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AGENCY:

Postal ServiceTM.

ACTION:

Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®, to reflect the prices, product features, and classification changes to Competitive Services, as established by the Governors of the Postal Service.

DATES:

Effective date: April 26, 2015.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Paula Rabkin at 202-268-2537.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

New prices will be posted under Docket Number CP2015-33 on the Postal Regulatory Commission's Web site at http://www.prc.gov.

This final rule describes the international price and classification changes and the corresponding mailing standards changes for the following Competitive Services:

  • Global Express Guaranteed ® (GXG ®).
  • Priority Mail Express InternationalTM.
  • Priority Mail International ®.
  • First-Class Package International ServiceTM.
  • International Priority AirmailTM (IPA ®).
  • International Surface Air Lift ® (ISAL ®).
  • Direct Sacks of Printed Matter to One Addressee (Airmail M-bags).
  • International Extra Services:

○ Certificate of Mailing.

○ Registered MailTM Service.

○ Return Receipt Service.

New prices will be located on the Postal Explorer® Web site at http://pe.usps.com.

Global Express Guaranteed

Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) is the Postal Service's premier international expedited product provided through an alliance with FedEx Express ®. The price increase for GXG service averages 7.2 percent.

The Postal Service continues to provide Commercial Base pricing to online customers who prepare and pay for GXG shipments via USPS-approved payment methods, with variable discounts up to 16 percent off the published retail prices for GXG.

The Postal Service also continues to offer Commercial Plus pricing price incentives for large volume customers who commit to tendering $100,000 in annual postal revenue from GXG, Priority Mail Express International (PMEI), Priority Mail International (PMI), and First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS ®) via USPS-approved payment methods, with variable discounts up to 24 percent off the published retail prices for GXG.

Priority Mail Express International

Priority Mail Express International (PMEI) service provides fast service to approximately 180 countries. A money-back guarantee service (exceptions apply) is available for certain destinations. The price increase for PMEI service averages 6.7 percent. The Commercial Base price and Commercial Plus price for customers that prepare and pay for PMEI shipments via permit imprint, online at USPS.com®, or as registered end-users using an authorized PC Postage vendor will remain a variable discount (based on the item's weight and price group) of up to 13 percent below the retail price for Commercial Base price and up to 25 percent below the retail price for Commercial Plus price.

The Postal Service continues to offer PMEI Commercial Plus pricing that includes discount price incentives to large volume customers who commit to tendering at least $100,000 in annual postal revenue from GXG, PMEI, Priority Mail International and First-Class Package International Service. The Postal Service will continue to include PMEI in customized Global Expedited Package Services (GEPS) contracts offered to customers who meet certain revenue thresholds and are willing to commit to a larger amount of postal revenue for PMEI and Priority Mail International.

Priority Mail International

Priority Mail International (PMI) is a way to send merchandise and documents to about 180 countries. The price increase for PMI service averages 6.8 percent. The Commercial Base price and Commercial Plus price for customers that prepare and pay for PMI items via permit imprint, online at USPS.com, or as registered end-users using an authorized PC Postage vendor will remain a variable discount (based on the item's weight and price group) of up to 13 percent below the retail price for Commercial Base price and up to 21 percent below the retail price for Commercial Plus price. Large volume mailers who commit to tendering at least $100,000 in annual postal revenue from GXG, PMEI, PMI, and First-Class Package International Service may request authorization for Commercial Plus discount prices. The Postal Service will continue to include PMI in customized Global Expedited Package Services (GEPS) contracts offered to customers who meet certain revenue thresholds and are willing to commit to a larger amount of revenue to the USPS® for PMEI and PMI.

In this filing we are proposing a structural change to create price zones for PMI to Canada. New zoned prices, based on the origin ZIP Code for PMI destined to Canada, will encourage customers to better use our network and Start Printed Page 5684allow us to compete more effectively in major metropolitan markets from which U.S. businesses export and where the Postal Service operates an international gateway (International Service Center).

An additional classification change is an increase to 66 pounds from 44 pounds for the maximum weight for PMI Country Price Group 17 (Netherlands).

