[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 225 (Thursday, November 21, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 69755-69773]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-27710]


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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 20


International Product and Price Changes

AGENCY: Postal Service TM

ACTION: Final rule.

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

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established by the Governors of the Postal Service.

DATES: Effective Date: January 26, 2014.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: New prices are available under Docket Number 
CP2014-5 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:

[ssquf] Global Express Guaranteed[supreg] (GXG[supreg]).
[ssquf] Priority Mail Express InternationalTM.
[ssquf] Priority Mail International[supreg].
[ssquf] First-Class Package International ServiceTM.
[ssquf] International Priority AirmailTM (IPA[supreg]).
[ssquf] International Surface Air Lift[supreg] (ISAL[supreg]).
[ssquf] Direct Sacks of Printed Matter to One Addressee (M-bags).
[ssquf] International Extra Services:
    [cir] Certificate of Mailing.
    [cir] Registered MailTM Service.
    [cir] Return Receipt Service.
    [cir] Pickup On Demand[supreg] Service.
[ssquf] International Money Transfer Services:
    [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 3.0 
percent. The Commercial Base[supreg] price and Commercial Plus[supreg] 
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 13 percent below 
the retail price for Commercial Base price and up to 20 percent below 
the retail price for Commercial Plus price. The price for GXG insurance 
is unchanged. In addition, the following product features and 
classification changes are made:

Commercial Base Price When Using Click-N-Ship for Business

    To provide additional value, customers who prepare their GXG 
shipping label using Click-N-Ship for Business[supreg] and pay for the 
item's postage using their meter will be eligible to receive the 
applicable Commercial Base postage price. Such items paid with stamps, 
or if brought to a Postal Service retail counter for postage will 
continue to pay the retail price.

Priority Mail Express International

    Priority Mail Express International service provides reliable, 
high-speed service to over 185 countries with a money-back, date-
certain delivery guarantee to select destinations. The price increase 
for Priority Mail Express International service averages 1.3 percent. 
The Commercial Base price and Commercial Plus price for customers that 
prepare and pay for Priority Mail Express 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 11 percent below the retail 
price for Commercial Base price and up to 20 percent below the retail 
price for Commercial Plus price. The price for Priority Mail Express 
International insurance is unchanged. In addition, the following 
product features and classification changes are made:

Flat Rate Envelopes and Boxes

    To provide additional incentives to commercial mailers who prepare 
items online, Commercial Base and Commercial Plus prices for Priority 
Mail Express International Flat Rate Envelopes and Flat Rate Boxes will 
be lower than the retail price. Currently, these flat-rated items are 
the same price regardless of price tier.

Commercial Base Price When Using Click-N-Ship for Business

    To provide additional value, customers who prepare their Priority 
Mail Express International combined shipping and customs label using 
Click-N-Ship for Business and pay for the item's postage using their 
meter will be eligible to receive the applicable Commercial Base 
postage price. Such items paid with stamps, or if brought to a Postal 
Service retail counter for postage will continue to pay the retail 
price.

Mexico--Weight Limit Increase

    For all price tiers, we are increasing the weight limit for 
Priority Mail Express International items sent to Mexico to 70 pounds.

Enhancements to Priority Mail Express International With Guarantee 
Service

    Customers who prepare and pay for Priority Mail Express 
International With Guarantee service online with permit imprint, or PC 
Postage (including Click-N-Ship[supreg]) may be eligible for the date-
certain postage refund. In addition, customers who prepare their 
Priority Mail Express International items using a combined shipping and 
customs label using Click-N-Ship for Business and pay for the item's 
postage using their meter, may also be eligible for the date-certain 
postage refund. Previously, a customer was required to present their 
item for mailing at a Postal Service retail counter to be eligible. 
This service is currently available to nine destination countries.

Priority Mail International

    Priority Mail International offers economical prices for reliable 
delivery of documents and merchandise. The price increase for Priority 
Mail International service averages 1.1 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 13 percent below the retail price for Commercial 
Base price and up to 18 percent below the retail price for Commercial 
Plus price. The price for Priority Mail International insurance is 
unchanged. In addition, the following product features and 
classification changes are made:

Flat Rate Envelopes and Boxes

    To provide additional incentives to commercial mailers who prepare 
items online, Commercial Base and Commercial Plus for Priority Mail 
International Flat Rate Envelopes and Flat Rate Boxes will be lower 
than the retail price. Currently, these flat-rated items are the same 
price regardless of price tier.

Commercial Base Price When Using Click-N-Ship for Business

    To provide additional value, customers who prepare their Priority 
Mail International combined shipping and customs label using Click-N-
Ship for Business and pay for the item's postage using their meter will 
be eligible to receive the applicable Commercial Base postage price. 
Such items paid with stamps, or if brought to a Postal Service retail 
counter for postage will continue to pay the retail price.

Minimum Size Requirement

    We are changing the minimum size of a Priority Mail International 
parcel to stipulate that the surface area of the address side of the 
item to be mailed must be large enough to completely contain the 
postage, customs label, and

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any other applicable endorsements or markings.

Mexico--Weight Limit Increase

    For all price tiers, we are increasing the weight limit for 
Priority Mail International items sent to Mexico to 70 pounds.

Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International

    The Postal Service is adding the following 12 countries for 
Electronic USPS[supreg] Delivery Confirmation TM 
International (E-USPS DELCON INTL TM) service:

[cir] Estonia
[cir] Finland
[cir] Gibraltar
[cir] Hungary
[cir] Italy
[cir] Latvia
[cir] Lithuania
[cir] Luxembourg
[cir] Malaysia
[cir] Malta
[cir] Portugal
[cir] Singapore

First-Class Package International Service

    First-Class Package International Service is our most affordable 
international service for small packages weighing up to 4 pounds and 
that do not exceed $400 in value. The price increase for retail First-
Class Package International Service averages 0.8 percent. First-Class 
Package International Service Commercial Base and Commercial Plus 
prices will remain unchanged. The Commercial Base price and Commercial 
Plus price for customers that prepare and pay for First-Class Package 
International Service 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 13 percent below the retail price for Commercial Base price 
and up to 19 percent below the retail price for Commercial Plus price. 
In addition, the following product features and classification changes 
are made:

Commercial Base Price When Using Click-N-Ship for Business

    To provide additional value, customers who prepare their First-
Class Package International Service combined shipping and customs label 
using Click-N-Ship for Business and pay for the item's postage using 
their meter will be eligible to receive the applicable Commercial Base 
postage price. Such items paid with stamps, or if brought to a Postal 
Service retail counter for postage, will continue to pay the retail 
price.

Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International

    The Postal Service is adding the following 12 countries for 
Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International service:

[cir] Estonia
[cir] Finland
[cir] Gibraltar
[cir] Hungary
[cir] Italy
[cir] Latvia
[cir] Lithuania
[cir] Luxembourg
[cir] Malaysia
[cir] Malta
[cir] Portugal
[cir] Singapore

Package Pickup and Pickup on Demand Service

    Beginning January 26, 2014, First-Class Package International 
Service items will be eligible for Package Pickup or Pickup On Demand 
service.

Global Expedited Package Services

    The Postal Service will offer Global Expedited Package Services 
(GEPS) customized agreements to First-Class Package International 
Service customers pursuant to the terms and conditions stipulated 
between the Postal Service and a particular customer. This update will 
also be reflected in PS Form 3700, Postage Statement--International 
Mail.

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). Overall, prices for IPA will decrease by 2.5 
percent.
    In addition, the following product features and classification 
changes are made:

Clarify That Not All IPA Mail Is Flown to the Destination Country

    With this final rule, the Postal Service clarifies that not all IPA 
mail is flown to the destination country. For example, USPS may use 
surface transportation for IPA mail destined to Canada or Mexico.

Price Groups

    Price groups increase from 16 to 20 (includes Worldwide 
nonpresort).

Separation by Price Group

    Price groups 1-14 will have shaped-based pricing and will be 
require separate containers (i.e., letter trays for postcards and 
letter-size pieces, flat trays for flat-size pieces, and sacks for 
package-size pieces.)

Weight Limits for Flat-Size and Package-Size Items

    The Postal Service decreases the maximum weight for flat-size items 
from 4 pounds to 17.6 ounces; increases the maximum weight limit for 
package-size items from 4 pounds to 4.4 pounds; and, finally, for IPA 
M-bags contents, increases the combined weight of each printed matter 
mailpiece and the related articles from 4 pounds to 4.4 pounds. Letter-
size pieces are unchanged and their maximum weight remains at 3.5 
ounces.

Decrease the Minimum Weight for Direct Country Price Tier

    To qualify for the direct country price tier, we will decrease the 
minimum weight for a direct country container from 3 pounds to 2 
pounds.

Destination Countries of Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan, and Syria

    On May 7, 2012, we temporarily suspended IPA service to Cuba, Iran, 
North Korea, Sudan, and Syria. Effective January 26, 2014 we will make 
this change permanent until such time as export sanctions are removed 
or exports to these countries can be suitably monitored. First-Class 
Mail International service and First Class Package International 
Service remains available to send letter-post items to these 
destinations.

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). Overall, 
prices for ISAL will decrease by 2.9 percent.
    In addition, the following product features and classification 
changes are made:

Clarify That Not All ISAL Mail Is Flown to the Destination Country

    With this final rule, the Postal Service clarifies that not all 
ISAL mail is flown to the destination country. For example, USPS may 
use surface transportation for ISAL mail destined to Canada or Mexico.

Price Groups

    Price groups increase from 16 to 20 (includes Worldwide 
nonpresort).

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Separation by Price Group

    Price groups 1-14 will have shaped-based pricing and will require 
separate containers (i.e., letter trays for postcards and letter-size 
pieces, flat trays for flat-size pieces, and sacks for package-size 
pieces.)

