[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 205 (Tuesday, October 23, 2012)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 64725-64734]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25994]


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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 20


International Product and Price Changes

AGENCY: Postal ServiceTM.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: The Postal Service is revising Mailing Standards of the United 
States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM[supreg]), to 
reflect the prices, product features, and classification changes to 
Competitive Services, as established by the Governors of the Postal 
Service.

DATES: Effective January 27, 2013.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: New prices are available under Docket Number 
CP2013-3 on the Postal Regulatory Commission's Web site at http://www.prc.gov.
    This final rule describes the international price and 
classification changes and the corresponding mailing standards changes 
for the following Competitive Services:
     Global Express Guaranteed[supreg] (GXG[supreg]).
     Express Mail International[supreg].
     Priority Mail International[supreg].
     First-Class Package International Service\TM\.
     International Priority AirmailTM (IPA[supreg]).
     International Surface Air Lift[supreg] (ISAL[supreg]).
     Direct Sacks of Printed Matter to One Addressee (M-bags).
     International Extra Services:
    [cir] Certificate of Mailing.
    [cir] Registered MailTM Service.
    [cir] Return Receipt Service.
    [cir] Pickup On Demand[supreg] Service.
     International Money Transfer Services:
    [cir] International Postal Money Orders and Money Order Inquiry 
Fee.
    [cir] Sure Money[supreg] (DineroSeguro[supreg]).
    New prices are located on the Postal Explorer[supreg] Web site at 
http://pe.usps.com.

Global Express Guaranteed

    Global Express Guaranteed (GXG) is an international expedited 
delivery service provided through an alliance with FedEx 
Express[supreg]. The price increase for GXG service averages 9.6 
percent. The Commercial BaseTM price and Commercial 
PlusTM price for customers that prepare and pay for GXG 
shipments via permit imprint, online at USPS.com[supreg], or as 
registered end-users using an authorized PC Postage[supreg] vendor will 
remain a variable discount (based on the item's weight and price group) 
of up to 12 percent below the retail price for Commercial Base price 
and up to 17 percent below the retail price for Commercial Plus price. 
The price for GXG insurance is unchanged. Finally, customers tendering 
at least $100,000 in revenue per year for not only GXG, Express Mail 
International, Priority Mail International, but also First-Class 
Package International Service may request authorization for commercial 
plus discounts.

Express Mail International

    Express Mail International service provides reliable, high-speed 
service to approximately 190 countries with a money-back, date-certain 
delivery guarantee to select destinations. The price increase for 
Express Mail International service averages 13.2 percent. The 
Commercial Base price and Commercial Plus price for customers that 
prepare and pay for Express Mail International shipments via permit 
imprint, online at USPS.com, or as registered end-users using an 
authorized PC Postage vendor will remain a variable discount (based on 
the item's weight and price group) of up to 10 percent below the retail 
price for Commercial Base price and up to 16 percent below the retail 
price for Commercial Plus price. Customers tendering at least $100,000 
in revenue per year for not only GXG, Express Mail International, 
Priority Mail International, but also First-Class Package International 
Service may request authorization for commercial plus discounts.
    In addition, the following product features and classification 
changes are made:

Express Mail International Insurance

    To provide additional value, we are increasing the limit for the 
included merchandise insurance for Express Mail International shipments 
from $100 to $200. Merchandise insurance insures against loss, damage, 
or missing contents. The document reconstruction insurance limit 
remains at $100. Finally, the price for Express Mail International 
merchandise insurance for items over $200 is unchanged.

Flat Rate Envelopes

    For consistency, we are updating the IMM to reflect a 4-pound 
maximum weight limit for all Express Mail International Flat Rate 
Envelopes to match the Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes. Previously 
the weight limit was 20 pounds.

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Priority Mail International

    Priority Mail International (PMI) offers economical prices for 
reliable delivery of documents and merchandise. The price increase for 
Priority Mail International service averages 15.1 percent. The 
Commercial Base price and Commercial Plus price for customers that 
prepare and pay for Priority Mail International items via permit 
imprint, online at USPS.com, or as registered end-users using an 
authorized PC Postage vendor will remain a variable discount (based on 
the item's weight and price group) of up to 9 percent below the retail 
price for Commercial Base price and up to 14 percent below the retail 
price for Commercial Plus price. The price for Priority Mail 
International insurance is unchanged. Finally, customers tendering at 
least $100,000 in revenue per year for not only GXG, Express Mail 
International, Priority Mail International, but also First-Class 
Package International Service may request authorization for Commercial 
Plus discounts.

Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International

    The Postal Service is introducing Electronic USPS[supreg] Delivery 
Confirmation International for the Priority Mail International Flat 
Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes. Electronic USPS 
Delivery Confirmation International is optionally provided to select 
destinations at no charge and is only available electronically by using 
USPS-approved PC Postage vendors, Click-N-Ship[supreg], Click-N-Ship 
for BusinessTM, Webtools, and Global Shipping Software 
(GSS). Tracking information includes the date and time an article was 
delivered and, if delivery was attempted but not successful, the date 
and time of the delivery attempt. It is designed to improve customer 
service and strengthen the business-to-customer commerce channel. The 
sender can check delivery status by going to USPS.com and clicking on 
the ``track and confirm'' feature. Although the initial offering will 
be limited to Canada, we are anticipating adding additional countries 
in the spring of 2013.

