[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 238 (Monday, December 12, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 77133-77149]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-31747]


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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 111


Domestic Shipping Services Pricing and Mailing Standards Changes

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 reflect 
changes to prices and mailing standards for the following Shipping 
Services: Express Mail[supreg]; Priority Mail[supreg]; First-Class 
Package Service\TM\; Parcel Select[supreg]; Parcel Return Service; 
Mailer Services; and Recipient Services.

DATES: Effective Date: January 22, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Gullo (202) 268-8057 or Garry 
Rodriguez (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This final rule describes new prices and 
product features for Shipping Services, by class of mail, established 
by the Governors of the United States Postal Service[supreg]. New 
prices are available under Docket Number CP2012-2 on the Postal 
Regulatory Commission's Web site at http://www.prc.gov, and are also 
located on the Postal Explorer[supreg] Web site at http://pe.usps.com.
    Shipping Services changes are identified by product as follows:

Express Mail

Postage Refunds

    Current standards for Express Mail postage refunds are revised to 
add certain destinations where postage refunds will not be available 
for money back guarantee. The destinations include Guam, American 
Samoa, the

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Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the 
Marshall Islands, and the Federated States of Micronesia. These 
destinations will continue to have Express Mail postage refunds for 
loss.

Flat Rate Boxes

    Express Mail Flat Rate packaging options are broadened to include 
Express Mail Flat Rate Boxes for customers who ship domestic parcels at 
retail, commercial base, and commercial plus prices. Two new Flat Rate 
Box sizes showing the inside measurements are:
     11 inches x 8\1/2\ inches x 5\1/2\ inches
     11\7/8\ inches x 3\3/8\ inches x 13\5/8\ inches
    Both boxes are priced the same, and material mailed in a 
USPS[supreg]--produced Express Mail Flat Rate Box is charged a flat 
rate, regardless of the actual weight (up to 70 pounds) or domestic 
destination. All existing Express Mail standards and postage payment 
methods for retail, commercial base, and commercial plus prices apply.
    Express Mail Flat Rate Boxes are available at many retail Post 
Office \TM\ locations and online at http://www.usps.com.

Priority Mail

Board Game Large Flat Rate Box

    Priority Mail Flat Rate packaging options are being expanded to 
include the Priority Mail Board Game Large Flat Rate Box introduced 
June 2011. The new box is priced the same as the Priority Mail Large 
Flat Rate Box and also includes the APO/FPO and DPO destination 
discounted price. All services currently available with Priority Mail 
are available with the Board Game Large Flat Rate Box. The box is not 
available at retail Post Office locations but must be ordered online at 
http://www.usps.com.

Regional Rate Boxes

    Regional Rate Boxes are available to Priority Mail customers who 
use USPS-produced packaging, with prices based on one of the three box 
sizes and zone to which it is shipped. In addition to commercial base 
and commercial plus prices, if any of the three Regional Rate Boxes is 
entered at retail, a 75-cent additional charge will be applied. 
Regional Rate Boxes are not available at retail Post Office locations 
but must be ordered online at http://www.usps.com.

Commercial Plus Cubic Threshold

    Commercial plus cubic prices are not based on weight, but are 
charged on the cubic measurement of the mailpiece and the zone to which 
it is shipped. With this final rule, the commercial plus cubic volume 
threshold is reduced from 250,000 to 150,000 pieces to make cubic 
pricing more accessible to a larger group of customers.

Priority Mail Open and Distribute

    Priority Mail Open and Distribute (PMOD) service provides 
alternatives for mailers who want to expedite mailings of other classes 
of mail to destination postal facilities.
    The current PMOD tray box options are expanded to include a new 
flat tub tray box. Standards are also revised to add a new commercial 
plus pricing option for the half tray box, full tray box, extended 
managed mail (EMM) tray box, and flat tub tray box. The commercial plus 
PMOD tray box postage option is priced based on the tray box and zone.

Regional Rate Box C

    The Postal Service introduces a new third option for Priority Mail 
Regional Rate--Regional Rate Box C. Box C is available for customers 
who send Priority Mail parcels and Merchandise Return Service (MRS) 
parcels when returned at Priority Mail prices. Regional Rate Box C is 
larger in size than its two counterparts (Box A and Box B), and 
measures 15 inches x 12 inches x 12 inches (outer dimensions), and 
14\3/4\ inches x 11\3/4\ inches x 11\1/2\ inches (inner dimensions). 
Box C has a maximum weight limit of 25 pounds, and is only available as 
a top-loading box option. Priority Mail customers who ship parcels at 
retail, commercial base, and commercial plus prices can take advantage 
of Regional Rate boxes. Box C is not available for mailers using 
Business Reply Mail (BRM) or Parcel Return Service (PRS).
    Customers must use USPS-produced Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes 
to qualify for Regional Rate Box prices. Prices are based on box size 
(Box A, Box B, or the new Box C) and the destination zone. If the 
Priority Mail Regional Rate Box exceeds the maximum weight or is 
reconfigured, the applicable Priority Mail prices will be assessed.
    All current Priority Mail Regional Rate Box services and mailing 
standards are applicable with this new packaging option. Customers may 
order these boxes online at http://www.usps.com.

First-Class Package Service

Presort Fee Clarification

    First-Class Package Service was introduced on November 7, 2011. It 
replaced First-Class Mail commercial base and commercial plus parcels. 
In this final rule, the Postal Service clarifies that an annual mailing 
fee is only required for mailings entered at presorted First-Class 
Package Service prices.

Eligibility Standards

    Eligibility standards for First-Class Package Service commercial 
base nonpresorted parcels are revised to require parcels with PC 
Postage[supreg] to have a qualifying shipping label and parcels using 
IBI meters for postage must electronically submit data to the Postal 
Service.

Postage Payment Clarification

    In this final rule the Postal Service clarifies that postage on 
commercial base parcels may be affixed in an amount not less than the 
lowest applicable First-Class Package Service parcel price if 
authorized by Business Mailer Support.

Parcel Select

Machinable Dimensions

    The Postal Service has explored the alignment of minimum and 
maximum ranges for optimal processing of machinable parcels on all 
parcel processing equipment. To correct inefficiencies in parcel 
processing and to align the standards with the current mail processing 
equipment capability, the Postal Service is revising the machinability 
dimensional criteria from the current 34 inches x 17 inches x 17 inches 
to 27 inches x 17 inches x 17 inches.

Eliminate $0.03 Barcode Discount

    The $0.03 discount on machinable Parcel Select network distribution 
center (NDC) and machinable Parcel Select origin NDC (ONDC) barcoded 
presorted parcels is eliminated since it is expected that all parcels 
claiming presort or destination entry pricing will be required to bear 
an Intelligent Mail[supreg] package barcode (IMpb), a unique tracking 
barcode, or an extra services barcode effective January 22, 2012.

Rename Parcel Select Barcoded Nonpresort

    As a result of the impending requirement for parcels claiming 
presort or destination entry pricing to bear an IMpb, a unique 
tracking, or extra services barcode, the current barcoded nonpresorted 
Parcel Select category will be renamed ``Parcel Select Nonpresort.'' 
The Postal Service also clarifies that all Parcel Select mailpieces 
must bear a unique tracking barcode or an IMpb.
    The July 5, 2011 DMM change to standards required Parcel Select 
mailpieces to be forwarded or returned to sender at Parcel Select 
Nonpresort

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prices. This change necessitates a modification to Parcel Select 
Nonpresort to provide pricing for mailpieces exceeding 35 pounds up to 
70 pounds. The Postal Service will also apply oversized pricing to the 
revised Parcel Select Nonpresort category similar to the destination 
entry, NDC, and ONDC presort categories.

Parcel Select Regional Ground

    Parcel Select Regional Ground was introduced on April 17, 2011, and 
was designed as a regional product to provide delivery for mailpieces 
destinating within the same service area of the USPS processing plant 
where the mailing is entered. This product was never intended for use 
to the more distant zones; consequently, the option for mailers to 
prepare Parcel Select Regional Ground mailpieces, under the ONDC 
category, to zones 4 through 8 is eliminated. Mailers continue to have 
the option to mail packages destinating to zones 4 through 8 at Parcel 
Select Nonpresort prices.
    Additionally, the Parcel Select Regional Ground .35 cubic foot 
maximum size limitation is eliminated. This will save customers time 
and provide a greater opportunity to use this product.

Parcel Select Lightweight

    The Postal Service has obtained approval to create two products 
from its existing Standard Mail parcels/not flat-machinable (NFMs) 
product; and to transfer one category (with the exception of nonprofit) 
to its competitive product line. The category being transferred will 
become Parcel Select Lightweight, a subcategory of the Parcel Select 
product.
    The Postal Service expects that the transfer of these Standard 
Mail[supreg] parcels into the new Parcel Select Lightweight category 
will provide for greater pricing flexibility and an expanded and more 
logical structure within the Parcel Select product line. Parcel Select 
Lightweight will offer machinable and irregular pricing options for 
mailpieces less than 1 pound; and will retain the physical standards, 
eligibility, and entry level pricing currently applicable to Standard 
Mail parcels. Parcel Select Lightweight postage is based on the price 
that applies to the weight increment of each addressed piece, charged 
per ounce or fraction thereof. However, Parcel Select Lightweight 
pieces will not be subject to carrier route pricing or preparation 
standards.
    A mailing fee must be paid each 12-month period for each permit 
used to mail Standard Mail and/or Parcel Select Lightweight pieces. 
Mailers having annual Standard Mail presort permits may also make 
mailings under the new Parcel Select Lightweight category using their 
current permits.
    Parcel Select Lightweight mailpieces will not be subject to 
forwarding or return to sender postage charges at the Parcel Select 
Nonpresort price or to the additional service fee. Undeliverable pieces 
will receive the same treatment currently provided to Standard Mail 
pieces.
    Parcel Select Lightweight mailpieces will be required to bear a 
basic ``Parcel Select'' product marking in addition to a ``Parcel 
Select Lightweight'' price marking. Mailers may begin using these new 
markings on January 22, 2012, but will not be required to do so until 
October 1, 2012.

Parcel Select Future Changes

    The Postal Service is also signaling its intent, at a future date, 
to assess an extended delivery area fee for Parcel Select mailpieces 
entered at specified destination entry locations. This fee will be 
applied to destination network distribution center (DNDC), destination 
sectional center facility (DSCF), and destination delivery unit (DDU) 
Parcel Select and Parcel Select Regional Ground mailpieces, and is 
intended to contribute to the product cost coverage for mailpieces 
destinating in areas with higher delivery costs related to geographic 
area, road infrastructure, or other factors. The Postal Service intends 
to provide the listing of applicable 5-digit ZIP\TM\ Codes prior to, or 
concurrent with, the implementation of the new fee.

Parcel Return Service

Machinable Dimensions

    To align the standards for machinable parcels with current mail 
processing equipment capability, the Postal Service revises the 
dimensional criteria for all machinable parcels from the current 34 
inches x 17 inches x 17 inches to 27 inches x 17 inches x 17 inches.

Parcel Return Service RSCF

    The Postal Service is expanding Parcel Return Service to provide 
authorized permit holders, or their agents, greater flexibility in the 
retrieval of their parcels by adding a new return sectional center 
facility (RSCF) service option.

