[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 51 (Wednesday, March 16, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 14284-14289]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-6057]


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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 111


Domestic Shipping Services Product Launch of Parcel Select 
Regional Ground

AGENCY: Postal Service \TM\.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Postal Service is revising Mailing Standards of the United 
States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]), to introduce 
a new competitive shipping option, Parcel Select Regional Ground \TM\ 
service.

DATES: Effective Date: April 17, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Key at (202) 268-7492 or Carol 
A. Lunkins at (202) 268-7262.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 16, 2011, Governors of the 
United States Postal Service approved classification changes outlined 
by USPS[supreg] on the introduction of Parcel Select Regional Ground 
service. This final rule describes pricing, product features, and 
mailing standards for Parcel Select Regional Ground.
    Parcel Select Regional Ground is a new commercial plus shipping 
option for mailers who ship lightweight parcels primarily destined for 
USPS zones local, 1, 2, and 3. This competitive, nonpresort product is 
a category of Parcel Select and is available for mailers who enter 
barcoded, machinable parcels weighing 5 pounds or less, pay postage 
with permit imprint, and enter mailpieces at origin Sectional Center 
Facility (OSCF) and origin Network Distribution Center (ONDC) locations 
authorized to accept Parcel Select Regional Ground mailings. When 
either the Intelligent Mail[supreg] package barcode or a Confirmation 
Services barcode is used, Parcel Select Regional Ground service 
includes optional electronic Delivery Confirmation \TM\ service at no 
additional charge, which allows mailers to confirm delivery of their 
packages. Merchandise Return Service cannot be used for items returned 
at Parcel Select Regional Ground prices.
    This domestic product will be available to 48 of the continental 
United States, excluding Hawaii, Alaska, territories and possessions, 
and freely associated States.

Price Application

    Parcel Select Regional Ground prices are based on the weight 
increment and the zone to which the piece is addressed. The minimum 
price per piece is the 1-pound price. Mailpieces that do not meet the 
eligibility requirements will be charged the Parcel Select barcoded, 
nonpresort price.

Authorization

    To qualify for Parcel Select Regional Ground prices, mailers must 
have a customer commitment agreement with the Postal Service; customers 
may contact their account manager or the manager, Solutions Development 
by e-mailing commercialpricing@usps.gov.

Eligibility and Postage Payment

    Parcel Select Regional Ground parcels must measure .35 cubic foot 
or less, weigh 5 pounds or less, bear a designated postal routing and 
tracking barcode(s), and be a machinable parcel.
    Parcel Select Regional Ground prices are available to customers 
who:
     Establish a customer commitment agreement with USPS.
     In succeeding years, maintain account volumes that exceed 
10,000 Parcel Select Regional Ground parcels in the previous calendar 
year.
     Pay for postage using a permit imprint.
     Enter mailpieces with a routing barcode included as part 
of a concatenated Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb) or a 
Confirmation Services GS-128 barcode. Optionally, a postal routing 
barcode may be printed separately with a non-concatenated barcode.
     Enter a minimum of 200 pieces or 50 pounds of mail for 
each mailing.
     Use the Electronic Verification System (eVS[supreg]) or 
submit an electronic postage statement with a computerized manifest.
     Enter mailings destined for zones local, 1, 2, and 3 at 
eligible eVS OSCF and/or mailings destined for zones local--8 at ONDC 
locations.

Extra Services and Other Services

    The following extra services are allowed with Parcel Select 
Regional Ground items: Delivery Confirmation (electronic option only), 
Signature Confirmation (electronic option only), insurance, and Hold 
For Pickup service.