First-Class Package International Service

    The Postal Service successfully filed a petition to transfer our 
existing First-Class Mail International packages (small packets) and 
rolls from the market dominant product list to the competitive product 
list. The rebranded competitive product will be identified as First-
Class Package International ServiceTM. With this change and 
similar to our other competitive international mailing offerings, there 
will be 3 price tiers--the retail price, Commercial Base price, and the 
Commercial Plus price. To qualify for Commercial Plus pricing, 
customers must commit to tender $100,000 per year of Global Express 
Guaranteed, Express Mail International, Priority Mail International, or 
First-Class Package International Service items.
    The Commercial Base price and Commercial Plus price for customers 
that prepare and pay for First-Class Package International Service 
shipments via permit imprint, online at USPS.com, or as registered end-
users using an authorized PC Postage vendor will receive a variable 
discount (based on the item's weight and price group) of up to 10 
percent below the retail price for Commercial Base price and up to 15 
percent below the retail price for Commercial Plus price. The same 
mailing requirements that applied to First-Class Mail International 
packages will apply to First-Class Package International Service. For 
example, the price groups remain the same, the value of the item may 
not exceed $400, the item may not exceed 4 pounds, and the item always 
requires customs declaration, PS Form 2976, Customs Declaration CN 22--
Sender's Declaration. Finally, updates are made to approximately 65 IMM 
Individual Country Listings to include ``First-Class Package 
International Service'' where only ``First-Class Mail International'' 
is referenced before this change.

Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International

    The Postal Service is introducing Electronic USPS Delivery 
Confirmation International for First-Class Package International 
Service packages (small packets). Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation 
International is optionally provided at no charge to select 
destinations and is only available electronically by using USPS-
approved PC Postage vendors, Click-N-Ship[supreg], Click-N-Ship for 
BusinessTM, Webtools, and Global Shipping Software (GSS). 
Tracking information includes the date and time an article was 
delivered and, if delivery was attempted but not successful, the date 
and time of the delivery attempt. It is designed to improve customer 
service and strengthen the business-to-customer commerce channel. The 
sender can check delivery status by going to USPS.com and clicking on 
the ``track and confirm'' feature. Although the initial offering will 
be limited to Canada, we are anticipating adding additional countries 
in the spring of 2013.

International Priority Airmail

    International Priority Airmail (IPA) service, including IPA M-bags, 
is a commercial service designed for business mailers for volume 
mailings of First-Class Mail International postcards, letters, large 
envelopes (flats), and First-Class Package International Service 
packages (small packets) weighing up to 4 pounds. The overall price 
increase for IPA service averages 1.9 percent.

International Surface Air Lift

    International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) service, including ISAL M-
Bags, is a commercial service, which provides dispatch and 
transportation for mailers of volume mailings of all First-Class Mail 
International postcards, letters, large envelopes (flats), and First-
Class Package International Service packages (small packets) weighing 
up to 4 pounds. The overall price increase for ISAL service averages 
4.4 percent.

Direct Sacks of Printed Matter to One Addressee (M-Bags)

    Airmail M-bags are direct sacks of printed matter sent to a single 
foreign addressee at a single address. The price increase for Airmail 
M-bags averages 7.3 percent.

International Extra Services and International Money Transfer Services

    Depending on country destination and mail type, customers may add a 
variety of extra services to their outbound shipments. While several 
extra services have had modest increases, due to the elimination of the 
$0.85 fee for Express Mail International Insurance for the $100.01 to 
$200 limit, the overall increase for competitive extra services 
averages zero percent.
    For our competitive offerings, we revised the prices for the 
following international extra services:

Express Mail Merchandise Insurance

    To provide additional value, we are increasing the limit for the 
included merchandise insurance for Express Mail International shipments 
from $100 to $200. The price for Express Mail International merchandise 
insurance for items over $200 is unchanged.

Certificate of Mailing

    Most of the prices for certificate of mailing service will 
increase. In addition, the Postal Service is adding the flexibility for 
mailers who pay for postage with a permit imprint, to now pay the fee 
using the same permit

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imprint account. Previously, the only option to pay the fee was for 
mailers to apply ordinary stamps, meter stamps, or PC Postage to PS 
Form 3877, Firm Mailing Book for Accountable Mail, or Form 3606, 
Certificate of Bulk Mailing.

Registered Mail

    The price for Registered Mail will increase.

Return Receipt

    The price for Return Receipt will increase.

Restricted Delivery

    Currently, restricted delivery is only available on the Priority 
Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes 
using Registered Mail service. Due to low quantity demand by customers, 
the Postal Service will discontinue outbound international restricted 
delivery service effective January 27, 2013.

International Money Transfer Services

    The price for International Money Transfer Services (includes 
International Postal Money Orders and Money Order Inquiry Fee, and Sure 
Money (DineroSeguro), will increase.
    The Postal Service hereby adopts the following changes to Mailing 
Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail 
Manual (IMM), which is incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal 
Regulations. See 39 CFR 20.1.

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 20

    Foreign relations, International postal services.

    Accordingly, 39 CFR Part 20 is amended as follows:

PART 20--[AMENDED]

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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.


