[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 205 (Tuesday, October 23, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 64775-64787]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-25995]


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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 111


New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products

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 in January 2013. This proposed rule contains the revisions to 
Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail 
Manual (DMM[supreg]) that we would adopt to implement the changes 
coincident with the price adjustments.

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

ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the manager, Product 
Classification, U.S. Postal Service,[supreg] 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW., 
Room 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 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 ``January 2013 Domestic Mailing Services Proposal.'' Faxed 
comments are not accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Chatfield, 202-268-7278.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Proposed prices will be available under 
Docket Number R2013-1 on the Postal Regulatory Commission's Web site at 
www.prc.gov.
    The Postal Service's proposed rule includes several mail 
classification changes, modifications to mailpiece characteristics, and 
changes in classification terminology.

Proposed Change for Letters

Commercial First-Class Mail[supreg] Letters

    The pricing structure for presorted and automation First-Class Mail 
letters would retain the change implemented in 2012 for the minimum 
postage charge to be that for a 2-ounce letter, and would extend the 
concept to residual single-piece letters that are part of the same 
mailing job and presented at the same time as the presorted or 
automation mailing. There would be a new price for residual letters up 
to 2 ounces, which would be different than the price for single-piece 
letters presented as a stand-alone mailing.

Standard Mail[supreg] Letters

    We propose to add a new price tier for high density letters. In 
addition to the current high density tier which requires a minimum of 
125 pieces per carrier route, the new tier (high density plus) would 
require a minimum of 300 pieces per carrier route.

Proposed Changes for Flats

Standard Mail Flats

    We propose to add a new price tier for high density flats. In 
addition to the current high density tier which requires a minimum of 
125 pieces per carrier route, the new tier (high density plus) would 
require a minimum of 300 pieces per carrier route.

Proposed Changes for Letters and Flats

Preparing Residual Mail From First-Class Mail and Standard Mail 
Mailings

    We propose to revise DMM 235.0, 245.0, 335.0, 345.0, and 705.8.0 to 
provide new standards for the preparation of pallets, trays, and sacks 
of First-Class Mail or Standard Mail letters and flats.
    The Postal Service continuously reviews the processes and 
requirements related to the preparation and entry of mail from 
commercial mailers. In this regard, the Postal Service, working in 
collaboration with the commercial mailing industry, has identified 
areas for improved mutual efficiencies from minor changes to its mail 
preparation standards. These specific revisions were offered by members 
of the mailing community, adopted and implemented as optional standards 
in the context of a Postal Bulletin article (22344, August 23, 2012), 
and incorporated into the DMM on September 4, 2012. The Postal Service 
now presents this proposal to adopt these current options as mandatory 
preparation standards.
    These changes would generally require mailers to place trays or 
sacks of residual single-piece First-Class Mail letters and flats on an 
origin sectional center facility (SCF) pallet; and to place trays or 
sacks of residual Standard Mail letters and flats, paid at the single-
piece First-Class Mail prices, on a mixed network distribution center 
(NDC) pallet. The Postal Service also would require use of new human-
readable texts linked to several existing content identifier number 
(CIN) codes that specifically identify single-piece mailpieces. This 
would require new text on origin SCF pallet placards, identifying this 
pallet level as a working pallet; and barcoded labels for trays of 
residual pieces.

No Additional Entry Fees for Periodicals

    We propose changing the designation ``additional entry'' to 
``additional mailing offices'' and eliminating the fees for Periodicals 
publications to be mailed in multiple locations. Approved Periodicals 
would be able to mail at any Post Office \TM\ with PostalOne![supreg] 
access.

Change in Advertising Percentage Allowed for Periodicals Requester 
Publications

    Requester publications will be permitted to exceed 75% advertising 
in no more than 25% of the issues produced in any 12-month period. This 
will allow publishers greater advertising flexibility during high 
advertising volume periods.

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Endorsements on Mailing Wrappers for Periodicals

    We propose to clarify that the term ``mailing wrapper'' includes 
all types of packaging used to enclose Periodicals publications, by 
adding ``carton'' to the definition of mailing wrapper. We also extend 
the return address requirement to pieces that are unendorsed because 
all Periodicals receive a type of address correction. These revisions 
will ensure processing the pieces as Periodicals and eliminate the need 
to open the items when the mailpiece must be forwarded or returned.

Proposed Changes for Parcels

Parcel Post[supreg]

    Parcel Post has become a competitive product, excluding Alaska 
Bypass. Parcel Post will only be offered at retail in January 2013, and 
will be renamed in the near future, pending PRC review. The Postal 
Service proposes to retain as a market-dominant product the part of our 
current Parcel Post product that applies to mail currently eligible for 
Alaska Bypass service, and call the product ``Alaska Bypass Service.''

Standard Mail Marketing Parcels, Including Product Samples

    Prices for marketing parcels are designed for parcels containing 
information and/or product samples with the purposes of encouraging 
recipients to purchase a product or service, make a contribution, 
support a cause, form a belief or opinion, take an action, or obtain 
information. Standard Mail Marketing parcels would be mailable at 
Presorted prices only, except for the new category of Product Samples 
(also known as Simple Samples), which would be mailable at targeted 
(similar to the current basic carrier route) or saturation (Every Door) 
prices. Marketing parcels in general continue to have a maximum size of 
12 inches by 9 inches by 2 inches thick.
    Product Sample parcels, like other marketing parcels, must be 
addressed using an alternative addressing format. In addition, each 
parcel in a mailing of Product Sample parcels must be of identical size 
and weight. Within each of the price categories--targeted and 
saturation--there will be separate prices for small samples and for 
large samples. Targeted parcels must be sorted to carrier routes, with 
a minimum of one parcel per route. Saturation parcels must bear 
simplified addresses and be sorted by route. Detached address labels 
(DALs) must be used with targeted parcels, and there is no additional 
charge per DAL. DALs are optional with saturation parcels, and there 
will be an additional charge for each DAL (including detached marketing 
labels or DMLs).

Special, Extra, and Other Services

Certificate of Bulk Mailing--Fee Payment

    Effective August 6, 2012, the Postal Service revised DMM 503.5 to 
allow mailers paying postage by permit imprint to report identical 
weight pieces on PS Form 3606, Certificate of Bulk Mailing. For January 
2013, the Postal Service proposes to allow mailers paying postage for 
the pieces reported on a PS Form 3606 by permit imprint to also pay for 
the fees by permit imprint.

Delivery Confirmation

    We would revise the DMM to expand acceptable terminology being 
allowed for Delivery Confirmation \TM\ service to include USPS 
Tracking/Delivery Confirmation. This would provide clarification to 
mailers who use privately printed forms, create integrated labels, or 
who may receive an applicable tracking label affixed to their packages 
at retail Post Offices, station or branches, that the text is 
acceptable in either format.

Return Receipts

    Current DMM standards permit customers to request proof of delivery 
via mail, fax, email, or electronically when electronic return receipt 
is purchased at the time of mailing or via mail, fax, or email when PS 
Form 3811-A, Request for Delivery Information/Return Receipt After 
Mailing is requested. The Postal Service proposes to restrict the 
service provided for electronic return receipts purchased at the time 
of mailing by discontinuing the provision to provide electronic records 
by fax, mail or on CD-Rom (for Bulk Proof of Delivery) and for return 
receipts purchased after mailing by discontinuing the provision of 
providing proof of delivery signature data by fax. Customers would 
receive proof of delivery signature data by email for electronic return 
receipts purchased at the time of mailing and by email, or a PS Form 
3811-A by mail for return receipts purchased after mailing. Customers 
will continue to be able to purchase return receipt (PS Form 3811) at 
the time of mailing and receive the `green card' receipt with delivery 
signature by mail.
    The Postal Service has reviewed data about customer usage of proof 
of delivery services and the associated system work and time necessary 
to provide proof of delivery letters by fax, by mail, or in bulk on CD-
Rom. Year-to-date data shows that approximately 95.8% (up from 91.6% 
last fiscal year) of customers receive the proof of delivery record by 
email.
    Approximately 97.2% of our customers that receive bulk proof of 
delivery records electronically receive their records weekly via 
signature extract file format, instead of bi-monthly by CD-Rom. The 
cost of the CD-Roms are not included in the price of the service, and 
the additional work required in addition to maintaining the signature 
extract file format is currently absorbed by the Postal Service.
    These revisions would help the Postal Service reduce costs and 
improve the turnaround time for delivery records to be received by our 
customers.
    Additionally, the Postal Service is considering plans for future 
enhancements to bulk proof of delivery record exchanges. Any customers 
having an interest in providing input on the options, or participating 
in potential testing, may provide their contact information at 
shippingservices@usps.gov by November 1, 2012.

