[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 160 (Thursday, August 18, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 51257-51264]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-21028]


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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 111


First-Class Package Service

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]), 401, 402, 
433, 434, 435, 436, 503, 507, 602, and 705 to introduce a new 
competitive product called First-Class Package Service, which will 
replace and remove First-Class Mail[supreg] commercial base and 
commercial plus parcels from the market-dominant product offering. 
First-Class Mail retail single-piece parcels remain a market-dominant 
product offering.

DATES: Effective Date: October 3, 2011.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Markes Lucius at 202-268-6140 or Bill 
Chatfield at 202-268-7278.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 24, 2011, the Postal Service 
filed a notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission to institute a new 
competitive product, then tentatively called ``Lightweight Commercial 
Parcels,'' and to remove First-Class Mail commercial base and 
commercial plus parcels from the market-dominant product offerings. The 
Commission completed its review on April 6, 2011.
    In this final rule, the Postal Service provides a description of 
the conditions

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for eligibility for the new competitive product, now called First-Class 
Package Service. First-Class Package Service parcels will receive the 
same service as First-Class Mail, however, parcels mailed at commercial 
base prices may not contain any content that meets the definition of 
`letter' in 39 CFR 310.1 (for example, no personal correspondence is 
permitted). First-Class Package Service parcels mailed at commercial 
plus prices have no content restrictions, other than the generic 
restrictions on nonmailable matter.

Effective Dates and More Information

    The Postal Service will begin to account for any First-Class Mail 
commercial base or commercial plus priced parcels as the competitive 
First-Class Package Service product on October 1, 2011. Mailers will 
retain the option to mail eligible items weighing 13 ounces or less at 
retail First-Class Mail single-piece parcel prices.
    Mailers may begin using the new labeling and marking methods 
outlined in this final rule as of October 3, 2011, but will not be 
required to do so until May 2012.
    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 is revised 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:

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

* * * * *

400 Commercial Parcels

401 Physical Standards

1.0 Physical Standards for Parcels

* * * * *

1.3 Maximum Weight and Size

[Revise the second sentence of 1.3 as follows:]

    * * * Lower weight limits apply to parcels mailed at Priority Mail 
commercial plus cubic, Regional Rate Box, First-Class Package Service, 
Standard Mail, Parcel Select Regional Ground, and Bound Printed Matter 
prices. * * *
* * * * *

2.0 Additional Physical Standards by Class of Mail

* * * * *

[Revise the title of 2.3 as follows:]

2.3 First-Class Package Service Parcels

2.3.1 Weight

[Revise the text of 2.3.1 as follows:]

    First-Class Package Service parcels cannot exceed 13 ounces, except 
for commercial plus parcels, which may exceed 13 ounces but must weigh 
less than 16 ounces.

2.3.2 Additional Physical Standards

[Revise the second sentence of the introductory text of 2.3.2 as 
follows:]

    * * * First-Class Package Service parcels are eligible for Delivery 
Confirmation and Signature Confirmation services. A First-Class Package 
Service parcel is:
* * * * *

402 Elements on the Face of a Mailpiece

* * * * *

2.0 Placement and Content of Markings

* * * * *

[Revise the heading of 2.4 as follows:]

2.4 First-Class Package Service Markings

2.4.1 Placement and Content

    Markings must be placed as follows:

[Revise the second sentence of item 2.4.1a as follows:]

    a. * * * The basic required marking ``Presorted (or ``PRSRT'') 
First-Class Package'' (or ``PKG'') must be printed as part of; directly 
below; or to the left of the postage on presorted parcels. * * *
* * * * *

[Revise the second sentence of item 2.4.1b as follows:]

    b. * * * In addition to the basic marking in 2.4.1a, First-Class 
Package Service parcels claiming commercial parcel prices must be 
marked as follows in a prominent location on the address side of the 
parcel:

[Revise items 2.4.1b1 and b2 as follows:]

    1. Except for parcels with permit imprint postage, parcels claiming 
commercial base prices must be marked ``Commercial Base Price'' or 
``ComBasPrice.''
    2. All parcels claiming commercial plus prices must be marked 
``Commercial Plus Price'' or ``ComPlsPrice.''
* * * * *

430 First-Class Package Service

433 Prices and Eligibility

[Revise the title of 1.0 as follows:]

