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Published in the Federal Register August 9, 2021.

New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Final rule.

SUMMARY:

On May 28, 2021, the Postal Service (USPS®) filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), effective August 29, 2021.  On June 23, 2021 USPS further filed a notice to change the maximum size limitation for presorted First-Class Mail postcards.  This final rule contains the revisions to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) to implement the changes coincident with the price adjustments and postcard size limitation changes.

DATES: Effective Date: August 29, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Jacqueline Erwin at (202) 268-2158 or Dale Kennedy at (202) 268-6592.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On July 19, 2021 the PRC favorably reviewed the price adjustments proposed by the Postal Service.  On July 28, 2021, the PRC favorably reviewed the presorted postcard maximum size limitations proposed by the Postal Service.  The price adjustments, presorted postcard maximum limitations and DMM revisions are scheduled to become effective on August 29, 2021.  Final prices are available under Docket No. R2021-2 (Order No. 5937), and presorted postcard maximum size limitations are available under Docket No. MC2021-104 (Order No. 5946) on the Postal Regulatory Commission’s Web site at www.prc.gov.

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Published in the Federal Register July 27, 2021

International Mailing Services: Price Changes

AGENCY: Postal Service™.

ACTION: Final action.

SUMMARY:

On May 28, 2021, the Postal Service published proposed price changes to reflect a notice of price adjustments filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). The PRC found that price adjustments contained in the Postal Service’s notification may go into effect on August 29, 2021. The Postal Service will revise Notice 123, Price List to reflect the new prices.

DATES: The revisions to Notice 123, Price List, are effective August 29, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dale Kennedy at 202-268-6592 or Kathy Frigo at 202-268-4178.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I. Proposed Rule and Response

On May 28, 2021, the Postal Service filed a notice with the PRC in Docket Number R2021-2 of mailing services price adjustments to be effective on August 29, 2021. On June 3, 2021, USPS® published a notification of proposed price changes in the Federal Register entitled “International Mailing Services: Proposed Price Changes” (86 FR 29732). The notification included price changes that the Postal Service would adopt for services covered by Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®) and publish in Notice 123, Price List, on Postal Explorer® at pe.usps.com. The Postal Service received no comments.

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Published in the Federal Register July 7, 2021.

Addressing Standards

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is extending its effort to improve the delivery point validation and address standardization of mail receiving postage discounts by amending the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) in various sections of 602, Addressing, to update addressing standards.

DATES:  Effective Date: October 1, 2022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  James Wilson at (901) 681-4600, Kai Fisher at (901) 681-4634, or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On February 22, 2021, the Postal Service published a revised notice of proposed rulemaking (86 FR 10507-10509) to update addressing standards. In response to the revised proposed rule, the mailing industry provided many valuable comments.

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Published in the Federal Register June 3, 2021.

International Mailing Services: Proposed Price Changes

AGENCY: Postal Service™.

ACTION: Proposed Rule; request for comments.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service proposes to revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®), to reflect changes coincident with the recently announced mailing services price adjustments.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before July 6, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver comments to the manager, Product Classification, U.S. Postal Service®, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, RM 4446, Washington, DC 20260-5015. You may inspect and photocopy all written comments at USPS® Headquarters Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, 11th Floor N, Washington DC by appointment only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday by calling 1-202-268-2906 in advance. Email comments, containing the name and address of the commenter, to: PCFederalRegister@usps.gov, with a subject line of “August 2021 International Mailing Services Proposed Price Changes.” Faxed comments are not accepted. All submitted comments and attachments are part of the public record and subject to disclosure.  Do not enclose any material in your comments that you consider to be confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy Frigo at 202-268-4178 or Dale Kennedy at 202-268-6592.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

International Price and Service Adjustments

On May 28, 2021, the Postal Service filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), effective on August 29, 2021. The Postal Service proposes to revise Notice 123, Price List, available on Postal Explorer® at https://pe.usps.com, to reflect these new price changes. The new prices are or will be available under Docket Number R2021-2 on the Postal Regulatory Commission’s website at www.prc.gov.

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Published in the Federal Register June 3, 2021.

New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

On May 28, 2021 the Postal Service (USPS®) filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), effective August 29, 2021. This proposed rule contains the revisions to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) that we would adopt to implement the changes coincident with the price adjustments.

DATES:  Submit comments on or before July 6, 2021.

