Domestic Mail Manual: Rate, fee, and classification changes,

 
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[Federal Register: October 28, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 208)]

[Rules and Regulations]

[Page 57597-57605]

From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]

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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 111

[Docket No. R97-1]

Amendments to the Rate, Fee, and Classification Changes and the Domestic Mail Manual Implementation Standards

AGENCY: Postal Service.

ACTION: Final rule.

SUMMARY: This final rule sets forth revised rates, fees, and mail preparation standards for In-County Periodicals automation mail, Destination Delivery Unit Parcel Post, and Library Mail adopted by the Postal Service in the October 5, 1998, Decision of the Governors of the Postal Service in Postal Rate Commission Docket No. R97-1. It also contains corrections and additions to the implementation standards in the final rule published in the Federal Register on Tuesday, July 14, 1998 (63 FR 37946).

EFFECTIVE DATE: This final rule is effective at 12:01 a.m. on January 10, 1999.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynn M. Martin, 202-268-6351.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In their Decision on June 29, 1998, in Docket No. R97-1, the Governors of the Postal Service returned three matters to the Postal Rate Commission for reconsideration. On September 24, 1998, the Commission issued its further Recommended Decision on those matters. The Governors approved the rate and classification changes included within the further Recommended Decision on October 5, 1998, and the Board set the implementation date for these changes as January 10, 1999, to coincide with the other changes from Docket No. R97-1 being implemented on that date. The categories affected by these changes are In-County Periodicals automation mail, Destination Delivery Unit Parcel Post, and Library Mail.

This rule contains the Domestic Mail Manual changes adopted by the Postal Service to implement the Governors' October 5, 1998, decision. This rule also contains clarifications, corrections, and additions to the final rule published in the Federal Register on July 14, 1998 (63 FR 37946) that contained Domestic Mail Manual changes adopted by the Postal Service to implement the June 29, 1998, Decision of the Governors of the Postal Service in Postal Rate Commission Docket No R97-1. Part A of this rule contains revisions to portions of the July 14, 1998, Federal Register that did not contain Domestic Mail Manual language. Part B describes the changes to the Domestic Mail Manual. Part C contains the revisions to the Domestic Mail Manual. The DMM amendments and revisions published in this rule reflect renumbering of the DMM based on revisions published subsequent to the July 14 final rule. The revised DMM standards will take effect on January 10, 1999.

  1. Corrections to the Federal Register

    In the Federal Register issue of July 14, 1998 (63 FR 37946) on page 37950, third column, under 5a, delete the third sentence and replace it with the following: ``Nonprofit ECR pound rates will decrease. Nonprofit subclass pound rates will increase.''

    In the Federal Register issue of July 14, 1998 (63 FR 37946) on page 38033, third column, delete the last sentence and replace it with the following: ``An appropriate amendment to 39 CFR 111.3 will be published to reflect these changes.''

  2. Domestic Mail Manual Amendments and Revisions

    1. C010.1.3 is amended to reflect the new oversized Parcel Post dimensions.

    2. C050.5.0 is amended to clarify that merchandise samples prepared with detached address labels are considered irregular parcels only if they are not letter-size and are not flat-size. This means that merchandise samples that are letter-size or flat-size as defined in C050 will not be subject to the residual shape surcharge.

    3. D100.2.1 is amended to change the phrase ``single-piece rate Priority Mail'' to ``Priority Mail.''

    4. D100.2.6 is amended to change the phrase ``single-piece rate Priority Mail'' to ``Priority Mail.''

    5. E630.2.5 concerning eligibility of Bound Printed Matter for the barcoded discount is revised to remove references to 5-digit bundles when preparing Presorted Bound Printed Matter under the sortation requirements for machinable parcels. This section is further corrected to refer to 5-digit bundles under the provisions for preparing bedloaded bundles, and to clarify that such 5-digit bundles may qualify for the barcoded discount. Other sortation levels of bedloaded bundles will not qualify for the barcoded discount.

    6. The requirements for eligibility of Special Standard Mail for barcoded discounts are moved from E630.4.7 to E630.3.1.

    7. E630.5.1 is revised to add requirements for eligibility of Library Mail for Presorted 5-digit rates and Presorted BMC rates. The requirements for eligibility of Library Mail for barcoded discounts are moved from E630.5.8 to E630.5.1. E630.5.3, which specified that mailings of 1,000 or more identical weight pieces of single-piece rate Library Mail must be presorted, is deleted. Single-piece rate Library Mail mailings of 1,000 or more identical-weight pieces will no longer be required to be presorted. E630.5.4 through E630.5.7 is renumbered as E630.5.3 through E630.5.6.

    8. Former E630.6.0, Bulk Parcel Post, is renumbered as E630.7.0.

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    9. E630.6.0 is added for the eligibility requirements for presorted Library Mail rates.

    10. E652.3.2c is added to include information previously located in P750.2.12 that requires a mailer of a Parcel Post mailing that contains pieces eligible for more than one destination entry discount to physically separate pieces into groups by destination entry discount at the time of verification.

