[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 243 (Wednesday, December 18, 2013)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 76533-76548]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-29879]


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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 111


New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products

AGENCY: Postal ServiceTM.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: On September 26, 2013, the Postal Service filed a notice of 
mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory 
Commission (PRC), effective January 26, 2014. This final rule contains 
the revisions to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, 
Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) that we will adopt to implement the 
changes coincident with the price adjustments.

DATES: Effective Date: January 26, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Bill Chatfield at 202-268-7278, 
Lizbeth Dobbins at 202-268-3789, or Steve Monteith at 202-268-6983.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Prices are available under Docket Nos. 
R2013-10 and R2010-4R on the Postal Regulatory Commission's Web site at 
www.prc.gov.
    The Postal Service's final rule includes new pricing eligibility 
for retail and commercial nonpresorted First-Class Mail[supreg] 
letters, several mail classification changes, and condensing of current 
standards for Periodicals publications. Directly below, we discuss 
comments on proposed changes, and the Postal Service response to those 
comments, followed by a summary of all the changes.

Comments on Proposed Changes

    The Postal Service received four formal comments on our price-
change related proposal.
    The Postal Service had proposed to disallow adhesive labels on all 
sacks and trays. We received one formal comment and one informal 
comment about this. We will be disallowing adhesive labels only for 
trays. Also, we are working with the mailing industry to evaluate the 
technological and operational feasibility of alternatives to current 
labeling methods.
    A mailer association disagreed with the 200-piece minimum for 
permit imprint mailings of First-Class Mail letters at the new metered 
price. The 200-piece minimum for permit imprint mailings of letters is 
not a new standard and is not being changed at this time. First-Class 
Mail letters that are residual from a presort or automation mailing and 
are presented with that mailing are not subject to a separate minimum.
    Regarding flats sequencing system (FSS), a mailer association 
suggested to change the required minimum for an FSS scheme pallet to 
500 pounds instead of 250 pounds. We note that mailers who currently 
choose to prepare FSS mail must make FSS scheme or FSS facility pallets 
when the quantity reaches 250 pounds, so that minimum is not a change. 
Also, the FSS facility pallet is currently required at 250 pounds for 
those choosing to prepare FSS pallets, whereas it will not be a 
required pallet level in January. While the 250-pound requirement may 
result in more pallets in some cases, it is very important that the FSS 
mail be separated from other mail for efficient processing. Also, we 
are increasing the allowed number of stacked pallets from 4 to 6, which 
will increase logistical flexibility.
    The same mailer association also questioned specific FSS piece 
prices that were developed for software coding; other than Bound 
Printed Matter pricing, those prices are placeholders for possible 
future application. Except for ADC and MADC pieces (which will be 
eligible for 3-digit prices), pieces in an FSS bundle will be eligible 
for the price they would otherwise be eligible for according to the 
qualification documentation.
    Regarding the price charts for Standard Mail, FSS scheme pallets 
may be entered at origin, or at DNDC, DSCF, or DFSS entry points, but 
the tenth of a cent discount price will be only for flats placed on FSS 
scheme pallets entered at DFSS entry points.
    We received one comment about the revision to the claims standards 
requiring that a fair market value of insured coins or stamps be 
current and prior to the mailing date. The commenter asked if the 
USPS[supreg] would be advising each mailer mailing insured items of 
this change. We consider that this revision is primarily a 
clarification and provides equal protection for the mailer and the USPS 
regarding potentially significant fluctuations in the value of those 
items. The proposal provides sufficient public notice.
    We received three suggestions from the same commenter regarding 
handstamps with an addressee's printed signature and address: one to 
allow mechanical devices similar to handstamps, one to declare that a 
handstamp is legally binding, and the other to state that handstamps 
must be applied by the addressee (or agent). We are not expanding this 
section to allow similar devices; and we consider that the current 
language, that a handstamp is an optional way of providing the 
signature, is sufficient. We do agree to state that such handstamps 
must be used by the addressee or agent.
    A mailer association questioned how we will check compliance with 
full-service automation requirements. There were no items regarding 
full-service as part of this proposal. Questions about compliance with 
full-service standards should be directed to the Vice-President of Mail 
Entry and Payment Technology. We received one formal complaint about 
the proposed disallowance of simplified addresses on detached address 
labels (DALs) used with Standard Mail flats, thus requiring mailers to 
use complete delivery addresses on such DALs. This change would require 
complete addresses on the DALs, or the mailer could still use 
simplified addresses directly on the flats. Although we are not 
removing this change, mailers with exceptional circumstances that 
preclude them from transitioning to complete delivery addresses by 
January while retaining their customary volume of this type of mail may 
request limited exceptions (through their district manager, business 
mail entry) from the Pricing and Classification Service Center.

Change for Letters

Retail and Commercial First-Class Mail Letters

    The Postal Service adds a new single-piece nonpresorted First-Class 
Mail letter price category to be called Metered Mail. Prices for this 
category are separate from other retail single-piece First-Class Mail 
letters, and apply to First-Class Mail letters when postage is affixed 
or imprinted by the mailer for metered indicia, PC Postage[supreg], 
precanceled stamps, or permit imprint. There is no minimum volume, 
except for pieces paid by permit imprint, for which the existing 
minimum of 200 pieces would apply. These prices also apply to residual 
pieces from automation or presorted First-Class Mail letter mailings, 
presented in letter trays. When such residual pieces are part of a 
permit imprint mailing for the presorted or automation mailing, and 
claimed on the same postage statement as the primary mailing, there is 
no separate

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minimum number of pieces for the commercial nonpresorted portion.
    The Postal Service modifies the current price structure for 
residual First-Class Mail letters. Residuals from uniform 1-ounce 
presort letter mailings will pay the 1-ounce Metered letter price. 
Residuals from uniform 2-ounce presort letter mailings will pay the 2-
ounce Metered letter price Residuals from mixed presort mailings of 1-
ounce and 2-ounce letters will pay the ``blended'' First-Class Mail 
Residual letter price and not be subject to the Metered Mail price.

Changes for Flats

Standard Mail[supreg] Flats

    We will disallow the use of detached address labels (DALs) with all 
Standard Mail flats mailed with simplified addresses (EDDM[supreg]). 
Therefore, all EDDM flats (entered at BMEUs or Retail) must bear 
simplified addresses directly on the flats.

Required Flats Sequencing System (FSS) Preparation

    The Postal Service introduced optional FSS preparation standards in 
the August 23, 2010 Federal Register final rule (75 FR 51668-51671) 
which were incorporated into the DMM on January 2, 2011. These FSS 
preparation standards were developed in collaboration with the mailing 
industry group, including both mail owners and mail service providers. 
This industry group determined that the preparation of bundles and 
pallets specifically for FSS processing could lead to greater 
efficiencies and cost savings for both the USPS and the mailing 
industry. In the August 23, 2010 final rule, the Postal Service also 
provided advance notice that FSS-based mail preparation requirements 
would become mandatory at some point in the future. As of January 26, 
2014, the Postal Service requires bundle and pallet preparation of 
flat-size Standard Mail, Periodicals and Bound Printed Matter 
mailpieces prepared for delivery within the ZIP CodesTM 
served by FSS processing. With this revision, mailers are required to 
place mailings of presorted and basic carrier route Standard Mail 
flats, and Periodicals and Bound Printed Matter presorted and carrier 
route flats, meeting the deflection standards and the physical 
standards in DMM 301.3.2, and combined mailings of Standard Mail and 
Periodicals flats prepared under DMM 705.15 into combined 5-digit FSS 
scheme pools when addressed for delivery to any FSS 5-digit scheme 
combination per labeling list L006. Optionally, mailers may include 
nonmachinable Periodicals flats no more than 1-inch thick if they meet 
the standards in 705.14.
    Mailers place qualifying mailpieces from all price categories into 
a separate pool for each individual 5-digit FSS-scheme combination. 
Mailings that include 10 or more pieces of Standard Mail flats, 6 or 
more pieces of Periodicals flats or 10 or more pieces (or 10 or more 
pounds) of Bound Printed Matter flats, to an FSS scheme must make FSS 
scheme bundles for that 5-digit FSS scheme. Mailers may optionally 
prepare scheme pools with less than 10 pieces of Standard Mail flats, 6 
pieces of Periodical flats, or 10 pieces (or 10 pounds) of Bound 
Printed Matter flats, and may prepare an FSS scheme bundle if they have 
a minimum of 3 inches of mail. Mailings of Bound Printed Matter flats 
not meeting the eligibility standards for presort or carrier route 
pricing also may be included in FSS preparation, but are not eligible 
for presorted or carrier route prices. All pieces for each combined 
mailpiece pool must be placed in uniform bundles of between 3 inches 
and 6.5 inches, except for one overflow bundle that may be under the 
minimum height. Bundles must be prepared in accordance with the other 
conditions in DMM 705.14.0.
    Bundles must be identified as 5-digit scheme presort, either with 
an optional endorsement line (OEL) under 708.7.0 or with a ``red Label 
5 SCH'' barcoded pressure-sensitive bundle label. However, mailpieces 
entered under a combined mailing of Standard Mail and Periodicals flats 
will continue to require a unique OEL on each piece, as described in 
DMM exhibit 708.7.1.1. Mailers are reminded that every mailpiece 
prepared under these standards must still include class and price 
markings, as described in DMM 302.3.0, applicable to the price paid, in 
addition to the FSS bundle identification.
    Pallets prepared to the FSS scheme level (previously termed ``sort 
plan'' level) all for the same 5-digit FSS-scheme ZIP Code combination 
continue to be required at 250 pounds, and optional below 250 pounds. 
However, FSS facility (all 5-digit FSS-scheme ZIP Code combinations 
processed within the same facility) pallets would be optional at any 
level. Pallets would be required to bear a pallet placard with an 
Intelligent Mail[supreg] container barcode. Mailers without the 
capacity to palletize could request an exception to these palletization 
requirements from the local plant manager.
    Mailpieces that meet the current eligibility standards for basic 
carrier route prices would be included in FSS preparation requirements. 
Saturation price Standard Mail and Periodicals flats are not eligible 
for this preparation. Mailers may optionally include pieces eligible 
for high density and high density plus prices into FSS preparation, but 
their inclusion will not be required. The sequencing of mailpieces 
within bundles is not required or recommended when preparing FSS 
bundles. Only saturation, high density, and high density plus 
mailpieces (not prepared under FSS standards) are eligible for 
destination delivery unit (DDU) entry within FSS zones.
    The Postal Service is adding a new destination FSS (DFSS) price for 
Standard Mail flats on FSS scheme pallets entered at the correct FSS 
facility. Initially, only FSS scheme pallets (or approved alternate 
containers) would be eligible for these destination-entry prices. DFSS 
entry piece pricing will be available for Standard Mail flats 
qualifying for carrier route and 5-digit piece prices.
    Standard Mail flats properly included in an FSS scheme pool, but 
qualifying for 3-digit, ADC or mixed ADC prices, claim 3-digit prices. 
However, these pieces are not eligible for DFSS prices when placed on 
an FSS scheme pallet entered at a DFSS. These pieces are eligible for 
DSCF entry prices.
    FSS preparation is optional for Periodicals flats mailed at In-
County prices and Periodicals mailings of 5,000 pieces or less mailed 
at Outside-County prices. The 5-digit Outside-County bundle charge 
continues to be assessed on bundles of Outside-County Periodicals 
prepared in accordance with these standards, even though mailpieces 
being claimed at the carrier route piece price may be properly placed 
within these bundles. FSS scheme pallets will be assessed the Outside-
County container charge for a 3-digit level pallet, and FSS facility 
sort level pallets will be charged a container price for an SCF pallet, 
except that there will be no container charge when FSS scheme pallets 
are entered at an FSS facility. The Outside-County price is the same as 
the DSCF price and the Inside-County pound price is the price for the 
``none'' entry level. We strongly discourage unbound publications from 
being placed in FSS scheme bundles until the USPS further evaluates 
standards for automation compatibility.
    Bound Printed Matter (BPM) flats prepared under these standards 
placed on FSS scheme pallets, sacks or trays, and entered at an FSS 
facility will be eligible for DSCF prices.

