[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 57 (Thursday, March 24, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 16534]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-6911]


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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Parts 111 and 121


Combined Mailings of Standard Mail and Periodicals Flats

AGENCY: Postal Service.TM

ACTION: Final rule; withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: The Postal Service is withdrawing a final rule that would have 
provided a new option for mailers to combine mailings of Standard Mail 
[reg] flats and Periodicals flats within the same bundle, 
when placed on pallets, and to combine bundles of Standard Mail flats 
and bundles of Periodicals flats on the same pallet. The Postal Service 
also withdraws the Code of Federal Regulations revision to reflect that 
Standard Mail service standards apply to all Periodicals flats pieces 
entered in such combined mailings.

DATES: The final rule published on February 28, 2011 (76 FR 10757), is 
withdrawn effective March 24, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jonathan Leon at 202-268-7443, or 
Kevin Gunther at 202-268-7208.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In a final rule published in the Federal 
Register on February 28, 2011, the Postal Service provided a new option 
for mailers to combine Standard Mail flats and Periodicals flats, when 
bundled and placed on pallets. Mailers using this option would have 
combined different-class mailpieces within the same bundle (comail), or 
combined separate same-class bundles (of different classes) on the same 
pallet (copalletize) to maximize presorting or to qualify for deeper 
destination entry discounts. All mailpieces prepared under this option 
were required to be bundled and placed on pallets.
    In consideration of concerns expressed by members of the mailing 
community, the Postal Service has elected to withdraw this final rule 
and will publish these standards as a proposed rule concurrently.
    The Postal Service also withdraws the revision to 39 CFR part 121.2 
whereby we added a new item ``c'' to describe the USPS processing of 
Periodicals mailpieces included in combined mailings of Standard Mail 
flats and Periodicals flats, and specifying that Periodicals mailpieces 
included in these mailings will be assigned the service standards 
applicable to Standard Mail pieces.

Stanley F. Mires,
Chief Counsel, Legislative.
[FR Doc. 2011-6911 Filed 3-23-11; 8:45 am]
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