    11. E651.3.3 and E652.3.4c are amended to specify that mailers must contact a destination delivery unit (DDU) by telephone at least 24 hours in advance to make an appointment for a drop shipment. The language indicating that mailers desiring electronic confirmation of DDU mail entry must also schedule a DDU appointment through the district control center is deleted because electronic confirmation will not be available for all DDUs on January 10, 1999. It is expected that all DDUs will become part of the electronic appointment system (DSAS) by the summer of 1999 when the system will become web-based. Between January 10, 1999, and the implementation of the web-based system, mailers desiring appointments with electronic confirmation at those DDUs that are currently on the electronic system may continue to use DSAS for those DDU drop shipment appointments. However mailers scheduling DDU appointments using DSAS must also telephone the DDU at least 24 hours in advance to confirm the drop shipment.

    12. Amendments are made to Exhibits E652.5.0, E652.6.0, and E652.7.0.

    13. M012.3.5 is added to reflect the requirement for a ``Presorted'' marking in addition to the ``Library Mail'' or ``Library Rate'' marking when mailing at presorted Library Mail rates.

    14. Exhibit M03.1.3, 3-Digit Content Identifier Numbers, is amended to add use of the content identifier numbers currently assigned for use with sacks of presorted Special Standard with presorted Library Mail.

    15. M033.1.7 is revised to note that origin/entry 3-digit/scheme tray and sack preparation is applicable to all mail except flat-size Periodicals. DMM M033.1.8 is added to describe mandatory/optional preparation of origin/entry SCF sacks for flat-size Periodicals.

    16. The heading of M045.4.3 is amended to show pallet presort levels for presorted Library Mail.

    17. M630.5.0 is revised to add provisions for marking and presorting mail to qualify for presorted Library Mail rates. These marking and sortation requirements are similar to those for presorted Special Standard Mail.

    18. Exhibit P710.3.3b, Rate Category Abbreviations Standard Mail (A), is amended to delete the code and rate category description ``SP Single-Piece Rate (when fewer than 200 pieces accompany automation rate mail)'' that appears at the bottom of this exhibit.

    19. P750.2.13 is revised for clarity and simplicity. Information concerning separation of Parcel Post destination entry discount mail at the time of verification previously contained in this section is moved to E652.3.2c.

    20. R200.2.2 is amended to reflect revised Periodicals In-County automation per-piece rates.

    21. R600.5.4 is amended to reflect revised Parcel Post destination delivery unit (DDU) rates.

    22. R600.6.0 is amended to delete former section 6.1a and to renumber 6.1b as 6.1. Renumbered R600.6.1 is further corrected by deleting footnote 1 and renumbering footnote 2 as footnote 1.

    23. R600.7.0 is amended to include Library Mail. The separate rate chart for single-piece Library Mail in R600.8.0 is deleted. Former R600.9.0 is renumbered R600.8.0 and new R600.8.1e is added for the $100 annual fee for mailing presorted Library Mail.

  3. Domestic Mail Manual Revisions

    List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111

    Postal Service.

    For the reasons discussed above the Postal Service hereby adopts the following amendments to the Domestic Mail Manual, which is incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations (see 39 CFR Part 111).

    PART 111--[AMENDED]

    1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 111 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U. S. C. 552(a); 39 U. S. C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 3001-3011, 3201-3219, 3403-3406, 3621, 3626, 5001.

    2. Revise the following sections of the Domestic Mail Manual as follows:

    C Characteristics and Content

    C010 General Mailability Standards

    1.0 MINIMUM AND MAXIMUM DIMENSIONS * * * * *

    1.3 Maximum

    [Revise 1.3 to read as follows:]

    No mailpiece may weigh more than 70 pounds. Except for Parcel Post (see C600), no mailpiece may measure more than 108 inches in length and girth combined. Parcel Post pieces measuring over 108 inches in combined length and girth, but not more than 130 inches in combined length and girth, are mailable at the applicable oversized rate. Length is the distance of the longest dimension as determined by 1.1, and girth is the distance around the thickest part. * * * * *

    C050 Mail Processing Categories

    * * * * * 5.0 IRREGULAR PARCEL (NONMACHINABLE)

    [Amend 5.0 by adding ``and are not letter-size or flat-size'' to the second sentence to read as follows.]

    An irregular parcel is a parcel not meeting the dimensional criteria in 4.1. This processing category also includes parcels that cannot be processed by BMC parcel sorters, including rolls and tubes up to 26 inches long; merchandise samples that are not individually addressed and are not letter-size or flat-size; unwrapped, paper- wrapped, or sleeve-wrapped articles that are not letter-size or flat- size; and articles enclosed in envelopes that are not letter-size, flat-size, or machinable parcels. * * * * *

    C810 Letters and Cards

    * * * * * 2.0 DIMENSIONS * * * * *

    2.3 Maximum Weight

    [Amend 2.3 by replacing the word ``nonautomation'' with the word ``Presorted'' in 2.3a.]

    * * * * *

    D Deposit, Collection, and Delivery

    * * * * *

    D100 First-Class Mail

    * * * * * 2.0 MAIL DEPOSIT

    2.1 Single-Piece and Card Rates

    [Amend the first sentence of 2.1 by changing the phrase ``single-piece rate Priority Mail'' to ``Priority Mail.'']

    * * * * *

    2.6 Restriction

    [Amend 2.6 by deleting the term ``single-piece rate'' in the first sentence.]