Mailer Services

Premium Forwarding Service

    Premium Forwarding Service[supreg] (PFS[supreg]) is revised to 
include an online application. The PFS online application is available 
at http://www.usps.com/premiumforwarding and is offered only to 
residential delivery customers. The application fee and recurring 
weekly installments are processed as services are rendered, and must be 
paid by credit card. Modifications or cancellation of the service can 
be done online only when the initial request was completed online.

Package Intercept

    Package InterceptTM is a new domestic service that 
replaces the current recall of mail service. Package Intercept is not 
available to international and APO/FPO/DPO destinations or on 
mailpieces requiring a customs label. Customers wishing to use Package 
Intercept initiate the process by paying a per-piece fee. Package 
Intercept requests are active for 10 days. The USPS does not guarantee 
the interception of a mailpiece.
    Package Intercept can be used for any mailable Express Mail, 
Priority Mail, First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service, Parcel 
Select, and Package Services, letter, flat, or parcel with a tracking 
barcode. Parcels may not measure more than 108 inches in length and 
girth combined. Package Intercept is not available for any mailpiece 
that indicates surface-only transportation such as Label 127, ``Surface 
Mail Only'' or bears other hazardous materials markings such as 
``Consumer Commodity ORM-D''.
    In addition to the fee to initiate the interception, all mailpieces 
that are redirected to a new address, to a Post Office as Hold For 
Pickup, or to the sender, will be subject to payment of additional 
postage to the new destination as applicable.
    Package Intercept service will be implemented in three phases. In 
Phase One, effective January 22, 2012, Package Intercept will only be 
available by submitting PS Form 1509, Application for Package 
Intercept, at the Post Office of mailing. Redirect to sender will be 
the only redirection option available.
    Phase Two, scheduled for April 2012, will be the introduction of an 
online application for commercial customers. The redirection options 
for commercial customers will be expanded to include redirect to a new 
address and to a Post Office as Hold For Pickup.
    Phase Three, scheduled for June 2012, will be the introduction of 
an online application for retail customers. The redirection options for 
retail customers will also be expanded at that time to include redirect 
to a new address and to a Post Office as Hold For Pickup. As a result 
of the June 2012 phase, PS Form 1509 will then be retired.

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    The Package Intercept fee in effect January 22, 2012, (See Notice 
123--Price List) will remain the same throughout the phase-to-phase 
implementation.

Recipient Services

Post Office BoxTM Service

    On July 29, 2011, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) approved 
the Postal Service's request to move Post Office (PO) Boxes in 6,800 
retail Post Office locations to the competitive (Shipping Services) 
product list.
    As part of the Shipping Services price change, PO Box\TM\ fees in 
some of these 6,800 locations will be priced under fee group C1 while 
most locations will be priced in six new fee groups, C2 through C7. Fee 
group prices ranges are being established, with specific fees to be 
announced later in a Postal Bulletin notice. All existing competitive 
PO Box service standards apply.

Hold for Pickup

    As part of the introduction of First-Class Package Service to 
replace First-Class Mail commercial base and commercial plus parcels 
and move from the market dominant product offering, the Postal Service 
clarifies that Hold For Pickup eligibility is revised to include First-
Class Package Service as an option.

Resources

    The Postal Service provides additional resources to assist 
customers with this price change for Shipping Services. These tools 
include price lists, downloadable price files, and Federal Register 
Notices, which may be found on the Postal Explorer Web site at http://pe.usps.com.
    The Postal Service adopts the following changes 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 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:

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

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100 Retail Mail

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110 Express Mail

113 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Express Mail Prices and Fees

1.1 Prices Charged Per Piece

    [Revise 1.1 as follows:]
    Express Mail postage is charged for each addressed piece according 
to its weight and zone. Flat Rate Envelopes and Boxes are charged under 
1.4.

1.2 Price Application

    [Delete the last sentence of 1.2, in its entirety.]
* * * * *
    [Revise the heading of 1.4 as follows:]

1.4 Flat Rate Packaging

    [Revise the heading and text of 1.4.1 as follows:]

1.4.1 Flat Rate Packaging--Eligibility

    Only USPS-produced or approved Flat Rate Envelopes and Boxes are 
eligible for the Flat Rate price and are charged a flat rate, 
regardless of the actual weight (up to 70 pounds) of the mailpiece or 
domestic destination. When sealing a Flat Rate Envelope or Box, the 
container flaps must be able to close within the normal folds. Tape may 
be applied to the flaps and seams to reinforce the container provided 
the design of the container is not enlarged by opening the sides, and 
the container is not reconstructed in any way.
* * * * *
    [Add new 1.4.3 as follows:]

1.4.3 Flat Rate Boxes--Price Eligibility

    Each USPS-produced Express Mail Flat Rate Box is priced at a flat 
rate regardless of the actual weight (up to 70 pounds) of the mailpiece 
or domestic destination. See Notice 123-Price List for prices.
* * * * *

114 Postage Payment Methods

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2.0 Postage Refunds

    Postage refunds may not be available if delivery was attempted 
within the times required for the specific service, or for any of the 
following reasons:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 2.0i as follows:]
    i. Postage refunds, other than for loss, may not be obtained if the 
Express Mail piece is destined to Guam, American Samoa, the 
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the 
Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia (see 608.2.4.1 
for ZIP Codes).
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120 Priority Mail

123 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Priority Mail Prices and Fees

1.1 Price Application

    [Revise the first sentence of 1.1 as follows:]
    Except under 1.3 through 1.6, Priority Mail retail prices are based 
on weight and zone and are charged per pound; any fraction of a pound 
is rounded up to the next whole pound. * * *
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1.5 Flat Rate Envelopes and Boxes

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1.5.2 Flat Rate Boxes--Price and Eligibility

    [Revise 1.5.2 as follows:]
    Only USPS-produced Flat Rate Boxes are eligible for the Flat Rate 
Box prices. Each USPS-produced Priority Mail Flat Rate Box is charged a 
flat rate regardless of the actual weight (up to 70 pounds) of the 
mailpiece or domestic destination. See Notice 123--Price List for 
applicable prices. Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are as follows:
    a. Small Flat Rate Box to domestic, APO/FPO, and DPO destinations.
    b. Medium Flat Rate Boxes (FRB-1) or (FRB-2) to domestic, APO/FPO, 
and DPO destinations.
    c. Board Game Large Flat Rate Box or Large Flat Rate Box to 
domestic destinations.
    d. Board Game Large Flat Rate Box or Large Flat Rate Box and 
``special version of this box'' identified with the additional logo: 
``Americasupportsyou.mil.'' to APO/FPO and DPO destinations is priced 
less than the conventional domestic Large Flat Rate Boxes. If the 
special version of the APO/FPO Flat Rate Box is used for non-APO/FPO 
and DPO destination addresses, the domestic or international Large Flat 
Rate Box prices will apply.
    [Renumber 1.6 through 1.10 as 1.7 through 1.11 and add new 1.6 as 
follows:]

1.6 Regional Rate Boxes

1.6.1 Price and Eligibility

    Regional Rate Box prices are available to Priority Mail customers 
who use USPS-produced Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes. Prices are 
based on box size and zone. When sealing a Regional Rate

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Box, the container flaps must be able to close within the normal folds. 
Tape may be applied to the flaps and seams to reinforce the container 
provided the design of the container is not enlarged by opening the 
sides and the container is not reconstructed in any way. Regional Rate 
Boxes exceeding the maximum weight as specified in 1.6.2, or the 
container flaps do not close within the normal folds will be assessed 
the applicable single-piece Priority Mail price.

1.6.2 Regional Rate Box Options

    Regional Rate Box options are:
    a. Box A: (Side loading or top loading box) has a maximum weight 
limit of 15 pounds.
    b. Box B: (Side loading or top loading box) has a maximum weight 
limit of 20 pounds.
    c. Box C: (Top loading box only) has a maximum weight limit of 25 
pounds.
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125 Mail Preparation

1.0 Preparation

1.1 Priority Mail Packaging Provided by the USPS

    [Delete the last sentence of 1.1 in its entirety.]
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200 Commercial Letters and Cards

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210 Express Mail

213 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees

1.1 Prices Charged per Piece

    [Revise the first sentence of 1.1 as follows:]
    Except for Flat Rate Envelopes under 1.5, Express Mail postage is 
charged for each addressed piece according to its weight and zone. * * 
*

1.2 Price Application

    [Delete the fourth sentence of 1.2, in its entirety.]
* * * * *

1.5 Flat Rate Envelopes

    [Revise 1.5 as follows:]
    Only USPS-produced or approved Flat Rate Envelopes are eligible for 
the Flat Rate Envelope price and are charged a flat price, regardless 
of the actual weight (up to 70 pounds) of the piece or its domestic 
destination. When sealing a Flat Rate Envelope, the container flaps 
must be able to close within the normal folds. Tape may be applied to 
the flaps and seams to reinforce the container provided the design of 
the container is not enlarged by opening the sides and the container is 
not reconstructed in any way. See Notice 123--Price List.
* * * * *

214 Postage Payment and Documentation

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3.0 Postage Refunds

    Postage refunds may not be available if delivery was attempted 
within the times required for the specific service, or for any of the 
following reasons:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 3.0i as follows:]
    i. Postage refunds, other than for loss, may not be obtained if the 
Express Mail piece is destined to Guam, American Samoa, the 
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the 
Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia (see 608.2.4.1 
for ZIP Codes).
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240 Standard Mail

243 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees for Standard Mail

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1.5 Fees

1.5.1 Presort Mailing Fee

    [Revise 1.5.1 as follows:]
    A mailing fee must be paid each 12-month period for each permit 
used to mail Standard Mail and/or Parcel Select Lightweight pieces, 
except for qualifying full-service Intelligent Mail barcode mailings 
(see Notice 123--Price List).
* * * * *

300 Commercial Flats

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310 Express Mail

313 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees

1.1 Prices Charged per Piece

    [Revise the first sentence of 1.1 as follows:]
    Except for Flat Rate Envelopes under 1.5, Express Mail postage is 
charged for each addressed piece according to its weight and zone. * * 
*

1.2 Price Application

    [Delete the fourth sentence of 1.2 in its entirety.]
* * * * *

1.5 Flat Rate Envelopes

    [Revise 1.5 as follows:]
    Only USPS-produced or approved Flat Rate Envelopes are eligible for 
the Flat Rate Envelope price and are charged a flat price, regardless 
of the actual weight (up to 70 pounds) of the piece or its domestic 
destination. When sealing a Flat Rate Envelope, the container flaps 
must be able to close within the normal folds. Tape may be applied to 
the flaps and seams to reinforce the container provided the design of 
the container is not enlarged by opening the sides and the container is 
not reconstructed in any way. See Notice 123--Price List.
* * * * *

314 Postage Payment and Documentation

* * * * *

3.0 Postage Refunds

    Postage refunds may not be available if delivery was attempted 
within the times required for the specific service, or for any of the 
following reasons:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 3.0i as follows:]
    i. Postage refunds, other than for loss, may not be obtained if the 
Express Mail piece is destined to Guam, American Samoa, the 
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the 
Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia (see 608.2.4.1 
for ZIP Codes).
* * * * *

340 Standard Mail

343 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees for Standard Mail

* * * * *

1.4 Fees

1.4.1 Presort Mailing Fee

    [Revise 1.4.1 as follows:]
    A mailing fee must be paid each 12-month period for each permit 
used to mail Standard Mail and/or Parcel Select Lightweight pieces, 
except for qualifying full-service Intelligent Mail barcode mailings 
(see Notice 123--Price List).
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400 Commercial Parcels

401 Physical Standards

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2.0 Additional Physical Standards by Class of Mail

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2.5 Parcel Select

2.5.1 General Standards

    These standards apply to Parcel Select:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 2.5.1c as follows:]
    c. All Parcel Select mailpieces must bear a unique tracking barcode 
or Intelligent Mail package barcode prepared under 708.5.0.