Registered Mail and COD-Where To File Claims for Indemnity

    We are extending the online claims function to allow customers 
filing claims for indemnity for domestic Registered Mail or COD 
articles the option of filing online at www.usps.com/insuranceclaims/online.htm.

IMb Tracing \TM\

    We are removing language concerning the old Confirm[supreg] service 
from DMM 503.15.0, because all Confirm subscriptions will end by 
January of 2013. IMb Tracing now provides a service similar to the old 
Confirm service.

Picture Permit Imprint Indicia

    Effective June 24, 2012, the Postal Service introduced picture 
permit imprint indicia standards allowing customers to include 
business-related color images, such as corporate logos, company brand, 
or trademarks, in the permit indicia area on commercial mailings of IMb 
\TM\ full-service automation First-Class Mail letters and postcards, 
and of IMb full-service automation Standard Mail automation letters, 
for a per-piece fee in addition to postage.
    For January 2013, we propose to expand picture permit imprint 
indicia standards to also allow its use on First-Class Mail and 
Standard Mail flats prepared under the IMb full-service

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automation option. Mailers interested in picture permit imprint indicia 
may contact usps.com">picturepermit@usps.com by email for more information.

Official Mail (Franked and Penalty)

    The Postal Service \TM\ will revise DMM 703.7.0 to remove obsolete 
standards for the use of official mail such as the need for PS Form 
3602-G, references to INTELPOST, and the use of penalty mail stamps.

Advance Notice

    The Postal Service is considering the proposal next year of a 
separate price category for single-piece First-Class Mail metered 
letters with prices that may be different than other single-piece 
First-Class Mail letter prices. The Postal Service plans to conduct 
market research to evaluate various price points for single-piece 
stamped and metered mail before offering this price differentiation.
    Although we are 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), we invite public comments on 
the following proposed revisions to Mailing Standards of the United 
States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), incorporated by 
reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. See 39 CFR part 111.1.

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111

    Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service.

    Accordingly, 39 CFR part 111 is proposed to be amended as follows:

PART 111--[AMENDED]

    1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 111 continues to read as 
follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a); 13 U.S.C 301-307; 18 U.S.C. 1692-
1737; 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 414, 416, 3001-3011, 3201-3219, 
3403-3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3632, 3633, and 5001.

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

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

* * * * *

200 Commercial Letters and Cards

* * * * *

230 First-Class Mail

233 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees for First-Class Mail

* * * * *

1.2 Price Computation for First-Class Mail Letters

    [Revise the text of 1.2 as follows]
    Commercial First-Class Mail Presorted letters are charged at one 
price for the first 2 ounces, with separate prices for pieces over 2 
ounces up to 3 ounces and for pieces over 3 ounces up to 3.5 ounces. 
Any fraction of an ounce is considered a whole ounce. For example, if a 
piece weighs 2.2 ounces, the weight (postage) increment is 3 ounces. 
The pricing per ounce is similar for automation First-Class Mail 
letters, with pricing differences per sortation level.
    Single-piece price letters that are residual pieces from either a 
Presorted or automation mailing are charged the residual single-piece 
price for letters up to 2 ounces.
* * * * *

235 Mail Preparation

* * * * *

5.0 Preparing Nonautomation Letters

5.1 Basic Standards

* * * * *

5.1.2 Single-Piece Price Pieces Presented With Presort Mailings

    * * * The following standards apply:
    [Revise the first two sentences of the introductory paragraph of 
item 5.1.2a as follows:]
    a. The mailer must prepare the single-piece price pieces in 
separate trays from the automation and presort pieces. Mailers must 
label the trays under 708.6.0 using CIN code 260 on trays of single-
piece letters. * * *
* * * * *
    [Revise item 5.1.2.a2 as follows:]
    2. Line 2: Use the human-readable content line corresponding to 
content identifier number 260 (see Exhibit 708.6.2.4).
* * * * *

240 Standard Mail

243 Prices and Eligibility

* * * * *

6.0 Additional Eligibility Standards for Enhanced Carrier Route

Standard Mail Letters

6.1 General Enhanced Carrier Route Standards

6.1.1 Optional Preparation

    * * *
    [Revise the second sentence of 6.1.1 as follows:]
    * * * An Enhanced Carrier Route mailing may include pieces at 
basic, high density, high density plus, and saturation prices.
* * * * *
    [Revise the headings of 6.4 and 6.4.1 and the text of 6.4.1 as 
follows:]

6.4 High Density and High Density Plus (Enhanced Carrier Route) 
Standards

6.4.1 Basic Eligibility Standards for High Density and High Density 
Plus Prices

    High density and high density plus letter-size mailpieces must be 
in a full carrier route tray or in a carrier route bundle of 10 or more 
pieces placed in a 5-digit carrier routes or 3-digit carrier routes 
tray. High density and high density plus prices for barcoded letters 
apply to each piece that is automation-compatible according to 201.3.0, 
and has an accurate delivery point Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) 
encoded with the correct delivery point routing code matching the 
delivery address and meeting the standards in 202.5.0 and 708.4.0. 
Pieces that are not automation-compatible or not barcoded are mailable 
only at the applicable high density or high density plus nonautomation 
letter prices.
    [Revise the title and text of 6.4.2 as follows:]

6.4.2 High Density and High Density Plus Prices for Letters

    All pieces mailed at high density prices or high density plus must 
be prepared in walk sequence according to schemes prescribed by the 
USPS (see 245.6.8 through 245.6.9). Multiple pieces per delivery 
address can count toward both density standards. Specific density 
requirements are as follows:
    a. Pieces mailed at high density prices must be sorted together in 
sequence in quantities of at least 125 pieces for each carrier route.
    b. Pieces mailed at high density plus prices must be sorted 
together in sequence in quantities of at least 300 pieces for each 
carrier route.
    [Revise the title and text of 6.4.3 as follows:]

6.4.3 High Density and High Density Plus Discount for Heavy Letters

    High density and high density plus pieces that are automation-
compatible under 201.3.0, accurately barcoded with a delivery point 
IMb, and weigh more than 3.3 ounces but not more than 3.5 ounces, 
require postage equal to the piece/pound price and receive a

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discount equal to the high density flat-size piece price (3.3 ounces or 
less) minus the high density letter piece price (3.3 ounces or less). 
The discount is calculated using nondestination entry prices only, 
regardless of entry level. This discount does not apply to pieces 
requiring nonautomation high density letter or high density plus 
prices.
* * * * *

245 Mail Preparation

* * * * *

5.0 Preparing Nonautomation Letters

* * * * *

5.5 Residual Pieces

    [Revise the introductory paragraph of 5.5 as follows:]
    Mailers entering Standard Mail residual pieces that do not qualify 
for Standard Mail prices, and paying the First-Class Mail prices (but 
prepared ``as is'' under 244.5.0), must prepare these pieces in 
separate trays from the automation and presort pieces. Mailers must 
label the trays under 708.6.0 using CIN code 560 on residual trays. 
Label trays as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise 5.5b as follows:]
    b. Line 2: Use the human-readable content line corresponding to 
content identifier number 560 (see Exhibit 708.6.2.4).
* * * * *

300 Commercial Flats

301 Physical Standards

1.0 Physical Standards for Flats

1.1 General Definition of Flat Size Mail

    Flat-size mail must have the following characteristics:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 1.1c by adding a new last sentence as follows:]
    * * * Pieces with enclosures or inserts that protrude up to \1/2\ 
inch beyond the cover or outside material, under 1.4, are still 
considered to be rectangular.
* * * * *

1.4 Uniform Thickness

    [Revise 1.4 by adding a new second sentence as follows.]
    * * * For nonautomation flats and flats correctly drop shipped to 
destination delivery units, enclosure or insert overhang is allowed up 
to \1/2\ inch beyond the cover of the host piece.
* * * * *

330 First-Class Mail

* * * * *

335 Mail Preparation

* * * * *

5.0 Preparation of Nonautomation Flats

* * * * *

5.2 Single-Piece Price Pieces Presented With Presort Mailings

    [Revise the second and third sentences of the introductory 
paragraph of 5.2 as follows:]
    * * * Mailers must label the trays under 708.6.0 using CIN code 282 
on single-piece trays. Label the trays as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 5.2b as follows:]
    b. Line 2: Use the human-readable content line corresponding to 
content identifier number 282 (see Exhibit 708.6.2.4).
* * * * *