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2. Revise the following sections of 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)

* * * * *

1 International Mail Services

* * * * *

120 Preparation for Mailing

* * * * *

123 Customs Forms and Online Shipping Labels

* * * * *

123.5 Place of Mailing

    * * * Refer to the specific IMM part below for determination:
* * * * *
    [Insert new item e to read as follows:]
    e. First-Class Package International Service mailpieces--see 255.
* * * * *

123.6 Required Usage

123.61 Conditions

* * * * *

Exhibit 123.61 Customs Declaration Form Usage by Mail Category

    [Revise the entry for ``First-Class Mail International Packages 
(Small Packets), Including IPA Items and ISAL Items (Maximum weight 
limit: 4 pounds)'' to read as follows. In addition, revise the footnote 
to read as follows:]

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                                         Declared value,
            Type of item               weight, or physical      Required PS form               Comment
                                         characteristic
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                                                  * * * * * * *
First-Class Package International Service Packages (Small Packets), Including IPA Items and ISAL Items
(Maximum weight limit: 4 pounds)
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All First-Class Package              $400 or less..........  2976..................  Merchandise is permitted
 International Service packages                                                       unless prohibited by the
 (small packets), as defined in                                                       destination country.
 251.2, regardless of contents.
                                     Over $400.............  Prohibited............  Items over $400 must be
                                                                                      mailed using Global
                                                                                      Express Guaranteed
                                                                                      service, Express Mail
                                                                                      International service, or
                                                                                      Priority Mail
                                                                                      International service
                                                                                      (other than Flat Rate
                                                                                      Envelopes or Small Flat
                                                                                      Rate Priced Boxes).
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* Qualifying items must meet the physical characteristics in 241.235. For example, the following items do not
 meet this requirement and must bear a PS Form 2976: 1) Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes that are
 not uniformly thick; 2) First-Class Package International Service items; and 3) IPA and ISAL packages (small
 packets) containing only documents.
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* * * * *

140 International Mail Categories

141 Definitions

* * * * *
    [Insert a new 141.6 to read as follows:]

141.6 First-Class Package International Service

    First-Class Package International Service is a generic term for 
mailpieces that are package-size (small packets) that weigh 4 pounds or 
less, and that have a value of $400 or less. First-Class Package 
International Service items may contain any parcel-size (small packet) 
that is not prohibited by the destination country. At the sender's 
option, extra services, such as registry and return receipt, may be 
added on a country-specific basis.
* * * * *

150 Postage

* * * * *

152 Payment Methods

* * * * *

152.4 Permit Imprint

152.41 Conditions for Use

    * * * This postage payment method may be used for postage and extra 
service fees for the following services:

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    [Redesignate current items 152.41e and f as new f and g, and insert 
new item e to read as follows:]
    e. First-Class Package International Service
* * * * *

152.44 Required Format

* * * * *

Exhibit 152.44 Indicia Formats

* * * * *
    [Between the sections titled ``FIRST-CLASS MAIL INTERNATIONAL'' and 
``INTERNATIONAL PRIORITY AIRMAIL (IPA),'' insert a new section titled 
``FIRST-CLASS PACKAGE INTERNATIONAL SERVICE.'' This new section will 
have the same seven entries that appear in the First-Class Mail 
International section except that the entries in this new section will 
substitute the words ``FIRST-CLASS PACKAGE INTERNATIONAL SERVICE'']
* * * * *

2 Conditions for Mailing

210 Global Express Guaranteed

* * * * *

213 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

* * * * *

213.6 Commercial Prices

* * * * *

213.62 Commercial Plus Prices

* * * * *

213.622 Commercial Plus Pricing--Eligibility

    [Revise 213.622 to read as follows:]
    To qualify for commercial plus pricing, customers must agree to all 
terms and conditions in a standardized agreement with the Postal 
Service and tender at least $100,000 per year of international shipping 
products. For this purpose, ``international shipping products'' 
includes any combination of Global Express Guaranteed, Express Mail 
International, Priority Mail International, or First-Class Package 
International Service items.
* * * * *

220 Express Mail International

221 Description and Physical Characteristic

* * * * *

221.3 Express Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes

    [Revise the second sentence to read as follows:]
    * * * The maximum weight is 4 pounds.* * *
* * * * *

222 Eligibility

* * * * *

222.7 Express Mail International Insurance and Indemnity

222.71 Merchandise Insurance

    [Revise the first sentence to read as follows:]
    Express Mail International shipments containing merchandise are 
insured against loss, damage, or missing contents up to $200 at no 
additional charge.* * *
* * * * *

222.8 Extra Services--Merchandise Insurance

    [Revise the first sentence to read as follows:]
    Additional merchandise insurance coverage above $200, up to a 
maximum of $5,000, may be purchased at the sender's option. * * *
* * * * *

223 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

223.1 Prices

* * * * *

223.13 Commercial Plus Prices

* * * * *

223.131 Commercial Plus Pricing--Eligibility

    [Revise 223.131 to read as follows:]
    To qualify for commercial plus pricing, customers must agree to all 
terms and conditions in a standardized agreement with the Postal 
Service and tender at least $100,000 per year of international shipping 
products. For this purpose, ``international shipping products'' 
includes any combination of Global Express Guaranteed, Express Mail 
International, Priority Mail International, or First-Class Package 
International Service items.
* * * * *

