[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 245 (Wednesday, December 21, 2011)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 79072-79090]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-32357]


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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 111


New Standards for Domestic Mailing Services

AGENCY: Postal ServiceTM.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Postal Service will revise Mailing Standards of the United 
States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) throughout 
various sections to reflect price adjustments and mailing requirements 
changes associated with the October 2011 filing with the Postal 
Regulatory Commission (PRC).

DATES: Effective January 22, 2012.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Chatfield at (202) 268-7278.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 18, 2011, the Postal Service 
filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the PRC, 
effective on January 22, 2012. In addition, on October 24, 2011, the 
USPSTM published a proposed rule in the Federal Register (FR 
76 65640-65653) based on the PRC filing. This final rule conveys the 
comments received on the proposal, our responses to comments, and the 
final mailing standards.
    Prices are available under Docket Number R2012-3 on the Postal 
Regulatory Commission's Web site at www.prc.gov, and also on the Postal 
Explorer[supreg] Web site at pe.usps.com.
    The Postal Service's final rule includes: several mail 
classification changes, modifications to mailpiece characteristics, and 
changes in classification terminology.

Comments

    The Postal Service received comments from eight submitters on 
various aspects of the proposed changes. The comments and responses to 
them are included in the applicable subject matter sections below.

Changes for Letters

Commercial First-Class Mail Letters

    The pricing structure for presorted and automation First-Class 
Mail[supreg] letters changes so that the minimum postage charge would 
be for a 2-ounce letter instead of the current 1-ounce minimum postage 
charge.
    One commenter thought that the postage for 1-ounce presorted or 
automation letters would be increasing to the 2-ounce prices; we 
clarified that instead the prices for 2-ounce letters would be closer 
to the current prices (with an increase as proposed) for 1-ounce 
letters.
    We received two sets of comments detailing the difficulties that 
would ensue for some mailers to determine, and apply, proper postage to 
residual pieces with single-piece postage if they were not also 
eligible for the reduced postage for 2-ounce letters, and requesting 
therefore that those single-piece letters also be eligible for reduced 
postage. They asked multiple questions about postage payment and 
separation of mail, since the free second ounce does not include 
residual pieces.
    Beginning on January 22, 2012, the Postal Service is revising 
First-Class Mail pricing to change the first weight increment for 
presort and automation First-Class Mail letters to include pieces 
weighing up to two ounces. This is sometimes referred to as ``2nd ounce 
free.'' This program was developed in conjunction with customers with 
the goal of adding value to the mail. For example, customers may use 
the additional weight for their operational or marketing purposes to 
realize more value from their mailings. On average, the price of First-
Class Mail Presort letters and cards is increasing by 1.58 percent 
while the price for First-Class Mail single-piece letters and cards 
increases by 2.47 percent. The lower price increase for presorted 
First-Class Mail is a direct result of the ``2nd ounce free'' program. 
While the single-piece 1-ounce letter price increases by one cent, the 
price increases for most automation First-Class Mail letters increases 
by one cent or less.
    Regarding residual letters, the standards for how additional 
postage is paid for those pieces will not change. Regarding permit 
imprint mailings, the current standards for identical weight pieces 
will remain; if a mailing contains nonidentical weight pieces (even if 
the postage for such may be the same) a special postage payment system 
must be used to document the correct piece counts and postage. Residual 
pieces that are not eligible for a free second ounce must be separated 
by postage increment for verification purposes.
    The Postal Service also removes standards for Reply Rides Free, 
because the program ends on December 31, 2011.

Commercial First-Class Mail and Standard Mail Letters

    The Postal Service modifies the process of submitting mailpieces to 
the Pricing and Classification Service Center (PCSC) for testing and 
deletes the provision that pieces with attached release cards be sent 
to Engineering.

Standard Mail Letters

    We clarify that overflow Standard Mail[supreg] nonmachinable 
letters that mailers place into existing trays at another level require 
matching documentation. We received a request to clarify whether there 
are DSCF entry prices for nonmachinable Standard Mail letters weighing 
over 3.3 ounces at the mixed ADC sort level. There will be no DSCF 
entry prices for nonmachinable letters at mixed ADC prices.
    We received a comment requesting that we confirm that the prices 
for Standard Mail basic carrier route letters are the same for 
automation-compatible and nonautomation letters. The prices are 
currently the same, and will continue to be the same for both types of 
letters. One commenter noted that the maximum weight for carrier route 
letters is ``less than 16 ounces.'' This is currently the case and will 
continue to be so.

Changes for Flats

Automation Flats

    The USPS clarifies that automation flats must meet the standards 
for all flats (such as flexibility) in 301.1.0 as well as the standards 
in 301.3.0. We received two questions about whether the minimum size 
for automation flats will remain as it is currently. The minimum size 
for automation flats is not changing; the applicable dimensions for 
automation flats continue to be in DMM 301.3.2.

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Periodicals Flats

    Currently, Periodicals flats are allowed on mixed area distribution 
center (MADC) pallets only when the flats are sacked. We will allow 
bundles of Periodicals flats to be placed directly on MADC pallets and 
assign a specific price for MADC pallets as well. One commenter asked 
if carrier route bundles would be permitted on MADC pallets; with this 
final rule, we affirm that we will allow carrier route bundles to be 
placed directly on MADC pallets. The bundle price for carrier route 
bundles on mixed ADC pallets will be the 5-digit bundle price.
    The Postal Service revises a price categorization under 
nonmachinable flats to insert the correct categorization of 
nonmachinable flats-nonbarcoded.
    The Postal Service is adding language to the pending standards in 
DMM 705.15. These standards relate to combined mailings of Standard 
Mail and Periodicals flats, scheduled for implementation on January 22, 
2012. This change will clarify that bundles formed in a combined 
mailing of Standard Mail and Periodicals flats to the carrier route 
level may be placed on mixed network distribution center (NDC) pallets. 
The bundle price applicable to the 5-digit bundle placed on the mixed 
ADC container level will be applied to these bundles. Mailers may 
continue to claim the applicable carrier route piece price for pieces 
placed in carrier route bundles, when these bundles are placed on mixed 
NDC containers.

Detached Address Labels Used With Flats

    The Postal Service adds a new term to identify detached address 
labels (DALs) with advertising. Inclusion of advertising turns DALs 
into dual-purpose pieces: optional addressing vehicles and marketing 
vehicles. A DAL with advertising on either side will be named as a 
detached marketing label (DML). Both DALs and DMLs may be used with 
saturation flats or with Standard Mail Marketing parcels.
    We received several comments unrelated to the standards that 
suggested the proposed new prices for DALs with flats would be 
detrimental to continued profitable use of DALs for advertising 
purposes. As information, the USPS amended its filing to request that 
the new proposed price be higher than the current price but lower than 
the price originally proposed.

Changes for Parcels

Machinable Parcels

    To align the standards for machinable parcels with current mail 
processing equipment capability, the Postal Service changes 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. We 
additionally reduce the maximum weight of a machinable parcel from 35 
pounds to 25 pounds for all parcels except those mailed as Parcel 
Select[supreg] or Parcel Return Service. The maximum weight for 
machinable parcels that contain books or other printed matter remains 
at 25 pounds regardless of class of mail. We also modify the processes 
by which parcels that do not fully meet the machinability standards are 
evaluated for machinability. In addition, the Postal Service clarifies 
that parcels that meet the lightweight machinable parcel standards are 
definitively categorized as machinable parcels.

Standard Mail Parcels

    Standard Mail regular parcels are separated into two groups: 
Marketing parcels and parcels that will become Parcel Select 
LightweightTM parcels. Nonprofit Standard Mail parcels have 
separate standards for Nonprofit Marketing parcels and other Nonprofit 
parcels.
    Marketing parcels are defined as containing information and/or 
product samples whose purpose is to encourage recipients to purchase a 
product or service, make a contribution, support a cause, form a belief 
or opinion, take an action, or provide information to recipients. 
Marketing parcels will be required to bear an alternative addressing 
format (occupant or exceptional addressing, or simplified addressing 
when allowed for saturation mail), and must be presented for mailing in 
carrier route (basic, high-density, or saturation sortation) or presort 
separations. All Marketing parcels would have a maximum size of 12 
inches by 9 inches by 2 inches thick. When DALs are used with Marketing 
parcels, the weight of the DALs is added to the parcels in determining 
postage, as is currently the case, but there will be no separate charge 
for the DALs.
    Included in this notice is a correction of a previously published 
error (in Postal Bulletin 22319, 9-8-2011) that allowed Signature 
Confirmation for Standard Mail parcels. This correction confirms that 
Standard Mail parcels are not eligible for Signature Confirmation 
service.

Not Flat-Machinables (NFMs)

    In 2007, the USPS created a temporary NFM price category for 
Standard Mail items that could not meet revised automation flats 
standards. In the revised proposed rule Federal Register published on 
February 6, 2009 (74 FR 6250-6257), the Postal Service announced our 
intention to discontinue the NFM category in May 2010. In the March 25, 
2010, Postal Bulletin (22281), we announced that the NFM price category 
would be extended. We now will eliminate the NFM category as of January 
2012. Pieces that would have been mailed as NFMs should qualify as 
either Standard Mail Marketing parcels or Parcel Select Lightweight 
parcels.
    We received two comments noting that some residual standards that 
mention NFMs still remained if the proposed new standards were to be 
adopted. We are grateful for the feedback and have amended the DMM 
changes to remove those references to NFMs.
    One commenter also asked how pieces that have been mailed as NFMs 
would qualify for new prices and what efforts have been made to 
communicate with current NFM mailers. Marketing pieces (such as product 
samples) currently in the NFM category should be able to easily 
transition to the Marketing parcel category with little impact, 
assuming they are currently using a form of alternative addressing. If 
they are fulfillment pieces or the mailer is not willing to use an 
alternative address, the likely alternative would be Parcel Select 
Lightweight parcels. This has been communicated extensively through the 
relevant customer associations and in several Federal Register notices. 
The USPS will also attempt to contact current known NFM mailers to 
ensure that they are aware of the new mailing options in January 22, 
2012.

Package Services Pieces

    The Postal Service eliminates the provision to provide free local 
forwarding for Package Services pieces.
    The USPS also will discontinue the 3-cent barcode discount for all 
Bound Printed Matter (BPM), Media Mail[supreg], and Library Mail 
parcels. We received a request to confirm this and to state whether the 
barcode discount would continue for BPM flats. We will continue to 
allow a barcode discount for BPM flats as of January 22, 2012.

Special, Extra, and Other Services

Mailing Dates for Dropshipments

    Mailers may use plant-verified drop shipments (PVDS) during the 
price change as follows:

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     Current Prices--Mailers may use the current prices for 
PVDS mailings verified and paid for before January 22, 2012. We will 
accept these mailings at destination entry postal facilities through 
February 5, 2012 when presented with appropriate verification and 
payment documentation.
     New Prices--Mailers may use the new prices (effective 
January 22, 2012) for PVDS mailings verified and paid for beginning 
January 8, 2012, for deposit at destination facilities on or after 
January 22, 2012. For mailings with electronic documentation, mailers 
must enter a Mail Arrival Date that is on or after January 22, 2012. 
For mailings with hard copy postage statements, USPS acceptance 
employees must enter a Mail Arrival Date that is on or after January 
22, 2012. The Postal Service will accept these mailings at destination 
entry postal facilities beginning January 22, 2012 when presented with 
appropriate verification and payment documentation.

Manifest Mailing System Clarification

    In the June 2, 2011, Postal Bulletin (22312), the Postal Service 
announced a change in the administrative support process for Special 
Postage Payment Systems from formal agreements to authorizations. For 
manifest mailing systems, we incorrectly stated that the authorization 
document is a letter signed by the mailer and the Business Mail Support 
(BMS) manager. We are revising DMM 705.2.0 to clarify that an 
authorization letter is signed only by the BMS manager.

Delivery Confirmation and Signature Confirmation

    We add clarifications in DMM 503.10 and 503.11 that Delivery 
Confirmation and Signature Confirmation services are available for 
First-Class Package Service parcels for only the electronic option.