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Changes for Letters, Flats, and Parcels

All Commercial Mail

    To accommodate changes in facility functions, the Postal Service 
has been allowing destination sectional center (DSCF) facility pricing 
at some former SCFs. As advance notice, effective January 2015, to 
qualify for DSCF pricing, mailers would be required to enter mail at an 
actual SCF.

Periodicals

    We have made a few editorial revisions to standards for Periodicals 
in DMM 707.4.0, 707.6.0, 707.7.0, 707.9.0, and 707.18.0 to simplify the 
text.

Tray and Sack Labels

    We have revised standards for all tray labels to formalize what has 
been a practical restriction: That all tray labels be non-adhesive. 
This enables quicker turnaround of empty trays for customer use.

Changes for Parcels

New Live Animal Transportation Fee

    The Postal Service is currently withdrawing the proposal to expand 
application of the live animal transportation fee.

New Minimum Volume Criteria for Manifested Parcels (MMS and eVS)

    To provide customers with more flexibility to ship their packages 
using the Postal Service, we are reducing the minimum criteria of 200 
pieces or 50 pounds, when paying postage by permit imprint, to 50 
pieces or 50 pounds for manifest mailers using a manifest mailing 
system (MMS) and eVS[supreg] for any single-piece parcel mailings. The 
Postal Service will allow a combination of any domestic single-piece 
priced (nonpresorted) parcels to meet the new minimum criteria using 
one or more of the following: Priority Mail ExpressTM (PME), 
Priority Mail, First-Class Mail, First-Class Package Service[supreg], 
Parcel Select[supreg] Nonpresort, nonpresorted Bound Printed Matter, 
and single-piece Media Mail[supreg] or Library Mail.

Extra Services and Other Services

Collect on Delivery (COD) Changes

    The Postal Service removes the option for senders of nursery stock 
shipped Collect on Delivery (COD) to include special instructions for 
undeliverable shipments to be auctioned off to the highest bidder and 
the proceeds remitted to the sender. Effective July 28, 2013, the 
holding period for COD articles was reduced from 30 days to 10 days, 
resulting in the USPS being able to return the nursery stock in less 
time than we previously would hold it for delivery. Additionally, this 
option has not been commonly used and has been difficult to administer. 
Therefore, the special instructions for auctions are no longer needed.
    The Postal Service also expands the standards for COD mail to allow 
Hold for Pickup service to be added when COD mail is sent as Priority 
Mail, First-Class Package Service, or Parcel Select Nonpresort.

Signature Handstamp Usage

    The Postal Service clarifies the standards for use of an 
addressee's signature handstamp for Priority Mail Express or 
accountable mail items. Specifically, we clarify that the use of a 
handstamp is not exclusive to the Form 3849. Once approved by the 
Postmaster, a handstamp may be used for Priority Mail Express and other 
accountable mail, including a Return Receipt (Form 3811) purchased with 
the applicable extra service.
    Although these revisions will not be published in the DMM until 
January 26, 2014, mailers may now begin using addressee's signature 
handstamps under the revised mailing standards.

Filing of Indemnity Claims

    The Postal Service is continuing its efforts to simplify the claims 
process and reduce the adjudication period when customers file 
indemnity claims. In addition to further enhancements to our online 
claims system, the Postal Service is streamlining the filing periods 
and manual processes associated with claims processing for improved 
efficiency. The claims filing periods for indemnity claims will be 60 
days from the date of mailing, and subsequently, the claims appeals 
timeline will be reduced from 60 days to 30 days from the date of the 
original decision.
    Customers should file indemnity claims online or, when no internet 
access is available to the customer, claims may be filed by mail 
directly to the Postal Service Accounting Services Center. A toll-free 
number will be available to obtain Form 1000 for customers filing by 
mail. The local Post OfficeTM will no longer file the 
indemnity claims for customers, thus eliminating this extra time-
consuming step.
    DMM language is revised for payable claims for coins, and other 
collectibles to require a sales receipt, invoice or bill of sale, or 
statement of value from a reputable dealer, and for firearms to require 
a Form 1508 submission with the claim. Also, gift cards, most of which 
are replaceable through the issuer, are being added to those items 
under non-payable claims.

Return Receipt for Merchandise

    As advance notice, the Postal Service plans to discontinue offering 
Return Receipt for Merchandise service in July 2014, because Signature 
Confirmation provides the same or equivalent service for a lower price.

2014 Promotions

    The Postal Service will offer numerous mailing promotions in 
calendar year 2014, and will share the details of these promotions on 
the RIBBS[supreg] Web site soon.

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111

    Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service.
    For the reasons stated in the preamble, the Postal Service adopts 
the following changes to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal 
Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), incorporated by reference in the 
Code of Federal Regulations. See 39 CFR 111.1. Accordingly, 39 CFR part 
111 is amended as follows:

PART 111--[AMENDED]

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

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

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

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

100 Retail Mail

* * * * *

130 First-Class Mail

133 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 First-Class Mail Prices and Fees

1.1 First-Class Mail Single-Piece Price Application

    See Notice 123--Price List. The single-piece prices for First-Class 
Mail are applied as follows:
    [Revise items 1.1a and 1.1b as follows:]
    a. The card price applies to a card meeting the standards in 
101.6.3.
    b. The letter price applies to letter-size pieces meeting the 
standards in 101.1.1 and weighing 3.5 ounces or less, and that are not 
eligible for the card price. There are separate prices for

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stamped letters and for letters with postage affixed (other than 
regular stamps) or imprinted by the mailer (Metered Mail price); see 
134.1.1.
* * * * *

134 Postage Payment Methods

1.0 Postage Payment Methods for First-Class Mail

1.1 Payment Method

    [Revise the text of 1.1 as follows:]
    Postage for single-piece First-Class Mail must be paid with affixed 
postage stamps (604.1.0), postage evidencing system postage (604.4.0) 
or permit imprint (604.5.0). When mailers affix postage (other than 
regular stamps) or use permit imprint on letters, such pieces are 
eligible for the Metered Mail price.
* * * * *

200 Commercial Letters and Cards

* * * * *

230 First-Class Mail

233 Prices and Eligibility

1.0 Prices and Fees for First-Class Mail

* * * * *

1.2 Price Computation for First-Class Mail Letters

    [Revise the text of 1.2 as follows:]
    Commercial First-Class Mail Presorted letters are charged at one 
price for the first 2 ounces, with separate prices for pieces over 2 
ounces up to 3 ounces and for pieces over 3 ounces up to 3.5 ounces. 
Any fraction of an ounce is considered a whole ounce. The pricing per 
ounce is similar for automation First-Class Mail letters, with pricing 
per sortation level. Single-piece price letters that are residual 
pieces from either a Presorted or automation mailing are charged the 
residual single-piece price for letters up to 2 ounces, when the 
mailing contains both 1-ounce and 2-ounce pieces and the pieces are 
presented together, and the applicable Metered Mail prices (see 
234.1.0) for all other residual pieces. See Notice 123--Price List.
* * * * *

2.0 Content Standards for First-Class Mail Letters

* * * * *

2.3 Personal Information

    [Revise the text of 2.3 as follows:]
    Mail containing personal information must be mailed as First-Class 
Mail (or Priority Mail Express or Priority Mail). Personal information 
is any information specific to the addressee.
* * * * *

234 Postage Payment and Documentation

1.0 Basic Standards for Postage Payment

1.1 Postage Payment Options

    [Revise the text of 1.1 as follows:]
    Postage for Presorted or automation First-Class Mail letters must 
be paid with affixed postage or permit imprint as specified in 2.0. 
Residual letters (from presorted or automation mailings) with such 
postage may be eligible for the Metered Mail price.

2.0 Postage Payment for Presorted and Automation Letters

2.1 Payment Methods

    [Revise the text of 2.1 as follows:]
    First-Class Mail presorted and automation postage must be paid with 
postage evidencing system indicia, permit imprints, or precanceled 
stamps. All pieces in a mailing must be paid with the same method 
unless otherwise permitted by standard or Business Mailer Support 
authorization. Permit imprints may be used for mailings of 
nonidentical-weight pieces only if authorized by Business Mailer 
Support.
* * * * *

235 Mail Preparation

* * * * *

5.0 Preparing Nonautomation Letters

5.1 Basic Standards

* * * * *

5.1.2 Single-Piece Price Pieces Presented With Presort Mailings

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

240 Standard Mail

* * * * *

246 Enter and Deposit

* * * * *

2.0 Destination Entry

* * * * *

2.6 Deposit

* * * * *

2.6.7 Redirection at Mailer's Request

    [Revise the text of 2.6.7 as follows:]
    A mailer may ask to transport destination SCF price mail to a 
facility other than the designated SCF. In very limited circumstances, 
this exception may be approved only by the manager, Network Integration 
Support (see 608.8.0 for address). To qualify for the SCF price in this 
situation, mail deposited at a facility other than the SCF must 
destinate for processing within that facility and must not require 
backhauling to the SCF.
* * * * *

300 Commercial Flats

* * * * *

330 First-Class Mail

333 Prices and Eligibility

* * * * *

2.0 Content Standards for First-Class Mail Flats

* * * * *

2.3 Personal Information

    [Revise the text of 2.3 as follows:]
    Mail containing personal information must be mailed as First-Class 
Mail (or Priority Mail Express or Priority Mail). Personal information 
is any information specific to the addressee.
* * * * *

340 Standard Mail

343 Prices and Eligibility

* * * * *

5.0 Additional Eligibility Standards for Nonautomation Standard Mail 
Flats

5.1 Basic Standards

    All pieces in a Regular Standard Mail or Nonprofit Standard Mail 
Presorted price mailing must:
* * * * *
    [Revise 5.1d as follows:]
    d. Be marked, sorted and documented as specified in 345 or 
705.14.0.
* * * * *

5.3 5-Digit Prices for Flats

    The 5-digit price applies to flat-size pieces:
    [Revise 5.3a as follows:]
    a. In a 5-digit/scheme bundle of 10 or more pieces, or 15 or more 
pieces, as applicable; properly placed in a 5-digit/scheme sack 
containing at least 125 pieces or 15 pounds of pieces; or 10 or

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more 5-digit pieces properly included in a FSS 5-digit scheme pool 
prepared under 705.14.
* * * * *

5.4 3-Digit Prices for Flats

    The 3-digit price applies to flat-size pieces:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 5.4c as follows:]
    c. That are residual pieces not qualifying for carrier route or 5-
digit prices, but properly included in a FSS 5-digit scheme pool 
prepared under 705.14.
* * * * *

6.0 Additional Eligibility Standards for Enhanced Carrier Route 
Standard Mail Flats

6.1 General Enhanced Carrier Route Standards

* * * * *

6.1.2 Basic Eligibility Standards

    All pieces in an Enhanced Carrier Route or Nonprofit Enhanced 
Carrier Route Standard Mail mailing must:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 6.1.2c as follows:]
    c. Be sorted to carrier routes, marked, and documented under 
345.6.0 or 705.8.0; or prepared under 705.14.0.
* * * * *

6.3 Basic Price Enhanced Carrier Route Standards

6.3.1 Sequencing

    [Revise the text of 6.3.1 as follows:]
    All pieces mailed at basic prices must be prepared in walk sequence 
or in line-of-travel (LOT) sequence according to LOT schemes prescribed 
by the USPS (see 345.6.9 and 345.6.10), except when prepared in FSS 
bundles under 705.14.