    * * * * *

    E Eligibility

    * * * * *

    E600 Standard Mail

    * * * * *

    E630 Standard Mail (B)

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    2.0 BOUND PRINTED MATTER * * * * *

    [Revise 2.5 to read as follows:]

    2.5 Barcoded Discount

    The barcoded discount applies to machinable parcels (C050) bearing a correct, readable barcode under C850 for the ZIP Code shown in the delivery address that are part of a mailing of at least 50 Bound Printed Matter pieces, and are mailed at the single-piece rates, or under the following conditions, mailed at the presorted rates. Presorted Bound Printed Matter that is prepared under the machinable parcel preparation standards in M045 and M630 is eligible for the barcoded discount. Bedloaded bundles of presorted Bound Printed Matter (that are required to be prepared under the sortation standards for flats and irregular parcels) are not eligible for barcoded discounts, with the exception that 5-digit bedloaded bundles are eligible for the barcoded discount. Carrier route Bound Printed Matter is not eligible for the barcoded discount. * * * * * 3.0 SPECIAL STANDARD MAIL

    [Amend 3.1 by inserting new 3.1d to read as follows.]

    3.1 Qualification

    Special Standard Mail is Standard Mail matter meeting the standards in E611, E613, and those below. Special Standard Mail rates are based on the weight of the piece, without regard to zone. The rate categories and discounts are as follows: * * * * *

    1. Barcoded Discount. The barcoded discount applies to machinable parcels (C050) mailed at single-piece rates and Presorted Special Standard Mail BMC rates that bear a correct, readable barcode under C850 for the ZIP Code shown in the delivery address and that are part of a mailing of at least 50 pieces of Special Standard Mail. The discount does not apply to pieces mailed at the presorted Special Standard mail 5-digit rates. * * * * * 4.0 PRESORTED SPECIAL STANDARD MAIL * * * * *

      [Delete E630.4.7.]

      5.0 LIBRARY MAIL

      5.1 Qualification

      [Revise 5.1 to read as follows:]

      Library Mail is Standard Mail matter meeting the standards in E611, E613, and those below. Library Mail rates are based on the weight of the piece, without regard to zone. The rate categories and discounts are as follows:

    2. Single-Piece Rate. The single-piece rate applies to Library Mail not mailed at a 5-digit or BMC rate.

    3. Presorted 5-Digit Rate. The 5-digit rate applies to Presorted Library Mail mailings of at least 500 pieces and meeting the other requirements of 6.0 and that are prepared and presorted to 5-digit destination ZIP Codes as specified in M630 or M041 and M045.

    4. Presorted BMC Rate. The BMC rate applies to Presorted Library Mail mailings of at least 500 pieces and meeting the other requirements of 6.0 and that are prepared and presorted to destination bulk mail centers as specified in M630 or M041 and M045.

    5. Barcoded Discount. The barcoded discount applies to machinable parcels (C050) mailed at single-piece rates and Presorted Library Mail BMC rates that bear a correct, readable barcode under C850 for the ZIP Code shown in the delivery address and that are part of a mailing of at least 50 pieces of Library Mail. The discount does not apply to pieces mailed at the Presorted Library Mail 5-digit rates. * * * * *

      [Delete E630.5.3. Redesignate former E630.5.4 through 5.7 as E630.5.3 through E630.5.6 respectively. Delete former E630.5.8. Redesignate former E630.6.0 as E 630.7.0. Insert new E630.6.0 to read as follows:]

      6.0 PRESORTED LIBRARY MAIL

      6.1 Basic Information

      The Presorted Library Mail rates apply to Library Mail matter mailed in minimum quantities at a place and time designated by the postmaster, subject to the preparation standards in M630. The size and content of each piece in the mailing does not need to be identical. Nonidentical pieces may be merged, sorted together, and presented as a single mailing either with postage paid with a permit imprint if authorized by the RCSC serving the post office of mailing, or with the correct postage affixed to each piece in the mailing.

      6.2 Mailing Fee

      A mailing fee must be paid once each 12-month period at each post office of mailing by or for any person who mails at the Presorted Library Mail rates. The fee may be paid in advance only for the next year and only during the last 30 days of the current service period. The fee charged is that in effect on the date of payment.

      6.3 One Presort Level

      A Presorted Library Mail mailing receives only one level of presort rate. The mailer may, however, prepare two separate mailings in order to use both levels of presort rates and claim them on the same postage statement. Library Mail pieces that do not qualify for a presort rate must be presented separately from any presorted rate mailings, but may be claimed on the same postage statement as a 5-digit rate and BMC presort rate mailing.

      6.4 Definitions

      For this standard:

    6. Full sack means either at least eight pieces or a quantity of pieces equaling at least 1,000 cubic inches of volume or weighing from 20 to 70 pounds.

    7. Substantially full sack means either at least four pieces or a quantity of pieces equaling at least 1,000 cubic inches of volume or weighing from 20 to 70 pounds.

      6.5 5-Digit Rate

      To qualify for the Presorted Library Mail 5-digit rate, a piece must be in a mailing of at least 500 pieces receiving identical service, prepared and sorted either under M630 to full 5-digit sacks or under M041 and M045 to 5-digit pallets. These conditions also apply:

    8. Mailings of at least 500 nonmachinable outside parcels may qualify for the Presorted Library Mail 5-digit rate if prepared to preserve sortation by 5-digit ZIP Code as prescribed by the mailing office postmaster. The postmaster may require a 24-hour notice before the mailing is presented.