Markings and Mail Preparation

    The basic required marking ``Parcel Select--Regional Ground'' must 
be printed on each piece claimed at this price. The basic required 
marking must be placed in the postage area (printed or produced as part 
of, or directly below or to the left of, the permit imprint indicia). 
Optionally, the basic required marking may be printed on the shipping 
address label as service indicators composed of a service icon and 
service banner as follows:
     The service icon that identifies the marking must be a 1-
inch solid black square with a ``G'' printed in 16-point bold sans 
serif typeface, uppercase letters in white print, centered within the 
square, and it must appear in the upper left corner of the shipping 
label.
     The service banner must appear directly below the postage 
payment area and the service icon, and it must extend across the 
shipping label. The appropriate marking ``PARCEL

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SELECT--RG'' must be preceded by the text ``USPS'' and must be printed 
in minimum 20-point bold sans serif typeface, uppercase letters, 
centered within the banner, and bordered above and below by minimum 1-
point separator lines. There must be a \1/16\-inch clearance above and 
below the text.
    Each piece in a Parcel Select Regional Ground mailing must bear an 
additional price marking. Markings must appear in either the postage 
area or in the address area on the line directly above or two lines 
above the address if the marking appears alone (when no other 
information appears on that line). The following price markings are 
required:
     Origin SCF Entry--``OSCF''.
     Origin NDC Entry--``ONDC''.
    When using the Electronic Verification System (eVS), the marking 
``eVS'' (or the alternative ``e-VS'' or ``E-VS'') must appear directly 
below the permit number.
    All Parcel Select Regional Ground mailpieces must bear a delivery 
address that includes the correct ZIP Code \TM\ or ZIP+4[supreg] code. 
Each piece must bear the sender's return address.

Deposit and Entry

    Parcel Select Regional Ground mailings may be entered according to 
the following levels:

OSCF Entry

     Mailings that are entered at the OSCF must include only 
mailpieces destined for zones local, 1, 2, and 3, but pieces may be 
destined for addresses outside that OSCF service area.
     No other mailings may be combined on the same postage 
statement or commingled in the same container with OSCF Parcel Select 
Regional Ground mailpieces.

ONDC Entry

     Mailings that are entered at the ONDC for zones local--8 
are required to have the mailpieces within the ONDC service area 
segregated from the pieces outside the ONDC service area according to 
L601.
     No other mailings may be combined on the same postage 
statement or commingled in the same container with ONDC Parcel Select 
Regional Ground mailpieces.
    Mailings may not be dropped in collection boxes, picked up by 
carriers, or entered at retail Post Office \TM\ locations. All mailings 
must be presented for verification and acceptance where the permit is 
held. All such mailings must be deposited at locations and times 
specified by the postmaster or designee at the approved offices (co-
located at OSCF and ONDC locations) that will verify and accept the 
mailing.
    A completed and signed PS Form 3605-R, Postage Statement--Package 
Services, must accompany all mailings, unless eVS is used.
    In accordance with the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act, 
on February 17, 2011, the Postal Service filed a Notice with the Postal 
Regulatory Commission (PRC) regarding Parcel Select Regional Ground. 
Regulatory review may take up to 30 days from that date.
    The Postal Service adopts the following changes to Mailing 
Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual 
(DMM), which is incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal 
Regulations. See 39 CFR 111.1.

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111

    Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service.

    Accordingly, 39 CFR Part 111 is amended as follows:

PART 111--[AMENDED]

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

    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, 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, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), as follows:
* * * * *

400 Commercial Parcels

401 Physical Standards

1.0 Physical Standards for Parcels

* * * * *

1.3 Maximum Weight and Size

    [Revise the second and third sentences of 1.3 to incorporate 
Regional Ground as follows:]
     * * * Lower weight limits apply to Priority Mail mailed at 
Commercial Plus Cubic and Regional Rate Box prices, First-Class Mail, 
Standard Mail, Parcel Select Regional Ground, and Bound Printed Matter. 
Pieces may not measure more than 108 inches in length and girth 
combined, except Parcel Select. Parcel Select Regional Ground parcels 
may not measure more than .35 cubic foot, and Parcel Select parcels may 
not measure more than 130 inches in length and girth combined. * * *
* * * * *

2.0 Additional Physical Standards by Class of Mail

* * * * *

2.5 Parcel Select

* * * * *
    [Add new 2.5.3 as follows:]

2.5.3 Parcel Select Regional Ground

    These standards apply to Parcel Select Regional Ground mailpieces:
    a. Measure .35 cubic foot or less.
    b. Be a machinable parcel.
    c. Weigh 5 pounds or less.
* * * * *