First-Class Package International Service

First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS) is an economical international service for small packages weighing less than 4 pounds and not exceeding $400 in value. The pricing structure for FCPIS will continue to be simpler than for some other international products, with one retail price worldwide for 1 to 2 ounces, identical prices for 3 to 4 ounces within each country price group, and identical prices for 5 to 8 ounces within each country price group. The price increase for FCPIS averages 7.2 percent. The Commercial Base price and Commercial Plus price for customers that prepare and pay for FCPIS items via permit imprint or by USPS-approved online payment methods will remain a variable discount (based on the item's weight and price group) of up to 10 percent below the retail price for Commercial Base price and up to 16 percent below the retail price for Commercial Plus price. Large volume mailers who commit to tendering at least $100,000 in annual postal revenue from GXG, PMEI, PMI, and FCPIS may request authorization for Commercial Plus discount prices.

International Priority Airmail and International Surface Air Lift

Published prices for the commercial international Shipping Services, which include International Priority Airmail (IPA) and International Surface Air Lift (ISAL), will have an overall price increase of 4.5 percent. The structure of IPA and ISAL price categories will continue to be priced by the worldwide and 19 country price groups and applicable mail shapes (letters and postcards, large envelopes [flats], and packages [small packets and rolls]). These categories correspond to the Universal Postal Convention requirements to use shape-based pricing. For IPA and ISAL, the Postal Service offers incentive pricing through International Negotiated Service Agreements (NSAs).

International Priority Airmail (IPA) service, including IPA M-bags, is a bulk commercial service that provides rapid and economical worldwide delivery to business mailers for volume mailings of First-Class Mail International postcards, letters, large envelopes (flats), and FCPIS packages (small packets) weighing up to a maximum 4.4 pounds. IPA is dispatched to the destination country where it is entered into the postal administration's air or surface priority mail system for delivery. The overall price increase for IPA service averages 4.5 percent.

International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) service, including ISAL M-Bags, is a bulk commercial service that provides economical worldwide delivery to business mailers of volume mailings of all First-Class Mail International postcards, letters, large envelopes (flats), and FCPIS packages (small packets) weighing up to 4.4 pounds. ISAL is dispatched to the destination country where it is then entered into the postal administration's surface nonpriority network. The overall price increase for ISAL service averages 4.5 percent.

Direct Sacks of Printed Matter to One Addressee (Airmail M-bags)

Airmail M-bags are direct sacks of printed matter sent to a single foreign addressee at a single address. Prices are based on the weight of the sack. The price increase for Airmail M-bags averages 6.8 percent.

International Extra Services

Depending on country destination and mail type, customers may add a variety of extra services to their outbound shipments. Prices for some of these extra services are increasing. Also, as a housekeeping measure, we will remove provisions concerning Inbound International Return Receipt and Inbound International Insurance from the Mail Classification Schedule, as these are products offered by foreign postal administrations to their countries' mailers, not USPS mail products.

For our competitive offerings, we revised the prices for the following international extra services:

Certificate of Mailing

The price for Certificate of Mailing will increase 2.5 percent.

Registered Mail

The price for Registered Mail will increase 2.2 percent.

Return Receipt

The price for Return Receipt for International Mail will increase 2.7 percent.

Priority Mail Express International Insurance and Priority Mail International Insurance

The insurance tables for Priority Mail Express International (PMEI) and Priority Mail International (PMI) will be combined into one table to simplify pricing.

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List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 20

  • Foreign relations
  • International postal services
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The Postal Service hereby adopts the following changes to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM), which is incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. See 39 CFR 20.1. Accordingly, 39 CFR part 20 is amended as follows:

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PART 20—[AMENDED]

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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); 13 U.S.C. 301-307; 18 U.S.C. 1692-1737; 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 407, 414, 416, 3001-3011, 3201-3219, 3403-3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3632, 3633, and 5001.

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

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Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM)

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220 Priority Mail Express International

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222.8 Extra Services—Merchandise Insurance

[Revise second sentence of 222.8 to read as follows:]

* * * See Exhibit 322.2 for individual country merchandise insurance limits.* * *

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230 Priority Mail International

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232.3 Priority Mail International Medium and Large Flat Rate Boxes

[Revise next to last sentence about insurance to read as follows:]

* * * Medium and Large Flat Rate Boxes may be insured—see Exhibit 322.2 for insurance availability and limitations.