340 Standard Mail

343 Prices and Eligibility

* * * * *

6.0 Additional Eligibility Standards for Enhanced Carrier Route

Standard Mail Flats

6.1 General Enhanced Carrier Route Standards

6.1.1 Optional Preparation

    [Revise the last sentence of 6.1.1 as follows:]
    * * * An Enhanced Carrier Route mailing may include pieces at 
basic, high density, high density plus, and saturation Enhanced Carrier 
Route prices.
* * * * *

6.1.3 Full-Service Intelligent Mail Eligibility Standards

    In addition to other requirements in 6.0, flats eligible for the 
full-service Intelligent Mail option must:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 6.1.3b as follows:]
    b. Be part of a basic carrier route, high density, or high density 
plus carrier route mailing under 6.3 or 6.4.
* * * * *

6.2 Carrier Route Code Accuracy

* * * * *

6.2.2 USPS-Approved Methods

    [Revise the text of 6.2.2 as follows:]
    Carrier route coding must be performed using CASS-certified 
software and the current USPS Carrier Route Product or another Address 
Information System (AIS) product containing carrier route information 
subject to 509.1.0 and 708.3.0. Printed Carrier Route Files (schemes) 
may be used for Standard Mail Enhanced Carrier Route flat-size mail at 
basic, high density, high density plus, and saturation prices.
* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 6.4 as follows:]

6.4 High Density and High Density Plus (Enhanced Carrier Route) 
Standards

    [Revise the title and text of 6.4 as follows:]

6.4.1 Basic Eligibility Standards for High Density and High Density 
Plus Prices

    All pieces mailed at high density prices must:
    a. Be prepared in walk sequence according to schemes prescribed by 
the USPS (see 345.6.9).
    b. Meet the density requirement of at least 125 pieces for each 
carrier route. For high density plus prices, the density requirement is 
at least 300 pieces for each carrier route. Multiple pieces per 
delivery address can count toward the density standards.
    [Revise the title and text of 6.4.2 as follows:]

6.4.2 High Density and High Density Plus Prices for Flats

    High density or high density plus prices apply to each piece in a 
carrier route bundle of 10 or more pieces that is:
    a. Palletized under 705.8.0, 705.10.0, 705.12.0, or 705.13.0.
    b. Placed in a merged 5-digit scheme, 5-digit scheme carrier 
routes, merged 5-digit, or 5-digit carrier routes sack.
    c. Placed in a carrier route sack containing at least 125 pieces or 
15 pounds of pieces for high density prices.
    d. Placed in a carrier route sack containing at least 300 pieces 
for high density plus prices.
* * * * *

345 Mail Preparation

* * * * *

5.0 Preparing Nonautomation Flats

* * * * *

5.10 Residual Pieces

    [Revise the introductory paragraph of 5.10 as follows:]
    Mailers entering Standard Mail residual pieces that do not qualify 
for Standard Mail prices, and paying the First-Class Mail prices (but 
prepared ``as is'' under 344.5.0), must separately bundle and sack 
residual pieces from the automation and presort pieces. Mailers must 
label sacks under 708.6.0

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using the CIN code 582 for use with residual sacks. Label sacks as 
follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise 5.10bas follows:]
    b. Line 2: Use the human-readable content line corresponding to 
content identifier number 582 (see Exhibit 708.6.2.4).
* * * * *

400 Commercial Parcels

401 Physical Standards

* * * * *

2.0 Additional Physical Standards by Class of Mail

* * * * *

2.4 Standard Mail Parcels

* * * * *

2.4.2 Marketing Parcels

    Marketing parcels do not meet letters or flats standards and have 
the following characteristics:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 2.4.2e as follows:]
    e. Marketing parcels mailed as small Product Samples under 443 must 
be no larger than 6 inches long, 4 inches high and 1.5 inches thick. 
Product Samples that have any dimension larger than one of the maximum 
dimensions for a small Product Sample, up to the maximum size in 
2.4.2b, are large Product Samples.
* * * * *

440 Standard Mail

443 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees for Standard Mail

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

1.2 Regular and Nonprofit Standard Mail--Marketing Parcel and Product 
Sample Prices

* * * * *

3.0 Basic Standards for Standard Mail Parcels

* * * * *

3.2 Defining Characteristics

* * * * *

3.2.2 Standard Mail Marketing Parcels

    [Revise 3.2.2 by adding a new second sentence as follows:]
    * * *All Marketing parcels prepared as Product Samples in the same 
mailing must additionally be identical in size and weight.
* * * * *
    [Revise the title and the first two sentences of 3.5 as follows:]

3.5 Merging Similar Standard Mail Mailings

    Mailings are subject to the general definitions and conditions in 
445.1.0. Generally, mailers may merge similar Standard Mail matter into 
a single mailing; however all parcels in a mailing of Product Samples 
must be identical in size and weight. * * *
* * * * *

4.0 Price Eligibility for Standard Mail

4.1 General Information

    [Revise the text of 4.1 as follows:]
    Standard Mail parcel prices are commercial prices that apply to 
mailings meeting the basic standards in 2.0 through 4.0 and the 
specific standards in 5.0 through 6.0. Destination entry discount 
prices are available under 446.2.0 through 446.5.0. Except for Product 
Samples, pieces are subject to either a single minimum per piece price 
or a combined piece/pound price, depending on the weight of the 
individual pieces in the mailing under 4.2 or 4.3. Prices for Product 
Samples are available under 6.0. Nonprofit prices are available for 
USPS-authorized organizations under 703.1.0.
* * * * *

4.2 Minimum Per Piece Prices

    The minimum per piece prices (i.e., the minimum postage that must 
be paid for each piece) apply as follows:
    [Revise item 4.2a as follows:]
    a. Basic Requirement. Except for pieces mailed at Product Sample 
prices, pieces are subject to minimum per piece prices when they weigh 
no more than 3.3 ounces (0.2063 pound).
    [Delete current item 4.2b, redesignate current item 4.2c as new 
item 4.2b and revise as follows:]
    b. Individual Prices. Except for Product Samples, there are 
separate minimum per piece prices for each product and, within each 
product, for the presort and destination entry levels within each 
mailing. There are also separate prices for Marketing parcels, 
Nonprofit machinable parcels, and Nonprofit irregular parcels. Under 
Marketing parcels, there are separate prices for Product Samples.

4.3 Piece/Pound Prices

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

4.4 Surcharge

    [Revise the introductory text of 4.4 as follows:]
    Unless prepared as Product Samples or in 5-digit/scheme containers, 
Standard Mail parcels are subject to a surcharge if: * * *
* * * * *

4.5 Extra Services for Standard Mail

* * * * *

4.5.2 Ineligible Matter

    Extra services (other than certificate of mailing service) may not 
be used for any of the following types of Standard Mail:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.5.2d as follows:]
    d. Pieces mailed at Product Sample prices.
* * * * *

5.0 Additional Eligibility Standards for Presorted Standard Mail Pieces

* * * * *

5.2 Price Application

    [Revise the text of 5.2 as follows:]
    Prices for Standard Mail and Nonprofit Standard Mail apply 
separately to Marketing parcels (and within Marketing parcels, to 
Product Samples) that meet the eligibility standards in 2.0 through 4.0 
and the applicable preparation standards in 445.5.0, 705.6.0, 705.8.0, 
or 705.22. Prices for Nonprofit parcels not qualifying as Marketing 
parcels apply separately to machinable parcels and irregular parcels. 
When parcels are combined (except for Product Samples, which cannot be 
combined with other parcels) under 445.5.0, 705.6.0, or 705.22, all 
pieces are eligible for the applicable prices when the combined total 
meets the eligibility standards.
* * * * *
    [Revise the title and the standards within 6.0 as follows:]

6.0 Additional Eligibility Standards for Marketing Parcels Mailed as 
Product Samples

6.1 General Product Sample Standards

6.1.1 Basic Standards and Optional Preparation

    Product Samples are a type of Marketing parcels, and must be sorted 
to carrier routes. See 401.2.4.2 for physical standards and 443.3.0 for 
basic standards.
    Preparation to qualify for any Product Sample price is optional and 
need not be performed for all carrier routes in a

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5-digit area. A Product Sample mailing may include pieces mailed at 
targeted prices and pieces mailed at saturation (Every Door) prices, 
but all pieces in a mailing must be identical in size and weight. All 
mailings of Product Samples must be entered under DNDC, DSCF, or DDU 
standards (see 446). No origin office entry of Product Samples is 
allowed.