    9. Mailings prepared as palletized packages must consist of 5-digit packages each containing at least eight pieces, or a quantity of pieces equaling 1,000 cubic inches of volume or weighing 20 pounds. No package may exceed 40 pounds. If there is more than 20 pounds of mail to a 5- digit destination, the mailer must prepare the minimum number of packages that do not exceed 40 pounds each. If the pieces are machinable parcels under C050, the pieces must be placed directly on a 5-digit pallet without packaging.

      6.6 BMC Rate

      To qualify for the Presorted Library Mail BMC rate, a piece must be in a mailing of at least 500 pieces receiving identical service, prepared and sorted either under M630 to full or substantially full bulk mail center (BMC) sacks or under M041 and M045 to BMC pallets. These conditions also apply:

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    10. Mailings of at least 500 nonmachinable outside parcels may qualify for the Presorted Library Mail BMC rate if prepared to preserve sortation by BMC as prescribed by the mailing office postmaster. The postmaster may require a 24-hour notice before the mailing is presented.

    11. Mailings prepared as palletized packages must consist of BMC packages each containing at least eight pieces, or a quantity of pieces equaling 1,000 cubic inches of volume or weighing 20 pounds. No package may exceed 40 pounds. If there is more than 20 pounds of mail to a BMC destination, the mailer must prepare the minimum number of packages that do not exceed 40 pounds each. If the pieces are machinable parcels under C050, the pieces must be placed directly on a BMC pallet without packaging. * * * * *

      E650 Destination Entry

      E651 Regular, Nonprofit, and Enhanced Carrier Route Standard Mail

      * * * * * 3.0 DEPOSIT * * * * *

      3.3 Advance Scheduling

      [Amend 3.3 by revising scheduling for DDU deposit to read as follows:]

      Except under 4.0, a mailer must schedule deposit of destination rate mailings at least 24 hours in advance by contacting the proper district or BMC control center or destination delivery unit. Appointments at delivery units must be made by calling the delivery unit at least 24 hours in advance. Appointments for ASFs, SCFs, or for any multistop loads must be made through the USPS district control center. Appointments for BMC loads must be scheduled by the proper BMC control center. When contacting the USPS to make an appointment or as soon as available, the mailer must provide the following information:

    12. Mailer's name and address and the name and telephone number of the mailer's agent or local contact.

    13. Name of what is being mailed, number of mailings, volume of mail, how prepared and whether containerized (e.g., pallets).

    14. Where and how mailing was (or must be) verified.

    15. Method of postage payment.

    16. Requested date and destination facility for mailing.

    17. Vehicle identification number, size, and type. * * * * *

      E652 Parcel Post

      * * * * * 3.0 DEPOSIT * * * * *

      3.2 Presentation

      [Renumber E652.3.2c through f as E652.3.2d through g, respectively. Insert new E652.3.2c to read as follows:]

      Destination entry rate mailings must be verified under a plant- verified drop shipment authorization by a detached mail unit (DMU) in the mailer's plant or at the origin post office business mail entry unit (BMEU) serving the mailer's plant. They also may be deposited for verification at a BMEU located at a destination BMC, destination sectional center facility, or other designated destination postal facility. Only plant-verified drop shipments may be deposited at a destination delivery unit not co-located with a post office or other postal facility having a BMEU. When presented to the USPS, destination entry mailings must meet the following requirements: * * * * *

    18. When a mailer claims more than one destination entry discount for a mailing to be deposited at the same postal facility, the mail eligible for each destination entry discount must be physically separated at the time of verification. * * * * *

      3.4 Appointments

      [Amend 3.4 by revising 3.4c to change and update appointment procedures as follows:]

      Appointments must be made for destination entry rate mail as follows: * * * * *

    19. For deposit of DDU mailings, an appointment must be made by contacting the DDU at least 24 hours in advance. If the appointment must be canceled, a mailer must notify the DDU at least a day in advance of a scheduled appointment. Recurring (standing) appointments will be allowed if shipment frequency is weekly or more often. * * * * *

      Exhibit E652.5.0, BMC Deposit of DSCF Rate Pallets

      [Amend Exhibit E652.5.0, by revising the entries for the Chicago and Des Moines BMCs to read as follows:]

      BMC

      Destination ZIP code

      *

      *

      *

      *

      * CHICAGO............................. 53140-44. 53401-08. 60016-17, 19, 25, 53, 56, 68, 70, 76-77. 60103, 05-07, 20-23, 31, 60-65, 76. 60409, 11-12, 15, 22, 25, 30-33, 35-36, 38-41, 46, 53-58, 62, 64- 65, 67, 73, 77-78, 82, 90. 60504-05, 15-17, 21-23, 25-26, 40, 42, 63-68, 98. 60601, 05, 08-60, 67, 81, 90, 93- 94. 60714. 60803-05. *

      *

      *

      *

      * Des Moines.......................... None. *

      *

      *

      *

      *

      Exhibit E652.6.0, Delivery Facility Exceptions to the ``Majority of City Carriers'' Rule

      [Amend Exhibit E652.6.0 by revising the facility name under KANSAS for ZIP Code 66619 from ``Hicrest'' to ``Pauline Station.'']