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322 Priority Mail Express International Insurance

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322.2 Availability

[Delete last sentence of 322.2 and replace with new sentence about Exhibit 322.2 as follows:]

* * * See Exhibit 322.2 for availability and insurance limits.

[Insert new Exhibit 322.2 to read as shown in the table appended to the end of this Federal Register Notice.]

322.3 Additional Coverage and Fees

[Revise 322.3 to read as follows:]

Additional merchandise insurance coverage above $200—up to the maximum amount allowed by the country (see Exhibit 322.2) but never to exceed $5,000—may be purchased at the sender's option. The insurance fee is in addition to postage and other applicable fees. See Notice 123, Price List, for the fee schedule for optional Priority Mail Express International merchandise insurance coverage.

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323 Priority Mail International Insurance

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323.2 Availability

[Replace second sentence of 323.2 to read as follows:]

* * * See Exhibit 322.2.* * *

323.3 Coverage and Fees

[Revise the first sentence of 323.3 to read as follows and delete the second sentence in its entirety:]

Merchandise insurance coverage—up to the maximum amount allowed by the country (see Exhibit 322.2) but never to exceed $5,000—may be purchased at the sender's option. The insurance fee is in addition to postage and other applicable fees and is based on the insured value.* * *

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Country Price Groups and Weight Limits

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[Change the weight for Netherlands Priority Mail International to 66 pounds so that the entry for Netherlands reads as follows:]

CountryGlobal express guaranteedPriority mail express internationalPriority mail international 1First-class mail international and first-class package international service
Price groupMax. wt. (lbs.)Price groupMax. wt. (lbs.)Price groupMax. wt. (lbs.)Price groupMax. wt. 2 (ozs./lbs.)
Netherlands3701766176653.5/4
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Individual Country Listings

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Priority Mail Express International (220)

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[For each country that offers Priority Mail Express International merchandise insurance, replace the fee table with the following:]

See Exhibit 322.2 for individual country merchandise insurance limits. See Notice 123, Price List, for the fee schedule for Priority Mail Express International merchandise insurance coverage.

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Priority Mail International (230)

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[For each country that offers Priority Mail International merchandise insurance, replace the fee table with the following:]

See Exhibit 322.2 for individual country merchandise insurance limits. See Notice 123, Price List, for the fee schedule for Priority Mail International merchandise insurance coverage.

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Exhibit 322.2

Priority Mail Express International and Priority Mail International Merchandise Insurance Limits

