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AGENCY:

Postal Service.

ACTION:

Interim rule and request for comment.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is revising Global Direct—Mexico service to better reflect the domestic postal products offered by the Mexico Postal Administration (SEPOMEX) and to offer U.S. customers a wider range of direct entry products into Mexico. Global Direct—Mexico will offer three main products: Direct Mail (A and B), Letter Mail, and Publications.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

October 1, 2000. Comments must be received on or before October 18, 2000.

ADDRESSES:

Written comments should be mailed or delivered to the Manager, Pricing, Costing, and Classification, 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:

The Postal Service is revising Global Direct—Mexico to better reflect the domestic postal products offered by Mexico Postal Administration and to offer U.S. customers a wider range of direct entry products into Mexico. Global Direct—Mexico will offer three main products: Letter Mail, Direct Mail (A and B), and Publications. There are presort requirements for these services.

Global Direct—Mexico Letter Mail is for personalized communications; correspondence; and transactions such as statements of account, invoices, and financial statements. Items may be in envelopes or other sealed wrappers or may be prepared as self-mailers or double cards. The maximum weight is 1,000 grams (35.3 ounces). The minimum size is 90 millimeters in width and 105 millimeters in length. The maximum size is 140 millimeters in width and 148 millimeters in length. Rates are based on weight and whether the items are post coded.

The rates for Global Direct—Letter Mail are:

Weight of single piece up to: (grams)Postal codedNon-postal coded
20$0.327$0.406
300.4060.495
400.4200.510
500.4850.585
600.5130.613
700.5780.688
800.5920.702
900.6880.818
1000.7020.832
1100.8020.942
1200.8160.956
1300.8300.970
1400.8440.985
1500.8580.999
1600.8731.013
1700.8871.027
1800.9011.042
1900.9151.056
2000.9301.070
2501.0941.245
3001.1651.316
3501.3571.528
4001.4291.599
4501.6111.802
5001.6821.873
6002.2182.378
7002.3602.521
8002.5022.663
9002.6452.805
10002.7872.948

Global Direct—Direct Mail is for advertising mail, catalogs, directories, nonregistered publications, printed matter, and merchandise samples. Contents must not be of a personal or confidential nature, but personalized advertising letters are acceptable. Statements of account, invoices, and financial statements must be sent as Letter Mail. Catalogs, publications, brochures, and similar items may be mailed unenclosed. Items mailed in envelopes or wrappers may not be sealed but must be closed with tabs or by similar means. Self-mailers and double cards containing promotional messages must be closed with tabs or by similar means. There are two categories of Mexico Direct Mail, A and B, which are based on weight or size.

Direct Mail A items may weigh up to 1000 grams. The minimum size is 90 millimeters in width and 105 millimeters in length. The maximum size is 140 millimeters in width and 148 millimeters in length. Rates are based on weight. The rates for Global Direct—Mexico Direct Mail A are:

Weight of single piece up to: (grams)Postal codedNon-postal coded
20$0.226$0.350
300.2830.437
400.2950.450
500.3080.513
600.3640.539
700.3770.612
800.3890.625
900.4020.687
1000.4140.700
1100.4710.917
1200.4840.930
1300.4960.942
1400.5090.955
1500.5210.967
1600.5340.980
1700.5460.992
1800.5591.005
1900.5711.017
2000.5841.030
2500.7171.195
3000.7801.258
3500.9041.411
4000.9671.473
4501.0911.555
5001.1541.618
6001.3671.882
7001.4922.007
8001.6172.132
9001.7422.257
10001.8672.382

Direct Mail B items must have a minimum weight of 1,000 grams but may not exceed 5,000 grams. The minimum size is 81 millimeters in width and 114 millimeters in length. The maximum size is 324 millimeters in width and 458 millimeters in length. Rates are based on weight. The rates for Global Direct—Mexico Direct Mail B are:

Weight of single piece up to: (grams)Postal coded
1100$3.417
12003.548
13003.678
14003.808
15003.938
16004.069
17004.199
18004.329
19004.460
20004.590
21005.700
22005.830
23005.960
24006.090
25006.221
26006.351
27006.481
28006.611
29006.742
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30006.872
31007.982
32008.112
33008.242
34008.373
35008.503
36008.633
37008.763
38008.894
39009.024
40009.154
410010.264
420010.394
430010.524
440010.655
450010.785
460010.915
470011.046
480011.176
490011.306
500011.436