Weight Limits for Flat-Size and Package-Size Items

    The Postal Service decreases the maximum weight for flat-size items 
from 4 pounds to 17.6 ounces; increases the maximum weight limit for 
package-size items from 4 pounds to 4.4 pounds; and, finally, for ISAL 
M-bags contents, increases the combined weight of each printed matter 
mailpiece and related articles from 4 pounds to 4.4 pounds. Letter-size 
pieces are unchanged and their maximum weight remains at 3.5 ounces.

Decrease the Minimum Weight for Direct Country Price Tier

    To qualify for the direct country price tier, we will decrease the 
minimum weight for a direct country container from 3 pounds to 2 
pounds.

Destination Countries of Cuba, Iran, Sudan, and Syria

    On May 7, 2012, we temporarily suspended ISAL service to Cuba, 
Iran, Sudan, and Syria. Effective January 26, 2014 we will make this 
change permanent until such time as export sanctions are removed or 
exports to these countries can be suitably monitored. First-Class Mail 
International service and First Class Package International Service 
remains available to send letter-post items to these destinations.

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 2.9 percent.

International Extra Services, Pick Up on Demand Service, and 
International Money Transfer Services

    Depending on country destination and mail type, customers may add a 
variety of extra services to their outbound shipments. International 
competitive extra services, Pick Up on Demand service, and 
International Money Transfer services are updated as follows:

Certificate of Mailing

    The prices for Certificate of Mailing will increase on average by 
9.7 percent.

Customs Clearance and Delivery Fee

    The price for Customs Clearance and Delivery Fee will increase by 
9.1 percent.

Registered Mail

    The price for Registered Mail will increase by 5.4 percent.

Return Receipt

    The price for Return Receipt will increase 7.1 percent.

Pickup on Demand

    The price for Pickup on Demand is unchanged. In addition, we will 
offer this service for First-Class Package International Service.

International Money Transfer Services

    The prices for International Money Transfer Services which include 
International Postal Money Orders, Money Order Inquiry Fee, and Sure 
Money (DineroSeguro) are unchanged. In addition, on December 1, 2012, 
we temporarily suspended the maximum purchase limit, the refund limit, 
and the change of payee limit to $1,500 for Sure Money transactions. We 
are making these limits permanent effective January 26, 2014.
    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)

* * * * *

2 Conditions for Mailing

210 Global Express Guaranteed

* * * * *

213 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

* * * * *
    [Revise the titles of 213.7 and 213.71 to read as follows:]

213.7 Online Methods

213.71 Online Prices--Commercial Base or Commercial Plus Prices

    For selected destination countries, Global Express Guaranteed 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:
    [Revise item a to read as follows:]
    a. Commercial Base Price: Click-N-Ship service using online 
postage; registered end-users of USPS-approved PC Postage products 
using online postage; or Click-N-Ship for Business using metered 
postage.
* * * * *

215 Mail Entry and Deposit

* * * * *

215.3 Pickup On Demand Service

    * * * A pickup can include any or all of the following items:
    [Revise the list to read as follows (to include First-Class Package 
International Service items):]
    a. Global Express Guaranteed items.
    b. Priority Mail Express International items.
    c. Priority Mail International items.
    d. First-Class Package International Service items.
    e. Priority Mail Express items.
    f. Priority Mail items.
    g. Package Services items.
* * * * *

220 Priority Mail Express International

* * * * *

221 Description and Physical Characteristics

* * * * *

221.2 Priority Mail Express International With Guarantee Service

    [Revise the introduction to read as follows:]
    Priority Mail Express International With Guarantee service offers a 
date-certain, postage-refund guarantee. This service is available only 
to the following countries:
* * * * *

223 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

223.1 Prices

* * * * *

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223.12 Commercial Base Prices

    [Revise 223.12 to read as follows:]
    A mailer who pays postage with a permit imprint under 223.222, or 
with the online methods described in 223.241, qualifies for the 
Priority Mail Express International Commercial Base prices, which are 
less than Priority Mail Express International retail prices.
* * * * *

223.2 Postage Payment Methods

* * * * *
    [Revise the titles of 223.24 and 223.241 to read as follows:]

223.24 Online Methods

223.241 Online Prices--Commercial Base or Commercial Plus Prices

    For selected destination countries, Priority Mail Express 
International 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:
    [Revise item a to read as follows:]
    a. Commercial Base Price: Click-N-Ship service using online 
postage; registered end-users of USPS-approved PC Postage products 
using online postage; or Click-N-Ship for Business using metered 
postage.
* * * * *

225 Mail Entry and Deposit

* * * * *

225.2 Pickup On Demand Service

    * * * A pickup can include any or all of the following items:
    [Revise the list to read as follows (to include First-Class Package 
International Service items):]
    a. Global Express Guaranteed items.
    b. Priority Mail Express International items.
    c. Priority Mail International items.
    d. First-Class Package International Service items.
    e. Priority Mail Express items.
    f. Priority Mail items.
    g. Package Services items.
* * * * *

230 Priority Mail International

231 Description and Physical Characterizes

* * * * *

231.2 Physical Characteristics

* * * * *

231.22 Dimensions--Priority Mail International Parcels

* * * * *
    The minimum and maximum dimensions for Priority Mail International 
parcels are as follows:
    [Revise item a to read as follows:]
    a. For Priority Mail International parcels, the surface area of the 
address side of the item to be mailed must be large enough to 
completely contain the postage, customs label and envelope (PS Form 
2976-E), and any other applicable endorsements or markings. The PS Form 
2976-E is approximately 7\1/4\ inches high and 10\1/4\ inches long.
* * * * *

232 Eligibility

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

* * * * *

232.12 Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International

* * * * *

232.122 Availability

    [Revise the last sentence and add Exhibit 231.122 to read as 
follows:]
    * * * The service is available only to the countries listed in 
Exhibit 231.122:

Exhibit 231.122 Country Availability

Country Name

    Australia
    Belgium
    Brazil
    Canada
    Croatia
    Denmark
    Estonia
    Finland
    France
    Germany
    Gibraltar
    Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Hungary
    Israel
    Italy
    Latvia
    Lithuania
    Luxembourg
    Malaysia
    Malta
    Netherlands
    New Zealand
    Portugal
    Singapore
    Spain
    Switzerland
* * * * *

233 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

233.1 Prices

* * * * *

233.12 Commercial Base Prices

    [Revise 233.12 to read as follows:]
    A mailer who pays postage with a permit imprint under 233.222, or 
with the online methods described in 233.231, qualifies for the 
Priority Mail International Commercial Base prices, which are less than 
Priority Mail International retail prices. See Notice 123, Price List, 
for the applicable price.
* * * * *

233.2 Postage Payment Methods

* * * * *
    [Revise the titles of 233.23 and 233.231 to read as follows:]

233.23 Online Methods

233.231 Online Prices--Commercial Base or Commercial Plus Prices

    For selected destination countries, Priority Mail International 
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:
    [Revise item a to read as follows:]
    a. Commercial Base Price: Click-N-Ship service using online 
postage; registered end-users of USPS-approved PC Postage products 
using online postage; or Click-N-Ship for Business using metered 
postage.
* * * * *

235 Mail Entry and Deposit

* * * * *

235.2 Pickup On Demand Service

    * * * A pickup can include any or all of the following items:
    [Revise the list to read as follows (to include First-Class Package 
International Service items):]
    a. Global Express Guaranteed items.
    b. Priority Mail Express International items.
    c. Priority Mail International items.
    d. First-Class Package International Service items.
    e. Priority Mail Express items.
    f. Priority Mail items.
    g. Package Services items.
* * * * *

250 First-Class Package International Service

* * * * *

252 Eligibility

* * * * *

252.2 Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International

* * * * *

252.22 Availability

    [Revise the last sentence and add Exhibit 252.22 to read as 
follows:]
    * * * The service is available only to the countries listed in 
Exhibit 252.22:

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Country Name

    Australia
    Belgium
    Brazil
    Canada
    Croatia
    Denmark
    Estonia
    Finland
    France
    Germany
    Gibraltar
    Great Britain and Northern Ireland
    Hungary
    Israel
    Italy
    Latvia
    Lithuania
    Luxembourg
    Malaysia
    Malta
    Netherlands
    New Zealand
    Portugal
    Singapore
    Spain
    Switzerland
* * * * *

253 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

* * * * *

253.2 Postage Payment Methods

* * * * *
    [Revise the titles of 253.23 and 253.231 to read as follows:]

253.23 Online Methods

253.231 Online Prices--Commercial Base or Commercial Plus 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:
    [Revise item a to read as follows:]
    a. Commercial Base Price: Click-N-Ship service using online 
postage; registered end-users of USPS-approved PC Postage products 
using online postage; or Click-N-Ship for Business using metered 
postage.
* * * * *

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:
    [Revise the list to read as follows (to include Pickup on Demand 
service and Package Pickup service):]
    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. Through Pickup on Demand service.
    c. Through Package Pickup service.
    d. At a Postal Service retail counter.
    e. Into a Postal Service lobby drop.
    f. In a collection box.
    g. At a Contract Postal Unit (CPU).
    h. At a USPS Approved Shipper location.
* * * * *
    [Insert new 255.3 and 255.4 to read as follows:]

255.3 Pickup On Demand Service

    Subject to the standards in 255.1, Pickup On Demand service is 
available for First-Class Package International Service items. There is 
a single charge for Pickup On Demand service (see Notice 123, Price 
List), regardless of the number of items scheduled for pickup. A pickup 
can include any or all of the following items:
    a. Global Express Guaranteed items.
    b. Priority Mail Express International items.
    c. Priority Mail International items.
    d. First-Class Package International Service items.
    e. Priority Mail Express items.
    f. Priority Mail items.
    g. Package Services items.

255.4 Package Pickup Service

    No pickup fee will be charged when a First-Class Package 
International Service item or items are picked up during a letter 
carrier's regular delivery stop or during a scheduled stop made to 
collect other mail not subject to a pickup fee. Pickup service is 
provided in accordance with the information in DMM 507.7; for more 
information, also visit the online site at usps.com/pickup.