402 Elements on the Face of a Mailpiece

* * * * *

2.0 Placement and Content of Markings

* * * * *

2.5 Parcel Select, Bound Printed Matter, Media Mail, and Library Mail 
Markings

2.5.1 Basic Markings

    [Revise the first sentence of the introductory text of 2.5.1 as 
follows:]
    The basic required marking (e.g., ``Parcel Select'', ``Parcel 
Select Regional Ground'', ``Bound Printed Matter'', ``Media Mail'', 
``Library Mail'') must be printed on each piece claimed at the 
respective price. * * *
* * * * *
    [Redesignate current item 2.5.1b as item c and add new item b as 
follows:]
    b. For Parcel Select Regional Ground mailpieces, the service icon 
must be a 1-inch solid black square with a ``G'' printed in 16-point 
bold sans serif typeface, uppercase letters in white print, centered 
within the square, and be in the upper left corner of the shipping 
label.
    [Revise the second sentence of redesignated 2.5.1c to add the 
Regional Ground markings as follows:]
    c. * * * The appropriate marking (e.g., ``PARCEL SELECT'', ``PARCEL 
SELECT--RG'', ``MEDIA MAIL'') must be preceded by the text ``USPS'' and 
be printed in minimum 20-point bold sans serif typeface, uppercase 
letters, centered within the banner, and bordered above and below by 
minimum 1-point separator lines. * * *
* * * * *
    [Renumber current 2.5.3 through 2.5.6 as 2.5.4 through 2.5.7 and 
add new 2.5.3 as follows:]

2.5.3 Parcel Select Regional Ground Markings

    Each piece in a Parcel Select Regional Ground mailing must bear a 
price

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marking of ``Parcel Select--Regional Ground'' in either the postage 
area described in 2.5.1 or in the address area on the line directly 
above or two lines above the address if the marking appears alone. The 
``Parcel Select'' marking by itself is not allowed on any Parcel Select 
Regional Ground mailpiece. In addition, items entered at an SCF must be 
marked ``OSCF Entry,'' and items entered at an NDC must be marked 
``ONDC Entry'' in the same area as the basic price marking.
* * * * *

450 Parcel Select

453 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees

1.1 Price Application

    [Revise introductory paragraph of 1.1 by adding a new second to 
last sentence as follows:]
     * * * For Parcel Select Regional Ground price categories, see 3.4. 
* * *
* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 3.0 as follows:]

3.0 Price Eligibility for Parcel Select and Parcel Select Regional 
Ground

* * * * *
    [Renumber 3.4 through 3.7 as 3.5 through 3.8 and add new 3.4 as 
follows:]

3.4 Parcel Select Regional Ground

    Parcel Select Regional Ground is a nonpresort product which 
requires postage payment by permit imprint. There are two price 
categories for Parcel Select Regional Ground:
    a. OSCF entry--Mailpieces destined for zones local, 1, 2, and 3.
    b. ONDC entry--Mailpieces for zones local--8.

3.4.1 General Eligibility

    Parcel Select Regional Ground prices are available for machinable 
parcels (see 401.1.5), measure .35 cubic foot or less and weigh 5 
pounds or less when customers meet the following requirements:
    a. Establish a customer commitment agreement with USPS (see 3.4.4).
    b. In succeeding years, maintain account volumes that exceed 10,000 
Parcel Select Regional Ground parcels in the previous calendar year.
    c. Pay for postage using a permit imprint.
    d. Apply one of the following routing barcodes on each mailpiece:
    1. A routing barcode included as part of a concatenated Intelligent 
Mail package barcode.
    2. A Confirmation Services GS-128 barcode.
    3. A postal routing barcode may be printed separately with a non-
concatenated barcode under 708.5.0.
    e. Pay postage by permit imprint using the Electronic Verification 
System (eVS) or submit an electronic postage statement with a 
computerized manifest.
    f. Enter mailings at eligible location that are authorized to 
accept Parcel Select Regional Ground mailings.

3.4.2 Parcel Select Regional Ground--OSCF

    Parcel Select Regional Ground OSCF prices are available for parcels 
which are entered at eligible OSCF locations destined to zones local, 
1, 2, and 3 from that OSCF entry, and that meet requirements in 3.4.1.