6.3.2 Basic Price Eligibility

    Basic prices apply to each piece in a carrier route bundle of 10 or 
more pieces that is:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 6.3.2a as follows:]
    a. Palletized under 705.8.0, 705.10.0, 705.12.0, or 705.13.0.
* * * * *
    [Add new item 6.3.2e as follows:]
    e. Properly prepared to a FSS 5-digit scheme pool prepared under 
705.14.
* * * * *

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

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

    All pieces mailed at high density prices must:
    [Revise item 6.4.1a as follows:]
    a. Be prepared in walk sequence according to schemes prescribed by 
the USPS (see 345.6.9), except when prepared in FSS bundles under 
705.14.
    [Revise the third sentence of item 6.4.1b as follows:]
    b. * * * Multiple pieces per delivery address can count toward the 
density standards, except for pieces with simplified addresses as 
allowed under 602.3.0.
* * * * *

6.4.2 High Density and High Density Plus Prices for Flats

    [Revise the introductory text of 6.4.2 as follows:]
    High density or high density plus prices apply to each piece 
meeting the density standards in 6.4.1 and that is properly prepared in 
an FSS bundle under 705.14 or in a carrier route bundle of 10 or more 
pieces that is:
* * * * *

7.0 Additional Eligibility Standards for Automation Standard Mail Flats

7.1 Basic Eligibility Standards for Automation Standard Mail

    All pieces in a Regular Standard Mail or Nonprofit Standard Mail 
automation mailing must:
* * * * *
    [Revise 7.1f as follows:]
    f. Be marked, sorted and documented under 345.7.0 and 705.8.0 
through 705.13.0; or prepared under 705.14.0.
* * * * *

7.3 Price Application

    Automation prices apply to each piece properly sorted into 
qualifying groups:
    [Revise 7.3a and 7.3b as follows:]
    a. The 5-digit price applies to flat-size pieces in a 5-digit/
scheme bundle of 10 or more pieces, or 15 or more pieces, as 
applicable; or 10 or more 5-digit pieces properly prepared to a FSS 5-
digit scheme pool under 705.14.
    b. The 3-digit price applies to flat-size pieces in a 3-digit/
scheme bundle of 10 or more pieces. It also applies to residual pieces 
not qualifying for carrier route or 5-digit prices but included in a 
FSS 5-digit scheme pool under 705.14.
* * * * *

345 Mail Preparation

1.0 General Information for Mail Preparation

* * * * *
    [Add a new 1.6 as follows:]

1.6 FSS Preparation

    Except for Standard Mail flats mailed at saturation, High Density 
or High-Density Plus prices, all Standard Mail flats destinating to FSS 
zones in accordance with labeling list L006 must be prepared under 
705.14.0. Flats qualifying for High Density and High-Density Plus 
prices also may be included in FSS 5-digit scheme pools.
* * * * *

346 Enter and Deposit

* * * * *

2.0 Destination Entry

* * * * *

2.6 Deposit

* * * * *

2.6.7 Redirection at Mailer's Request

    [Revise the text of 2.6.7 as follows:]
    A mailer may ask to transport destination SCF price mail to a 
facility other than the designated SCF. In very limited circumstances, 
this exception may be approved only by the manager, Network Integration 
Support (see 608.8.0 for address). To qualify for the SCF price in this 
situation, mail deposited at a facility other than the SCF must 
destinate for processing within that facility and must not require 
backhauling to the SCF.
* * * * *

4.0 Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) Entry

* * * * *

4.2 Eligibility

    Pieces in a mailing that meets the standards in 2.0 and 4.0 are 
eligible for the DSCF price, as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.2c as follows:]
    c. DSCF prices apply to residual pieces eligible for 3-digit prices 
that are properly placed on a FSS scheme pallet, and pieces from all 
eligible price categories properly placed in a FSS scheme sack or tray, 
when deposited at a USPS-designated FSS processing facility and labeled 
to a FSS scheme processed by that facility or to a 5-digit destination 
processed by that facility under labeling list L006. These pieces must 
include a full delivery address and meet the physical standards for 
FSS-machinability in 705.14.0.

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    [Delete item 4.2d in its entirety.]
* * * * *
    [Renumber the current 5.0 as the new 6.0, and add a new 5.0 as 
follows:]

5.0 Destination Flat Sequencing System (DFSS) Facility Entry

5.1 Definition

    Destination Flat Sequencing System Facility (DFSS) refers to the 
facilities listed in L006, Column C.

5.2 Eligibility

    DFSS prices apply to pieces deposited at a USPS-designated FSS 
processing facility and correctly placed on a pallet labeled to a FSS 
scheme processed by that facility or to a 5-digit destination processed 
by that facility under labeling list L006. These pieces must include a 
full delivery address and meet the physical standards for FSS 
machinability in 705.14.0.
* * * * *

360 Bound Printed Matter

* * * * *

365 Mail Preparation

1.0 General Information for Mail Preparation

* * * * *
    [Add a new 1.6 as follows:]

1.6 FSS Preparation

    BPM flats claiming presort or carrier route prices, meeting the 
standards in 301.3.2 and destinating to FSS zones in accordance with 
labeling list L006, must be prepared under 705.14.0.
* * * * *

366 Enter and Deposit

* * * * *

3.0 Destination Entry

* * * * *

3.9 Deposit

* * * * *

3.9.7 Redirection at Mailer's Request

    [Revise the text of 3.9.7 as follows:]
    A mailer may ask to transport destination SCF price mail to a 
facility other than the designated SCF. In very limited circumstances, 
this exception may be approved only by the manager, Network Integration 
Support (see 608.8.0 for address). To qualify for the SCF price in this 
situation, mail deposited at a facility other than the SCF must 
destinate for processing within that facility and must not require 
backhauling to the SCF.
* * * * *

5.0 Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) Entry

5.1 Eligibility

    [Revise the introductory text of 5.1 as follows:]
    Bound Printed Matter pieces in a mailing meeting the standards in 
3.0 are eligible for the DSCF price when they meet all of the following 
additional conditions:
* * * * *
    b. Are deposited at:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 5.1b2 as follows:]
    2. a USPS-designated FSS processing facility and correctly placed 
in a flat tray, sack, or on a pallet, labeled to a FSS scheme processed 
by that facility or to a 5-digit destination processed by that facility 
under labeling list L006. These pieces must include a full delivery 
address and meet the physical standards for FSS-machinability in 
705.14.0.
* * * * *

400 Commercial Parcels

* * * * *

440 Standard Mail

* * * * *

446 Enter and Deposit

* * * * *

2.0 Destination Entry

* * * * *

2.6 Deposit

* * * * *

2.6.7 Redirection at Mailer's Request

    [Revise the text of 2.6.7 as follows:]
    A mailer may ask to transport destination SCF price mail to a 
facility other than the designated SCF. In very limited circumstances, 
this exception may be approved only by the manager, Network Integration 
Support (see 608.8.0 for address). To qualify for the SCF price in this 
situation, mail deposited at a facility other than the SCF must 
destinate for processing within that facility and must not require 
backhauling to the SCF.
* * * * *

460 Bound Printed Matter

* * * * *

466 Enter and Deposit

* * * * *

3.0 Destination Entry

* * * * *

3.9 Deposit

* * * * *

3.9.7 Redirection at Mailer's Request

    [Revise the text of 3.9.7 as follows:]
    A mailer may ask to transport destination SCF price mail to a 
facility other than the designated SCF. In very limited circumstances, 
this exception may be approved only by the manager, Network Integration 
Support (see 608.8.0 for address). To qualify for the SCF price in this 
situation, mail deposited at a facility other than the SCF must 
destinate for processing within that facility and must not require 
backhauling to the SCF.
* * * * *

500 Additional Mailing Services

503 Extra Services

1.0 Registered Mail

* * * * *

1.6 Inquiry on Uninsured Article

* * * * *

1.6.2 When and How To File

    [Revise the current third sentence and add a new fourth sentence to 
1.6.2 as follows:]
    * * * File an inquiry for Registered Mail with no declared value by 
completing a Form 1000. See Publication 122 for additional information.
* * * * *

12.0 Collect on Delivery (COD)

* * * * *

12.2 Basic Information

12.2.1 Description

    [Revise the text of 12.2.1 as follows:]
    Any mailer may use collect on delivery (COD) service to mail an 
article for which the mailer has not been paid and have its price and 
the cost of the postage collected (not to exceed $1,000.00) from the 
addressee (or agent). COD service provides the mailer with a mailing 
receipt and the USPS maintains a record of delivery (including the 
recipient's signature) for two years. The recipient may pay the COD 
amount due for a mailpiece (with one form of payment) by cash, or a 
personal check or money order made payable to the mailer. The USPS 
forwards the check or money order to the mailer. The Postal Service 
cannot intervene in disputes between mailers and recipients of COD mail 
after payment was returned to the mailer. Customers may obtain a 
delivery record by purchasing a return receipt. Bulk proof of delivery 
service (6.0) is also available if purchasing electronic return receipt 
service at the time of mailing. A mailer must use a unique COD number 
for each article mailed.

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12.2.2 Eligible Matter

    [Revise the introductory text of 12.2.2 as follows:]
    COD service may be used for Priority Mail Express (1-day and 2-day 
service only), Priority Mail (except Critical Mail), First-Class Mail, 
First-Class Package Service, Standard Post, and Package Services or 
Parcel Select (except Parcel Select Lightweight) mailpieces if:
* * * * *

12.2.3 Additional Services

    [Revise the text of 12.2.3 as follows:]
    COD service may be used with Hold For Pick Up service under 
508.7.0, and may also be combined with the following services when the 
additional service fees are paid:
    a. Restricted delivery.
    b. Return receipt.
    c. USPS Tracking (except with Priority Mail Express COD).
    d. Registered Mail.
    e. Signature Confirmation (except with Priority Mail Express COD).
    f. Special handling.