1.0 Prices and Fees for First-Class Package Service

1.1 Price Application

[Add a new last sentence to item 1.1 as follows:]

    * * * All prices and fees can be found in Notice 123-Price List.
* * * * *

[Revise the title and text of 1.2 as follows:]

1.2 Price Determination for First-Class Package Service Parcels

    First-Class Package Service commercial base prices are the same 
price for the first three ounces, with additional prices per additional 
ounce or fraction thereof; any fraction of an ounce after the first 
three ounces is considered a whole ounce. The minimum postage per 
addressed piece is that for a piece weighing 3 ounces. First-Class 
Package Service commercial plus prices are not based on ounce 
increments but are flat rate prices at each sortation level for parcels 
weighing less than 16 ounces.

1.3 Commercial Base Parcel Prices

[Revise the text of 1.3 as follows:]

    First-Class Package Service presorted parcels no more than 13 
ounces in weight are eligible for commercial base prices. Nonpresorted 
First-Class Package Service parcels no more than 13 ounces in weight 
mailed under the following conditions are eligible for single-piece 
commercial base prices:
    a. The residual portion of a presorted mailing prepared under 
435.4.0.
    b. Nonpresorted mailings paid by permit imprint, IBI meter, or PC 
Postage.
    c. See 402.2.4 for marking requirements.

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1.4 Commercial Plus Prices

[Revise the text of 1.4 as follows:]

    First-Class Package Service machinable parcels less than 16 ounces 
and Merchandise Return Service parcels are eligible for commercial plus 
prices for customers that:
    a. Establish a customer commitment agreement with the Postal 
Service to mail more than 5,000 First-Class Package Service machinable 
parcels (including those parcels returned using Merchandise Return 
Service) at commercial plus prices in a calendar year. Customers may 
contact their account manager or the manager, Shipping Support (see 
608.8.0 for address) for additional information.
    b. Pay for postage by using a permit imprint.
    c. Enter a minimum of 500 pieces of mail for each presorted 
mailing, or a minimum of 200 pieces or 50 pounds of mail for each 
single-piece mailing, or receive parcels returned using Merchandise 
Return Services.
    d. Use the Electronic Verification System (eVS) or submit an 
electronic postage statement with a computerized manifest.
    e. Mark parcels under 402.2.4.
* * * * *

1.6 Presort Mailing Fee

[Revise the text of 1.6 as follows:]

    Payment of a presort mailing fee is required once each 12-month 
period at each office of mailing by any person or organization entering 
mailings at automation or Presorted First-Class Mail or any First-Class 
Package Service prices. Payment of one fee allows a mailer to enter 
mail at all those prices. Persons or organizations paying this fee may 
enter mail of their clients as well as their own mail. The fee may be 
paid in advance only for the next 12 months and only during the last 60 
days of the current service period. The fee charged is that which is in 
effect on the date of payment.

[Revise the title and text of 1.7 as follows:]

1.7 Computing Postage for First-Class Package Service

    Affix postage to each piece or, for permit imprint mailings, 
multiply the number of pieces at each price increment by the 
corresponding postage price, add the unrounded products (amounts), and 
round off the total postage to the nearest whole cent.
* * * * *

[Revise the title of 2.0 as follows:]

2.0 Content Standards for First-Class Package Service Parcels

2.1 General

[Revise the text of 2.1 as follows:]

    With the exception of restricted material described in 601.8.0, any 
mailable item may be mailed at First-Class Package Service commercial 
plus prices. Parcels mailed at First-Class Package Service commercial 
base prices are not sealed against inspection and may not contain 
documents or personal correspondence, except that such parcels may 
contain invoices, receipts, incidental advertising, and other documents 
that relate in all substantial respects to merchandise contained in the 
parcels.

[Revise the title and text of 2.2 as follows:]

2.2 Matter Required To Be Mailed as First-Class Mail

    See 133.3.0 for a detailed description of matter required to be 
mailed as First-Class Mail (or Express Mail or Priority Mail). The 
following types of contents must be mailed as First-Class Mail (or 
Express Mail or Priority Mail):
    a. Bills and statements of account.
    b. Personal information.
    c. Handwritten and typewritten material.

[Delete items 2.3 through 2.5 in their entirety and renumber current 
2.6 as new 2.3 and revise the title and text as follows:]

2.3 Restricted Air Transportation

    All First-Class Package Service parcels are subject to limitations 
for air transportation. See 601.10.0 for restrictions on air 
transportation.

