[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 108 (Thursday, June 5, 2014)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Page 32490]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-13042]



39 CFR Part 111

Elimination of Business Reply Mail (BRM) Parcels; Deferral of 
Enforcement Date

AGENCY: Postal ServiceTM.

ACTION: Final rule; partial deferral of the enforcement date.


SUMMARY: The Postal Service gives notice that it is deferring the 
previously-announced enforcement date of January 25, 2015, for 
eliminating mailers' option to use Business Reply Mail[supreg] to pay 
postage for parcel-shaped items.

DATES: The enforcement date for the relevant portions of the final rule 
published December 18, 2013 (78 FR 76548), is delayed indefinitely.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Suzanne Newman, 603-673-2002.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Postal Service hereby gives notice that 
the enforcement date of January 25, 2015, for eliminating mailers' 
option to use Business Reply Mail (BRM) to pay postage for parcel-
shaped items, previously published on December 18, 2013, in a final 
rule in the Federal Register (78 FR 76548-76560), is hereby deferred 
until further notice. In particular, this deferral applies to the 
requirements specified in the amendment to Mailing Standards of the 
United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) 
505.1.4.1 (Business Reply Mail--General Information--Description) 
published at 78 FR 76560. The decision to defer the enforcement date of 
this change was based on the review of subsequent mailer feedback. All 
other requirements that were published in the Federal Register (78 FR 
76548-76560) will be implemented as specified.
    Despite the decision to defer the above referenced enforcement 
date, the Postal Service continues to believe that mailers who 
currently distribute BRM cartons and labels for the return of parcel-
shaped items would be better served by switching to Merchandise Return 
Service[supreg] In light of mailers' continuing eligibility to use BRM 
for the payment of postage for parcel-shaped items, and the Postal 
Service's goal of promoting enhanced package visibility, the Postal 
Service expects to propose rules mandating the use of an Intelligent 
Mail[supreg] package barcode on certain BRM cartons and labels.

Stanley F. Mires,
Attorney, Legal Policy & Legislative Advice.
[FR Doc. 2014-13042 Filed 6-4-14; 8:45 am]