[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 205 (Tuesday, October 23, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 64768-64775]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25992]


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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 20


International Mailing Services: Proposed Product and Price 
Changes

AGENCY: Postal Service,TM

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: In October 2012, the Postal Service filed a notice of mailing 
services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), 
effective on January 27, 2013. The Postal Service proposes to revise 
various sections of Mailing Standards of the United States Postal 
Service, International Mail Manual (IMM[supreg]) to reflect new prices 
and classification changes.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before November 23, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver comments to the manager, Product 
Classification, U.S. Postal Service[supreg], 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW., RM 
4446, Washington, DC 20260-5015. You may inspect and photocopy all 
written comments at USPS[supreg] Headquarters Library, 475 L'Enfant 
Plaza SW., 11th Floor N, Washington DC by appointment only between the 
hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday

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through Friday by calling 1-202-268-2906 in advance. Email comments, 
containing the name and address of the commenter, may be sent to: 
MailingStandards@usps.gov, with a subject line of ``International 
Mailing Services Price Change.'' Faxed comments are not accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rick Klutts at 813-877-0372.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed prices are or will be available 
under Docket Number R2013-1 on the Postal Regulatory Commission's Web 
site at www.prc.gov.
    This proposed rule includes price and classification changes for 
First-Class Mail International[supreg] and extra services. The proposed 
rule also reflects price and classification changes that result from 
the Postal Regulatory Commission granting the Postal Service's request 
in Docket No. MC2012-44 to transfer First-Class Mail International 
packages (small packets) and rolls from the market-dominant product 
list to the competitive product list.

First-Class Mail International

    This proposed rule would increase prices for single-piece First-
Class Mail International letters, postcards, and flats by approximately 
14.0 percent. Specifically, postcards would be increased by 8.7 
percent, letters would be increased by 12.8 percent, and flats would be 
increased by 18.9 percent. First-Class Mail International packages 
(small packets) and rolls will be transferred from the market dominant 
product list to the competitive product list and no longer available 
effective January 27, 2013. The rebranded competitive product will be 
identified as--``First-Class Package International Service 
TM''.

Global Forever Stamp

    Building on the success of the domestic USPS Forever[supreg] stamp 
introduced in April, 2007, the Postal Service is proposing to introduce 
an international Global Forever stamp. Global Forever stamps can be 
used to mail a 1-ounce letter-size mailpiece anywhere in the world, 
regardless of when the stamp is purchased and regardless of how prices 
may change in the future. The Global Forever stamp will ease the 
transition during price changes, and will always be sold at the price 
of a single-piece First-Class Mail International 1-ounce machinable 
letter and have a postage value equivalent to the price of a single-
piece First-Class Mail International 1-ounce machinable letter in 
effect at the time of use (mailing).
    For R2013-1, we propose to charge the same price for 1-ounce and 2-
ounce letter-size mailpieces to Canada. Consequently, for this price 
change, the Global Forever may also be used to mail a 2-ounce letter-
size mailpiece to Canada.
    To help distinguish between the domestic and international forever 
stamps, the international version will always be round and will always 
bear the words ``Global Forever''. The initial offering of the Global 
Forever stamp will feature a picture of a globe. Finally, as with the 
domestic Forever stamp, mailers would have the flexibility to use these 
stamps as postage for any type of single-piece international or 
domestic mailpiece.

International Extra Services

    The Postal Service proposes to increase prices for market dominant 
extra services by approximately 11.3 percent, for the following:
     Certificate of Mailing (4.4%)
     Registered Mail TM (10.2%)
     Return Receipt (48.9%)
     International Business Reply Service (16.7%)

Certificate of Mailing

    The Postal Service proposes to add the flexibility for mailers who 
pay for postage with a permit imprint, to now pay the fee using the 
same permit imprint account. Previously, the only option to pay the fee 
was for mailers to apply ordinary stamps, meter imprints, or PC 
Postage[supreg] imprints to PS Form 3877, Firm Mailing Book for 
Accountable Mail, or Form 3606, Certificate of Bulk Mailing.