[Revise the title of 3.0 as follows:]

3.0 Basic Standards for First-Class Package Service Parcels

3.1 Description of Service

[Revise the text of 3.1 as follows:]

    First-Class Package Service parcels receive expeditious handling 
and transportation.

3.2 Defining Characteristics

3.2.1 Inspection of Contents

[Revise the text of 3.2.1 as follows:]

    Parcels mailed at First-Class Package Service commercial plus 
prices are closed against postal inspection. Federal law and USPS 
regulations restrict both opening and reviewing the contents of First-
Class Package Service commercial plus parcels by anyone other than the 
addressee.

[Revise the title and text of 3.2.2 as follows:]

3.2.2 Forwarding and Return Services

    The postage price of First-Class Package Service parcels includes 
forwarding service to a new address for up to 12 months and return of 
undeliverable parcels to the sender.

[Delete current 3.2.3, Return Service, in its entirety and renumber 
current 3.2.4 as new 3.2.3 and revise as follows:]

3.2.3 Extra Services for First-Class Package Service Parcels

    Extra services available for First-Class Package Service parcels 
are certificate of mailing service, Certified Mail service, COD 
service, Delivery Confirmation service, insured mail service 
(merchandise only), Registered Mail service, return receipt service, 
restricted delivery service, Signature Confirmation service, and 
special handling. See information regarding extra services in 503. See 
508.7.0 for details about Hold for Pickup service.

[Delete current 3.2.5 and 3.2.6 in their entirety.]

[Revise the heading of 3.3 as follows:]

3.3 Additional Basic Standards for First-Class Package Service Parcels

    All presorted First-Class Package Service parcels must:

[Delete current items 3.3a through 3.3e in their entirety; and replace 
as follows:]

    a. Meet the applicable postage payment standards in 434 and 
604.7.0.
    b. Bear a delivery address that includes the correct ZIP Code or 
ZIP+4 code and that meets the address quality standards in 3.4 and 3.5.

[Delete 3.4, Presort Mailing Fee, in its entirety and renumber current 
3.5 through 3.6 as new 3.4 through 3.5.]

* * * * *

[Revise the title of 4.0 as follows:]

4.0 Price Eligibility for Presorted First-Class Package Service Parcels

* * * * *

434 Postage Payment and Documentation

1.0 Basic Standards for Postage Payment

1.1 Postage Payment Options

[Revise the first sentence of 1.1 and add a new second sentence as 
follows:]

    Postage for First-Class Package Service parcels must be paid with

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affixed postage or permit imprint as specified below. Parcels mailed at 
commercial plus prices must be mailed with permit imprint postage.* * *

[Revise the title of 2.0 as follows:]

2.0 Postage Payment for Presorted First-Class Package Service Parcels

2.1 Permit Imprint Postage

[Revise the first sentence of 2.1 as follows:]

    All First-Class Package Service parcels may bear permit imprint 
postage under 604.5.0. * * *
* * * * *

[Revise the title and text of 2.2 as follows:]

2.2 Affixed Postage for First-Class Package Service Parcels

    Each First-Class Package Service parcel bearing affixed postage 
(not allowed for commercial plus parcels) must bear the full postage at 
the First-Class Package Service price for which it qualifies.
* * * * *

3.0 Mailing Documentation

* * * * *

3.2 Basic Documentation Standards

[Revise the text of 3.2 as follows:]

    Supporting documentation (see 708.1.0) of postage is required for 
each mailing except for eVS mailings under 705.2.9, or unless the 
correct price is affixed to each piece or each piece is of identical 
weight and the pieces are separated by price when presented for 
acceptance.
* * * * *

[Delete current 3.5, Standard Format for Documentation, in its entirety 
(standards are in 708.1.0 referred to above) and renumber current 3.6 
through 3.8 as new 3.5 through 3.7.]

* * * * *

435 Mail Preparation

1.0 General Information for Mail Preparation

* * * * *

1.3 Terms for Presort Levels

    Terms used for presort levels are defined as follows:

[Revise the introductory line in 1.3a as follows:]

    a. 5-digit scheme for First-Class Package Service parcels: * * *
* * * * *

3.0 Sack Labels

* * * * *

3.3 Line 2 (Content Line)

    Line 2 (content line) must meet these standards:
* * * * *

[Revise 3.3b as follows:]

    b. Codes: The codes shown below must be used as appropriate on Line 
2 of sack labels. See 708.6.