2.5.2 Nonmachinable Parcel Select

    [Revise the second sentence in the introductory paragraph of 2.5.2 
as follows:]
    * * * There are no nonmachinable prices for Parcel Select NDC 
Presort and ONDC Presort parcels. * * *
    [Revise item 2.5.2a as follows:]
    a. A parcel more than 27 inches long, 17 inches wide, or 17 inches 
high.
* * * * *
    [Add new 2.5.4 as follows:]

2.5.4 Parcel Select Lightweight

    Parcel Select Lightweight pieces must weigh less than 16 ounces, 
cannot exceed 108 inches in combined length and girth, and must be 
large enough to accommodate postage and other required elements on the 
address side of the piece.
* * * * *

402 Elements on the Face of a Mailpiece

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2.0 Placement and Content of Markings

* * * * *

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

2.6.1 Basic Markings

    [Revise the first sentence of 2.6.1 to add Parcel Select 
Lightweight as follows:]
    The basic required marking (e.g., ``Parcel Select'', ``Parcel 
Select Regional Ground'', ``Parcel Select Lightweight'', ``Bound 
Printed Matter'', ``Media Mail'', ``Library Mail'') must be printed on 
each piece claimed at the respective price. * * *
* * * * *

2.6.2 Parcel Select Markings

* * * * *
    [Revise item 2.6.2d as follows:]
    d. Nonpresort--``Parcel Select Nonpresort'' or ``Parcel Select 
NPS''.
    [Add new 2.6.2e and 2.6.2f as follows:]
    e. Regional Ground--``Parcel Select Regional Ground'' or ``Parcel 
Select RG''.
    1. Origin SCF Entry--``OSCF''.
    2. Origin NDC Entry--``ONDC''.
    f. Lightweight--``Parcel Select Lightweight'' or ``PS 
Lightweight''.
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410 Express Mail

413 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees

1.1 Prices Charged per Piece

    [Revise the first sentence of 1.1 as follows:]
    Except for Flat Rate packaging under 1.5, Express Mail postage is 
charged for each addressed piece according to its weight and zone. * * 
*

1.2 Price Application

    [Delete the fourth sentence of 1.2 in its entirety.]
* * * * *
    [Revise the heading and text of 1.5 as follows:]

1.5 Flat Rate Packaging

    Only USPS-produced or approved Flat Rate Envelopes and Boxes are 
eligible for the Flat Rate price and are charged a flat rate, 
regardless of the actual weight (up to 70 pounds) of the mailpiece or 
domestic destination. When sealing a Flat Rate Envelope or Box, the 
container flaps must be able to close within the normal folds. Tape may 
be applied to the flaps and seams to reinforce the container provided 
the design of the container is not enlarged by opening the sides and 
the container is not reconstructed in any way. For prices, see Notice 
123--Price List.
* * * * *

414 Postage Payment and Documentation

* * * * *

3.0 Postage Refunds

    Postage refunds may not be available if delivery was attempted 
within the times required for the specific service, or for any of the 
following reasons:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 3.0i as follows:]
    i. Postage refunds, other than for loss, may not be obtained if the 
Express Mail piece is destined to Guam, American Samoa, the 
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the Republic of the 
Marshall Islands, or the Federated States of Micronesia (see 608.2.4.1 
for ZIP Codes).
* * * * *

420 Priority Mail

423 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees

1.1 Price Application

    The following price applications apply:
    [Revise item 1.1a as follows:]
    a. Priority Mail mailpieces are charged per pound; any fraction of 
a pound is rounded up to the next whole pound. For example, if a piece 
weighs 1.25 pounds, the weight (postage) increment is 2 pounds. The 
minimum postage amount per addressed piece is the 1-pound price. See 
exceptions for prices not based on weight or the minimum 1-pound price 
below.
* * * * *
    [Revise items 1.1c through 1.1f and add new item 1.1g as follows:]
    c. Commercial plus items are charged the \1/2\-pound price for 
items up to \1/2\ pound. Items over \1/2\ pound are rounded up to the 
next whole pound.
    d. Commercial plus cubic prices are not based on weight, but are 
charged by zone and cubic measurement of the mailpiece with any 
fraction of a measurement rounded down to the nearest \1/4\ inch. For 
example, if a dimension of a commercial plus cubic piece measures 12\3/
8\ inches, it is rounded down to 12\1/4\ inches.
    e. Regional Rate Box prices are not based on weight but are priced 
based on box size and the zone to which it is sent.
    f. Priority Mail items mailed under a specific customer agreement 
are charged according to the individual agreement.
    g. Priority Mail Open and Distribute tray boxes are not based on 
weight but are charged based on the tray box and zone to which it is 
sent.

1.2 Commercial Base Prices

* * * * *

1.2.2 Regional Rate Box Prices

    [Revise the introductory text of 1.2.2 as follows:]
    Regional Rate Box prices are available to Priority Mail commercial 
base and commercial plus customers who use one of the USPS-produced 
Priority Mail Regional Rate Boxes and meet the requirements in 1.2.1. 
Prices are based on box size and zone. When sealing a Regional Rate 
Box, the container flaps must be able to close within the normal folds. 
Tape may be applied to the flaps and seams to reinforce the container 
provided the design of the container is not enlarged by opening the 
sides and the container is not reconstructed in any way. Regional Rate 
Boxes that exceed the maximum weight limit as specified in 1.6.2, or 
the container flaps do not

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close within the normal folds will be assessed the applicable Priority 
Mail single-piece prices. Regional Rate Box options are:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 1.2.2c as follows:]
    c. Box C: (Top loading box only) has a maximum weight limit of 25 
pounds.
* * * * *

1.4 Commercial Plus Cubic

1.4.1 Commercial Plus Cubic Eligibility

    [Revise the first sentence of 1.4.1 as follows:]
    Commercial plus cubic prices are available to Priority Mail 
customers whose account volumes exceeded 150,000 pieces in the previous 
calendar year or who have a customer commitment agreement with the 
USPS. * * *
* * * * *

1.7 Flat Rate Envelopes and Boxes

* * * * *

1.7.2 Flat Rate Boxes--Price and Eligibility

    [Revise 1.7.2 as follows:]
    Only USPS-produced Flat Rate Boxes are eligible for the Flat Rate 
Box prices. Each USPS-produced Priority Mail Flat Rate Box is charged a 
flat rate regardless of the actual weight (up to 70 pounds) of the 
mailpiece or domestic destination. See Notice 123--Price List for 
applicable prices. Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are as follows:
    a. Small Flat Rate Box to domestic, APO/FPO, and DPO destinations.
    b. Medium Flat Rate Boxes (FRB-1) or (FRB-2) to domestic, APO/FPO, 
and DPO destinations.
    c. Board Game Large Flat Rate Box or Large Flat Rate Box to 
domestic destinations.
    d. Board Game Large Flat Rate Box or Large Flat Rate Box and 
``special version of this box'' identified with the additional logo: 
``Americasupportsyou.mil.'' to APO/FPO and DPO destinations is priced 
less than the conventional domestic Large Flat Rate Boxes. If the 
special version of the APO/FPO Flat Rate Box is used for non-APO/FPO 
and DPO destination addresses, the domestic or international Large Flat 
Rate Box prices will apply.
* * * * *

430 First-Class Mail

433 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees for First-Class Package Service

* * * * *

1.3 Commercial Base Parcel 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:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 1.3b as follows:]
    b. Nonpresorted mailings may be paid by:
    1. Registered end-users of USPS-approved PC Postage products when 
using a qualifying shipping label, managed by the PC Postage system.
    2. USPS-approved IBI postage meters that electronically transmit 
transactional data to USPS.
    3. Permit imprint.
* * * * *

1.6 Presort Mailing Fee

    [Revise the first sentence 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 presorted 
First-Class Package Service prices. * * *
* * * * *

434 Postage Payment and Documentation

* * * * *

2.0 Postage Payment for Presorted First-Class Package Service Parcels

* * * * *

2.2 Affixed Postage for First-Class Package Service Parcels

    [Revise 2.2 as follows:]
    Each presorted First-Class Package Service parcel bearing affixed 
postage (not permitted for commercial plus parcels) must bear one of 
the following:
    a. The full postage at the First-Class Package Service price for 
which it qualifies.
    b. Postage in an amount not less than the lowest applicable First-
Class Package Service parcel price if authorized by Business Mailer 
Support, plus full postage for additional ounces.
* * * * *

440 Standard Mail

443 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees for Standard Mail

* * * * *

1.4 Presort Mailing Fee

1.4.1 Annual Mailing Fee

    [Revise 1.4.1 as follows:]
    A mailing fee must be paid each 12-month period for each permit 
used to mail Standard Mail and/or Parcel Select Lightweight pieces, 
except for qualifying full-service Intelligent Mail barcode mailings 
(see Notice 123--Price List).
* * * * *

450 Parcel Select

453 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees

1.1 Price Application

    [Revise the introductory text of 1.1, starting with the third 
sentence, as follows:]
    * * * Except for Parcel Select Lightweight, the minimum price per 
piece is the 1-pound price. For DDU and DSCF pieces, postage is based 
on the price that applies to the weight increment of each addressed 
piece (see 3.4 for Parcel Select Regional Ground). Parcel Select 
Lightweight postage is based on the price that applies to the weight 
increment of each addressed piece, charged per ounce or fraction 
thereof, with any fraction of an ounce being rounded to the next whole 
ounce. The price categories for Parcel Select are as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 1.1c as follows:]
    c. Nonpresort.
    [Add a new 1.1d and 1.1e as follows:]
    d. Regional Ground.
    e. Lightweight.

1.2 Parcel Select Prices

    [Revise the first sentence of 1.2 as follows:]
    Pricing is available for Parcel Select at the Destination Entry, 
NDC Presort, ONDC Presort, and Nonpresort levels. * * *

1.3 Annual Mailing Fee

    [Revise 1.3 as follows:]
    An annual mailing fee is required for Parcel Select destination 
entry mailings and must be paid once each 12-month period at each Post 
Office of mailing by or for any mailer who enters mailings at the 
destination entry level. All destination entry prices are covered under 
the payment of an annual fee per office of mailing. An annual presort 
mailing fee is also required to mail at any Standard Mail price or at 
any Parcel Select Lightweight price; payment of one annual presort fee 
at each office of mailing covers mailings of both products. During the 
last 60 days of the current service period, advance payment of the 
annual mailing fees may be remitted for the subsequent 12-month period 
only. The established annual mailing fees in effect at the time of 
remittance will be assessed. See Notice

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123--Price List for applicable annual mailing fees.