Restricted Delivery

    Due to low quantity demand by customers, the Postal Service 
proposes to discontinue outbound international restricted delivery 
service. Currently, restricted delivery is only available on First-
Class Mail International items using Registered Mail service. The 
Postal Service will continue to offer inbound international restricted 
delivery service.

International Reply Coupons

    Due to low quantity demand by customers, the Postal Service 
proposes to discontinue the sale of international reply coupons. The 
Postal Service will continue to exchange (redeem) international reply 
coupons purchased in foreign countries and presented at U.S. Post 
Office facilities.
    The prices and fees proposed in this notice, if adopted, would 
become effective concurrent with any domestic prices adopted as a 
result of the current proceedings before the Postal Regulatory 
Commission (Docket No. R2013-1). All regulatory changes necessary to 
implement this proposal are provided below.
    Although exempt from the notice and comment requirements of the 
Administrative Procedure Act [5 U.S.C. 553(b), (c)] regarding proposed 
rulemaking by 39 U.S.C. 410(a), the Postal Service invites public 
comment on the following proposed revisions to the Mailing Standards of 
the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM), 
incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. See 39 
CFR Part 20.1.

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 20

    Foreign relations, International postal services.

    Accordingly, 39 CFR Part 20 is proposed to be amended as follows:

PART 20--[AMENDED]

    1. The authority citation for 39 CFR Part 20 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, 407, 414, 416, 3001-3011, 3201-
3219, 3403-3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3632, 3633, and 5001.

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

Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International 
Mail Manual (IMM)

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1 International Mail Services

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130 Mailability

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134 Valuable Articles

134.1 Service Options

    The following services can be used to send the articles noted in 
134.2:
    [Revise item 134.1a to read as follows:]
    a. First-Class Mail International service with Registered Mail 
service or First-Class Package International service with Registered 
Mail service.
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135 Mailable Dangerous Goods

135.1 Infectious Substances

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135.12 Type of Mail

    [Revise 135.12 to read as follows:]

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    Category B infectious substances must be sent using Registered Mail 
service via:
    a. First-Class Mail International service.
    b. First-Class Package International Service.
    c. Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes.
    d. Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes.
    Nonregulated materials defined in DMM 601.10.17.3 and exempt human 
or animal specimens defined in DMM 601.10.17.2d are mailable by First-
Class Mail International service or First-Class Package International 
Service when properly packaged as described in DMM 601.10.17.
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135.3 Packaging, Marking, Labeling

135.31 Category B Infectious Substances

    [Revise the first sentence in 135.12 to read as follows:]
    A material that is classified as a Category B infectious substance 
and that meets the definition in DMM 601.10.17.2a2 must be triple-
packaged as described in DMM 601.10.17.4, must meet the packaging 
requirements in 49 CFR 173.199, and must be sent only by First-Class 
Mail International service, First-Class Package International Service, 
or Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate 
Priced Boxes using Registered Mail service.* * *
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135.5 Radioactive Materials

    Shipments containing radioactive materials are acceptable in 
international mail subject to the provisions of DMM 601 and of 
Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail, and under 
the following conditions:
    [Revise item 135.5a to read as follows:]
    a. Shipments may be sent only by First-Class Mail International 
service, First-Class Package International Service, or Priority Mail 
International Flat Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes with 
Registered Mail service.
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138 Perishable Matter

138.1 Animals

    All live or dead animals are nonmailable, except the following:
* * * * *
    [Revise item138.1c(4) to read as follows:]
    (4) They are sent by First-Class Mail International service, First-
Class Package International Service, or Priority Mail International 
Flat Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes.
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140 International Mail Categories