12.2.4 Registered COD Mail

    [Revise 12.2.4 by deleting the current last two sentences and 
inserting a new last sentence as follows:]
    * * * The label and form must be affixed according to 12.4.1

12.2.5 Priority Mail Express COD

    [Revise the text of 12.2.5 as follows:]
    Any article sent COD also may be sent by Priority Mail Express when 
a delivery signature is requested. The maximum amount collectible from 
the addressee and the indemnity for an individual article is limited to 
$1,000.00. Priority Mail Express postage and the COD fees must be paid. 
The label and form must be affixed according to 12.4.1.
* * * * *

12.2.7 Redirecting COD Articles

    [Revise the text of 12.2.7 as follows:]
    The mailer of a COD article may use USPS Package Intercept service 
under 507.5.0 to redirect the article to a new addressee at a 
designated Post Office using Hold For Pickup service.

12.3 Forms

12.3.1 Form 3816

    [Revise the text of 12.3.1 as follows:]
    Mailers must complete barcoded Form 3816 (see Exhibit 12.3.1) or 
Form 3816-AS (see 12.3.2) and attach it above the delivery address and 
to the right of the return address, or to the left of the delivery 
address on parcels.
* * * * *

12.3.2 Privately Printed Form 3816-AS

    [Revise the text of 12.3.2 as follows:]
    If authorized, a mailer may use a privately printed Form 3816-AS in 
a 3-ply or 5-ply format. If Form 3816-AS does not provide detachable 
second and third copies, use Form 3877 under 12.4.4. The privately 
printed form must be nearly identical in text, design, and color to 
postal Form 3816, with a COD article number that can be read by 
automated postal equipment and an Intelligent Mail package barcode 
(IMpb) prepared under 708.5.0. As stated in Publication 199, available 
at http://ribbs.usps.gov/, mailers must provide pre-production barcoded 
COD labels to the National Customer Service Center (NCSC) for review 
and approval prior to use.

12.3.3 Nursery Stock

    [Revise the complete text of 12.3.3 as follows:]
    A firm that mails nursery stock may use Form 3816-AS (see 12.3.2) 
and include instructions for disposing of shipments not delivered 
immediately under the following conditions. The firm's instructions on 
the back of the delivery office part of the COD form (1), and on the 
remittance coupon (2), should read as follows:
    a. ``If recipient refuses to pay charges for any reason, deliver at 
once without collecting the charges. If parcel is not deliverable or 
not claimed by the addressee after 10 days, destroy parcel. See 
remittance coupon for further instructions.''
    b. ``Return this coupon with money order. If parcel is delivered 
without collection of charges, or is destroyed after 10 days, check 
disposition and send coupon to sender in penalty envelope.''
    [squ] Delivered to addressee without collecting charges.
    [squ] Destroyed after 10 days.

12.4 Mailing

12.4.1 Identifying Number

    [Revise the text of 12.4.1 as follows:]
    COD articles are identified by a number on each section of the COD 
form. When COD is used with Priority Mail Express, Registered Mail, 
Hold For Pickup service or, a separate barcoded shipping label, the 
mailer must place both the label and the COD form on the front of the 
article. The Priority Mail Express article number or the Registered 
Mail number is used for delivery receipt and indemnity claims. When a 
separate Hold For Pickup or barcoded shipping label is used, the 
identifying tracking numbers on the label and the COD form must match.
    [Delete item 12.4.2, Numbering for Large Volumes, in its entirety 
(context of text relocated into 12.2.1), and renumber current items 
12.4.3 through 12.4.8 as new items 12.4.2 through 12.4.7]

12.4.2 Completing COD Forms

    [Revise the text of renumbered 12.4.2 as follows:]
    The mailer must securely affix the COD form to each COD article. 
The form must show article number, names and addresses of mailer and 
recipient, amount due mailer, and amount of money order fee. This 
information must be handwritten with ink, typewritten, or computer-
printed. The mailer may not stipulate ``Cash Only'' on the COD form. 
The USPS is not responsible for errors that a mailer makes in stating 
the charges to be collected.

12.4.3 Addressing Forms

    [Revise the second sentence of renumbered 12.4.3 as follows:]
    * * * The return address on the COD form must be the same as the 
return address on the COD article, except that a mailer using a Form 
3816-AS may print a different address on the remittance coupon where 
payments are to be sent. * * *

12.4.4 Receipt

    [Revise the text of renumbered 12.4.4 as follows:]
    A mailer using Form 3816 receives a section of this form as a 
receipt. If three or more COD articles are presented for mailing at one 
time, the mailer may use Form 3877 (firm sheet) or privately printed 
firm sheets in conjunction with Form 3816. When a mailer uses a Form 
3816-AS that does not provide detachable second and third copies, Form 
3877 also must be used. Privately printed or computer-generated firm 
sheets that contain the same information as Form 3877 may be approved 
by the local Postmaster or manager, Business Mail Entry. Mailers may 
omit columns from Form 3877 that do not apply to COD mail. The mailer 
must submit firm sheets in duplicate and will receive one copy of the 
postmarked form as a mailing receipt (in lieu of Copy 3 of Form 3816 or 
Form 3816-AS) after the entries are verified by a postal employee. The 
acceptance Post Office retains the second copy. All entries on Form 
3877 or privately-printed firm sheets must be made by typewriter, 
printed in ink, or computer-generated. Alterations must be initialed by 
the mailer and accepting employee. All unused portions of the addressee

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column must be obliterated with a diagonal line.
* * * * *

12.5 Delivery

    [Revise the text of 12.5 as follows:]
    Delivery of COD mail is subject to 508.1.0 and 508.2.0. Except for 
Priority Mail Express COD, a Postmaster may restrict delivery of COD 
mail if the amount to be collected makes the carrier a potential target 
for theft or if it is known that the addressee will be unavailable to 
receive the article. If payment is by check or a money order made 
payable to the mailer, the recipient must present adequate 
identification. If payment is made by cash, a money order fee is 
collected from the recipient in addition to the COD amount.
* * * * *

505 Return Services

* * * * *

2.0 Permit Reply Mail

2.1 General Information

* * * * *

2.1.5 Special Standards for PRM Pieces With an Optical Disc

    [Revise the second sentence of 2.1.5 as follows:]
    * * *. A flat-size PRM piece containing one standard optical disc 
and weighing no more than 2 ounces will be charged postage applicable 
for a 1-ounce First-Class Mail letter if the piece meets the standards 
in 333.2.7.
* * * * *

507 Mailer Services

1.0 Treatment of Mail

* * * * *

1.5 Treatment for Ancillary Services by Class of Mail

* * * * *

1.5.3 Standard Mail and Parcel Select Lightweight

* * * * *

Exhibit 1.5.3, Treatment of Undeliverable Standard Mail and Parcel 
Select Lightweight

MAILER ENDORSEMENT USPS TREATMENT OF UAA PIECES
* * * * *
    [In the ``MAILER ENDORSEMENT'' column, change the footnote appended 
to ``Forwarding Service Requested'' from the current ``2'' to footnote 
``3.'']
* * * * *
    [In the MAILER ENDORSEMENT'' column, change the footnotes appended 
to the first listing of ``Change Service Requested'' from the current 
``1, 3'' to ``1, 4.'']
* * * * *
    [At the bottom of the table, redesignate current footnotes 2 and 3 
as new 3 and 4, respectively, and add new footnote 2 (restored from its 
intended place where it was as of 1-27-2013) to read as follows:]
    1. The weighted (per piece) fee is the First-Class Mail or Priority 
Mail single-piece price and any nonmachinable surcharge (see 133.1.0), 
multiplied by 2.472; rounding any fractions to the next whole cent.
* * * * *

1.8 Returning Mail

* * * * *

1.8.5 Extra Services

    [Revise 1.8.5 by revising the third and fourth sentences and adding 
a new fifth sentence as follows:]
    * * * The sender must sign a delivery receipt for returned Priority 
Mail Express, Registered Mail, COD articles, Adult Signature services, 
and mail insured for more than $200. Returned Priority Mail Express 
(when waiver of signature is requested by the sender), Certified Mail, 
and mail with Signature Confirmation or return receipt for merchandise 
service may be returned to the sender without obtaining a signature 
when those mailpieces are returned as undeliverable.
* * * * *

4.0 Address Correction Services

* * * * *

4.3 Sender Instructions

* * * * *

4.3.2 Extra Services

    [Revise the complete text of 4.3.2 as follows:]
    A change-of-address order to a domestic address covers Certified 
Mail, COD, insured, Registered Mail, Signature Confirmation, Adult 
Signature services, and return receipt for merchandise mail unless the 
sender gives other instructions.
    This mail is treated as follows:
    a. COD mail is not forwarded to overseas military Post Offices.
    b. Ordinary and insured parcels marked with the mailer's 
instructions are treated following instructions, such as: ``Do not 
forward or return. If not accepted within ---- days, treat as 
abandoned. Notify mailer of disposition.''
    c. COD mail will be handled as requested when marked under 503.12.
* * * * *

508 Recipient Services

1.0 Recipient Options

1.1 Basic Recipient Concerns

* * * * *

1.1.7 Priority Mail Express and Accountable Mail

    [Revise the introductory text of 1.1.7 as follows:]
    The following conditions also apply to the delivery of Priority 
Mail Express and other accountable mail (Registered Mail, Certified 
Mail, insured for more than $200.00, COD, or Adult Signature services 
as well as mail with return receipt service, return receipt for 
merchandise service, or restricted delivery service:
    [Revise item 1.1.7a as follows:]
    a. The addressee (or representative) may obtain the sender's name 
and address while held by the USPS employee before accepting delivery 
and endorsing the delivery receipt.
* * * * *
    [Revise item 1.1.7c as follows:]
    c. Suitable identification may be required of the recipient before 
delivery of the mailpiece.
* * * * *
    [Revise item 1.1.7e as follows:]
    e. USPS responsibility ends when the mailpiece is delivered to the 
addressee (or another party, subject to 1.0).
* * * * *
    [Revise all of item 1.1.7g as follows:]
    g. A hand stamp approved by the Postmaster may be used by the 
addressee (or authorized agent) to provide the signature and name of 
the individual or organization receiving the mailpiece as follows:
    1. The hand stamp imprint must fit within the Signature and Printed 
Name blocks on Form 3849, without overlapping into other sections.
    2. To obtain approval for a hand stamp, the company must submit a 
written statement to the postmaster that the person whose name appears 
on the stamp is authorized to accept accountable mail, accompanied by a 
sample of the authorized employee's signature. After approval, the 
documentation is held by the postmaster and the stamped signature and 
name are acceptable only if a legible impression is provided within the 
Signature and Printed Name blocks on Form 3849.
    3. For mail addressed only to a federal or state official, the 
stamp need show only the name and location of the accepting 
organization. In these cases, the stamp imprint must fit within the 
Printed Name and Delivery Address

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block of Form 3849 without overlapping into other sections.
* * * * *

7.0 Hold For Pickup

* * * * *

7.2 Basic Information

7.2.1 Description

    [Revise the text of 7.2.1 as follows:]
    Hold For Pickup service allows mailpieces to be held at a 
designated Post Office for pickup by an addressee. When the mailer has 
provided contact information to the destination Post Office, the 
customer is notified by email that a package is available for pickup. 
This service provides the shipper with the date and time of delivery to 
the addressee. If the item has not been picked up within 5 days, the 
Post Office makes a second notification attempt and returns the item to 
the sender if not picked up within 15 days.