ADDRESSES:  Mail or deliver written comments to the Manager, Product Classification, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4446, Washington, DC 20260-5015. If sending comments by email, include the name and address of the commenter and send to PCFederalRegister@usps.gov, with a subject line of “August 2021 Domestic Mailing Services Proposal.” Faxed comments are not accepted. You may inspect and photocopy all written comments, by appointment only, at USPS® Headquarters Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, 11th Floor North, Washington, DC 20260. All submitted comments and attachments are part of the public record and subject to disclosure.  Do not enclose any material in your comments that you consider to be confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure.


These records are available for review on Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, by calling 202-268-2906.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Jacqueline Erwin at (202) 268-2158, or Dale Kennedy at (202) 268-6592.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Proposed prices will be available under Docket No. R2021-2 on the Postal Regulatory Commission's Web site at www.prc.gov.

The Postal Service's proposed rule includes: Changes to prices, mail classification updates, product simplification efforts, and a few minor revisions to the DMM.

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Published in the Federal Register April 19, 2021.

Treatment of E-Cigarettes in the Mail

AGENCY: Postal Service™.

ACTION:  Notice.

SUMMARY:

A forthcoming final rule will determine whether electronic nicotine delivery systems (“ENDS”) may continue to be mailed pursuant to certain statutory exceptions that are currently administered through an application process. To the extent that such exceptions may ultimately be made available for ENDS, this notice provides mailers with guidance to assist in preparing exception applications for submission following the final rule. In addition, ENDS mailers are advised to review and comply with all other applicable mailing restrictions and requirements currently in effect for controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, and hazardous materials.

DATES: April 19, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dale E. Kennedy, 202-268-6592.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On February 19, 2021, the Postal Service published a notice of proposed rulemaking to amend Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail, which is incorporated by reference into 39 C.F.R. Part 113. The text of the proposed edits to Publication 52 is available at https://pe.usps.com/FederalRegisterNotice/2021/E-Cigarettes%20Proposed%20Rule.pdf. The proposed edits would implement the Preventing Online Sales of E-Cigarettes to Children Act (“Act”), Pub. L. No. 116-160, div. FF, title VI (2020), which adds “electronic nicotine delivery systems” (“ENDS”) to the definition of “cigarettes” subject to regulation under the Jenkins Act, 15 U.S.C. 375 et seq. Consequently, ENDS will also become subject to the mailability restrictions and exceptions in 18 U.S.C. 1716E (“PACT Act”), which rely on the Jenkins Act definition of “cigarettes.” 18 U.S.C. 1716E(a)(1).

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Published in the Federal Register April 1, 2021.

Transfer of Bound Printed Matter Parcels to Competitive Product List

Agency:  Postal Service™.

Action:  Notice.

Summary:

The Postal Service is providing notice that it has filed a request with the Postal Regulatory Commission to transfer Bound Printed Matter Parcels from the Market Dominant Product List to the Competitive Product List.

Dates: April 1, 2021.

For Further Information Contact:  Markes Lucius at (202) 268-6170 or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

Supplementary Information:

On March 26, 2021, the United States Postal Service® filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission a request to transfer Bound Printed Matter Parcels from the Market Dominant Product List to the Competitive Product List, pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3642.  Documents pertinent to this request are available at http://www.prc.gov, Docket No. MC2021-78.

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Published in the Federal Register March 31, 2021.

Priority Mail Express Delivery Times

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is amending Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) in various sections to revise the Priority Mail Express® delivery times and to eliminate the optional 10:30 a.m. delivery time.

DATESEffective Date: May 23, 2021.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Markes Lucius at (202) 268-6170, Denis Baranov (202) 268-4880, or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Currently, the Priority Mail Express service guarantee delivery times for most domestic mail including Priority Mail Express Military Service® and Hold For Pickup service. are 12:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. as designated by the 3-digit or 5-digit destination ZIP® Code delivery areas and defined in the Priority Mail Express Delivery directory. The Postal Service is revising the 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Priority Mail Express service guarantee delivery times to 6:00 p.m. The Postal Service is also eliminating the optional 10:30 a.m. delivery time.

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Published in the Federal Register February 24, 2021.

Extra Services Refund Time Limit

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is amending Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) to revise the time limit for extra service refunds.

DATES:  Effective Date: April 5, 2021

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Sheila Marano at (202) 268-4257, Adaisja Johnson at (202) 268-6724, or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On May 14, 2020, the Postal Service published a notice of proposed rulemaking (85 FR 28917-28918) to revise the time limit for extra service refunds on all classes of mail except Priority Mail Express®. The Postal Service elected to issue a second revised proposed rule on January 7, 2021, (86 FR 1080-1081) that included revising the timelines for Priority Mail Express with an extra service. One formal response was received as follows:

Comment: The commenter requested the time limit for extra service refunds be revised on all classes of mail except Priority Mail Express.