6.1.2 Pricing for Product Samples

    See Notice 123-Price List for price tables. Product Samples (or 
samples and DALs) must be sorted to carrier routes, including delivery 
routes and Post Office Box sections. Product Sample mailings are 
subject to per piece prices and, when not entered at a DDU, are subject 
to carton/sack and/or pallet prices. Piece prices are different for 
parcels sorted to the Targeted level (6.3) than for parcels sorted to 
the saturation level (6.4). Within each sortation level, piece prices 
are different for small parcels than for large parcels (see 401.2.4.2). 
Prices for cartons (or sacks) and pallets are subject to the following 
conditions:
    a. A pallet charge applies to each pallet of Product Samples 
entered at a DNDC or DSCF, except 3-digit pallets properly entered at a 
DSCF.
    b. A carton or sack charge applies to each carton or sack of 
Product Samples on a 3-digit pallet. Each carton must not exceed 40 
pounds nor exceed a combined length and girth of 108 inches.

6.1.3 Basic Eligibility Standards

    All parcels in a mailing of Product Samples must bear an 
alternative addressing format under 602.3.0. Parcels mailed at 
saturation prices must bear a simplified address. In addition, all 
Product Sample parcels must:
    a. Meet the basic standards for Standard Mail in 2.0 through 4.0.
    b. Be part of a single mailing of at least 200 pieces or 50 pounds 
of parcels mailed at Product Sample prices. Regular and Nonprofit 
mailings must meet separate minimum volumes.
    c. Be sorted to carrier routes and documented under 445.6.0 and 
705.8.0, as applicable.
    d. Bear a delivery address that includes the correct ZIP Code, 
ZIP+4 code, or numeric equivalent to the delivery point barcode and 
that meets the carrier route accuracy standard in 6.2.
    e. Meet the applicable sequencing requirements in 6.3 through 6.5 
and in 445.6.6.

6.2 Carrier Route Accuracy

6.2.1 Basic Standards

    The carrier route accuracy standard is a means of ensuring that the 
carrier route code correctly matches the delivery address information 
on detached address labels (DALs) used with Product Samples mailed at 
targeted prices. For the purposes of this standard, address means a 
specific address associated with a specific carrier route code. This 
standard does not apply to pieces with simplified addresses. Addresses 
used on pieces subject to the carrier route accuracy standard must meet 
these requirements:
    a. Each address and associated carrier route code used on the 
pieces in a mailing must be updated within 90 days before the mailing 
date with one of the USPS-approved methods in 6.2.2.
    b. If the carrier route code of an address used on a piece in a 
carrier route mailing at one class of mail and price is updated with an 
approved method, the same address may be used during the following 90 
days to meet the carrier route accuracy standard required for mailing 
at any other class of mail and price.

6.2.2 USPS-Approved Methods

    Carrier route coding must be performed using CASS-certified 
software and the current USPS Carrier Route Product or another Address 
Information System (AIS) product containing carrier route information 
subject to 509.1.0 and 708.3.0.

6.2.3 Mailer Certification

    The mailer's signature on the postage statement certifies that the 
carrier route accuracy standard has been met for each address in the 
corresponding mailing presented to the USPS.

6.3 Additional Standards for Targeted Product Samples

6.3.1 Sequencing

    All parcels mailed at targeted prices must be accompanied with 
detached address labels (DALs) prepared in walk sequence (see 445.6.6). 
The combined weight of the DAL and associated sample must be less than 
1 pound; there are no additional fees for use of DALs with pieces 
mailed at targeted prices.

6.3.2 Basic Preparation for Targeted Prices

    Targeted prices apply to each parcel in a carrier route sack or 
carton containing at least 1 piece per carrier route, prepared under 
445.6.0. There are separate targeted prices for small parcels and for 
large parcels (see 401.2.4.2). DALs must be in carrier route bundles 
and prepared under 602.4.0.

6.4 Additional Standards for Saturation (Every Door) Product Samples

6.4.1 Basic Eligibility Standards for Saturation Prices

    All parcels in a mailing at saturation prices must bear simplified 
addresses (or be accompanied by DALs bearing simplified addresses), and 
the mailing must meet the saturation standards for simplified addressed 
pieces under 602.3.0. For DAL charges, see Notice 123--Price List.

6.4.2 Basic Preparation for Saturation Prices

    Saturation prices apply to each parcel in a carrier route sack or 
carton of simplified addressed pieces, or as allowed in bundles on 
pallets under 445.6.0. If used, DALs must be in carrier route bundles 
and prepared under 602.4.0.
* * * * *

444 Postage Payment and Documentation

* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 2.0 as follows:]

2.0 Additional Postage Payment Standards

* * * * *

2.2 Nonidentical-Weight Pieces

    [Revise the text of 2.2 as follows:]
    Product Samples must be of identical weight within each mailing. 
Postage for other nonidentical-weight parcels may be paid by 
precanceled stamps, subject to 4.0 and 604.3.0. Mailings of 
nonidentical-weight pieces subject to the piece/pound prices may have 
postage paid by permit imprint (if the mailer is authorized by Business 
Mailer Support) or by meter (if each piece has the full postage 
affixed). Alternatively, the mailer may affix the per piece price to 
each piece and pay the pound price for the mailing through an advance 
deposit account. Under this option, the mailer must provide a postage 
statement for each payment method and mark each piece ``Pound Price Pd 
via Permit'' in the postage meter indicium. For mailings of 
nonidentical-weight pieces, ``nonidentical'' must be shown as the 
weight of a single piece on the postage statement.
* * * * *

445 Mail Preparation

1.0 General Information for Mail Preparation

* * * * *

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1.2 Definition of Mailings

    Mailings are defined as:
* * * * *
    b. Standard Mail. Except as provided in 443.3.6, the types of 
Standard Mail listed below may not be part of the same mailing.
    [Revise items 1.2b1 and 1.2b2 as follows:]
    1. Product Sample parcels and any other type of mail.
    2. Product Sample parcels of nonidentical size or nonidentical 
weight.
* * * * *

1.3 Terms for Presort Levels

    Terms used for presort levels are defined as follows:
    [Revise item 1.3a as follows:]
    a. Targeted (Product Samples): a type of Marketing parcel that is 
sorted to (and marked as) the carrier route level, with a minimum of 
one piece per carrier route. Multiple pieces per route are all 
addressed for delivery to the same city route, rural route, highway 
contract route, Post Office box section, or general delivery unit.
* * * * *

2.0 Bundles

2.1 General

    [Revise the text of 2.1 as follows:]
    A bundle is a group of addressed pieces for a presort destination 
secured together as a unit. Bundling is permitted only for Marketing 
parcels mailed at Product Sample prices and prepared on 5-digit/L606 
pallets, and for related DALs when used. Bundles must be in equal 
quantities of up to 50 parcels per bundles, with quantities of other 
than 50 indicated on a bundle facing slip. Bundles must be either 
banded or shrinkwrapped, and bundles of pieces more than 8 ounces each 
must be banded and shrinkwrapped. See 601.2.0 for other bundling 
standards.
    [Revise the title of 2.2 as follows:]

2.2 Facing Slips--Product Samples

    [Revise the introductory text and item b of 2.2 as follows:]
    Facing slips used on bundles of Product Sample parcels must show 
the quantity in the bundle if less than 50 and this information:
* * * * *
    b. Line 2: Content (e.g., ``STD MKTG SAMPLE) if accompanied by DALs 
bundled by carrier route or contents followed by carrier route type and 
route number when not accompanied by DALs. (e.g., ``STD MKTG SAMPLE CR 
R 012'').

3.0 Sacks

3.1 Standard Containers

    [Revise the first sentence of the introductory text, and add a new 
second sentence, of 3.1 as follows:]
    Mailings must be prepared in sacks, except for Product Samples, 
which may be in cartons, sacks, or bundles directly on pallets. Also, 
see 602.4.0 when Product Samples are mailed with DALs.
* * * * *

5.0 Preparing Presorted Parcels

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

5.4.1 Bundling

    [Revise the text of 5.4.1 as follows:]
    Bundling is permitted only for bundles of Product Sample parcels 
(and associated DALs) under 6.0.
* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 6.0 as follows:]

6.0 Preparing Enhanced Carrier Route Product Sample Parcels

6.1 Basic Standards

    All mailings and all pieces in each mailing at an Enhanced Carrier 
Route (ECR) parcel price are subject to specific preparation standards 
in 6.4 and 6.5, entry standards in 446, and to these general standards:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 6.1b as follows:]
    b. All pieces in each mailing must be Product Sample parcels as 
defined in 443.3.2.2.
* * * * *
    [Revise item 6.1e as follows:]
    e. Sortation, size, and preparation determine price eligibility as 
specified in 443.6.0.

6.2 Marking

    [Revise the text of 6.2 as follows:]
    All Enhanced Carrier Route pieces must be marked under 402.2.0. All 
pieces must be marked ``ECRLOT'' for pieces claiming a Targeted price, 
or ``ECRWSS'' for pieces claiming a saturation (Every Door) price.

