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Published in the Federal Register May 15, 2024.

Domestic Competitive Products Pricing and Mailing Standards Changes

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service is revising 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 July 14, 2024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Steven Jarboe at (202) 268-7690, Catherine Knox (202) 268-5636, 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 CP2024-295 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.

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Published in the Federal Register May 2, 2024.

Commercial Mail Receiving Agencies Clarification

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 clarify Commercial Mail Receiving Agencies (CMRA) notary responsibilities for the addressee’s signature.

DATES: Effective date: May 1, 2024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Heidi Michel at (414) 239-2976, Clayton Gerber at (202) 449-8076, or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On December 29, 2023, the Postal Service published a notice of proposed rulemaking (88 FR 90137-90138) to clarify CMRA notary responsibilities for the addressee’s signature. In response to the proposed rule, the Postal Service received one response to the notice of proposed rulemaking which included comments on multiple topics.  The commenter is a business that provides remote notarial services to the public.  Comments and the Postal Service responses are summarized as follows.

Comment: The commenter stated allowing CMRA owner/managers to witness the execution of PS Form 1583 remotely via a real-time audio and video session provided insufficient fraud controls.

Response: CMRAs are authorized to operate upon application to the Postal Service.  This is a longstanding requirement, as the Postal Service required CMRA owner/managers to sign PS Form 1583 as far back as 1967.  In 1973, the Postal Service required the CMRA owner/manager to witness the execution of PS Form 1583.  It was not until 1982 that the Postal Service allowed a notary public to witness the execution of PS Form 1583.  The final rule continues the practice of allowing CMRA owner/managers to witness the execution of PS Form 1583 provided the applicant presents themself along with two acceptable forms of identification in accordance with Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) sections 608.10.3-.4.  The final rule permitting CMRA owners/managers to witness the execution of PS Form 1583 via real-time audio and video is consistent with these longstanding in-person practices and does not diminish any fraud controls that are already in place.

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Published in the Federal Register April 25, 2025.

Electronic Verification System Migrated to USPS Ship

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 require the use of USPS Ship (aka Package Platform) for the acceptance and payment of all commercial domestic and international parcel mailings and discontinue the use of the Electronic Verification System (eVS®).

DATES: Effective Date: February 1, 2025.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Diane Smith at (202) 268-8091, Vicki Bosch (202) 268-4978 or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On November 28, 2023, the Postal Service published a notice of proposed rulemaking (88 FR 83056-83062) to require the use of USPS Ship. In response to the proposed rule, the Postal Service received two responses containing multiple comments, as follows:

Comment: One commenter recommended the final rule clarify that USPS Ship will replace only eVS and that all other payment and acceptance channels including Click-N-Ship, ePostage, PC Postage, IBI postage meters, non-eVS (BMEU entered and permit imprint) will be unaffected unless specifically addressed.

Response: All commercial packages will be verified through USPS Ship.

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Published in the Federal Register April 17, 2024.

Changes in Classifications of General Applicability for International Competitive Services

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Final action.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service™ is revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®), and Notice 123, Price List, to reflect classification changes to Competitive services, as established by the Governors of the United States Postal Service. These changes implement changes in the minimum dimensions for First-Class Package International Service® (FCPIS®), International Priority Airmail® (IPA®) service and International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®) service letter-post rolls to bring them closer to compliance with standards established by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) Convention Regulations, which serves as applicable authority in this instance, as adopted at a meeting of the UPU Postal Operations Council in May 2023.

To be in compliance with the UPU regulations, the Postal Service must revise its minimum dimensions for international letter-post rolls, so that the minimum length will be 8.25 inches instead of 4 inches, and so that the minimum length plus twice the diameter will be 12 inches instead of 6.75 inches.

In addition, the Postal Service is eliminating a competitive international electronic money transfer service known as Sure Money® (DineroSeguro®).

DATES:  Effective July 14, 2024.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Revisions to the size limitations for international rolls are posted under Docket No. MC2024-224, and the removal of prices for International Money Transfer Service (Sure Money) is posted under Docket Number CP2024-230 and on the Postal Regulatory Commission’s website at http://www.prc.gov.

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Published in the Federal Register April 17, 2024.

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 17, 2024.

ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver comments to the director, 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 14, 2024, International Mailing Services Proposed Price Changes.” Faxed comments are not accepted.

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


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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.

International Price and Service Adjustments

On April 9, 2024, the Postal Service filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), effective on July 14, 2024. 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 R2024-2 on the Postal Regulatory Commission’s website at www.prc.gov.

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Published in the Federal Register April 16, 2024.

New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products

AGENCY:  Postal Service.

ACTION:  Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:

On April 9, 2024, the Postal Service (USPS®) filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), effective July 14, 2024. 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 May 16, 2024.

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 “January 2024 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:  Steven Mills at (202) 268-7433 or Doriane Harley at (202) 268-2537.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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. Proposed prices will be available under Docket No. R2024-2 on the Postal Regulatory Commission's Web site at

www.prc.gov.

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Published in the Federal Register March 4, 2024.

International Mail Manual; Incorporation by Reference

AGENCY:  Postal Service™.

ACTION:  Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service announces the issuance of the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®) dated January 21, 2024, and its incorporation by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations.

DATES:  This rule is effective March 4, 2024.  The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of March 4, 2024.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The International Mail Manual (IMM) provides our standards for all international mailing services and references for the applicable prices. It was issued on January 21, 2024, and was updated with Postal Bulletin revisions through December 28, 2023.  It replaces all previous editions. The IMM continues to enable the Postal Service to fulfill its long-standing mission of providing affordable, universal mail service.  It continues to: (1) increase the user’s ability to find information; (2) increase the user’s confidence that he or she has found the information they need; and (3) reduce the need to consult multiple sources to locate necessary information.  The provisions throughout this issue support the standards and mail preparation changes implemented since the version of July 10, 2022.  The International Mail Manual is available to the public on the Postal Explorer® Internet site at https://pe.usps.com.

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Published in the Federal Register March 4, 2024.

Domestic Mail Manual; Incorporation by Reference

AGENCY:  Postal Service™.

ACTION:  Final rule.

SUMMARY:

The Postal Service announces the issuance of the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) dated July 9, 2023, and its incorporation by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations.

DATES:  This rule is effective March 4, 2024.  The incorporation by reference of certain material listed in this rule is approved by the Director of the Federal Register as of March 4, 2024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Dale Kennedy (202) 268-6592.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) provides the United States Postal Service’s official prices and standards for all domestic mailing services. The most recent issue of the DMM is dated January 21, 2024.  This issue of the DMM contains all Postal Service domestic mailing standards and continues to: (1) increase the user’s ability to find information; (2) increase confidence that users have found all the information they need; and (3) reduce the need to consult multiple chapters of the Manual to locate necessary information. 

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Published in the Federal Register January 19, 2024.

Shipping Address Label

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 clarify the requirement of the service icon and service banner when a shipping address label is used.

DATES:  Effective date: January 21, 2024.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Steven Jarboe at (202) 268-7690, Catherine Knox at (202) 268-5636, or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

On December 5, 2023, the Postal Service published a notice of proposed rulemaking (88 FR 84251-84252) to clarify the requirement of the service icon and service banner when a shipping address label is used. In response to the proposed rule, the Postal Service received two responses, both containing multiple comments,

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