141 Definitions

141.1 General

    [Revise 141.1 to read as follows:]
    There are five principal categories of international mail that are 
primarily differentiated from one another by speed of service. They are 
Global Express Guaranteed[supreg] (GXG[supreg]) service, Express Mail 
International[supreg] service, Priority Mail International[supreg] 
service, First-Class Mail International[supreg] service, and First-
Class Package International Service\TM\.
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141.4 Priority Mail International

    [Revise the second sentence of 141.4 to read as follows:]
     * * * This classification is primarily designed to accommodate 
larger and heavier shipments whose size and/or weight exceeds the 
limits for First-Class Mail International, or First-Class Package 
International Service. * * *
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141.5 First-Class Mail International

    [Revise 141.5 in its entirety to read as follows (this revision 
also deletes the ``Note''):]
    First-Class Mail International is a generic term for mailpieces 
that are letter-size or flat-size that weigh 4 pounds or less, and that 
have a value that is $400 or less. First-Class Mail International items 
may contain any letter-size or flat-size mailable matter that is not 
prohibited by the destination country. Aerogrammes are no longer 
available for purchase. Previously purchased aerogrammes are mailable 
at the applicable First-Class Mail International letter-size price. At 
the sender's option, extra services, such as Registered Mail and return 
receipt, may be added on a country-specific basis.

142 Official Mail

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142.4 General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS)

    [Add an introduction to 142.4 and revise items a and b to read as 
follows:]
    The following standards apply when mail is sent as OAS General 
Secretariat official mail:
    a. Unregistered First-Class Mail International and First-Class 
Package International Service items bearing the return address of the 
OAS General Secretariat and weighing not more than 4 pounds are 
accepted without postage when addressed to the OAS member countries 
listed in 142.4c.
    b. Items sent other than First-Class Mail International or First-
Class Package International Service with extra services may not be 
provided for OAS General Secretariat official mail without the 
prepayment of postage or the fee for the extra service requested.
* * * * *

142.5 Pan American Sanitary Bureau Mail

    [Revise 142.5 in its entirety to read as follows:]
    The following standards apply when mail is sent as OAS General 
Secretariat official mail:
    a. Unregistered First-Class Mail International and First-Class 
Package International Service items bearing the return address of the 
Pan American Sanitary Bureau and weighing not more than 4 pounds are 
accepted without postage affixed when addressed to an OAS member 
country listed in 142.4c or to Cuba.
    b. Items with the Pan American Sanitary Bureau return address that 
are sent other than First-Class Mail International or First-Class 
Package International Service, or that request extra services must 
prepay all postage and fees.

150 Postage

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152 Payment Methods

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152.3 Stamps

152.31 Types of Stamps

    [As explained in an upcoming revision article, and to be effective 
November 5, 2012 (which is before these revisions on mailing services 
will be effective), we will switch the order of sections 152.2 and 
152.3 (so that ``Stamps'' will be the title of 152.3) and will revise 
the renumbered 152.3. Then, effective January 27, 2013, we will revise 
the renumbered 152.31 and revise item d and insert a new item e to read 
as follows:]
    The following types of stamps may be used to pay for postage and 
fees for extra services listed under chapter 3 for all single-piece 
international mail transactions:
* * * * *
    d. Forever Stamps (domestic): A domestic Forever stamp's value is 
linked to the domestic First-Class Mail single-piece 1-ounce letter 
price that is in effect on the day of use (mailing)

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regardless of when the stamp is purchased and regardless of how prices 
may change in the future.
    e. Global Forever Stamps: A Global Forever stamp's value is linked 
to the First-Class Mail International single-piece 1-ounce machinable 
letter price that is in effect on the day of use (mailing). Global 
Forever Stamps can be used to mail a 1-ounce machinable letter-size 
mailpiece anywhere in the world, regardless of when the stamp is 
purchased and regardless of how prices may change in the future. Global 
Forever stamps are round and always bear the words ``Global Forever.'' 
In addition, mailers may use the Global Forever stamp, as postage for 
any type of single-piece international or domestic mailpiece. Their 
value (regardless of purchase date) is always equal to the First-Class 
Mail International single-piece 1-ounce machinable letter price that is 
in effect on the day of use (mailing).
    [Revise 153.32 to read as follows:]