      * * * * *

      Exhibit E652.7.0, Delivery Facilities Different Than Those in the Drop Shipment Product

      [Amend Exhibit E652.7.0 by adding the ZIP Code 10069 under New York-- Central Parcel Post Facility, and adding the following new ZIP Codes and DDU locations under New York:

      Destination delivery unit ZIP codes served

      location

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      *

      * *

      *

      * New York *

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      *

      * *

      *

      * 10002-07, 09-14, 16, 19, 20, 23-25, 36, New York--Central Parcel Post 38, 41, 69.

      Facility, 341 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10199-9991. 10103-07, 10, 49, 58

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      10210, 56-60, 65, 70, 71, 79, 80-82, 85, 86, 92. *

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      * 10453.................................. Bronx: Highbridge Station, 1315 Inwood Avenue, Bronx, NY 10452- 9998. 10458.................................. Bronx: Tremont Station, 575 E Tremont Avenue, Bronx, NY 10457-9998. *

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      * 13088.................................. Bayberry Station: 7608 Oswego Road, Bayberry Plaza, Liverpool, NY 13090. *

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      M Mail Preparation and Sortation

      * * * * *

      M012 Markings and Endorsements

      * * * * * 3.0 PLACEMENT OF MARKINGS--STANDARD MAIL (B) * * * * *

      [Insert new 3.5 to read as follows:]

      3.5 Other Library Mail Markings

      The required marking ``Presorted'' or ``PRSRT'' for presorted Library Mail may be placed in the location specified in 3.1. Alternatively, it may be placed in the address area on the line directly above or two lines above the address if the marking appears alone (no other information appears on that line). * * * * *

      M030 Containers

      * * * * *

      M032 Barcoded Labels

      1.0 BASIC STANDARDS--TRAY AND SACK LABELS * * * * *

      Exhibit 1.3 3-Digit Content Identifier Numbers

      * * * * *

      [Amend Exhibit 1.3a, Standard Mail (B), by changing the heading ``Presorted Special Standard Flats--5-Digit and BMC'' to ``Presorted Special Standard and Presorted Library Mail Flats--5-Digit and BMC.'']

      [Amend Exhibit 1.3a, Standard Mail (B), by changing the heading ``Presorted Special Standard Irregular Parcels-- 5-Digit and BMC'' to ``Presorted Special Standard and Presorted Library Mail Irregular Parcels--5-Digit and BMC.'']

      [Amend Exhibit 1.3a, Standard Mail (B), by changing the heading ``Presorted Special Standard Machinable Parcels-- 5-Digit and BMC'' to ``Presorted Special Standard and Presorted Library Mail Machinable Parcels--5-Digit and BMC.'']

      * * * * *

      M033 Sacks and Trays

      1.0 BASIC STANDARDS * * * * *

      1.7 Origin/Entry 3-Digit/Scheme Trays and Sacks

      [Revise 1.7 to read as follows:]

      Except for flat-size Periodicals under 1.8, after all required carrier route, 5-digit, 3-digit (and, for automation letters, 3-digit scheme) sacks or trays are prepared, a 3-digit tray or sack (or if applicable, 3-digit scheme tray) must be prepared to contain any remaining mail for each 3-digit (or 3-digit scheme) area serviced by the SCF (mail processing plant) serving the post office where the mail is verified, and may be prepared for each 3-digit (or 3-digit scheme) area served by the SCF/plant where mail is entered (if that is different from the SCF/plant serving the post office where the mail is verified, e.g., a PVDS deposit site). In all cases, only one less-than- full sack or tray may be prepared for each 3-digit (or 3-digit scheme) area.

      [Add new 1.8 to read as follows:]

      1.8 Periodicals Flats Origin/Entry SCF Sacks

      For flat-size periodicals, after all required carrier route, 5- digit, 3-digit, and SCF sacks are prepared, an SCF sack must be prepared to contain any remaining 5-digit and 3-digit packages for the 3-digit ZIP Code area(s) served by the SCF serving the post office where the mail is verified, and may be prepared for the area served by the SCF/plant where mail is entered (if that is different from the SCF/ plant serving the post office where the mail is verified, e.g., a PVDS deposit site). In all cases, only one less-than-full sack may be prepared for each SCF area. * * * * *

      M045 Palletized Mailings

      * * * * * 4.0 PALLET PRESORT AND LABELING

      [Amend the heading of 4.3 by adding ``Library Mail'' to read ``Presorted Special Standard and Library Mail.'']

      * * * * *

      M630 Standard Mail (B)

      * * * * * 5.0 LIBRARY MAIL

      5.1 Basic Standards

      [Revise 5.1 to read as follows:]

      There are no preparation standards for single-piece Library Mail. Presorted Library Mail must be prepared under 5.4, 5.5 and 5.6, unless palletized under M041 and M045 and E630.5. Mailings of nonmachinable (outside) pieces eligible for the presort rates must be prepared to preserve the required presort as instructed by the mailing office postmaster.

      5.2 Marking

      [Amend 5.2 by adding markings for presorted Library Mail to read as follows:]

      Each piece claimed at Library Mail rates must be marked ``Library Rate'' or ``Library Mail'' under M012. Each piece claimed at presorted Library Mail rates also must be marked ``Presorted'' or ``PRSRT'' under M012. Pieces not marked as required are treated as single-piece Parcel Post, subject to additional postage as necessary.

      5.3 Documentation

      [Amend 5.3 to read as follows:]

      A complete, signed postage statement, using the correct USPS form or an approved facsimile, must accompany each mailing at other than single-piece rates.