Adult Signature

    The Postal Service encourages and will permit the use of a hard 
copy PS Form 3811, Domestic Return Receipt, with Adult Signature 
service when used with Express Mail[supreg] or Priority Mail[supreg], 
including shipments made under the Prevent All Tobacco Cigarettes 
Trafficking (PACT) Act. A return receipt fee will be charged in 
addition to regular postage and the Adult Signature fee.
    Customers eligible to mail cigarettes and smokeless tobacco under 
the business/regulatory purposes and consumer testing exceptions of the 
PACT Act are currently limited to shipping via Express Mail with Hold 
For Pickup service. In January 2012, we will offer additional options: 
Express Mail with Adult Signature or Priority Mail with Adult 
Signature.
    We received a comment suggesting that allowing Express Mail or 
Priority Mail with Adult Signature under the PACT Act will make it 
easier for underage smokers to obtain cigarettes and smokeless tobacco 
products. The new standards have not changed insofar as it relates to 
the statutory exceptions to the PACT Act. The labeling, acceptance, and 
delivery requirements are not relaxed and still provide ample 
opportunity to determine if mailings fit within the exceptions. The new 
standards simply provide mailers other service options that fit within 
the exceptions.

Confirm

    The Postal Service discontinues Confirm service as a paid 
subscription service and replaces it with ``IMbTM Tracing,'' 
which will provide scan data similar to that provided through Confirm 
service, but with no paid subscription required. Under IMb Tracing 
service, mailers will continue to receive the same raw scan data 
through the same data-provisioning methods.
    In response to requests for clarification of the transition 
process, we provide the following scenarios.
    For customers transitioning from Confirm to IMb Tracing, who are 
using Intelligent Mail[supreg] barcodes and have no changes to their 
profile, the account profile will remain the same and information will 
flow as it does today. Future profile changes can be handled through 
emails to the help desk at confirm@usps.gov.
    The change would have ended the use of PLANET[supreg] Code barcodes 
for mailers when their current subscription expired. To provide more 
time for mailers to transition to IMbs, existing Confirm customers who 
wish to continue using PLANET Code barcodes after their current 
subscription expires must submit a signed Confirm renewal application 
and pay the applicable fees for the new subscription period prior to 
January 22, 2012, for the PLANET code subscription IDs they would like 
to continue using. No renewed subscription under this provision will 
extend past January 2013. Subscription IDs associated with IMbs will 
remain the same. Applications can be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the 
help desk.
    New customers not utilizing a third party must submit a signed IMb 
Tracing application and complete the application process similar to 
today's Confirm process.
    Third-party service providers for data management currently 
receiving Confirm or IMb Tracing information may submit a signed 
application on behalf of new customers under these conditions:
     The signature must be from a representative of the MID 
owner.
     If the mail pieces will be produced by a company qualified 
to print the IMb, the customer will not have to submit samples to be 
tested.
     Applications can be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the help 
desk.

Waiver of Annual Mailing Fees for Full-Service Automation Mailings

    The Postal Service revises certain requirements for mailers who 
present full-service (Intelligent Mail) automation mailings. When 
mailers present only full-service automation mailings of First-Class 
Mail or Standard Mail letters and flats or BPM flats with 90 percent or 
more pieces qualifying for full-service automation prices, the Postal 
Service will waive payment of the annual mailing fees for mailings 
presented under specific permits. As an additional allowance, when 
mailers present only qualifying full-service automation mailings with 
permit imprint indicia, those mailings will be able to be presented at 
any PostalOne![supreg] acceptance office without payment of an 
additional permit imprint application fee or payment of an annual 
mailing fee at the other office(s).
    We received a group of questions from two associations regarding 
how this initiative will be implemented, primarily about presenting 
mailings at offices other than the office where a permit is held. A 
recommendation was made about how to handle an instance of a mailing 
being submitted that does not meet the 90 percent eligibility, to allow 
later payment of the annual fee. Because of the many nuances involved 
in this initiative, we will implementing both aspects--waiver of annual 
presort fee and multiple entry points for permit imprint mailings--on 
February 12, 2012 to assure that all processes for employees and 
mailers are coordinated.

Paraphrased Comments and Responses

    Comment: Is the 90% requirement for pieces per mailing or for all 
pieces on all mailings for the year?
    Response: The requirement applies to each mailing.
    Comment: Is it for all mailings of a mailer or by the specific 
permit, PC, PER account number?
    Response: For each permit used with First-Class Mail, Standard 
Mail, and Bound Printed Matter full-service mailings; Periodicals are 
not eligible. There is no annual presort fee as long as each postage 
statement charged to the

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permit remains at 90% or greater full-service pieces.
    Comment: Should a mailer open an additional permit (obtain a 
separate permit number) for full-service mailings to mail all of their 
full-service mailings under and use another for non-full service 
mailings, which effectively negates the fee waiver.
    Response: Management of permits is at the mailer's discretion.
    Comment: Can a mailer present mail for a permit number from any 
acceptance office in the nation to their local acceptance office?
    Response: Mailers may present qualified full-service mailings with 
mailpieces bearing a current valid permit imprint (that has been used 
only to present eligible Full-Service mailings) for acceptance at any 
USPS acceptance office that has PostalOne! acceptance functions.
    Comment: What information needs to be used on the postage statement 
for the mailing, the permit number of the origin Post 
OfficeTM of mailing? Is any other information required?
    Response: Hardcopy postage statements are not eligible for full-
service mailings and therefore will not qualify to mail at other 
offices or waiver of fees. See the next comment and response for 
electronic documentation.
    Comment: How are the permits that are used to pay the postage 
identified in Full Service eDocumentation? What records/fields are 
supposed to contain what information regarding the Permit numbers?
    Response: Mail.dat[supreg] file submission:
    [squ] Use of single permit at multiple BMEU locations (verification 
sites) requires use of account .
    [squ] MPA Record:
    [ssquf] Populate permit type, permit , and ZIP + 4[supreg] 
fields to identify permit (authorization to mail).
    [ssquf] Populate account  field with CAPS number 
(traditional or non-traditional).
    [ssquf] Identification of Mail Preparer & Mail Owner by CRID or MID 
(cannot identify with a permit).
    [ssquf] Customer communications.
    [squ] Segment Record--Verification Facility ZIP + 4 field (Pos 137-
145):
    [ssquf] Populate with BMEU ZIP CodeTM (5 or 9 digit).
    [ssquf] Drives the BMEU dashboard.
    Comment: What information is required to be in the indicia on the 
mailpiece?
    Response: Issuing office permit number and city/state or company 
imprint indicia may be printed in the permit imprint indicia on the 
piece and entered at any location.
    Comment: What are the requirements regarding the commingling of 
permit imprint mail with permits outside the Post Office of mailing of 
the mailer when using the mailer's permit to pay the postage, or using 
the permit holder's permit to pay the postage? What will the 90% rule 
be applied to, the entire mailing or the portion of the mailing under 
the permit holder's permit?
    Response: The 90% rule applies to single statements or the master 
statement (when there are multiple child statements) as follows:
     For single permit mailings, the statement must meet the 
90% threshold.
     For multiple permit mailings, the master statement must 
meet the 90% threshold.
     Individual permits within the master statement do not have 
to meet the 90% threshold.
    Comment: Can a mail service provider permit number be used for 
permit mail pieces in a commingled mailing originating from offices 
other than the mailer's acceptance office?
    Response: The permit number used must be the number assigned to 
permit holders at the issuing office.
    Comment: How does this affect mailing into other Post Offices for 
metered mail?
    Response: The provision to mail at other offices under the waiver 
of fee initiative is limited to permit imprint mailing.
    Comment: To not accept the mailing on a first occurrence of failing 
to meet the 90% rule would cause undue burden and costs on the mail 
owner.
    Recommendation: That if the mail presenter is unable to pay the fee 
at that time, the mailing would be accepted on the first occurrence 
with promise to pay later by the permit holder and no further mailings 
would be accepted until the fee was paid.
    Response: Our standards do not allow us to defer payment of fees 
once they are due. However, we expect that Full-Service mailers will 
know that their mailing will not meet the 90% requirement before they 
present the mailing and be able to plan accordingly.
    Comment: If a mailing is presented to any acceptance office under 
the fee waiver provisions and fails to meet the 90% compliance rule, 
will all subsequent mailings using or bearing that permit number not be 
allowed entry at any other office other than the office where the 
permit is held?
    Response: Yes, once mailings under a permit number fall below the 
established 90% full-service threshold, applicable fees must be paid 
for all subsequent mailings.

Post Office Boxes

    The Postal Service will add a new 3-month prepaid Post Office 
BoxTM service payment option, which is only available via 
recurring automatic payments.

Stamp Fulfillment Services

    Currently, the Postal Service charges a standard fee for most Stamp 
Fulfillment Services orders; however Stamp Fulfillment Services 
shipping fees are not identified in the DMM nor listed in Notice 123--
Price List. However, the fees are subject to regulation by the PRC.
    The USPS adds new DMM language to explain that there are fees 
associated with Stamp Fulfillment Services and to refer customers to 
Notice 123 for the prices. A single standard fee is charged for orders 
up to $50, and a higher fee for larger orders.

Stationery

    Currently, the USPS does not offer postcard stationery sheets that 
easily fit on standard computer printers. We will offer four perforated 
postcards on an 8\1/2\ inches x 11 inches sheet that can be fed readily 
into computer printers. Once separated, each card will be 4\1/4\ inches 
x 5\1/2\ inches in size.
    Additionally, the USPS does not currently offer personalized 
stamped postcards. In January 2012, we offer personalized stamped 
postcards with pre-printed return addresses.
    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:
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100 Retail Mail

101 Physical Standards

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3.0 Physical Standards for Parcels

    [Renumber current 3.1 through 3.6 as new 3.2 through 3.7 and add 
new 3.1 as follows:]

3.1 Processing Categories

    USPS categorizes parcels into one of three mail processing 
categories: Machinable, irregular, or outside parcel. These categories 
are based on the physical dimensions of the piece, regardless of the 
placement (orientation) of the delivery address on the piece.
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3.4 Machinable Parcels

    [Revise the introductory text of renumbered 3.4 as follows:]
    A machinable parcel is any piece that is not a letter or a flat and 
that is (see Exhibit 3.4):
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    [Revise item 3.4b as follows:]
    b. Not more than 27 inches long, or 17 inches high, or 17 inches 
thick. Parcels cannot weigh more than 25 pounds, except Parcel Select 
and Parcel Return parcels which have a maximum weight of 35 pounds, 
except for those containing books or other printed matter (25 pound 
maximum).

Exhibit 3.4 Machinable Parcel Dimensions

    [Revise the current length dimension in to read 27 inches and 
delete the sentences describing the minimum and maximum weights in 
Exhibit 3.4.]
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170 Media Mail and Library Mail

173 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Media Mail and Library Mail Prices

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    [Delete 1.4, Barcode Discount--Machinable Parcels, in its entirety, 
and renumber current 1.5 and 1.6 as new 1.4 and 1.5.]
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200 Commercial Letters and Cards

201 Physical Standards

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2.0 Physical Standards for Nonmachinable Letters

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2.3 Additional Criteria for Standard Mail Nonmachinable Letters

    [Revise 2.3 to read as follows:]
    The nonmachinable prices in 243.1.0 apply to Standard Mail letter-
size pieces that have one or more of the nonmachinable characteristics 
in 2.1. Mailers must prepare all nonmachinable letters as described in 
245.5.0.
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3.0 Physical Standards for Machinable and Automation Letters and Cards

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    [Revise the titles of 3.4 and 3.4.1 as follows:]

3.4 Standards for Letter-Size Pieces Containing One Disc (CD or DVD)

3.4.1 Basic Standards for One Disc in a Letter-Size Mailpiece

    [Revise the text of 3.4.1 as follows:]
    A letter-size mailpiece containing one disc and meeting the general 
standards in 3.0 and the specific standards in 3.4.3 is considered 
automation-compatible. A mailpiece with one enclosed disc not meeting 
these standards must be tested and approved for automation-
compatibility. For this purpose, mailers must submit 5 sample 
mailpieces and a written request to the local postmaster or business 
mail entry manager for submission to the Pricing and Classification 
Service Center (PCSC).
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3.12 Flexibility Standards for Automation Letters

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3.12.2 USPS Services for Flexibility Testing

    [Revise the text of 3.12.2 as follows:]
    A mailer requesting flexibility testing for letter-size mailpieces 
must submit at least 5 mailpieces and a written request to their local 
postmaster or business mail entry manager for submission to the Pricing 
and Classification Service Center (PCSC) at least 6 weeks before the 
mailing date. The request must describe mailpiece contents and 
construction, number of pieces being produced, and preparation level. 
The PCSC will evaluate the piece and, if warranted, will instruct the 
mailer to submit samples to USPS Engineering for testing. The PCSC 
advises the mailer of its findings. If the mailpiece is approved, the 
letter includes a unique number identifying the piece and serves as 
evidence that the piece meets the relevant standards. A copy of the 
letter must accompany each postage statement submitted for mailings of 
the approved piece. If requested by the USPS, the mailer must show that 
pieces presented for mailing are the same as those approved.