1.4 Computing Postage

1.4.1 Determining Single-Piece Weight

    [Revise 1.4.1 as follows:]
    To determine single-piece weight in any mailing of nonidentical-
weight pieces, weigh each piece individually. To determine single-piece 
weight in a mailing of identical-weight pieces, weigh a sample group of 
at least 10 randomly selected pieces and divide the total sample weight 
by the number of pieces in the sample. Except for mailers using eVS or 
preparing Parcel Select lightweight mailings, when determining single-
piece weight for Parcel Select mailpieces, express all weights in 
decimal pounds rounded off to two decimal places. Mailers using eVS may 
round off to four decimals, and eVS will automatically round to the 
appropriate decimal place. Mailers using Parcel Select Lightweight must 
express all single-piece weights in decimal pounds, rounded off to four 
decimal places. If a customer is using a manifest mailing system, the 
manifest weight field must be properly completed by adhering to the 
rules relative to the specific manifest.

1.4.2 Computing Postage for Affixed Postage

    [Revise the first sentence of 1.4.2 as follows:]
    For each piece, affix correct postage for the weight (including any 
surcharges) and, if applicable, the zone to which the piece is 
addressed, as shown in 1.2 through 1.4. * * *
* * * * *
    [Revise the heading of 3.0 as follows:]

3.0 Price Eligibility for Parcel Select, Parcel Select Regional Ground 
and Parcel Select Lightweight

3.1 Destination Entry Price Eligibility

* * * * *

3.1.3 DNDC Prices

    For DNDC prices, pieces must meet the applicable standards in 3.0 
and the following:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 3.1.3b as follows:]
    b. Parcels must bear a barcode under 708.5.0 for the ZIP Code of 
the delivery address.
* * * * *
    [Revise the heading and introductory text of 3.3 as follows:]

3.3 Parcel Select Nonpresort Price Eligibility

    Parcel Select Nonpresort per piece prices apply to Parcel Select 
parcels that are barcoded (see Exhibit 3.3). The nonpresort price 
requires a minimum volume of 50 Parcel Select pieces, except when 
postage is paid by PC Postage which doesn't require a minimum volume of 
mailpieces. Mailings must meet one of the following conditions:
* * * * *

3.4 Parcel Select Regional Ground

    [Revise the introductory paragraph of 3.4, and delete items 3.4a 
and b in their entirety as follows:]
    Parcel Select Regional Ground is a nonpresort product which 
requires postage payment by permit imprint. Entry is at the OSCF or 
ONDC level for zones local, 1, 2, and 3.

3.4.1 General Eligibility

    [Revise the introductory text of 3.4.1 as follows:]
    Parcel Select Regional Ground prices are available for machinable 
parcels (see 401.1.5) that weigh 5 pounds or less when customers meet 
the following requirements:
* * * * *

3.4.3 Parcel Select Regional Ground--ONDC

    [Revise 3.4.3 as follows:]
    Parcel Select Regional Ground ONDC prices are available for parcels 
to zones local through 3, 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.
* * * * *
    [Renumber 3.5 through 3.8 as new 3.6 through 3.9 and add new 3.5 as 
follows:]

3.5 Parcel Select Lightweight

    Parcel Select Lightweight mailings are subject to the following 
criteria:
    a. All pieces must weigh less than 16 ounces.
    b. Pieces are subject to specific volume, marking, and preparation 
requirements.
    c. Extra services available with Parcel Select Lightweight are 
Delivery Confirmation, bulk insurance, bulk certificate of mailing, and 
return receipt for merchandise service.
    d. Parcel Select Lightweight mailings are subject to the ZIP Code 
Accuracy standards and Move Update standards under 443.3.0.

3.5.1 General Eligibility

    Parcel Select Lightweight parcels are presorted machinable or 
irregular parcels.
    The following also applies:
    a. Machinable pieces must meet the standards in 401.1.5.
    b. Irregular pieces are subject to the requirements in 401.1.6.
    c. Postage must be paid by permit imprint, postage evidencing 
systems (under 604.4.0), or by stamps precanceled by a mailer's 
postmark that includes the Parcel Select Lightweight price marking.
    d. Each mailing must contain at least 200 pieces or 50 pounds of 
pieces.
    e. Pieces must bear a unique IMpb or extra services barcode, 
including a postal routing code, prepared under 708.5.0. Effective 
January 7, 2013, parcels must include a unique IMpb with a postal 
routing code on each parcel.
    f. Parcel Select Lightweight mailings may include an alternative 
addressing format under 602.3.0.

3.5.2 Price Application

    Prices for Parcel Select Lightweight apply separately to machinable 
parcels and irregular parcels that meet the eligibility standards in 
2.0 and 3.5 and the preparation standards in 455.8.0, 705.6.0, or 
705.8.0. When pieces are combined under 705.6.0, pieces are eligible 
for the applicable prices when the combined total meets the eligibility 
standards. For example, when there are 10 pounds of combined machinable 
parcels and irregular parcels in a 5-digit sack, all pieces are 
eligible for the 5-digit prices.

3.5.3 Prices for Machinable Parcels

    The following prices apply to Parcel Select Lightweight machinable 
parcels:
    a. 5-Digit Price; the 5-digit price applies to qualifying 
machinable parcels that are dropshipped to a DNDC (or ASF when claiming 
DNDC prices), DSCF, or DDU and presented:
    1. In a 5-digit/scheme (L606) sack containing at least 10 pounds of 
pieces or on a 5-digit/scheme (L606) pallet, according to standards in 
705.8.10.
    2. As one or more parcels that mailers drop ship to a DDU under 
456.2.1.1f.
    b. NDC Price; the NDC price applies to qualifying machinable 
parcels as follows under either of the following conditions:
    1. When dropshipped to an ASF or NDC and presented in an ASF or NDC 
sack containing at least 10 pounds of parcels; or on an ASF or NDC 
pallet, according to standards in 705.8.10; or in an NDC/ASF container 
prepared under 705.21.0.
    2. When presented at the origin acceptance office on an ASF or an 
NDC pallet containing at least 200 pounds of pieces.
    c. Mixed NDC Price; the mixed NDC price applies to machinable 
parcels that are not eligible for 5-digit or NDC prices.

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Place machinable parcels at mixed NDC prices in origin NDC sacks or on 
origin NDC pallets, then in mixed NDC sacks or on mixed NDC pallets.

3.5.4 Prices for Irregular Parcels

    The following prices apply to Parcel Select Lightweight irregular 
parcels:
    a. 5-Digit Price; the 5-digit price applies to irregular parcels 
that are dropshipped to a DNDC (or ASF when claiming DNDC prices), 
DSCF, or DDU and presented:
    1. In a 5-digit/scheme (L606) sack containing at least 10 pounds of 
pieces.
    2. On a 5-digit/scheme (L606) pallet, according to 705.8.10.
    3. As one or more parcels that mailers dropship to a DDU under 
456.2.1.1f.
    4. In 5-digit/scheme containers prepared under 705.21.0.
    b. SCF Price; the SCF price applies to irregular parcels that are 
dropshipped and presented to a DSCF or DNDC:
    1. In an SCF sack containing at least 10 pounds of parcels.
    2. On an SCF pallet, according to 705.8.10.
    3. In SCF containers prepared under 705.21.0.
    c. NDC Price; the NDC price applies to qualifying irregular parcels 
as follows under either of the following conditions:
    1. When dropshipped to an ASF or NDC and presented in an ASF or NDC 
sack containing at least 10 pounds of parcels; or on an ASF or NDC 
pallet, according to standards in 705.8.10; or in a NDC/ASF container 
prepared under 705.21.0.
    2. When presented at the origin acceptance office on an ASF or NDC 
pallet containing at least 200 pounds of pieces.
    d. Mixed NDC Price; the mixed NDC price applies to irregular 
parcels in origin NDC or mixed NDC containers that are not eligible for 
5-digit, SCF, or NDC prices. Place irregular parcels at mixed NDC 
prices in origin NDC or mixed NDC sacks under 455.8.3 or on origin NDC 
or mixed NDC pallets under 705.8.10.
* * * * *

3.9 Hold for Pickup

    [Revise renumbered 3.9 as follows:]
    Only Parcel Select Nonpresort parcels and Parcel Select Regional 
Ground parcels are eligible for Hold For Pickup service and are held at 
a designated Post Office location for pickup by a specified addressee 
or designee (see 508.8.0).

454 Postage Payment and Documentation

1.0 Basic Standards for Postage Payment

1.1 Postage Payment Options

    Mailing fees must be paid for the current 12-month period at the 
Postal Service facility where postage is paid for the mailing.
    [Revise item 1.1a as follows:]
    a. Permit imprint may be used for identical-weight pieces provided 
the mail can be separated at acceptance into groups that each contain 
pieces subject to the same zone and same combination of prices (e.g., 
all are zone 4, with an NDC presort discount).
* * * * *

455 Mail Preparation

1.0 General Information for Mail Preparation

* * * * *

1.8 Parcel Select Markings

    * * * The following product markings are required:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 1.8d as follows:]
    d. Nonpresort--``Parcel Select Nonpresort'' or ``Parcel Select 
NPS''.
    [Add new items 1.8e and 1.8f as follows:]
    e. Regional Ground--``Parcel Select Regional Ground'' or Parcel 
Select RG''.
    1. Origin SCF Entry--``OSCF''.
    2. Origin NDC Entry--``ONDC''.
    f. Lightweight--``Parcel Select Lightweight'' or ``PS 
Lightweight''.
* * * * *

4.0 Preparing Destination Entry Parcel Select

* * * * *

4.3 Preparing Destination NDC (DNDC) Parcel Select

* * * * *

4.3.2 Basic Standards

    Pieces must meet the applicable standards in 4.0 and the following 
criteria:
* * * * *
    [Delete item 4.3.2c in its entirety and renumber items 4.3.2d and 
4.3.2e as new items 4.3.2c and 4.3.2d.]
* * * * *
    [Revise the heading of 6.0 as follows:]

6.0 Preparing Machinable Parcels

6.1 Definition

    [Revise 6.1 as follows:]
    Parcel Select machinable parcels must meet the physical standards 
in 401.1.5.

6.2 Basic Standards

    Pieces must meet the applicable standards in 4.0 and the following 
criteria:
    [Revise item 6.2a as follows:]
    a. Must be part of a mailing of at least 50 Parcel Select pieces, 
except there is no minimum volume for nonpresorted parcels when postage 
is paid using PC Postage.
* * * * *

7.0 Preparing Parcel Select Regional Ground

7.1 Definition

    [Revise the first sentence of 7.1 as follows:]
    Parcel Select Regional Ground parcels (see 453.3.4.1) are 
lightweight parcels entered at eligible OSCF and ONDC for zones local, 
1, 2, and 3 locations. * * *

7.2 Basic Standards

    [Revise 7.2 as follows:]
    Parcels must be barcoded, machinable (401.1.5), and weigh 5 pounds 
or less.
* * * * *
    [Add new 455.8.0 as follows:]

8.0 Preparing Parcel Select Lightweight

8.1 Basic Standards

    All mailings and all pieces in each mailing at Parcel Select 
Lightweight machinable and irregular prices are subject to the specific 
preparation standards in 8.2 and 8.3, and to these general standards:
    a. All pieces must meet the standards for basic eligibility in 
453.3.5.1.
    b. Pieces in each mailing must be all machinable parcels or all 
irregular parcels as defined in 401.1.0, unless prepared under 8.2.1.
    c. All mailings must meet the applicable general preparation 
standards in 1.0 through 4.0, and labeling standards in 708.6.0.
    d. All pieces in the mailing must meet the specific sortation and 
preparation standards in 8.0 or the palletization standards in 705.8.0.
    e. Sortation determines price eligibility under in 453.3.5.2 
through 453.3.5.4.

