[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 82 (Thursday, April 28, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 23749-23755]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-10244]


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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 111


Intelligent Mail Package Barcode (IMpb) Implementation for 
Commercial Parcels

AGENCY: Postal Service\TM\.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: The Postal Service is proposing to revise Mailing Standards of 
the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) to 
require the use of a unique tracking barcode on all commercial parcels, 
except Standard Mail[supreg] parcels, claiming presort and destination 
entry pricing by January 2012; and to encourage use of unique tracking 
barcodes by providing free Delivery Confirmation[supreg] service on all 
commercial parcels except Standard Mail parcels.

DATES: Submit comments on or before May 31, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the manager, Product 
Classification, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW., Room 4446, 
Washington, DC 20260-5015. You may inspect and photocopy all written 
comments at USPS[supreg] Headquarters Library, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW., 
11th Floor North, Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday 
through Friday. E-mail comments, containing the name and address of the 
commenter, may be sent to: MailingStandards@usps.gov, with a subject 
line of ``IMpb.'' Faxed comments are not accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Juliaann Hess at 202-268-7663 or Kevin 
Gunther at 202-268-7208.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Postal Service is currently enhancing 
its operational capability to allow for the scanning of Intelligent 
Mail[supreg] package barcodes (IMpb) and other extra services barcodes 
via automated processing equipment and Intelligent Mail scanning 
devices. Once fully implemented, tracking data, including acceptance, 
enroute, and delivery status data, will be available for use by 
commercial mailers who use extra services on their packages.
    IMpb can offer a number of additional benefits by allowing the 
potential for mailers to access piece-level visibility throughout USPS 
processing and delivery operations. The IMpb will include:
     A routing code to facilitate the processing of packages on 
automated sorting equipment.
     A channel-specific Application Identifier (AI) that 
associates the barcode to the payment method, supporting revenue 
assurance.
     A 3-digit service type code, which will identify the exact 
mail class and service combination, eliminating the need for multiple 
barcodes on a package.
     An option to use a 6-digit or 9-digit numeric Mailer ID 
(MID), to accommodate all mailers.
    These enhancements will add data-stream efficiency within mail 
processing, delivery, payment, and reporting. Intelligent Mail package 
barcodes also include specific ``mail class only'' service type codes 
that may be used for packages without extra services.
    To increase IMpb use within the mailing community, the Postal 
Service proposes to encourage use of unique tracking barcodes by 
including Delivery Confirmation at no additional charge on all 
commercial parcels except Standard Mail parcels; and to require the use 
of a unique tracking barcode on all commercial parcels (except Standard 
Mail parcels) claiming presort and destination entry pricing.
    The provision that allows Delivery Confirmation to be offered 
without charge requires prior action by the Postal Service Board of 
Governors and the Postal Regulatory Commission. Assuming such action is 
completed as intended, the Postal Service proposes to make these new 
standards effective concurrent with the effective date of the first 
market dominant price change in 2012 (or January 2012, if no market 
dominant price change is scheduled for early 2012). The Postal Service 
plans to provide an optional-use transitional period, until June 4, 
2012, to allow mailers sufficient time to effect the necessary changes 
to their software and systems. Merchandise Return Service (MRS) 
mailpieces and Business Reply Mail[supreg](BRM) parcels would also 
qualify for free Delivery Confirmation service at no charge.
    Except for users of PC Postage[supreg], the Postal Service proposes 
to require an Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb) for all parcels 
that include tracking or extra services and all parcels claiming 
presort and destination entry pricing, effective June 3, 2013. In 
addition, the Postal Service proposes to require use of version 1.6 
Shipping Services Electronic Manifest Files by June 3, 2013; and to 
require that these files include each destination ZIP + 4[supreg] code, 
or each destination delivery address by that date. This new file format 
will also require a new version of the customer extract file. The 
Postal Service proposes to require all parcels shipped using PC Postage 
systems to bear a IMpb, and to use version 1.6 Shipping Services 
Electronic Manifest, by June 4, 2012.
    To support future sorting efficiencies, the USPS strongly 
encourages mailers to place a ZIP + 4 code or destination address in 
the electronic files for each mailpiece as soon as possible. Mailers 
using the IMpb are also encouraged to include the additional two-digit 
delivery point code in the electronic file. The Postal Service proposes 
to require mailers to include the destination ZIP + 4 code (or 
destination address) in the electronic file for all records by June 3, 
2013.
    These proposed standards will also require a postal routing code on 
all parcels and Priority Mail pieces, preferably as a concatenated IMpb 
or extra services barcode. When a concatenated IMpb or extra services 
barcode is not used, a separate postal routing barcode must be included 
in addition to the IMpb. Flat or letter-shaped Priority Mail[supreg] or 
Critical Mail\TM\ pieces may use the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) or 
POSTNET for the postal routing barcode.
    Under these proposed standards, (except for Standard Mail) mailers 
of presorted parcels, parcels claiming destination entry prices, or 
parcels bearing PC Postage, and who do not purchase a trackable extra 
service, or make use of the Delivery Confirmation service provided at 
no charge, must use (at a minimum) a ``mail-class only'' IMpb service 
type code that represents the class or subclass of the mailpiece that 
is being shipped.
    The Postal Service also proposes to modify the current requirement 
for mailers to use an extra service-specific, human-readable, service 
banner text format when printing an IMpb. Current standards require a 
different human-readable service banner text for each extra service 
selected by the mailer. The Postal Service proposes to provide only