Global Direct—Mexico Publications service is for magazines and other periodical publications which are registered with the government of Mexico and are enclosed in sealed envelopes or wrappers. Publications cannot weigh more than 1,000 grams. The minimum size is 90 millimeters in width and 140 millimeters in length. The maximum length is 609.6 millimeters and the maximum length, width, and thickness combined is 914.4 millimeters. The rates for Global Direct—Mexico Publications are:

Weight of single piece up to: (grams)Postal codedNon-postal coded
250$0.661$1.195
3000.7231.258
3500.8741.411
4000.9371.473
4501.0191.555
5001.0811.618
5501.1911.838
6001.2351.882
6501.4471.963
7001.4902.007
7501.5722.088
8001.6152.132
8501.6972.213
9001.7402.257
9501.8222.338
10001.8652.382
10502.107
11002.172
11502.237
12002.301
12502.366
13002.430
13502.495
14002.560
14502.624
15002.689

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 interim rule at the above address.

The Postal Service adopts the following amendments to the International Mail Manual, which is incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. See 39 CFR 20.1.

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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 6 of the International Mail Manual (IMM) is amended as follows:

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6 Special Programs

610 Global Direct Service

611 Global Direct—Mexico

611.1 Description

Global Direct—Mexico is an international mail service that is available on the basis of a service agreement between the Postal Service and a qualifying mailer. Under this service a mailer may enter letter mail, publications, and direct mail items that meet applicable eligibility, makeup, and preparation requirements. The Postal Service transports the items for entry into Mexico's domestic mail system.

611.2 Qualifying Mailers and Mailing Locations

611.21 Qualifying Mailers

Mailers Qualifying mailers must agree to mail a minimum of 750 pounds for delivery to Mexican addresses per mailing per mail category. All tendered mailpieces must conform to the applicable makeup and preparation requirements.

611.22 Mailing Locations

Mailings may be deposited only at the following offices as specified in the service agreement:

New York:

John F. Kennedy Airport Mail Center, John F. Kennedy International Airport Bldg. 250, Jamaica, NY 11430-9998

Florida:

Miami International Service Center,* U.S. Postal Service, 11690 NW. 25th St., Miami, FL 33172-1702

Miami Processing and Distribution Center, U.S. Postal Service, 2200 NW. 72nd Ave., Miami, FL 33152-9997

Texas:

Dallas International Service Center, U.S. Postal Service, 15050 Trinity Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76155-3203

Illinois:

Chicago O'Hare International Annex, U.S. Postal Service, 514 Express Center Dr., Chicago, IL 60688-9998

California:

San Francisco ISC, U.S. Postal Service, 2650 Bayshore Blvd., Daly City, CA 94013-1631

Worldway Airport Mail Center, U.S. Postal Service, 21750 Arnold Center Rd., Carson, CA 90810-9998

*Only plant-verified mail is transported to these facilities by the mailer.

611.3 Postage

611.31 Rates

The rate of postage is determined by mail category, item weight, and item size.

Letter Mail

Weight of single piece up to: (grams)Postal codedNon-postal coded
20$0.327$0.406
300.4060.495
400.4200.510
500.4850.585
600.5130.613
700.5780.688
800.5920.702
900.6880.818
1000.7020.832
1100.8020.942
1200.8160.956
1300.8300.970
1400.8440.985
1500.8580.999
1600.8731.013
1700.8871.027
1800.9011.042
1900.9151.056
2000.9301.070
2501.0941.245
3001.1651.316
3501.3571.528
4001.4291.599
4501.6111.802
5001.6821.873
6002.2182.378
7002.3602.521
8002.5022.663
9002.6452.805
10002.7872.948

Direct Mail A

Weight of single piece up to: (grams)Postal codedNon-postal coded
20$0.226$0.350
300.2830.437
400.2950.450
500.3080.513
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600.3640.539
700.3770.612
800.3890.625
900.4020.687
1000.4140.700
1100.4710.917
1200.4840.930
1300.4960.942
1400.5090.955
1500.5210.967
1600.5340.980
1700.5460.992
1800.5591.005
1900.5711.017
2000.5841.030
2500.7171.195
3000.7801.258
3500.9041.411
4000.9671.473
4501.0911.555
5001.1541.618
6001.3671.882
7001.4922.007
8001.6172.132
9001.7422.257
10001.8672.382