6.3 Residual Pieces

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

6.4 Bundling

6.4.1 Carrier Route Bundle Preparation

    [Revise the text of 6.4.1 as follows:]
    Prepare carrier route bundles as follows:
    a. Sacks must contain at least 15 pounds or 125 pieces of mail, 
except under
    6.4.2. Cartons may be used instead of sacks. Cartons have no 
minimum weight, must not weigh more than 40 pounds, and must not exceed 
108 inches in combined length and girth.
    b. DALs are required for parcels mailed at targeted prices; mailers 
must prepare carrier route bundles of DALs. Parcels must be prepared in 
sacks or cartons labeled to the correct 5-digit/L606 destination, and 
bundled under 2.0 and the same bundling standards as for saturation 
parcels under 6.4.1c. Prepare bundles of DALs and bundles of samples in 
the same carton or sack, with the bundles of DALs on the top. See 
602.4.0 for additional preparation standards for parcels and 
accompanying DALs, including optional pallet preparation.
    c. DALs are optional for parcels mailed at saturation prices. 
Parcels must be prepared in sacks or cartons labeled to carrier routes, 
and bundled under 6.4.1c and 2.0. When DALS are used, they must be 
prepared in carrier route bundles and placed in the same carton or sack 
as the samples for the corresponding route. Saturation parcels must be 
bundled in quantities of 50 or less under 2.0, and the bundles placed 
on 5-digit/L606 pallets in a stable manner. As an option, bundled 
saturation parcels without accompanying DALs may be prepared in sacks 
or cartons labeled to carrier routes.
    [Revise the title and the first sentence of 6.4.2 as follows:]

6.4.2 Sacks With Fewer Than the Minimum Number of Pieces Required

    As a general exception to 6.4.1 and 6.5.1, mailers may prepare a 
sack with fewer than 125 pieces or less than 15 pounds of pieces to a 
carrier route when they are claiming the saturation price for the 
contents and the applicable density standard is met. * * *
    [Revise the title of 6.5 as follows:]

6.5 Preparing Product Samples

6.5.1 Sack Minimums

    [Revise the text of 6.5.1 as follows:]
    Except for bundled saturation parcels and except under 6.4.2, a 
sack or carton must be prepared when the quantity of mail for a 
required presort destination reaches either 125 pieces or 15 pounds of 
pieces.
    [Delete current items 6.5.1a through 6.5.1c in their entirety.]

6.5.2 Sacking and Labeling

    Preparation sequence, sack or carton size, and labeling:

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    a. Carrier route: required (minimum of 125 pieces/15 pounds).
    [Revise item 6.5.2a2 as follows:]
    2. Line 2: ``STD MKTG WSS'' (for saturation samples) or ``STD MKTG 
LOT'' (for targeted samples), followed by the route type and number.
    [Add new 6.5.3 as follows:]

6.5.3 Required Palletization

    Except for sacks or cartons of Product Samples entered directly at 
a DDU, all mailings of Product Samples must be palletized. Pallets 
(under 705.8.10.3) must be used for sacks or cartons or bundles of 
Product Samples for mail entered at DNDCs and DSCFs.
* * * * *

6.7 Delivery Sequence Documentation

* * * * *
    [Revise the title and text of 6.7.2 as follows:]

6.7.2 Product Samples--Targeted

    For each mailing of Product Samples at targeted carrier route 
prices, the mailer must document the total number of pieces mailed to 
each carrier route.
* * * * *
    [Delete current 6.7.4, Saturation Density--Other Mail, in its 
entirety.]
    [Renumber current 6.75 as new 6.7.4.]

6.7.4 Both Prices

    [Revise the text of renumbered 6.7.4 as follows:]
    If a mailing contains pieces qualifying for targeted and saturation 
prices, the documentation required may be combined. Entries for pieces 
at the targeted price must be so annotated on the documentation. For 
the entire mailing, a summary of the total number of pieces at each 
price must be provided. This documentation must be submitted with each 
mailing.
    [Delete current 6.7.6, Carrier Route Price, in its entirety.]
* * * * *

446 Enter and Deposit

* * * * *

3.0 Destination Network Distribution Center (DNDC) Entry

* * * * *

3.2 Eligibility

    Pieces in a mailing that are deposited at a NDC or ASF under 2.0 
and 3.0 are eligible for the DNDC price when the following conditions 
are met:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 3.2b by adding a new last sentence as follows:]
    b. * * * Product Samples must be palletized under 445.6.5 and 
705.8.10.3.
* * * * *

4.0 Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) Entry

* * * * *

4.2 Eligibility

    Pieces in a mailing that meets the standards in 2.0 and 4.0 are 
eligible for the DSCF price, as follows:
    [Revise item 4.2a by adding a new last sentence as follows:]
    a. * * * Product Samples must be palletized under 445.6.5 and 
705.8.10.3.
* * * * *

5.0 Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Entry

* * * * *

5.2 Eligibility

    Pieces in a mailing that meets the standards in 2.0 and 5.0 are 
eligible for the DDU price or DDU entry (as applicable) when deposited 
at a DDU, addressed for delivery within that facility's service area, 
and prepared as follows:
    [Revise item 5.2a as follows:]
    a. Marketing parcels eligible for and prepared as Product Samples 
in carrier route bundles, cartons, or sacks, and otherwise eligible for 
and claimed at a carrier route price under 443 and 445.
* * * * *

500 Additional Mailing Services

503 Extra Services

1.0 Extra Services for Express Mail

1.1 Available Services

* * * * *

1.1.2 Proof of Delivery

    Proof of delivery information for Express Mail is available as 
follows:
    [Revise the text of item 1.1.2a as follows:]
    a. Individual requests by article number can be retrieved at 
www.usps.com or by calling 1-800-222-1811. A proof of delivery letter 
(signature data) is provided electronically via email or signature 
extract file as provided in 1.1.2b.
    [Revise the text of item 1.1.2b. as follows:]
    b. Bulk proof of delivery (7.0) is available only to mailers using 
Express Mail Manifesting service and is obtained in a signature extract 
file format.
* * * * *

2.0 Registered Mail

* * * * *

2.2 Basic Information About Registered Mail

* * * * *

2.2.5 Additional Services

    [Revise the fourth sentence of 2.2.5 as follows:]
    * * * Customers receiving bulk proof of delivery obtain signature 
data in a signature extract file format.* * *
* * * * *

5.0 Certificate of Mailing

* * * * *

5.1 Certificate of Mailing Fees

    [Revise the text of 5.1 as follows:]
    In addition to the correct postage, the applicable certificate of 
mailing fee must be paid for each article on Form 3817 or Form 3877 
(5.2.3) and for duplicate copies (5.3.3). When postage evidencing 
indicia are used to pay the fee, they must bear the full numerical 
value of the amount paid in the imprint. See Notice 123--Price List.
* * * * *

5.4 Other Bulk Quantities--Certificate of Bulk Mailing

5.4.1 Certificate of Bulk Mailing Fees

    [Revise 5.4.1 by adding a new last sentence as follows:]
    * * * Mailers using Form 3606 with a permit imprint mailing also 
may pay certificate of mailing fees, at the time of mailing, by the 
same permit imprint.* * *
* * * * *

6.0 Return Receipt

* * * * *

6.2 Basic Information

* * * * *

6.2.1 Description

    [Revise the second and fourth sentences of 6.2.1 as follows, and 
delete the current last two sentences of 6.2.1.]
    * * * A mailer purchasing return receipt service at the time of 
mailing may choose to receive the return receipt by mail (Form 3811) or 
electronically (by email or by signature extract file format as 
provided in 7.0). * * * A mailer purchasing return receipt service 
after mailing will receive the proof of delivery record by email 
(electronic signature data) or by mail (Form 3811-A). * * *
* * * * *

6.2.3 Endorsement

    [Revise the last sentence of 6.2.3 as follows:]
    * * * No endorsement is required on mail for which electronic 
return receipt service is requested or is provided in bulk in a 
signature extract file format.
* * * * *

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6.3 Obtaining Service

* * * * *

6.3.2 After Mailing

    [Revise last sentence of the introductory text as follows:]
    * * * Mailers may request a delivery record by completing Form 
3811-A, paying the appropriate fee in 6.1.1, and submitting the request 
to the appropriate office as follows:
* * * * *

6.3.3 Time Limit

    [Revise the text of 6.3.3 as follows:]
    A request for a return receipt after mailing must be submitted 
within 2 years from the date of mailing.
* * * * *