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

261 Description

* * * * *

261.2 Eligibility

* * * * *

261.22 Other Articles

    Certain other articles may be enclosed in M-bags, provided that all 
of the following conditions of mailing are met:
* * * * *
    [Revise item d to read as follows:]
    d. For Airmail M-bags, the combined weight of each printed matter 
mailpiece and the related articles may not exceed 4 pounds. For IPA and 
ISAL M-bags, the combined weight of each printed matter mailpiece and 
the related articles may not exceed 4.4 pounds.
* * * * *

290 Commercial Services

* * * * *

292 International Priority Airmail (IPA) Service

292.1 Description

292.11 General

    [Revise 292.11 to read as follows:]
    International Priority Airmail (IPA) service, including IPA M-bags, 
is a commercial service designed 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 requirements of this subchapter and with the shape-
based requirements of the applicable service--either First-Class Mail 
International items (see 240) and/or First-Class Package International 
Service items (see 250). IPA shipments are typically flown to the 
foreign destinations (exceptions apply to Canada and Mexico) and are 
then entered into that country's air or surface priority mail system 
for delivery. Separate prices are provided for International Service 
Center (ISC) drop shipments, presorted mail, and worldwide nonpresort 
mail. Volume incentives are available through customized agreements.
* * * * *

292.2 Eligibility

292.21 Qualifying Mailpieces

    [Revise 292.21 to read as follows:]
    To qualify for IPA service, a mailpiece must meet the First-Class 
Mail International characteristics as defined in 141.5 (except for 
weight--see 292.24) or the First-Class Package International Service 
characteristics as defined in 141.6 (except for weight--see 292.24). 
Mailpieces do not have to be of the same size and weight to qualify. 
Any item sent with IPA service must conform to the size limits for 
First-Class Mail International postcards, letters, or large

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envelopes (flats) as described in 240, or for First-Class Package 
International Service packages (small packets) as described in 250.

292.22 Availability

    [Revise 292.22 to read as follows:]
    IPA service is available only to the foreign countries that are 
listed in Exhibit 292.45, which shows the price group and the foreign 
office of exchange code assigned to each country.

292.23 Minimum Quantity Requirements

* * * * *

292.232 Presort Eligibility--Full-Service

    [Revise the first sentence to read as follows:]
    Only a direct country container with a minimum of 2 pounds 
qualifies for the presort price. * * *

292.233 Presort Eligibility--ISC Drop Shipment

    [Revise the first sentence to read as follows:]
    Only a direct country container with a minimum of 2 pounds or a 
mixed country container with a minimum of 5 pounds qualifies for the 
presort price. * * *
    [Insert new 292.24 to read as follows (renumbering current 292.24 
through 292.26 to be 292.25 through 292.27):]

292.24 Maximum Weight Limits

    The maximum weight for an IPA container is 66 pounds. The maximum 
weight for an individual IPA item is as follows:
    a. Letter-size item: 3.5 ounces.
    b. Flat-size item: 17.6 ounces.
    c. Package-size item: 4.4 pounds
* * * * *

292.3 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

292.31 Prices

    [Revise the first sentence to read as follows:]
    IPA service has two price options: a presort price with 19 price 
groups, and a worldwide nonpresort price. * * *
* * * * *

292.4 Mail Preparation

* * * * *
    [Revise 292.45 through 292.47 in their entirety to read as 
follows:]

292.45 IPA Price Groups and Foreign Office of Exchange Codes

    See Exhibits 292.45a and 292.45b for the IPA Country Price Groups 
and Foreign Office of Exchange Codes.

Exhibit 292.45a

  IPA Country Price Groups and Foreign Office of Exchange Codes for All
                       Countries Other Than Canada
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      Foreign office of
       Country labeling name            exchange code       Price group
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Afghanistan.......................  KBL.................              19
Albania...........................  TIA.................              16
Algeria...........................  ALG.................              19
Andorra, via Spain................  MAD.................              15
Angola............................  LAD.................              19
Anguilla..........................  AXA.................              17
Antigua and Barbuda...............  ANU.................              17
Argentina.........................  BUE.................              10
Armenia...........................  EVN.................              19
Aruba.............................  AUA.................              17
Ascension, via Great Britain......  LAL.................              16
Australia \1\.....................  SYD.................               9
Austria...........................  VIE.................              12
Azerbaijan........................  BAK.................              19
Bahamas...........................  NAS.................              17
Bahrain...........................  BAH.................              19
Bangladesh........................  DAC.................              19
Barbados..........................  BGI.................              17
Belarus...........................  MSQ.................              16
Belgium...........................  BRU.................              12
Belize............................  BZE.................              17
Benin.............................  COO.................              19
Bermuda...........................  SGE.................              17
Bhutan, via Great Britain.........  LAL.................              19
Bolivia...........................  LPB.................              17
Bosnia-Herzegovina................  SJJ.................              16
Botswana..........................  GBE.................              19
Brazil............................  CWB.................              10
British Virgin Islands............  RAD.................              17
Brunei Darussalam.................  BWN.................              18
Bulgaria..........................  SOF.................              16
Burkina Faso......................  OUA.................              19
Burma (Myanmar)...................  RGN.................              19
Burundi...........................  BJM.................              19
Cambodia..........................  PNH.................              18
Cameroon..........................  DLA.................              19
Canada............................  See Canadian                       1
                                     Labeling
                                     Information in
                                     Exhibit 292.45b.
Cape Verde........................  RAI.................              19
Cayman Islands....................  GCM.................              17
Central African Republic..........  BGF.................              19
Chad..............................  NDJ.................              19
Chile.............................  SCL.................              17
China.............................  BJS.................              14
Colombia..........................  BOG.................              17

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Comoros Islands, via France.......  CDG.................              19
Congo, Dem. Rep. of the...........  FIH.................              19
Congo, Rep. of the................  BZV.................              19
Cook Islands......................  RAR.................               9
Costa Rica........................  SJO.................              17
Cote d'Ivoire.....................  ABJ.................              19
Croatia...........................  ZAG.................              16
Curacao (includes Bonaire, Saba,    CUR.................              17
 and Sint Eustatius).
Cyprus............................  LCA.................              19
Czech Republic....................  PRG.................              16
Denmark...........................  CPH.................              12
Djibouti..........................  JIB.................              19
Dominica..........................  DOM.................              17
Dominican Republic................  SDQ.................              17
Ecuador...........................  UIO.................              17
Egypt.............................  CAI.................              19
El Salvador.......................  SAL.................              17
Equatorial Guinea.................  SSG.................              19
Eritrea...........................  ASM.................              19
Estonia...........................  TLL.................              16
Ethiopia..........................  ADD.................              19
Falkland Islands, via Great         LAL.................              17
 Britain.
Faroe Islands, via Denmark........  CPH.................              16
Fiji..............................  NAN.................              18
Finland...........................  HEL.................              12
France \2\........................  CDG.................               5
French Guiana.....................  CAY.................              17
French Polynesia..................  FAA.................              18
Gabon.............................  LBV.................              19
Gambia............................  BJL.................              19
Georgia, Republic of..............  TBS.................              19
Germany...........................  FRA.................               4
Ghana.............................  ACC.................              19
Gibraltar.........................  GIB.................              15
Great Britain (includes England,    LAL.................               3
 Scotland, Wales, Northern
 Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey,
 Alderney, Sark, and The Isle of
 Man).
Greece............................  ATH.................              13
Greenland, via Denmark............  CPH.................              15
Grenada...........................  GND.................              17
Guadeloupe........................  PTP.................              17
Guatemala.........................  GUA.................              17
Guinea............................  CKY.................              19
Guinea-Bissau.....................  OXB.................              19
Guyana............................  GEO.................              17
Haiti.............................  PAP.................              17
Honduras..........................  TGU.................              17
Hong Kong.........................  HKG.................              11
Hungary...........................  BUD.................              16
Iceland...........................  REK.................              15
India.............................  DEL.................              14
Indonesia.........................  JKT.................              18
Iraq..............................  BGW.................              19
Ireland...........................  DUB.................              13
Israel............................  TLV.................              13
Italy.............................  MIL.................               7
Jamaica...........................  KIN.................              17
Japan.............................  NRT.................               6
Jordan............................  AMM.................              19
Kazakhstan........................  ALA.................              19
Kenya.............................  NBO.................              19
Kiribati..........................  TRW.................              18
Korea, Republic of (South)........  SEL.................              11
Kosovo, Republic of...............  PRN.................              16
Kuwait............................  KWI.................              19
Kyrgyzstan........................  FRU.................              16
Laos..............................  VTE.................              18
Latvia............................  RIX.................              16
Lebanon...........................  BEY.................              19
Lesotho...........................  MSU.................              19
Liberia...........................  MLW.................              19