230 Priority Mail International

* * * * *

232 Eligibility

232.1 Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat 
Rate Priced Boxes

    [Revise the first sentence to 232.1 to read as follows:]
    All items that may be sent with First-Class Mail International 
service (see 241) and First-Class Package International Service (see 
251) may be sent in Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes or 
Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes provided the contents are mailable, they 
fit securely in the envelope or box, and they are entirely confined 
within the container with the provided adhesive as the means of 
closure.* * *
    [Insert new 232.11 to read as follows:]

232.11 Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International

232.111 Description

    Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation[supreg] International 
service, abbreviated--E-USPS DELCON INTL--is optionally available for 
the Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes (except for the 
Gift Card Flat Rate Envelope) and all Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes to 
specific destination countries at no charge. Tracking information 
includes the date and time an article was delivered and, if delivery 
was attempted but not successful, the date and time of the delivery 
attempt. The sender can check delivery status by going to USPS.com and 
clicking on the ``Track and Confirm.''

232.112 Availability

    Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International (currently only 
available to Canada) is available only electronically by using USPS-
approved PC Postage vendors, Click-N-Ship, Click-N-Ship for Business, 
Webtools, and Global Shipping Software (GSS), or other USPS-approved 
software.

232.113 Customs Label and Marking

    Mailers must use an electronically generated PS Form 2976 that 
includes the iconic ``Post Expr[egrave]s'' logo (globe and chevron 
design)--see Exhibit 232.113.

Exhibit 232.113 Customs Label and Marking
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TR23OC12.002

232.114 Additional Standards

    The following additional standards apply to Electronic USPS 
Delivery Confirmation International service:
    a. Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International service may

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not be combined with any other international extra services.
    b. Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International service is 
not available for the Priority Mail International Gift Card Flat Rate 
Envelope.
    c. No refunds, inquiries, or claims, are offered, and indemnity is 
not provided.
    d. Customers will not be able to obtain tracking information by 
contacting the U.S. Postal Service by telephone.

232.115 Postage Payment Methods and Price Eligibility

    Mailers may pay for Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation 
International items by using postage validation imprinter (PVI) labels, 
postage meter imprints, USPS-approved PC Postage, Click-N-Ship postage, 
or permit imprint.

232.116 Price Eligibility

    Only items paid with USPS-approved PC Postage (including Click-N-
Ship) or permit imprint are eligible for the applicable Commercial Base 
or Commercial Plus price for the postage portion of the mailpiece. 
Electronically generated customs forms that are not generated with PC 
Postage or a permit imprint, (i.e., Click-N-Ship for Business, 
Webtools) must pay the retail price. Postage may be applied by customer 
meter, or the item may be taken to a Post Office for acceptance and 
payment.
* * * * *

232.9 Extra Services

* * * * *
    [Delete 232.95, ``Restricted Delivery'']
* * * * *

233 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

* * * * *

233.1 Prices

* * * * *

233.13 Commercial Plus Prices

* * * * *

233.131 Commercial Plus Pricing--Eligibility

    [Revise 233.131 to read as follows:]

    To qualify for commercial plus pricing, customers must agree to all 
terms and conditions in a standardized agreement with the Postal 
Service and tender at least $100,000 per year of international shipping 
products. For this purpose, ``international shipping products'' 
includes any combination of Global Express Guaranteed, Express Mail 
International, Priority Mail International, or First-Class Package 
International Service items.
* * * * *
    [Insert part 250, currently titled ``(Reserved),'' to read as 
follows (through 255.2):]

250 First-Class Package International Service

251 Description and Physical Characteristics

251.1 General

    The First-Class Package International ServiceTM 
classification encompasses the categories of international mail that 
before May 14, 2007, were categorized as small packets.

251.2 Physical Characteristics

251.21 Physical Standards--Packages (Small Packets)

251.211 Weight Limit

    The weight limit for a First-Class Package International Service 
package (small packet) is 4 pounds.

251.212 Dimensions--Other Than Rolls

    Packages (small packets) other than rolls must be within the 
following dimensions:
    a. Maximum length: 24 inches. Length is the longest dimension.
    b. Maximum length, height, and depth (thickness) combined: 36 
inches.
    c. Minimum size: Large enough to accommodate the postage, address, 
customs form, and other required elements on the address side.

251.213 Dimensions--Rolls

    Rolls must be within the following dimensions:
    a. Minimum length: 4 inches.
    b. Minimum length plus twice the diameter combined: 6\3/4\ inches.
    c. Maximum length: 36 inches.
    d. Maximum length plus twice the diameter combined: 42 inches.

251.214 Quality

    Packages (small packets) must be constructed to be strong enough to 
withstand normal handling.

252 Eligibility

252.1 Content Eligibility

    Subject to applicable weight and size limits, any article that is 
otherwise acceptable and not prohibited by the Postal Service or the 
country of destination may be mailed at the First-Class Package 
International Service price. The maximum value cannot exceed $400. 
Items exceeding $400 must be mailed using Global Express Guaranteed 
service, Express Mail International service, or Priority Mail 
International service (other than the Priority Mail International Flat 
Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes).

252.2 Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International

252.21 Description

    Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation[supreg] International 
service, abbreviated--E-USPS DELCON INTL--is optionally available for 
First-Class Package International items to specific destination 
countries at no charge. Tracking information includes the date and time 
an article was delivered and, if delivery was attempted but not 
successful, the date and time of the delivery attempt. The sender can 
check delivery status by going to USPS.com and clicking on the ``Track 
and Confirm.''