6.5 Requests for Delivery Information

6.5.1 Receipt Not Received

    [Delete the current last sentence of 6.5.1]
* * * * *

7.0 Bulk Proof of Delivery

7.1 Description

    [Revise the current second sentence of the introductory text of 7.1 
as follows:]
    * * * The proof of delivery records are sent in a signature extract 
file format. * * *
* * * * *

9.0 Adult Signature

* * * * *

9.2 Basic Information

9.2.1 Description

    [Revise the current third sentence of the introductory text of 
9.2.1 as follows:]
    * * * The USPS maintains a record of delivery (which includes the 
recipient's signature) for 2 years. * * *
* * * * *

9.2.5 Confirmation of Delivery

    Confirmation of delivery information for Adult Signature is 
available as follows:
    [Revise the text of item 9.2.5a as follows:]
    a. Information by article number can be retrieved at www.usps.com 
or by calling 800-222-1811. A proof of delivery letter may be provided 
electronically (see 9.2.5b) or by email.
    [Revise the second sentence of item 9.2.5b as follows:]
    b. * * * Customers receiving bulk proof of delivery obtain 
signature data in a signature extract file format.
* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 11.0 as follows:]

11.0 USPS Tracking/Delivery Confirmation

    [Note: Make global change to DMM regarding USPS Tracking/Delivery 
Confirmation.]
* * * * *

12.0 Signature Confirmation

* * * * *

12.2 Basic Information

12.2.1 Description

    [Revise the second sentence of the introductory text of 12.2.1 as 
follows:]
    * * * A delivery record, including the recipient's signature, is 
maintained by the USPS and is available electronically or by email, 
upon request. * * *
* * * * *
    [Revise the title of 15.0 as follows:]

15.0 IMb Tracing

15.1.1 General Information

    [Revise the text of 15.1.1 as follows:]
    IMb Tracing is available at no charge without a subscription. 
Requirements for participation in IMb Tracing are the use of the 
Intelligent Mail barcode, the use of a Mailer Identifier that has been 
registered (via the Business Customer Gateway, accessible on usps.com) 
to receive scan data, and verification by the Postal Service that the 
Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) as printed meets all applicable postal 
standards.

15.1.2 Description of Service

    [Revise the text of 15.1.2 as follows:]
    IMb Tracing provides a mailer with data electronically collected 
from the scanning of barcoded mailpieces as they pass through automated 
mail processing operations. Scanned data can include the postal 
facility where such pieces are processed, the postal operation used to 
process the pieces, the date and time when the pieces are processed, 
and the numeric equivalent of a barcode(s) that helps to identify the 
specific pieces. Any piece intended to generate scanned data must meet 
the physical characteristics and standards in 15.0, although not every 
piece is guaranteed such data or complete data. This service does not 
provide proof of delivery.
* * * * *

15.2 Barcodes

15.2.1 General Barcode Requirements

    [Revise the introductory text of 15.2.1 as follows:]
    Each piece in a mailing that is intended to generate IMb Tracing 
information must bear an Intelligent Mail barcode under 15.2.2. Mailers 
must apply Intelligent Mail barcodes under 708.4.0 and the following 
standards:
* * * * *

600 Basic Standards for All Mailing Services

* * * * *

602 Addressing

* * * * *

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

4.1 DAL and DML Use

* * * * *
    [Revise the title and text of 4.1.3 as follows:]

4.1.3 Standard Mail Marketing Parcels--Product Samples

    DALs or DMLs must be used with Standard Mail Marketing parcels 
mailed at targeted Product Sample prices and may be used with parcels 
mailed at saturation Product Sample prices.
* * * * *

4.3 Mail Preparation

* * * * *

4.3.2 Basic Standards for DALs

    [Revise the fourth sentence of 4.3.2 as follows:]
    * * * Mailers must prepare DALs as bundles in sacks or in cartons, 
unless prepared in trays under 4.3.7 when mailed with saturation flats 
or with Product Samples. * * *
* * * * *

4.3.3 Basic Standards for Items Distributed With DALs

    [Revise the first sentence of 4.3.3 as follows:]
    Except for bundles of saturation flats or Product Samples placed 
directly on pallets under 4.3.7, the items to be distributed with DALs 
must be placed in cartons or prepared in bundles placed in sacks, 
subject to the standards for the price claimed. * * *
* * * * *

4.3.6 Optional Tray and Bundle Preparation

    [Revise the text of 4.3.6 as follows:]
    Mailers may prepare DALs in letter trays according to 245.6.0 when 
DALs are used in mailings of saturation flats or Product Samples. 
Bundles of saturation flats and bundles of Product Sample parcels to be 
distributed with DALs may be prepared on 5-digit (and 5-digit scheme 
under L606 for parcels) pallets under 4.3.7. Do not use pallets when 
the Drop Shipment Product indicates the delivery unit that serves the 
5-digit pallet destination cannot

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handle pallets. For such delivery units, mail with DALs must be 
prepared in cartons or sacks. The tray(s) of corresponding DALs must be 
placed on top of the accompanying pallet of flats, and the pallet 
contents must be secured with stretchwrap to avoid separation in 
transportation and processing. All containers must be labeled according 
to 4.3.5.

4.3.7 Optional Container Preparation

    [Revise the text of 4.3.7 as follows:]
    Bundles of flats, bundles of Product Samples, and cartons or sacks 
of items may be placed on pallets meeting the standards in 705.8.0. 
Cartons or trays of DALs must be placed on pallets with the 
corresponding items under 4.3 and 705.8.0. The USPS plant manager at 
whose facility a DAL mailing is deposited may authorize other 
containers for the portion of the mailing to be delivered in that 
plant's service area.
* * * * *

4.5 Postage

* * * * *

4.5.2 Postage Computation and Payment

    * * * In addition, these methods of postage payment apply:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.5.2c as follows:]
    c. A surcharge applies to each DAL (including DMLs) used in a 
Standard Mail flats mailing and to each DAL (or DML) used with pieces 
mailed at Standard Mail Product Sample saturation parcel prices.
* * * * *

604 Postage Payment Methods

1.0 Stamps

1.1 Postage Stamp Denominations

    Postage stamps are available in the following denominations:
    [Revise the table in 1.1 as follows:]

------------------------------------------------------------------------
            Type and format                        Denomination
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Regular Postage:
    Panes..............................  $0.01, .02, .03, .04, .05, .10,
                                          .20, $1, $2, $5, $10.
                                         In addition, panes of stamps
                                          for the current First-Class
                                          Mail (FCM) single-piece 1-
                                          ounce letter price, FCM 2-
                                          ounce letter price, FCM 3-
                                          ounce letter price, Priority
                                          Mail flat-rate envelope price,
                                          and Express Mail flat-rate
                                          envelope price.
    Booklets of 10 or 20 stamps........  The current First-Class Mail
                                          single-piece 1-ounce letter
                                          price.
    Coils of 50........................  The current First-Class Mail
                                          single-piece 1-ounce letter
                                          price.
    Coils of 100.......................  $0.20, .32, and the current
                                          First-Class Mail single-piece
                                          1-ounce letter price.
    Coils of 3,000.....................  The current First-Class Mail
                                          single-piece 1-ounce letter
                                          price.
    Coils of 10,000....................  $0.01, .02, .03, .04, .05, .10,
                                          and coils of the current First-
                                          Class Mail single-piece 1-
                                          ounce letter price.
Precanceled Presorted Price Postage--
 First-Class Mail and Standard Mail:
    Coils of 500, 3,000, and 10,000....  Various nondenominated
                                          (available only to permit
                                          holders).
Commemoratives:
    Panes of up to 20 stamps and 20-     The current First-Class Mail
     stamp booklets.                      single-piece 1-ounce letter
                                          price and other denominations.
Semipostal:
    Breast Cancer Research & Save        Purchase price of $0.55;
     Vanishing Species.                   postage value equivalent to
                                          First-Class Mail single-piece
                                          1-ounce letter price;
                                          remainder, minus reasonable
                                          costs incurred by the Postal
                                          Service, is contributed to
                                          fund specified causes.
Forever Stamp (Nondenominated):
    Panes of up to 20..................  The current First-Class Mail 1-
                                          ounce letter price.
    20-Stamp Booklets..................  The current First-Class Mail 1-
                                          ounce letter price.
    18-Stamp Sheetlets.................  The current First-Class Mail 1-
                                          ounce letter price.
    Coils of 100.......................  The current First-Class Mail 1-
                                          ounce letter price.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