7.2.2 Basic Eligibility

    [Revise the complete text of 7.2.2 as follows:]
    Hold For Pickup service is available with Priority Mail Express. It 
is also available with commercial mailings of Priority Mail (except 
Critical Mail), First-Class Package Service parcels, and Parcel Select 
Nonpresort parcels when:
    a. Mailpieces bear the Hold For Pickup label with an Intelligent 
Mail package barcode under 708.5.0.
    b. One of the extra services in 7.2.6 is combined with Hold For 
Pickup service.
* * * * *

7.2.6 Extra Services

    [Revise the introductory text of 7.2.6 as follows:]
    Hold For Pickup service, except when used with Priority Mail 
Express, must be combined with one or more of the following:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 7.2.6e as follows:]
    e. Collect on Delivery (COD).

7.3 Preparation Definitions and Instructions

    Except for Priority Mail Express Hold For Pickup presented at 
retail Post Office locations, mailers must prepare mailpieces bearing 
the ``Hold For Pickup'' label as follows:
    [Delete current item 7.3a in its entirety, and redesignate current 
items b through d as new items a through c; additionally revise 
redesignated item 7.3a as follows:]
    a. Exchange electronic files with USPS through an approved file 
transfer protocol to notify the addressee when a parcel is available 
for pickup or to notify the mailer that items are available to be 
picked up as ``return to sender.''
* * * * *
    c. In addition to the markings defined in 7.0, address labels on a 
Hold For Pickup mailpiece must contain the elements below:
* * * * *
    [Revise redesignated 7.3c7 as follows:]
    7. The lower half of the address label must contain a correct 
Intelligent Mail package barcode under 708.5.0 or an integrated barcode 
as defined in Publication 199.
    [Insert new item 7.3c8 as follows:]
    8. If combined with COD service, other information as required in 
503.12.
* * * * *

600 Basic Standards for All Mailing Services

* * * * *

602 Addressing

1.0 Elements of Addressing

* * * * *

1.5 Return Addresses

* * * * *
    [Renumber current 1.5.4 as new 1.5.5; add new 1.5.4 to read as 
follows:]

1.5.4 Use of Foreign Return Addresses

    Regardless of destination, when U.S. postage is applied to a 
mailpiece, only a domestic return address is authorized, except when 
the addressee's permanent residence is outside the United States or its 
territories (e.g., a tourist who lives abroad and is shipping an item 
home from the United States). This exception is applicable for only 
incidental non-commercial use for single-piece price mailpieces.
* * * * *

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

4.1 DAL and DML Use

* * * * *
    4.1.2 Periodicals or Standard Mail Flats Saturation Mailings
    [Revise the text of 4.1.2 as follows:]
    Saturation mailings of only unaddressed Periodicals or Standard 
Mail flats may be mailed with detached address labels (DALs), but DALs 
may not bear simplified addresses when used with Standard Mail flats. 
For this standard, saturation mailing means a mailing sent to at least 
75% of the total addresses on a carrier route or 90% of the residential 
addresses on a route, whichever is less. Saturation flats presented 
with DALs that are not automation-compatible and correctly barcoded do 
not qualify for saturation prices. Instead they may be entered at 
applicable basic carrier route prices. This standard (for automation-
compatible barcoded DALs) does not apply to DALs with simplified 
addressing when correctly used with Periodicals flats.
* * * * *

4.2 Label Preparation

* * * * *

4.2.2 Addressing

    [Revise the text of 4.2.2 as follows:]
    The address for each item must be placed on a DAL, parallel to the 
longest dimension of the DAL, and may not appear on the item it 
accompanies. The DAL must contain the delivery address and a return 
address. In addition, if DALs accompany saturation mailings of 
Periodicals or Standard Mail flats, a correct Intelligent Mail barcode 
with an 11-digit routing code must be printed on each DAL except when 
using a simplified address for Periodicals flats as allowed by 
standards.
* * * * *

4.5 Postage

* * * * *

4.5.2 Postage Computation and Payment

    * * * In addition, these methods of postage payment apply:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.5.2b as follows:]
    b. Standard Mail flats (except EDDM flats) and parcels and Bound 
Printed Matter pieces must be paid by permit imprint, which must appear 
on each DAL.
* * * * *

604 Postage Payment Methods

* * * * *

5.0 Permit Imprint (Indicia)

5.1 General Standards

* * * * *

5.1.2 Minimum Volume

    Permit imprint mailings must contain at least 200 pieces or 50 
pounds of mail, except:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 5.1.2g as follows:]
    g. A mailing containing 50 pieces or 50 pounds of nonpresorted 
single-piece domestic mail parcels submitted under the terms of an 
approved Manifest Mailing System (including eVS) agreement under 
705.2.0. Mailers may include any combination of the following products 
under this provision: Priority Mail Express (eVS only), Priority Mail, 
First-Class Package Service parcels, First-Class Mail parcels,

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nonpresorted Bound Printed Matter parcels, Parcel Select Nonpresort 
parcels, and single-piece Media Mail and Library Mail parcels. Parcels 
in USPS-provided packaging, including Flat Rate Envelopes and Boxes, 
may be included.*
* * * * *

608 Postal Information and Resources

* * * * *

8.0 USPS Contact Information

8.1 Postal Service

* * * * *
    [Add a new listing in alphabetical order as follows:]

Network Integration Support, 475 L'Enfant Plz SW., Rm 7536, Washington 
DC 20260-2806
* * * * *

609 Filing Indemnity Claims for Loss or Damage

1.0 General Filing Instructions

1.1 Extra Services With Indemnity

    [Revise the text of 1.1 as follows:]
    A customer may file an indemnity claim for insured mail, COD items, 
Registered Mail with postal insurance, or Priority Mail Express. See 
Publication 122, available on www.usps.com, for additional information.
* * * * *

1.4 When To File

    File claims as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise the chart in 1.4 as follows:]

------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                     When to file (from mailing date)
      Mail type or service       ---------------------------------------
                                    No sooner than       No later than
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Priority Mail Express...........  7 days............  60 days.
Priority Mail Express COD.......  15 days...........  60 days.
Registered Mail.................  15 days...........  60 days.
Registered Mail COD.............  15 days...........  60 days.
Insured Mail (including Priority  15 days...........  60 days.
 Mail under 3.2).
COD.............................  15 days...........  60 days.
APO/FPO Priority Mail, Express    21 days...........  180 days.
 Military Service.
APO/FPO/DPO Insured Mail and      45 days...........  1 year.
 Registered Mail (Priority Mail,
 First-Class Mail, SAM, or PAL).
APO/FPO/DPO Insured Mail          75 days...........  1 year.
 (Surface only).
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    [Delete item 1.5, Where to File, in its entirely and renumber 
current 1.6 and 1.7 as new item 1.5 and 1.6, then revise the title of 
renumbered 1.5 as follows:]

1.5 Where and How To File

1.5.1 Claims Filed Online

    [Revise the first and second sentences of renumbered 1.5.1 as 
follows:]
    Domestic indemnity claims should be filed online (preferred) at 
www.usps.com/domestic-claims for domestic insured mail, COD, Registered 
Mail with postal insurance, and Priority Mail Express. Proof of value 
is required and should be submitted online as an uploaded file (.pdf or 
.jpeg). * * *

1.5.2 Claims Filed by Mail

    [Revise the text of renumbered 1.5.2 as follows:]
    Customers may file a claim by completing a Form 1000 and mailing it 
to the address indicated on the form, accompanied by proof of value. 
Obtain Form 1000 by calling 1-800-332-0317, option 9. For pieces with 
multiple extra services, the customer must provide original receipts 
for all services purchased. Upon request by the USPS, the customer must 
submit proof of damage under 2.0 for damaged items or missing contents.
    [Delete renumbered 1.5.3, Claims Filed at the Post Office and 
current 1.7, Filing Duplicate Claims, in their entirety.]

2.0 Providing Proof of Loss or Damage

    [Delete the title of current 2.1, and revise the text of current 
2.1 as new 2.0 as follows:]
    If a claim is filed because some or all of the contents are missing 
or damaged, the addressee must retain the mailing container, including 
any damaged articles, all packaging, and any contents received. Upon 
written request by the USPS, the addressee must make this proof 
available to the local Post Office for inspection, retention, and 
disposition in accordance with the claims decision. Failure to do so 
will result in denial of the claim.
    [Delete current 2.2, Proof of Damage, in its entirety.]

3.0 Providing Evidence of Insurance and Value

3.1 Evidence of Insurance

    [Revise the complete text of 3.1 as follows:]
    For a claim involving articles listed in 1.1, the customer must 
retain evidence showing that the specific USPS service was purchased, 
until the claim is resolved. Examples of acceptable evidence are:
    a. The original mailing receipt issued at the time of mailing 
(retail insured mail, Registered Mail, and COD receipts must contain a 
USPS postmark). For insured mail, a photocopy of the original mailing 
receipt is acceptable.
    b. The outer packaging showing the names and addresses of the 
sender and the addressee and the proper label showing that the article 
was sent insured, COD, Registered Mail with postal insurance, or 
Priority Mail Express. (If only the outer packaging is submitted, 
indemnity can be limited to $100 for insured, $50 for COD, $100 for 
Registered Mail, and $100 for Priority Mail Express.)
    c. For Priority Mail Express items accepted under a Priority Mail 
Express Manifesting agreement in 705.2.0, a copy of the manifest page 
showing the Priority Mail Express label number for the item; the 
manifest summary page for the mailing date of the piece; a copy of Form 
3152-E round-dated by the accepting Post Office; and a copy of the 
USPSCA monthly statement that lists the label number and postage for 
the mailpiece. If the customer purchased additional insurance, a copy 
of the round-stamped Form 3877 also must be submitted.
    d. For insurance purchased online, a printed electronic online 
label record or a computer printout from the application used to print 
the label and purchase the insurance. The printout must identify the 
USPS Tracking number of the insured parcel, total postage paid, 
insurance fee paid, declared value, mailing date, origin ZIP Code, and 
delivery ZIP Code.