USPS Response: The Postal Services believes this revision to extend the time limits for filing a refund for all classes of mail will provide consistency within the refund policy.

Currently, DMM Exhibit 604.9.2.1, Postage and Fees Refunds, provides that for Priority Mail Express with an extra service a customer must apply for an extra service refund no sooner than 10 days, or no later than 30 days, and for all other classes of mail with an extra service a customer must apply for an extra service refund no sooner than 10 days, or no later than 60 days, from the date the service was purchased.

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Published in the Federal Register February 22, 2021.

Addressing Standards

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Proposed rule; revision; additional comment period.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is revising its pending proposal to amend Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) in various sections of Addressing to update addressing standards.

DATES:  Submit comments on or before March 24, 2021.

ADDRESSES:  Mail or deliver written comments to the manager, Product Classification, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4446, Washington, DC 20260-5015. If sending comments by email, include the name and address of the commenter and send to PC Federal Register@usps.gov, with a subject line of “Addressing Standards”. Faxed comments are not accepted.

Confidentiality

All submitted comments and attachments are part of the public record and subject to disclosure. Do not enclose any material in your comments that you consider to be confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure.

You may inspect and photocopy all written comments, by appointment only, at USPS® Headquarters Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, 11th Floor North, Washington, DC, 20260. These records are available for review on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., by calling 202-268-2906.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  James Wilson at (901) 681-4600, Kai Fisher at (901) 681-4634, or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On September 22, 2020, the Postal Service published a notice of proposed rulemaking (85 FR 59484-59486) to update addressing standards. In response to that proposed rule, the mailing industry provided many valuable comments, which has prompted the Postal Service to issue a revised proposed rule with an additional comment period. The revised proposed rule will clarify our proposal to respond to mailer comments by clearly outlining the ways in which the proposal has changed.

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Published in the Federal Register February 19, 2021.

Treatment of E-Cigarettes in the Mail

AGENCY:  Postal Service™.

ACTION:  Proposed revision, invitation for comment

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service proposes to revise Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail, to incorporate new statutory restrictions on the mailing of electronic nicotine delivery systems. Such items would be subject to the same prohibition as cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, subject to many of the same exceptions.

DATES:  We must receive your comments on or before March 22, 2021.

ADDRESSES:  Mail or deliver written comments to the Manager, Product Classification, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4446, Washington, DC 20260-3436. Email comments, containing the name and address of the commenter, may be sent to: PCFederalRegister@usps.gov, with a subject line of "E-Cigarette Restrictions.” Faxed comments are not accepted.  All submitted comments and attachments are part of the public record and subject to disclosure. Do not enclose any material in your comments that you consider to be confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure.

You may inspect and photocopy all written comments, by appointment only, at USPS® Headquarters Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, 11th Floor North, Washington, D.C. 20260. These records are available for review Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. by calling 202-268-2906.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Dale E. Kennedy, 202-268-6592.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Postal Service is proposing to amend Publication 52 with the provisions described below and, once adopted, will incorporate the revised Publication 52 by reference into 39 C.F.R. Part 113. You may view the text of the proposed edits to Publication 52 at https://pe.usps.com.

Link to PDF

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Published in the Federal Register January 7, 2021.

Extra Services Refund Time Limit

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Proposed rule; revision; additional comment period.

SUMMARY: The Postal Service is revising its pending proposal to amend Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) in subsection 604.9.2 to revise the time limit for extra service refunds.

DATES:  Submit comments on or before February 8, 2021.

ADDRESSES:  Mail or deliver written comments to the manager, Product Classification, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4446, Washington, DC 20260-5015. If sending comments by email, include the name and address of the commenter and send to PC Federal Register@usps.gov, with a subject line of “Extra Services Refund Time Limit”. Faxed comments are not accepted.

Confidentiality

All submitted comments and attachments are part of the public record and subject to disclosure. Do not enclose any material in your comments that you consider to be confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure.

You may inspect and photocopy all written comments, by appointment only, at USPS® Headquarters Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, 11th Floor North, Washington, DC, 20260. These records are available for review on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., by calling 202-268-2906.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Sheila Marano at (202) 268-4257, Adaisja Johnson at (202) 268-6724, or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On May 14, 2020, the Postal Service published a notice of proposed rulemaking (85 FR 28917-28918) to revise the time limit for extra service refunds on all classes of mail except Priority Mail Express®. The Postal Service has elected to issue a second revised proposed rule that also includes revising the timelines for Priority Mail Express® with an extra service.

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