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Published in the Federal Register May 18, 2022.

Domestic Competitive Products Pricing and Mailing Standards Changes

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is amending Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMMâ), to reflect changes to pricing and mailing standards for certain competitive products.

DATES:  Effective Date:  July 10, 2022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Steven Jarboe at (202) 268-7690, Margaret Pepe (202) 268-3078, or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This final rule describes new price and product features for competitive products, by class of mail, established by the Governors of the United States Postal Serviceâ. New prices are available under Docket Number CP2022-62 on the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) Web site at http://www.prc.gov, and on the Postal Explorer® Web site at http://pe.usps.com.

The Postal Service will revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), to reflect changes to certain pricing and mailing standards for the following competitive products:

  • Priority Mail®.
  • Parcel Select®.
  • Return Services.
  • Other.

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Published in the Federal Register May 17, 2022.

International Competitive Services Price Changes

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Final action.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is revising Notice 123, Price List, to reflect the price changes to Competitive Services as established by the Governors of the Postal Service.

DATES:  Effective date: July 10, 2022.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  New prices are posted under Docket Number CP2022-62 on the Postal Regulatory Commission's website at http://www.prc.gov.

This final rule describes the international price changes for the following Competitive Services: 

  • International Insurance.
  • International Postal Money Orders.
  • International Money Order Inquiry Fee.
  • International Money Transfer Service.

New prices will be located on the Postal Explorer website at https://pe.usps.com.

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Published in the Federal Register April 20, 2022.

Special Handling – Fragile Discontinued

AGENCY: Postal Service.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is proposing to amend Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) in various sections to discontinue the Special Handling – Fragile extra service.

DATES: Submit comments on or before May 20, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the Director, 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 “Special Handling – Fragile Discontinued”. 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: Karen F. Key at (202) 268-7492 or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Postal Service is proposing to discontinue the Special Handling-Fragile extra service. An investigation has revealed that operational procedures do not support the preferential handling of Special Handling-Fragile items.

The Postal Service continues to strive to build and maintain a loyal relationship with its customers and provide products and services with integrity. However, with the execution gaps that currently exist with Special Handling-Fragile, the Postal Service believes it is in the best interest to discontinue the Special Handling-Fragile extra service.

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Published in the Federal Register April 14, 2022.

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 May 16, 2022.

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 “July 2022 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 April 6, 2022, the Postal Service filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), effective on July 10, 2022. 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 R2022-1 on the Postal Regulatory Commission’s website at www.prc.gov.

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Published in the Federal Register April 12, 2022.

New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

On April 6, 2022, the Postal Service (USPS®) filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), effective July 10, 2022. This proposed rule contains revisions to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) to coincide with the price adjustments.

DATES:  Submit comments on or before May 12, 2022.

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 “July 2022 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. These records are available for review on Monday through Friday, 9 am - 4 pm, by calling 202-268-2906.    

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Doriane Harley at (202) 268-2537, Jacqueline Erwin at (202) 268-2158, or Dale Kennedy at (202) 268-6592.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Proposed prices will be available under Docket No. R2022-1 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 minor revisions to the DMM.

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Published in the Federal Register March 24, 2022.

Parcels Prepared in Soft Packaging

AGENCY: Postal Service.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

The United States Postal Service (Postal Service) is proposing to amend Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) by adding new subsections to establish parcel selvage standards and to clarify how to measure parcels prepared in soft packaging.

DATES: Submit comments on or before April 25, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the Director, 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 “Parcels Prepared in Soft Packaging”. 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: Karen F. Key at (202) 268-7492 or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Postal Service continues to experience operational impacts with parcels not properly prepared in soft packaging (poly, plastic, cloth, padded envelopes, or similar soft packaging). Parcels prepared in soft packaging containing contents that are not right-sized leads to an excess of selvage that can cause damage to the parcel or make the parcel nonmachinable, resulting in the parcel ending up in manual processing which is costly to both the customer and the Postal Service. Parcels that become nonmachinable are not processed through parcel sorting equipment and lose visibility for the customer and the Postal Service.

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Published in the Federal Register March 2, 2022.

Extended Mail Forwarding 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 507.2.0 to add a new product offering that will allow customers to extend mail forwarding service.

DATES:  Effective Date: July 10. 2022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Iwon Kaiyuan at (202) 268-4899 or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The DMM currently provides that customers who submit a permanent change-of-address (COA) request generally receive mail forwarding service for 12 months at no cost.  After the 12-month forwarding period, the mail is returned to the sender or disposed of by the USPS®.

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Published in the Federal Register January 12, 2022.

Plus One Permanent Product

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Final rule.

SUMMARY:

On November 10, 2021 the Postal Service (USPS®) filed a notice of intent to implement Plus One as a permanent product with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), effective January 9, 2022. This final rule contains the revisions to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) to adopt Plus One mailpiece as a permanent product.

DATES: Effective Date: January 9, 2022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Elke Reuning-Elliott at (202) 268-4068 or Jacqueline Erwin at (202) 268-2158.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On November 10, 2021, the Postal Service filed a request to add Plus One as a new permanent product offering to USPS Marketing Mail saturation letters as a new optional feature. The Postal Service conducted a two-year market test of Plus One, beginning September 2019.

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