152.32 Additional Postage for Nondenominated Postage Stamps, Forever 
Stamps or Forever Print-on-Demand Indicias

    Since international postage prices are always higher than the 
comparable domestic postage prices, mailers who affix a single 
nondenominated postage stamp or a domestic Forever stamp to their 
outbound mailpieces must add additional postage to comply with the 
international price schedule.
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2 Conditions for Mailing

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240 First-Class Mail International

241 Description and Physical Characteristics

241.1 General

    [Revise 241.1 to read as follows:]
    The First-Class Mail International[supreg] classification 
encompasses the categories of international mail that before May 14, 
2007, were categorized as airmail letter-post and economy letter-post, 
postcards, and printed matter.

241.2 Physical Characteristics

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241.23 Physical Standards--Large Envelopes (Flats)

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241.232 Dimensions and Characteristics

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    [Revise the ``Note'' to read as follows:]
    Note: The length of a large envelope (flat) is always the longest 
dimension. The height is the dimension perpendicular to the length. A 
First-Class Mail International large envelope (flat) that does not meet 
the standards in 241.23 is not eligible for the large envelope (flat) 
size price and is charged the applicable First-Class Package 
International Service (small packet) price.
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241.24 Physical Standards--Packages (Small Packets)

    [Delete in its entirety section 241.24 titled ``Physical 
Standards--Packages (Small Packets).''.]
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242 Eligibility

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242.4 Extra Services

* * * * *
    [Delete in its entirety section 242.44 titled ``Restricted 
Delivery.'']

243 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

243.1 Prices

243.11 Prices and Price Application--General

    [Revise 243.11 in its entirety to read as follows:]
    First-Class Mail International cards, letters, and large envelopes 
(flats) are charged postage for each addressed piece according to its 
weight and price group. For prices, see Notice 123, Price List.
* * * * *

243.13 Destinating Countries and Price Groups

    [Revise 243.13 to read as follows:]
    See the Individual Country Listings to determine the country-
specific price group for First-Class Mail International. For postage 
prices, see Notice 123, Price List.
    [Delete Exhibit 243.13 in its entirety.]
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244 Mail Preparation

* * * * *
    [Revise the title to 244.2 to read as follows:]

244.2 Markings

    The following markings apply to First-Class Mail International 
items:
* * * * *
    [Delete current item 244.2 b in its entirety and redesignate 
current item c as the new item b, and revise new item b to read as 
follows:]
    b. First-Class Mail International letters and large envelopes 
(flats) that qualify as free matter for the blind or physically 
handicapped must bear the marking ``Free Matter for the Blind or 
Physically Handicapped'' in the upper-right corner of the address side 
of the mailpiece. See 274.2.

244.3 Sealing

    [Revise the second sentence of 244.3 to read as follows:]
     * * * Mailpieces not sealed by conventional means, such as 
moistening the gummed flaps on envelopes, must be closed in such a 
manner as to prevent the contents from falling out or being damaged 
during postal handling and transport. * * *

244.4 Packaging

    [Revise the introductory text of 244.4 to read as follows:]
    The following packaging methods may be used for First-Class Mail 
International letter-size and flat-size items:
* * * * *
    [Delete current item 244.4d in its entirety, and redesignate 
current items e and f, as items d and e.]
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270 Free Matter for the Blind or Other Physically Handicapped Persons

* * * * *

272 Postage Prices

    Postage is free for the following eligible items marked ``Free 
Matter for the Blind or Physically Handicapped'':
    [Revise item 272a and b and insert new items c and d to read as 
follows:]
    a. A First-Class Mail International item.
    b. The Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes.
    c. The Priority Mail Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes.
    d. A Priority Mail International parcel weighing up to 15 pounds.
* * * * *

273 Weight and Size Limits

273.1 Weight Limit

    [Revise the first paragraph of 273.1 to read as follows:]
    For First-Class Mail International or First-Class Package 
International Service items, or the Priority Mail International Flat 
Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes, the weight limit is 4 
pounds.
* * * * *

273.2 Size Limits

    [Revise 273.2 in its entirety to read as follows:]

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    For First-Class Mail International items, see 241.2.
    For First-Class Package International Service items, see 251.2.
    For Priority Mail International parcels, see 231.2.