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Libya.............................  TIP.................              19
Liechtenstein, via Switzerland....  ZRH.................              15
Lithuania.........................  VNO.................              16
Luxembourg........................  LUX.................              15
Macao.............................  MFM.................              16
Macedonia.........................  FRA.................              16
Madagascar........................  TNR.................              19
Malawi............................  LBE.................              19
Malaysia..........................  KUL.................              18
Maldives..........................  MLE.................              19
Mali..............................  BKO.................              19
Malta.............................  MAR.................              19
Martinique........................  FDF.................              17
Mauritania........................  NKC.................              19
Mauritius.........................  PLU.................              19
Mexico............................  MEX.................               2
Moldova...........................  KIV.................              19
Monaco............................  MON.................              12
Mongolia..........................  ULN.................              18
Montenegro........................  TGD.................              17
Montserrat........................  MNI.................              17
Morocco...........................  CAS.................              19
Mozambique........................  MPM.................              19
Namibia...........................  WDH.................              19
Nauru.............................  INU.................              18
Nepal.............................  KTM.................              18
Netherlands.......................  AMS.................              12
New Caledonia.....................  NOU.................              18
New Zealand \3\...................  AKL.................               9
Nicaragua.........................  MGA.................              17
Niger.............................  NIM.................              19
Nigeria...........................  LOS.................              19
Norway............................  OSL.................              12
Oman..............................  MCT.................              19
Pakistan..........................  ISB.................              19
Panama............................  PTY.................              17
Papua New Guinea..................  BOR.................              18
Paraguay..........................  ASU.................              17
Peru..............................  LIM.................              17
Philippines.......................  MNL.................              14
Pitcairn Island, via New Zealand..  AKL.................              18
Poland............................  WAW.................              12
Portugal (includes Azores and       LIS.................              13
 Madeira Islands).
Qatar.............................  DOH.................              19
Reunion...........................  RUN.................              19
Romania...........................  BUH.................              16
Russia............................  MOW.................              16
Rwanda............................  KGL.................              19
Saint Christopher and Nevis.......  SKB.................              17
Saint Helena, via Great Britain...  LAL.................              19
Saint Lucia.......................  SLU.................              17
Saint Pierre and Miquelon, via      See Canadian                      17
 Canada.                             Labeling
                                     Information in
                                     Exhibit 292.45b.
Saint Vincent and The Grenadines..  KTN.................              17
San Marino, via Italy.............  MIL.................              12
Sao Tome and Principe, via          LIS.................              16
 Portugal.
Saudi Arabia......................  DMM.................              19
Senegal...........................  DKR.................              19
Serbia, Republic of...............  BEG.................              16
Seychelles........................  SEZ.................              19
Sierra Leone......................  FNA.................              19
Singapore.........................  SIN.................              11
Sint Maarten......................  SXM.................              17
Slovak Republic (Slovakia)........  BTS.................              16
Slovenia..........................  LJU.................              13
Solomon Islands...................  HIR.................              18
South Africa......................  JNB.................              14
Spain (includes Canary Islands)...  MAD.................               8
Sri Lanka.........................  CMB.................              19
Suriname..........................  PBM.................              17

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Swaziland.........................  MTS.................              19
Sweden............................  STO.................              12
Switzerland.......................  ZRH.................              12
Taiwan............................  TPE.................              14
Tajikistan........................  DYU.................              19
Tanzania..........................  DAR.................              19
Thailand..........................  BKK.................              14
Timor-Leste, Democratic Republic    DIL.................              18
 of.
Togo..............................  LFW.................              19
Tonga.............................  TBU.................              18
Trinidad and Tobago...............  POS.................              17
Tristan da Cunha, via South Africa  JNB.................              19
Tunisia...........................  TUN.................              19
Turkey............................  IST.................              16
Turkmenistan......................  ASB.................              16
Turks and Caicos Islands..........  GDT.................              17
Tuvalu, via Fiji..................  NAN.................              18
Uganda............................  KLA.................              19
Ukraine...........................  IEV.................              19
United Arab Emirates..............  DXB.................              19
Uruguay...........................  MVD.................              17
Uzbekistan........................  TAS.................              19
Vanuatu...........................  VLI.................              18
Vatican City......................  VAT.................              15
Venezuela.........................  CCS.................              17
Vietnam...........................  SGN.................              18
Wallis and Futuna Islands, via New  NOU.................              18
 Caledonia.
Western Samoa.....................  APW.................              18
Yemen.............................  SAH.................              19
Zambia............................  LUN.................              19
Zimbabwe..........................  HRE.................             19
------------------------------------------------------------------------
\1\ At the mailer's option, a finer sortation for IPA items addressed to
  Australia may be used. If this option is chosen, items addressed with
  postal codes beginning with 0, 1, 2, 4, and 9 and uncoded mail should
  be sorted and prepared in direct country containers tagged to Sydney.
  Both the three-letter exchange office code (``SYD'') and the country
  name (``Australia'') should be entered in the ``To'' block of PS Tag
  115, International Priority Airmail. Items addressed with postal codes
  beginning with 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 should be sorted and prepared in
  direct country containers tagged to Melbourne. Both the three-letter
  exchange office code (``MEL'') and the country name (``Australia'')
  should be entered in the ``To'' block of PS Tag 115.
\2\ For all destinations to France other than Monaco. For Monaco, see
  the entry for Monaco in this exhibit.
\3\ For all destinations to New Zealand other than Cook Islands. For
  Cook Islands, see the entry for Cook Islands in this exhibit.

Exhibit 292.45b

                                  Canadian Mail Container Labeling Information
                                               [Full-service only]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      Canadian        U.S. exchange    U.S. exchange office    Foreign office of
ZIP Code of entry post office *      destination       office code           (or ISC)            exchange code
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
005, 010-089, 100-212, 214-268,  MONTREAL QC FWD...             003  JFK....................  YMQ.
 270-297, 400-418, 420-427, 470-
 471, 476-477.
006-009, 298-339, 341-342, 344,  MONTREAL QC FWD...           33112  MIA....................  YMQ.
 346-347, 349-352, 354-399, 723.
430-469, 472-475, 478-516, 520-  TORONTO ON FWD....           60290  ORD....................  For IPA letter-
 528, 530-532, 534-535, 537-                                                                   size and flat-
 551, 553-567, 570-577, 580-                                                                   size: TOR. For
 588, 600-620, 622-631, 633-                                                                   IPA packages-
 641, 644-658, 660-662, 664-                                                                   size: YTO.
 681, 683-693, 700-701, 703-
 708, 710-714, 716-722, 724-
 731, 733-741, 743-816, 822-
 831, 840-847, 870-875, 877-
 885, 893, 897-898.
590-599, 820-821, 832-838, 894-  VANCOUVER BC FWD..           94013  SFO....................  YVR.
 895, 937-961, 970-986, 988-999.
850-853, 855-857, 859-860, 863-  VANCOUVER BC FWD..           90899  LAX....................  YVR.
 865, 889-891, 900-908, 910-
 928, 930-936.
967-969........................  VANCOUVER BC FWD..           96820  HNL....................  YVR.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* The ``ZIP Code of Entry Post Office'' column is relevant only for mailings claimed at the full-service price
  (i.e., not drop shipped at an ISC) to determine their Canadian destination and U.S. exchange office code
  container information.


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292.46 Presort Mailings: Direct Country--Price Groups 1 Through 14

292.461--General

    Price groups 1 through 14 may be prepared in direct country 
containers (full-service price and ISC drop shipment price). Each 
direct country container must contain at least 2 pounds of mail. The 
mailer must separately containerize items bearing customs forms from 
items not bearing customs forms and must prepare letter-size, flat-
size, and package-size items in separate containers as defined in 
292.462a through 292.462c. Smaller quantities qualify only for mixed 
country price (price groups 9 through 14 only) under 292.47, or for the 
worldwide nonpresort price under 292.49. The maximum container weight 
is 66 pounds.

292.462 Preparation

    The mailer must prepare direct country containers of presorted IPA 
mail (full-service price and ISC drop shipment price) as follows:
    a. Letter-Size and Flat-Size Mail. For each direct country tray of 
letter-size or flat-size mail, the mailer must do the following:
    1. Mail Preparation. Prepare letter-size items in letter trays, 
either 1-foot or 2-foot, depending on volume. Prepare flat-size items 
in flat trays/tubs. Do not prepare the content of trays in bundles. 
Face all letter-size items and flat-size items in the same direction. 
Ensure that all trays are full enough to keep the mail from mixing 
during transportation. Cover (i.e., sleeve or lid) all letter-size and 
flat-size trays and secure them with strapping.
    2. Container Tags. Complete the front side of PS Tag 115, 
International Priority Airmail, which identifies the mail to ensure it 
receives priority handling. Check the appropriate box to indicate if 
the tray contains items with or without customs forms, identify the 
destination country, and enter the date of mailing, the 10-digit permit 
number, the foreign office of exchange code as listed in Exhibit 
292.45a and 292.45b, and the price group as listed in Exhibit 292.45a 
and 292.45b. To the front side of the tag, apply a barcode that 
indicates the mailer's permit number, the product code, the service 
type code, the container type code, the mail contents shape type code, 
the foreign office of exchange code, and the serial number of the 
container. (To request technical specifications for the barcode, send 
an email to globalbusiness-sales@usps.gov). Finally, tape PS Tag 115 to 
the tray cover.
    b. Packages. For each direct country sack of package-size items, 
the mailer must do the following:
    1. Mail Preparation. Prepare package-size items by placing them 
loose in sacks.
    2. Tags. Container Tags. Complete the front side of PS Tag 115, 
International Priority Airmail, which identifies the mail to ensure it 
receives priority handling. Check the appropriate box to indicate if 
the container contains items with or without customs forms, identify 
the destination country, and enter the date of mailing, the 10-digit 
permit number, the foreign office of exchange code as listed in Exhibit 
292.45a and 292.45b, and the price group as listed in Exhibit 292.45a 
and 292.45b. To the front side of the tag, apply a barcode that 
indicates the mailer's permit number, the product code, the service 
type code, the container type code, the shape type code, the foreign 
office of exchange code, and the serial number of the container. (To 
request technical specifications for the barcode, send an email to 
globalbusiness-sales@usps.gov). Finally, attach PS Tag 115 to the neck 
of the sack.
    3. Direct Country Container Label. A mailer who claims the ISC drop 
shipment price and enters the mail at an authorized drop shipment 
location under 292.532 is not required to prepare container labels. A 
mailer who claims the full-service price must complete 2-inch container 
labels (and insert them into the applicable container label holder) as 
follows (see Exhibit 292.462 for the list of U.S. Exchange Offices):

Line 1: Appropriate U.S. Exchange Office and Routing Code
Line 2: Contents--DRX COUNTRY
Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location

    Example: ISC NEW YORK NY 003, IPA--DRX COUNTRY, ABC STORE ALBANY 
NY.