252.22 Availability

    Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International (currently only 
available to Canada) is available only electronically by using USPS-
approved PC Postage vendors, Click-N-Ship, Click-N-Ship for Business, 
Webtools, and Global Shipping Software (GSS), or other USPS-approved 
software.

252.23 Customs Label and Marking

    Mailers must use an electronically generated PS Form 2976 that 
includes the iconic ``Post Expr[egrave]s'' logo (globe and chevron 
design)--see Exhibit 252.23.

Exhibit 252.23 Customs Label and Marking
[GRAPHIC] [TIFF OMITTED] TR23OC12.003

252.24 Additional Standards

    The following additional standards apply when using Electronic USPS 
Delivery Confirmation International:
    e. Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International service may 
not be combined with any other international extra services.
    f. No refunds, inquiries, or claims, are offered, and indemnity is 
not provided.

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    g. Customers will not be able to obtain tracking information by 
contacting the U.S. Postal Service by telephone.

254.25 Postage Payment Methods

    Mailers may pay for Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation 
International items by using postage validation imprinter (PVI) labels, 
postage meter imprint, USPS-approved PC Postage, Click-N-Ship postage, 
or permit imprint.

254.26 Price Eligibility

    Only items paid with USPS-approved PC Postage (including Click-N-
Ship) or permit imprint are eligible for the applicable Commercial Base 
or Commercial Plus price for the postage portion of the mailpiece. 
Electronically generated customs forms that are not generated with PC 
Postage or a permit imprint, (i.e., Click-N-Ship for Business, 
Webtools) must pay the retail price. Postage may be applied by a 
customer meter, or the item may be taken to a Post Office for 
acceptance and payment.

252.3 Customs Forms Required

    First-Class Package International Service items always require a 
fully completed PS Form 2976, Customs Declaration CN 22--Sender's 
Declaration.

252.4 Mail Sealed Against Inspection

    First-Class Package International Service mailpieces are sealed 
against inspection.

252.5 Extra Services

252.51 Certificate of Mailing

    Certificate of mailing service is available for purchase for First-
Class Package International Service items.

252.52 Registered Mail Service

    Registered Mail service is available for purchase for First-Class 
Package International Service items, including such items mailed as 
free matter for the blind or physically handicapped.

252.53 Return Receipt Service

    For First-Class Package International Service items, return receipt 
service is available for purchase only for items that use Registered 
Mail service to certain destinations--see the Individual Country 
Listings for availability and 340 for preparation procedures.

253 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

253.1 Prices

253.11 Prices and Price Application--General

    First-Class Package International Service packages (small packets) 
are charged postage for each addressed piece according to its weight 
and price group. For prices, see Notice 123, Price List.

253.12 Price Computation

    First-Class Package International Service prices are charged per 
ounce or fraction thereof; any fraction of an ounce is rounded up to 
the next whole ounce. For example, if a piece weighs 1.2 ounces, the 
weight (postage) increment is 2 ounces. The minimum postage per 
addressed piece is that for a piece weighing 1 ounce.

253.13 Destinating Countries and Price Groups

    See the Individual Country Listings to determine the country-
specific price group for First-Class Package International Service. For 
postage prices, see Notice 123, Price List.

253.14 Commercial Base Prices

    First-Class Package International Service Commercial Base prices 
are generally less than First-Class Package International Service 
retail prices when postage is paid using a permit imprint under 253.222 
or the online methods described in 253.231. See Notice 123, Price List, 
for the applicable price.

253.15 Commercial Plus Prices

    For approved mailers, First-Class Package International Service 
Commercial Plus prices are generally less than First-Class Package 
International Service Commercial Base prices when postage is paid by a 
registered end-user of a USPS-approved PC Postage product, or a permit 
imprint under 253.222. See Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable 
price.

253.151 Commercial Plus Pricing--Eligibility

    To qualify for Commercial Plus pricing, customers must agree to all 
terms and conditions in a standardized agreement with the Postal 
Service and tender at least $100,000 per year of international shipping 
products. For this purpose, ``international shipping products'' 
includes any combination of Global Express Guaranteed, Express Mail 
International, Priority Mail International, or First-Class Package 
International Service items.

253.152 Commercial Plus Pricing--Approval

    Mailers meeting the minimum revenue thresholds under 253.151 must 
complete an agreement with the Postal Service by contacting their 
account manager, or USPS Global Business via email at 
globalcpp@usps.gov, for a commitment agreement form or for additional 
information.

253.2 Postage Payment Methods

253.21 General

    First-Class Package International Service items may be paid with 
postage stamps, postage validation imprinter (PVI) labels, postage 
meter stamps, information-based indicia (IBI), PC Postage service, or 
permit imprint.

253.22 Permit Imprint

253.221 Permit Imprint--General

    First-Class Package International Service shipments paid with a 
permit imprint through an advance deposit account are permitted only 
when requirements for Commercial Base prices or Commercial Plus prices 
(see 253.222) are followed. Postage paid with a permit imprint is 
subject to the general conditions in IMM 152.4 and in DMM 604 and 705.