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    e. For insured mail or COD mail paid using MMS or eVS under 705.2, 
the mailer must use one of the following:
    1. A Detail Record in their Shipping Services file version 1.6 or 
higher, with recipient name and address information for the accountable 
extra services pieces in the mailing.
    2. A printout of the part of Form 3877 that identifies the parcel 
by article number, the package identification code (PIC) of the insured 
or COD parcel, total postage paid, fee paid, declared insured value, 
amount due sender if COD, mailing date, origin ZIP Code, and delivery 
ZIP Code reported in the parcel record in the manifest file.
    [Revise the title and introductory text of 3.2 as follows:]

3.2 Proof of Value

    Either the mailer or the addressee must submit acceptable proof to 
establish the cost or value of the article at the time it was mailed. 
Proof of value should be submitted electronically or attached to the 
claim form under 1.6; otherwise, the claim cannot be processed. Other 
proof may be requested to help determine an accurate value. Examples 
are:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 3.2b as follows:]
    b. For items valued up to $50, the customer's statement describing 
the lost or damaged article and including the date and place of 
purchase, the amount paid, and whether the item was new or used (if a 
receipt or invoice is not available).
* * * * *
    [Revise item 3.2g as follows:]
    g. A copy of a credit card statement or other documentation 
indicating the amount paid.
* * * * *

4.0 Claims

4.1 Payable Claim

    [Revise the introductory sentence of 4.1 as follows:]
    Insurance for loss or damage to insured, COD, or Registered Mail 
within the amount covered by the fee paid or the indemnity limits for 
Priority Mail Express (under 4.2) is payable for the following:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.1g as follows:]
    g. For stamps and coins of philatelic or numismatic value; the fair 
market value is determined by a recognized stamp or coin dealer or 
current coin and stamp collectors' newsletters and trade papers. The 
date of the fair market value determination must be current and prior 
to the mailing date.
* * * * *
    [Insert new items 4.1p and 4.1q as follows:]
    p. For firearms mailed by licensed firearm dealers under 601.12, a 
Form 1508 must be submitted with the claim.
    q. For collectible items, a sales receipt, invoice or bill of sale, 
or statement of value from a reputable dealer must be provided as 
described in 3.2.a.

4.2 Payable Priority Mail Express Claim

    [Revise the introductory text of 4.2 and the introductory text of 
item 4.2a as follows:]
    In addition to the payable claims in 4.1, the following are payable 
for Priority Mail Express mailpieces:
    a. Nonnegotiable documents are insured against loss, damage, or 
loss of some contents while in transit. Coverage is limited to $100 per 
mailpiece, subject to a maximum limit per occurrence as provided in 
4.2a4. Claims for document reconstruction insurance must be supported 
by a statement of expense incurred in reconstruction. Nonnegotiable 
documents include audit and business records, commercial papers, and 
other written instruments that cannot be negotiable or cannot be 
converted into cash without forgery. Articles such as artwork, 
collector or antique items, books, pamphlets, readers' proofs, repro 
proofs, separation negatives, engineering drawings, blueprints, 
circulars, advertisements, film, negatives, and photographs are 
considered merchandise, not documents. Indemnity for document 
reconstruction is paid as follows:
* * * * *

4.3 Nonpayable Claims

    Indemnity is not paid for insured mail, Registered Mail, COD, or 
Priority Mail Express in these situations:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.3f as follows:]
    f. Loss resulting from delay of the mail, except under 4.2a2 and 
4.3ad below.
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.3k as follows:]
    k. Death of honeybees, crickets, and harmless live animals not the 
fault of the USPS (mailability is subject to 601.9.0).
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.3r as follows:]
    r. Consequential loss of Priority Mail Express, except under 4.2a3 
and 4.3ad.
* * * * *
    [Revise item 4.3aa as follows:]
    aa. Lottery tickets, sweepstakes tickets, contest entries, gift 
cards and similar items.
* * * * *

6.0 Adjudication of Claims

* * * * *

6.2 Appealing a Claim Decision

    [Revise the text of 6.2 as follows:]
    A customer may appeal a claim decision within 30 days from the date 
of the original decision at www.usps.com/insuranceclaims/online. 
Customers who did not file their claim online must send written appeals 
to Accounting Services (see 608.8.0 for address).

6.3 Final USPS Decision of Claims

    [Revise the text of 6.3 as follows:]
    If Accounting Services sustains the denial of a claim, the customer 
may submit an additional appeal within 30 days for final review and 
decision to the Consumer Advocate (see 608.8.0 for address).
* * * * *

700 Special Standards

* * * * *

705 Advanced Preparation and Special Postage Payment Systems

* * * * *

8.0 Preparing Pallets

* * * * *

8.5 General Preparation

* * * * *

8.5.6 Mail on Pallets

    These standards apply to mail on pallets:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 8.5.6h as follows:]
    h. Heavier, fuller trays must be placed at the bottom of the load, 
unless excepted by other standards (such as 245.7.7) that may require 
placement on the top of the pallet.
* * * * *

14.0 Combining Bundles of Flats on Pallets Within FSS Zones

14.1 General

    [Revise the introductory paragraph of 14.1 as follows:]
    Presorted and basic carrier route Standard Mail flats, and all 
Bound Printed Matter (BPM) presorted and carrier route flats and 
Periodicals flats meeting the standards in 301.3.2, must be 
consolidated into 5-digit FSS scheme bundles and placed on pallets, in 
sacks, or in approved alternate containers, for 5-digit FSS scheme ZIP 
Code

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combinations within the same facility. Mailings that include 10 or more 
pieces of Standard Mail flats, 6 or more pieces of Periodicals flats or 
10 or more pieces (or 10 or more pounds) of BPM flats to a FSS scheme, 
must be prepared in FSS scheme bundles for that 5-digit FSS scheme. 
Mailers may optionally prepare scheme pools with less than those 
minimums and may prepare an FSS scheme bundle if there is a minimum of 
3 inches per bundle. Mailings of nonpresorted BPM flats may be included 
in FSS preparation, but will not be eligible for presorted or carrier 
route prices. The Postal Service also recommends the use of flat trays 
in lieu of sacks for FSS bundles. Bundles of flats prepared to FSS 
zones also may be combined with bundles of flats not intended for FSS 
processing when prepared to less finely presorted containers in 
accordance with these standards and the standards in 8.0. Mailers must 
place qualifying mailpieces from all price categories into a separate 
combined pool for each individual 5-digit FSS-scheme combination, and 
then prepare bundles of uniform size from those pieces. Mailpieces that 
meet the eligibility standards for 5-digit prices, basic and high 
density carrier route prices, or BPM presort or carrier route prices 
will continue to be eligible for these prices when prepared in 
accordance with the FSS preparation standards. Saturation price 
Standard Mail and Periodicals flats are not eligible for preparation 
under this option. High Density and High-Density Plus Standard Mail 
flats that meet the physical requirements in 301.3 may be included when 
prepared in accordance with these standards. Mailpieces and bundles 
must also be prepared as follows:
    [Revise 14.1a and b as follows:]
    a. Bundles for all FSS schemes must be identified as a 5-digit 
scheme presort with an optional endorsement line under 708.7.0; or when 
authorized, using a red Label 5 SCH barcoded pressure-sensitive bundle 
label.
    b. It is recommended that all Standard Mail and Periodicals pieces 
placed into an FSS pool be barcoded, and bear an accurate delivery 
point Intelligent Mail barcode with an accurate 11-digit routing code.
* * * * *
    [Revise 14.1j as follows:]
    j. An FSS scheme pallet, or approved alternate container, must be 
made when 250 pounds or more of bundles are available for an individual 
FSS 5-digit scheme. Bundles remaining after palletization may be placed 
in sacks (or flat trays if approved).
* * * * *

14.2 Periodicals

14.2.1 Basic Standards

    [Revise the introductory paragraph of 14.2.1 as follows:]
    Except for Periodicals flats mailed at In-County prices, 
Periodicals flats mailings of 5,000 pieces or less mailed at Outside-
County prices, or otherwise excepted Periodicals flats mailings, all 
Periodicals flats meeting the standards in 301.3.2 (nonmachinable flats 
up to 1-inch thick may be included if they meet the standards in 
705.14) and destinating to FSS zones as shown in L006, must be prepared 
according to these standards. Mailings of In-County Periodicals flats 
and Outside-County Periodicals flats mailings of 5,000 pieces or less 
also may be prepared according to these standards. Periodicals are 
subject to the following:
* * * * *
    [Revise 14.2.1a and 14.2.1b as follows:]
    a. Pricing eligibility is based on 707.11.0 through 707.14.0, 
except that the 5-digit Outside-County bundle charge will be assessed 
to bundles of Outside-County Periodicals prepared in accordance with 
these standards, including bundles of flats claimed at the carrier 
route piece price. All Periodicals flats prepared under these standards 
will be assessed the 3-digit bundle price without regard to the piece 
prices claimed. FSS bundles placed on FSS scheme or FSS facility 
pallets, sacks or trays will claim the 3-digit bundle price.
    b. FSS 5-digit scheme pallets will be assessed the Outside-County 
container charge for the 3-digit level pallet, except that there is no 
container charge for FSS 5-digit scheme pallets entered at a DFSS 
facility. FSS facility sort level pallets will be charged a container 
price for the SCF pallet. FSS scheme sacks or trays will continue to be 
assessed the 3-digit price. Sacks and trays entered at a DFSS will 
claim the DSCF entry price.
    [Redesignate current 14.2.1c through f as new 14.2.1d through g, 
and add new item 14.2.1c to read as follows:]
    c. The Outside-County pound price will be the same as the DSCF 
price. The Inside-County price will claim prices for the ``none'' entry 
level.
* * * * *
    [Revise redesignated items 14.2.1e, f and g as follows:]
    e. Mailers must combine all 5-digit, carrier route, and 5-digit 
scheme eligible flat-size mailpieces into a combined mailpiece pool for 
each FSS 5-digit scheme combination according to L006.
    f. Each bundle must be identified with a ``SCH 5-DIGIT FSS'' 
optional endorsement line in accordance with Exhibit 708.7.1.1; or when 
authorized, using a red Label 5 SCH barcoded pressure-sensitive bundle 
label.
    g. All pooled Periodicals mailpieces prepared on pallets to a 
single presort destination must be prepared in uniform size bundles, 
between 3 inches and 6.5 inches in height and secured under 601.2.0, 
except that one overflow bundle per mailpiece pool may be under the 
minimum size.
* * * * *

14.2.2 Pallet Preparation and Labeling

    * * * Preparation sequence and labeling:
    [Revise the introductory text of 14.2.2a as follows:]
    a. FSS scheme, required (optional under 250 pounds), no minimum, 
permitted only for FSS bundles prepared for a single FSS scheme, as 
shown in L006. Labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise the introductory text of 14.2.2b as follows:]
    b. FSS facility sort, optional, no minimum, permitted only for FSS 
bundles prepared for the FSS sort plans processed within the same 
facility, as shown in L006. Labeling:
* * * * *

14.2.3 Sack Preparation and Labeling

    * * * Preparation and labeling:
    [Revise the introductory text of 14.2.3a as follows:]
    a. FSS scheme, required, permitted only for 5-digit FSS scheme 
bundles prepared for a single FSS scheme, as shown in L006; labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise the introductory text of 14.2.3b as follows:]
    b. FSS facility sort, optional, permitted only for FSS bundles 
prepared for the FSS sort plans processed within the same facility, as 
shown in L006; labeling:
* * * * *