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two generic text options for service banners, when used with an IMpb, 
for most of the extra services selected. Mailers must use a ``USPS 
TRACKING '' human-readable service banner text above the 
barcode on packages not requiring a signature at delivery, and a ``USPS 
SIGNATURE TRACKING '' service banner text above the barcode on 
packages where a signature is required at delivery. These new service 
banner texts must not be used with Certified Mail[supreg], Registered 
Mail\TM\, Parcel Return Service or Express Mail[supreg] and Priority 
Mail Open and Distribute products. These new texts will help to 
simplify IMpb use for mailers and will more accurately describe future 
processing and tracking capabilities inherent to the IMpb.
    The Postal Service recognizes that some small parcels mailers lack 
a sufficient amount of label space to apply an IMpb or extra services 
barcode that meets the \3/4\ inch height requirement. In recognition of 
this, the Postal Service plans to provide an exception process for 
mailers to submit barcodes of at least \1/2\ inch in height (for USPS 
testing and approval), for use on First-Class Mail[supreg] and Standard 
Mail parcels lacking sufficient label space to meet the \3/4\ inch 
height requirement.

Background

    In January 1999, the Postal Service first provided standards for 
the use of mailer-generated parcel barcodes. To improve machine 
readability in processing and scanning at delivery, the USPS revised 
these standards to limit the use of barcodes on parcels in January 2004 
to include only those using GS1-128 symbology (formally known as UCC/
EAN-128).
    On September 17, 2010, the Postal Service published an advanced 
notice of proposed rulemaking Federal Register (75 FR 56922-56923), 
announcing its plans to provide interim IMpb optional-use standards and 
to require IMpb use for all commercial mailers at a later date. The 
Postal Service received several comments in response to its advanced 
notice of proposed rulemaking, which are summarized later in this 
notice.
    The IMpb optional-use standards were incorporated into the DMM, and 
were available for mailer use beginning November 1, 2010. These 
optional standards were announced via Postal Bulletin 22297, dated 
November 4, 2010.

