[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 177 (Wednesday, September 13, 2006)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 54006]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-15112]


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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 111


Customs Forms for Priority Mail To or From ``969'' ZIP Codes

AGENCY: Postal Service.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: The Postal Service TM proposes to require customs 
declarations on certain Priority Mail [supreg] mailpieces to or from 
ZIP Codes TM beginning with the prefix 969.

DATES: Submit comments on or before October 13, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the Manager, Mailing 
Standards, Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW. RM 3436, Washington, 
DC 20260-3436. Copies of all written comments will be available for 
inspection and photocopying between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through 
Friday, at the Postal Service Headquarters Library, 475 L'Enfant Plaza 
SW., 11th Floor North, Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Obataiye B. Akinwole, 202-268-7262.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In January 2003, the Postal Service 
published a Postal Bulletin article asking customers to affix either PS 
Form 2976, Customs Declaration CN22--Sender's Declaration, or PS Form 
2976-A, Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note--CP72, to all mailpieces 
weighing 16 ounces or more addressed to Guam. In March 2003, we revised 
our request to include mailpieces addressed to all ZIP Codes beginning 
with the 969 ZIP Code prefix. We now propose to make this request a 
requirement for all domestic-rated Priority Mail pieces weighing 16 
ounces or more, or containing dutiable merchandise, sent to or from ZIP 
Codes beginning with the prefix 969.
    This revision to Postal Service standards, requiring an appropriate 
customs declaration for all mail sent to or from ZIP Codes beginning 
with the prefix 969, will improve service. It will also provide 
accountability, which will ensure efficient processing.
    Although we are exempt from the notice and comment requirements of 
the Administrative Procedure Act [5 U.S.C. of 553(b), (c)] regarding 
proposed rulemaking by 39 U.S.C. 410(a), we invite public comment on 
the following proposed revisions to Mailing Standards of the United 
States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual, which is incorporated by 
reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. See 39 CFR 111.1.

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111

    Postal Service.

PART 111--[AMENDED]

    1. The authority citation for 39 CFR Part 111 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a); 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 414, 
416, 3001-3011, 3201-3219, 3403-3406, 3621, 3626, 5001.
    2. Amend Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, 
Domestic Mail Manual, as follows: Mailing Standards of the United 
States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual
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600 Basic Standards for All Mailing Services

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608 Postal Information and Resources

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2.0 Domestic Mail
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    [Add new 2.4 as follows:]

2.4 Customs Forms Required

    Regardless of contents, all Priority Mail containing dutiable 
merchandise or weighing 16 ounces or more sent from the United States 
to a ZIP Code beginning with the prefix 969, and all Priority Mail sent 
from a ZIP Code beginning with the prefix 969 to the United States, 
must bear either Form 2976 or Form 2976-A. This mail must be presented 
to an employee at a post office, to a letter carrier when using Click-
N-Ship with Carrier Pickup, or to a Postal Service employee designated 
by the postmaster.
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Neva R. Watson,
Attorney, Legislative.
 [FR Doc. E6-15112 Filed 9-12-06; 8:45 am]
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