      [Insert new 5.4 through 5.6 to add preparation requirements for presorted Library Mail to read as follows:]

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      5.4 Sack Preparation (5-Digit Rate)

      Sack size, preparation sequence, and labeling: 5-digit (only); required (minimum of eight pieces/20 pounds/1,000 cubic inches, smaller volume not permitted); for Line 1 use 5-digit ZIP Code destination of pieces, preceded for military mail by the prefixes under M031.

      5.5 Sack Preparation (BMC Rate)

      Sack size, preparation sequence, and Line 1 labeling: destination BMC (only); required (minimum of four pieces/20 pounds/1,000 cubic inches, smaller volume not permitted); for Line 1, use L601.

      5.6 Sack Line 2

      Line 2:

    20. 5-digit: ``STD FLTS 5D NON BC,'' or ``STD B IRREG 5D,'' or ``STD B MACH 5D,'' as applicable.

    21. BMC ``STD FLTS BMC NON BC,'' or ``STD B IRREG BMC,'' or ``STD B MACH BMC,'' as applicable.

    22. Any line 2 processing code required by the labeling list must be right-justified. * * * * *

      P Postage and Payment Methods

      * * * * *

      P700 Special Postage Payment Systems

      P710 Manifest Mailing System (MMS)

      * * * * * 3.0 KEYLINE * * * * *

      3.3 Rate Category Abbreviations

      * * * * *

      Exhibit 3.3b--Rate Category Abbreviations--Standard Mail (A)

      [Amend Exhibit 3.3b, by deleting the code and rate category description ``SP Single-Piece Rate (when fewer than 200 pieces accompany automation rate mail)'' that appears at the bottom of the exhibit.]

      * * * * *

      P750 Plant-Verified Drop Shipment (PVDS)

      * * * * * 2.0 PROGRAM PARTICIPATION * * * * *

      2.13 Separation of PVDS Mailings

      [Revise 2.13 to read as follows:]

      When a vehicle contains more than one PVDS for a single destination facility, the shipments must be separated to allow reconciliation with each accompanying Form 8125 and 8125-C. When a vehicle contains shipments for multiple destination facilities, the shipment for each destination must be physically separated. Where applicable, a single Form 8125 that identifies all the mail for a single facility must be prepared for a shipment of copalletized or combined mailings. * * * * *

      R Rates and Fees

      * * * * *

      R200 Periodicals

      2.0 PREFERRED--IN-COUNTY * * * * *

      2.2 Piece Rates

      [Amend 2.2 by revising the automation rates to read as follows:]

      Per addressed piece:

      Automation \1\ Presort level

      Nonautomation ------------------------------- Letter-size Flat-size

      Basic...........................................................

      $0.095

      $0.046

      $0.065 3-Digit.........................................................

      0.088

      0.044

      0.062 5-Digit.........................................................

      0.080

      0.041

      0.058 Carrier Route...................................................

      0.043 .............. .............. High Density....................................................

      0.029 .............. .............. Saturation......................................................

      0.025 .............. ..............

      \1\ Lower maximum weight limits apply: letter-size at 3 ounces (or 3.3103 ounces for heavy letters); flat-size at 16 ounces (FSM 881) and 6 pounds (FSM 1,000).

      * * * * *

      R600 Standard Mail

      * * * * * 5.0 PARCEL POST STANDARD MAIL (B) * * * * *

      5.4 Destination Entry Parcel Post (DDU/DSCF/DBMC)

      [Amend 5.4 by revising DDU rates to read as follows:]

      Destination facility ZIP Codes only, discount included:

      DBMC zone \1\ \2\ \3\ Weight not over (pounds)

      DDU \1\ \2\ DSCF \1\ \2\ --------------------------------------------------------------- 1 and 2

      3

      4

      5

      2......................................................

      $1.21

      $1.67

      $2.23

      $2.40

      $2.40

      $2.40 3......................................................

      1.26

      1.78

      2.40

      2.86

      2.87

      2.89 4......................................................

      1.32

      1.91

      2.58

      3.17

      3.18

      3.94 5......................................................

      1.37

      2.02

      2.74

      3.45

      3.48

      4.40 6......................................................

      1.41

      2.12

      2.88

      3.73

      3.75

      4.83 7......................................................

      1.45

      2.21

      3.02

      3.97

      4.00

      5.22 8......................................................

      1.50

      2.30

      3.15

      4.19

      4.23

      5.60 9......................................................

      1.55

      2.40

      3.28

      4.37

      4.46

      5.95 10......................................................

      1.59

      2.48

      3.40

      4.51

      4.68

      6.29 11......................................................

      1.63

      2.56

      3.51

      4.67

      4.87

      6.59 12......................................................

      1.67

      2.64

      3.62

      4.81

      5.07

      6.89 13......................................................

      1.72

      2.72

      3.73

      4.93

      5.25

      7.16 14......................................................

      1.74

      2.78

      3.82

      5.08

      5.43

      7.42 15......................................................

      1.78

      2.84

      3.91

      5.20

      5.59

      7.67 16......................................................

      1.82

      2.92

      4.01

      5.32

      5.75

      7.91

      [[Page 57603]]

      17......................................................

      1.85

      2.984.09

      5.43

      5.91

      8.13 18......................................................