Descriptions of Intelligent Mail Package Barcode and Electronic 
Documentation

    For the purposes of this notice, the term ``commercially shipped 
package'' is used to describe any domestic mailpiece meeting the parcel 
characteristics in DMM section 401.1 and all Express Mail and Priority 
Mail (except Critical Mail and some Priority Mail flat-size pieces 
prepared by high-volume mailers) mailpieces, regardless of shape, 
including commercially shipped flat-rate items.
    Piece-level package information is required in the shipping market 
to expand product lines, increase competitiveness, provide greater 
visibility to mailers and the Postal Service, and create a more 
comprehensive service performance measurement tool. Today, without the 
purchase of an extra service such as Delivery Confirmation, Signature 
Confirmation\TM\, or insurance, package tracking and delivery 
information is limited. Barcodes are not currently required on 
commercially shipped packages, except those entered under an Electronic 
Verification System (eVS[supreg]); and the barcodes now being used are 
unable to incorporate the data necessary to meet the needs of the USPS 
Intelligent Mail strategy. Currently, commercially shipped packages can 
bear barcodes that are designed to provide delivery status information 
only, and do not always include a routing code (a barcode that 
represents the destination ZIP Code\TM\). The barcodes currently being 
used have limited revenue protection capabilities, due to the absence 
of information associating the piece with its specific payment method; 
and allow limited integration of multiple extra services.
    The IMpb will provide unique piece-level data to enable the Postal 
Service to increase efficiency, add value to its package product line, 
enhance package visibility and tracking capabilities, and provide a 
means by which to measure service performance. The IMpb is a width 
modulated barcode, which can be up to 34 digits, that generally follows 
the specifications of the GS1-128 symbology. GS1-128 barcodes are a 
special type of Code 128 barcodes, which make use of Application 
Identifiers (AI) to define the encoded data and how it is used. The 
IMpb leverages features of the GS1-128 symbology to allow for the 
unique identification and tracking of domestic packages from induction 
to delivery. The GS1-128 barcode symbology is already a requirement for 
users of electronic Confirmation Services and eVS. Customers currently 
participating in these programs will not need to change the symbology 
of the barcode; however the elements within the barcode and layout will 
change.
    There are several IMpb barcode variations for commercial and retail 
use that will provide the flexibility to accommodate the diverse 
shipping needs of postal customers. To improve routing, tracking, and 
service capabilities, the Postal Service proposes to require mailers to 
include the correct 5-digit routing code in the barcode on each 
commercially shipped package, either incorporated into a single 
concatenated barcode or as a separate postal routing barcode; and to 
require mailers to transmit the ZIP + 4 code information to the USPS 
via an electronic file. As an alternative, the Postal Service is 
proposing to provide an option for mailers to include the destination 
address in the electronic file, instead of the ZIP + 4 code.
    For mailers who generate their own barcoded labels, enhancements to 
the current requirements for electronic files are necessary to support 
the additional features incorporated into IMpb. Electronic files now 
used for packages do not provide adequate space for supplemental 
fields, limiting their ability to support the additional piece-level 
information received from customers. The new version 1.6 electronic 
file format includes expanded package identification code fields to 
accommodate up to a 34-digit barcode string, and requires fewer file 
types to support various combinations of products and services. Under 
these proposed standards, mailers will be required to include the 
destination ZIP + 4 Code (or destination address) in the electronic 
file for all records. This additional ZIP Code information will assist 
in the routing and tracking of our package products. An optional field 
for the delivery point code of the destination address has also been 
added to the electronic file to provide additional information to 
improve service. A listing of electronic file formats is located in the 
addendum to Publication 91, Addendum for Intelligent Mail Package 
Barcode (IMpb) and 3-digit Service Type Code, available on the 
RIBBS[supreg] Web site at ribbs.usps.gov.
    The data construct of the IMpb barcode differs from that of the 
current Confirmation Services barcode. Detailed specifications for IMpb 
barcodes are available in the ``Barcode Data'' section of the 
specification document, Barcode, Package, Intelligent Mail 
(USPS2000508) on RIBBS. The most significant change in the barcode data 
pertains to the use of service type codes. Currently, parcel barcodes 
use a 2-digit service type code, which may represent multiple mail 
classes or products, limiting the number of extra services that may be 
integrated into a single barcode. When two or more extra

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services are used, a barcode representing each extra service is usually 
required on the mailpiece, resulting in the need to scan multiple 
barcodes at delivery.
    The IMpb uses unique 3-digit service type codes to identify the 
exact product and extra service combinations, eliminating the need for 
separate barcodes and enabling more efficient package handling and 
delivery. A list of the 3-digit service type codes is available in the 
addendum to Publication 91.
    Mailers will also be able to increase package visibility by 
associating each package with the appropriate sack, or an approved 
equivalent container, which bears an accurately encoded Intelligent 
Mail tray label. Each sack or approved alternate container may then be 
electronically associated to a pallet (or equivalent container) that 
bears an accurately encoded Intelligent Mail container placard.
    Under these proposed standards, Intelligent Mail barcodes will not 
be permitted on packages (except for flat or letter shaped Priority 
Mail or Critical Mail pieces) in lieu of the IMpb.

