F. Mires,

Chief Counsel, Legislative.

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[FR Doc. 00-12971 Filed 5-25-00; 8:45 am]

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