Exhibit 292.462

         Labeling of IPA Mail to Postal Service Exchange Offices
                           [Full-service only]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  IPA Acceptance office  3-Digit ZIP Code      U.S. exchange office and
                   Prefix                      routing code for line 1
------------------------------------------------------------------------
005, 010-089, 100-212, 214-268, 270-297,     ISC NEW YORK NY 003.
 400-418, 420-427, 470-477.
006-009, 298-339, 341-342, 344, 346-347,     ISC MIAMI FL 33112.
 349-352, 354-399.
424, 430-469, 478-516, 520-528, 530-532,     ISC CHICAGO IL 60290.
 534-535, 537-551, 553-567, 570-577, 580-
 588, 600-620, 622-631, 633-641, 644-658,
 660-662, 664-681, 683-693, 700-701, 703-
 708, 710-714, 716-731, 733-741, 743-799,
 885.
590-599, 800-816, 820-838, 840-847, 893-     ISC SAN FRANCISCO CA 94013.
 895, 897-898, 937-961, 970-986, 988-999.
850-853, 855-857, 859-860, 863-865, 870-     ISC LOS ANGELES CA 900.
 875, 877-884, 889-891, 900-908, 910-928,
 930-936.
967-969....................................  P&DC HONOLULU HI 967.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

292.47 Presort Mailings: Mixed Country--Price Groups 9 Through 14

292.471 General

    The mailer may prepare price groups 9 through 14 in mixed country 
containers (ISC drop shipment price) only after all possible direct 
country containers have been prepared. Each mixed country price group 
must contain at least 5 pounds of mail that are destined within the 
same price group. The mailer must separately containerize items bearing 
customs forms from items not bearing customs forms and must prepare 
letter-size, flat-size, and package-size items in separate containers 
as defined in 292.472a and 292.472b. Smaller quantities qualify only 
for the worldwide nonpresort price under 292.49. The maximum container 
weight is 66 pounds.

292.472 Preparation

    The mailer must prepare mixed country containers of presorted IPA 
mail (ISC drop shipment price) as follows:
    a. Letter-Size and Flat-Size Mail. For each mixed country tray of 
letter-size or flat-size mail, the mailer must do the following:
    1. Mail Preparation. Prepare letter-size items in letter trays, 
either 1-foot or 2-foot, depending on volume. Prepare flat-size items 
in flat trays/tubs. Bundle letter-size and flat-size pieces as defined 
in 292.44, and bundle each country separately. Face all letter-size 
items and

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flat-size items in the same direction and apply a label (facing slip) 
to the top item as defined in 292.473. Cover (i.e., sleeve or lid) all 
letter-size trays and flat-size trays/tubs and secure them with 
strapping.
    2. Container Tags. Complete the front side of PS Tag 115, 
International Priority Airmail, which identifies the mail to ensure it 
receives priority handling. Identify the date of mailing, the 10-digit 
permit number, and the price group as listed in Exhibit 292.45a or 
292.45b followed by the word ``Mixed'' (e.g., ``14-Mixed''). Finally, 
tape PS Tag 115 to the tray cover.
    b. Packages. For each mixed country container of package-size 
items, the mailer must do the following:
    1. Mail Preparation. Prepare package-size items by placing them 
loose in sacks.
    2. Container Tags. Complete the front side of PS Tag 115, 
International Priority Airmail, which identifies the mail to ensure it 
receives priority handling. Identify the date of mailing, the 10-digit 
permit number, and the price group as listed in Exhibit 292.45a or 
292.45b followed by the word ``Mixed'' (e.g., ``14-Mixed''). Finally, 
attach PS Tag 115 to the neck of the sack.

292.473 Direct Country Bundle Label for Mixed Country Containers

    Only letter-size and flat-size direct country bundles prepared for 
mixed country containers require a label (facing slip). The mailer must 
complete the label and place it on the address side of the top item of 
each bundle in such a manner that it will not become separated from the 
bundle. The pressure-sensitive labels and optional endorsement lines 
used domestically for presort mail are prohibited for IPA service. 
Bundle labels must contain the following information:

Line 1: Foreign Office of Exchange Code. (See Exhibit 292.45a and 
292.45b.)
Line 2: Country Labeling Name. (See Exhibit 292.45a and 292.45b.)
Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location (City and State).

    Example: VIE, AUSTRIA, ABC COMPANY WASHINGTON DC.

    [Insert new 292.48 and 292.49 to read as follows:]

292.48 Presort Mailings--Price Groups 15 Through 19

292.481 General

    Price groups 15 through 19 must be prepared in direct country 
containers (full-service price and ISC drop shipment price) or mixed 
country containers (ISC drop shipment price). Each direct country 
container must contain at least 2 pounds of mail. Each mixed country 
container must contain at least 5 pounds of mail. Smaller quantities 
qualify only for the worldwide nonpresort price under 292.49. The 
mailer must separately containerize items bearing customs forms from 
items not bearing customs forms. The maximum container weight is 66 
pounds.

292.482 Preparation

    The mailer has two options to prepare direct country or mixed 
country containers of presorted IPA mail, as follows:
    1. Prepare mail as described in 292.46 and 292.47, including using 
letter-size trays for letter-size items, flat-size trays/tubs for flat-
size items, and sacks for package-size items.
    2. Prepare mail in sacks for all processing categories as defined 
in 292.483 and 292.484.

292.483 Direct Country--Optional Sack Preparation

    The mailer may optionally prepare direct country sacks or mixed 
country sacks of presorted IPA mail when sacks are used for all 
processing categories as follows:
    a. Full-Service and ISC Drop Shipment--Direct country sacks.
    1. Preparation. Mail (letter-size, flat-size, and package-size) 
that is addressed to an individual country and that contains 2 pounds 
or more must be sorted into direct country sacks. Mail that cannot be 
made up into direct country sacks must be prepared and entered as mixed 
country sacks (ISC Drop Shipment only) or the worldwide nonpresort 
price. The mailer must bundle letter-size and flat-size items as 
defined in 292.44. The mailer must bundle letter-size items and flat-
size items separately, although nonidentical items may be commingled 
within each of these categories. Face all letter-size items and flat-
size items in the same direction and apply a label (facing slip) to the 
top item as defined in 292.472. Place package-size items loose in the 
sack provided that items bearing customs forms are separated from items 
not bearing customs forms.
    2. Container Tags. The mailer must complete the front side of PS 
Tag 115, International Priority Airmail, which identifies the mail to 
ensure it receives priority handling. The mailer must check the 
appropriate box to indicate if the sack contains items with or without 
customs forms, identify the destination country, and enter the date of 
mailing, the 10-digit permit number, the foreign office of exchange 
code as listed in Exhibits 292.45a and 292.45b, and the price group as 
listed in Exhibits 292.45a and 292.45b. The mailer must apply a barcode 
to the front side of the tag that indicates the mailer's permit number, 
the product code, the service type code, the container type, the shape 
type, the foreign office of exchange code, and the serial number of the 
sack. (To request technical specifications for the barcode, send an 
email to globalbusiness-sales@usps.gov). Finally, the mailer must 
attach PS Tag 115 to the neck of the sack.
    3. Direct Country Container Label. A mailer who claims the ISC drop 
shipment price and enters the mail at an authorized drop shipment 
location under 292.532 is not required to prepare container labels. A 
mailer who claims the full-service price must complete 2-inch container 
labels (and insert them into the applicable container label holder) as 
follows (see Exhibit 292.483 for the list of U.S. Exchange Offices):

Line 1: Appropriate U.S. Exchange Office and Routing Code
Line 2: Contents--DRX COUNTRY
Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location

    Example: ISC NEW YORK NY 003, IPA--DRX COUNTRY, ABC STORE ALBANY 
NY.

Exhibit 292.483

         Labeling of IPA Mail to Postal Service Exchange Offices
                           [Full-service only]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
   IPA acceptance office 3-digit ZIP Code      U.S. exchange office and
                   prefix                      routing code for line 1
------------------------------------------------------------------------
005, 010-089, 100-212, 214-268, 270-297,     ISC NEW YORK NY 003.
 400-418, 420-427, 470-477.
006-009, 298-339, 341-342, 344, 346-347,     ISC MIAMI FL 33112.
 349-352, 354-399.

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424, 430-469, 478-516, 520-528, 530-532,     ISC CHICAGO IL 60290.
 534-535, 537-551, 553-567, 570-577, 580-
 588, 600-620, 622-631, 633-641, 644-658,
 660-662, 664-681, 683-693, 700-701, 703-
 708, 710-714, 716-731, 733-741, 743-799,
 885.
590-599, 800-816, 820-838, 840-847, 893-     ISC SAN FRANCISCO CA 94013.
 895, 897-898, 937-961, 970-986, 988-999.
850-853, 855-857, 859-860, 863-865, 870-     ISC LOS ANGELES CA 900.
 875, 877-884, 889-891, 900-908, 910-928,
 930-936.
967-969....................................  P&DC HONOLULU HI 967.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    b. ISC Drop Shipment--Mixed country sacks.
    1. Preparation. Mixed country sacks can be prepared only after all 
possible direct country sacks have been prepared. The mailer must 
prepare mixed country sacks for items that contain 5 pounds or more and 
that are destined within the same price group. Mail that ultimately 
cannot be made up into direct country sacks or mixed country sacks must 
be prepared and entered at the worldwide nonpresort price. The mailer 
must bundle letter-size and flat-size items as defined in 292.44. The 
mailer must bundle letter-size and flat-size items separately, although 
nonidentical items may be commingled within each of these categories. 
Face all letter-size items and flat-size items in the same direction 
and apply a label (facing slip) to the top item as defined in 292.484. 
Place package-size items that cannot be bundled because of their 
physical characteristics loose in the sack provided that items bearing 
customs forms are separated from items not bearing customs forms.
    2. Container Tags. The mailer must complete the front side of PS 
Tag 115, International Priority Airmail, which identifies the mail to 
ensure it receives priority handling. On the front of the tag, the 
mailer must identify the date of mailing, the 10-digit permit number, 
and the price group as listed in Exhibit 292.45a or 292.45b followed by 
the word ``Mixed'' (e.g., ``15-Mixed''). Finally, the mailer must 
attach PS Tag 115 to the neck of the sack.