253.222 Permit Imprint--Commercial Base or Commercial Plus Prices

    First-Class Package International Service Commercial Base and 
Commercial Plus prices are generally less than First-Class Package 
International Service retail prices when postage is paid using a permit 
imprint. See Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable price. The 
Commercial Base price applies only to the postage portion of First-
Class Package International Service prices. In addition, customers must 
meet the following requirements:
    a. Use USPS-produced Global Shipping Software (GSS) or other USPS-
approved software listed at https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=internationalvendors that electronically transmits 
Customs-related functions. (To request information about either of 
these software solutions, send an email to globalbusiness-sales@usps.gov.)
    b. Pay for postage with a permit imprint through an advance deposit 
account.
    c. Meet manifesting and permit imprint requirements under IMM 152.4 
and DMM 604 and the manifesting requirements under DMM 705.

253.23 Online Postage Payment Method

253.231 Online Prices

    For selected destination countries, First-Class Package 
International Service items qualify for discounted prices (equal to the 
Commercial Base price or Commercial Plus price) when mailers use one of 
the following online shipping methods:

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    a. Commercial Base Price: Click-N-Ship service; or registered end-
users of an authorized PC Postage vendor.
    b. Commercial Plus Price: Registered end-users of an authorized PC 
Postage vendor.
    The Commercial Base or Commercial Plus price is automatically 
applied to each shipment when using one of the above postage payment 
methods. The discount applies only to the postage portion of the First-
Class Package International Service price. It does not apply to any 
other charges or fees, such as Registered Mail service or shipments 
made under a customized agreement.

253.232 Marking Requirements

    First-Class Package International Service mailpieces claiming the 
Commercial Base or Commercial Plus price paid with PC Postage must bear 
the appropriate price marking, printed on the piece or produced as part 
of the PC Postage indicia. Mailers must place the applicable marking 
directly above, directly below, or to the left of the postage using one 
of the following formats:
    a. Commercial Base Price, Commercial Base Pricing, or ComBasPrice.
    b. Commercial Plus Price, Commercial Plus Pricing, or ComPlsPrice.

253.233 Determining Online Prices

    For each addressed mailpiece, refer to Notice 123, Price List, for 
the applicable Commercial Base or Commercial Plus price.

253.3 Official Mail

253.31 Mailings by Federal Agencies

    First-Class Package International Service shipments that are 
entered by federal agencies and departments are subject to the same 
standards under 250 as First-Class Package International Service 
shipments that are entered by nongovernmental entities.

253.32 Postal Service Mailings

    First-Class Package International Service shipments that are 
entered by U.S. Postal Service entities are subject to the same 
standards under 250 as First-Class Package International Service 
shipments that are entered by nongovernmental entities, except that 
U.S. Postal Service mailings must bear the G-10 permit indicia that are 
prescribed for all Postal Service official mail. See 142.2.

254 Mail Preparation

254.1 Addressing

    First-Class Package International Service items are subject to the 
addressing requirements in 122.

254.2 Marking

    The following markings apply to First-Class Package International 
Service items:
    a. First-Class Package International Service packages (small 
packets) and rolls--which because of their size, shape, or 
configuration might be mistaken for another category of international 
mail--should be marked ``LETTER-POST'' on the address side of the 
mailpiece.
    b. First-Class Package International Service items 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.

254.3 Sealing

    Unregistered First-Class Package International Service items may be 
sealed at the sender's option. Mailpieces not sealed by conventional 
means, such as taping the open flaps for small packets, must be closed 
in such a manner as to prevent the contents from falling out or being 
damaged during postal handling and transport. First-Class Package 
International Service items that use Registered Mail service must be 
sealed. (See 334.4 for sealing requirements for Registered Mail 
service.)

254.4 Packaging

    The following packaging methods may be used for First-Class Package 
International Service items:
    a. Mailers must package mailpieces to withstand normal transit and 
handling without content or package breakage, injury to Postal Service 
employees, or damage to other mail or Postal Service equipment.
    b. Mailers must package their contents to prevent their 
deterioration.
    c. First-Class Package International Service items are admissible 
in boxes, cartons, tubes, or other types of containers that are 
commonly used to transmit shipments that are in package form.

255 Mail Entry and Deposit

255.1 Place of Mailing

255.11 Items Eligible for Deposit or Pickup

    First-Class Package International Service items bearing a computer-
generated customs form with customs data that has been electronically 
transmitted (e.g., using Click-N-Ship service, an authorized PC Postage 
vendor, or the USPS Web Tools system) may be deposited through any of 
the following methods, provided postage is paid by a means other than 
the use of postage stamps:
    a. In a private mailbox bearing a return address that matches the 
address at the point of pick up, when the customer or business is known 
to reside or do business at that location.
    b. At a Postal Service retail counter.
    c. Into a Postal Service lobby drop.
    d. In a collection box.
    e. At a Contract Postal Unit (CPU).
    f. At a USPS-Approved Shipper location.

255.12 Items Not Eligible for Deposit or Pickup

    Customers must present the following First-Class Package 
International Service items requiring a customs form to an employee at 
a Post Office retail service counter. Deposit and pickup methods listed 
in 255.11 are prohibited. The Postal Service will return improperly 
presented items to the sender for proper entry and acceptance.
    a. Any item bearing a customs form and paid with only postage 
stamps.
    b. Any item bearing a handwritten customs form.
    c. Any item bearing a customs form that was not computer-generated.
    d. Any item for which the customs data was not electronically 
transmitted.