274 Mail Preparation

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274.2 Marking

    [Revise 274.2 in its entirety to read as follows:]
    In addition to the markings required in 244.2 for First-Class Mail 
International items, in 254.2 for First-Class Package International 
Service items and in 234.2 for Priority Mail International parcels, 
free matter must be marked ``Free Matter for the Blind or Handicapped'' 
in the upper right-hand corner of the address side of the mailpiece.
* * * * *

275 Extra Services

    * * * Only the following extra services are authorized:
    [Revise item 275a to read as follows:]
* * * * *
    a. Registered Mail service for First-Class Mail International 
items, First-Class Package International Service items, and Priority 
Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes.
* * * * *

3 Extra Services

310 Certificate of Mailing

311 Individual Pieces

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311.2 Availability

311.21 At Time of Purchase

    A customer may purchase a certificate of mailing (individual 
pieces) when sending the following:
* * * * *
    [Insert new item 311.21c and redesignate current items c through f 
as items d through g.]
    c. Unregistered for First-Class Package International Service 
items.
* * * * *

311.3 Fees

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311.32 Three or More Individual Pieces

    [Revise 311.32 to read as follows:]
    When mailing three or more pieces, the mailer may optionally use PS 
Form 3877. In addition to the correct postage, the mailer must pay the 
certificate of mailing fee for each article on PS Form 3877 by affixing 
ordinary (uncanceled) stamps, meter imprints, or PC Postage imprints to 
the PS Form 3877. Mailers paying for the postage with a permit imprint 
may also pay the fee at the time of mailing using the same permit 
imprint account. For a separate fee, the mailer may request a duplicate 
copy of PS Form 3877 after mailing (see 311.22). See Notice 123, Price 
List.
* * * * *

312 Bulk Quantities--Certificate of Mailing

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312.2 Availability

312.21 At Time of Entry

    A customer may purchase a certificate of bulk mailing when sending 
the following identical-weight items:
* * * * *
    [Insert new item 312.21c and redesignate current items c through f 
as d through g.]
    c. Unregistered for First-Class Package International Service 
items.
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312.3 Fees

    [Revise 312.3 to read as follows:]
    In addition to the correct postage, the applicable certificate of 
bulk mailing fee must be paid for mailings of identical-weight pieces 
reported on PS Form 3606. The mailer may pay the fee by ordinary 
(uncanceled) stamps, meter imprints, or PC Postage imprints by affixing 
them to the form. Mailers paying for the postage with a permit imprint 
also may pay the fee, at the time of mailing, with the same permit 
imprint account. For a separate fee, the mailer may request a duplicate 
copy of PS Form 3606 after mailing (see 312.22). See Notice 123, Price 
List, for all applicable fees.
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330 Registered Mail

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332 Availability

    * * * Registered Mail service is available for the following types 
of mail:
* * * * *
    [Add new item d to read as follows:]
    d. First-Class Package International Service items, including free 
matter for the blind items.
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334 Processing Requests

334.1 Mailing Receipt and Registration Number

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334.13 Accepting Clerk's Responsibility

    The accepting clerk must:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 334.13d. to read as follows:]
    d. Enter the registration fee and postage plus the return receipt 
fee, if applicable, on the receipt.
* * * * *
    [Revise the title and text of 334.5 to read as follows:]

334.5 Return Receipt

    Return receipts can be purchased for Registered Mail items to most 
countries. (See 340 and 350 and Individual Country Listings.)
* * * * *