      1.90

      3.04

      4.18

      5.54

      6.05

      8.35 19......................................................

      1.92

      3.10

      4.26

      5.64

      6.19

      8.55 20......................................................

      1.96

      3.16

      4.34

      5.75

      6.34

      8.74 21......................................................

      1.99

      3.22

      4.42

      5.85

      6.47

      8.94 22......................................................

      2.02

      3.27

      4.49

      5.94

      6.60

      9.12 23......................................................

      2.06

      3.32

      4.56

      6.05

      6.73

      9.30 24......................................................

      2.08

      3.38

      4.63

      6.14

      6.84

      9.46 25......................................................

      2.12

      3.43

      4.70

      6.21

      6.96

      9.62 26......................................................

      2.15

      3.47

      4.76

      6.31

      7.07

      9.78 27......................................................

      2.19

      3.53

      4.83

      6.38

      7.18

      9.92 28......................................................

      2.21

      3.57

      4.89

      6.47

      7.29

      10.07 29......................................................

      2.25

      3.63

      4.96

      6.57

      7.40

      10.21 30......................................................

      2.27

      3.67

      5.01

      6.63

      7.49

      10.35 31......................................................

      2.31

      3.72

      5.08

      6.70

      7.59

      10.48 32......................................................

      2.33

      3.76

      5.13

      6.79

      7.69

      10.61 33......................................................

      2.36

      3.81

      5.19

      6.85

      7.79

      10.73 34......................................................

      2.40

      3.86

      5.25

      6.92

      7.87

      10.84 35......................................................

      2.43

      3.90

      5.31

      6.99

      7.97

      10.96 36......................................................

      2.46

      3.94

      5.36

      7.05

      8.06

      11.08 37......................................................

      2.47

      3.97

      5.40

      7.11

      8.14

      11.19 38......................................................

      2.51

      4.02

      5.46

      7.19

      8.22

      11.29 39......................................................

      2.54

      4.06

      5.51

      7.24

      8.31

      11.39 40......................................................

      2.57

      4.10

      5.56

      7.31

      8.38

      11.50 41......................................................

      2.60

      4.14

      5.61

      7.38

      8.47

      11.59 42......................................................

      2.62

      4.17

      5.65

      7.44

      8.54

      11.68 43......................................................

      2.65

      4.22

      5.71

      7.49

      8.62

      11.79 44......................................................

      2.67

      4.26

      5.75

      7.54

      8.70

      11.87 45......................................................

      2.70

      4.29

      5.79

      7.61

      8.76

      11.96 46......................................................

      2.74

      4.34

      5.85

      7.67

      8.84

      12.04 47......................................................

      2.77

      4.37

      5.89

      7.72

      8.90

      12.13 48......................................................

      2.79

      4.40

      5.93

      7.77

      8.9812.22 49......................................................

      2.82

      4.45

      5.987.83

      9.04

      12.29 50......................................................

      2.84

      4.48

      6.02

      7.88

      9.11

      12.38 51......................................................

      2.87

      4.51

      6.06

      7.93

      9.17

      12.45 52......................................................

      2.90

      4.55

      6.11

      8.00

      9.24

      12.52 53......................................................

      2.92

      4.58

      6.14

      8.05

      9.30

      12.60 54......................................................

      2.94

      4.61

      6.18

      8.09

      9.36

      12.67 55......................................................

      2.984.65

      6.23

      8.13

      9.42

      12.74 56......................................................

      3.01

      4.69

      6.27

      8.19

      9.49

      12.80 57......................................................

      3.03

      4.71

      6.30

      8.24

      9.54

      12.88 58......................................................

      3.07

      4.76

      6.35

      8.28

      9.59

      12.94 59......................................................

      3.07

      4.78

      6.38

      8.33

      9.66

      13.01 60......................................................

      3.10

      4.82

      6.42

      8.39

      9.71

      13.07 61......................................................

      3.13

      4.85

      6.46

      8.42

      9.77

      13.14 62......................................................

      3.16

      4.88

      6.50

      8.46

      9.82

      13.19 63......................................................

      3.18

      4.91

      6.53

      8.52

      9.88

      13.25 64......................................................

      3.21

      4.94

      6.57

      8.55

      9.93

      13.31 65......................................................

      3.24

      4.986.61

      8.61

      9.9813.37 66......................................................

      3.27

      5.01

      6.65

      8.66

      10.04

      13.43 67......................................................

      3.29

      5.04

      6.68

      8.70

      10.09

      13.48 68......................................................

      3.31

      5.07

      6.71

      8.74

      10.14

      13.54 69......................................................

      3.34

      5.10

      6.75

      8.76

      10.19

      13.59 70......................................................

      3.38

      5.14

      6.79

      8.83

      10.24

      13.64 Oversized...............................................

      8.69

      11.99

      15.43

      22.73

      28.00

      28.00

      \1\ Parcels that weigh less than 15 pounds but measure more than 84 inches (but not more than 108 inches) in combined length and girth are charged the applicable rate for a 15-pound parcel. \2\ Pieces that measure more than 108 inches (but not more than 130 inches) in combined length and girth pay the oversized rate, regardless of the actual weight of the piece. \3\ For barcoded discount, deduct $0.03 per piece (machinable parcels only). Barcoded discount is not available for DDU and DSCF rates and DBMC mail entered at an ASF. Barcoded discount is available for Parcel Post at the Phoenix, AZ, ASF.

