[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 103 (Wednesday, May 31, 2017)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 24913]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-11120]



39 CFR Part 20

International Mailing Services: Mailing Services Rules Changes

AGENCY: Postal ServiceTM.

ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; request for comments.


SUMMARY: The Postal Service is considering limiting First-Class Mail 
International[supreg] service to documents only.

DATES: Comments on this advance notice are due July 17, 2017.

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. You may inspect and photocopy all written 
comments at USPS[supreg] Headquarters Library, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW., 
11th Floor North, Washington, DC, by appointment only between the hours 
of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 1-202-268-2906 in 
advance for an appointment. Email comments, containing the name and 
address of the commenter, may be sent to: 
[email protected], with a subject line of ``First-Class 
Mail International.'' Faxed comments are not accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mico Milanovic at (202) 268-5348 or 
Sylvia Baylis at (202) 268-6464.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This is an advance notice of the Postal 
Service's intent to modify some of its International Mailing rules to 
conform with the new Universal Postal Union (UPU) requirements for 
certain Letter Post mail, effective January 1, 2018. After lengthy 
deliberations, UPU member countries voted to identify and separate 
items by content as documents versus goods, for purposes of adopting a 
universal, world-wide standard.
    In order for the Postal Service to meet this new standard, the 
contents of First-Class Mail International postcard, letter, and large 
envelope (flat) mail; International Priority Airmail (IPA) postcard, 
letter, and large envelope (flat) mail; and International Surface Air 
Lift (ISAL) postcard, letter, and large envelope (flat) mail will be 
limited to documents.
    Effective January 1, 2018, mailers who wish to mail any type of 
goods, regardless of shape, must use First Class Package International 
Service or another available service. Technical details and proposed 
IMM changes will be published at a later date and before 

Stanley F. Mires,
Attorney, Federal Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2017-11120 Filed 5-30-17; 8:45 am]