[Revise the second row in the table in 3.3 and add a new third row as 
follows:]

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Content type                             Code
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                                * * * * *
First-Class Package Service...............  FC.
Parcels...................................  PARCELS.
 
                                * * * * *
------------------------------------------------------------------------

* * * * *

[Revise the title of 4.0 as follows:]

4.0 Preparing Parcels

4.1 Basic Standards

[Revise the text of 4.1 as follows:]

    Each Presorted First-Class Package Service mailing must be prepared 
in USPS-approved sacks and each parcel marked ``Presorted'' (or 
``PRSRT'') and ``First-Class Package Service.'' All parcels must be 
sorted together and prepared under 4.3 and 4.4.

[Revise the title and text of 4.2 as follows:]

4.2 Single-Piece Mail

    Single-piece (nonpresorted) First-Class Package Service parcels may 
be presented as a separate mailing or with a presorted mailing and 
reported on the same postage statement as follows:
    a. The single-piece mail must be physically separated from other 
pieces.
    b. The single-piece mail must bear no presorted price marking, or 
must be marked with the correction marking: ``Single-Piece'' or 
``SNGLP'' under 402.2.4.
* * * * *

4.4 Sacking and Labeling

    Preparation sequence, sack size, and labeling:

[Revise item 4.4a2 by changing ``FCM'' to ``FC'' as follows:]

    a. * * * labeling:
* * * * *
    2. Line 2: For 5-digit scheme sacks, ``FC PARCELS 5D SCH.'' For 5-
digit sacks, ``FC PARCELS 5D.''

[Revise item 4.4b2 by changing ``FCM'' to ``FC'' as follows:]

    b. * * * labeling:
* * * * *
    2. Line 2: ``FC PARCELS 3D.''

[Revise item 4.4c2 by changing ``FCM'' to ``FC'' as follows:]

    c. * * * labeling:
* * * * *
    2. Line 2: ``FC PARCELS ADC.''

[Revise item 4.4d2 by changing ``FCM'' to ``FC'' as follows:]

    d. * * * labeling:
* * * * *
    2. Line 2: ``FC PARCELS WKG.''
* * * * *

436 Enter and Deposit

1.0 Deposit

[Delete 1.1, Service Objective, in its entirety (stated in 433), and 
renumber current 1.2 through 1.4 as new 1.1 through 1.3.]

1.1 Time and Location of Deposit

[Revise the text of renumbered 1.1 as follows:]

    First-Class Package Service parcels must be deposited at locations 
and times designated by the postmaster. Metered mail must be deposited 
in locations under the jurisdiction of the licensing Post Office except 
under 604.4.5.3. Permit imprint mail must be deposited under 604.5.0 
and 705.

1.2 Approved Collections

[Revise the introductory text of renumbered 1.2 as follows:]

    The USPS may collect First-Class Package Service parcels at a 
mailer's facility if part of an approved collection service for other 
classes of mail; space is available on the transportation; and:
* * * * *

2.0 Verification

2.1 USPS Verification and Mailer Correction

[Revise the text of 2.1 as follows:]

    Mailings are subject to USPS procedures to verify correct 
preparation and postage payment. If, at the acceptance unit, a mailing 
is found not to qualify for a First-Class Package Service presort 
price, the mailer must take corrective action or pay a single-piece 
price (see 2.3). The return of mailings to the mailer's facility for 
reworking is the mailer's responsibility.
* * * * *

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2.3 Payment at Single-Piece Price Rather Than Correcting Errors

[Revise the text of 2.3 as follows:]

    A mailer who pays a single-piece First-Class Package Service price 
rather than correcting presorting errors in a mailing paid with meter 
or precanceled stamps must either affix metered postage for the 
additional amount on each piece or pay the difference in cash (or by 
check) and present the receipt to the acceptance point before the mail 
may be released for processing. A mailer who makes the same choice for 
a permit imprint mailing must correct the postage statement to show the 
higher price.
* * * * *

500 Additional Mailing Services

503 Extra Services

* * * * *

2.0 Registered Mail

* * * * *

2.2 Basic Information About Registered Mail

* * * * *

2.2.2 Eligible Matter

[Revise the first sentence of 2.2.2 as follows:]