Comments

    The Postal Service received a total of five comments in response to 
the September 17, 2010 advanced notice of proposed rulemaking, with 
some comments addressing more than a single issue. Although one comment 
was received well after the published deadline, the Postal Service will 
also address that comment as well. These comments are summarized as 
follows:
    In general, commenters expressed concern about requirements and the 
mandatory-use IMpb implementation date. As a general response, the 
Postal Service has elected to encourage, but not require, mailers to 
apply a unique tracking barcode on all parcels. As an encouragement, 
the Postal Service proposes to include Delivery Confirmation service at 
no additional charge on all commercial parcels, except Standard Mail 
parcels, bearing a unique tracking barcode. Mailers may meet this 
requirement using the current format for extra service barcodes or 
through use of the IMpb, for which optional-use standards have been 
available since November 1, 2010. Under these proposed standards, 
mailers who are not using an IMpb, or do not apply a unique extra 
service barcode on their commercially shipped mailpieces, by the date 
of the first market dominant price change in 2012 (or January 2012, if 
no market dominant price change is scheduled for early 2012) will not 
qualify for presort or destination entry pricing. Each IMpb or unique 
extra service barcode must include a postal routing code, preferably 
using a concatenated barcode format. In response to customer concerns, 
the Postal Service proposes to extend its IMpb mandatory-use date to 
June 2013 (except for users of PC Postage). Mailers are encouraged to 
use the IMpb and corresponding electronic files as soon as possible. 
For certain mailers such as those mailing high-volume Priority Mail 
flat-size pieces prepared in high-speed production environments, the 
Postal Service proposes to allow use of Intelligent Mail barcodes (IMb) 
on these pieces instead of the IMpb. The IMb is more compatible with 
the high speed production environment for Priority Mail flats. However, 
visibility within USPS tracking systems will be limited and pieces 
bearing an IMb, without an extra service included, will not receive 
``delivered'' scan events.
    Two commenters inquired regarding the location of detailed IMpb 
specifications and whether the RIBBS Web site would provide a guide 
similar to that available for users of Intelligent Mail barcodes. IMpb 
barcode specifications are located in the specification document, 
Barcode, Package, Intelligent Mail (USPS2000508). In addition, the 
addendum to Publication 91, Addendum for Intelligent Mail Package 
Barcode (IMpb) and 3-digit Service Type Code, contains electronic 
manifest file specifications, service type codes, and other information 
needed to support conversion to the IMpb. Both documents were posted on 
RIBBS September 17, 2010, and can be viewed at http://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=intellmailpackage. With the issuance of this proposed 
rule, additional specifications for electronic data interchange (EDI) 
messages and use of the Product Tracking System Test Environment for 
Mailers are included in the addendum to the revised Publication 91. 
Publication 205, Electronic Verification System Business and Technical 
Guide, for eVS users has been updated to reflect IMpb use and is also 
available on RIBBS at http://ribbs.usps.gov/evs/documents/tech_guides/Pub205.PDF.
    One commenter expressed concern with the replacement of current 
fixed-length barcodes with IMpb variable-length barcodes. To provide 
flexibility, the IMpb provides several constructs or layouts that have 
a specific length and data element requirements, each having a fixed 
length serial number. Thus the serial number field is no longer of 
variable length (i.e., 2-8 digits) as in the current barcode format. 
The IMpb serial number is fixed length and must remain unique for 180 
days. The number of digits in the serial number is determined by the 
barcode construct or layout used.
    One commenter requested that the USPS not expand the existing 
requirements for population of the ZIP + 4 code field in the current 
Confirmation Services barcode to the IMpb. The USPS agrees with this 
recommendation and proposes to require the destination ZIP + 4 code in 
the electronic file only for all commercially shipped packages that 
request tracking or extra services. In addition, the implementation 
date for this requirement is proposed to be extended to June 3, 2013 to 
allow customers more time for programming and transition. In the 
interim, mailers who are able to include a ZIP + 4 code sooner are 
encouraged to do so. In addition, the Postal Service is proposing to 
allow mailers to include the destination address (instead of the ZIP + 
4 code) in the electronic documentation as another alternative.
    A commenter inquired if there will be new service type codes 
required for IMpb use. The IMpb provides hundreds of numeric 3-digit 
service type codes which uniquely represent the mail class and any 
combination of services used. The use of 3-digit service type codes 
adds intelligence and efficiency to barcodes used for packages and 
extra services. The 3-digit service type codes used for the IMpb are 
different from those used with the IMb.
    One commenter asked if IMpb will be supported by the 
PostalOne![supreg] and the Seamless Acceptance Service Performance 
(SASP) systems. IMpb is supported by the Electronic Verification System 
(eVS) component of the PostalOne! system. However, the Product Tracking 
System (PTS) is the primary USPS system that maintains tracking and 
other information, including expected delivery dates, for the IMpb and 
the existing Confirmation Services barcodes used for packages and other 
extra services (i.e., Certified Mail, Registered Mail, etc). There is 
currently no interface or interaction with the Seamless Acceptance and 
Service Performance (SASP) system at this time. The SASP system is used 
primarily for letters and flats.
    Another commenter requested clarification of USPS intentions 
regarding changes to its current cost models. The Postal Service 
expects IMpb use, within a fully barcoded package stream, to improve 
processing and cycle time measurement and to simplify tracking. This 
will increase efficiencies in package processing and