255.2 Items Paid With a Permit Imprint

    Mailers who enter volume mailings paid with a permit imprint under 
253.22 must enter such items through a business mail entry unit (BMEU) 
or, when authorized by the district BMEU manager, through a detached 
mail unit (DMU) at a mailer's plant.
* * * * *

260 Direct Sacks of Printed Matter to One Addressee (M-bags)

* * * * *

265 Extra Services

    [Revise 265 to read as follows:]
    Certificate of mailing is available. Return receipts, Registered 
Mail service, and insurance are not available with M-bags.
* * * * *

290 Commercial Services

* * * * *

292 International Priority Airmail (IPA) Service

* * * * *

292.1 Description

292.11 General

    [Revise the first two sentences of 292.11 to read as follows:]

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    International Priority AirmailTM (IPA[supreg]) service 
is available for volume mailings of all First-Class Mail International 
postcards, letters and large envelopes (flats), and for volume mailings 
of First-Class Package International Service packages (small packets). 
The sender must prepare mailpieces in accordance with the shape-based 
requirements of First-Class Mail International service (see 240), 
First-Class Package International Service items (see 250) and the 
requirements of this subchapter. * * *
* * * * *

292.2 Eligibility

292.21 Qualifying Mailpieces

    [Revise 292.21 in its entirety to read as follows:]
    To qualify for IPA service, a mailpiece must meet the First-Class 
Mail International characteristics as defined in 141.5, or the First-
Class Package International Service characteristics as defined in 
141.6. Mailpieces do not have to be of the same size and weight to 
qualify. Any item sent with IPA service must conform to the weight and 
size limits for First-Class Mail International postcards, letters, or 
large envelopes (flats) as described in 240, or for First-Class Package 
International Service packages (small packets) as described in 250.
* * * * *

292.3 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

* * * * *

292.33 Postage Payment Methods

* * * * *

292.332 Postage Meter

    Payments made by postage meter are subject to the following 
standards:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 292.332e to read as follows:]
    e. Unmarked Pieces. Unmarked pieces lacking the postage endorsement 
are subject to the applicable First-Class Mail International or First-
Class Package International Service, single-piece price.
* * * * *

292.333 Precanceled Stamps

    Payments made by precanceled stamps are subject to the following 
standards:
* * * * *
    [Revise item e to read as follows:]
    e. Unmarked Pieces. Unmarked pieces lacking the postage endorsement 
are subject to the applicable First-Class Mail International or First-
Class Package International Service, single-piece price.
* * * * *

292.4 Mail Preparation

* * * * *

292.43 Sealing and Packaging

    [Revise 292.43 in its entirety to read as follows:]
    Mailers must meet the following sealing and packaging standards for 
IPA mail:
    a. Mixed Country and Worldwide Nonpresort Price. All mailpieces 
entered at the mixed country and worldwide nonpresort price must meet 
the sealing and packaging methods for First-Class Mail International 
service under IMM 244.3 and 244.4 and for First-Class Package 
International Service under IMM 254.3 and 254.4.
    b. Direct Country Price. Letter-size mailpieces entered at the 
direct country price must meet one of the following requirements:
    1. The sealing and packaging methods for First-Class Mail 
International service under IMM 244.3 and 244.4.
    2. The physical standards of a machinable letter under DMM 201.3.
    Flat-size mailpieces entered at the direct country price must meet 
the sealing and packaging methods for First-Class Mail International 
service under IMM 244.3 and 244.4. Small packets entered at the direct 
country price must meet the sealing and packaging methods for First-
Class Package International Service under IMM 254.3 and 254.4.
* * * * *

293 International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) Service

* * * * *

293.1 Description

293.11 General

    [Revise the first two sentences of 293.11 to read as follows:]
    International Surface Air Lift[supreg] (ISAL[supreg]) service is a 
bulk mailing system that provides fast, economical international 
delivery of First-Class Mail International and First-Class Package 
International Service items. The price is lower than for First-Class 
Mail International service and First-Class Package International 
Service. * * *
* * * * *

293.2 Eligibility

293.21 Qualifying Mailpieces

    [Revise 292.21 in its entirety to read as follows:]
    To qualify for ISAL service, a mailpiece must meet the First-Class 
Mail International characteristics as defined in 141.5, or the First-
Class Package International Service characteristics as defined in 
141.6. Mailpieces do not have to be of the same size and weight to 
qualify. Any item sent with ISAL service must conform to the weight and 
size limits for First-Class Mail International postcards, letters, or 
large envelopes (flats) as described in 240, or for First-Class Package 
International Service packages (small packets) as described in 250.
* * * * *

293.3 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

* * * * *

293.33 Postage Payment Methods

* * * * *

293.332 Postage Meter

    Payments made by postage meter are subject to the following 
standards:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 293.332e to read as follows:]
    e. Unmarked Pieces. Unmarked pieces lacking the postage endorsement 
are subject to the applicable First-Class Mail International or First-
Class Package International Service, single-piece price.
* * * * *

293.333 Precanceled Stamps

    Payments made by precanceled stamps are subject to the following 
standards:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 293.333e to read as follows:]
    e. Unmarked Pieces. Unmarked pieces lacking the postage endorsement 
are subject to the applicable First-Class Mail International or First-
Class Package International Service, single-piece price.
* * * * *

