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Published in the Federal Register February 25, 2020.

USPS Returns Service

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is amending Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) section 505.3.0, and various other sections, to remove references to the traditional Merchandise Return Service (MRS) portion of merchandise return service and to enhance USPS Returns® service.

DATES:  Effective Date: February 25, 2020.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Karen Key at (202) 268-7492, Vicki Bosch at (202) 268-4978, or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Postal Service published a notice of proposed rulemaking on July 23, 2018 (83 FR 34807-34811) to amend DMM section 505.3.0, Merchandise Return Service (MRS), to remove the references to traditional MRS processes and introduce an enhanced USPS Returns service. One formal response was received relating only to terminology used to describe users of the Enterprise Payment System (EPS).

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Published in the Federal Register January 13, 2020.

New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Final rule.

SUMMARY:

On October 9, 2019, the Postal ServiceTM filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), effective January 26, 2020. 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 other minor DMM changes.

DATES: Effective Date: January 26, 2020

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On December 20, 2019, the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) found that the price adjustments proposed by the Postal Service may take effect as planned. The price adjustments and DMM revisions are scheduled to become effective on January 26, 2020. Final prices are available under Docket No. R2020-1 (Order No.5373) on the Postal Regulatory Commission’s website at www.prc.gov.

USPS did not receive any comments on the proposed changes.

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Published in the Federal Register January 8, 2020.

Seamless Changes for Detached Mail Unit (DMU) and Full-Service Mailings

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is proposing to revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) to require Detached Mail Unit (DMU) mailers and mailers that enter full-service mailings at a Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU) to participate in Seamless Parallel by March 1, 2020, and enroll in the Seamless Acceptance Program by February 1, 2021, at all DMU sites. All full-service mailings entered at a BMEU would then be verified using automated sampling and verification processes by July 1, 2021.

DATES:  Submit comments on or before February 7, 2020.

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 ProductClassification@usps.gov, with a subject line of “Seamless Changes for Detached Mail Unit and Full-Service Mailings”. 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, DC, 20260. These records are available for review on Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, by calling 202-268-2906.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Lance Bell at (407) 782-2972, or Jacqueline Erwin at (202) 268-2158.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Seamless Acceptance leverages electronic documentation (eDoc) and the Intelligent Mail barcodes (IMbs) on containers, handling units, and mailpieces required under full-service. Mailpiece scans collected from mail processing equipment (MPE) and samples from hand-held scanning devices are reconciled to the mailer eDoc to confirm proper mail preparation for the discounts claimed and postage paid.  This capability avoids the need for verification of mail at acceptance.

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Published in the Federal Register January 6, 2020.

International Mailing Services: Price Changes and Minor Classification Changes

AGENCY: Postal Service™.

ACTION: Final Rule

SUMMARY:

On October 22, 2019, the Postal Service published proposed product and price changes to reflect price adjustments and other minor classification changes filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). The PRC found that price adjustments and classification changes contained in the Postal Service's notice may go into effect on January 26, 2020. The Postal Service will revise Notice 123, Price List to reflect the new prices and Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®), to reflect minor classification changes.

DATES: Effective date: January 26, 2020

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Lassiter at 202-268-2914.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

I.  Proposed Rule and Response

On October 9, 2019, the Postal Service filed a notice with the PRC in Docket No. R2020-1 of mailing services price adjustments, to be effective on January 26, 2020. On October 22, 2019, the Postal Service published a notice of proposed product and price changes in the Federal Register entitled “International Mailing Services:  Proposed Product and Price Changes--CPI” (84 FR 56406). The notice included price changes that the Postal Service would adopt for products and services covered by 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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