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positively influence USPS costs overall. In addition, the IMpb 
technology will enrich the breadth of data and information available 
for business analytics.
    Several commenters asked if the USPS will require an IMpb on all 
packages, including those currently sorted and dropshipped without a 
barcode, and how this will affect pricing and the entry process. These 
commenters also asked what the price will be for packages not bearing 
an IMpb, and if the USPS intends to implement a varying price 
structure, similar to that available to basic and full-service IMb 
mailers. The Postal Service proposes to require an IMpb or extra 
services barcode on all commercially shipped packages (except Standard 
Mail) claiming presort or destination entry pricing. The Postal Service 
intends to follow industry best practices by leveraging technology 
along with the intelligence and improved processing capabilities 
afforded by a fully barcoded package mailstream to increase 
efficiencies and the value of our package products in the market place.
    A commenter expressed concern that requiring use of the IMpb by 
January 2012 would negatively impact current Priority Mail and Express 
Mail volumes, particularly those sent by small and medium sized 
businesses, many of whom are postage meter customers. The commenter 
requested that the USPS convene a workgroup, including meter 
manufacturers, to develop an approach to encourage Express Mail and 
Priority Mail customers to use the IMpb. To support mailer transition 
to the IMpb, the Postal Service proposes to delay the mandatory-use 
date to June 3, 2013, and allow optional use, with the benefit of free 
Delivery Confirmation in 2012. In consideration of the small and 
medium-size mailers primarily using postage meters, the Postal Service 
will consult with the meter and PC Postage industry to collaboratively 
agree on a date for these mailers to be required to use the IMpb.
    Although we are exempt from the notice and comment requirements of 
the Administrative Procedure Act [5 U.S.C. 553(b), (c)] regarding 
proposed rulemaking by 39 U.S.C. 410(a), we invite public comments on 
the following proposed revisions to Mailing Standards of the United 
States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), 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 proposed to be amended as follows:

PART 111--[AMENDED]

    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.

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

Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail 
Manual (DMM)

* * * * *

400 Commercial Parcels

401 Physical Standards

* * * * *

2.0 Additional Physical Standards by Class of Mail

* * * * *

2.6 Bound Printed Matter Parcels

2.6.1 General Standards

    The following standards apply to Bound Printed Matter parcels:
* * * * *

[Revise 2.6.1b as follows:]

    b. Nonpresorted Bound Printed Matter parcels may be eligible for a 
barcode discount under 463 if the parcels bear a unique Intelligent 
Mail package barcode or extra services barcode, including a postal 
routing code, prepared under 708.5.0.
* * * * *

410 Express Mail

413 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees

* * * * *

1.3 Commercial Base Prices

    * * * These prices apply to:
* * * * *

[Revise item 1.3c as follows:]

    c. Registered end-users of USPS-approved PC Postage providers when 
using a qualifying shipping label (that includes an Intelligent Mail 
package barcode) managed by the PC Postage system used.
* * * * *

1.4 Commercial Plus Prices

* * * * *

1.4.1 Eligibility

    Commercial plus pricing is available to existing customers whose 
cumulative account volume exceeds 5,000 pieces in the previous four 
quarters or who have a customer commitment agreement with the USPS (see 
1.4.2) and who are:
* * * * *

[Revise item 1.4.1b as follows:]

    b. Registered end-users of USPS-approved PC Postage products when 
using a qualifying shipping label (that includes an Intelligent Mail 
package barcode) managed by the PC Postage system used.
* * * * *

420 Priority Mail

423 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees

* * * * *

1.2 Commercial Base Prices

1.2.1 Commercial Base Prices Eligibility

    Commercial base prices are available for:
* * * * *

[Revise 1.2.1b as follows:]

    b. Registered end-users of USPS-approved PC Postage providers when 
using a qualifying shipping label (that includes an Intelligent Mail 
package barcode) managed by the PC Postage system used.
* * * * *

1.3 Commercial Plus Prices

1.3.1 Existing Priority Mail Customers

    Commercial plus prices are available to Priority Mail (including 
Critical Mail) customers who qualify for commercial base prices and 
whose cumulative account volume exceeds a combined total of 5,000 
letter-size and flat-size pieces (including Flat Rate Envelopes, but 
not the Padded Flat Rate Envelope) or 75,000 total pieces in the 
previous calendar year (except Priority Mail Open and Distribute) or 
who have a customer commitment agreement with USPS, and are:

[Revise item 1.3.1a as follows:]

    a. Registered end-users of USPS-approved PC Postage providers when 
using a qualifying shipping label (that includes an Intelligent Mail 
package barcode) managed by the PC Postage system used.
* * * * *

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1.4 Commercial Plus Cubic

1.4.1 Commercial Plus Cubic Eligibility

    * * * The commercial plus cubic prices are available for:

[Revise item 1.4.1a as follows:]

    a. Registered end-users of USPS-approved PC Postage providers when 
using a qualifying shipping label (that includes an Intelligent Mail 
package barcode) managed by the PC Postage system used.
* * * * *

430 First-Class Mail

433 Price and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees for First-Class Mail

* * * * *

1.3 Commercial Base Parcel Prices

[Revise the introductory paragraph of 1.3 as follows:]

    For prices, see Notice 123--Price List. Commercial base parcels may 
be presorted or nonpresorted. Postage for presorted parcels must be 
paid in accordance with standards in 434. Each presorted parcel must 
Include a unique Intelligent Mail package barcode or extra services 
barcode, including a postal routing code under 708.5.0. Nonpresorted 
First-Class Mail parcels mailed under the following conditions are 
eligible for single-piece commercial base parcel prices:
* * * * *

[Add a new item 1.3c as follows:]

    c. Each parcel with PC Postage must bear a unique Intelligent Mail 
package barcode or extra services barcode, including a postal routing 
code, prepared under 708.5.0. See 1.5 for when a surcharge applies to 
nonpresorted parcels.
* * * * *

1.4 Commercial Plus Prices

[Revise the last sentence of 1.4 as follows:]

    * * * Commercial plus prices are available for customers presenting 
mailings of 500 or more parcels who:
* * * * *

[Add a new 1.4e as follows:]

    e. For presorted parcels, include a unique Intelligent Mail package 
barcode or extra services barcode, including a postal routing code, 
prepared under 708.5.0 on each parcel. For single-piece parcels, see 
1.5 for when a surcharge applies.

1.5 Surcharge

[Revise 1.5 as follows:]

    A surcharge applies to parcels with the following characteristics:
    a. Unless prepared in 5-digit/scheme containers, presorted parcels 
weighing less than 2 ounces or that are irregularly shaped, such as 
rolls, tubes, and triangles.
    b. Nonpresorted commercial base parcels and single-piece commercial 
plus parcels that do not bear a unique Intelligent Mail package barcode 
or extra services barcode, including a postal routing code, prepared 
under 708.5.0.
* * * * *

3.0 Basic Standards for First-Class Mail Parcels

* * * * *

3.3 Additional Basic Standards for First-Class Mail

    All pieces of presorted First-Class Mail must:
* * * * *

[Add a new 3.3f as follows:]

    f. Bear a unique Intelligent Mail package barcode or extra services 
barcode, including a postal routing code, prepared under 708.5.0.
* * * * *

450 Parcel Select

453 Prices and Eligibility

* * * * *

3.0 Price Eligibility for Parcel Select and Parcel Select Regional 
Ground

3.1 Destination Entry Price Eligibility

* * * * *

3.1.2 Basic Standards

    For Parcel Select destination entry, pieces must meet the 
applicable standards in 455.4.0 and the following criteria:
* * * * *

[Add a new 3.1.2f as follows:]

    f. Pieces must bear a unique Intelligent Mail package barcode or 
extra services barcode, including a postal routing code, prepared under 
708.5.0.
* * * * *

3.2 Parcel Select NDC and ONDC Presort Price Eligibility

[Revise 3.2 by adding a new last sentence as follows:]

    * * * Parcel Select NDC and ONDC Presort pieces must bear a unique 
Intelligent Mail package barcode or extra services barcode, including a 
postal routing code, prepared under 708.5.0.

3.3 Parcel Select Barcoded Nonpresort Price Eligibility

[Revise 3.3 as follows:]

    Pieces mailed at Parcel Select Barcoded Nonpresort prices must be 
machinable parcels. Each parcel must bear a unique Intelligent Mail 
package barcode or extra services barcode, including a postal routing 
code, prepared under 708.5.0. There is a minimum volume of 50 pieces 
per mailing for parcels mailed at the Parcel Select Barcoded Nonpresort 
price, except for parcels with USPS-approved PC Postage for which there 
is no minimum volume per mailing.

[Delete 3.3a through c in their entirety.]