8.2 Preparing Machinable Parcels

8.2.1 Sacking

    Mailers may prepare 5-digit sacks only for parcels that will be 
dropshipped to a DNDC (or ASF when claiming DNDC prices), DSCF, or DDU. 
Mailers may prepare ASF or NDC sacks only for parcels that will be 
dropshipped to a DNDC (or ASF when claiming DNDC prices). There is no 
minimum for parcels prepared in 5-digit/scheme sacks entered at a DDU.

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Mailers choosing to combine the preparation of irregular parcels with 
machinable parcels placed in 5-digit/scheme sacks must prepare those 
sacks under 8.2.2a.

8.2.2 Sacking and Labeling

    Preparation sequence, sack size, and labeling:
    a. 5-digit/scheme (optional, but required for 5-digit price), see 
definition in 1.4.; allowed only for mail deposited at DNDC (or ASF 
when claiming DNDC prices), DSCF, or DDU. Sacks must contain a 10-pound 
minimum except at DDU entry which has no minimum; labeling:
    1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks, use L606, Column B. For 5-
digit sacks, use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination on 
pieces (see 4.0 for overseas military mail).
    2. Line 2: For 5-digit scheme sacks, ``PSLW MACH 5D SCH.'' For 5-
digit sacks, ``PSLW MACH 5D.''
    b. ASF (optional), allowed only for mail deposited at an ASF to 
claim DNDC price; 10-pound minimum; labeling:
    1. Line 1: L602, Column B. DNDC price eligibility determined by 
Exhibit 453.3.1.3.
    2. Line 2: ``PSLW MACH ASF.''
    c. NDC, allowed only for mail deposited at a DNDC to claim the NDC 
price; 10-pound minimum; labeling:
    1. Line 1: L601, Column B. DNDC price eligibility determined by 
Exhibit 453.3.1.3.
    2. Line 2: ``PSLW MACH NDC.''
    d. Origin NDC (required); no minimum; labeling:
    1. Line 1: L601, Column B.
    2. Line 2: ``PSLW MACH NDC.''
    e. Mixed NDC (required); no minimum; labeling:
    1. Line 1: ``MXD'' followed by L601, Column B information for NDC 
serving 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of entry Post Office.
    2. Line 2: ``PSLW MACH WKG.''

8.3 Preparing Irregular Parcels

8.3.1 Sacking

    Mailers may prepare 5-digit sacks only for parcels that will be 
dropshipped to a DNDC (or ASF when claiming DNDC prices), DSCF, or DDU. 
See 8.3.3 for restrictions on SCF, ASF, and NDC sacks. Mailers must 
prepare a sack when the quantities of mail for a required presort 
destination reaches 10 pounds of pieces. There is no minimum for 
parcels prepared in 5-digit/scheme sacks entered at a DDU. Mailers 
combining irregular parcels with machinable parcels in 5-digit/scheme 
sacks must prepare those sacks under 8.2.2a. Mailers may not prepare 
sacks containing irregular and machinable parcels to other presort 
levels.

8.3.2 Drop Shipment

    A mailer using Priority Mail or Express Mail Open and Distribute to 
dropship Parcel Select Lightweight irregular parcels may prepare sacks 
containing fewer than 125 pieces or less than 15 pounds of mail.

8.3.3 Sacking and Labeling

    Preparation sequence, sack size, and labeling:
    a. 5-digit/scheme (optional, but required for 5-digit price), see 
definition in 1.4; allowed only for mail deposited at DNDC (or ASF when 
claiming DNDC prices), DSCF, or DDU. Sacks must contain a 10-pound 
minimum except at DDU entry which has no minimum; labeling:
    1. Line 1: For 5-digit scheme sacks, use L606, Column B. For 5-
digit sacks, use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination on 
pieces (see 4.0 for overseas military mail).
    2. Line 2: For 5-digit scheme sacks, ``PSLW IRREG 5D SCH.'' For 5-
digit sacks, ``PSLW IRREG 5D.''
    b. SCF, allowed only for mail deposited at a DSCF or a DNDC to 
claim SCF price; 10-pound minimum; labeling:
    1. For Line 1, L002, Column C.
    2. For Line 2, ``PSLW IRREG SCF.''
    c. ASF (optional), allowed only for mail deposited at an ASF to 
claim DNDC price; 10-pound minimum; labeling:
    1. Line 1: L602, Column B. DNDC price eligibility determined by 
Exhibit 446.3.1, NDC/ASF--DNDC Price Eligibility.
    2. Line 2: ``PSLW IRREG ASF.''
    d. NDC, allowed only for mail deposited at a DNDC to claim the NDC 
price; 10-pound minimum; labeling:
    1. Line 1: L601, Column B. DNDC price eligibility determined by 
Exhibit 453.3.1.3.
    2. Line 2: ``PSLW IRREG NDC.''
    e. Origin NDC (required); no minimum; labeling:
    1. Line 1: L601, Column B.
    2. Line 2: ``PSLW IRREG NDC.''
    f. Mixed NDC (required); no minimum; labeling:
    1. Line 1: ``MXD'' followed by L601, Column B information for NDC 
serving 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of entry Post Office.
    2. Line 2: ``PSLW IRREG WKG.''
* * * * *

456 Enter and Deposit

* * * * *

2.0 Deposit

* * * * *

2.19 Parcel Select Regional Ground--Deposit at ONDC

    [Revise 2.19 as follows:]
    Parcel Select Regional Ground mailings deposited at the ONDC may 
include mailpieces for zones local, 1, 2, and 3, but pieces may be 
destined for addresses outside that ONDC service area.
* * * * *

500 Additional Mailing Services

503 Extra Services

* * * * *

2.0 Registered Mail

* * * * *

2.4 Mailing

* * * * *
    [Revise the heading and text of 2.4.10 as follows:]

2.4.10 Redirection of Mail

    Registered Mail may be redirected to the sender using Package 
Intercept under 507.5.
* * * * *

4.0 Insured Mail

* * * * *

4.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

4.2.2 Eligible Matter

    The following types of mail may be insured:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.2.2b as follows:]
    b. Standard Mail and Parcel Select Lightweight pieces prepared as 
machinable or irregular parcels (bulk insurance only).
* * * * *

6.0 Return Receipt

* * * * *

6.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

6.2.2 Eligible Matter

    Return receipt service is available for:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 6.2.2c as follows:]
    c. Standard Mail parcels or Parcel Select Lightweight pieces, when 
bulk insurance (for more than $200.00) is purchased at the time of 
mailing.
* * * * *

7.0 Restricted Delivery

* * * * *

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7.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

7.2.2 Eligible Matter

    Restricted Delivery service is available for:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 7.2.2b as follows:]
    b. Standard Mail parcels or Parcel Select Lightweight pieces, when 
bulk insurance (for more than $200.00) is purchased at the time of 
mailing.
* * * * *

8.0 Adult Signature

* * * * *

8.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

8.2.3 Eligible Matter

    Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery 
are available for:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 8.2.3c as follows:]
    c. Parcel Select Nonpresort.
* * * * *

8.2.4 Ineligible Matter

    Adult Signature Required and Adult Signature Restricted Delivery 
are not available for:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 8.2.4b as follows:]
    b. Standard Mail and Parcel Select Lightweight.
* * * * *

11.0 Signature Confirmation

* * * * *

11.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

11.2.3 Ineligible Matter

    Signature Confirmation is not available for the following:
    [Revise item 11.2.3a as follows:]
    a. Express Mail, Periodicals, Standard Mail, and Parcel Select 
Lightweight.
* * * * *

12.0 Collect on Delivery (COD)

* * * * *

12.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

12.2.2 Eligible Matter

    [Revise the introductory text of 12.2.2 as follows:]
    COD service may be used for Express Mail, First-Class Mail, 
Priority Mail (excluding Critical Mail), and any Package Services or 
Parcel Select (except Parcel Select Lightweight) sub-category if:
* * * * *

13.0 Special Handling

* * * * *

13.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

13.2.2 Eligible Matter

    [Revise 13.2.2 as follows:]
    Special handling service is available only for First-Class Mail, 
Priority Mail (excluding Critical Mail), Package Services, and Parcel 
Select (except Parcel Select Lightweight) pieces.
* * * * *

505 Return Services

5.0 Parcel Return Service

5.1 Basic Information

5.1.1 Description

    [Revise 5.1.1 as follows:]
    Parcel Return Service (PRS) applies to parcels that are picked up 
in bulk by authorized permit holders or their agents. Permit holders 
guarantee payment of postage for all parcels mailed with a PRS label. 
By providing an approved PRS label to its customers, the merchant or 
other party designates the permit holder identified on the label as 
their agent for receipt of mail bearing that label, and authorizes the 
USPS to provide that mail to the permit holder or its designee. The 
permit holder must retrieve parcels at each of the return network 
distribution centers (RNDC). For this purpose, an RNDC is each NDC (but 
not any ASFs) listed in Exhibit 453.3.1.3. PRS permit holders also may 
retrieve parcels at one or more designated return sectional center 
facility (RSCF) or designated return delivery units (RDU). Payment for 
parcels returned under PRS is deducted from a separate advance deposit 
(postage-due) account funded through the Centralized Account Processing 
System (CAPS). The permit holder must be authorized to use eVS (see 
705.2.9).
* * * * *

5.1.5 Application

    Companies who wish to participate in PRS must send a request on 
company letterhead to the manager, Business Mailer Support (see 608.8.0 
for address). The request must contain the following information:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 5.1.5 c as follows:]
    c. The price category or categories to be used, and the proposed 
retrieval locations (delivery units, sectional center facilities and 
network distribution centers).
* * * * *

5.1.6 Approval

    The manager, Business Mailer Support reviews each request and 
proceeds as follows:
    [Revise item 5.1.6a as follows:]
    a. If the applicant meets the criteria, the manager, Business 
Mailer Support approves the letter of request and sends an 
authorization letter outlining the terms and conditions for the 
program.
* * * * *