350 Restricted Delivery

    [Revise 350 in its entirety to read as follows (this replaces all 
the current text from 351 through 354.2):]
    Restricted delivery service is no longer available and was 
discontinued effective January 27, 2013. It was limited to First-Class 
Mail International items, the Priority Mail International Flat Rate 
Envelopes and the Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes when used in conjunction 
with Registered Mail service.
    [Delete 351 through 354.2 in their entirety.]
* * * * *

380 Supplemental Services

381 International Reply Coupons

    [Revise 381 in its entirety to read as follows:]

381.1 Description

    As of January 27, 2013, the U.S. Postal Service no longer sells 
international reply coupons. However, coupons previously sold by the 
U.S. Postal Service can still be used or exchanged (see 381.2). The 
following standards apply to international reply coupons:
    a. The sender of a letter may prepay a reply by purchasing reply 
coupons that are sold and exchangeable for postage stamps by 
participating postal administrations in member countries of the 
Universal Postal Union.
    b. International reply coupons (in French, Coupons-Reponse 
Internationaux) are printed in blue ink on paper that has the letters 
``UPU'' in large characters in the watermark. The front of each coupon 
is printed in French. The reverse side of the coupon shows the text 
relating to its use in German, English, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and/
or Russian.

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381.2 Previously Sold Coupons and Exchange Value

    The following standards apply to the exchange of international 
reply coupons:
    a. International reply coupons sold by the United States Postal 
Service prior to January 27, 2013, are exchangeable in any other member 
country for a stamp or stamps representing the minimum postage on an 
unregistered air letter. Unused U.S. coupons (that is, those with the 
U.S. selling price stamped on them that are not ultimately redeemed by 
recipients in other countries) may be exchanged only by the original 
purchaser for United States postage stamps at a discount of 1 cent 
below the purchase price.
    b. With the exceptions noted in 381.3d, international reply coupons 
purchased in foreign countries are exchangeable at U.S. Post Office 
facilities toward the purchase of postage stamps and embossed stamped 
envelopes at the current maximum First-Class Mail International 1-
ounce, letter-size price, per coupon, irrespective of the country where 
they were purchased. See Notice 123, Price List.

381.3 Processing Requests

    The following standards apply when processing international reply 
coupons:
    a. Under Universal Postal Union's regulations, participating member 
countries are not required to place a control stamp or postmark on the 
international reply coupons that they sell. Therefore some foreign 
issue reply coupons that are tendered for redemption may bear the name 
of the issuing country (generally in French) rather than the optional 
control stamp or postmark. Such coupons are exchangeable for U.S. 
postage as specified in 381.2b.
    b. A Post Office facility redeeming an unused U.S. coupon must 
postmark it in the unpostmarked circle. A Post Office facility 
exchanging a foreign reply coupon must postmark it. Post Office 
facilities must not accept foreign coupons that already bear a United 
States Postal Service postmark.
    c. The only valid version of the international reply coupons 
printed by the Universal Postal Union is Item Number 330800, which is 
approximately 3.75 inches by 6 inches, has a barcode on the reverse 
side, and has an expiration date of December 31, 2013. This policy is 
for international reply coupons issued by the United States before 
January 27, 2013 as well as for those issued by foreign postal 
administrations.
    d. Reply coupons formerly issued by the Postal Union of the 
Americas and Spain are no longer valid. These coupons are printed in 
green ink and bear the caption Cupon Respuesta America-Espanol. 
Customers possessing any of these coupons should return them to their 
correspondents in the country of issue for redemption through the 
selling post office.
    e. Postmasters must process exchanged foreign and redeemed U.S. 
international reply coupons as prescribed in 11-6.6, ``International 
Reply Coupons'' in Handbook F-101, Field Accounting Procedures.
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4 Treatment of Outbound Mail

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420 Unpaid and Shortpaid Mail

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423 Shortpaid Mail

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423.2 Disposition

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423.24

    [Revise the title of 423.24 to read as follows:]