    Only mailable matter prepaid with postage at the First-Class Mail, 
First-Class Package Service, or Priority Mail (excluding Critical Mail) 
prices may be sent as Registered Mail. * * *
* * * * *

3.0 Certified Mail

* * * * *

3.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

3.2.2 Eligible Matter

[Revise the text of 3.2.2 as follows:]

    Only mailable matter prepaid with postage at the First-Class Mail, 
First-Class Package Service, or Priority Mail (excluding Critical Mail) 
prices may be sent as Certified Mail.
* * * * *

4.0 Insured Mail

* * * * *

4.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

4.2.2 Eligible Matter

    The following types of mail may be insured:

[Revise the text of item 4.2.2a as follows:]

    a. First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service and Priority Mail 
(including Critical Mail), if it contains matter that is eligible to be 
mailed at Standard Mail or Package Services prices.
* * * * *

4.3 Mailing

* * * * *

4.3.5 Integrated Barcodes

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

[Revise the first sentence of 4.3.5c as follows:]

    c. Mailers must use an integrated barcode (see Exhibit 4.3.5c) when 
insurance is purchased online for Priority Mail and for parcels mailed 
at First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service, Media Mail, Parcel 
Post, or Parcel Select prices. * * *
* * * * *

5.0 Certificate of Mailing

5.1 Certificate of Mailing Fees

[Revise the second sentence of 5.1 as follows:]

    * * * The correct fee must be paid in addition to postage for 
mailings of identical pieces of First-Class Mail, First-Class Package 
Service (except for parcels mailed at commercial plus prices), Priority 
Mail (excluding Critical Mail), and Package Services. * * *
* * * * *

5.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

5.2.4 Eligible Matter--Bulk Quantities

[Revise the second sentence of 5.2.4 as follows:]

    * * * This certificate is provided only for a mailing of identical 
pieces of First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service (except for 
parcels mailed at commercial plus prices), Priority Mail (excluding 
Critical Mail), Standard Mail, and Package Services. * * *
* * * * *

6.0 Return Receipt

* * * * *

6.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

6.2.2 Eligible Matter

    Return receipt service is available for:
* * * * *

[Revise the text of 6.2.2b as follows:]

    b. First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service, and Priority Mail 
(excluding Critical Mail) when purchased at the time of mailing with 
Certified Mail, COD, insured mail (for more than $200.00), or 
Registered Mail service.
* * * * *

7.0 Restricted Delivery

* * * * *

7.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

7.2.2 Eligible Matter

    Restricted Delivery service is available for:

[Revise the text of 7.2.2a as follows:]

    a. First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service, and Priority Mail 
(excluding Critical Mail) when purchased at the time of mailing with 
Certified Mail, COD, insured mail (for more than $200.00), or 
Registered Mail service.
* * * * *

10.0 Delivery Confirmation

* * * * *

10.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

10.2.2 Eligible Matter

[Revise the first sentence of 10.2.2 as follows:]

    Delivery Confirmation is available for First-Class Mail parcels and 
First-Class Package Service parcels; all Priority Mail pieces; Standard 
Mail Not Flat-Machinable pieces and machinable or irregular parcels 
(electronic option only); Package Services, Parcel Select, and Parcel 
Select Regional Ground parcels (electronic option only) under 401.1.0. 
* * *
* * * * *

11.0 Signature Confirmation

* * * * *

11.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

11.2.2 Eligible Matter

[Revise the first sentence of 11.2.2 as follows:]

    Signature Confirmation is available for First-Class Mail parcels 
and First-Class Package Service parcels; all Priority Mail pieces; 
Standard Mail Not Flat-Machinable pieces and machinable or irregular 
parcels (electronic option only); Package Services, Parcel Select, and 
Parcel Select Regional Ground

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parcels (electronic option only) under 401.1.0. * * *
* * * * *

12.0 Collect on Delivery (COD)

* * * * *

12.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

12.2.2 Eligible Matter

[Revise the introductory sentence of 12.2.2 as follows:]

    COD service may be used for Express Mail, First-Class Mail, First-
Class Package Service, Priority Mail (excluding Critical Mail), and any 
Package Services or Parcel Select sub-category if:
* * * * *

