[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 200 (Monday, October 17, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 71427-71428]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-24968]



39 CFR Part 20

International Mailing Services: Proposed Price Changes

AGENCY: Postal ServiceTM.

ACTION: Proposed rule.


SUMMARY: In October 2016, the Postal Service filed a notice of mailing 
services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) 
for products and services covered by Mailing Standards of the United 
States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM[supreg]), to be 
effective on January 22, 2017. The Postal Service will revise Notice 
123, Price List on Postal Explorer[supreg] at http://pe.usps.com to 
reflect the new prices.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before November 16, 2016.

ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver comments to the manager, Product 
Classification, U.S. Postal Service[supreg], 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW., RM 
4446, Washington, DC 20260-5015. You may inspect and photocopy all 
written comments at USPS[supreg] 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, may be sent to: [email protected], with a 
subject line of ``January 2017 International Mailing Services Price 
Change.'' Faxed comments are not accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paula Rabkin at 202-268-2537.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Postal Service hereby gives notice that, 
pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3622, on October 12, 2016, it filed with the 
Postal Regulatory Commission a Notice of Market-Dominant Price 
Adjustment. Proposed prices and other documents relevant to this filing 
are available under Docket No. R2017-1 on the PRC's Web site at 
    This proposed rule includes price changes for certain international 
extra services.

First-Class Mail International

    We propose no increase to prices for single-piece First-Class Mail 
International[supreg] letters, postcards, and flats. The price of a 
single piece 1-ounce letter is proposed to continue to be $1.15. The 
First-Class Mail International letter nonmachinable surcharge will not 

International Extra Services and Fees

    The Postal Service proposes to increase prices for certain market 
dominant international extra services including:
     Certificate of Mailing (5.36%)
     Registered MailTM (11.57%)
     Return Receipt (4.1%)
     Customs Clearance and Delivery Fee (4.3%)
     International Business ReplyTM Service (average 
of 2.9%).

Extra Services

                         Certificate of Mailing
                    Individual pieces                           Fee
    Individual article (PS Form 3817)...................           $1.35
    Firm mailing books (PS Form 3665), per article                  0.39
     listed (minimum 3).................................
    Duplicate copy of PS Form 3817 or PS Form 3665 (per             1.35
                     Bulk quantities                            Fee
    First 1,000 pieces (or fraction thereof)............           $7.95
    Each additional 1,000 pieces (or fraction thereof)..            0.99
    Duplicate copy of PS Form 3606......................            1.35

Registered Mail

    Fee: $14.95.

Return Receipt

    Fee: $3.85.

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Customs Clearance and Delivery

    Fee: per piece $6.00.

International Business Reply Service

    Fee: Cards $1.35; Envelopes up to 2 ounces $1.85.
    Following the completion of Docket No. R2017-1, the Postal Service 
will adjust the prices for products and services covered by the 
International Mail Manual. These prices will be on Postal Explorer at 
    Additionally, as general information, the product name of Standard 
Mail[supreg], which is used in two instances in the International Mail 
Manual but is not an International product, will change to USPS 
Marketing Mail effective January 22, 2017.
    Although exempt from the notice and comment requirements of the 
Administrative Procedure Act [5 U.S.C. 553(b), (c)] regarding proposed 
rulemaking by 39 U.S.C. 410(a), the Postal Service invites public 
comment on the following proposed revisions to the Mailing Standards of 
the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM), 
incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. See 39 
CFR 20.1.

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 20

    Foreign relations, International postal services.

    Accordingly, we propose to amend 39 CFR part 20 as follows:


1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 20 continues to read as 

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a); 13 U.S.C. 301-307; 18 U.S.C. 1692-
1737; 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 407, 414, 416, 3001-3011, 3201-
3219, 3403-3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3632, 3633, and 5001.

2. Revise the following sections of Mailing Standards of the United 
States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM), as follows:

Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International 
Mail Manual (IMM)

* * * * *

1 International Mail Services

110 General Information

* * * * *

116 Trademarks of the USPS

116.1 USPS Trademarks in the IMM

* * * * *

Exhibit 116.1 USPS Trademarks in the IMM

    [Delete Standard Mail and add USPS Marketing Mail in correct 
alphabetical order]
* * * * *

7 Treatment of Inbound Mail

* * * * *

760 Forwarding

* * * * *

762 Mail of Domestic Origin

762.1 Addressee Moved to Another Country

* * * * *

762.12 Mail Other Than Letters and Postcards

    [In the first sentence, delete the term Standard Mail and replace 
it with USPS Marketing Mail to read as follows:]
    Domestic mail (Periodicals mail, USPS Marketing Mail, and Package 
Services) addressed to a domestic addressee who has moved to another 
country must not be forwarded to another country but must be returned 
to the sender.* * *
* * * * *
    We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR part 20 to 
reflect these changes.

Stanley F. Mires,
Attorney, Federal Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2016-24968 Filed 10-14-16; 8:45 am]