3.4.3 Parcel Select Regional Ground--ONDC

    Parcel Select Regional Ground ONDC prices are available for parcels 
to zones local--8 with the pieces for the ONDC service area segregated 
from the pieces outside the ONDC service area according to L601 and 
that meet requirements in 3.4.1.

3.4.4 Parcel Select Regional Ground Eligible Locations

    For a listing of eligible OSCF and ONDC locations, contact your 
local USPS account representative.

3.4.5 Customer Commitment Agreement

    Parcel Select Regional Ground prices are available for customers 
who have a customer commitment agreement with USPS. For additional 
information, mailers must contact their account manager or the manager, 
Solutions Development by e-mailing commercialpricing@usps.gov.
* * * * *

3.7 Delivery and Return Addresses

    [Revise the third sentence of renumbered 3.7 as follows:]
     * * * Except Parcel Select Regional Ground, alternative addressing 
formats under 602.3.0 or detached address labels under 602.4.0 may be 
used.

3.8 Hold For Pickup

    [Revise renumbered 3.8 as follows:]
    Under Hold For Pickup service, only Parcel Select barcoded, 
nonpresorted parcels and Parcel Select Regional Ground parcels are 
eligible for this service and are held at a designated Post Office 
location for pick up by a specified addressee or designee (see 508.7).

454 Postage Payment and Documentation

1.0 Basic Standards for Postage Payment

1.1 Postage Payment Options

* * * * *
    [Add new 1.1.1 as follows:]

1.1.2 Postage Payment Options for Parcel Select Regional Ground

    The following postage payment standards apply for Parcel Select 
Regional Ground:
    a. Permit imprint must be used for postage payment, and the mailer 
must have a permit imprint authorization at the eligible OSCF or ONDC 
where mailings are deposited.
    b. Submit all mailings by using the Electronic Verification System 
(eVS) or submitting an electronic postage statement with a computerized 
manifest.
    c. Mailings may not be entered by Plant Verified Drop Shipment.
* * * * *

455 Mail Preparation

* * * * *
    [Add new 7.0 as follows:]

7.0 Preparing Parcel Select Regional Ground

7.1 Definition

    Parcel Select Regional Ground parcels (see 453.3.4.1) are 
lightweight parcels entered at eligible OSCF (zones local, 1, 2, and 3) 
and ONDC (zones local--8) locations. This product is available to 48 of 
the continental United States excluding Hawaii, Alaska, territories and 
possessions, and freely associated States.

7.2 Basic Standards

    Parcels must be barcoded, machinable (401.1.5), weigh 5 pounds or 
less, and measure .35 cubic foot or less.

7.3 Sacking and Labeling

    Sacking is not required; however, mailers may prepare Parcel Select 
Regional Ground machinable parcels in sacks under 2.0 and 7.2 or on 
pallets under 705.8.0. When presented to USPS, pieces may not be 
comingled with any other mail class.

7.3.1 Sack Preparation

    Sack size, preparation sequence, and Line 1 labeling:
    a. OSCF: optional; (no minimum); for Line 1--Use prefix MXD, site 
name, 3 digit facility identifier (Use the listing for eligible OSCF 
locations--see 4.5.3.3.4.4).
    b. ONDC: optional (no minimum); for Line 1--Utilize L601, Column B.

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    c. MXD ONDC: optional (no minimum); for Line 1--Use prefix MXD, 
site name and 3 digit ZIP per L601, Column B.

7.3.2 Sack Line 2

    Line 2 labeling and Content Identifier Number (CIN):
    a. OSCF: ``PSVC MACH WKG,'' CIN 684.
    b. ONDC: ``PSVC MACH NDC,'' CIN 683 for pieces destinating within 
the ONDC service area according to L601.
    c. MXD ONDC: ``PSVC MACH WKG,'' CIN 683 for pieces destinating 
outside the ONDC service area according to L601.

456 Enter and Deposit

1.0 Verification

1.1 Verification and Entry

    [Revise 1.1 by adding a new last sentence as follows:]
    * * * Parcel Select Regional Ground mailings may not be entered by 
PVDS or as a plant-loaded mailing.