14.3 Standard Mail

14.3.1 Basic Standards

    * * * Standard Mail flats are subject to the following:
* * * * *
    [Revise 14.3.1c and d as follows:]
    c. Mailers must combine all 5-digit, basic carrier route, and 5-
digit scheme eligible flat-size mailpieces into a combined mailpiece 
pool for each FSS 5-digit scheme combination according to L006.
    d. Each bundle must be identified with a ``SCH 5-DIGIT FSS'' 
optional

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endorsement line in accordance with Exhibit 708.7.1.1; or when 
authorized, using a red Label 5 SCH barcoded pressure-sensitive bundle 
label.
* * * * *

14.3.2 Pallet Preparation and Labeling

    * * * Preparation sequence and labeling:
    [Revise the introductory text of 14.3.2a as follows:]
    a. FSS scheme, required (optional under 250 pounds), no minimum, 
permitted only for FSS bundles prepared for a single FSS scheme, as 
shown in L006. Labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise the introductory text of 14.3.2b as follows:]
    b. FSS facility sort, optional, no minimum, permitted only for FSS 
bundles prepared for the FSS scheme processed within the same facility, 
as shown in L006. Labeling:
* * * * *

14.3.3 Sack Preparation and Labeling

    * * * Preparation and labeling:
    [Revise the introductory text of 14.3.3a as follows:]
    a. FSS scheme, required, permitted only for 5-digit FSS scheme 
bundles prepared for a single FSS scheme, as shown in L006; labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise the introductory text of 14.3.3b as follows:]
    b. FSS facility sort, optional, permitted only for 5-digit FSS 
bundles prepared for the FSS schemes processed within the same 
facility, as shown in L006; labeling:
* * * * *

14.4 Bound Printed Matter

14.4.1 Basic Standards

    [Revise the introductory text of 14.4.1 as follows:]
    Bound Printed Matter (BPM) flats eligible for, and paid at, 
presorted prices or carrier route prices, and that meet the standards 
in 301.3.2, must be combined in 5-digit FSS scheme bundles and placed 
on pallets, or in flat trays, sacks or approved alternate containers, 
for delivery to ZIP Codes having FSS processing capability, as shown in 
L006. BPM flats are subject to the following:
* * * * *
    [Revise 14.4.1c and d as follows:]
    c. Mailers must combine all eligible flat-size mailpieces into a 
combined mailpiece pool for each FSS 5-digit scheme combination 
according to L006.
    d. Each bundle must be identified with a ``SCH 5-DIGIT FSS'' 
optional endorsement line in accordance with Exhibit 708.7.1.1; or when 
authorized, using a red Label 5 SCH barcoded pressure-sensitive bundle 
label.
* * * * *

14.4.2 Pallet Preparation and Labeling

    * * * Preparation sequence and labeling:
    [Revise the introductory text of 14.4.2a as follows:]
    a. FSS scheme, required (optional under 250 pounds), no minimum, 
permitted only for FSS bundles prepared for a single FSS scheme, as 
shown in L006. Labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise the introductory text of 14.4.2b as follows:]
    b. FSS facility sort, optional, no minimum; permitted only for FSS 
bundles prepared for the FSS schemes processed within the same 
facility, as shown in L006. Labeling:
* * * * *

14.4.3 Sack Preparation and Labeling

    * * * Preparation and labeling:
    [Revise the introductory text of 14.4.3a as follows:]
    a. FSS scheme, required, permitted only for 5-digit FSS scheme 
bundles prepared for a single FSS scheme, as shown in L006; labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise the introductory text of 14.4.3b as follows:]
    b. FSS facility sort, optional, permitted only for FSS bundles 
prepared for the FSS schemes processed within the same facility, as 
shown in L006; labeling:
* * * * *

15.0 Combining Standard Mail Flats and Periodicals Flats

15.1 Basic Standards

* * * * *
    [Revise the title and introductory text of 15.1.11 as follows:]

15.1.11 Preparation for FSS Zones

    Mailers authorized to combine mailings of Standard Mail flats and 
Periodicals flats must prepare these mailings under 14.0, when the 
mailing includes pieces destinating within one or more of the FSS zones 
in L006. Mailpieces eligible for High Density and High-Density Plus 
prices are not required to, but may be, prepared under the standards in 
14.0. The following applies:
    [Delete current items 15.1.11a through c in their entirety and 
resequence current items 15.11.1d through f as new items 15.11.1a 
through 1c.]
* * * * *

707 Periodicals

* * * * *

4.0 Basic Eligibility Standards

* * * * *

4.9 Issues

4.9.1 Regular Issues

    [Revise the text of 4.9.1 as follows:]
    Regular issues must be published according to the publication's 
stated frequency. Issues may include annual reports, directories, 
buyers' guides, lists, and similar material if these issues bear the 
publication title and are included in the regular subscription price, 
if any.
* * * * *
    [Delete 4.9.3, Content, in its entirety (text moved into 4.9.1).]
    [Renumber current 4.9.4 and 4.9.5 as new 4.9.3 and 4.9.4.]
* * * * *

6.0 Qualification Categories

6.1 General Publication

* * * * *

6.1.2 Circulation Standards

    General publications must meet these circulation standards:
* * * * *
    [Revise items 6.12b through 6.1.2g as follows:]
    b. Records for subscriptions to a publication must be kept so that 
subscriptions to each publication can be verified.
    c. Persons whose subscriptions are obtained at a nominal price and 
those whose copies bear an alternative address must not be included in 
the legitimate list of subscribers. Such copies must be treated as 
nonsubscriber copies.
    d. Subscriptions may be paid for with dues or contributions, if the 
amount paid for the subscription is stated. The USPS may require 
evidence of compliance; see 5.1.2 for more information.
    e. A subscription must be separated from all other business 
transactions to be evident as an independent act. Publishers must be 
able to show that subscriptions are voluntary and that the subscription 
price is paid or promised.
    f. At least 50% of a publication's distribution must be to persons 
who have paid above a nominal price. (For inclusion of electronic 
copies, see 6.5). Nominal price subscriptions include those sold at a 
price so low that it cannot be considered a material consideration; or 
at a reduction to the subscriber (under a premium offer or any other 
arrangement) of more than 70% of the basic annual subscription

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price. The value of a premium is its actual cost to the publisher, its 
recognized retail value, or its represented value, whichever is 
highest.
    g. Publications primarily designed for free circulation or for 
circulation at nominal prices do not qualify for the general 
publications category.
    [Delete items 6.1.2g1 through 6.1.2g4 in their entirety; the same 
substantive information is included in items 6.1.2a through 6.1.2f.]
* * * * *

6.4 Requester Publications

* * * * *

6.4.2 Circulation Standards

    Requester publications must meet these circulation standards:
* * * * *
    [Revise item 6.4.2b as follows:]
    b. Subscription copies of the publications that are paid for or 
promised to be paid for, including those at or below a nominal price, 
may be included in the 50% request requirement. (For inclusion of 
electronic copies, see 6.5.)
* * * * *
    [Revise items 6.4.2d through 6.4.2f as follows:]
    d. Records of requests for a publication must be kept so that 
subscriptions or requests for each publication can be verified.
    e. Requests more than 3 years old are not valid requests. Copies 
addressed using an alternative address format are not considered 
requested copies.
    f. For a requester publication issued by a membership organization, 
the organization may adopt a resolution that each member receives a 
copy of each issue. Records must be kept to show that the publication 
is sent to members.
    Form 3500 must be accompanied by a copy of the resolution and 
written assurance that the required records are kept.
* * * * *

6.7 News Agent Registry

6.7.1 Definition

    [Revise the text of 6.7.1 by including text from current 6.7.2 as 
follows:]
    The term news agent means a person or concern selling two or more 
Periodicals publications published by more than one publisher. A news 
agent must be authorized by the USPS before the agent may mail 
publications at Periodicals prices.
    [Delete current 6.7.2, Authorization; text is relocated to 6.7.1.]
    [Renumber current 6.7.3 through 6.7.5 as new 6.7.2 through 6.7.4.]
* * * * *

6.7.3 Unsold Copies

    [Revise the text of renumbered 6.7.3 as follows:]
    Unsold copies returned to the publishers or sent to other news 
agents or sent to persons not having subscriptions with news agents, 
are subject to the Outside-County Periodicals prices.
* * * * *

7.0 Mailing to Nonsubscribers or Nonrequesters

7.1 Sample Copies

    [Revise the text of 7.1 as follows:]
    Sample copies are nonsubscriber or nonrequester copies and may be 
mailed at prices according to standards in 7.0 and 10.0.

7.2 Simplified Address

    [Revise the text of 7.2 as follows:]
    Copies addressed with simplified addresses under 602.3.2 may be 
mailed only to nonsubscribers or nonrequesters. If a subscriber or 
requester receives a simplified address copy in addition to the 
subscriber or requester copy, the additional copy is considered a 
nonsubscriber or nonrequester copy.
* * * * *

7.4 Gift Subscriptions

    [Revise the text of 7.4 as follows:]
    Copies sent to persons whose subscriptions were paid by other 
individuals as gifts are considered subscriber copies. Subscriptions 
paid by advertisers or other persons promoting their own interests, and 
subscriptions given free by the publisher, are not gift subscriptions, 
and are considered nonsubscriber or nonrequester copies.

7.57 Exchange Copies

    [Revise the text of 7.5 as follows:]
    A small part of the distribution list may contain publishers to 
whom one copy each is sent in exchange for a copy of the recipients' 
publications. These exchange copies are considered subscriber or 
requester copies.
* * * * *

7.7 Complimentary Copies

    [Revise the text of 7.7 as follows:]
    All complimentary copies are considered nonsubscriber or 
nonrequester copies.

7.8 Proof Copies

    [Revise the text of 7.8 as follows:]
    One complete copy of each issue may be mailed to each advertiser 
(or agent) in the issue to prove that the advertisements are printed. 
These copies are considered subscriber or requester copies. Any 
additional copies sent to an advertiser (or agent) are considered 
nonsubscriber or nonrequester copies.
* * * * *

9.0 Changing Title, Frequency, or Known Office of Publication

9.1 General

9.1.1 When Required

    [Revise the text of 9.1.1 as follows:]
    Except under 9.1.2, the publisher must file an application for 
reentry on Form 3510 to the original entry Postmaster to change the 
title, frequency of issue; or to change location of the known office of 
publication of an authorized Periodicals publication by submitting Form 
3510 to the Postmaster whose service area oversees the new location.
* * * * *
    [Delete current 9.1.3, Where to File, in its entirety (text moved 
to 9.1.1).]
    [Renumber current 9.1.4 through 9.1.4 as new 9.1.3 through 9.1.4.]
    [Delete current 9.1.6, Same County, in its entirety; the same 
information appears in 707.11.3.]
    [Renumber current 9.1.7 as new 9.1.5 and revise as follows:]

9.1.5 Filing Date

    Publishers changing the title or frequency of a publication must 
file Form 3510 by the date on which copies are to be issued with the 
new title or on the new frequency.
    [Delete current 9.1.8, Effective Date, in its entirety; the same 
information is in current 9.3.5.]
    [Renumber current 9.1.9 through 9.1.12 as new 9.1.6 through 9.1.9.]
* * * * *

9.1.7 Application Fee

    [Revise the text of renumbered 9.1.7 as follows:]
    The correct (nonrefundable) fee must accompany an application (Form 
3510) for reentry. No additional fee is required when a revised Form 
3500 is required as part of a reentry application.