292.484 Presorted Mail--Direct Country Bundle Label

    Only letter-size and flat-size direct country bundles prepared for 
mixed country sacks require a label (facing slip). The mailer must 
complete the label and place it on the address side of the top item of 
each bundle in such a manner that it will not become separated from the 
bundle. The pressure-sensitive labels and optional endorsement lines 
used domestically for presort mail are prohibited for IPA service. 
Bundle labels must contain the following information:

Line 1: Foreign Office of Exchange Code. (See Exhibits 292.45a and 
292.45b.)
Line 2: Country Labeling Name. (See Exhibits 292.45a and 292.45b.)
Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location (City and State).

    Example: VIE, AUSTRIA, ABC COMPANY WASHINGTON DC.

292.49 Worldwide Nonpresort Preparation

    The following standards apply when the mailer prepares worldwide 
nonpresort IPA mail (full-service price and ISC drop shipment price):
    a. General. A mailer claiming any mail at the direct country or 
mixed country price cannot enclose the mail in worldwide nonpresort 
sacks. The mailer must bundle letter-size and flat-size mail. All types 
of mail, including letter-size bundles, flat-size bundles, and loose 
items, can be commingled in the same sack. Labels (facing slips) are 
not required on any bundles. Containers other than sacks are not 
authorized unless other equipment is specified by the acceptance 
office--for example, the mailer may present nonpresorted letter-size 
mail in trays if authorized by the acceptance office. The maximum 
weight of any container is 66 pounds.
    b. Worldwide Nonpresort Container Label. A mailer who claims the 
ISC drop shipment price and enters the mail at an authorized drop 
shipment location under 292.532 is not required to prepare container 
labels. A mailer who claims the full-service price must complete 2-inch 
container labels (and insert them into the applicable container label 
holder) as follows (see Exhibit 292.483 for the list of U.S. Exchange 
Offices):

Line 1: Appropriate U.S. Exchange Office and Routing Code
Line 2: Contents WKG
Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location

    Example: ISC MIAMI FL 33112, IPA--WKG, ABC COMPANY MIAMI FL.
* * * * *

293 International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) Service

293.1 Description

293.11 General

    [Revise 293.11 to read as follows:]
    International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) service, including ISAL M-
bags, is a commercial service designed 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 
requirements of this subchapter and with the shape-based requirements 
of the applicable service--either First-Class Mail International items 
(see 240) and/or First-Class Package International Service items (see 
250). ISAL shipments are typically flown to the foreign destinations 
(exceptions apply to Canada and Mexico) and are then entered into that 
country's surface nonpriority mail system for delivery. Separate prices 
are provided for International Service Center (ISC) drop shipments, 
presorted mail, and nonpresorted mail. Volume incentives are available 
through customized agreements.
* * * * *

293.2 Eligibility

293.21 Qualifying Mailpieces

    [Revise 293.21 to read as follows:]
    To qualify for ISAL service, a mailpiece must meet the First-Class 
Mail International characteristics as defined in 141.5 (except for 
weight--see 293.24) or the First-Class Package International Service 
characteristics as defined in 141.6 (except for weight--see 293.24). 
Mailpieces do not have to be of the same size and weight to qualify. 
Any item sent with ISAL service must conform to the size limits for 
First-Class Mail International postcards, letters, or large envelopes 
(flats) as described in 240, or for First-Class Package

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International Service packages (small packets) as described in 250.
* * * * *

293.23 Minimum Quantity Requirements

* * * * *

293.232 Presort Eligibility--Full-Service

    [Revise the first sentence to read as follows:]
    Only a direct country container with a minimum of 2 pounds 
qualifies for the presort price. * * *

293.233 Presort Eligibility--ISC Drop Shipment

    [Revise the first sentence to read as follows:]
    Only a direct country container with a minimum of 2 pounds or a 
mixed country container with a minimum of 5 pounds qualifies for the 
presort price. * * *
    [Insert new 293.24 to read as follows (renumbering current 293.24 
through 293.26 to be 293.25 through 293.27):]

293.24 Maximum Weight Limits

    The maximum weight for an ISAL container is 66 pounds. The maximum 
weight for an individual ISAL item is as follows:
    a. Letter-size item: 3.5 ounces.
    b. Flat-size item: 17.6 ounces.
    c. Package-size item: 4.4 pounds.
* * * * *

293.3 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

293.31 Prices

    [Revise the first sentence to read as follows:]
    ISAL service has two price options: A presort price with 19 price 
groups, and a worldwide nonpresort price. * * *
* * * * *

293.4 Mail Preparation

* * * * *
    [Revise 293.45 through 293.47 in their entirety to read as 
follows:]

293.45 ISAL Price Groups and Foreign Office of Exchange Codes

    See Exhibits 293.45a and 293.45b for the ISAL Country Price Groups 
and Foreign Office of Exchange Codes.

Exhibit 293.45a

 ISAL Country Price Groups, and Foreign Office of Exchange Codes for All
                       Countries Other Than Canada
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      Foreign office of
       Country labeling name            exchange code       Price group
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Albania...........................  TIA.................              16
Algeria...........................  ALG.................              19
Angola............................  LAD.................              19
Argentina.........................  BUE.................              10
Aruba.............................  AUA.................              17
Australia.........................  SYD.................               9
Austria...........................  VIE.................              12
Bahrain...........................  BAH.................              19
Bangladesh........................  DAC.................              19
Belgium...........................  BRU.................              12
Belize............................  BZE.................              17
Benin.............................  COO.................              19
Bolivia...........................  LPB.................              17
Brazil............................  SAO.................              10
Bulgaria..........................  SOF.................              16
Burkina Faso......................  OUA.................              19
Cameroon..........................  DLA.................              19
Canada............................  See Canadian                       1
                                     Labeling
                                     Information in
                                     Exhibit 293.45b.
Central African Republic..........  BGF.................              19
Chile.............................  SCL.................              17
China.............................  BJS.................              14
Colombia..........................  BOG.................              17
Congo, Democratic Republic of the.  FIH.................              19
Costa Rica........................  SJO.................              17
Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast).......  ABJ.................              19
Curacao (includes Bonaire, Saba,    CUR.................              17
 and Sint Eustatius).
Czech Republic....................  PRG.................              16
Denmark...........................  CPH.................              12
Dominican Republic................  SDQ.................              17
Ecuador...........................  GYE.................              17
Egypt.............................  CAI.................              19
El Salvador.......................  SAL.................              17
Ethiopia..........................  ADD.................              19
Fiji..............................  NAN.................              18
Finland...........................  HEL.................              12
France (includes Corsica).........  CDG.................               5
French Guiana.....................  CAY.................              17
Gabon.............................  LBV.................              19
Germany...........................  NIA.................               4
Ghana.............................  ACC.................              19
Great Britain.....................  LAL.................               3
Greece............................  ATH.................              13
Guatemala.........................  GUA.................              17
Guyana............................  GEO.................              17
Haiti.............................  PAP.................              17

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Honduras..........................  TGU.................              17
Hong Kong.........................  HKG.................              11
Hungary...........................  BUD.................              16
Iceland...........................  REK.................              15
India.............................  BOM.................              14
Indonesia.........................  JKT.................              18
Ireland...........................  AHE.................              13
Israel............................  TLV.................              13
Italy.............................  MIL.................               7
Jamaica...........................  KIN.................              17
Japan*............................  KIX.................               6
                                    KWS.................               6
Jordan............................  AMM.................              19
Kenya.............................  NBO.................              19
Korea, Rep. of (South)............  SEL.................              11
Kuwait............................  KWI.................              19
Lebanon...........................  BEY.................              19
Liechtenstein.....................  ZRH.................              15
Luxembourg........................  LUX.................              15
Madagascar........................  TNR.................              19
Malaysia..........................  KUL.................              18
Mali..............................  BKO.................              19
Mauritania........................  NKC.................              19
Mauritius.........................  MRU.................              19
Mexico............................  MEX.................               2
Morocco...........................  CAS.................              19
Mozambique........................  MPM.................              19
Netherlands.......................  AMS.................              12
New Zealand.......................  AKL.................               9
Nicaragua.........................  MGA.................              17
Niger.............................  NIM.................              19
Nigeria...........................  LOS.................              19
Norway............................  OSL.................              12
Oman..............................  MCT.................              19
Pakistan..........................  KHI.................              19
Panama............................  PTY.................              17
Papua New Guinea..................  BOR.................              18
Paraguay..........................  ASU.................              17
Peru..............................  LIM.................              17
Philippines.......................  MNL.................              14
Poland............................  WAW.................              12
Portugal..........................  LIS.................              13
Qatar.............................  DOH.................              19
Reunion...........................  RUN.................              19
Romania...........................  BUH.................              16
Russia............................  MOW.................              16
Saudi Arabia......................  DMM.................              19
Senegal...........................  DKR.................              19
Singapore.........................  SIN.................              11
Sint Maarten......................  SXM.................              17
Slovak Republic (Slovakia)........  BTS.................              16
South Africa......................  JNB.................              14
Spain (includes Canary Islands)...  MAD.................               8
Sri Lanka.........................  CMB.................              19
Suriname..........................  PBM.................              17
Sweden............................  STO.................              12
Switzerland.......................  ZRH.................              12
Taiwan............................  TPE.................              14
Tanzania..........................  DAR.................              19
Thailand..........................  BKK.................              14
Timor-Leste, Democratic Republic    DIL.................              18
 of.
Togo..............................  LFW.................              19
Trinidad and Tobago...............  POS.................              17
Tunisia...........................  TUN.................              19
Turkey............................  IST.................              16
Uganda............................  KLA.................              19
United Arab Emirates..............  DXB.................              19
Uruguay...........................  MVD.................              17
Venezuela.........................  CCS.................              17
Yemen.............................  SAH.................              19

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Zambia............................  NLA.................              19
Zimbabwe..........................  HRE.................              19
------------------------------------------------------------------------
* To expedite handling, Japan Post has requested that U.S. shippers make
  the following optional separation of their ISAL mail:
--Mail destined for locations in Japan with post code prefixes 52-93
  should be labeled to Osaka International (KIX).
--Mail destined for all other post code prefixes should be labeled to
  Kawasaki (KWS).
--ISAL mail that is not optionally separated as specified above should
  be labeled to Kawasaki KWS).