* * * * *

1.11 Additional Standards for Semipostal Stamps

    Semipostal stamps are subject to the following special conditions:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 1.11b as follows:]
    b. The following semipostal stamps are available for sale:
    1. The Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp. The difference 
between the purchase price and the First-Class Mail single-piece first-
ounce letter price in effect at the time of purchase constitutes a 
contribution to breast cancer research and cannot be used to pay 
postage. Funds (net of reasonable USPS costs) from the sale of the 
Breast Cancer Research semipostal stamp are transferred to the 
Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.
    2. The Save Vanishing SpeciesTM semipostal stamp. The 
difference between the purchase price and the First-Class Mail single-
piece first-ounce letter price in effect at the time of purchase 
constitutes a contribution to the Multinational Species Conservation 
Funds. Funds (net of reasonable USPS costs) from the sale of the Save 
Vanishing Species semipostal stamps are transferred to the United 
States Fish and Wildlife Service.
    c. The postage value of each semipostal stamp is the First-Class 
Mail single-piece first-ounce letter price in effect at the time of 
purchase. Additional postage must be affixed to pieces weighing in 
excess of 1 ounce, pieces subject to the nonmachinable surcharge, or 
pieces for which extra services have been requested. The postage value 
of semipostal stamps purchased before any subsequent change in the 
First-Class Mail single-piece first-ounce letter price is unaffected by 
any subsequent change in that price. The purchase price is listed in 
1.1.
* * * * *

5.0 Permit Imprint (Indicia)

* * * * *

5.4 Picture Permit Imprint Indicia

5.4.1 Description

    [Revise the text of 5.4.1 as follows:]
    Picture permit imprint indicia may contain business-related color 
images, such as corporate logos, brand, trademarks and other pictorial 
business images. These images are known as picture permit imprints. 
Picture permit

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imprints may be used to pay postage and extra service fees on 
commercial mailings of full-service automation First-Class Mail or 
Standard Mail postcards, letters, or flats.
* * * * *

5.4.5 Picture Permit Imprint Indicia Format

    [Revise the introductory text of 5.4.5 as follows:]
    As options to the basic format under 5.3.11 and if all other 
applicable standards in 5.0 are met, permit imprint indicia may be 
prepared in picture permit imprint format subject to these conditions:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 5.4.5f as follows:]
    f. Commercial mailings of First-Class Mail and Standard Mail 
postcards, letters or flats bearing picture permit indicia must be 
prepared as IMb full-service automation mailings under 705.24.0. 
Residual mailpieces that result from a mailer's normal preparation of 
the full-service IMb mailing also can be mailed bearing a picture 
permit imprint and not be paid at the full-service price.
* * * * *

608 Postal Information and Resources

* * * * *

8.0 USPS Contact Information

8.1 Postal Service

* * * * *
    [Revise 8.1 by renaming the reference ``Post Office Accounting 
Manager, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plz SW., Rm 8831, Washington 
DC 20260-5241'' as follows:]

Corporate Accounting Manager
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant PLZ SW., RM 8831
Washington DC 20260-5241
* * * * *
    [Revise 8.1 by replacing the address for reference ``National 
Customer Support Center, U.S. Postal Service, 6060 Primacy Pkwy Ste 
201, Memphis TN 38188-0001'' as follows:]

National Customer Support Center
U.S. Postal Service
225 N. Humphreys Blvd., Ste 501
Memphis, TN 38188-1001
* * * * *
    [Revise 8.1 by renaming the reference ``Postage Technology 
Management, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plz SW., Rm 3660, 
Washington DC 20260-4110'' as follows:]

Payment Technology
U.S. Postal Service
475 L'Enfant PLZ SW., RM 3660
Washington DC 20260-4110
* * * * *

609 Filing Indemnity Claims for Loss or Damage

* * * * *

1.0 General Filing Instructions

* * * * *

1.5 Where To File

    A claim may be filed:
    [Revise item 1.5b by deleting the second sentence and revising the 
first sentence as follows:]
* * * * *
    b. Online at www.usps.com/insuranceclaims/online.htm for domestic 
insured mail, Express Mail, COD and Registered Mail.
* * * * *

700 Special Standards

703 Nonprofit Standard Mail and Other Unique Eligibility

* * * * *

6.0 Official Mail (Franked)

6.1 Basic Information

* * * * *
    [Renumber current 6.1.3 through 6.1.7 as new 6.1.4 through 6.1.8:]
    [Add a new 6.1.3 as follows:]

6.1.3 Vice President-Elect

    The Vice President-elect of the United States may send franked mail 
in connection with preparations for assuming official duties as Vice 
President. If the Vice President-elect is authorized/eligible to use 
penalty mail, the right to use penalty mail ceases immediately on 
inauguration to the vice presidency.
* * * * *

7.0 Official Mail (Penalty)

* * * * *

7.3 Eligibility

* * * * *
    [Delete 7.3.5, Vice President-Elect, in its entirety]
* * * * *

7.4 Authorization

7.4.1 Authorized Agencies

    [Add a new second sentence and revise the last sentence in 7.4.1 as 
follows:]
    * * * New locations or departments under these agencies must obtain 
approval from the Agency Mail Manager before using penalty mail. Other 
agencies may request authorization to use penalty mail by writing to 
the Corporate Accounting Manager, USPS Headquarters (608.8.0).
* * * * *

7.4.4 Private Use

    [Revise the first sentence of 7.4.4 as follows:]
    Unless permitted by USPS standards, an agency may not lend or 
provide penalty envelopes, cards, cartons, labels, or meter stamps to 
any private person, concern, or organization. * * *

7.4.5 Permit and BRM Numbers

    [Revise 7.4.5 as follows:]
    Penalty mail permit imprint or BRM numbers, or information to help 
agencies track and account for penalty mail postage by cost center, may 
be obtained by written request to the Corporate Accounting manager, 
USPS Headquarters (608.8.0).
* * * * *

7.5 Services, Classes, Prices, Preparation, and Detention

* * * * *

7.5.3 Basic Preparation

    Penalty mail must:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 7.5.3d as follows:]
    d. Be endorsed for class or price except for single-piece price 
First-Class Mail.
* * * * *

7.5.7 Military Units

    Military units engaged in hostile operations or operating under 
arduous conditions may be authorized to use a special form of postage-
due penalty mail, subject to these conditions:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 7.5.7e as follows:]
    e. The Military Postal Service Agency must notify the Corporate 
Accounting manager, USPS Headquarters (608.8.0), within three business 
days after implementing these provisions.
* * * * *

7.5.9 Mail Detention

    [Revise the second sentence of 7.5.9 as follows:]
    * * * Reports of indicated abuse are submitted to the Pricing 
Classification Service Center (PCSC) (608.8.0) for referral to the 
proper agency for investigation and action.

7.6 General Standards for Penalty Indicia

7.6.1 General

    [Revise 7.6.1 as follows:]
    The formats and methods of mailing penalty mail are penalty metered 
mail, penalty permit imprint mail, penalty Periodicals imprint mail, 
and penalty reply mail. There are also special procedures for penalty 
Express Mail. All

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penalty mail matter must meet the applicable standards in 7.6 through 
7.15.

7.6.2 Use

    Envelopes and labels prepared under these standards may be used 
only to transmit penalty mail within the U.S. Mail, except when:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 7.6.2c as follows:]
    c. Agencies reach written agreement with the Corporate Accounting 
Manager, USPS Headquarters (608.8.0), to account for and pay postage on 
official items carried outside the U.S. Mail (18 U.S.C. 1693-1699 and 
39 U.S.C. 601-606).

