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Postal Service.


Final rule.


The Postal ServiceTM has implemented new standards for returned undeliverable-as-addressed items that were posted abroad with a United States return address. When this occurs, the Postal Service provides the return service but currently receives no payment for the services rendered. This final rule implements collection of a fee for returned items.


Effective Date: January 14, 2008.

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Obataiye B. Akinwole, 703-292-5260, Bruce Marsh, 703-292-3570.

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Article RL 147 of the Letter Post Regulations of the Universal Postal Union (UPU), “Undeliverable Items,” allows all posts to collect handling charges for undeliverable-as-addressed pieces posted abroad by customers residing in their territories. In order to recover costs associated with handling these pieces, the Postal Service will collect the applicable First-Class Mail International postage for each returned item.

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List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 20

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Effective the date of this rulemaking the USPS formally adopts the UPU provisions into the

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

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7 Treatment of Inbound Mail

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

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781 Payment Required

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781.1 Postage Payment Required

Payment of U.S. Postage is required to secure delivery of mail when the mailing is by or on behalf of a person or firm that is a resident of the United States and the foreign postage rate applied to such items is lower than the comparable U.S. domestic rate.

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781.2 Handling Charges

Undeliverable-as-addressed mail returned to the sender for which outbound postage was not paid to the USPS is subject to the payment of handling charges. On delivery to the sender, the sender may be charged the First-Class Mail International rate for the weight and shape of the returned piece.

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Neva R. Watson,

Attorney, Legislative.

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[FR Doc. E8-392 Filed 1-11-08; 8:45 am]