Exhibit 293.45b

                                  Canadian Mail Container Labeling Information
                                               [Full-service only]
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                      Canadian        U.S. exchange    U.S. exchange office    Foreign office of
ZIP Code of entry post office *      destination       office code           (or ISC)            exchange code
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
005, 010-089, 100-212, 214-268,  MONTREAL QC FWD...             003  JFK....................  YMQ.
 270-297, 400-418, 420-427, 470-
 471, 476-477.
006-009, 298-339, 341-342, 344,  MONTREAL QC FWD...           33112  MIA....................  YMQ.
 346-347, 349-352, 354-399, 723.
430-469, 472-475, 478-516, 520-  TORONTO ON FWD....           60290  ORD....................  For ISAL letter-
 528, 530-532, 534-535, 537-                                                                   size and flat-
 551, 553-567, 570-577, 580-                                                                   size: TOR. For
 588, 600-620, 622-631, 633-                                                                   ISAL packages-
 641, 644-658, 660-662, 664-                                                                   size: YTO.
 681, 683-693, 700-701, 703-
 708, 710-714, 716-722, 724-
 731, 733-741, 743-816, 822-
 831, 840-847, 870-875, 877-
 885, 893, 897-898.
590-599, 820-821, 832-838, 894-  VANCOUVER BC FWD..           94013  SFO....................  YVR.
 895, 937-961, 970-986, 988-999.
850-853, 855-857, 859-860, 863-  VANCOUVER BC FWD..           90899  LAX....................  YVR.
 865, 889-891, 900-908, 910-
 928, 930-936.
967-969........................  VANCOUVER BC FWD..           96820  HNL....................  YVR.
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* The ``ZIP Code of Entry Post Office'' column is relevant only for mailings claimed at the full-service price
  (i.e., not drop shipped at an ISC) to determine their Canadian destination and U.S. exchange office code
  container information.

293.46 Presort Mailings: Direct Country--Price Groups 1 Through 14

293.461 General

    Price groups 1 through 14 may be prepared in direct country 
containers (full-service price and ISC drop shipment price). Each 
direct country container must contain at least 2 pounds of mail. The 
mailer must separately containerize items bearing customs forms from 
items not bearing customs forms and must prepare letter-size, flat-
size, and package-size items in separate containers as defined in 
293.462a through 293.462c. Smaller quantities qualify only for mixed 
country price (price groups 9 through 14 only) under 293.47, or for the 
worldwide nonpresort price under 293.49. The maximum container weight 
is 66 pounds.

293.462 Preparation

    The mailer must prepare direct country containers of presorted ISAL 
mail (full-service price and ISC drop shipment price) as follows:
    a. Letter-Size and Flat-Size Mail. For each direct country tray of 
letter-size or flat-size mail, the mailer must do the following:
    1. Mail Preparation. Prepare letter-size items in letter trays, 
either 1-foot or 2-foot, depending on volume. Prepare flat-size items 
in flat trays/tubs. Do not prepare the content of trays in bundles. 
Face all letter-size items and flat-size items in the same direction. 
Ensure that all trays are full enough to keep the mail from mixing 
during transportation. Cover (i.e., sleeve or lid) all letter-size and 
flat-size trays and secure them with strapping.
    2. Container Tags. Complete the front side of PS Tag 155, 
International Surface Air Lift, which identifies the mail to ensure it 
receives priority handling. Check the appropriate box to indicate if 
the tray contains items with or without customs forms, identify the 
destination country, and enter the date of mailing, the 10-digit permit 
number, the foreign office of exchange code as listed in Exhibits 
293.45a and 293.45b, and the price group as listed in Exhibits 293.45a 
and 293.45b. To the front side of the tag, apply a barcode that 
indicates the mailer's permit number, the product code, the service 
type code, the container type code, the mail contents shape type code, 
the foreign office of exchange code, and the serial number of the 
container. (To request technical specifications for the barcode, send 
an email to globalbusiness-sales@usps.gov). Finally, tape the PS Tag 
155 to the tray cover.
    b. Packages. For each direct country sack of package-size items, 
the mailer must do the following:
    1. Mail Preparation. Prepare package-size items by placing them 
loose in sacks.
    2. Container Tags. Complete the front side of PS Tag 155, 
International Surface Air Lift, which identifies the mail to ensure it 
receives priority handling. Check the appropriate box to indicate if 
the container contains items with or without customs forms, identify 
the destination country, and enter the date of mailing, the 10-digit 
permit number, the foreign office of exchange code as listed in 
Exhibits 293.45a and 293.45b, and the price group as listed in Exhibits 
293.45a and 293.45b. To the front side of the tag, apply a barcode that 
indicates the mailer's permit number, the product code, the service

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type code, the container type code, the shape type code, the foreign 
office of exchange code, and the serial number of the container. (To 
request technical specifications for the barcode, send an email to 
globalbusiness-sales@usps.gov). Finally, attach PS Tag 155 to the neck 
of the sack.
    c. Direct Country Container Label. A mailer who claims the ISC drop 
shipment price and enters the mail at an authorized drop shipment 
location under 293.532 is not required to prepare container labels. A 
mailer who claims the full-service price must complete 2-inch container 
labels (and insert them into the applicable container label holder) as 
follows (see Exhibit 293.462 for the list of U.S. Exchange Offices):

Line 1: Appropriate U.S. Exchange Office and Routing Code
Line 2: Contents--DRX COUNTRY
Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location

    Example: ISC NEW YORK NY 003, ISAL--DRX COUNTRY, ABC STORE 
ALBANY NY.

Exhibit 293.462

        Labeling of ISAL Mail to Postal Service Exchange Offices
                           [Full-service only]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  ISAL acceptance office  3-digit zip code     U.S. exchange office and
                   prefix                      routing code for line 1
------------------------------------------------------------------------
005, 010-089, 100-212, 214-268, 270-297,     ISC NEW YORK NY 003.
 400-418, 420-427, 470-477.
006-009, 298-339, 341-342, 344, 346-347,     ISC MIAMI FL 33112.
 349-352, 354-399.
424, 430-469, 478-516, 520-528, 530-532,     ISC CHICAGO IL 60290.
 534-535, 537-551, 553-567, 570-577, 580-
 588, 600-620, 622-631, 633-641, 644-658,
 660-662, 664-681, 683-693, 700-701, 703-
 708, 710-714, 716-731, 733-741, 743-799,
 885.
590-599, 800-816, 820-838, 840-847, 893-     ISC SAN FRANCISCO CA 94013.
 895, 897-898, 937-961, 970-986, 988-999.
850-853, 855-857, 859-860, 863-865, 870-     ISC LOS ANGELES CA 900
 875, 877-884, 889-891, 900-908, 910-928,
 930-936.
967-969....................................  P&DC HONOLULU HI 967.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

293.47 Presort Mailings: Mixed Country--Price Groups 9 Through 14

293.471 General

    Price groups 9 through 14 may be prepared in mixed country 
containers (ISC drop shipment price) only after all possible direct 
country containers have been prepared. Each mixed country price group 
must contain at least 5 pounds of mail that are destined within the 
same price group. The mailer must separately containerize items bearing 
customs forms from items not bearing customs forms and must prepare 
letter-size, flat-size, and package-size items in separate containers 
as defined in 293.472a and 293.472b. Smaller quantities qualify only 
for the worldwide nonpresort price under 293.49. The maximum container 
weight is 66 pounds.

293.472 Preparation

    The mailer must prepare mixed country containers of presorted ISAL 
mail (ISC drop shipment price) as follows:
    a. Letter-Size and Flat-Size Mail. For each mixed country tray of 
letter-size or flat-size mail, the mailer must do the following:
    1. Mail Preparation. Prepare letter-size items in letter trays, 
either 1-foot or 2-foot, depending on volume. Prepare flat-size items 
in flat trays/tubs. Bundle letter-size and flat-size pieces as defined 
in 293.44 and each country must be bundled separately. Face all letter-
size items and flat-size items in the same direction and apply a label 
(facing slip) to the top item as defined in 293.473. Cover (i.e., 
sleeve or lid) all letter-size trays and flat-size trays/tubs and 
secure them with strapping.
    2. Container Tags. Complete the front side of PS Tag 155, 
International Surface Air Lift, which identifies the mail to ensure it 
receives priority handling. Identify the date of mailing, the 10-digit 
permit number, and the price group as listed in Exhibit 293.45a or 
293.45b followed by the word ``Mixed'' (e.g., ``14--Mixed''). Finally, 
tape PS Tag 155 to the tray cover.
    b. Packages. For each mixed country container of package-size 
items, the mailer must do the following:
    1. Mail Preparation. Prepare package-size items by placing them 
loose in sacks.
    2. Container Tags. Complete the front side of PS Tag 155, 
International Surface Air Lift, which identifies the mail to ensure it 
receives priority handling. Identify the date of mailing, the 10-digit 
permit number, and the price group as listed in Exhibit 293.45a or 
293.45b followed by the word ``Mixed'' (e.g., ``14-Mixed''). Finally, 
attach PS Tag 155 to the neck of the sack.

293.473 Direct Country Bundle Label for Mixed Country Containers

    Only letter-size and flat-size direct country bundles prepared for 
mixed country containers require a label (facing slip). The mailer must 
complete the label and place it on the address side of the top item of 
each bundle in such a manner that it will not become separated from the 
bundle. The pressure-sensitive labels and optional endorsement lines 
used domestically for presort mail are prohibited for ISAL service. 
Bundle labels must contain the following information:

Line 1: Foreign Office of Exchange Code. (See Exhibits 293.45a and 
293.45b.)
Line 2: Country Labeling Name. (See Exhibits 293.45a and 293.45b.)
Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location (City and State).

