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AGENCY:

Postal Regulatory Commission.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Commission is noticing a recent-filed Postal Service request to add an additional negotiated service agreement with Germany's foreign postal operator, Deutsche Post. This notice informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps.

DATES:

Comments are due: June 14, 2013.

ADDRESSES:

Submit comments electronically via the Commission's Filing Online system at http://www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing alternatives.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Stephen L. Sharfman, General Counsel, at 202-789-6820.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

I. Introduction

II. Contents of Filing

III. Commission Action

IV. Ordering Paragraphs

I. Introduction

On June 6, 2013, the Postal Service filed a notice, pursuant to 39 CFR 3015.5, stating that it has entered into an additional negotiated service agreement (Agreement) with Germany's foreign postal operator, Deutsche Post.[1] The Postal Service seeks to have the inbound portion of the Agreement, which concerns delivery of inbound Air and Surface CP [2] and EMS in the United States, included within the Inbound Competitive Multi-Service Agreements with Foreign Postal Operators 1 (MC2010-34) product on the competitive product list. Notice at 3.

II. Contents of Filing

The Postal Service's filing consists of the Notice, redacted financial workpapers, and four attachments. Attachment 1 is a redacted copy of the Agreement. Attachment 2 is the certified statement required by 39 CFR 3015.5(c)(2). Attachment 3 is a redacted copy of Governors' Decision No. 10-3. Attachment 4 is an application for non-public treatment of material.

The Agreement's intended effective date is July 1, 2013. Id. at 2. The rates for inbound Air and Surface CP and EMS included in the Agreement are to remain in effect until either party terminates the Agreement in accordance with Article 9. Attachment 1 at 3. Article 9 permits either party to terminate the Agreement at the end of a calendar quarter without cause upon 90 days written notice. Id.

The Notice reviews the regulatory history of the Inbound Competitive Multi-Service Agreements with Foreign Operators 1 product and identifies the agreement with Koninklijke TNT Post BV and TNT Pakketservice Benelux BV (approved in Docket No. CP2010-95) as the baseline agreement for purposes of determining functional equivalence.[3] Id. at 2-3. It asserts that the Agreement fits within applicable Mail Classification Schedule language and addresses functional equivalency with the baseline agreement, including similarity of cost characteristics. Id. at 4-5. The Postal Service also identifies differences between the Agreement and the baseline agreement, such as the addition of several articles, revisions to existing articles, and new annexes, but asserts that these differences do not detract from a finding of functional equivalency. Id. at 5-8.

III. Commission Action

Notice of establishment of docket. The Commission establishes Docket No. CP2013-65 for consideration of matters raised by the Notice. The Commission appoints James F. Callow to serve as Public Representative in this docket. Interested persons may submit comments on whether the Postal Service's filing in the captioned docket is consistent with the policies of 39 U.S.C. 3632, 3633, and 3642 and the requirements of 39 CFR parts 3015 and 3020. Comments are due no later than June 14, 2013. The public portions of this filing can be accessed via the Commission's Web site (http://www.prc.gov). Information on obtaining access to sealed material appears in 39 CFR part 3007.

IV. Ordering Paragraphs

It is ordered:

1. The Commission establishes Docket No. CP2013-65 for consideration of matters raised by the Postal Service's Notice.

2. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, James F. Callow is appointed to serve as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this proceeding.

3. Comments are due no later than June 14, 2013.

4. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the Federal Register.

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By the Commission.

Shoshana M. Grove,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  United States Postal Service Notice of Filing Functionally Equivalent Inbound Competitive Multi-Service Agreement with a Foreign Postal Operator (Deutsche Post), June 6, 2013 (Notice).

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2.  “CP” is an abbreviation used to identify or reference international parcel post (from the French phrase colis postaux, “postal package”).

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3.  The Postal Service identifies Governors' Decision No. 10-3 as the enabling Governors' Decision. Id. at 5. The status of the TNT Agreement as the baseline agreement was confirmed in Docket No. CP2011-69, Order No. 840, Order Concerning an Additional Inbound Competitive Multi-Service Agreements with Foreign Postal Operators 1 Negotiated Service Agreement, September 7, 2011.

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[FR Doc. 2013-14062 Filed 6-12-13; 8:45 am]

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