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AGENCY:

Postal Service.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service, after considering the comments submitted in response to its request published in the Federal Register on October 16, 2001 (66 FR 52555-52560), for comments on proposed changes in international postage rates, hereby gives notice that it is implementing the proposed rates.

EFFECTIVE DATE:

12:01 a.m., Sunday, January 13, 2002.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

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

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On October 16, 2001, the Postal Service published in the Federal Register a notice of proposed changes in international postage rates (66 FR 52555-52560). The Postal Service requested comments by November 15, 2001, and by that date received two comments. Both were from the same publisher using the publishers' periodical rates.

Both commenters stated that if the rates were to be implemented in January 2002, not enough time would be allowed to change software, either company specific proprietary or industry-wide software. Both suggested that the rates not be implemented before March 31, 2002, at the earliest. Both stated that implementation concurrent with the domestic rates in R2001-1 would be appropriate. One commenter noted the dramatic increase in some rate cells for items to Mexico and questioned why these rates would be higher than rates to more distant countries.

The Postal Service understands that many mailers will be required to make software changes. The Postal Service itself must make changes. However, the Postal Service believes that it has provided adequate time for mailers to make changes given that notice of the proposed change was given on October 16, 2001.

Rates are based on the cost of providing service to the countries in a rate group. Where there is more than one country in a rate group, the costs are an average. Where there is a single country in a rate group, the rate reflects the cost of providing service to that country. The publishers' periodical rates to Mexico are currently higher than the rates to Canada and all other countries. Separating the rates for all other countries into three rate groups does not alter the costs of providing service to Mexico. It should be noted that while the first two weight increments for Mexico increased by 25 percent, this is a smaller increase than the increases for the same weight increments for rate groups 3, 4, and 5. The rate increase for Mexico is not out of line with the overall increase to other countries.

After reviewing and considering the comments received, the Postal Service adopts the following postage rates and amends 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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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.
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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
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
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Cayman65
Central African Republic885
Chad85
Chile665
China775
Colombia665
Comoros Islands85
Congo (Brazzaville), Republic of the85
Congo (Kinshasa), Democratic Republic of the885
Costa Rica665
Cote d'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
Solomon Islands75
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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. 01-30626 Filed 12-12-01; 8:45 am]

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