9.1.8 Multiple Reentry Requests

    [Revise the text of renumbered 9.1.8 as follows:]
    A publisher may file one Form 3510 and pay one fee to request 
multiple reentry actions under 9.1 if all documentation is submitted 
with the Form 3510 under 9.1.3; and the effective dates for the reentry 
actions do not cover more than 30 calendar days. The publisher must 
submit a separate Form 3510 (and pay the fee) for each reentry action 
that cannot meet these conditions.

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9.1.9 Other Actions

    [Revise the text of renumbered 9.1.9 as follows:]
    A publisher must submit a separate Form 3510 (and pay the fee) for 
each reentry action under 28.4, 30.0, 10.0 (no fee), or 9.2. A 
publisher must file a separate Form 3510 (and pay the fee) if the 
publication's distribution plan is modified other than the frequency of 
issuance or the location of the original entry Post Office.

9.2 Changing Qualification Categories

    [Revise the text of 9.2 as follows:]
    To change the category under which a publication is authorized 
Periodicals mailing privileges, the publisher must file a revised Form 
3500 and an application for reentry on Form 3510 with the original 
entry Postmaster and pay the applicable fee. See 9.1.2 for when a 
reentry application may not be required.
    [Delete current 9.2.1, 9.2.2, 9.2.3, and 9.2.4 in their entirety 
(the text of 9.2.1, 9.2.3, and 9.2.4 are merged into new text in 9.2; 
the text of 9.2.2 is already covered in current 9.1.2).]

9.3 Application for Reentry

9.3.1 Pending

    While an application for reentry is pending, copies of an 
authorized Periodicals publication are accepted for mailing at the 
Periodicals prices, subject to 9.3.5.
    [Delete current 9.3.2, Additional Information, in its entirety; the 
same information is in current 9.3.3.]
    [Renumber current 9.3.3 through 9.3.5 as new 9.3.2 through 9.3.4, 
and revise the text of renumbered 9.3.2 as follows:]

9.3.2 Proof of Compliance

    The publisher must be able to show (via circulation and other 
records) to USPS satisfaction that the reentered publication still 
meets all Periodicals standards. Failure to provide this evidence is 
sufficient grounds to deny the reentry request.
* * * * *

9.3.4 Effective Date

    [Revise the text of renumbered 9.3.4 as follows:]
    An entry office may not be used before authorization by the USPS. A 
publisher may not pay postage at another price to deposit copies at an 
unauthorized entry office. Subject to the restrictions in 9.1, the 
effective date of a reentry authorization is the application date or 
the eligibility date (if the publication became eligible after the 
application date). The requested date for a change in original entry 
office may be deferred until sufficient transportation or other 
resources are in place. If deferral is due to USPS transportation 
contract limitations, the publisher's requested date may be approved 
with the publisher's agreement to reimburse the USPS for costs caused 
by modifying contracted transportation.
    [Delete current 9.3.6, Denial After Verification, in its entirety; 
the same information is in current 9.3.7.]
    [Renumber current 9.3.7 through 9.3.12 as new 9.3.5 through 
9.3.10.]
    [Revise the title and text of renumbered 9.3.5 as follows:]

9.3.5 Denial

    If the PCSC manager denies an application, a written notice of the 
reasons is provided to the publisher. The denial takes effect 15 days 
from the publisher's receipt of the notice, unless the publisher files 
an appeal under 9.3.6 within that time. Alternatively, the publisher 
may return to the publication status before the application for reentry 
was submitted.
* * * * *

12.0 Nonbarcoded (Presorted) Eligibility

12.1 Basic Standards

* * * * *

12.3 Prices--In-County

12.3.1 Five-Digit Prices

    5-digit prices apply to:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 12.3.1c as follows:]
    c. Qualifying flats included in a FSS 5-digit scheme pool under 
705.14.
* * * * *

12.3.2 Three-Digit Prices

    3-digit prices apply to:
* * * * *
    [Add new 12.3.2c as follows]
    c. Flat-size pieces not qualifying for carrier route or 5-digit 
prices, but properly included in a FSS 5-digit scheme pool prepared 
under 705.14.
* * * * *

13.0 Carrier Route Eligibility

* * * * *

13.2 Sorting

* * * * *

13.2.2 Sequencing Requirements

    [Revise the introductory text of 13.2.2 as follows:]
    Except for flats properly prepared under FSS standards in 705.14, 
carrier route mail must be prepared in delivery sequence as follows:
* * * * *

13.3 Walk-Sequence Prices

13.3.1 Eligibility

    [Revise the text of 13.3.1 as follows]
    The high density or saturation prices apply to each walk-sequenced 
piece in a carrier route mailing, eligible under 13.2.1 and prepared 
under 705.8.0, 23.0, or (nonletter-size mail only) 705.10.0, 705.12.0, 
or 705.13.0, that also meets the corresponding addressing and density 
standards in 13.3.4. High density and saturation price mailings must be 
prepared in carrier walk sequence according to schemes prescribed by 
the USPS (see 23.8), except for qualifying high density flats that are 
properly included in FSS 5-digit scheme pools under 705.14.

14.0 Barcoded (Automation) Eligibility

* * * * *

14.4 Prices--In-County

14.4.17 Five-Digit Prices

    5-digit automation prices apply to:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 14.4.1c as follows:]
    c. Qualifying flats included in a FSS 5-digit scheme pool under 
705.14.
* * * * *

14.4.2 Three-Digit Prices

    3-digit automation prices apply to:
* * * * *
    [Add new item 14.4.2c as follows]
    c. Flat-size pieces not qualifying for carrier route or 5-digit 
prices, but properly included in a FSS 5-digit scheme pool prepared 
under 705.14
* * * * *

18.0 General Mail Preparation

18.1 Definition of Presort

    [Revise the text of 18.1 as follows:]
    ``Presort'' is the process by which a mailer prepares mail so that 
it is sorted to at least the finest extent required by the standards.

18.2 Definition of Mailings

    ``Mailings'' are defined as:
    [Revise item 18.2a as follows:]
    a. A mailing is a group of pieces within the same class of mail and 
the same processing category that are sorted together and presented 
under a minimum volume mailing requirement. Specific standards may 
define whether separate mailings may be combined, palletized, reported, 
or deposited together.
* * * * *
    [Add a new 18.5 as follows:]

18.5 FSS Preparation

    Except for Periodicals flats mailed at In-County prices, 
Periodicals flats

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mailings of 5,000 pieces or less mailed at Outside-County prices, 
Periodicals flats mailed at saturation, High Density prices, or 
otherwise excepted Periodicals flats mailings, all Periodicals flats 
(including nonmachinable flats up to 1-inch thick may be included if 
they meet the standards in 705.14) destinating to FSS zones as shown in 
L006, must be prepared under 705.14. Mailings of In-county Periodicals 
flats, Outside-county Periodicals flats mailings of 5,000 pieces or 
less, and Periodicals qualifying for High-Density prices may be 
included in FSS 5-digit scheme pools.
* * * * *

29.0 Destination Entry

* * * * *

29.4 Destination Sectional Center Facility

* * * * *

29.4.2 Price Eligibility

    Determine price eligibility as follows:
* * * * *
    [Delete the last sentence of the introductory text of 29.4.2b, and 
delete 29.4.2b1 and b2 in their entirety, so that item b reads as 
follows:]
    b. Container Prices. Mailers may claim the DSCF container price for 
SCF and more finely presorted containers that are entered at and 
destined within the service area of the SCF at which the container is 
deposited.
* * * * *
    [Renumber current 29.5. as new 29.6, and add a new 29.5 as 
follows:]

29.5. Destination Flat Sequencing System (DFSS) Facility Entry

29.5.1 Definition

    For this standard, destination Flat Sequencing System Facility 
(DFSS) refers to the facilities listed in L006, Column C.

29.5.2 Eligibility

    DFSS prices apply to pieces deposited at a USPS-designated FSS 
processing facility and correctly placed in a flat tray, sack, or on a 
pallet, labeled to a FSS sort plan or labeled to a 5-digit destination 
processed by that facility, under labeling list L006. These pieces must 
include a full delivery address and meet the physical standards for 
FSS-machinability in 705.14.0.
* * * * *

708 Technical Specifications

* * * * *

6.0 Standards for Barcoded Tray Labels, Sack Labels, and Container 
Placards

* * * * *

6.2 Specifications for Barcoded Tray and Sack Labels

6.2.1 Use

    Exhibit 6.2.1 shows the types of mail requiring barcoded tray or 
sack labels. Barcoded labels must meet these general standards:
* * * * *
    [Revise the text of item 6.2.1b as follows:]
    b. Mailer-produced barcoded labels must meet the standards in 6.0, 
and tray labels must be non-adhesive.
* * * * *

6.2.4 3-Digit Content Identifier Numbers

* * * * *

Exhibit 6.2.4 3-Digit Content Identifier Numbers

------------------------------------------------------------------------
 
------------------------------------------------------------------------
CLASS AND MAILING.....................     CIN  HUMAN-READABLE CONTENT
                                                 LINER
------------------------------------------------------------------------

* * * * *

PERIODICALS (PER)

* * * * *

PER Flats --

Merged Carrier Route, Barcoded, and Nonbarcoded

* * * * *
    [Add a new third row as follows:]

    FSS scheme and FSS facility 349 PER FLTS 5D FSS SCH BC
* * * * *

PERIODICALS (NEWS)

* * * * *

NEWS Flats --

Merged Carrier Route, Barcoded, and Nonbarcoded

* * * * *
    [Add a new third row as follows:]

    FSS scheme and FSS facility 449 NEWS FLTS 5D FSS SCH BC
* * * * *

STANDARD MAIL

* * * * *

STD Flats --

Merged Carrier Route, Automation, and Presorted

* * * * *
    [Add a new third row as follows:]

    FSS scheme and FSS facility 549 STD FLTS 5D FSS SCH BC
* * * * *

PACKAGE SERVICES

* * * * *

BPM Flats--Cosacked Barcoded and Presorted

* * * * *
    [Add a new second row as follows:]

    FSS scheme and FSS facility 638 PSVC FLTS 5D FSS SCH BC
* * * * *
    We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR part 111 to 
reflect these changes.

Stanley F. Mires,
Attorney, Legal Policy & Legislative Advice.
[FR Doc. 2013-29879 Filed 12-17-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 7710-12-P