293.4 Marking

* * * * *

293.43 Sealing and Packaging

    [Revise 293.43 in its entirety to read as follows:]
    Mailers must meet the following sealing and packaging standards for 
ISAL mail:
    a. Mixed Country and Worldwide Nonpresort Price. All mailpieces 
entered at the mixed country and worldwide nonpresort price must meet 
the sealing and packaging methods for First-Class Mail International 
service under IMM 244.3 and 244.4 and for First-Class Package 
International Service under IMM 254.3 and 254.4.
    b. Direct Country Price. Letter-size mailpieces entered at the 
direct country

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price must meet one of the following requirements:
    1. The sealing and packaging methods for First-Class Mail 
International service under IMM 244.3 and 244.4.
    2. The physical standards of a machinable letter under DMM 201.3.
    Flat-size mailpieces entered at the direct country price must meet 
the sealing and packaging methods for First-Class Mail International 
service under IMM 244.3 and 244.4. Small packets entered at the direct 
country price must meet the sealing and packaging methods for First-
Class Package International Service under IMM 254.3 and 254.4.
* * * * *

3 Extra Services

* * * * *

320 Insurance

* * * * *

322 Express Mail International Insurance

322.1 Description

    [Revise 322.1 to read as follows:]
    Express Mail International shipments containing merchandise are 
insured against loss, damage, or missing contents up to $200 at no 
additional charge. Express Mail International shipments containing only 
nonnegotiable documents are insured against loss, damage, or missing 
contents up to $100 at no additional charge.
* * * * *

322.3 Additional Coverage and Fees

    [Revise the first sentence to read as follows:]
    Additional merchandise insurance coverage above $200--up to the 
maximum amount allowed by the country (see the Individual Country 
Listings) but never to exceed $5,000--may be purchased at the sender's 
option. * * *
* * * * *

370 International Money Transfer Services

371 International Money Orders

371.11 General

    [Revise the last sentence of 371.11 to read as follows:]
    * * * International postal money orders may be sent by Express Mail 
International service, Priority Mail International service, First-Class 
Mail International, or First-Class Package International Service.
* * * * *

372 Sure Money (DineroSeguro)

* * * * *

372.3 Fees

    [Revise 372.3 to read as follows:]
    Fees for Sure Money service are as follows:

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                        Transaction type                          Minimum amount  Maximum amount        Fee
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Sales...........................................................           $0.01         $750.00          $11.00
                                                                          750.01        1,500.00           16.50
                                                                        1,500.01        2,000.00           22.00
Refunds.........................................................            0.01        2,000.00           26.00
Change of Payee.................................................            0.01        2,000.00           12.00
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* * * * *

Individual Country Listings

* * * * *
    [For each country that includes a specific Prohibition, 
Restriction, or Observation regarding ``First-Class Mail 
International'', revise the reference to ``First-Class Mail 
International or First-Class Package International Service''.]
* * * * *

Express Mail International (220)

* * * * *

Express Mail International--Flat Rate Envelopes and Flat Rate Boxes 
(220)

* * * * *
    [For each country that offers Express Mail International Flat Rate 
Envelopes and Flat Rate Boxes, revise the text to read as follows:]
    Flat Rate Envelopes: The maximum weight is 4 pounds.
    Flat Rate Boxes: The maximum weight is 20 pounds.
    Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, 
commercial base, or commercial plus price.

Insurance (228.8)

* * * * *
    [For each country that offers Express Mail International 
merchandise insurance, replace the fee table to read as follows (noting 
that there is no fee for an insured amount not over $200) up to the 
applicable maximum amount available for each country:]

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         Insured amount not over                        Fee                 Insured amount not over       Fee
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$200.....................................  No Fee......................    For insurance coverage above $2,000,
                                                                            add $1.50 for each $500 or fraction
                                                                          thereof, up to a maximum of $5,000 per
                                                                                         shipment.
                                                                        ----------------------------------------
500......................................  2.35........................
1,000....................................  3.85........................
1,500....................................  5.35........................
2,000....................................  6.85........................  $5,000 max..................     $15.85
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* * * * *
    [After the ``First-Class Mail International (240)'' section, insert 
a new section for First-Class Package International Service for each 
country except for North Korea and Somalia to read as follows. For each 
country, use the same price group indicated by the ``[x]'' below that 
is currently used for First-Class Mail International service. For North 
Korea and Somalia insert only the title, and the words ``Not 
Available.'']

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First-Class Package International Service (250) Price Group x

    For the prices and maximum weights for packages (small packets), 
see Notice 123, Price List.

Size Limits

    Packages (Small Packets): See 251.212 and 251.213
* * * * *

Extra Services

* * * * *

International Postal Money Order (371)

    [For each country that offers international postal money orders, 
revise the fee (which is on the ``Maximum Amount Available'' line) to 
read as follows:]

Fee: $4.50

    [Revise the money order inquiry fee to read as follows:]

Fee: $5.75

* * * * *
    We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR Part 20 to 
reflect these changes.

Stanley F. Mires,
Attorney, Legal Policy & Legislative Advice.
[FR Doc. 2012-25994 Filed 10-22-12; 8:45 am]
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