12.2.4 Registered COD Mail

[Revise the first sentence of 12.2.4 as follows:]

    Sealed domestic mail of any class bearing First-Class Mail or 
First-Class Package Service postage may be sent as registered COD mail. 
* * *
* * * * *

13.0 Special Handling

* * * * *

13.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

13.2.2 Availability

[Revise the text of 13.2.2 as follows:]

    Special handling service is available only for First-Class Mail, 
First-Class Package Service, Priority Mail (excluding Critical Mail), 
Package Services, and Parcel Select pieces.
* * * * *

13.2.4 Bees and Poultry

[Revise the text of 13.2.4 as follows:]

    Unless sent at First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service, or 
Priority Mail prices, special handling is required for parcels 
containing honeybees or baby poultry.
* * * * *

507 Mailer Services

1.0 Treatment of Mail

* * * * *

1.4 Basic Treatment

* * * * *

1.4.5 Extra Services

    Mail with extra services is treated according to the charts for 
each class of mail in 1.5, except that:
* * * * *

[Revise the text of 1.4.5b as follows:]

    b. All insured First-Class Mail. First-Class Package Service and 
Priority Mail pieces are forwarded and returned at no additional 
charge. All insured Standard Mail, Package Services, and Parcel Select 
pieces are forwarded or returned.
* * * * *

1.5 Treatment for Ancillary Services by Class of Mail

[Revise the title and the introductory text of 1.5.1 as follows:]

1.5.1 First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service, and Priority Mail

    Undeliverable-as-addressed First-Class Mail (including postcards), 
First-Class Package Service, and Priority Mail pieces are treated under 
Exhibit 1.5.1, with these additional conditions:
* * * * *

[Revise the text of 1.5.1d as follows:]

    d. First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service or Priority Mail 
pieces bearing Standard Mail markings and endorsements under 202 and 
244.5.1 for letters, 302 and 344.5.1 for flats, and 402 and 444.4.1 for 
parcels receives forwarding, return, and address correction services 
for Standard Mail under 1.5.3.
    e. ``Change Service Requested'' is not permitted for the following:
* * * * *

[Revise the text of items 1.5.1e2 and e3 as follows:]

    2. First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service, or Priority Mail 
pieces containing hazardous materials under 601.10.0.
    3. First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service or Priority Mail 
pieces with an extra service other than Delivery Confirmation or 
Signature Confirmation.

[Revise the introductory text of 1.5.1f as follows:]

    f. Address Change Service under 4.0 is available for First-Class 
Mail, First-Class Package Service, and Priority Mail pieces with the 
ACS participant code for an authorized ACS participant and a valid 
ancillary service endorsement. Mailers participating in OneCode ACS 
under 4.2.6 may print an Intelligent Mail barcode on First-Class Mail 
automation letters instead of a participant code and endorsement. The 
only endorsements permitted on First-Class Mail, First-Class Package 
Service and Priority Mail valid ACS pieces are ``Address Service 
Requested'', ``Change Service Requested'' or ``Electronic Service 
Requested'' subject to the following:
* * * * *

[Revise the title of Exhibit 1.5.1 as follows:]

Exhibit 1.5.1 Treatment of Undeliverable First-Class Mail, First-Class 
Package Service and Priority Mail

* * * * *

[In the table for Change Service Requested, in the third column, last 
row, revise item (1)(b) as follows:]

    (b) First-Class Mail and First-Class Package Service (excluding 
hazardous materials).
* * * * *

1.8 Returning Mail

* * * * *

[Revise the title and text of 1.8.3 as follows:]

1.8.3 Express Mail, Priority Mail, First-Class Mail, and First-Class 
Package Service

    Mailpieces sent as Express Mail, Priority Mail, First-Class Mail, 
or First-Class Package Service that cannot be delivered as addressed or 
forwarded to a new address, unless otherwise requested by the sender, 
are returned to the sender at no additional charge. Excluding pieces 
containing live animals, the following are disposed of by the USPS:
    a. Priority Mail pieces with a valid Address Change Service (ACS) 
participant code marked ``Perishable'' and endorsed ``Change Service 
Requested.''
    b. First-Class Mail or First-Class Package Service pieces with a 
valid ACS participant code and endorsed ``Change Service Requested.''
* * * * *

1.9 Dead Mail

1.9.1 Basic Information

[Revise the introductory text of 1.9.1 as follows:]