1.2 Office of Mailing

    [Revise 1.2 by deleting the current text of 1.2 in its entirety and 
adding new 1.2.1 and 1.2.2 as follows:]

1.2.1 Parcel Select

    [Revise the text of 1.2.1 as follows:]
    Parcel Select must be mailed at the Post Office from which the 
zone-based postage was computed, except under 1.2.2, 1.3, and 1.4.

1.2.2 Parcel Select Regional Ground

    Parcel Select Regional Ground must be mailed at a business mail 
entry unit (BMEU) co-located at eligible OSCF or ONDC locations. 
Mailers may deposit only eVS mailings at eligible OSCF or ONDC 
locations that are not co-located with a BMEU. For eligible locations, 
contact your local USPS account representative.

1.3 Redirected Mailings

    [Revise the introductory paragraph of 1.3 as follows:]
    Except Parcel Select Regional Ground, a shipper who presents large 
shipments of zoned Parcel Select mail may be authorized or directed to 
deposit such shipments at another postal facility when processing or 
logistics make such an alternative desirable for the USPS, subject to 
these conditions:
* * * * *

1.4 NDC Acceptance

    [Revise the introductory text of 1.4 as follows:]
    Except Parcel Select Regional Ground, a mailer may present Parcel 
Select at a NDC for acceptance if: * * *
* * * * *

2.0 Deposit

* * * * *
    [Revise the title and first sentence of the introductory paragraph 
of 2.4 as follows:]

2.4 Mail Separation and Presentation of Destination Entry Mailings

    Mailers must have Parcel Select destination entry mailings verified 
under an authorized PVDS system (see 705.16.0) or eVS (see 705.2.9), or 
present mailings for verification and acceptance at a BMEU located at a 
designated destination Postal Service facility. * * *
* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 2.16 as follows:]

2.16 DNDC Parcel Select--Acceptance at Designated SCF-USPS Benefit

* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 2.17 as follows:]

2.17 DNDC Parcel Select--Acceptance at Designated SCF

* * * * *
    [Add new 2.18 as follows:]

2.18 Parcel Select Regional Ground--Deposit at OSCF

    Parcel Select Regional Ground mailings that are deposited at the 
OSCF must include only mailpieces destined for zones local, 1, 2, and 
3, but pieces may be destined for addresses outside that OSCF service 
area.
    [Add new 2.19 as follows:]

2.19 Parcel Select Regional Ground--Deposit at ONDC

    Parcel Select Regional Ground mailings that are deposited at the 
ONDC may include mailpieces for zones local--8 but pieces destinating 
within the ONDC service area must be segregated from pieces destinating 
outside the ONDC service area according to L601.
* * * * *

500 Additional Mailing Services

503 Extra Services

* * * * *

4.0 Insured Mail

* * * * *

4.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

4.2.2 Eligible Matter

    The following types of mail may be insured:
    [Revise item c as follows:]
    c. Package Services, Parcel Select, and Parcel Select Regional 
Ground pieces.
* * * * *

9.0 Delivery Confirmation

* * * * *

9.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

9.2.2 Eligible Matter

    [Revise the first sentence of the introductory text of 9.2.2 as 
follows:]
    Delivery Confirmation is available for First-Class Mail parcels; 
all Priority Mail pieces (including Critical Mail); Standard Mail 
prepared as Not Flat-Machinable pieces or as machinable or irregular 
parcels (electronic option only); Package Services, Parcel Select, and 
Parcel Select Regional Ground parcels (electronic option only) under 
401.1.0. * * *
* * * * *

10.0 Signature Confirmation

* * * * *

10.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

10.2.2 Eligible Matter

    [Revise the first sentence of the introductory text of 10.2.2 as 
follows:]
    Signature Confirmation is available for First-Class Mail parcels; 
all Priority Mail pieces (including Critical Mail); Package Services, 
Parcel Select, and Parcel Select Regional Ground (electronic option 
only) parcels under 401.1.0. * * *
* * * * *