3.13 Labels, Stickers, Release Cards, and Perforated Pockets Affixed to 
the Outside of Letter-Size Mailpieces

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3.13.4 Letter-Size Piece With Attached Release Card

    [Revise the introductory text of 3.13.4 as follows:]
    A letter-size mailpiece, with one or two attached release cards, 
must have the following characteristics:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 3.13.4b, to reduce the required clearance from the 
right edge from 1\1/2\ inches to 1 inch, as follows:]
    b. No address element, including any address block barcode, may be 
closer than 1 inch to the right edge of the mailpiece.
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230 First-Class Mail

233 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees for First-Class Mail

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1.2 Price Computation for First-Class Mail Letters

    [Revise the text of 1.2 as follows:]
    Commercial First-Class Mail presorted letters are charged at one 
price for the first 2 ounces, with separate prices for pieces over 2 
ounces up to 3 ounces and for pieces over 3 ounces up to 3.5 ounces. 
Any fraction of an ounce is considered a whole ounce. For example, if a 
piece weighs 2.2 ounces, the weight (postage) increment is 3 ounces. 
The pricing per ounce is similar for automation First-Class Mail 
letters, with pricing differences per sortation level.
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3.0 Basic Standards for First-Class Mail Letters

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3.4 Presort Mailing Fee

    [Revise the text of 3.4 by inserting a new second sentence as 
follows:]
    * * * Effective February 12, 2012, payment of this fee is waived 
for mailers who present only full-service automation mailings (under 
705.23) containing 90% or more pieces qualifying for full-service 
prices. * * *
* * * * *
    [Delete 7.0, First-Class Mail Incentive Programs, in its entirety.]
* * * * *

234 Postage Payment and Documentation

* * * * *

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2.0 Postage Payment for Presorted and Automation Letters

* * * * *

2.2 Affixing Postage for Presorted and Automation First-Class Mail

    Unless permitted by other standards or authorization by Business 
Mailer Support, when precanceled postage or meter stamps are used, only 
one payment method may be used in a mailing and each piece must bear 
postage under one of these conditions:
    [Revise item 2.2a as follows:]
    a. Each metered piece weighing more than 2 ounces must bear the 
correct additional postage to pay for the additional ounce(s).
* * * * *
    [Revise item 2.2c as follows:]
    c. Each metered piece must bear full postage at the lowest First-
Class Mail letter price (or card price as applicable) appropriate to 
the mailing plus any additional ounce(s) or nonmachinable surcharge.
* * * * *

240 Standard Mail

243 Prices and Eligibility

* * * * *

3.0 Basic Standards for Standard Mail Letters

* * * * *

3.4 Presort Mailing Fees

    [Revise the text of 3.4 by inserting a new second sentence as 
follows:]
    * * * Effective February 12, 2012, payment of this fee is waived 
for mailers who present only full-service automation mailings (under 
705.23) containing 90% or more pieces qualifying for full-service 
prices. * * *
* * * * *

245 Mail Preparation

* * * * *

5.0 Preparing Nonautomation Letters

* * * * *

5.4 Nonmachinable Preparation

* * * * *

5.4.2 Traying and Labeling

    [Revise the introductory text of 5.4.2 as follows:]
    When all full trays for a destination have been prepared, mailers 
may include a group of 10 or more overflow pieces for that destination 
in a qualified tray at either of the next two tray levels. For example, 
overflow pieces for a 5-digit destination may be placed into an 
existing correct 3-digit tray; if a 3-digit tray that includes the 5-
digit destination does not exist, the overflow pieces may be placed 
into the correct existing ADC tray. Bundle the overflow pieces 
separately with the correct presort bundle label or OEL; the pieces 
will still qualify for the 5-digit price. Mailers must note these trays 
on standardized documentation (see 708.1.2). Preparation sequence, tray 
size, and labeling:
* * * * *

300 Commercial Flats

301 Physical Standards

1.0 Physical Standards for Flats

* * * * *

1.7 Flat-Size Pieces Not Eligible for Flat-Size Prices

    Flat-size mailpieces that do not meet the standards in 1.3 through 
1.6 must pay applicable higher prices as noted in either 1.7a or 1.7b 
below.
    a. Flat-size pieces that do not meet flexibility, uniform 
thickness, or polywrap standards in 1.3 through 1.5 must pay these 
applicable prices:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 1.7a3 as follows:]
    3. Standard Mail--parcel prices.
* * * * *

2.0 Physical Standards for Nonautomation Flats

* * * * *

2.2 Standard Mail

2.2.1 Basic Physical Standards

    These additional standards apply to Standard Mail flat-size pieces:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 2.2.1b as follows:]
    b. Flat-size pieces that do not meet the standards in 1.3 through 
1.5 must be prepared as parcels and pay the parcel prices.
* * * * *

3.0 Physical Standards for Automation Flats

3.1 Basic Standards for Automation Flats

    [Revise the text of 3.1 as follows:]
    Flat-size pieces claimed at automation prices must meet the 
standards in 1.0 and in 3.0, and the eligibility standards for the 
class of mail and price claimed. For automation flats, the size 
standards in 3.2 supersede the size standards in 1.1.
* * * * *

330 First-Class Mail

333 Prices and Eligibility

* * * * *

3.0 Eligibility Standards for First-Class Mail Flats

* * * * *

3.4 Presort Mailing Fee

    [Revise the text of 3.4 by inserting a new second sentence as 
follows:]
    * * * Effective February 12, 2012, payment of this fee is waived 
for mailers who present only full-service automation mailings (under 
705.23) containing 90% or more pieces qualifying for full-service 
prices. * * *
* * * * *

340 Standard Mail

343 Prices and Eligibility

* * * * *

3.0 Basic Standards for Standard Mail Flats

* * * * *

3.2 Defining Characteristics

3.2.1 Weight, Shape, Flexibility, and Uniform Thickness

    [Revise the second sentence of 3.2.1 as follows:]
    * * * Flat-size pieces that do not meet the standards in 301.1.3 
through 301.1.4 must be prepared as parcels and pay parcel prices.
* * * * *

3.4 Presort Mailing Fees

    [Revise the text of 3.4 by inserting a new second sentence as 
follows:]
    * * * Effective February 12, 2012, payment of this fee is waived 
for mailers who present only full-service automation mailings (under 
705.23) containing 90% or more pieces qualifying for full-service 
prices. * * *
* * * * *

4.0 Price Eligibility for Standard Mail

* * * * *

4.2 Minimum Per Piece Prices

    The minimum per piece prices (the minimum postage that must be paid 
for each piece) apply as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.2b by incorporating items b1and b2 into the text of 
item b and revising as follows:]
    b. In applying the minimum per piece prices, if the piece meets 
both the definition of a letter in 201.1.1.1 and the definition of an 
automation flat in 301.3.0, the piece may be prepared and entered at an 
automation flat price.
    Pieces mailed as Customized MarketMail (CMM) under 705.1.0 must pay 
CMM prices.
* * * * *

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4.4 Shape, Flexibility, and Uniform Thickness

    [Revise 4.4 as follows:]
    Flat-size pieces that do not meet the standards in 301.1.3 through 
301.1.4 must be prepared as parcels and pay parcel prices.
* * * * *

360 Bound Printed Matter

363 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees for Bound Printed Matter

1.1 Nonpresorted Bound Printed Matter

* * * * *

1.1.4 Barcoded Discount--Flats

    [Revise the text of 1.1.4 as follows:]
    The barcoded discount applies only to BPM flat-size pieces that 
meet the requirements in 301.3.0 and bear a delivery point POSTNET 
barcode or Intelligent Mail barcode encoded with the correct delivery 
point routing code, matching the delivery address and meeting the 
standards in 302.5.0 and 708.4.0. The pieces must be part of a 
nonpresorted mailing of 50 or more flat-size pieces.
* * * * *

1.2 Commercial Bound Printed Matter

* * * * *

1.2.6 Destination Entry Mailing Fee

    [Add a new second sentence to 1.2.6 as follows:]
    * * * Payment of this fee is waived for mailers who present only 
full-service automation mailings (under 705.23) containing 90 percent 
or more pieces qualifying for full-service prices.
* * * * *

400 Commercial Parcels

401 Physical Standards

1.0 Physical Standards for Parcels

* * * * *

1.3 Maximum Weight and Size

    [Revise text of 1.3 by inserting a new fourth sentence to read as 
follows:]
    * * * Standard Mail Marketing parcels (see 2.4) may not be larger 
than 12 inches long, 9 inches high, and 2 inches thick. * * *
* * * * *

1.5 Machinable Parcels

1.5.1 Criteria

    [Revise the introductory sentence to 1.5.1 as follows:]
    A machinable parcel is any piece that is not a letter or a flat and 
that is (see Exhibit 1.5.1):
* * * * *
    [Revise item 1.5.1b as follows:]
    b. Not more than 27 inches long, or 17 inches high, or 17 inches 
thick. Parcels cannot weigh more than 25 pounds, except Parcel Select 
and Parcel Return parcels which have a maximum weight of 35 pounds, 
except for those containing books or other printed matter (25 pound 
maximum).

Exhibit 1.5.1 Machinable Parcel Dimensions

    [Revise the current length dimension to read 27 inches and delete 
the sentences describing the minimum and maximum weights in Exhibit 
1.5.1.]
* * * * *
    [Revise the title and the introductory text of 1.5.2 as follows:]

1.5.2 Criteria for Lightweight Machinable Parcels

    A parcel that weighs less than 6 ounces (but not less than 3.5 
ounces) is machinable if it meets all of the following conditions:
* * * * *

1.5.4 Exception

    [Revise 1.5.4 as follows:]
    Mailers of parcels that do not conform to the machinability 
criteria in 1.5.1 or 1.5.2 may request authorization to mail such 
parcels as machinable parcels by contacting the manager, Pricing and 
Classification Service Center (PCSC; see 608.8.1 for address). The 
manager, PCSC, in conjunction with the manager, Operations Integration 
and Support, may authorize such parcels as machinable if the parcels 
are tested on NDC parcel sorters and prove to be machinable. Mailers 
requesting testing of parcels for machinability must:
    a. Submit a written request and two sample parcels to the PCSC. The 
request must list the mailpiece characteristics for every shape, 
weight, construction, and size to be considered. If the request 
describes a mailpiece that falls within the specifications of pieces 
that were tested previously, the mailpiece may not require testing.
    b. State the estimated number of parcels to be mailed in the next 
12 months, and the anticipated preparation level (e.g., destination NDC 
pallets).
    c. Upon acknowledgement from the manager, Operations Integration 
and Support, the mailer may be required to send 100 mailpiece samples 
to the designated test facility at least 6 weeks prior to the first 
mailing date. The USPS may recommend changes to physical 
characteristics of the mailpieces, and additional testing of the 
redesigned pieces, before authorizing parcels as machinable.
* * * * *

2.0 Additional Physical Standards by Class of Mail

* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 2.4 to read as follows:]

2.4 Standard Mail Parcels

* * * * *
    [Revise title and text of 2.4.2 to delete references to Not Flat-
Machinables and add standards for Marketing parcels to read as 
follows:]

2.4.2 Marketing Parcels

    Marketing parcels do not meet letters or flats standards and have 
the following characteristics:
    a. Height not more than 9 inches high. Minimum height must be 3\1/
2\ inches if the parcel is \1/4\ inch thick or less.
    b. Length not more than 12 inches long. Minimum length must be 5 
inches if the parcel is \1/4\ inch thick or less.
    c. Thickness at least 0.009 thick, but not more than 2 inches.
    d. An alternative addressing format, according to 602.3.0.
* * * * *

2.6 Bound Printed Matter Parcels

2.6.1 General Standards

    [Revise the text of 2.6.1 by moving the text of item 2.6.1a into 
the introductory sentence and deleting item 2.6.1b in its entirety as 
follows:]
    Pieces mailed at Bound Printed Matter prices may not weigh more 
than 15 pounds.