5.1.9 Pickup Schedule and Location

    [Revise 5.1.9 as follows:]
    Permit holders or their agents must set up recurring or standing 
appointments to retrieve PRS parcels. If the permit holder (or agent) 
has existing appointments to deliver Parcel Select parcels to 
destination facilities and those facilities are one of the NDCs, 
designated RSCFs, or designated RDUs, those appointments can be used 
for retrieving PRS parcels at the same time. Permit holders or their 
agents must retrieve parcels on a regular schedule as follows:
* * * * *
    [Renumber items 5.1.9b and 5.1.9c as 5.1.9c and 5.1.9d and add new 
item 5.1.9b as follows:]
    b. From all listed RSCFs, at a minimum of every 24 hours, excluding 
Saturdays, Sundays and USPS holidays. The Postal Service maintains a 
list of active RSCFs and provides permit holders 30 days notice of 
changes to the list. This list may be obtained by contacting the 
manager, New Business Opportunities. (see 608.8.0 for address).
* * * * *

5.2 Postage and Fees

5.2.1 Postage

    [Revise the introductory text of 5.2.1 as follows:]
    There are three PRS price categories:
* * * * *
    [Renumber item 5.2.1b as 5.2.1c and add new item 5.2.1b as 
follows:]
    b. Parcel Return Service--RSCF. Parcels returned as Parcel Post to, 
and retrieved in bulk from, a designated SCF.
* * * * *

5.3 Prices

    [Renumber 5.3.1 through 5.3.3 as 5.3.2 through 5.3.4. Add new 5.3.1 
as follows:]

5.3.1 Parcel Return Service Prices

    Parcel Return Service prices are based on the price that applies to 
the weight increment of each addressed piece, and on the designated 
return facility, RDU, RSCF, or RNDC. The price is charged

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per pound or fraction thereof; any fraction of a pound is considered a 
whole pound. For example, if an item weighs 4.225 pounds, the weight 
increment is 5 pounds. The minimum price per piece is the 1-pound 
price.
    [Revise the heading and text of renumbered 5.3.2 as follows:]

5.3.2 Parcel Return Service--Nonmachinable Prices

    Parcels exceeding the maximum machinable dimensions in 401.1.5 or 
are considered an outside parcel under 401.1.7 are subject to 
nonmachinable prices.
    [Revise the heading and text of renumbered 5.3.3 as follows:]

5.3.3 Balloon and Oversized Prices

    RSCF and RNDC parcels that weigh less than 20 pounds but measure 
more than 84 inches in combined length and girth are charged the 
applicable price for a 20-pound parcel (balloon price). Regardless of 
weight, any parcel that measures more than 108 inches (but not more 
than 130 inches) in combined length and girth must pay the oversized 
price.
* * * * *

6.0 Bulk Parcel Return Service

* * * * *

6.3 General Information

6.3.1 Description

    [Revise the first sentence of 6.3.1 as follows:]
    Bulk parcel return service (BPRS) allows mailers of large 
quantities of Standard Mail or Parcel Select Lightweight machinable 
parcels that are either undeliverable-as-addressed or opened and 
remailed by addressees to be returned to designated postal facilities. 
* * *

6.3.2 Availability

    A mailer may be authorized to use BPRS when the following 
conditions apply:
    [Revise items 6.3.2a and 6.3.2b as follows:]
    a. All returned parcels are initially prepared as regular or 
Nonprofit Standard Mail, or Parcel Select Lightweight, and are 
machinable parcels as defined in 401.1.0.
    b. At least 10,000 Standard Mail or Parcel Select Lightweight 
machinable parcels will be returned to a designated postal facility 
during a 12-month period.
* * * * *
    [Revise item 6.3.2i as follows:]
    i. Standard Mail or Parcel Select Lightweight parcels that qualify 
for a single-piece Package Services price under the applicable 
standards and that contain the name of the Package Services price in 
the mailer's ancillary service endorsement are not eligible for BPRS.
* * * * *

507 Mailer Services

1.0 Treatment of Mail

* * * * *

1.5 Treatment for Ancillary Services by Class of Mail

* * * * *
    [Revise the heading and introductory text of 1.5.3 as follows:]

1.5.3 Standard Mail and Parcel Select Lightweight

    Undeliverable-as-addressed (UAA) Standard Mail and Parcel Select 
Lightweight pieces are treated as described in Exhibit 1.5.3a and 
Exhibit 1.5.3k, with these additional conditions:
    [Revise item 1.5.3a as follows:]
    a. Standard Mail and Parcel Select Lightweight are forwarded only 
to domestic addresses.
    [Revise the heading of Exhibit 1.5.3a as follows:]

Exhibit 1.5.3a Treatment of Undeliverable Standard Mail and Parcel 
Select Lightweight

* * * * *
    [Revise Exhibit 1.5.3a footnotes 5c and 5d as follows:]
    c. The endorsement ``Change Service Requested'' is not permitted 
for Standard Mail or Parcel Select Lightweight pieces containing 
hazardous materials under 601.10.0. Standard Mail containing hazardous 
materials must bear the endorsement ``Address Service Requested,'' 
``Forwarding Service Requested,'' or ``Return Service Requested.''
    d. Standard Mail or Parcel Select Lightweight pieces can be 
forwarded or returned at the appropriate Media Mail or Library Mail 
price if the content of the mail qualifies as Media Mail or Library 
Mail under 173, 373, or 473 and the mail is marked ``Media Mail'' or 
``Library Mail'' directly below the ancillary service endorsement.
* * * * *
    [Revise Exhibit 1.5.3a footnotes 5f and 5g as follows:]
    f. If a Standard Mail or Parcel Select Lightweight piece or any 
attachment to that piece is not opened by the addressee and the sender 
has guaranteed forwarding and return postage, the addressee may refuse 
delivery of the piece and have it returned to the sender without 
affixing postage. If a Standard Mail or Parcel Select Lightweight piece 
or any attachment to that piece is opened by the addressee, the 
addressee must affix the required postage to return the piece to the 
sender.
    g. Standard Mail or Parcel Select Lightweight with bulk insurance 
or return receipt for merchandise must be endorsed ``Address Service 
Requested,'' ``Forwarding Service Requested,'' or ``Return Service 
Requested.'' Standard Mail with Delivery Confirmation must be endorsed 
``Address Service Requested,'' ``Forwarding Service Requested,'' 
``Return Service Requested,'' or ``Change Service Requested.''
* * * * *

1.5.4 Package Services and Parcel Select

* * * * *
    [Add new item 1.5.4g as follows:]
    g. See 1.5.3 for instructions for undeliverable Parcel Select 
Lightweight pieces.
* * * * *

Exhibit 1.5.4 Treatment of Undeliverable Package Services Mail and 
Parcel Select

* * * * *
    [Under Mailer Endorsement ``Address Service Requested,'' revise the 
first bullet under ``If no change of address order on file'' to remove 
the word ``barcode'' as follows:]
     Parcel Select: At the Parcel Select Nonpresort price plus 
the additional service fee.
* * * * *
    [Under Mailer Endorsement ``Address Service Requested,'' revise the 
second sentence in the first bullet and item a under ``If change of 
address order on file'' by removing the word ``barcoded'' as follows:]
     Months 1 through 12: * * * Parcel Select forwarded as 
postage due to addressee at the Parcel Select Nonpresort price plus the 
additional service fee for Parcel Select.* * *
    a. Parcel Select: At the Parcel Select Nonpresort price plus the 
additional service fee.
* * * * *
    [Under Mailer Endorsement ``Forwarding Service Requested,'' revise 
the first bullet under ``If no change of address order on file'' to 
remove the word ``barcode'' as follows:]
     Parcel Select: At the Parcel Select Nonpresort price plus 
the additional service fee.
* * * * *
    [Under Mailer Endorsement ``Forwarding Service Requested,'' revise 
the second sentence in the first bullet

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and item a under ``If change of address order on file'' to remove the 
word ``barcode'' as follows:]
     Months 1 through 12: * * * Parcel Select forwarded as 
postage due to addressee at the Parcel Select Nonpresort price plus the 
additional service fee for Parcel Select. * * *
    a. Parcel Select: At the Parcel Select Nonpresort price plus the 
additional service fee.
* * * * *
    [Under Mailer Endorsement ``Return Service Requested,'' revise the 
first bullet under ``In all cases'' to remove the word ``barcode'' as 
follows:]
     Parcel Select: At the Parcel Select Nonpresort price plus 
the additional service fee.
* * * * *

2.0 Forwarding

* * * * *

2.3 Postage for Forwarding

* * * * *
    [Revise the heading and first two sentences of 2.3.5 as follows:]

2.3.5 Standard Mail and Parcel Select Lightweight

    Generally, Standard Mail and Parcel Select Lightweight are subject 
to collection of additional postage from the mailer when forwarding 
service is provided by charging the Standard Mail weighted fee on all 
returns. Shipper Paid Forwarding, used in conjunction with Address 
Change Service (4.0), provides mailers of Standard Mail and Parcel 
Select Lightweight parcels an option of paying forwarding postage at 
the applicable single-piece First-Class Mail or Priority Mail price. * 
* *

2.3.6 Package Services and Parcel Select

    [Revise the first sentence and add a new second sentence of 2.3.6 
as follows:]
    Package Services and Parcel Select pieces are subject to the 
collection of additional postage at the applicable price for 
forwarding; Parcel Select at the Parcel Select Nonpresort price plus 
the additional service fee and Package Services at the single-piece 
price for the specific class of mail. See 2.3.5 for forwarding 
instructions for Parcel Select Lightweight. * * *
* * * * *

3.0 Premium Forwarding Service

3.1 Prices and Fees

* * * * *

3.1.2 Weekly Reshipment Charge

    [Revise 3.1.2 as follows:]
    There is a reshipment charge for each Priority Mail shipment to one 
temporary address for each week of service requested. Except for online 
customers under 3.2.2b, upon submission of the application, the amount 
due for the total weeks requested must be paid in full.

3.1.3 Extension of Service

    [Revise 3.1.3 as follows:]
    Premium Forwarding Service (PFS) customers may contact the Post 
Office responsible for delivery to the primary address prior to the 
last shipment date and extend PFS service (up to 1 year maximum service 
from the initial start date) as needed. An extension of service may 
also be performed online at http://www.usps.com/premiumforwarding for 
customers who completed their application online. Except for online 
customers under 3.2.2b, an extension is processed only after the Post 
Office receives payment of the reshipment charges due for the total 
weeks of extension requested.

3.1.4 Early Termination of Service

    [Revise 3.1.4 as follows:]
    Except for online customers under 3.2.2b, a customer who terminates 
PFS early (e.g., a customer prepays for 10 weeks but returns to a 
primary address after 8 weeks, either temporarily or permanently) may 
request a refund for any unused weekly shipment charges from the Post 
Office serving the primary address. The application fee is 
nonrefundable.