      [[Page 57604]]

      6.0 BOUND PRINTED MATTER STANDARD MAIL (B)

      6.1 Single-Piece Rate

      [Amend 6.1 by deleting section 6.1a. Redesignate 6.1b as 6.1. In redesignated 6.1, delete footnote 1 and redesignate footnote 2 as footnote 1.]

      * * * * *

      6.2 Presorted Rate

      [Amend 6.2 by revising the column heading ``Weight Not Over (pounds)'' to read ``Weight (pounds)'' in 6.2b.]

      * * * * * 7.0 SPECIAL STANDARD MAIL AND LIBRARY MAIL

      Single-piece Weight not over (pounds)

      \1\

      5-digit

      BMC \1\

      1..............................................................

      $1.13

      $0.64

      $0.95 2..............................................................

      1.58

      1.09

      1.40 3..............................................................

      2.03

      1.54

      1.85 4..............................................................

      2.48

      1.99

      2.30 5..............................................................

      2.93

      2.44

      2.75 6..............................................................

      3.38

      2.89

      3.20 7..............................................................

      3.83

      3.34

      3.65 8..............................................................

      4.11

      3.62

      3.93 9..............................................................

      4.39

      3.90

      4.21 10..............................................................

      4.67

      4.18

      4.49 11..............................................................

      4.95

      4.46

      4.77 12..............................................................

      5.23

      4.74

      5.05 13..............................................................

      5.51

      5.02

      5.33 14..............................................................

      5.79

      5.30

      5.61 15..............................................................

      6.07

      5.58

      5.89 16..............................................................

      6.35

      5.86

      6.17 17..............................................................

      6.63

      6.14

      6.45 18..............................................................

      6.91

      6.42

      6.73 19..............................................................

      7.19

      6.70

      7.01 20..............................................................

      7.47

      6.987.29 21..............................................................

      7.75

      7.26

      7.57 22..............................................................

      8.03

      7.54

      7.85 23..............................................................

      8.31

      7.82

      8.13 24..............................................................

      8.59

      8.10

      8.41 25..............................................................

      8.87

      8.38

      8.69 26..............................................................

      9.15

      8.66

      8.97 27..............................................................

      9.43

      8.94

      9.25 28..............................................................

      9.71

      9.22

      9.53 29..............................................................

      9.99

      9.50

      9.81 30..............................................................

      10.27

      9.78

      10.09 31..............................................................

      10.55

      10.06

      10.37 32..............................................................

      10.83

      10.34

      10.65 33..............................................................

      11.11

      10.62

      10.93 34..............................................................

      11.39

      10.90

      11.21 35..............................................................

      11.67

      11.18

      11.49 36..............................................................

      11.95

      11.46

      11.77 37..............................................................

      12.23

      11.74

      12.05 38..............................................................

      12.51

      12.02

      12.33 39..............................................................

      12.79

      12.30

      12.61 40..............................................................

      13.07

      12.58

      12.89 41..............................................................

      13.35

      12.86

      13.17 42..............................................................

      13.63

      13.14

      13.45 43..............................................................

      13.91

      13.42

      13.73 44..............................................................

      14.19

      13.70

      14.01 45..............................................................

      14.47

      13.9814.29 46..............................................................

      14.75

      14.26

      14.57 47..............................................................

      15.03

      14.54

      14.85 48..............................................................

      15.31

      14.82

      15.13 49..............................................................

      15.59

      15.10

      15.41 50..............................................................

      15.87

      15.38

      15.69 51..............................................................

      16.15

      15.66

      15.97 52..............................................................

      16.43

      15.94

      16.25 53..............................................................

      16.71

      16.22

      16.53 54..............................................................

      16.99

      16.50

      16.81 55..............................................................

      17.27

      16.78

      17.09 56..............................................................

      17.55

      17.06

      17.37 57..............................................................

      17.83

      17.34

      17.65 58..............................................................

      18.11

      17.62

      17.93 59..............................................................

      18.39

      17.90

      18.21 60..............................................................

      18.67

      18.18

      18.49 61..............................................................

      18.95

      18.46

      18.77 62..............................................................

      19.23

      18.74

      19.05 63..............................................................

      19.51

      19.02

      19.33 64..............................................................

      19.79

      19.30

      19.61

      [[Page 57605]]

      65..............................................................

      20.07

      19.58

      19.89 66..............................................................

      20.35

      19.86

      20.17 67..............................................................

      20.63

      20.14

      20.45 68..............................................................

      20.91

      20.42

      20.73 69..............................................................

      21.19

      20.70

      21.01 70..............................................................

      21.47

      20.9821.29

      \1\ For barcoded discount, deduct $0.03 per piece (machinable parcels only). Barcoded discount is not available for parcels mailed at the 5-digit rate.

      [Delete current 8.0 and renumber current 9.0 as 8.0.]

      8.0 FEES

      8.1 Mailing

      [Add new 8.1e as follows:]

      Fee, as appropriate, per 12-month period: * * * * *

    23. Presorted Library Mail: $100.00. * * * * *

      An appropriate amendment to 39 CFR 111.3 will be published to reflect these changes. Neva R. Watson, Attorney, Office of Legal Policy.

      [FR Doc. 98-28802Filed10-27-98; 8:45 am]

      BILLING CODE 7710-12-P