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International Mail Postal Rates; Proposed Changes

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AGENCY:

Postal Service.

ACTION:

Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

Pursuant to its authority under 39 U.S.C. 407, the Postal Service Start Printed Page 52556is proposing changes in international postal rates for International Priority Airmail, International Surface Air Lift, and publishers' periodical mail. As required under the Postal Reorganization Act, the proposed changes will result in international postal rates that do not apportion the costs of the service so as to impair the overall value of the service to the users, are fair and reasonable, and are not unduly or unreasonably discriminatory or preferential.

DATES:

Comments on the proposed changes must be received on or before November 15, 2001.

ADDRESSES:

Written comments should be sent to the Manager, International Pricing, International Business, U.S. Postal Services, 1735 N. Lynn Street, Arlington, VA 22209-6020. 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, 2nd Floor, 1735 N. Lynn Street, Arlington, VA 22209-6020.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Walter J. Grandjean, (703) 292-3579.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The proposed rates for International Priority Airmail (IPA), International Surface Air Lift (ISAL), and publishers' periodicals, shown in the tables herein, are needed by the Postal Service to cover increases in the cost of providing international mail service, including transportation and delivery charges in the destination country. These services are bulk commercial services that are sensitive to changes in cost.

The rates for publishers' periodicals are currently divided into three rate groups: Canada, Mexico, and all other countries. The Postal Service adopted five rate groups for other letter-post mail on January 7, 2001. The Postal Service is proposing to base publishers' periodical rates on these same five rate groups. This enables the Postal Service to establish rates that more closely align with the cost of providing service to particular country groups having similar costs.

The Postal Service is proposing to change only the rates contained herein. No other rates are changed.

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.

The Postal Service proposes to adopt the following rates and to amend the International Mail Manual (IMM), 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]

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

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

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2. The International Mail Manual (IMM) will be amended to incorporate the following postage rates:

International Priority Airmail Rates

Rate groupPer piece rateDrop shipment per poundFull service per pound
1 (Canada)$0.28$2.60$3.60
2 (Mexico)0.124.605.60
30.254.005.00
40.255.506.50
50.124.855.85
60.124.755.75
70.126.257.25
80.127.258.25
Worldwide0.207.008.00

International Surface Air Lift Rates

Rate groupPer piece rateFull service per poundDirect shipment per poundISC drop shipment per pound
RegularM-bagRegularM-bagRegularM-bag
1 (Canada)$0.28$3.05$1.50$2.55$1.50$2.05$1.40
2 (Mexico)0.124.351.603.851.603.351.50
30.253.401.752.901.752.401.50
40.253.752.503.252.502.752.50
50.124.652.254.152.253.652.00
60.124.552.254.052.253.552.00
70.124.652.504.152.503.652.25
80.126.503.256.003.255.503.00
Note: M-bags are subject to the minimum rate for 11 pounds.

Publishers' Periodical Rates

Weight not over (oz.),Rate group 1 (Canada)Rate group 2 (Mexico)Rate group 3Rate group 4 (Australia, Japan, New Zealand)Rate group 5
1$0.45$0.60$0.60$0.60$0.60
20.510.750.710.710.74
30.570.900.820.820.88
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40.631.050.930.931.02
50.691.201.041.041.16
60.751.351.151.151.30
70.811.501.261.261.44
80.871.651.371.371.58
121.152.131.811.812.02
161.432.612.252.252.46
201.593.092.692.692.90
241.753.573.133.133.34
281.914.053.573.573.78
322.074.534.014.014.22
363.875.014.454.454.66
403.995.494.894.895.10
444.115.975.335.335.54
484.236.455.775.775.98
524.396.936.216.216.42
564.557.416.656.656.86
604.717.897.097.097.30
644.878.377.537.537.74
$0.25 per pound discount for drop shipments tendered at the New Jersey International and Bulk Mail Center.