CountryPMEIPMI
Afghanistann/an/a
Albania5000n/a
Algeria5000n/a
Andorra50005000
Angola5000n/a
Anguilla5000415
Antigua and Barbudan/a60
Argentina50005000
Armenia5000875
Aruba5000830
Ascensionn/an/a
Australia50003644
Austria50005000
Azerbaijan50002915
Bahamas50001458
Bahrain5000n/a
Bangladesh50005000
Barbados5000238
Belarus50001312
Belgium650650
Belize50001600
Benin5000n/a
Bermuda5000440
Bhutan500022
Bolivia5000n/a
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Bosnia-Herzegovina50005000
Botswana500073
Brazil50002915
British Virgin Islandsn/a500
Brunei Darussalam5000n/a
Bulgaria50001115
Burkina Faso5000969
Burma (Myanmar)n/an/a
Burundi50005000
Cambodia5000n/a
Cameroon5000n/a
Canada5000675
Cape Verde5000n/a
Cayman Islands5000n/a
Central African Republic5000n/a
Chad5000185
Chile5000n/a
China50001222
Colombia5000999
Comorosn/a690
Congo, Democratic Republic of the5000n/a
Congo, Republic of the50001685
Costa Rica5000n/a
Cote d'Ivoire50005000
Croatia50005000
Cuban/an/a
Curacao (includes Bonaire, Saba, and Sint Eustatius)50005000
Cyprus50005000
Czech Republic50005000
Denmark650650
Djibouti5000880
Dominica5000n/a
Dominican Republic5000n/a
Ecuador5000n/a
Egypt50001685
El Salvador5000n/a
Equatorial Guinean/an/a
Eritrea5000n/a
Estonia50002187
Ethiopia5000n/a
Falkland Islandsn/an/a
Faroe Islands50005000
Fiji5000n/a
Finland650650
France650650
French Guiana50005000
French Polynesia50004519
Gabon5000523
Gambian/an/a
Georgia, Republic of50001458
Germany500500
Ghana5000n/a
Gibraltarn/an/a
Great Britain and Northern Ireland650n/a
Greece650650
Greenlandn/a5000
Grenada5000350
Guadeloupe50005000
Guatemalan/an/a
Guinea5000948
Guinea-Bissau50002915
Guyana500010
Haiti5000n/a
Hondurasn/an/a
Hong Kong50005000
Hungary50005000
Iceland650650
India50002189
Indonesia5000n/a
Irann/an/a
Iraq5000n/a
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Ireland650650
Israel5000n/a
Italy650650
Ivory Coast (Cote d'Ivoire)50005000
Jamaica5000n/a
Japan50005000
Jordann/an/a
Kazakhstan50005000
Kenya5000131
Kiribatin/an/a
Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North Korea)n/an/a
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)50005000
Kosovo, Republic ofn/an/a
Kuwait50002000
Kyrgyzstan50005000
Laos5000n/a
Latvia50001458
Lebanon5000n/a
Lesotho5000440
Liberia5000440
Libyan/an/a
Liechtenstein50005000
Lithuania50005000
Luxembourg650650
Macao50004227
Macedonia, Republic of50002380
Madagascar5000199
Malawin/an/a
Malaysia50001429
Maldives5000n/a
Mali5000n/a
Malta5000n/a
Martinique50005000
Mauritania5000635
Mauritius5000165
Mexico5000n/a
Moldova50002915
Mongolia5000n/a
Montenegron/a5000
Montserratn/a2200
Morocco50005000
Mozambique5000n/a
Namibia50004405
Nauru5000220
Nepal5000n/a
Netherlands650650
New Caledonia50001775
New Zealand50001025
Nicaragua5000n/a
Niger5000n/a
Nigeria5000n/a
Norway650650
Oman5000575
Pakistan5000867
Panama5000n/a
Papua New Guinea5000445
Paraguay5000n/a
Peru5000n/a
Philippines5000n/a
Pitcairn Islandn/an/a
Poland50005000
Portugal650650
Qatar5000n/a
Reunionn/a5000
Romania50005000
Russia50005000
Rwanda5000n/a
Saint Christopher and Nevis5000242
Saint Helenan/a170
Saint Lucia5000n/a
Saint Pierre and Miquelonn/a5000
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Saint Vincent and the Grenadines5000130
San Marino50005000
Sao Tome and Principen/a440
Saudi Arabia5000n/a
Senegal5000936
Serbia, Republic of50005000
Seychelles5000n/a
Sierra Leone5000n/a
Singapore50003000
Sint Maarten50005000
Slovak Republic (Slovakia)650650
Slovenia650650
Solomon Islands5000n/a
Somalian/an/a
South Africa5000n/a
Spain650650
Sri Lanka500035
Sudann/an/a
Surinamen/a535
Swaziland5000560
Sweden650650
Switzerland650650
Syrian Arab Republic (Syria)5000n/a
Taiwan50001350
Tajikistan50005000
Tanzania5000248
Thailand50001458
Timor-Leste, Democratic Republic ofn/an/a
Togo5000n/a
Tonga5000515
Trinidad and Tobago5000n/a
Tristan da Cunhan/an/a
Tunisia50003834
Turkey5000952
Turkmenistan5000729
Turks and Caicos Islands650n/a
Tuvalun/a675
Uganda5000n/a
Ukraine50005000
United Arab Emirates50005000
United Kingdom (Great Britain and Northern Ireland)650n/a
Uruguay5000n/a
Uzbekistan50005000
Vanuatun/an/a
Vatican City50002380
Venezuelan/an/a
Vietnam5000n/a
Wallis and Futuna Islandsn/a1615
Western Samoan/a295
Yemen5000820
Zambia5000n/a
Zimbabwe5000n/a
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We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR part 20 to reflect these changes.

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Stanley F. Mires,

Attorney, Federal Requirements.

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[FR Doc. 2015-02007 Filed 2-2-15; 8:45 am]

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