423.24 First-Class Mail International Items (including Postcards), 
First-Class Mail Package International Service, Airmail M-Bags, 
Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes, and Priority Mail 
International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes

423.241 Items Paid With a Permit Imprint or USPS-Produced PVI Label

    [Revise the text of 423.241 to read as follows:]
    Regardless of the amount of deficiency, consider as paid in full 
each shortpaid First-Class Mail International item (including a 
postcard), First-Class Package International Service, Airmail M-bag, 
Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope, and Priority Mail 
International Small Flat Rate Priced Box that is paid with a permit 
imprint or USPS-produced postage validation imprinter (PVI) label, and 
dispatch it to the appropriate International Service Center (ISC).

423.242 Items Paid With Any Other Postage Payment Method

    [Revise the text of the introduction of 423.242 to read as 
follows:]
    The disposition of a shortpaid First-Class Mail International item 
(including a postcard), First-Class Package International Service, 
Airmail M-bag, Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope, and 
Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Box that is paid 
with a postage payment method other than a permit imprint or USPS-
produced PVI label is based on the amount of the deficiency, as 
follows:
* * * * *

7 Treatment of Inbound Mail

* * * * *

770 Undeliverable Mail

771 Mail of Domestic Origin

* * * * *
    [Revise 771.5 in its entirety to read as follows:]

771.5 Return Charges for Letter-Post Items

771.51 General

    Except as noted in 771.52, any undeliverable-as-addressed mail item 
listed below that a foreign postal administration returns to the U.S. 
sender is not subject to the payment of return charges. This provision 
applies to postal items that were originally entered at the following 
rates of postage:
    a. Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope.
    b. Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Box.
    c. First-Class Mail International (including postcards).
    d. First-Class Package International Service.
    e. Airmail M-bag.
    f. International Priority Airmail (IPA), including M-bags.
    g. International Surface Air Lift (ISAL), including M-bags.

771.52 Exceptions

    Delivery Post Office facilities should collect return charges from 
the U.S. sender under the following circumstances:
    a. If a returned letter-post item listed in 771.51 bears a short-
paid endorsement that was originally applied by the Postal Service 
dispatching exchange office, the delivery office should collect the 
amount of the postage deficiency that would otherwise have been 
collected from the foreign addressee.
    b. If a returned letter-post item listed in 771.51 bears a 
collection instruction that was applied by an International Service 
Center (ISC), international exchange office, or mail recovery center, 
the delivery office should collect the ``due amount'' that is specified 
on the mailpiece.
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780 Items Mailed Abroad by or on Behalf of Senders in the United States

781 Payment Required

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781.2 Handling Charges

    [Revise 781.2 to read as follows:]
    Undeliverable-as-addressed mail returned to the sender for which 
outbound postage was not paid to the U.S. Postal Service is subject to 
the payment of handling charges. On delivery to the sender, the sender 
may be charged the applicable First-Class Mail International or First-
Class Package International Service price for the weight and shape of 
the returned piece.
* * * * *

9 Inquiries, Indemnities, and Refunds

* * * * *

920 Inquiries and Claims

921 Inquiries

* * * * *

921.2 Initiating an Inquiry

* * * * *

Exhibit 921.2 Time Limits for Inquiries

    [Revise the ``Note'' in Exhibit 921.2 to read as follows:]
    Note: Inquires are not accepted for First-Class Mail International 
items, First-Class Package International Service items, Priority Mail 
International Flat Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes, or 
M-bags.
* * * * *

940 Postage Refunds

    [Revise the title of 941 to read as follows:]

941 Postage Refunds for First-Class Mail International, First-Class 
Package International Service, and Priority Mail International

941.1 General

    [Revise 941.1 to read as follows:]
    A refund may be made when postage, extra service fees, or other 
charges have been paid on the following First-Class Mail International, 
First-Class Package International Service, or Priority Mail 
International items:
    a. Items for which full service was not rendered.
    b. Items that were paid in excess of the proper price.
* * * * *