7.7 Penalty Meter

* * * * *

7.7.5 Refunds for Unused Penalty Meter Indicia

    [Revise the first sentence of 7.7.5 as follows:]
    Refunds for complete, legible, valid, unused penalty mail meter 
indicia are made under 604.9.0. * * *
* * * * *

7.7.10 Computerized Meter Resetting

    [Revise the first sentence of 7.7.10 as follows:]
    An agency may use a penalty mail version of the authorized postage 
meter payment process for remotely reset meters if it is offered by one 
of the USPS-authorized postage meter providers. * * *
* * * * *

7.8 Penalty Permit Imprint

7.8.1 Application

    [Revise the fourth sentence of 7.8.1 as follows:]
    * * * When the agency receives authorization to use a penalty 
permit imprint number, the authorization from the Corporate Accounting 
Manager, USPS Headquarters (608.8.0), must be submitted with Form 3615 
to the Post Office where mailings will be entered. * * *
* * * * *

7.8.5 GPO Contractor

    As an exception to the general standard in 7.8.5, an agency mailing 
submitted by a GPO contractor may contain nonidentical-weight pieces or 
more than one class of mail, if:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 7.8.5c as follows:]
    c. A completed postage statement appropriate for each class of mail 
is submitted to the entry Post Office for each mailing, in duplicate if 
the contractor wants a copy.
    [Delete current item 7.8.5d and redesignate current item 7.8.5e as 
new item 7.8.5d.]
* * * * *

7.9 Penalty Postage Stationery

* * * * *

7.9.7 Exchanges

    [Revise 7.9.7 as follows:]
    Incorrectly shipped items or items damaged in shipping or defective 
or otherwise unserviceable may be exchanged as provided in 604.9.
* * * * *

7.12 Penalty Merchandise Return Service

* * * * *

7.12.4 Application

    [Revise the first sentence of 7.12.4 as follows:]
    An agency must apply by letter to the Corporate Accounting Manager, 
USPS Headquarters (608.8.0), to use merchandise return labels. * * *
* * * * *

705 Advanced Preparation and Special Postage Payment Systems

* * * * *

8.0 Preparing Pallets

* * * * *

8.10 Pallet Presort and Labeling

8.10.1 First-Class Mail--Letter or Flat Trays

    * * * Preparation, sequence, and labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise the second sentence of the introductory paragraph of item 
10.1b as follows:]
    b. * * * Mailers may place AADC or ADC trays on origin SCF pallets 
when the tray's ``label to'' 3-digit ZIP Code (from L801 for AADC trays 
and L004 for ADC trays) is within the origin SCF's service area; and 
must place trays containing pieces paid at the single-piece price on 
origin SCF pallets, unless required to be presented separately by 
special postage payment authorization or customer service agreement 
(CSA). * * *
* * * * *
    [Revise item 10.1b2 as follows:]
    2. Line 2: ``FCM LTRS'' or ``FCM FLTS,'' followed by ``WKG.''
* * * * *

8.10.3 Standard Mail or Parcel Select Lightweight--Bundles, Sacks, or 
Trays

* * * * *
    [Revise the current third sentence and add a new fourth sentence of 
the introductory text as follows:]
    * * * For parcels, use this preparation only for irregular parcels 
in sacks or Marketing parcels prepared as Product Samples in carrier 
route bundles, sacks or cartons. For Product Samples, only 5-digit 
pallets under 8.10.3b and 3-digit pallets under 8.10.3d are allowed, 
and the pallets must be entered under DNDC or DSCF standards only. * * 
* Preparation sequence and labeling:
    [Revise item 8.10.3a as follows:]
    a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required, permitted for bundles 
of flats only. Pallet must contain only carrier route bundles for the 
same 5-digit scheme under L001. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: L001.
    2. Line 2: ``STD'' followed by ``FLTS''; followed by ``CARRIER 
ROUTES'' (or ``CR-RTS''); followed by ``SCHEME'' (or ``SCH'').
    [Revise item 8.10.3b as follows:]
    b. 5-digit carrier routes, required except for trays, permitted for 
bundles, sacks, trays, and cartons. Pallet must contain only carrier 
route mail for the same 5-digit ZIP Code. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 
8.6.4c for overseas military mail).
    2. Line 2: For flats and Marketing parcels (Product Samples only), 
``STD FLTS'' or ``STD MKTG,'' as applicable; followed by ``CARRIER 
ROUTES'' (or ``CR-RTS''). For letters, ``STD LTRS''; followed by 
``CARRIER ROUTES'' (or ``CR-RTS''); followed by ``BC'' if pallet 
contains barcoded letters; followed by ``MACH'' if pallet contains 
machinable letters; followed by ``MAN'' if pallet contains 
nonmachinable letters.
* * * * *
    [Revise item 8.10.3d as follows:]
    d. 3-digit, optional, option not available for parcels other than 
Product Sample parcels or for bundles for 3-digit ZIP Code prefixes 
marked ``N'' in L002. Pallet may contain mail for the same 3-digit ZIP 
Code or the same 3-digit scheme under L008 (for automation-compatible 
flats only under 301.3.0. Three-digit scheme bundles are assigned to 
pallets according to the ``label to'' 3-digit ZIP Code in L008. 
Labeling:
    1. Line 1: L002, Column A.
    2. Line 2: For flats, ``STD'' followed by ``FLTS;'' followed by 
``3D''; followed by ``BARCODED'' (or ``BC'') if pallet contains 
automation price mail; followed by ``NONBARCODED'' (or ``NBC'') if 
pallet contains carrier route and/or Presorted price mail. For letters, 
``STD LTRS 3D''; followed by ``BC'' if pallet contains barcoded 
letters;

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followed by ``MACH'' if pallet contains machinable letters; followed by 
``MAN'' if pallet contains nonmachinable letters. For Marketing parcels 
(Product Samples only), use ``STD MKTG.''
* * * * *
    [Revise the introductory paragraph of item 10.3h as follows:]
    h. Mixed NDC, optional, permitted for sacks and trays only. Pallet 
may contain carrier route, automation, and/or Presorted mail. Mailers 
must place trays containing pieces paid at the single-piece price on 
the mixed NDC pallet (unless required to be presented separately by 
special postage payment authorization). Labeling: * * *
* * * * *
    [Add new item 26.0 as follows:]

26.0 Alaska Bypass Service

26.1 Prices

    Alaska Bypass Service prices are calculated based on the zone to 
which the shipment is addressed and the weight of the shipment. See 
Notice 123--Price List for prices.

26.2 Price Eligibility

    Requirements for Alaska Bypass Service are as provided in Handbook 
PO 508.
* * * * *

707 Periodicals

1.0 Prices and Fees

* * * * *

1.4 Fees

    [Revise the text of 1.4 as follows:]
    Periodicals fees are per application for original entry, news agent 
registry, and reentry. See Notice 123--Price List.
* * * * *

3.0 Physical Characteristics and Content Eligibility

* * * * *

3.2 Addressing

* * * * *

3.2.3 Return Address

    [Revise the text of 3.2.3 as follows:]
    The return address must appear on any mailing wrapper (see 3.3.7).
* * * * *

3.3.7 Mailing Wrapper

    [Revise the first sentence of 3.3.7 as follows:]
    A mailing wrapper is an envelope, sleeve, partial wrapper, 
polywrap, or carton used to enclose the mailpiece. * * *
* * * * *

3.6 Printed Features

3.6.1 Publication Title and Address Notice

    [Revise the second and third sentences of 3.6.1 as follows:]
    * * * The title or the name and address of the publisher must be 
displayed prominently on any mailing wrapper (see 3.3.7). The 
publication title, followed immediately by the USPS publication number 
(or ISSN if one has been assigned), and the mailing address to which 
undeliverable copies or change-of-address notices are to be sent may be 
shown directly on the outside of the host publication if it can be read 
when the mailing wrapper is in place or in the upper left corner of the 
address side of a mailing wrapper (see 3.3.7). * * *

3.6.2 Periodicals Imprint

    [Revise the first sentence of 3.6.2 as follows:]
    Mailing wrappers (see 3.3.7) that completely enclose the host 
publication must bear the Periodicals imprint ``Periodicals Postage 
Paid at * * *'' or the word ``Periodicals'' in the upper right corner 
of the address area. * * *
* * * * *

6.0 Qualification Categories

* * * * *

6.4 Requester Publications

6.4.1 Basic Standards

    A publication, whether circulated free or to subscribers, may be 
authorized Periodicals prices if it meets the basic standards in 4.0 
and:
    [Revise item 6.4.1b as follows:]
    b. Contains more than 75% advertising in no more than 25% of the 
issues published during any 12-month period.
* * * * *
    [Revise the title and text of 30.0 as follows:]

30.0 Additional Mailing Offices

30.1 Basic Standards

30.1.1 Facility

    The additional mailing office must be a Post Office.

30.1.2 Definition

    Except for publications authorized an alternative payment method, 
the verification Post Office is also the office where Periodicals 
postage is paid.

30.1.3 Postage

    Postage must be prepaid or available for all copies presented for 
verification at an additional mailing office before the mail can be 
released.

30.2 Additional Standards

    Approved Periodicals publishers may present mail at any additional 
mailing office that is linked to PostalOne!. Publishers who wish to 
present Periodicals for verification at additional mailing offices 
without access to PostalOne! must file a PS Form 3510A application 
indicating that mailings will be presented at these offices. 
Publications pending approval must submit PS Form 3510A applications 
with their original entry application for all mailing offices where 
mail will be submitted during the pending period.
* * * * *
    We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR part 111 to 
reflect these changes if our proposal is adopted.
* * * * *

Stanley F. Mires,
Attorney, Legal Policy & Legislative Advice.
[FR Doc. 2012-25995 Filed 10-22-12; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 7710-12-P