Direct Mail B

Weight of single piece up to: (grams)Postal coded
1100$3.417
12003.548
13003.678
14003.808
15003.938
16004.069
17004.199
18004.329
19004.460
20004.590
21005.700
22005.830
23005.960
24006.090
25006.221
26006.351
27006.481
28006.611
29006.742
30006.872
31007.982
32008.112
33008.242
34008.373
35008.503
36008.633
37008.763
38008.894
39009.024
40009.154
410010.264
420010.394
430010.524
440010.655
450010.785
460010.915
470011.046
480011.176
490011.306
500011.436

Publications

Weight of single piece up to: (grams)Postal codedNon-postal coded
250$0.661$1.195
3000.7231.258
3500.8741.411
4000.9371.473
4501.0191.555
5001.0811.618
5501.1911.838
6001.2351.882
6501.4471.963
7001.4902.007
7501.5722.088
8001.6152.132
8501.6972.213
9001.7402.257
9501.8222.338
10001.8652.382
10502.107
11002.172
11502.237
12002.301
12502.366
13002.430
13502.495
14002.560
14502.624
15002.689

611.32 Volume Discount

Global Direct revenue may be added to the ISAL/IPA total for the purpose of determining the discount earned. However, the discount will not be applied to the Global Direct—Mexico published rates.

611.33 Size and Weight Definition

Every item must meet size and weight requirements for its mail category. The size and weight standards are as follows:

Letter Mail

WeightLengthWidth
MaximumMinimumMaximumMinimumMaximum
1000 grams (35.3 oz.)114 mm (4.44 in.)458 mm (17.86 in.)81 mm (3.16 in.)324 mm (12.63 in.)

Direct Mail A

WeightLengthWidth
MaximumMinimumMaximumMinimumMaximum
1000 grams (35.3 oz.)114 mm (4.44 in.)458 mm (17.86 in.)81 mm (3.16 in.)324 mm (12.63 in.)

Direct Mail B

WeightLengthWidth
MinimumMaximumMinimumMaximumMinimumMaximum
Over 1000 grams (35.3 oz.)5000 grams (176.3 oz.)114 mm (4.44 in.)458 mm (17.86 in.)81 mm (3.16 in.)324 mm (12.63 in.)
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Publications

WeightLengthWidth
MaximumMinimumMaximumMinimumMaximum
1000 grams (35.3 oz.)114 mm (4.44 in.)458 mm (17.86 in.)81 mm (3.16 in.)324 mm (12.63 in.)

611.34 Postage Payment Method

Postage must be paid through an advance deposit account. Items must bear an authorized Global Direct—Mexico postal indicia. USPS domestic indicia must not be used.

611.35 Postage Statement

Mailers must complete PS Form 3659, Postage Statement—Global Direct—Mexico. A separate postage statement must be prepared for each individual mailing.

611.36 Preparation Requirements

Sorting requirements for all three categories of mail (letters, publications, direct mail) are identical. Items must be sequenced in ascending postal code order and prepared according to the separations listed in the Global Direct—Mexico sortation plan as in the service guide. Letter-size items must be presented in USPS letter trays. Flat-size items must be presented in bundles. Both letter trays and bundles must be placed on pallets. For specific sorting and labeling requirements for Global Direct—Mexico, instructions will be provided as part of the service agreement.

611.4 Ancillary Services

611.41 Global Direct Mailbox Service

This service provides for the return of Mexican business reply mail to a specific address in Mexico, then the Postal Service forwards items to the mailer in the United States. Detailed specifications for this service will be provided as part of the application process. The rate for this service is $0.40 per item returned.

611.42 Return of Undeliverable Mail

This service provides for the return of letter mail and publications that are undeliverable. Mailers using a Mexican indicia and Mexican return address may have undeliverable items returned to the United States in bulk. The sender must endorse items “Return Requested” and use the return address specified by the Postal Service. The rate for this service is $1.75 per pound or fraction of a pound for the total number of items returned at a single time.

611.5 Service Agreement

Before the first mailing, mailers must submit a completed PS Form 3681, Global Direct Service Agreement, 14 business days prior to their planned mailing date. Concurrent with the establishment of the agreement, instructions are issued to the designated post office of entry regarding the acceptance and verification of the prospective customer's mailpieces.

611.6 Advance Notification

Mailers interested in using Global Direct—Mexico service must complete PS Form 3682, Notification of Mailing, five business days prior to the planned mailing date. PS Form 3682 can be found in Publication 526, Global Direct Service Guide, or on the USPS Web site.

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Stanley F. Mires,

Chief Counsel, Legislative.

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[FR Doc. 00-23549 Filed 9-15-00; 8:45 am]

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