    Example: VIE, AUSTRIA, ABC COMPANY WASHINGTON DC.

    [Insert new 293.48 and 293.49 to read as follows:]

293.48 Presort Mailings--Price Groups 15 Through 19

293.481 General

    Price groups 15 through 19 may be prepared in direct country 
containers (full-service price and ISC drop shipment price) or mixed 
country containers (ISC drop shipment price). Each direct country 
container must contain at least 2 pounds of mail. Each mixed country 
container must contain at least 5 pounds of mail. Smaller quantities 
qualify only for the worldwide nonpresort price under 293.49. The 
mailer must separately containerize items bearing customs forms from 
items not bearing customs forms. The maximum container weight is 66 
pounds.

293.482 Preparation

    The mailer has two options to prepare direct country or mixed 
country containers of presorted ISAL mail, as follows:
    1. Prepare mail as described in 293.46 and 293.47, including using 
letter-size trays for letter-size items, flat-size trays/

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tubs for flat-size items, and sacks for package-size items.
    2. Prepare mail in sacks for all processing categories as defined 
in 293.482 and 293.483.

293.483 Direct Country--Optional Sack Preparation

    The mailer may optionally prepare direct country sacks or mixed 
country sacks of presorted ISAL mail when sacks are used for all 
processing categories as follows:
    a. Full-Service and ISC Drop Shipment--Direct country sacks.
    1. Preparation. Mail (letter-size, flat-size and package-size) that 
is addressed to an individual country and that contains 2 pounds or 
more must be sorted into direct country sacks. Mail that cannot be made 
up into direct country sacks must be prepared and entered as mixed 
country sacks (ISC Drop Shipment only) or the worldwide nonpresort 
price. The mailer must bundle letter-size and flat-size items as 
defined in 293.44. The mailer must bundle letter-size items and flat-
size items separately, although nonidentical items may be commingled 
within each of these categories. Face all letter-size items and flat-
size items in the same direction and apply a label (facing slip) to the 
top item as defined in 293.473. Place package-size items loose in the 
sack provided that items bearing customs forms are separated from items 
not bearing customs forms.
    2. Container Tags. The mailer must complete the front side of PS 
Tag 155, International Surface Air Lift, which identifies the mail to 
ensure it receives priority handling. The mailer must check the 
appropriate box to indicate if the sack contains items with or without 
customs forms, identify the destination country, and enter the date of 
mailing, the 10-digit permit number, the foreign office of exchange 
code as listed in Exhibits 293.45a and 293.45b, and the price group as 
listed in Exhibits 293.45a and 294.45b. To the front side of the tag, 
the mailer must apply a barcode that indicates the mailer's permit 
number, the product code, the service type code, the container type, 
the shape type, the foreign office of exchange code, and the serial 
number of the sack. (To request technical specifications for the 
barcode, send an email to globalbusiness-sales@usps.gov). Finally, the 
mailer must attach PS Tag 155 to the neck of the sack.
    3. Direct Country Container Label. A mailer who claims the ISC drop 
shipment price and enters the mail at an authorized drop shipment 
location under 293.532 is not required to prepare container labels. A 
mailer who claims the full-service price must complete 2-inch container 
labels (and insert them into the applicable container label holder) as 
follows (see Exhibit 293.483 for the list of U.S. Exchange Offices):

Line 1: Appropriate U.S. Exchange Office and Routing Code
Line 2: Contents--DRX COUNTRY
Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location

    Example: ISC NEW YORK NY 003, ISAL--DRX COUNTRY, ABC STORE 
ALBANY NY.

Exhibit 293.483

 Labeling of ISAL Mail to Postal Service Exchange Offices [Full-service
                                  only]
------------------------------------------------------------------------
  ISAL acceptance office  3-digit ZIP Code    U. S. exchange office and
                   prefix                      routing code for line 1
------------------------------------------------------------------------
005, 010-089, 100-212, 214-268, 270-297,     ISC NEW YORK NY 003.
 400-418, 420-427, 470-477.
006-009, 298-339, 341-342, 344, 346-347,     ISC MIAMI FL 33112.
 349-352, 354-399.
424, 430-469, 478-516, 520-528, 530-532,     ISC CHICAGO IL 60290.
 534-535, 537-551, 553-567, 570-577, 580-
 588, 600-620, 622-631, 633-641, 644-658,
 660-662, 664-681, 683-693, 700-701, 703-
 708, 710-714, 716-731, 733-741, 743-799,
 885.
590-599, 800-816, 820-838, 840-847, 893-     ISC SAN FRANCISCO CA 94013.
 895, 897-898, 937-961, 970-986, 988-999.
850-853, 855-857, 859-860, 863-865, 870-     ISC LOS ANGELES CA 900.
 875, 877-884, 889-891, 900-908, 910-928,    P&DC HONOLULU HI 967.
 930-936 967-969.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    b. ISC Drop Shipment--Mixed country sacks.
    1. Mixed country sacks can be prepared only after all possible 
direct country sacks have been prepared. Mailers must prepare mixed 
country sacks for items that contain 5 pounds or more and that are 
destined within the same price group. Mail that ultimately cannot be 
made up into direct country sacks or mixed country sacks must be 
prepared and entered at the worldwide nonpresort price. The mailer must 
bundle letter-size and flat-size items as defined in 293.44. The mailer 
must bundle letter-size and flat-size items separately, although 
nonidentical items may be commingled within each of these categories. 
Face all letter-size items and flat-size items in the same direction 
and apply a label (facing slip) to the top item as defined in 293.483. 
Place package-size items that cannot be bundled because of their 
physical characteristics loose in the sack provided that items bearing 
customs forms are separated from items not bearing customs forms.
    2. Container Tags. The mailer must complete the front side of PS 
Tag 155, International Surface Air Lift, which identifies the mail to 
ensure it receives priority handling. On the front of the tag, the 
mailer must identify the date of mailing, the 10-digit permit number, 
and the price group as listed in Exhibits 293.45a and 293.45b followed 
by the word ``Mixed'' (e.g., ``15-Mixed''). Finally, the mailer must 
attach PS Tag 155 to the neck of the sack.

293.483 Direct Country Bundle Label

    Only letter-size and flat-size direct country bundles prepared for 
mixed country sacks require a label (facing slip). The mailer must 
complete the label and place it on the address side of the top item of 
each bundle in such a manner that it will not become separated from the 
bundle. The pressure-sensitive labels and optional endorsement lines 
used domestically for presort mail are prohibited for ISAL service. 
Bundle labels must contain the following information:
Line 1: Foreign Office of Exchange Code. (See Exhibits 293.45a and 
293.45b.)
Line 2: Country Labeling Name. (See Exhibits 293.45a and 293.45b.)

Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location (City and State).

    Example: VIE, AUSTRIA, ABC COMPANY WASHINGTON DC.

293.49 Worldwide Nonpresort Preparation

    The following standards apply when the mailer prepares worldwide 
nonpresort ISAL mail (full-service price and ISC drop shipment price):
    a. General. A mailer claiming any mail at the direct country or 
mixed country price cannot enclose the mail in worldwide nonpresort 
sacks. The mailer must bundle letter-size and flat-size mail. All types 
of mail, including letter-size bundles, flat-size bundles, and

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loose items, can be commingled in the same sack. Labels (facing slips) 
are not required on any bundles. Containers other than sacks are not 
authorized unless other equipment is specified by the acceptance 
office--for example, nonpresorted letter-size mail may be presented in 
trays if authorized by the acceptance office. The maximum weight of any 
container is 66 pounds.
    b. Worldwide Nonpresort Container Label. A mailer who claims the 
ISC drop shipment price and enters the mail at an authorized drop 
shipment location under 293.532 is not required to prepare container 
labels. A mailer who claims the full-service price must complete 2-inch 
container labels (and insert them into the applicable container label 
holder) as follows (see Exhibit 293.483 for the list of U.S. Exchange 
Offices):

Line 1: Appropriate U.S. Exchange Office and Routing Code
Line 2: Contents WKG
Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location

    Example: ISC MIAMI FL 33112, ISAL--WKG, ABC COMPANY MIAMI FL.
* * * * *

297 Customized Agreements

297.1 Description

    [Revise 297.1 to read as follows:]
    The Postal Service provides Global Expedited Package Services 
(GEPS) customized agreements to Priority Mail Express International, 
Priority Mail International, and First-Class Package International 
Service customers pursuant to the terms and conditions stipulated 
between the Postal Service and a particular customer.
* * * * *

3 Extra Services

* * * * *

370 International Money Transfer Services

* * * * *

372 Sure Money (DineroSeguro)

* * * * *

372.2 Options and Restrictions

    The following restrictions apply to Sure Money service:
    [Revise item a to read as follows:]
    a. The maximum purchase per day is $1,500.
* * * * *

372.3 Fees

    [Revise 372.3 to read as follows:]
    See Exhibit 372.3 for the fees for Sure Money service.

Exhibit 372.3

                       Fees for Sure Money Service
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                 Amount not
               Transaction type                     over         Fee
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Sales.........................................         $750       $11.00
                                                     $1,500       $16.50
Refunds.......................................       $1,500       $26.00
Change of Payee...............................       $1,500       $12.00
------------------------------------------------------------------------

* * * * *

Individual Country Listings

* * * * *

Mexico

* * * * *

Priority Mail Express International (220) Price Group 2

    [Revise the table to read as follows (increasing the maximum weight 
limit to 70 pounds):]

------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial
 Base, or Commercial Plus price.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                          Weight Limit: 70 lbs.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

* * * * *

Priority Mail International (230) Price Group 2

    [Revise the table to read as follows (increasing the maximum weight 
limit to 70 pounds):]

------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
-------------------------------------------------------------------------
Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial
 Base, or Commercial Plus price.
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                          Weight Limit: 70 lbs.
------------------------------------------------------------------------

* * * * *
    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. 2013-27710 Filed 11-20-13; 8:45 am]
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