402 Elements on the Face of a Mailpiece

1.0 All Mailpieces

* * * * *

1.2 Delivery and Return Address

    [Revise 1.2 by reorganizing the text and adding a new last sentence 
to read as follows:]
    The delivery address specifies the location to which the USPS is to 
deliver a mailpiece (see 602 for more information). Except for pieces 
prepared with detached address labels under 602.4.0, each mailpiece 
must have a visible and legible delivery address only on the side of 
the piece bearing postage. A return address is required in specific 
circumstances (see 3.2 and 602.1.5). Standard Mail Marketing parcels 
(see 443) must use an alternative addressing format under 602.3.0.
* * * * *

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4.0 General Barcode Placement for Parcels

* * * * *

4.3 POSTNET Barcodes, GS1-128 Routing Barcodes and Intelligent Mail 
Package Barcodes

    [Revise text of 4.3 by deleting references to Not Flat-Machinable 
pieces and revising other text to read as follows:]
    First-Class Package Service parcels and Standard Mail irregular 
parcels may bear POSTNET barcodes (under 4.3.1 through 4.3.3) or GS1-
128 routing barcodes. First-Class Package Service parcels and Standard 
Mail irregular parcels bearing POSTNET barcodes representing only the 
postal routing barcode (destination ZIP Code) are eligible to be mailed 
using eVS under 705.2.9. POSTNET barcodes may not be used on eVS 
parcels bearing concatenated GS1-128 barcodes.

4.3.1 General Placement of POSTNET Barcodes

    [Revise text of 4.3.1 by deleting references to Not Flat-Machinable 
piece under 6 ounces and revising other text to read as follows:]
    On a First-Class Package Service parcel or Standard Mail irregular 
parcel, the POSTNET barcode may be anywhere on the address side at 
least \1/8\ inch from any edge of the piece. Print POSTNET barcodes 
according to 708.4.0. Address block barcodes are subject to 4.3.2.
* * * * *

440 Standard Mail

443 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees for Standard Mail

* * * * *
    [Revise title of 1.2 to read as follows:]

1.2 Regular and Nonprofit Standard Mail--Marketing Parcel Prices

* * * * *
    [Revise title of 1.3 as follows:]

1.3 Nonprofit Standard Mail--Machinable and Irregular Parcel Prices

* * * * *

3.0 Basic Standards for Standard Mail Parcels

* * * * *

3.2 Defining Characteristics

* * * * *
    [Renumber current 3.2.2 through 3.2.8 as 3.2.4 through 3.2.10 and 
add new 3.2.2 and 3.2.3 as follows:]

3.2.2 Standard Mail Marketing Parcels

    All Standard Mail Marketing parcels (both regular and nonprofit) 
must bear an alternative addressing format (see 602.3.0) and are 
subject to size restrictions in 401.2.4.2.

3.2.3 Nonprofit Standard Mail Machinable and Irregular Parcels

    Nonprofit Standard Mail parcels that do not qualify as Marketing 
parcels may be prepared and mailed as machinable or irregular parcels.
* * * * *

3.3 Additional Basic Standards for Standard Mail

    Each Standard Mail mailing is subject to these general standards:
* * * * *
    [Revise text of item 3.3d to read as follows:]
    d. Each Marketing parcel must bear an alternative addressing format 
subject to 602.3.0. Nonprofit Standard Mail machinable or irregular 
parcels must bear the addressee's name and complete delivery address, 
or may use an alternative addressing format. Detached address labels 
may be used subject to 602.4.0.
* * * * *

4.0 Price Eligibility for Standard Mail

* * * * *

4.2 Minimum Per Piece Prices

    The minimum per piece prices (i.e., the minimum postage that must 
be paid for each piece) apply as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise text of item 4.2c as follows:]
    c. Individual Prices. There are separate minimum per piece prices 
for each product and, within each product, for the presort and 
destination entry levels within each mailing. There are also separate 
prices for regular Marketing parcels, for Nonprofit Marketing parcels, 
and for Nonprofit machinable parcels and Nonprofit irregular parcels. 
DDU prices are available for parcels entered only at 5-digit or one of 
the Enhanced Carrier Route prices.

4.3 Piece/Pound Prices

    [Revise the text of 4.3 as follows:]
    Pieces that exceed 3.3 ounces are subject to a two-part piece/pound 
price that includes a fixed charge per piece and a variable pound 
charge based on weight. There are separate per piece prices for each 
product and within each product for the type of mailing and the presort 
and destination entry levels within each mailing. There are separate 
per pound prices for each product. There are also separate prices for 
Marketing parcels and for Nonprofit machinable parcels and Nonprofit 
irregular parcels.

4.4 Surcharge

    [Revise the introductory text of 4.4 to read as follows:]
    Unless prepared in carrier route or 5-digit/scheme containers, 
Standard Mail parcels are subject to a surcharge if:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.4b as follows:]
    b. The Marketing parcels or the machinable parcels do not bear a 
GS1-128 routing barcode or Intelligent Mail package barcode, under 
708.5.0, for the delivery address.
    [Delete current item 4.4c in its entirety; redesignate current item 
d as new item c and revise to read as follows:]
    c. The irregular parcels do not bear a GS1-128 routing barcode, 
Intelligent Mail package barcode or POSTNET barcode for the delivery 
address.

4.5 Extra Services for Standard Mail

4.5.1 Available Services

    [Revise the introductory text of 4.5.1 as follows:]
    Only the following extra services may be used with Standard Mail 
parcels, with restrictions as noted in 4.5.2:
* * * * *
    [Delete 4.5.2, Eligible Matter, in its entirety and renumber 
current 4.5.3 and 4.5.4 as new 4.5.2 and 4.5.3.]
* * * * *

4.5.3 Additional Preparation Requirements

    [Revise the introductory text of renumbered 4.5.3 as follows:]
    An eligible mailpiece with an extra service must bear a return 
address under 602.1.0, and an ancillary service endorsement under 
507.1.0 under the following conditions:
    [Revise item 4.5.3b as follows:]
    b. Except for Standard Mail Marketing parcels, pieces with Delivery 
Confirmation must bear one of the required endorsements in 4.5.3a or 
``Change Service Requested.'' Standard Mail Marketing parcels with 
required alternative address formats may be mailed with Delivery 
Confirmation, but must not bear an ancillary service endorsement (see 
602.3.1.2).
* * * * *

5.0 Additional Eligibility Standards for Presorted Standard Mailpieces

* * * * *

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5.2 Price Application

    [Revise 5.2 as follows:]
    Prices for Standard Mail and Nonprofit Standard Mail apply 
separately to Marketing parcels that meet the eligibility standards in 
2.0 through 4.0 and the preparation standards in 445.5.0, 705.6.0, 
705.8.0, or 705.20. Prices for Nonprofit parcels not qualifying as 
Marketing parcels apply separately to machinable parcels and irregular 
parcels. When parcels are combined under 445.5.0, 705.6.0, or 705.20, 
all pieces are eligible for the applicable prices when the combined 
total meets the eligibility standards.
* * * * *
    [Revise title of 5.4 to read as follows:]

5.4 Prices for Irregular Parcels and Marketing Parcels

5.4.1 5-Digit Price

    [Revise the introductory text of 5.4.1 as follows:]
    5-digit prices apply to irregular parcels and to Marketing parcels 
that are dropshipped to a DNDC (or ASF when claiming DNDC prices), 
DSCF, or DDU and presented:
* * * * *
    [Delete item 5.4.1e in its entirety.]

5.4.2 SCF Price

    [Revise the introductory text of 5.4.2 as follows:]
    SCF prices apply to irregular parcels and to Marketing parcels that 
are dropshipped and presented to a DSCF or DNDC:
* * * * *

5.4.3 NDC Price

    [Revise the introductory text of 5.4.3 as follows:]
    NDC prices apply to irregular parcels and to Marketing parcels as 
follows under either of the following conditions:
* * * * *

5.4.4 Mixed NDC Price

    [Revise the text of 5.4.4 as follows:]
    Mixed NDC prices apply to irregular parcels and to Marketing 
parcels in origin NDC or mixed NDC containers that are not eligible for 
5-digit, SCF, or NDC prices. Place parcels at mixed NDC prices in 
origin NDC or mixed NDC sacks under 445.5.4.4 or on origin NDC or mixed 
NDC pallets under 705.8.10.
    [Revise the title of 6.0 as follows:]

6.0 Additional Eligibility Standards for Enhanced Carrier Route 
Standard Mail Marketing Parcels

6.1 General Enhanced Carrier Route Standards

* * * * *

6.1.2 Basic Eligibility Standards

    [Revise the introductory text of 6.1.2 as follows:]
    All pieces in an Enhanced Carrier Route or Nonprofit Enhanced 
Carrier Route mailing of Standard Mail Marketing parcels must:
* * * * *
    d. Bear a delivery address that includes the correct ZIP Code, ZIP 
+ 4 code, or numeric equivalent to the delivery point barcode (DPBC) 
and that meets these addressing standards:
* * * * *
    [Revise item d2 to require alternative addressing to read as 
follows:]
    2. An alternative addressing format as described in 602.3.0.
* * * * *
    [Revise the first sentence of item 6.1.2f to indicate new size 
restrictions to read as follows:]
    f. Enhanced Carrier Route Marketing parcels may not be more than 9 
inches high, 12 inches long, or 2 inches thick. * * *
* * * * *

445 Mail Preparation

1.0 General Information for Mail Preparation

* * * * *

1.3 Terms for Presort Levels

    Terms used for presort levels are defined as follows:
* * * * *
    [Delete current items 1.3e, Origin/Entry 3-Digit, 1.3g, Origin 
Optional Entry SCF, and 1.3h, ADC, in their entirety and redesignate 
current items 1.3f, 1.3i, 1.3j, 1.3k, and 1.3l as new items 1.3e 
through 1.3i.]

1.4 Preparation Definitions and Instructions

    For purposes of preparing mail:
* * * * *
    [Delete current item 1.4d in its entirety and redesignate current 
items e through j as new items d through i.]

2.0 Bundles

2.1 Definition of a Bundle

    [Revise the last sentence in 2.1 by deleting the reference to 5-
digit bundles and Not Flat-Machinables to read as follows:]
    * * * Bundling under 445 is allowed only for Marketing parcels 
mailed at carrier route prices.
* * * * *

2.11 Facing Slips--All Carrier Route Mail

    All facing slips used on carrier route bundles must show this 
information:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 2.11b as follows:]
    b. Line 2: Content (appropriate to the class), followed by carrier 
route type and route number (e.g., ``STD MKTG LOT CR R 012'').
* * * * *

4.0 Sack Labels

* * * * *

4.4 Line 2 (Content Line)

    Line 2 (content line) must meet these standards:
* * * * *
    b. Codes: The codes shown below must be used as appropriate in Line 
2 of sack labels:
    [Revise the table in item 4.4b by adding a new row after 
``Machinable'' (seventh row) with ``Marketing Parcels'' (new eighth 
row) in the ``CONTENT TYPE'' column and with ``MKTG'' in the ``CODE'' 
column as follows:]

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                Content type                             Code
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
                                * * * * *
Machinable.................................  MACH
Marketing Parcels..........................  MKTG
------------------------------------------------------------------------

* * * * *

5.0 Preparing Presorted Parcels

5.1 Basic Standards

    [Revise the introductory sentence of 5.1 as follows:]
    All mailings and all pieces in each mailing at Standard Mail and 
Nonprofit Standard Mail parcel prices are subject to preparation 
standards in 5.3 or 5.4, and to these general standards:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 5.1b as follows:]
    b. Marketing parcels, Nonprofit machinable parcels, and Nonprofit 
irregular parcels must each be prepared as separate mailings, except 
under 5.3.1.
* * * * *

5.2 Markings

    [Revise the text of 5.2 as follows:]
    All parcels must be marked according to 402.2.0.
    [Revise the title of 5.3 as follows:]

5.3 Preparing Marketing Parcels (6 Ounces or More) and Machinable 
Parcels

5.3.1 Sacking

    [Revise the introductory text of 5.3.1 as follows:]
    Prepare mailings of Marketing parcels weighing 6 ounces or more and 
mailings

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of machinable parcels under 5.3.0. Prepare 5-digit sacks only for 
parcels dropshipped to a DNDC (or ASF when claiming DNDC prices), DSCF, 
or DDU. Prepare ASF or NDC sacks only for parcels dropshipped to a DNDC 
(or ASF when claiming DNDC prices). There is no minimum for parcels in 
5-digit/scheme sacks entered at a DDU. Mailers combining irregular 
parcels with machinable parcels placed in 5-digit/scheme sacks must 
prepare those sacks under 5.3.2a. Mailers combining Marketing parcels 
weighing 6 ounces or more with machinable parcels placed in ASF, NDC, 
or mixed NDC sacks must prepare the sacks under 5.3.2. For mailings of 
only Marketing parcels weighing 6 ounces or more, use ``MKTG'' on line 
2 of sack labels instead of ``MACH'' under items 5.3.2a through e.
* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 5.4 as follows:]

5.4 Preparing Marketing Parcels (Less Than 6 Ounces) and Irregular 
Parcels

5.4.1 Bundling

    [Revise the text of 5.4.1 as follows:]
    Bundling is permitted only for bundles of carrier route Marketing 
parcels under 7.0.