    Dead mail is matter deposited in the mail that is undeliverable and 
cannot be returned to the sender. A reasonable effort is made to match 
articles found loose in the mail with the envelope or wrapper and to 
return or forward the articles. The disposition of dead mail items is 
as follows:
* * * * *

[Revise the text of 1.91e as follows:]

    e. Except for unendorsed Standard Mail, undeliverable Standard Mail 
and Package Services, and insured First-Class Mail or First-Class 
Package

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Service pieces containing Standard Mail or Package Services enclosures, 
that cannot be returned because of an incorrect, incomplete, illegible, 
or missing return address is opened and examined to identify the sender 
or addressee.
* * * * *

2.0 Forwarding

* * * * *

2.2 Forwardable Mail

* * * * *

2.2.3 Discontinued Post Office

[Revise the text of 2.2.3 as follows:]

    All Express Mail, Priority Mail, First-Class Mail, First-Class 
Package Service, Periodicals, and Package Services pieces addressed to 
a discontinued Post Office may be forwarded without added charge to a 
Post Office that the addressee designates as more convenient than the 
office to which the USPS ordered the mail sent.

2.2.4 Rural Delivery

[Revise the text of 2.2.4 as follows:]

    When rural delivery service is established or changed, a customer 
of any office receiving mail from the rural carrier of another office 
may have all Express Mail, Priority Mail, First-Class Mail, First-Class 
Package Service, Periodicals, and Package Services pieces forwarded to 
the latter office for delivery without added charge, if the customer 
files a written request with the postmaster at the former office.
* * * * *

2.2.6 Mail for Military Personnel

[Revise the first sentence of 2.2.6 as follows:]

    All Express Mail, First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service, 
Periodicals, and Package Services mailpieces addressed to persons in 
the U.S. Armed Forces (including civilian employees) serving where U.S. 
mail service operates is forwarded at no added charge when the change 
of address is caused by official orders. * * *
* * * * *

2.3 Postage for Forwarding

* * * * *

[Revise the title and text of 2.3.3 as follows:]

2.3.3 Priority Mail, First-Class Mail, and First-Class Package Service

    Priority Mail, First-Class Mail (including postcards), and First-
Class Package Service mailpieces are forwarded without charge when 
postage is fully prepaid by the sender.
* * * * *

3.0 Premium Forwarding Service

* * * * *

3.3 Preparation

* * * * *

3.3.3 Mailpieces Requiring a Scan or Signature at Delivery

[Revise the introductory text of 3.3.3 and item 3.3.3a as follows:]

    Mailpieces requiring a scan or signature at delivery, such as 
Express Mail or numbered insured mail, are scanned, and then rerouted 
immediately and separately to the temporary address, subject to the 
following:
    a. Express Mail, Priority Mail, First-Class Mail and First-Class 
Package Service mailpieces are rerouted at no additional charge.
* * * * *

[Revise the title and text of 3.3.5 as follows:]

3.3.5 First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service, and Periodicals 
Parcels Not Requiring a Scan or Signature at Delivery

    First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service, and Periodicals 
parcels not requiring a scan or signature at delivery and that do not 
fit into the weekly Priority Mail shipment are separately rerouted at 
no additional charge.
* * * * *

3.4 Enter and Deposit

3.4.1 Mailpieces Arriving Postage Due at the Primary Address

    * * * Mailpieces arriving postage due are rerouted as follows:

[Revise 3.4.1a as follows:]

    a. Postage due First-Class Mail and First-Class Package Service 
mailpieces are rerouted as First-Class Mail or First-Class Package 
Service postage due. Only the original postage due amount is collected. 
There is no additional charge for rerouting the mailpiece.
* * * * *

4.0 Address Correction Services

4.1 Address Correction Service

* * * * *

4.1.5 Other Classes

[Revise the text of 4.1.5 as follows:]

    When possible, ``on-piece'' address correction is provided for 
Express Mail, Priority Mail, First-Class Mail, First-Class Package 
Service, Standard Mail, Package Services, and Parcel Select pieces. If 
the piece cannot be forwarded, it is returned with new address 
information or reason for nondelivery attached. When separate 
corrections are necessary, Form 3547 is mailed to the sender with the 
address correction fee charged and the mail is forwarded. This service 
is not available for mailpieces to be delivered by military personnel 
at any military installation, including APOs and FPOs.
* * * * *