508 Recipient Services

* * * * *

7.0 Hold For Pickup

* * * * *

7.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

7.2.2 Basic Eligibility

    [Revise the last sentence of the introductory paragraph for 7.2.2 
as follows:]
    * * * Hold For Pickup service is also available with online and 
commercial mailings of Priority Mail (except Critical Mail), First-
Class Mail parcels, Parcel Select barcoded, nonpresorted parcels, and 
Parcel Select Regional Ground parcels when: * * *
* * * * *

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7.2.3 Additional Eligibility Standards

    Parcels must meet these additional physical requirements:
* * * * *
    [Revise items 7.2.3b and c as follows:]
    b. Except as provided in 7.2.3c, Parcel Select barcoded, 
nonpresorted parcels, and Parcel Select Regional Ground parcels must be 
greater than 3/4 inch thick at the thickest point.
    c. If the mailpiece is a Parcel Select barcoded, nonpresorted 
parcel, or Parcel Select Regional Ground parcel under 401.1.0 and no 
greater than \3/4\ inch thick, the contents must be prepared in a 
container that is constructed of strong, rigid fiberboard or similar 
material or in a container that becomes rigid after the contents are 
enclosed and the container is secured. The parcel must be able to 
maintain its shape, integrity, and rigidity throughout processing and 
handling without collapsing into a letter-size or flat-size piece.

7.2.4 Service Options

    The Hold For Pickup service options are:
* * * * *
    [Revise the second sentence of 7.2.4b as follows:]
    b. Electronic option: * * * The electronic option is available for 
Priority Mail (excluding Critical Mail), First-Class Mail parcels, 
Parcel Select barcoded, nonpresorted parcels, and Parcel Select 
Regional Ground parcels. * * *
* * * * *

7.3 Preparation Definitions and Instructions

    Except for Express Mail Hold For Pickup presented at retail Post 
Office locations, mailers or their agents must prepare mailpieces 
bearing the ``Hold For Pickup'' label as follows:
    [Revise 7.3a as follows:]
    a. Enter mailpieces at the Priority Mail, First-Class Mail parcel, 
Parcel Select barcoded, nonpresorted, or Parcel Select Regional Ground 
price.
* * * * *

600 Basic Standards for All Mailing Services

* * * * *

602 Addressing

1.0 Elements of Addressing

* * * * *

1.5 Return Addresses

* * * * *

1.5.3 Required Use of Return Addresses

    The sender's domestic return address must appear legibly on:
* * * * *
    [Revise the text of 1.5.3h as follows:]
    h. Parcel Select (including Parcel Select Regional Ground).
* * * * *

3.0 Use of Alternative Addressing

3.1 General Information

3.1.1 Use

* * * * *

3.1.2 Prohibited Use

    Alternative addressing formats may not be used on:
    [Revise 3.1.2 by reallocating items d through e as items e through 
f and add new item d as follows:]
    d. Parcel Select Regional Ground pieces.
* * * * *

700 Special Standards

* * * * *

705 Advanced Preparation and Special Postage Payment Systems

* * * * *

2.0 Manifest Mailing System

2.1 Description

2.1.1 Using an MMS

    [Revise 2.1.1 by adding Parcel Select Regional Ground to the second 
sentence as follows:]
    * * * The MMS is an automated system that allows a mailer to 
document postage and fees for all pieces in Express Mail (electronic 
verification system ``eVS'' only under 2.9), First-Class Mail, Standard 
Mail, Parcel Select, Parcel Select Regional Ground, Package Services, 
and international permit imprint mailings. * * *

2.1.2 Electronic Verification System

    [Revise first sentence of 2.1.2 and add a new last sentence as 
follows:]
    Mailers using a MMS when presenting Parcel Select Regional Ground 
mailings; Parcel Select destination entry mailings under 456.2.0 or, 
commingled parcel mailings under 6.0 or 7.0, may document and pay 
postage using the Electronic Verification System (eVS) (see 2.9). * * * 
Parcel Select Regional Ground eVS and non-eVS mail cannot be commingled 
within the same mailing or mailing container with any other mail class. 
eVS Regional Ground ONDC mailpieces for zones local--8 must be 
segregated by pieces destinating within the ONDC service area from 
pieces destinating outside the service area according to L601.
* * * * *