Country Rate Groups

CountryRate groups
IPAISALPublishers' periodicals
Afghanistan85
Albania555
Algeria885
Andorra33
Angola885
Anguilla65
Antigua and Barbuda65
Argentina665
Armenia85
Aruba665
Ascension55
Australia444
Austria335
Azerbaijan85
Bahamas65
Bahrain885
Bangladesh885
Barbados65
Belarus55
Belgium333
Belize665
Benin885
Bermuda65
Bhutan85
Bolivia665
Bosnia-Herzegovina55
Botswana85
Brazil665
British Virgin Islands65
Brunei Darussalam75
Bulgaria555
Burkina Faso885
Burma (Myanmar)85
Burundi85
Cambodia75
Cameroon885
Canada111
Cape Verde85
Cayman65
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Central African Republic885
Chad85
Chile665
China775
Colombia665
Comoros Islands85
Congo (Brazzaville), Republic of the85
Congo (Kinshasa), Democratic Republic of the885
Costa Rica665
Cod'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)885
Croatia55
Cuba665
Cyprus85
Czech Republic555
Denmark333
Djibouti85
Dominica65
Dominican Republic665
Ecuador665
Egypt885
El Salvador665
Equatorial Guinea85
Eritrea85
Estonia55
Ethiopia885
Falkland Islands65
Faroe Islands53
Fiji775
Finland333
France (Includes Corsica & Monaco)333
French Guiana665
French Polynesia (Includes Tahiti)75
Gabon885
Gambia85
Georgia, Republic of85
Germany333
Ghana885
Gibraltar33
Great Britain and Northern Ireland333
Greece333
Greenland33
Grenada65
Guadeloupe65
Guatemala665
Guinea85
Guinea-Bissau85
Guyana665
Haiti665
Honduras665
Hong Kong775
Hungary555
Iceland333
India885
Indonesia (Includes East Timor)775
Iran885
Iraq85
Ireland333
Israel333
Italy333
Jamaica665
Japan444
Jordan885
Kazakhstan85
Kenya885
Kiribati75
Korea, Dem. People's Rep. of (North)75
Korea, Republic of (South)775
Kuwait885
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Kyrgyzstan55
Laos75
Latvia55
Lebanon885
Lesotho85
Liberia85
Libya85
Liechtenstein333
Lithuania55
Luxembourg333
Macao55
Macedonia, Republic of55
Madagascar885
Malawi85
Malaysia775
Maldives85
Mali885
Malta85
Martinique65
Mauritania885
Mauritius885
Mexico222
Moldova85
Mongolia75
Montserrat65
Morocco885
Mozambique885
Namibia85
Nauru75
Nepal75
Netherlands333
Netherlands Antilles665
New Caledonia75
New Zealand444
Nicaragua665
Niger885
Nigeria885
Norway333
Oman885
Pakistan885
Panama665
Papua New Guinea775
Paraguay665
Peru665
Philippines775
Pitcairn Island75
Poland555
Portugal (Includes Azores & Madeira Islands)333
Qatar885
Reunion885
Romania555
Russia555
Rwanda85
Saint Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis65
Saint Helena85
Saint Lucia65
Saint Pierre & Miquelon65
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines65
San Marino33
Sao Tome and Principe55
Saudi Arabia885
Senegal885
Serbia-Montenegro (Yugoslavia)55
Seychelles85
Sierra Leone85
Singapore775
Slovak Republic (Slovakia)55
Slovenia55
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Solomon Islands75
Somalia85
South Africa885
Spain (Includes Canary Islands)333
Sri Lanka885
Sudan885
Suriname665
Swaziland85
Sweden333
Switzerland333
Syria885
Taiwan775
Tajikistan85
Tanzania885
Thailand775
Togo885
Tonga75
Trinidad and Tobago665
Tristan da Cunha85
Tunisia885
Turkey555
Turkmenistan55
Turks and Caicos Islands65
Tuvalu75
Uganda885
Ukraine85
United Arab Emirates885
Uruguay665
Uzbekistan85
Vanuatu75
Vatican City33
Venezuela665
Vietnam75
Wallis and Futuna Islands75
Western Samoa75
Yemen885
Zambia885
Zimbabwe885
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Stanley F. Mires,

Chief Counsel, Legislative.

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[FR Doc. 01-25987 Filed 10-15-01; 8:45 am]

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