3.2 Basic Standards

3.2.1 Description

    [Revise the first sentence in 3.2.1 as follows:]
    Except as provided in 3.2.2b, Premium Forwarding Service (PFS) 
provides residential delivery customers, and certain Post Office Box 
customers, an option to have all mail addressed to their primary 
address reshipped or rerouted to a temporary address mainly by means of 
a weekly Priority Mail shipment. * * *

3.2.2 Use

    Participation in PFS is subject to the following standards:
    [Revise items 3.2.2a and 3.2.2b as follows:]
    a. Except as provided in 3.2.2b, PFS is available to residential 
delivery customers and to Post Office Box customers with a size-one or 
size-two Post Office Box.
    b. Customers may submit a completed Form 8176, Premium Forwarding 
Service (PFS) Application, at the Post Office serving the primary 
address or online. Customer may complete an online application at 
http://www.usps.com/premiumforwarding. A PFS application completed 
online is only available for residential delivery customers. The 
application fee and recurring weekly installments are processed as 
services are rendered and must be paid by credit card. Modification or 
cancellation of the service can only be done online when the initial 
request was completed online.
* * * * *

3.3 Preparation

* * * * *
    [Revise the heading and first sentence of 3.3.6 as follows:]

3.3.6 Standard Mail or Parcel Select Lightweight Parcels Not Requiring 
a Scan or Signature at Delivery

    Eligible Standard Mail or Parcel Select Lightweight parcels that do 
not require a scan or signature at delivery are included in the weekly 
Priority Mail shipment provided they will fit. * * *
* * * * *
    [Renumber current 5.0 through 8.0 as new 6.0 through 9.0 and add 
new 5.0 as follows:]

5.0 Package Intercept

5.1 Description of Service

    Package Intercept service provides a method for customers to 
authorize redirection of any mailable domestic mailpiece to sender. If 
the mail item is found and redirected, additional postage is charged as 
provided under 5.2. Package Intercept requests are active for 10 days.

5.1.1 Eligibility

    Package Intercept service is available for any Express Mail, 
Priority Mail, First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service, Parcel 
Select, and Package Services, letter, flat, or parcel measuring not 
more than 108 inches in length and girth combined, with a tracking 
barcode.

5.1.2 Ineligible

    Package Intercept is not available to international and APO/FPO/DPO 
destinations or on mailpieces requiring a customs label (608.2.4). 
Package Intercept is also not available for any mailpiece that 
indicates surface-only transportation such as Label 127, ``Surface Mail 
Only'' or bears other hazardous materials markings such as ``Consumer 
Commodity ORM-D''.

5.2 Postage and Fees

    Customers must pay a nonrefundable per-piece fee to initiate the 
process of attempting to intercept the mailpiece.

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All mailpieces that are redirected to the sender may be additionally 
subject to payment of the applicable postage. Payment of the Package 
Intercept fee may be made by cash, check, credit card, or debit card. 
Postage for the redirection to sender will be charged based on how the 
piece was originally mailed and collected as postage due.

5.3 Adding Extra Services

    Extra Services cannot be added to mailpieces intercepted and 
redirected to sender.

5.4 Registered Mail

    Package Intercept is available for eligible matter mailed using 
Registered Mail service. The maximum declared value for intercepted 
Registered Mail is $15,000,000. In addition to 5.2 and 5.5, customers 
requesting to intercept Registered Mail must write on the receipt 
``Withdrawn'' and sign and surrender the receipt to the Post Office.

5.5 Request for Intercept

    Retail and commercial customers may request Package Intercept by 
submitting PS Form 1509, Application for Package Intercept, at the Post 
Office of mailing along with valid photo identification. Intercepted 
mailpieces are only redirected to sender. Only the sender or authorized 
representative can request Package Intercept.
    [Revise the heading of renumbered 6.0 as follows:]

6.0 Requesting Withdrawal and Disposal of a Mailing

    [Delete renumbered 6.1 through 6.1.4, in their entirety. Renumber 
6.2 through 6.2.4 as new 6.1 through 6.1.4. Revise the heading of new 
6.1 as follows:]

6.1 Request Process

* * * * *

508 Recipient Services

* * * * *

7.0 Hold for Pickup

* * * * *

7.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

7.2.2 Basic Eligibility

    [Revise the second sentence in 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 Package Service, Parcel Select Nonpresort parcels, and Parcel 
Select Regional Ground parcels when:
* * * * *

600 Basic Standards for All Mailing Services

* * * * *

604 Postage Payment Methods

* * * * *

5.0 Permit Imprint (Indicia)

* * * * *

5.3 Indicia Design, Placement, and Content

* * * * *
    [Revise the heading and first sentence of 5.3.7 as follows:]

5.3.7 Standard Mail, Parcel Select and Package Services Format

    A Standard Mail, Parcel Select or Package Services permit imprint 
indicia must contain the same information required in 5.3.6, except 
that the Standard Mail, the applicable Parcel Select (Parcel Select, 
Parcel Select Regional Ground, or Parcel Select Lightweight), or the 
applicable Package Services (Parcel Post, Bound Printed Matter, Media 
Mail or Library Mail) marking must be used instead of ``First-Class 
Mail.'' * * *
* * * * *

5.3.11 Indicia Formats

* * * * *

Exhibit 5.3.11 Indicia Formats for Official Mail and Other Classes

* * * * *
    [Insert a new ``Parcel Select'' category title immediately above 
the current ``Package Services'' category title, move the current 
``Parcel Select'' imprint example under the new ``Parcel Select'' 
category title and add two additional imprint examples as follows:]

Parcel Select

PARCEL SELECT US POSTAGE PAID NEW YORK, NY PERMIT NO. 1
PARCEL SELECT REGIONAL GROUND US POSTAGE PAID NEW YORK, NY PERMIT NO. 1
PARCEL SELECT LIGHTWEIGHT US POSTAGE PAID NEW YORK, NY PERMIT NO. 1

Package Services

    [Delete the words ``Parcel Select'' from the Package Service/Parcel 
Select sub heading.]
* * * * *

700 Special Standards

703 Nonprofit Standard Mail and Other Unique Eligibility

* * * * *

2.0 Overseas Military Mail

2.1 Basic Standards

* * * * *

2.1.2 APO/FPO Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes

    [Revise 2.1.2 as follows:]
    Only USPS-produced Flat Rate Boxes are eligible for the Flat Rate 
Box prices and are charged a flat rate regardless of the actual weight 
(up to 70 pounds) of the mailpiece or domestic destination. The Board 
Game Large Flat Rate Box, and Large Flat Rate Box and ``special version 
of this box'' identified with the additional logo: 
``Americasupportsyou.mil.'' addressed to APO/FPO and DPO destinations 
are priced less than the conventional domestic Large Flat Rate Boxes. 
If the special version of the APO/FPO Flat Rate Box is used for non-
APO/FPO and DPO destination addresses, the domestic or international 
Large Flat Rate Box prices will apply.
* * * * *

2.6 Express Mail Military Service (EMMS)

2.6.1 Availability

    [Revise 2.6.1 as follows:]
    EMMS, including Express Mail Flat Rate packaging under 113.1.4, is 
available between the United States and designated APOs and FPOs to 
provide Department of Defense personnel stationed overseas, and others 
entitled to APO and FPO mailing privileges, an expedited delivery 
service to or from the United States.
* * * * *

705 Advanced Preparation and Special Postage Payment Systems

* * * * *

2.0 Manifest Mailing System

* * * * *

2.9 Electronic Verification System

* * * * *

2.9.2 Availability

    eVS may be used only for mail paid with a permit imprint and the 
following classes and subclasses of mail:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 2.9.2g as follows:]
    g. Parcel Select. Includes Parcel Select Lightweight; DNDC prices, 
DSCF prices, and DDU prices (including balloon and oversized prices); 
machinable parcels and nonmachinable parcels; origin NDC and NDC 
presort prices.
    [Delete item 2.9.2h in its entirety and renumber items 2.9.2i 
through 2.9.2k as items 2.9.2h through 2.9.2j.]
* * * * *

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

    [Revise the heading of 6.1 as follows:]

6.1 Basic Standards for Combining Parcels

6.1.1 Basic Standards

    [Revise the introductory text of 6.1.1 as follows:]
    Standard Mail parcels, Parcel Select Lightweight parcels, Package 
Services parcels, and other Parcel Select parcels (except Parcel Select 
Regional Ground) in combined mailings must meet the following 
standards:
* * * * *
    [Revise the heading and text of 6.2 as follows:]

6.2 Combining Parcels--DNDC Entry

    Mailers may combine Standard Mail Marketing Parcels 6 ounces or 
more, machinable Parcel Select Lightweight parcels, machinable Package 
Services parcels, and Parcel Select machinable parcels for entry at a 
NDC when authorized by the USPS under 6.1.4.

6.2.1 Eligible Prices

    [Revise the first sentence of 6.2.1 as follows:]
    Combined pieces may be eligible for Standard Mail, Parcel Post, 
Parcel Select Lightweight, Parcel Select DNDC/ASF, single-piece and 
Presorted Media Mail, single-piece and Presorted Library Mail, Bound 
Printed Matter DNDC, and single-piece and Presorted Bound Printed 
Matter prices. * * *

6.2.2 Additional Standards

    [Revise the introductory text of 6.2.2 as follows:]
    Standard Mail machinable parcels, Standard Mail marketing parcels 6 
ounces or more, Parcel Select Lightweight machinable parcels, and 
Package Services and Parcel Select machinable parcels prepared for DNDC 
entry must meet the following conditions in addition to the basic 
standards in 6.1:
    [Revise item 6.2.2a as follows:]
    a. Each piece in a combined Standard Mail, Package Services, and 
Parcel Select mailing must meet the criteria for machinable parcels in 
401.1.5 or the criteria in 401.2.4.2 for Standard Mail marketing 
parcels 6 ounces or more.
* * * * *
    [Revise item 6.2.2e as follows:]
    e. Mailers must deposit combined machinable parcels at NDCs or ASFs 
(see Exhibit 446.3.1) under applicable standards in 16.0.
* * * * *

6.3 Combining Parcels--Parcel Select ONDC Presort, NDC Presort, DSCF, 
and DDU Prices

6.3.1 Qualification

    Combination requirements for specific discounts and prices are as 
follows:
    [Revise item 6.3.1a as follows:]
    a. When claiming Parcel Select ONDC or NDC Presort discounts, 
machinable Parcel Select Lightweight parcels, machinable Standard Mail 
parcels, and Standard Mail marketing parcels weighing 6 ounces or more 
may be combined with machinable Package Services parcels under 6.3 only 
if the mailpieces are palletized and each pallet or pallet box contains 
a 200-pound minimum.
    [Delete item 6.3.1b in its entirety, and renumber items 6.3.1c and 
6.3.1d as items 6.3.1b and 6.3.1c. Revise renumbered items 6.3.1b and 
6.3.1c as follows:]
    b. When claiming the DSCF price for Parcel Select, Parcel Select 
Lightweight, Bound Printed Matter parcels, all Standard Mail parcels 
may be combined with Package Services and Parcel Select parcels under 
6.3.
    c. All Standard Mail parcels may be combined with Package Services, 
Parcel Select parcels and Parcel Select Lightweight parcels prepared 
for DDU prices under 6.3.