* * * * *

460 Bound Printed Matter

463 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees for Bound Printed Matter

1.1 Nonpresorted Bound Printed Matter

* * * * *

1.1.3 Barcode Discount--Machinable Parcels

[Revise 1.1.3 as follows:]

    The barcoded discount applies only to nonpresorted BPM machinable 
parcels (401.1.5.1) that bear a unique Intelligent Mail package barcode 
or extra services barcode, including a postal routing code, prepared 
under 708.5.0. The pieces must be part of a nonpresorted mailing of 50 
or more BPM parcels.
* * * * *

4.0 Price Eligibility for Bound Printed Matter Parcels

4.1 Price Eligibility

    * * * Price categories are as follows:
* * * * *

[Add a new last sentence to 4.1b as follows:]

    b. Presorted Price. * * * Each parcel must bear a unique 
Intelligent Mail package barcode or extra services barcode, including a 
postal routing code, prepared under 708.5.0.

[Add a new last sentence to 4.1c as follows:]

    c. Carrier Route Price. * * * Each parcel must bear a unique 
Intelligent Mail package barcode or extra services barcode, including a 
postal routing code, prepared under 708.5.0.

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[Revise 4.1d as follows:]

    d. Barcoded Discount--Machinable Parcels. The barcoded discount 
applies only to nonpresorted BPM machinable parcels (see 401.1.5) that 
bear a unique Intelligent Mail package barcode or extra services 
barcode, including a postal routing code, prepared under 708.5.0.
* * * * *

465 Mail Preparation

* * * * *

[Delete 7.0, Standards for Barcode Discounts, in its entirety.]

* * * * *

470 Media Mail

473 Prices and Eligibility

* * * * *

3.0 Price Eligibility for Media Mail Parcels

* * * * *

3.2 Price Eligibility Standards

[Revise 3.2 by adding a new second sentence as follows:]

    * * * Each piece must bear a unique Intelligent Mail package 
barcode or extra services barcode, including a postal routing code, 
prepared under 708.5.0. * * *
* * * * *

3.4 Price Categories for Media Mail

    * * * The price categories and discounts are as follows:
* * * * *

[Delete 3.4c in its entirety to remove reference to barcode discounts.]

* * * * *

475 Mail Preparation

* * * * *

5.0 Preparing Media Mail Parcels

* * * * *

5.2 Preparing Machinable Parcels

* * * * *

[Delete 5.2.3, Standards for Barcode Discount, in its entirety.]

* * * * *

480 Library Mail

483 Prices and Eligibility

* * * * *

3.0 Price Eligibility for Library Mail Parcels

* * * * *

3.2 Price Eligibility Standards

[Revise 3.2 by adding a new second sentence as follows:]

    * * * Each piece must bear a unique Intelligent Mail package 
barcode or extra services barcode, including a postal routing code, 
prepared under 708.5.0. * * *
* * * * *

3.4 Price Categories for Library Mail

    Library Mail prices are based on the weight of the piece without 
regard to zone. The price categories and discounts are as follows:
* * * * *

[Delete 3.4c in its entirety to remove reference to barcode discounts]

* * * * *

485 Mail Preparation

* * * * *

5.0 Preparing Library Mail Parcels

* * * * *

[Delete 5.4, Standards for Barcode Discounts, in its entirety.]

* * * * *

500 Additional Mailing Services

503 Extra Services

* * * * *

4.0 Insured Mail

* * * * *

4.3 Mailing

* * * * *

4.3.5 Integrated Barcodes

    The following options are available for mailers who print their own 
labels:
* * * * *

 [Add a new last sentence to the introductory paragraph of 4.3.5c as 
follows:]

    c. * * * The following standards also apply:

[Revise 4.3.5c1 through c3 as follows:]

    1. Mailers may purchase insurance online for indemnity coverage of 
$200.00 or less with electronic option Delivery Confirmation service. 
Prepare barcodes under 4.3.5d.
    2. Mailers may purchase insurance online for indemnity coverage of 
more than $200, up to $500 (up to $5,000 via Click-n-Ship), with 
electronic option Delivery Confirmation service. Mailers may also 
purchase insurance online for up to $500 (up to $5,000 via Click-n-
Ship) with Signature Confirmation service. In both cases, prepare 
barcodes under 4.3.5e.