5.4.2 Sacking

    [Revise the text of 5.4.2 as follows:]
    Prepare mailings of Marketing parcels weighing less than 6 ounces 
and mailings of irregular parcels under 5.4.0. Prepare 5-digit sacks 
only for parcels dropshipped to a DNDC (or ASF when claiming DNDC 
prices), DSCF, or DDU. See 5.4.3 for restrictions on SCF, ASF, and NDC 
sacks. Mailers must prepare a sack when the 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 and Marketing 
parcels weighing 6 ounces or more in 5-digit/scheme sacks must prepare 
those sacks under 5.3.2. Mailers may not prepare sacks containing 
irregular and machinable parcels to other presort levels. Mailers may 
combine irregular parcels with Marketing parcels weighing less than 6 
ounces in sacks under 5.4.3. For mailings of only Marketing parcels 
weighing less than 6 ounces, use ``MKTG'' on line 2 of sack labels 
instead of ``IRREG'' under items 5.4.3a through f.
* * * * *
    [Delete 5.4.3, Drop Shipment, in its entirety and renumber current 
5.4.4 as new 5.4.3.]
    [Delete current 6.0 in its entirety and renumber all of current 7.0 
as new 6.0.]
* * * * *

6.0 Preparing Enhanced Carrier Route Parcels

6.1 Basic Standards

    [Revise the introductory text of renumbered 6.1 as follows:]
    All mailings and all pieces in each mailing at an Enhanced Carrier 
Route (ECR) parcel price are subject to specific preparation standards 
in 6.4, and 6.5, and to these general standards:
    [Revise items 6.1a through d as follows:]
    a. All pieces must meet the standards for basic eligibility in 
443.2.0 through 443.4.0 and specific eligibility in 443.6.0. Nonprofit 
Enhanced Carrier Route Standard Mail must meet the additional 
eligibility standards in 703.1.0.
    b. All pieces in each mailing must be Marketing parcels as defined 
in 443.3.2.2.
    c. All pieces must meet the applicable general preparation 
standards in 1.0 through 4.0, and the following:
    1. Pieces must be sequenced according to 6.6 and 6.7.
    2. Pieces with a simplified address format must meet the standards 
in 602.3.0.
    d. All pieces in the mailing must meet the specific sortation and 
preparation standards in 6.0 or the palletization standards in 705.8.0.
* * * * *

6.3 Residual Pieces

    [Revise the text of renumbered 6.3 as follows:]
    Parcels not sorted as a carrier route mailing must be prepared as a 
separate mailing at Standard Mail Presorted prices.

6.4 Bundling

* * * * *

6.4.2 Bundles and Sacks With Fewer Than the Minimum Number of Pieces 
Required

    [Revise the text of renumbered 6.4.2 as follows:
    As a general exception to 6.4.1 and 6.5.1, mailers may prepare a 
bundle with fewer than 10 pieces and a less-than-full sack with fewer 
than 125 pieces or less than 15 pounds of pieces to a carrier route 
when they are claiming the saturation price for the contents and the 
applicable density standard is met. Mailers using Express Mail Open and 
Distribute or Priority Mail Open and Distribute to dropship ECR parcels 
also may prepare sacks of fewer than 125 pieces or less than 15 pounds 
of mail.
    [Revise the title of renumbered 6.5 as follows:]

6.5 Preparing Carrier Route Marketing Parcels

6.5.1 Sack Minimums

    [Revise the introductory text of renumbered 6.5.1 as follows:]
    Except under 6.4.1, a sack must be prepared when the quantity of 
mail for a required presort destination reaches either 125 pieces or 15 
pounds of pieces, whichever occurs first, subject to these conditions:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 6.5.1b as follows:]
    b. For nonidentical-weight pieces, mailers must use the minimum 
that applies to either the average piece weight for the entire mailing 
or the actual piece count or mail weight for each sack, if 
documentation can be provided with the mailing that shows (specifically 
for each sack) the number of pieces and their total weight.
* * * * *

6.5.2 Sacking and Labeling

    Preparation sequence, sack size, and labeling:
    a. Carrier route: Required (minimum of 125 pieces/15 pounds).
* * * * *
    [Revise item a2 as follows:]
    2. Line 2: ``STD MKTG WSS'' or ``STD MKTG WSH'' or ``STD MKTG LOT'' 
as applicable, followed by the route type and number.
    b. 5-digit carrier routes: Required (no minimum).
* * * * *
    [Revise item b2 as follows:]
    2. Line 2: ``STD MKTG CR-RTS.''
* * * * *

446 Enter and Deposit

* * * * *

5.0 Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Entry

* * * * *

5.2 Eligibility

    Pieces in a mailing that meets the standards in 2.0 and 5.0 are 
eligible for the DDU price when deposited at a DDU, addressed for 
delivery within that facility's service area, and prepared as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 5.2b by deleting the reference to Not Flat-Machinable 
pieces to read as follows:]
    b. One or more parcels in 5-digit containers.
* * * * *

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450 Parcel Select

* * * * *

456 Enter and Deposit

* * * * *

2.0 Deposit

* * * * *

2.17 DNDC Parcel Select--Acceptance at Designated SCF

    * * * The following standards apply:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 2.17b as follows:]
    b. Bound Printed Matter machinable parcels under 466.4.3, and 
Standard Mail and Parcel Select Lightweight machinable parcels under 
705.6.0 may be included.
* * * * *

460 Bound Printed Matter

463 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees for Bound Printed Matter

1.1 Nonpresorted Bound Printed Matter

* * * * *
    [Delete 1.1.3 Barcode Discount--Machinable Parcels in its entirety 
and renumber current items 1.1.4 and 1.1.5 as new 1.1.3 and 1.1.4.]

1.2 Commercial Bound Printed Matter

* * * * *

1.2.3 Bound Printed Matter Presorted and Carrier Route Prices

    [Delete the second sentence of 1.2.3 in its entirety.]

1.2.4 Bound Printed Matter Destination Entry Prices

    [Delete the second sentence of 1.2.4 in its entirety.]
* * * * *

4.0 Price Eligibility for Bound Printed Matter Parcels

4.1 Price Eligibility

    * * * Price categories are as follows:
* * * * *
    [Delete item 4.1d in its entirety.]
* * * * *

466 Enter and Deposit

* * * * *

4.0 Destination Network Distribution Center (DNDC) Entry

* * * * *

4.2 Acceptance at Designated SCF--Mailer Benefit

    * * * The following standards apply:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.2c as follows:]
    c. Parcel Select machinable parcels under 456.2.6, and Standard 
Mail and Parcel Select Lightweight machinable parcels under 705.6.0 may 
be included.
* * * * *

470 Media Mail and Library Mail

473 Prices and Eligibility

* * * * *

6.0 Price Eligibility for Media Mail and Library Mail Parcels

* * * * *

6.3 Price Categories for Media Mail and Library Mail Parcels

    * * * The price categories and discounts are as follows:
    [Delete item 6.3c in its entirety.]
* * * * *

500 Additional Mailing Services

503 Extra Services

* * * * *

4.0 Insured Mail

* * * * *

4.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

4.2.2 Eligible Matter

    The following types of mail may be insured:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.2.2b as follows:]
    b. Standard Mail parcels (bulk insurance only).
* * * * *

4.2.3 Ineligible Matter

    The following types of mail may not be insured:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.2.3f as follows:]
    f. Standard Mail letters and flats.
* * * * *

6.0 Return Receipt

* * * * *

6.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

6.2.4 Additional Services

    [Revise the introductory text of 6.2.4 as follows:]
    If return receipt service has been purchased with one of the 
services listed in 6.2.2, one or more of the following extra services 
may be added at the time of mailing if the standards for the services 
are met and the additional service fees are paid:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 6.2.4f as follows:]
    f. Adult Signature (Express Mail and Priority Mail only), under 
restrictions in 8.2.6.
* * * * *

7.0 Restricted Delivery

* * * * *

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 when bulk insurance (for more than 
$200.00) is purchased at the time of mailing.
* * * * *

8.0 Adult Signature

* * * * *

8.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

8.2.5 Confirmation of Delivery

    Confirmation of delivery information for Adult Signature is 
available as follows:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 8.2.5c as follows:]
    c. Return receipt service (hard copy PS Form 3811 option only), 
under 6.0, may be purchased with Express Mail or Priority Mail pieces 
requesting Adult Signature.

8.2.6 Additional Services

    Adult Signature may be combined with:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 8.2.6d as follows:]
    d. Return receipt (hard copy PS Form 3811 only) for Express Mail 
and Priority Mail pieces.
* * * * *

9.0 Return Receipt for Merchandise

* * * * *

9.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

9.2.2 Eligible Matter

    [Revise the text of 9.2.2 as follows:]
    Return receipt for merchandise is available for merchandise sent as 
Priority Mail (excluding Critical Mail), Standard Mail machinable and 
irregular parcels, Package Services, and Parcel Select pieces.
* * * * *

10.0 Delivery Confirmation

* * * * *

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10.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

10.2.2 Eligible Matter

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

10.2.3 Electronic Option Delivery Confirmation for Standard Mail

    [Revise the first sentence of 10.2.3 as follows:]
    If electronic option Delivery Confirmation is requested for all 
pieces in the mailing and the pieces are of identical weight, then 
postage may be paid with metered postage or permit imprint under the 
applicable standards in 444.2.0 for parcels. * * *
* * * * *

11.0 Signature Confirmation

11.1 Signature Confirmation Fees

11.1.1 Fee

    [Revise the text of 11.1 to delete the current first sentence in 
its entirety, so that the complete text is as follows:]
    Signature Confirmation fee is in addition to postage and other fees 
and is charged per piece. See Notice 123--Price List.
* * * * *

11.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

11.2.2 Eligible Matter

    [Revise the first sentence of the introductory text of 11.2.2 as 
follows:]
    Signature Confirmation is available for First-Class Mail parcels 
and First-Class Package Service parcels (electronic option only); all 
Priority Mail pieces; Package Services, Parcel Select, and Parcel 
Select Regional Ground parcels (electronic option only) under 401.1.0. 
* * *
* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 14.0 as follows:]

14.0 Confirm Service and IMb Tracing

    [Delete the current text of 14.1 through 14.4 and replace with the 
following:]

14.1 Basic Information

14.1.1 General Information

    IMb Tracing replaces Confirm service. Participation in Confirm 
service is limited to those customers who have already paid for a 
current subscription until the subscription expires. After the 
expiration of a Confirm subscription, IMb Tracing provides the same 
basic information as Confirm, but is available at no charge without a 
subscription. Requirements for participation in IMb Tracing are the use 
of the Intelligent Mail barcode, the use of a Mailer Identifier that 
has been registered (via the Business Customer Gateway, accessible on 
usps.com) to receive scan data, and verification by the Postal Service 
that the Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) as printed meets all applicable 
postal standards.

14.1.2 Description of Service

    IMb Tracing (and Confirm) provides a mailer with data 
electronically collected from the scanning of barcoded mailpieces as 
they pass through automated mail processing operations. Scanned data 
can include the postal facility where such pieces are processed, the 
postal operation used to process the pieces, the date and time when the 
pieces are processed, and the numeric equivalent of a barcode(s) that 
help to identify the specific pieces. Any piece intended to generate 
scanned data must meet the physical characteristics and standards in 
14.0, although not every piece is guaranteed such data or complete 
data. This service does not provide proof of delivery. Existing Confirm 
users must convert to the use of IMb Tracing to receive data once 
existing subscriptions expire.

