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Notice

Market Dominant Price Adjustment

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AGENCY:

Postal Regulatory Commission.

ACTION:

Notice.

SUMMARY:

The Commission is recognizing a recently filed Postal Service notice of inflation-based rate adjustments affecting market dominant domestic and international products and services, along with temporary mailing promotions and numerous proposed classification changes. The adjustments and other changes are scheduled to take effect January 24, 2021. This notice informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps.

DATES:

Comments are due: October 29, 2020.

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:

David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 202-789-6820.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

I. Introduction and Overview

II. Initial Administrative Actions

III. Ordering Paragraphs

I. Introduction and Overview

On October 9, 2020, the Postal Service filed a notice of inflation-based price adjustments affecting market dominant domestic and international products and services, along with temporary mailing promotions and numerous proposed classification changes to the Mail Classification Schedule (MCS).[1] The intended effective date is January 24, 2021. Notice at 1. The Notice, which was filed pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3622 and 39 CFR part 3030, triggers a notice-and-comment proceeding.[2]

Contents of filing. The Postal Service's filing consists of the Notice, which the Postal Service represents addresses the data and information required under 39 CFR 3030.512; four attachments (Attachments A-D) to the Notice; and seven public library references and one nonpublic library reference.

Attachment A presents the proposed price and related product description changes to the MCS. Notice, Attachment A. Attachments B and C address workshare discounts and the price cap calculation, respectively. Id. Attachments B and C. Attachment D presents the 2021 promotions schedule. Id. Attachment D.

Several library references provide supporting financial documentation for the five classes of mail. Notice at 6 nn.11-12. The Postal Service filed two library references containing workpapers for First-Class Mail International Billing Determinants and Seamless Volumes. It also filed one library reference pertaining to the two international mail products within First-Class Mail (First-Class Mail International and Inbound Letter Post) under seal and applied for non-public treatment of those materials.[3]

Planned price adjustments. The Postal Service's planned percentage changes by class are, on average, as follows:

Market dominant classPlanned price adjustment (%)
First-Class Mail1.836
USPS Marketing Mail1.509
Periodicals1.456
Package Services1.460
Special Services1.458

Notice at 5.

Price adjustments for products within classes vary from the average. See, e.g., id. at 7, 13 (Table 5 showing range for First-Class Mail products and Table 7 showing range for USPS Marketing Mail products). Most of the planned adjustments entail increases to market dominant rates and fees; however, in a few instances, the Postal Service proposes either no adjustment or a decrease. See id. at 7-8.

Proposed classification changes. The Postal Service proposes numerous classification changes in its Notice and identifies the impact on the MCS in Attachment A. Id. at 36-37; id. Attachment A.

Calendar year 2021 promotions. The Postal Service seeks approval for the following six promotions for the indicated periods:

  • Tactile, Sensory and Interactive Mailpiece Engagement Promotion (February 1-July 31, 2021);
  • Emerging and Advanced Technology Promotion (March 1-August 31, 2021);
  • Earned Value Reply Mail Promotion (April 1-June 30, 2021);
  • Personalized Color Transpromo Promotion (July 1-December 31, 2021);
  • Mobile Shopping Promotion (August 1-December 31, 2021); and
  • Informed Delivery Promotion (September 1-November 30, 2021).

Id. Attachment D. The Postal Service is also introducing a $0.001 per piece rate incentive for Seamless Acceptance. Id. at 32-34.

II. Initial Administrative Action

Pursuant to 39 CFR 3030.511(a), the Commission establishes Docket No. R2021-1 to consider the planned price adjustments for market dominant postal products and services, as well as the related classification changes, identified in the Notice. The Commission invites comments from interested persons on whether the Postal Service's filing is consistent with the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, including 39 U.S.C. 3622 and 39 CFR part 3030. Comments are due no later than October 29, 2020.[4]

The public portions of the Postal Service's filing are available for review on the Commission's website (http://www.prc.gov). Comments and other material filed in this proceeding will be available for review on the Commission's website, unless the information contained therein is subject to an application for non-public treatment. The Commission's rules on non-public materials (including access to documents filed under seal) appear in 39 CFR part 3011.

Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the Commission appoints Richard A. Oliver to represent the interests of the general public (Public Representative) in this proceeding.

III. Ordering Paragraphs

It is ordered:

1. The Commission establishes Docket No. R2021-1 to consider the planned price adjustments for market dominant postal products and services, as well as the related classification changes, identified in the Postal Service's October 9, 2020 Notice.

2. Comments on the planned price adjustments and related classification Start Printed Page 66369changes are due no later than October 29, 2020.

3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Richard A. Oliver is appointed to serve as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this proceeding.

4. The Commission directs the Secretary of the Commission to arrange for prompt publication of this notice in the Federal Register.

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By the Commission.

Erica A. Barker,

Secretary.

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Footnotes

1.  United States Postal Service Notice of Market-Dominant Price Change, October 9, 2020 (Notice).

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2.  This is a Type 1-B proceeding. See 39 CFR part 3030, subparts A-C for additional information.

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3.  See USPS Notice of Filing USPS-LR-R2021-1/NP1, October 9, 2020, Attachment 1. Two versions of this document (bearing Filing ID numbers 114788 and 114789) and the non-public materials were filed with the Commission. See id.

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4.  The Commission continues to use the 20-day comment period as set forth in 39 CFR 3030.511(a)(5); however, the Commission notes that in order to sufficiently address the comments, its determination may exceed the 14-day deadline set forth in 39 CFR 3030.511(d). See Carlson v. Postal Reg. Comm'n, 938 F.3d 337 (D.C. Cir. Sept. 13, 2019).

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[FR Doc. 2020-23001 Filed 10-16-20; 8:45 am]

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