[Add a new 4.3.5d and 5e as follows:]

    d. Intelligent Mail package barcodes placed on insured packages 
with indemnity coverage of $200.00 or less must bear a human-readable 
service banner with the text ``USPS TRACKING '' printed in 
accordance with Exhibit 708.5.1.4. Other approved extra services 
barcodes must bear a human-readable service banner with the text ``USPS 
DELIVERY CONFIRMATION'' prepared under 708.5.0.
    e. Intelligent Mail package barcodes placed on insured packages 
with indemnity coverage greater than $200.00 and with electronic 
Signature Confirmation service must bear a human-readable service 
banner with the text ``USPS SIGNATURE TRACKING '' printed in 
accordance with Exhibit 708.5.1.4. Other approved extra services 
barcodes must bear a human-readable service banner with the text ``USPS 
INSURED,'' or ``USPS SIGNATURE CONFIRMATION'' prepared under 708.5.0.
* * * * *

8.0 Return Receipt for Merchandise

* * * * *

8.3 Mailing

* * * * *

[Renumber current 8.3.6 through 8.3.7 as the new 8.3.7 through 8.3.8 
and add a new 8.3.6 as follows:]

8.3.6 Barcodes

    Barcodes printed by mailers must meet the following standards:
    a. Intelligent Mail package barcodes and other approved extra 
services barcodes applied by mailers must be prepared in accordance 
with 708.5.0.
    b. Intelligent Mail package barcodes must include the human-
readable service banner with the text ``USPS SIGNATURE TRACKING 
'' printed in accordance with Exhibit 708.5.1.4.
    c. Other approved extra services barcodes must bear a human-
readable service banner with the text ``RETURN RECEIPT FOR 
MERCHANDISE'' prepared in accordance with 708.5.0.
* * * * *

9.0 Delivery Confirmation

* * * * *

9.4 Barcodes

* * * * *

9.4.3 Printing

    * * * Labels used for Delivery Confirmation must meet these 
additional specifications:

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[Revise 9.4.3a as follows:]

    Intelligent Mail package barcodes must bear a human-readable 
service banner with the text ``USPS TRACKING '' printed in 
accordance with Exhibit 708.5.1.4. Other approved extra services 
barcodes must bear a human-readable service banner with the text ``USPS 
DELIVERY CONFIRMATION'' prepared in accordance with 708.5.0.
* * * * *

10.0 Signature Confirmation

* * * * *

10.4 Barcodes

* * * * *

10.4.3 Printing

    * * * Labels used for Signature Confirmation must meet these 
additional specifications:

[Revise 10.4.3a as follows:]

    a. Intelligent Mail package barcodes must bear a human-readable 
service banner with the text ``USPS SIGNATURE TRACKING '' 
printed in accordance with Exhibit 708.5.1.4. Other approved extra 
services barcodes must bear a human-readable service banner with the 
text ``USPS SIGNATURE CONFIRMATION'' prepared in accordance with 
708.5.0.
* * * * *

700 Special Standards

* * * * *

705 Advanced Preparation and Special Postage Payment Systems

* * * * *

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 the last sentence of 7.1.1 as follows:]

    * * * Parcels claiming destination entry pricing must bear a unique 
Intelligent Mail package barcode or extra services barcode, including a 
postal routing code, prepared under 708.5.0.
* * * * *

708 Technical Specifications

* * * * *

5.0 Standards for Package and Extra Service Barcodes

5.1 Intelligent Mail Package Barcode

* * * * *

5.1.4 Physical Barcode Requirements

    * * * Physical barcode requirements are as follows:
* * * * *

[Revise 5.1.4d as follows:]

    d. Barcode Height: unless allowed by exception, the minimum height 
must be at least 0.75 inch.
* * * * *
    g. Human-Readable Representation of Barcode Data and Service 
Banner: text must be printed in accordance with Exhibit 5.1.4 and as 
follows:
* * * * *

[Revise 5.1.4g2 as follows:]

    2. Service Banners must include the human-readable text ``USPS 
SIGNATURE TRACKING '' for mailpieces requiring a signature at 
delivery and ``USPS TRACKING '' for all other mailpieces 
(service banner text shown in Exhibit 5.1.4 is an example). See 
Publication 91 (addendum appendix H) at http://ribbs.usps.gov for 
additional information.
* * * * *

Exhibit 5.1.4 Barcode Specifications

[Replace Exhibit 5.1.4 with a revised label illustrating the proposed 
generic human-readable service banner text.]

* * * * *
    We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR Part 111 to 
reflect these changes if our proposal is adopted.

Stanley F. Mires,
Chief Counsel, Legislative.
[FR Doc. 2011-10244 Filed 4-27-11; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 7710-12-P