Country Price Groups and Weight Limits

    [Revise the text to read as follows:]
    Listed below are the countries and their price groups and weight 
limits for the five principal categories of international mail. 
Complete tables of prices and weights appear in the Individual Country 
Listings (ICLs).
* * * * *
    [Revise footnote 2 to read as follows:]
    2. First-Class Mail International maximum weights: Letters, 3.5 
ozs.; Large Envelopes (flats), 4 lbs. Note that the heading in the 
maximum weight column lists both ounces and pounds (``ozs./lbs.'') and 
that there are two numbers in the entry for each country (``3.5/4'')--
this indicates that the maximum weight for Letters is 3.5 ozs., and 
that the maximum weight for Large Envelopes (flats) is 4 lbs. For 
First-Class Package International Service, maximum weight is 4 lbs.
* * * * *
    [Revise footnote 5 to read as follows:]
    5. Korea, Democratic People's Republic of (North Korea): First-
Class Package International Service is not available. In addition, 
Priority Mail International parcel services are not available, 
including the Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes. Priority Mail International 
Flat Rate Envelopes (maximum weight: 4 lbs.) may be used. Regardless of 
mail class, dutiable items and merchandise are prohibited.
* * * * *
    [In the table, revise the heading for ``First-Class Mail 
International'' to read as ``First-Class Mail International and First-
Class Package International Service'']
* * * * *

Individual Country Listings

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First-Class Mail International (240)

* * * * *
    [For each country that offers First-Class Mail International 
service, revise the introductory text to read as follows, however, 
retain the country's current Price Group designation.]:
    For the prices and maximum weights for letters, large envelopes 
(flats) and postcards, see Notice 123, Price List.

Size Limits

    [For each country that offers First-Class Mail International 
service, revise the text to read as follows:]
    Letters: See 241.212
    Postcards: See 241.221
    Large Envelopes (Flats): See 241.232
* * * * *

Matter for the Blind (270)

    [For each country that offers Matter for the Blind, revise the 
first paragraph to read as follows:]
    Free when sent as First-Class Mail International or First-Class 
Package International Service, or in Priority Mail International Flat 
Rate Envelopes or the Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes. Weight limit: 4 
pounds.

Extra Services

Certificate of Mailing (313)

    [For each country that offers certificate of mailing service, 
revise the fees to read as follows:]

------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Individual Pieces                                                    Fee
------------------------------------------------------------------------
    Individual article (PS Form 3817)...................           $1.20
    Firm mailing books (PS Form 3877), per article                  0.44
     listed (minimum 3).................................
    Duplicate copy of PS Form 3817 or PS Form 3877 (per             1.20
     page)..............................................
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Bulk Quantities                                                      Fee
------------------------------------------------------------------------
    First 1,000 pieces (or fraction thereof)............           $7.05
    Each additional 1,000 pieces (or fraction thereof)..            0.85
    Duplicate copy of PS Form 3606......................            1.20
------------------------------------------------------------------------


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International Business Reply Service (382)

    [For each country that offers International Business Reply service, 
revise the fees to read as follows:]
    Fee: Envelopes up to 2 ounces $1.75; Cards $1.25
* * * * *

International Reply Coupons (381)

    [For each country revise the text to read as follows:]
    Discontinued January 27, 2013
* * * * *

Registered Mail (330)

    [For each country that offers international Registered Mail 
service, revise the fee to read as follows:]
    Fee: $12.95
* * * * *

Restricted Delivery (350)

    [For each country revise the text to read as follows:]
    Discontinued January 27, 2013

Return Receipt (340)

    [For each country that offers international return receipt service, 
revise the fee to read as follows:]
    Fee: $3.50
* * * * *
    We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR Part 20 to 
reflect these changes if our proposal is adopted.

Stanley F. Mires,
Attorney, Legal Policy & Legislative Advice.
[FR Doc. 2012-25992 Filed 10-22-12; 8:45 am]
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