2.9 Electronic Verification System

* * * * *

2.9.2 Availability

    [Revise the introductory text of 2.9.2 as follows:]
    eVS may be used only for mail paid with a permit imprint and the 
following classes and subclasses of mail:
* * * * *
    [Revise 2.9.2 by reallocating items h through j as i through k and 
adding new item h as follows:]
    h. Parcel Select Regional Ground. Prices include nonpresorted 
prices for machinable, barcoded parcels entered at eligible OSCF and 
ONDC locations.
* * * * *

6.0 Combining Mailings of Standard Mail, Package Services, and Parcel 
Select Parcels

6.1 Basic Standards for Combining Parcels and NFMs

6.1.1 Basic Standards

    [Revise the introductory text of 6.1.1 as follows:]
    Standard Mail parcels, NFMs, Package Services, and Parcel Select 
parcels (except Parcel Select Regional Ground) in combined mailings 
must meet the following standards:
* * * * *

7.0 Combining Package Services and Parcel Select Parcels for 
Destination Entry

7.1 Combining Parcels--DSCF and DDU Entry

7.1.1 Qualification

    [Revise 7.1.1 by adding a new last sentence as follows:]
    * * * Mailers may not combine Parcel Select Regional Ground parcels 
with Parcel Select or other parcels.
* * * * *

8.0 Preparing Pallets

* * * * *

8.5 General Preparation

* * * * *

8.5.2 Required Preparation

    [Revise the introductory text of 8.5.2 as follows:]
    The following standards apply to Periodicals, Standard Mail, Parcel 
Select, Parcel Select Regional Ground, and Package Services, except 
Parcel Select mailed at NDC Presort, ONDC Presort, DSCF, and DDU 
prices.
* * * * *

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16.0 Plant-Verified Drop Shipment

16.1 Description

* * * * *

16.1.2 Function

    Under PVDS:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 16.1.2c as follows:]
    c. For Standard Mail, Parcel Select (except Parcel Select Regional 
Ground), and Package Services, postage and fees are paid under a valid 
permit at the Post Office serving the mailer's plant, or as designated 
by the district manager.
* * * * *

21.0 Optional Combined Parcel Mailings

21.1 Basic Standards for Combining Parcel Select, Package Services, and 
Standard Mail Parcels

21.1.1 Basic Standards

    [Revise the introductory text of 21.1.1 as follows:]
    Package Services parcels, Parcel Select parcels (except Parcel 
Select Regional Ground), Standard Mail parcels and Not Flat-Machinables 
(NFMs) in a combined parcel mailing must meet the following standards:
* * * * *

708 Technical Specifications

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6.0 Standards for Barcoded Tray Labels, Sack Labels, and Container 
Placards

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6.2 Specifications for Barcoded Tray and Sack Labels

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6.2.4 3-Digit Content Identifier Numbers

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Exhibit 6.2.4 3-Digit Content Identifier Numbers

CLASS AND MAILING CIN HUMAN-READABLE CONTENT LINE

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    [Revise Exhibit 6.2.4 by modifying the Parcel Select section as 
follows:]

Package Services

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    [Revise Package Services by adding new Parcel Select Regional 
Ground section directly after Parcel Select--Irregular (Nonmachinable) 
Parcels as follows:]

Parcel Select Regional Ground Machinable Parcels

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ONDC sacks............................    683  PSVC MACH NDC.
MXD ONDC sacks........................    683  PSVC MACH WKG.
OSCF sacks............................    684  PSVC MACH WKG.
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Index and Appendices

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Labeling Lists

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    [Revise the title of L600 as follows:]

L600 Standard Mail, Package Services, and Parcel Select Regional Ground

L601 Network Distribution Centers (NDCs)

    [Revise L601 by adding new item g as follows:]
    g. Parcel Select Regional Ground nonpresorted, machinable parcels 
or sacks on pallets to ONDC destinations. For labeling ONDC sacks and 
pallets, mailers must use Column B information of the ONDC serving the 
3-digit ZIP Code prefix of the Post Office at which the mail is 
entered.
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    We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR Part 111 to 
reflect these changes.

Neva R. Watson,
Attorney, Legislative.
[FR Doc. 2011-6057 Filed 3-15-11; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 7710-12-P