14.1.3 Availability

    IMb Tracing is available to mailers for obtaining scan data for 
automation-compatible letter-size and automation-compatible flat-size 
mail.

14.2 Barcodes

14.2.1 General Barcode Requirements

    Each piece in a mailing that is intended to generate IMb Tracing 
information must bear an Intelligent Mail barcode under 14.2.2. Until 
the time when their current Confirm subscription expires, mailers may 
use PLANET Code barcodes and POSTNET barcodes under the provisions in 
Publication 197, Confirm Service Featuring OneCode Confirm, accessible 
online at http://ribbs.usps.gov/. Otherwise, mailers must apply 
Intelligent Mail barcodes under 708.4.0 and the following standards:
    a. Reply pieces must meet the following standards:
    1. For Business Reply Mail, the piece must bear a barcode that 
corresponds to the subscriber's Business Reply Mail ZIP+4 codes 
assigned by the USPS under 507.9.0.
    2. For other reply mail, the piece must bear a barcode that 
correctly corresponds to the delivery address.
    b. Outgoing pieces must bear an Intelligent Mail barcode that 
correctly corresponds to the delivery address.

14.2.2 Intelligent Mail Barcode Requirements

    To obtain IMb Tracing, mailers apply Intelligent Mail barcodes on 
letter-size pieces or on flat-size pieces meeting automation-
compatibility standards in 201.3.0 (letters) or 301.3.0 (flats). No 
other barcode use is acceptable on these pieces. Only one Intelligent 
Mail barcode may appear on each piece, according to these standards:
    a. Intelligent Mail barcodes must meet the barcode and format 
standards in 708.4.0 and in Specification USPS-B-3200 at http://ribbs.usps.gov/.
    b. Place barcodes on letters according to 202.5.0 and on flats 
according to 302.5.0.
* * * * *

507 Mailer Services

1.0 Treatment of Mail

* * * * *

1.5 Treatment for Ancillary Services by Class of Mail

* * * * *

1.5.3 Standard Mail

    Undeliverable-as-addressed (UAA) Standard Mail is treated as 
described in Exhibit 1.5.3a and Exhibit 1.5.3k, with these additional 
conditions:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 1.5.3j as follows:]
    j. A returned piece endorsed ``Return Service Requested'' is 
charged the applicable single-piece First-Class Mail price for the 
weight and shape of the piece, or the Priority Mail price for the 
weight and destination of the piece.
* * * * *

1.5.4 Package Services and Parcel Select

    Undeliverable-as-addressed (UAA) Package Services and Parcel Select 
mailpieces are treated as described in Exhibit 1.5.4, with these 
additional conditions:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 1.5.4d as follows:]
    d. If a Package Services (except for unendorsed Bound Printed 
Matter) or a Parcel Select mailpiece and any attachment are not opened 
by the addressee, the addressee may refuse delivery of the piece and 
have it returned to the sender without affixing

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postage. Pieces endorsed ``Change Service Requested'' are not returned 
to sender. If a Package Services or Parcel Select piece or any 
attachment to that piece is opened by the addressee, the addressee must 
affix the applicable postage to return the piece to the sender. If the 
addressee does not want to pay forwarding postage for all Package 
Services mail, use PS Form 3546 to notify the postmaster of the old 
address to discontinue the forwarding of Package Services mail.
    [Revise item 1.5.4e as follows:]
    e. An undeliverable Package Services (except for unendorsed Bound 
Printer Matter) or a Parcel Select mailpiece that bears postage with a 
postage evidencing imprint and that has no return address or illegible 
return address is returned to the meter licensee or PC Postage customer 
upon payment of the return postage. The reason for nondelivery is 
attached, with no address correction fee. All Package Services and 
Parcel Select pieces must have a legible return address.
* * * * *

Exhibit 1.5.4 Treatment of Undeliverable Package Services Mail and 
Parcel Select

* * * * *
    [Revise the text in the Exhibit 1.5.4 column ``USPS Treatment of 
UAA Pieces'' endorsement ``Address Service Requested'' as follows:]
    If change-of-address order on file:
    [Revise the first sentence of the introductory text in the first 
bullet as follows:]
     Months 1 through 12: Package Services forwarded at the 
single-piece price for the class of mail.* * *
* * * * *
    [Revise the text in the Exhibit 1.5.4 column ``USPS Treatment of 
UAA Pieces'' endorsement ``Forwarding Service Requested as follows:]
    If change-of-address order on file:
    [Revise the first sentence of the introductory text in the first 
bullet as follows:]
     Months 1 through 12: Package Services forwarded at the 
single-piece price for the class of mail. * * *
* * * * *

2.0 Forwarding

* * * * *

2.3 Postage for Forwarding

* * * * *

2.3.6 Package Services and Parcel Select

    [Delete the current second sentence of 2.3.6 and revise the entire 
text to read 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. The addressee may refuse any 
piece of Package Services or Parcel Select that has been forwarded. 
Shipper Paid Forwarding, under provisions in 4.2.9, provides mailers an 
option of paying forwarding postage for parcels instead of the 
addressee paying postage due charges.
* * * * *

508 Recipient Services

* * * * *

4.0 Post Office Box Service

* * * * *

4.2 Basic Information for Post Office Box Service

* * * * *

4.2.7 Service Period

    [Revise the text of 4.2.7 as follows:]
    Post Office Box service is available in 3-, 6- or 12-month prepaid 
periods. The 3-month option is available only through recurring 
automatic payments. The 3-month option is not available at Post Office 
locations using the semi-annual (April/October) payment schedule.
* * * * *

4.5 Basis of Fees and Payment

* * * * *

4.5.4 Payment

    [Revise the first sentence of 4.5.4 as follows:]
    All fees for Post Office Box service are for 3-, 6- or 12-month 
prepaid periods, except as noted under 4.5.6, 4.5.7, and 4.5.10. * * *
* * * * *

4.7 Fee Refund

4.7.1 Calculation

    When Post Office Box service is terminated or surrendered by the 
customer, the unused portion of the fee may be refunded as follows:
    [Revise item 4.7.1a as follows:]
    a. If service is discontinued at any time within the first 3 months 
of the 6-month or 12-month service period, then one-half of the fee is 
refunded. None of the fee is refunded under the 3-month payment option.
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.7.1c as follows:]
    c. If service is discontinued and the customer has prepaid for the 
next quarterly or semiannual service period, then the entire fee for 
that next period is refunded.

4.7.2 Discontinued Postal Facility

    [Revise the second sentence of 4.7.2 as follows:]
    * * * For this purpose, one-sixth of a semiannual fee is refunded 
for each month left in the payment period. For the 3-month payment 
option, one-third of a 3-month fee is refunded for each month left in 
the payment. * * *
* * * * *

7.0 Hold for Pickup

* * * * *

7.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

7.2.2 Basic Eligibility

    [Revise the second sentence of the introductory text of 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 parcels, Parcel Select barcoded, nonpresorted 
parcels, and Parcel Select Regional Ground parcels when: * * *
* * * * *

600 Basic Standards for All Mailing Services

601 Mailability

1.0 General Standards

* * * * *

1.2 Minimum Dimensions

    For mailability, the following standards apply:
* * * * *
    b. All mailpieces (except keys and identification devices) that are 
\1/4\ inch thick or less must be:
    [Revise item 1.1.2b4 as follows:]
    4. Except for machinable parcels described in 401.1.5.2, pieces 
mailed at parcel prices may have finished corners that do not exceed a 
radius of 0.5 inch (\1/2\ inch). See Exhibit 1.2b4.
* * * * *

1.4 Length and Height

    Determine the processing category (see 1.1) based on the physical 
dimensions and characteristics of the mailpiece, without regard to 
address placement. Then, determine length and height as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 1.4c as follows:]
    c. Parcels: The length is the longest dimension.
* * * * *

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11.0 Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco

* * * * *

11.5 Exception for Business/Regulatory Purposes

* * * * *

11.5.2 Mailing

    * * * All mailings under the business/regulatory purposes exception 
must:
    [Revise 11.5.2a as follows:]
    a. Be entered in a face-to-face transaction with a postal employee 
(carrier pickup not permitted) as Express Mail with Hold for Pickup 
service, Express Mail with an Adult Signature service (see 503.8.0), or 
Priority Mail with an Adult Signature service;
* * * * *

11.6 Exception for Certain Individuals

* * * * *

11.6.2 Mailing

    * * * Each mailing under the certain individuals exception must:
    [Revise 11.6.2a as follows:]
    a. Be entered (carrier pickup not permitted) as Express Mail with 
Hold For Pickup service, Express Mail with an Adult Signature service 
(see 503.8.0), or Priority Mail with an Adult Signature service; unless 
shipped to APO/FPO/DPO addresses under 11.6.4.
* * * * *
    [Revise 11.6.2c as follows:]
    c. Bear the full name and mailing address of the sender and 
recipient on the Express Mail or Priority Mail label;
* * * * *

11.6.3 Delivery

    Delivery under the certain individuals exception is made under the 
following conditions:
* * * * *
    [Revise 11.6.3c as follows:]
    c. For Express Mail or Adult Signature articles, once age is 
established, the recipient must sign PS Form 3849 in the appropriate 
signature block.
* * * * *

11.7 Consumer Testing Exception

* * * * *

11.7.2 Mailing

    * * * Mailings must be tendered under the following conditions:
* * * * *
    b. All mailings under the consumer testing exception:
    [Revise 11.7.2b1 as follows:]
    1. Be entered in a face-to-face transaction with a postal employee 
(carrier pickup not permitted) as Express Mail with Hold For Pickup 
service, Express Mail with Adult Signature Restricted Delivery service 
(see 503.8.0), or Priority Mail with Adult Signature Restricted 
Delivery service;
* * * * *
    [Revise 11.7.2b4 as follows:]
    4. Must bear the full mailing addresses of both the sender and 
recipient on the Express Mail or Priority Mail label (the name and 
address of the sender must match exactly those listed on the customer's 
application on file with the PCSC);
* * * * *

11.7.3 Delivery

    Mailings bearing the markings for consumer testing can only be 
delivered to the named addressee under the following conditions:
* * * * *
    [Revise 11.7.3c as follows:]
    c. The name on the identification must match the name of the 
addressee on the Express Mail or Priority Mail label.

602 Addressing

* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 4.0 as follows:]

4.0 Detached Address Labels (DALs) and Detached Marketing Labels (DMLs)

    [Revise the title of 4.1 as follows:]

4.1 DAL and DML Use

    [Revise the title and text of 4.1.1 as follows:]

4.1.1 Definitions

    For these standards, item(s) refers to the types of mail described 
in 4.1.2 through 4.1.4. DALs in their basic form may be used by mailers 
as an optional method of addressing and printing of postage indicia on 
the DALs instead of printing addresses and postage on the items mailed 
with the DALs. DMLs are types of DALs, but also include advertising. 
For purposes of standards in 4.0, the term ``DALs'' (or ``DAL'') will 
be used to mean both DALs and DMLs, unless a standard specifically 
states that it applies only to DMLs.
* * * * *
    [Revise the title and text of 4.1.3 as follows:]

4.1.3 Standard Mail Marketing Parcels

    DALs may be used with Standard Mail Marketing parcels mailed at 
carrier route, high density, or saturation parcel prices.
* * * * *

4.1.5 Alternative Addressing Format

    [Revise the text of 4.1.5 as follows:]
    DALs may have alternative addressing formats under 3.0, subject to 
the applicable standards.
* * * * *

4.2 Label Preparation

* * * * *

4.2.5 Other Information

    [Revise the text of 4.2.5 as follows:]
    In addition to the information described in 4.2.2 and 4.2.4, and an 
indicium of postage payment, only official pictures and data circulated 
by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children may appear on 
the front of a DAL. Advertising may appear on a DML, under the 
following conditions:
    a. The DMLs must meet the physical characteristics for DALs under 
4.2.1 and have a correct POSTNET or Intelligent Mail barcode with an 
11-digit routing code (see 708.4.0).
    b. The advertising must not obstruct or overlap any of the required 
elements on the front of a DML.
    c. The advertising must be to the left of the delivery address and 
placed to maintain required clear spaces around the address and postage 
payment (see 202 and 1.0).
* * * * *

4.5 Postage

4.5.1 Prices

    [Revise the text of 4.5.1 as follows:]
    DAL mailings are not eligible for automation prices, but the pieces 
may qualify for carrier route prices, subject to applicable standards. 
Mailers must pay a surcharge for each DAL used with Standard Mail 
flats. See Notice 123--Price List for prices.