6.3.2 Preparation and Prices

    Combined parcels must be prepared as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise the second sentence of item 6.3.2b as follows:]
    b. * * * All other requirements for Parcel Select DSCF prices, 
Parcel Select Lightweight prices and Standard Mail prices, as 
applicable, must be met. * * *
    [Revise the last sentences of items 6.3.2b1 and 6.3.2b2 as 
follows:]
    1. * * * After the minimum sack volume has been met, Standard Mail 
parcels and Parcel Select Lightweight parcels may be included in the 
sack or in overflow sacks.
    2. * * * After the minimum pallet volume has been met, Standard 
Mail parcels and Parcel Select Lightweight parcels may be included on 
the pallet or in overflow sacks.
    [Revise items 6.3.2b3 and 6.3.2b4 as follows:]
    3. If palletized under the alternate pallet preparation where no 
pallet may contain fewer than 35 pieces and 200 pounds provided the 
average number of pieces on pallets qualifying for the DSCF price is at 
least 50, Standard Mail parcels or Parcel Select Lightweight parcels 
may not be combined with Package Services and Parcel Select parcels.
    4. If palletized under the option to prepare 5-digit scheme or 5-
digit pallets under the 36-inch-high (mail only) pallet minimum, any 
combination of Standard Mail, Parcel select Lightweight, Package 
Services, and Parcel Select parcels may be used to meet the minimum 
pallet height requirement.
* * * * *
    [Revise item 6.3.2b6 as follows:]
    6. Standard Mail parcels and Parcel Select Lightweight parcels are 
eligible for presorted prices according to 443 and 353.3.5 
respectively.
    [Revise the third sentence in the introductory text of item 6.3.2c 
as follows:]
    c. * * * All other requirements for Parcel Select ONDC Presort or 
NDC Presort prices, Parcel Select Lightweight prices and Standard Mail 
prices must be met. The following additional requirements apply:
    [Revise item 6.3.2c1 as follows:]
    1. The minimum height requirement for each pallet or pallet box on 
a pallet may be met using any combination of Standard Mail, Parcel 
Select Lightweight, Package Services, and Parcel Select parcels.
* * * * *
    [Revise the introductory sentence of item 6.3.2d as follows:]
    d. Package Services, Parcel Select, Standard Mail, and Parcel 
Select Lightweight parcels qualifying for DDU prices:
* * * * *

6.4 Combining Package Services, Parcel Select, and Standard Mail--
Optional 3-Digit SCF Entry

6.4.1 Entry at Designated SCFs

    [Revise 6.4.1 as follows:]
    Mailers may deposit pieces otherwise eligible for the Package 
Services, Parcel Select, Standard Mail, and Parcel Select Lightweight 
DNDC prices and the Standard Mail and Parcel Select Lightweight DSCF 
price at an SCF designated by the USPS for destination ZIP Codes listed 
in labeling list L607.

6.4.2 Qualification and Preparation

    [Revise the introductory text of 6.4.2 as follows:]
    Parcel Select and Bound Printed Matter machinable parcels, and 
Standard Mail parcels and Parcel Select Lightweight parcels, may be 
prepared for entry at designated SCFs under these standards:
    [Revise item 6.4.2a as follows:]
    a. Standard Mail parcels and Parcel Select Lightweight pieces that 
weigh

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less than 2 ounces and Standard Mail and Parcel Select Lightweight 
parcels that are tubes, rolls, triangles, and similar pieces may not be 
included.
* * * * *
    [Revise item 6.4.2d as follows:]
    d. Standard Mail machinable parcels, Standard Mail marketing 
parcels 6 ounces or more, and machinable Parcel Select Lightweight are 
eligible for the NDC presort level, DNDC price; Standard Mail marketing 
parcels less than 6 ounces and irregular Standard Mail and Parcel 
Select Lightweight parcels are eligible for the 3-digit presort level, 
DSCF price.
* * * * *

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, and Package Services, except Parcel Select mailed at NDC 
Presort, ONDC Presort, DSCF, and DDU prices.
* * * * *

8.6 Pallet Placards

* * * * *

8.6.5 Line 2 (Content Line)

    Line 2 (content line) must meet these standards:
* * * * *
    b. Codes. The codes shown below must be used as appropriate on Line 
2 of sack, tray, and pallet labels.

CONTENT TYPE CODE

* * * * *
    [In alphabetical order add new row ``Parcel Select Lightweight'' 
under ``Content Type'' column, and the corresponding entry ``PSLW'' 
under the ``Code'' column (right above the Periodicals row).]
* * * * *

17.0 Express Mail Open and Distribute and Priority Mail Open and 
Distribute

17.1 Prices and Fees

17.1.1 Basis of Price

    [Revise 17.1.1 as follows:]
    The basis of price for Express Mail and Priority Mail Open and 
Distribute is as follows:
    a. Express Mail postage is based on the weight of the contents of 
the Open and Distribute shipment. Do not include the tare weight of the 
external container. The maximum weight for each container is 70 pounds.
    b. Priority Mail commercial plus tray box postage is based on the 
tray box and zone. The maximum weight for each container is 70 pounds.
    c. Except as provided above, Priority Mail postage is based on the 
weight of the contents of the Open and Distribute shipment. Do not 
include the tare weight of the external container. Do not apply 
Priority Mail dimensional weight pricing or Periodicals container 
prices to the external container. The minimum weight requirement for 
Open and Distribute sacks is 5 pounds, except for Open and Distribute 
sacks that contain qualified trays (trays prepared under the standards 
for the applicable class of mail). The maximum weight for each 
container is 70 pounds.
* * * * *

17.1.5 Payment Method

    Postage payment methods are as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 17.1.5c as follows:]
    c. Priority Mail postage may be paid under any of the options 
listed in 424.1.1, except Click-N-Ship. Priority Mail postage must be 
affixed to or hand-stamped on green Tag 161, pink Tag 190, the Open and 
Distribute tray box, or be part of the address label.
* * * * *

17.5.5 Tray Boxes--Express Mail Open and Distribute and Priority Mail 
Open and Distribute

    [Revise the second sentence of 17.5.5 as follows:]
    * * * Mailers must place a 1-foot or 2-foot managed mail tray, 
extended managed mail tray, or flat tub into the appropriate size tray 
box.
* * * * *

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 (including Parcel 
Select Lightweight but not Parcel Select Regional Ground parcels), and 
Standard Mail parcels in a combined parcel mailing must meet the 
following standards:
* * * * *
    d. Combined mailings must meet the following minimum volume 
requirements:
    [Revise items 21.1.1d1 and 21.1.1d2 as follows:]
    1. Standard Mail--Minimum 200 pieces or 50 pounds of Standard Mail 
parcels.
    2. Package Services and Parcel Select--Minimum 50 parcels combined.
* * * * *

21.2 Price Eligibility

* * * * *

21.2.2 Price Application

    Apply prices based on the criteria in 400 and the following 
standards:
    [Revise the first sentence of item 21.2.2a as follows:]
    a. Standard Mail and Parcel Select machinable and irregular parcels 
are based on the container level and entry. * * *
* * * * *

21.3 Mail Preparation

21.3.1 Basic Standards

    Prepare combined mailings as follows:
    a. Different parcel types must be prepared separately for combined 
parcel mailings as indicated below:
    [Revise items 21.3.1a1 through 21.3.1a4 as follows:]
    1. Standard Mail, Parcel Select, Parcel Select Lightweight, and 
Package Services machinable parcels, or as provided under 401.1.5.2 for 
lightweight machinable parcels. Use ``STD/PSVC MACH'' for line 2 
content labeling.
    2. Standard Mail, Parcel Select, Parcel Select Lightweight, and 
Package Services irregular parcels weighing at least 2 ounces and up 
to, but not including, 6 ounces (APPS-machinable pieces), except for 
tubes, rolls, triangles, and other similarly irregularly shaped pieces. 
Use ``STD/PSVC'' for line 2 content labeling.
    3. Standard Mail, Parcel Select, Parcel Select Lightweight and 
Package Services tubes, rolls, triangles, and similarly irregularly 
shaped parcels; and all parcels weighing less than 2 ounces (not APPS-
machinable pieces). Use ``STD/PSVC IRREG'' for line 2 content labeling.
    4. All parcel types may be combined in 5-digit and 5-digit scheme 
containers. Use ``STD/PSVC PARCELS'' for line 2 content labeling.
* * * * *
    [Revise the heading and introductory text of 21.3.2 as follows:]

21.3.2 Combining Standard Mail, Parcel Select, and Package Services 
Machinable Parcels

    Prepare and enter Standard Mail, Parcel Select, Parcel Select 
Lightweight,

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and Package Services machinable parcels, and Standard Mail Marketing 
parcels 6 ounces or more, as combined machinable parcels as shown in 
the table below.
* * * * *
    [Revise the heading and introductory text of 21.3.3 as follows:]

21.3.3 Combining Standard Mail, Parcel Select, and Package Services 
Parcels (APPS-Machinable)

    Prepare and enter Standard Mail, Parcel Select, Parcel Select 
Lightweight, and Package Services irregular parcels, and Standard Mail 
Marketing parcels (weighing at least 2 ounces, but less than 6 ounces, 
that are not tubes, rolls, triangles, or similarly irregularly shaped 
parcels) as combined APPS-machinable parcels as shown in the table 
below.
* * * * *
    [Revise the heading and introductory text of 21.3.4 as follows:]

21.3.4 Combining Standard Mail, Parcel Select, and Package Services 
Irregular Parcels (Not APPS-Machinable)

    Prepare and enter Standard Mail, Parcel Select, Parcel Select 
Lightweight, and Package Services, and Standard Mail Marketing parcels 
under 2 ounces, as combined not APPS-machinable parcels as shown in the 
table below.
* * * * *

708 Technical Specifications

* * * * *

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

* * * * *

6.2 Specifications for Barcoded Tray and Sack Labels

* * * * *

6.2.4 3-Digit Content Identifier Numbers

* * * * *

Exhibit 6.2.4 3-Digit Content Identifier Numbers

CLASS AND MAILING CIN HUMAN-READABLE CONTENT LINE

* * * * *

STANDARD MAIL

* * * * *
    [Delete the heading for ``STD Not-Flat-Machinable Pieces Less Than 
6 Ounces--Nonautomation'' and the six rows immediately beneath it in 
their entirety.]
    [Delete the heading for ``STD Not-Flat-Machinable 6 Ounces or 
More--Nonautomation'' under the ``Standard Mail'' category and the five 
rows immediately beneath it in their entirety.]
* * * * *

PACKAGE SERVICES

* * * * *
    [Insert a new category designator heading ``Parcel Select'' 
immediately above the ``Parcel Select Machinable Parcels'' subcategory 
as follows:]

PARCEL SELECT

* * * * *
    [Insert headings and text for two new subcategories of Parcel 
Select Lightweight immediately above the ``Combined Package Services 
and Parcel Select Parcels'' subcategory as follows:]

              Parcel Select Lightweight Machinable Parcels
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
5-digit sacks....................    670  STD MACH 5D.
5-digit scheme sacks.............    670  STD MACH 5D SCH.
ASF sacks........................    672  STD MACH ASF.
NDC sacks........................    673  STD MACH NDC.
mixed NDC sacks..................    674  STD MACH WKG.
------------------------------------------------------------------------


               Parcel Select Lightweight Irregular Parcels
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
5-digit sacks....................    590  STD IRREG 5D.
5-digit scheme sacks.............    590  STD IRREG 5D SCH.
SCF sacks........................    596  STD IRREG SCF.
ASF sacks........................    571  STD IRREG ASF.
NDC sacks........................    570  STD IRREG NDC.
mixed NDC sacks..................    594  STD IRREG WKG.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

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

Stanley F. Mires,
Attorney, Legal Policy & Legislative Advice.
[FR Doc. 2011-31747 Filed 12-9-11; 8:45 am]
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