5.0 Recall of Mail

5.1 Who May Recall Mail

* * * * *

5.1.3 Expenses and Postage

[Revise the first sentence of 5.1.3 as follows:]

    The mailer must pay all expenses of recalling mail (including 
return postage for other than First-Class Mail or First-Class Package 
Service mailpieces). * * *
* * * * *

600 Basic Standards for All Mailing Services

* * * * *

602 Addressing

1.0 Elements of Addressing

* * * * *

1.3 Address Elements

[Revise the introductory text of 1.3 as follows:]

    All mail not bearing a simplified address must bear a delivery 
address that contains at least the following elements in this order 
from the top line:
* * * * *

[Revise items 1.3e and 1.3e1 as follows:]

    e. ZIP Code where required:
    1. ZIP Codes are required on Express Mail, commercial First-Class 
Mail, First-Class Package Service, Periodicals, Standard Mail, Package 
Services and Parcel Select mailpieces, all mail sent to military 
addresses within the United States and to APO and FPO addresses, 
official mail, Business Reply Mail, and merchandise return service 
mail.
* * * * *

1.9 Additional Addressing Standards by Class

[Revise the text of 1.9 as follows:]

    Basic addressing standards are in the Prices and Eligibility 
section for each class of mail.
* * * * *

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604 Postage Payment Methods

* * * * *

4.0 Postage Meters and PC Postage Products (Postage Evidencing Systems)

4.1 Basic Information

* * * * *

4.1.5 Authorized Classes of Mail

[Revise the text of 4.1.5 as follows:]

    Mailers may use postage evidencing systems to affix or apply 
indicia on any class of mail except First-Class Package Service 
commercial plus parcels, Periodicals, and Bound Printed Matter.
* * * * *

4.5 Mailings

4.5.1 Mailing Date Format

    * * * The mailing date format used in the indicia is also subject 
to the following conditions.
    a. Complete Date. Mailers must use a complete date for the 
following:

[Revise 4.5.1a1 as follows:]

    1. All Express Mail, Priority Mail, First-Class Mail, and First-
Class Package Service pieces.
* * * * *

5.0 Permit Imprint (Indicia)

5.1 General Standards

5.1.1 Definition

[Revise the text of 5.1.1 as follows:]

    A mailer may be authorized to mail material without affixing 
postage when payment is made at the time of mailing from a permit 
imprint advance deposit account established with USPS. This payment 
method may be used for postage and extra service fees for Express Mail 
(``eVS'' only), Priority Mail, First-Class Mail, First-Class Package 
Service, Standard Mail, Package Services, and Parcel Select mailpieces. 
This method is not available for Periodicals.
* * * * *

5.3 Indicia, Design, Placement, and Content

* * * * *

[Revise the title and the first sentence of 5.3.6 as follows:]

5.3.6 Express Mail, Priority Mail, Critical Mail, First-Class Mail and 
First-Class Package Service Format

    A permit imprint indicia on Express Mail, Priority Mail, Critical 
Mail, First-Class Mail, or First-Class Package Service mailpieces must 
show ``Express Mail,'' ``Priority Mail'' (or ``Priority''), ``Critical 
Mail,'' ``First-Class Mail,'' or ``First-Class Package'' (or ``First-
Class Pkg'') as applicable; ``U.S. Postage Paid''; city and state; and 
permit number. * * *
* * * * *

700 Special Standards

* * * * *

705 Advance Preparation and Special Postage Payment Systems

* * * * *

8.0 Preparing Pallets

* * * * *

8.6 Pallet Placards

* * * * *

8.6.5 Line 2 (Content Line)

    Line 2 (content line) must meet these standards:
* * * * *

[Revise the table in 8.6.5 by adding a new 7th row (between ``First-
Class Mail'' and ``Flats'' with ``First-Class Package Service'' in the 
Content Type column and ``FC PKG'' in the Code column as follows:]

------------------------------------------------------------------------
               Content type                             Code
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
                                * * * * *
First-Class Package Service...............  FC PKG.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

* * * * *
    We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR Part 111 to 
reflect these changes.

Stanley F. Mires,
Chief Counsel, Legislative.
[FR Doc. 2011-21028 Filed 8-17-11; 8:45 am]
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