4.5.2 Postage Computation and Payment

    [Revise the introductory text of 4.5.2 as follows:]
    Postage is computed based on the combined weight of the item and 
the accompanying DAL. If the number of DALs and items mailed is not 
identical, the number of pieces used to determine postage is the 
greater of the two. No postage refund is allowed in these situations. 
In addition, these methods of postage payment apply:
* * * * *
    [Revise items 4.5.2b and 4.5.2c as follows:]
    b. Standard Mail flats and parcels (at the applicable postage) and 
Bound Printed Matter pieces must be paid by permit imprint, which must 
appear on each DAL.

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    c. A surcharge applies to each DAL (including DMLs) used in a 
Standard Mail flats mailing.
* * * * *

604 Postage Payment Methods

* * * * *

2.0 Stamped Stationery

* * * * *

2.3 Other Stationery

2.3.1 Stamped Cards

    [Revise 2.3.1 as follows:]
    Stamped cards are available as single stamped cards, double (reply) 
stamped cards, and in sheets of 40 for customer imprinting. Single and 
double stamped cards are 3\1/2\ inches high by 5\1/2\ inches long. 
Stamped cards are also available in 8\1/2\ inches by 11 inches 
perforated and non-perforated sheets with four 4\1/4\ inches by 5\1/2\ 
inches cards. Non-perforated sheets must be cut so that the stamp is in 
the upper right corner of each card. The USPS offers personalized 
stamped cards (cards imprinted with a return address).
* * * * *
    [Add the new 2.3.4 as follows:]

2.3.4 Printing Specifications

    The printing specifications for personalized stamped envelopes also 
apply to stamped postcards (see 2.2.3).
* * * * *
    [Add new item 2.4 as follows:]

2.4 Stamp Fulfillment Service

2.4.1 Description

    Stamp Fulfillment Services provides the fulfillment of stamp orders 
placed by customers via mail, phone, fax, or online to the Stamp 
Fulfillment Services organization. Stamp Fulfillment Services charges 
shipping and handling fees associated with fulfilling stamp orders. The 
fees vary depending on the dollar amount of the order. All prices and 
fees are listed on Notice 123--Price List.
* * * * *

700 Special Standards

* * * * *

705 Advanced Preparation and Special Postage Payment Systems

* * * * *

2.0 Manifest Mailing System

* * * * *

2.2 Basic Standards

2.2.1 Authorization Document

    An MMS is established through a letter of authorization as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 2.2.1b as follows:]
    b. An MMS approved by Business Mailer Support is authorized with a 
letter (or previously-approved service agreement) signed by the 
Business Mailer Support manager. The authorization letter contains 
provisions regarding mailer and USPS responsibilities, including 
document retention and quality control.
* * * * *

2.3 Keyline

* * * * *

2.3.3 Price Category Abbreviations

* * * * *
    b. Standard Mail:

Exhibit 2.3.3b Price Category Abbreviations--Standard Mail

    [Revise Exhibit 2.3.3b by deleting the row with ``NF * * * Not 
Flat-Machinable'' text (fourth from the bottom) in its entirety.]

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 items 2.9.2d and 2.9.2e as follows:]
    d. Regular Standard Mail. Presorted prices, destination network 
distribution center (DNDC) prices, destination sectional center 
facility (DSCF) prices, and destination delivery unit (DDU) prices; 
machinable and irregular parcels.
    e. Nonprofit Standard Mail. Presorted prices, DNDC prices, DSCF 
prices, and DDU prices; machinable and irregular parcels.
* * * * *

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

    [Revise the title of 6.1 by deleting the reference to NFMs to read 
as follows:]

6.1 Basic Standards for Combining Parcels

6.1.1 Basic Standards

    [Revise text in the first sentence of 6.1.1 by deleting NFMs to 
read as follows:]
    Standard Mail parcels, Package Services, and Parcel Select parcels 
in combined mailings must meet the following standards:
* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 6.2 by deleting reference to NFMs to read as 
follows:]

6.2 Combining Parcels--DNDC Entry

    [Revise 6.2 by deleting reference to NFMs 6 ounces or more to read 
as follows:]
    Mailers may combine Standard Mail machinable parcels with Package 
Services and Parcel Select machinable parcels for entry at an NDC when 
authorized by the USPS under 6.1.4.
* * * * *

6.2.2 Additional Standards

    [Revise the introductory text of 6.2.2 by deleting references to 
NFMs 6 ounces or more to read as follows:]
    Standard Mail 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 the text of 6.2.2a by deleting references to NFMs to read 
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.
* * * * *
    [Revise the text of 6.2.2e by deleting references to NFMs to read 
as follows:]
    e. Mailers must deposit combined machinable parcels at NDCs or ASFs 
(see Exhibit 6.2.3) under applicable standards in 15.0.
* * * * *

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 items 6.3.1a through d by deleting references to NFMs 6 
ounces or more to read as follows:]
    a. When claiming Parcel Select ONDC Presort discounts, machinable 
Standard Mail parcels may be combined with machinable Parcel Select and 
Package Services parcels under 6.3 only if the mailpieces are 
palletized and each pallet or pallet box contains a 200-pound minimum.
    b. When claiming Parcel Select NDC Presort discounts, machinable 
Standard Mail parcels may be combined with machinable Parcel Select and 
Package Services parcels under 6.3 only if the mailpieces are 
palletized and each pallet or pallet box contains a 200 pound minimum.
    c. When claiming the DSCF price for Parcel Select or Bound Printed 
Matter parcels, Standard Mail parcels may be combined with Package 
Services and Parcel Select parcels under 6.3.
    d. All Standard Mail parcels may be combined with Package Services 
and

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Parcel Select parcels prepared for DDU prices under 6.3.
* * * * *

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

* * * * *

6.4.2 Qualifications and Preparation

    [Revise the introductory paragraph of 6.4.2 by deleting references 
to NFMs to read as follows:]
    Parcel Select, Bound Printed Matter machinable parcels, and 
Standard Mail parcels may be prepared for entry at designated SCFs 
under these standards:
    [Revise item 6.4.2a by deleting references to NFMs to read as 
follows:]
    a. Standard Mail parcels that weigh less than 2 ounces and Standard 
Mail parcels that are tubes, rolls, triangles, and similar pieces may 
not be included.
    [Revise item 6.4.2b as follows:]
    b. Mailers must prepare pieces on 3-digit pallets or pallet boxes, 
or unload and physically separate the pieces into containers as 
specified by the destination facility.
* * * * *
    [Revise item 6.4.2d by deleting references to NFMs to read as 
follows:]
    d. Standard Mail machinable parcels are eligible for the NDC 
presort level, DNDC price; irregular parcels are eligible for the 3-
digit presort level, DSCF price.
* * * * *

8.0 Preparing Pallets

* * * * *

8.10 Pallet Presort and Labeling

* * * * *

8.10.2 Periodicals--Bundles, Sacks, or Trays

    [Add a new last sentence in the introductory text to read as 
follows:]
    * * * Prepare pallets in the following sequence:
* * * * *
    [Revise the introductory text of item 8.10.2j to read as follows:]
    j. Origin Mixed ADC (OMX), optional, permitted for sacks and trays, 
and bundles of flats. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation 
price, and/or presorted price mail. Labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise the introductory text of item 8.10.2k to read as follows:]
    k. Mixed ADC, optional, permitted for sacks and trays, and bundles 
of flats. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation price, and/or 
presorted price mail. Pallets must not contain origin mixed ADC (OMX) 
sacks, bundles, or trays. Labeling:
* * * * *

8.10.3 Standard Mail--Bundles, Sacks, or Trays

    [Revise the third sentence of the introductory text of 8.10.3 for 
clarity, and add two new sentences at the end of the introductory text, 
to read as follows:]
    * * * Use this preparation only for irregular parcels in sacks or 
Marketing parcels in carrier route bundles. * * * For Marketing parcel 
mailings, use ``MKTG'' instead of ``IRREG'' on line 2 of the pallet 
placard. Preparation sequence and labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise the title and introductory text of 8.10.6 to read as 
follows:]

8.10.6 Combined Mailings of Standard Mail Marketing Parcels 6 Ounces or 
More, Standard Mail, Package Services, and Parcel Select Machinable 
Parcels

    Prepare pallets under 8.0 in the sequence below. Unless indicated 
as optional, all sort levels are required. Combined mailings of 
Standard Mail Marketing parcels, Standard Mail, Parcel Select, and 
Package Services machinable parcels also must meet the standards in 6.0 
or 20.0. Label pallets under applicable standards in 8.6 and according 
to Line 1 and Line 2 information below:
    [Delete the reference to ``NFM'' and replace the reference to ``STD 
MACH'' with ``STD/PSVC MACH'' to revise item 8.10.6a as follows:]
    a. 5-digit scheme, required. Pallet must contain parcels for the 
same 5-digit scheme under L606. For 5-digit destinations not part of 
L606, or for which scheme sorts are not performed, prepare 5-digit 
pallets under 8.10.6b. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L606.
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSVC MACH 5D;'' followed by ``SCHEME'' (or 
``SCH'').
    [Delete the reference to ``NFM'' and replace the reference to ``STD 
MACH'' with ``STD/PSVC MACH'' to revise item 8.10.6b as follows:]
    b. 5-digit, required. Pallet must contain parcels only for the same 
5-digit ZIP Code. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 
8.6.4c for overseas military mail).
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSVC MACH 5D''
    [Delete the reference to ``NFM'' and replace the reference to ``STD 
MACH'' with ``STD/PSVC MACH'' to revise item 8.10.6c as follows:]
    c. ASF, optional, but required for DNDC prices. Not available for 
the Buffalo NY ASF in L602. Pallets must contain only parcels for the 
3-digit ZIP Code groups in L602. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L602.
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSVC MACH ASF.''
    [Delete the reference to ``NFM'' and replace the reference to ``STD 
MACH'' with ``STD/PSVC MACH'' to revise item 8.10.6d as follows:]
    d. NDC, required. Pallets must contain only parcels for the 3-digit 
ZIP Code groups in L601. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L601.
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSVC MACH NDC.''
    [Delete the reference to ``NFM'' and replace the reference to ``STD 
MACH'' with ``STD/PSVC MACH'' to revise item 8.10.6e as follows:]
    e. Mixed NDC, optional. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: ``MXD'' followed by information in L601, Column B, for 
NDC serving 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of entry Post Office (or labeled to 
plant serving entry Post Office if authorized by processing and 
distribution manager).
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSVC MACH WKG.''
    [Revise title and introductory text of 8.10.7 to remove references 
to Not Flat-Machinables and NFMs and revise as follows:]

8.10.7 Machinable Parcels--Standard Mail, Including Marketing Parcels 6 
Ounces or More, and Parcel Select Lightweight

    Mailers who palletize machinable parcels must make pallets or 
pallet boxes when there are 250 pounds or more for the destination 
levels below for DNDC, DSCF, or DDU prices. When prepared at origin, a 
200-pound minimum is required for the NDC price. Prepare pallets under 
8.0 in the sequence below. Unless indicated as optional, all sort 
levels are required. Label pallets under applicable standards in 8.6 
and according to Line 1 and Line 2 information below:
    [Revise items 8.10.7a through f by removing reference to NFMs and 
revising as follows:]
    a. 5-digit scheme, required. Pallet must contain parcels for the 
same 5-digit scheme under L606. For 5-digit destinations not part of 
L606, prepare 5-digit pallets under 8.10.7b, Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L606.
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSLW MACH 5D.
    b. 5-digit, required. Pallet must contain parcels only for the same 
5-digit ZIP Code. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 
8.6.4c for overseas military mail).
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSLW MACH 5D.''
    c. ASF, optional, but required for DNDC prices. Not available for 
the Buffalo NY ASF in L602. Pallets must contain only parcels for the 
3-digit ZIP Code groups in L602. Labeling:

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    1. Line 1: Use L602.
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSLW MACH ASF.''
    d. NDC, required. Pallets must contain only parcels for the 3-digit 
ZIP Code groups in L601. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L601.
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSLW MACH NDC.''
    e. Origin NDC (required); no minimum; labeling:
    1. Line 1: L601, Column B.
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSLW MACH NDC.''
    f. Mixed NDC, optional; no minimum. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: ``MXD'' followed by information in L601, Column B, for 
NDC serving 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of entry Post Office (or labeled to 
plant serving entry Post Office if authorized by processing and 
distribution manager).
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSLW MACH WKG.''
    [Revise the title and introductory text of 8.10.8 as follows:]

8.10.8 Irregular Parcels Weighing 2 Ounces or More--Standard Mail, 
Including Marketing Parcels, and Parcel Select Lightweight

    Mailers who palletize unbundled or unsacked irregular parcels must 
make pallets or pallet boxes when there are 250 pounds or more for the 
destination levels below for DNDC, DSCF, or DDU prices. When prepared 
at origin, a 200 pound minimum is required for the NDC price. Prepare 
pallets or pallet boxes of irregular parcels (except tubes, rolls, and 
similar pieces) weighing 2 ounces or more under 8.0 and in the sequence 
listed below. Label pallets or pallet boxes according to the Line 1 and 
Line 2 information listed below and under 8.6. Mailers may not prepare 
tubes, rolls, and similar pieces or pieces that weigh less than 2 
ounces on pallets or in pallet boxes, except for pieces in carrier 
route bundles or in sacks under 8.10.3. Preparation sequence and 
labeling:
    [Revise items 8.10.8a through g by deleting references to NFMs and 
changing line 2 content as follows:]
    a. 5-digit scheme, required. Pallet or pallet box must contain 
parcels only for the same 5-digit scheme under L606. For 5-digit 
destinations not part of L606 prepare 5-digit pallets under 8.10.8b. 
Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L606.
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSLW IRREG 5D; followed by ``SCHEME'' (or 
``SCH'').
    b. 5-digit, required. * * *. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 
8.6.4c for overseas military mail).
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSLW IRREG 5D.''
    c. SCF, required. * * * Labeling:
    1. For Line 1, L002, Column C.
    2. For Line 2, ``STD/PSLW IRREG SCF.''
    d. ASF, optional, but required for DNDC prices. Not available for 
the Buffalo NY ASF in L602. Pallets must contain only parcels for the 
3-digit ZIP Code groups in L602. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L602.
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSLW IRREG ASF''.
    e. NDC, required. Pallets must contain only parcels for the 3-digit 
ZIP Code groups in L601. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L601.
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSLW IRREG NDC''.
    f. Origin NDC (required); no minimum; labeling:
    1. Line 1: L601, Column B.
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSLW IRREG NDC''.
    g. Mixed NDC, optional. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: ``MXD'' followed by information in L601, Column B, for 
NDC serving 3-digit ZIP Code prefix of entry Post Office (or labeled to 
plant serving entry Post Office if authorized by processing and 
distribution manager).
    2. Line 2: ``STD/PSLW IRREG WKG''.
* * * * *
    [Delete current 8.10.9, Standard Mail Not Flat-Machinable Pieces 
Weighing Less Than 6 Ounces, in its entirety.]
* * * * *

15.0 Combining Standard Mail Flats and Periodicals Flats

15.1 Basic Standards

* * * * *

15.1.9 Other Periodicals Pricing

    Other prices for Periodicals flats in a combined mailing of 
Standard Mail and Periodicals flats on pallets will be assessed as 
follows:
* * * * *
    [Add a new 15.1.9e as follows:]
    e. The bundle price applicable to the 5-digit bundle for the mixed 
ADC container level will apply to carrier route bundles placed on mixed 
NDC pallets.
* * * * *

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 first sentence in 21.1.1 by deleting the references to 
NFMs to read as follows:]
    Package Services parcels, Parcel Select 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 item d1 to delete the reference to NFMs to read as 
follows:]
    1. Standard Mail--Minimum 200 pieces or 50 pounds of Standard Mail 
parcels.
* * * * *

21.2 Price Eligibility

* * * * *

21.2.2 Price Application

    Apply prices based on the criteria in 400 and the following 
standards:
    [Revise item 21.2.2a by deleting the reference to NFMs to read as 
follows:]
    a. Standard Mail parcels are based on the container level and entry 
(see 443.5.0.
* * * * *

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 item a1 through a4 by deleting the references to NFMs to 
read as follows:]
    1. Standard Mail, Parcel Select, and Package Services machinable 
parcels. Use ``STD/PSVC MACH'' for line 2 content labeling.
    2. Standard Mail, Parcel Select, and Package Services irregular 
parcels at least 2 ounces and up to (but not including) 6 ounces, 
except for tubes, rolls, triangles, and other similarly irregularly-
shaped pieces. Use ``STD/PSVC'' for line 2 content labeling.
    3. Standard Mail, Parcel Select, and Package Services tubes, rolls, 
triangles, and similarly irregularly-shaped parcels; and all parcels 
weighing less than 2 ounces. Use ``STD/PSVC IRREG'' for line 2 content 
labeling.
    4. Combine all parcel types in 5-digit and 5-digit scheme 
containers. Use ``STD/PSVC PARCELS'' for line 2 content labeling.
* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 21.3.2 to read as follows:]

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

* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 21.3.3 to read as follows:]

21.3.3 Combining Standard Mail, Parcel Select, and Package Services 
Apps-Machinable Parcels

* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 21.3.4 to read as follows:]

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21.3.4 Combining Standard Mail (Under 2 Ounces), Parcel Select, and 
Package Services Other Irregular Parcels

* * * * *

23.0 Full-Service Automation Option

* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 23.2 as follows:]

23.2 General Eligibility Standards

    [Renumber current 23.3 and 23.4 as new 23.4 and 23.5, and add new 
23.3 as follows:]

23.3 Eligibility for Waiver of Annual Fees and Waiver of Deposit of 
Permit Imprint Mail Restrictions

    Effective February 12, 2012, mailers who present only full-service 
automation mailings (of First-Class Mail cards, letters, and flats, 
Standards Mail letters and flats, or Bound Printed Matter flats) that 
contain 90 percent or more pieces eligible for full-service automation 
prices are eligible for the following exceptions to standards:
    a. The annual presort mailing or destination entry fees, as 
applicable, will be waived for qualified full-service mailings.
    b. Mailers may present qualified full-service mailings with 
mailpieces bearing a current valid permit imprint for acceptance at any 
USPS acceptance office that has PostalOne! acceptance functions without 
payment of any additional permit imprint application or annual mailing 
fees.
    c. If any mailing (of the classes and shapes of mail in 23.3) 
presented under a mailing permit does not contain at least 90 percent 
of the pieces qualifying for full-service automation prices:
    1. The mailer must pay the applicable annual fee before that 
mailing may be accepted.
    2. The provision in 23.3b for presentation of mailings at multiple 
offices is discontinued for all mailings presented under the applicable 
permit imprint.
* * * * *

707 Periodicals

* * * * *

2.0 Price Application and Computation

2.1 Price Application

* * * * *

2.1.2 Applying Outside-County Piece Prices

    * * * Apply piece prices for Outside-County mail as follows:
* * * * *
    c. Nonmachinable flats:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 2.1.2c2 as follows:]
    2. Apply the ``Nonmachinable Flats--Nonbarcoded'' prices to pieces 
that meet the standards for nonmachinable flats in 707.26 but do not 
include a barcode.
* * * * *

708 Technical Specifications

1.0 Standardized Documentation for First-Class Mail, Periodicals, 
Standard Mail, and Flat-Size Bound Printed Matter

* * * * *

1.3 Price Level Column Headings

    [Revise the introductory text of 1.3 as follows:]
    The actual name of the price level (or abbreviation) is used for 
column headings required by 1.2 and shown below:
* * * * *
    b. Presorted First-Class Mail, barcoded and nonbarcoded Periodicals 
flats, nonbarcoded Periodicals letters, and machinable and 
nonmachinable Standard Mail:
    [Revise the table in 1.3b by revising the rows 4, 6, 9, 11, and 12 
as follows:]

 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
SCF [for Standard Mail parcels].............  SCF
 
                                * * * * *
ADC [First-Class Mail parcels, First-Class    AD
 Mail.
Package Service parcels, Standard Mail
 nonmachinable letters, flats, and irregular
 parcels and all Periodicals].
 
                                * * * * *
Mixed ADC [Standard Mail nonmachinable        MD
 letters, flats, and irregular parcels; and
 all Periodicals].
 
                                * * * * *
NDC [Standard Mail machinable parcels and     NDC
 Marketing parcels 6 ounces and over].
 
                                * * * * *
Mixed NDC [Standard Mail machinable parcels   MNDC
 and Marketing parcels 6 ounces and over].
------------------------------------------------------------------------

* * * * *

1.4 Sortation Level

    The actual sortation level (or corresponding abbreviation) is used 
for the bundle, tray, sack, or pallet levels required by 1.2 and shown 
below:
    [Revise row 19 (fifth from the bottom) of the table in 1.4 as 
follows:]

 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
SCF [sacks and pallets, Periodicals flats,    SCF
 Bound Printed Matter, Standard mail
 irregular parcels less than 6 ounces].
------------------------------------------------------------------------

* * * * *

4.0 Standards for POSTNET and Intelligent Mail Barcodes

* * * * *

4.4 Reflectance

4.4.1 Background Reflectance

    A background reflectance of at least 50% in the red portion and 45% 
in the green portion of the optical spectrum must be produced in the 
following locations when measured with a USPS or USPS-licensed envelope 
reflectance meter:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.4.1-b as follows:]
    b. The area surrounding the barcode (within \1/8\ inch of the 
leftmost and rightmost bars and \1/25\ inch above and below the 
barcode) of a card-size, letter-size, or flat-size piece barcoded in 
the address block and of a flat-size, First-Class Mail parcel, or 
First-Class Package Service parcel barcoded elsewhere.
* * * * *

4.4.4 Dark Fibers and Background Patterns

    Dark fibers or background patterns that produce a print contrast 
ratio of more than 15% when measured in the red and green portions of 
the optical spectrum are prohibited in these locations:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.4.4b as follows:]
    b. The area of the address block or the area of the mailpiece where 
the barcode appears on a flat-size piece in an automation mailing or on 
a First-Class Mail parcel or a First-Class Package Service parcel.
* * * * *

4.5 Skew and Baseline Shift

* * * * *
    [Revise the title and text of 4.5.2 as follows:]

4.5.2 Flat-Size Pieces, First-Class Mail Parcels, First-Class Package 
Service Parcels, and Standard Mail Irregular Parcels

    The maximum rotational skew (slant or tilt of the individual 
barcode bars) for barcodes is  10 degrees from a 
perpendicular to the baseline of the barcode. There is no positional 
skew requirement. The individual bars of a barcode must not shift (be 
vertically

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offset) more than 0.015 inch from the average baseline of the barcode. 
For information on barcode placement for flat-size pieces, see 302.5.0. 
For information on barcode placement on parcels weighing less than 6 
ounces, see 402.4.0.
* * * * *

5.0 Standards for Package and Extra Service Barcodes

* * * * *

5.2 Other Package Barcodes

5.2.1 Basic Standards for Postal Routing Barcodes

    [Revise the first sentence of 5.2.1 as follows:]
    Mailers may use a postal routing barcode on parcels that meet the 
applicable eligibility requirements in 433 for First-Class Package 
Service, 443 for Standard Mail, 453 for Parcel Select, 463 for Bound 
Printed Matter, or 473 for Media Mail or Library Mail. * * *
* * * * *

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 following heading and the six rows beneath it in their 
entirety.]

STD Not Flat-Machinable Pieces Less Than 6 Ounces--Nonautomation

    [Delete the following heading and the five rows beneath it in their 
entirety.]

STD Not Flat-Machinable Pieces 6 Ounces Or More--Nonautomation

* * * * *

PACKAGE SERVICES

* * * * *
    [Revise the 18th heading under ``PACKAGE SERVICES'' as follows:]

Combined Package Services, Parcel Select, and Standard--All Parcels

    [Revise the 19th heading under ``PACKAGE SERVICES'' as follows:]

Combined Package Services, Parcel Select, and Standard--Irregular 
Parcels 2 up to 6 oz (APPS-Machinable)

    [Revise the 20th (last) heading under ``PACKAGE SERVICES'' as 
follows:]

Combined PSVC & STD--Irregular Parcels Less Than 2 oz, and Tubes and 
Rolls (Not APPS-Machinable)

* * * * *
    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. 2011-32357 Filed 12-20-11; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 7710-12-P