International Mail Manual: International priority airmail service; postage rates and service conditions changes,

 
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[Federal Register: November 25, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 227)]

[Proposed Rules]

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

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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 20

International Priority Airmail Service; Proposed Changes

AGENCY: Postal Service.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY: The Postal Service proposes to change the postage rates and conditions of service for International Priority Airmail service (IPA). In addition to adjusting rates, the Postal Service is changing country rate groups to be the same as International Surface Air Lift service (ISAL) and increasing the minimum weight from 10 to 11 pounds of mail. Also, acceptance of IPA will be extended to all post offices accepting bulk mail.

DATES: Comments on the proposed changes must be received on or before December 28, 1998.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to the Manager, International Pricing, Costing, and Classification, Room 370-IBU, International Business Unit, U.S. Postal Service, Washington, DC 20260- 6500. Copies of all written comments will be available for public inspection between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the International Business Unit, 10th Floor, 901 D Street SW, Washington, DC.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Walter J. Grandjean, (202) 314-7256 or Dan Singer, (202) 314-3422.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: International Priority Airmail service (IPA) is a volume airmail letter service. Mailers have the opportunity to benefit from work sharing with the Postal Service and gain improved speed of delivery for presorted mail, which the Postal Service does not have to sort.

The Postal Service recently adopted program changes to International Surface Air Lift Service (ISAL) on February 28, 1998, (63 FR 3642-3650) and is now proposing changes to IPA which will align it with ISAL in rate structure and preparation requirements. This will make it easier for mailers to participate in either service.

Minimum Weight

The Postal Service is increasing the minimum weight for direct country and mixed direct country package sacks from 10 to 11 pounds. This reflects the desired minimum sack which the Postal Service normally dispatches to other countries and matches the sack weights recently adopted in ISAL. This will cause the minimum weight for a mailing to be increased to 11 pounds. In addition, a package of mail will be defined as 10 or more pieces or 1 pound of mail to coincide with the definition used in ISAL. ``Bundles'' will be referred to as ``packages'' in the future.

Acceptance Cities

Since the inception of IPA, the Postal Service has limited the number of cities where IPA mailings could be deposited. This was intended to reduce the cost of maintaining an extensive transportation network, but many customers not located near an acceptance point could not use IPA. The Postal Service proposes a Full Service rate that will be available from all post offices where bulk mail is accepted and will make IPA accessible to all customers. Additionally, a drop shipment option is added.

Volume Discounts

The Postal Service proposes discounts for IPA based on the amount of postage spent by a mailer in the preceding postal fiscal year for both IPA and ISAL. For example, a mailer spending $2 million or more for IPA and ISAL during postal fiscal year 1996 (September 16, 1995- September 13, 1996) will receive a 5 percent discount on IPA mailings made during the next fiscal year, 1997 (September 14, 1996-September 12, 1997). Mailers spending over $5 million receive a 10 percent discount and a 15 percent discount for over $10 million. These discounts apply to full service and drop ship rates. The discount is calculated on the mailing statement.

Drop Ship Rates

The Postal Service is introducing drop ship rates for mailers willing to transport their mail to certain locations. The Postal Service avoids certain processing, handling, and transportation costs and these savings are being passed on to the mailer. Drop ship sites are located in the following locations: Jamaica, NY; Miami, FL; Franklin Park, IL; and San Francisco, CA.

Although exempt from the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, S U.S.C. 553(b), (c) regarding proposed rulemaking by 39 U.S.C. 410 (a), the Postal Service invites comments on the following proposed revisions of Chapter 280 of the International Mail Manual, incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. See 30 CFR 20.1.

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 20

Foreign relations, Incorporation by reference, International postal services.

Part 20--[AMENDED]

  1. The authority citation for 39 CFR Part 20 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a); 39 U.S.C. 401, 404, 407, 408.

  2. The International Mail Manual is amended to incorporate program changes to Subchapter 280 International Priority Airmail Service as follows: 280 INTERNATIONAL PRIORITY AIRMAIL SERVICE

    281 Description

    281.1 General

    International Priority Airmail (IPA) service is as fast as or faster than regular international airmail service. It is available to bulk mailers of all LC and AO items that are prepared by the sender in accordance with the requirements of this subchapter. Separate rates are provided for presorted mail and nonpresorted mail with drop shipment and volume discounts.

    281.2 Qualifying Mail

    Any item of the LC or AO classification, as defined in 141.2, qualifies. Letters, letter packages, postal cards, aerogrammes, regular printed matter, books and sheet music, publishers' periodicals, matter for the blind, and small packets, which are prepared in compliance with the applicable mailing conditions in this subchapter, may be sent in this service. Items do not have to be of the same size and weight to qualify.

    281.3 Minimum Quantity Requirements

    281.31 Worldwide Nonpresort Mail

    The mailer must have a minimum of 11 pounds of LC/AO mail in the total mailing. The minimum does not apply to each country destination.

    281.32 Presort Mail

    The mailer must have a minimum of 11 pounds of presorted LC/AO mail to a single rate group to qualify for the presort rate for that rate group.

    Note: Mail that cannot be made up in direct country packages (284.521) or in direct country sacks (284.61) does not qualify for the presort rates and is subject to the worldwide nonpresort rates.

    281.4 Dutiable Items

    Dutiable items may be sent in LC letter packages or AO small packets in accordance with the applicable rules in this subchapter for those classes of mail. Parcel post (CP) items, either ordinary or insured, may not be mailed as International Priority Airmail.

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    281.5 Deposit

    281.51 Full Service

    Mailings must be deposited and accepted at a business mail entry unit of the post office where the mailer holds an advance deposit account or postage meter license.

    281.52 Drop Shipment

    To qualify for the drop shipment rates, the mailer must tender the mail to one of the locations in 281.53. The mailer must pay postage at the drop shipment location either through an advance deposit account or postage meter license at the serving post office.

    As an alternative, mailers who are participating in a PVDS program (see DMM P750) may have the mail verified, accepted and paid for at the mailer's plant or at the origin post office serving the mailer's plant if authorized under DMM P750.2.2. Plant-verified drop shipment mail must be transported by the mailer to the drop shipment location and the mail accompanied by a clearance document Form 8125.

    281.53 Drop Shipment Locations

    Drop shipment rates are available from the following offices:

    New York

    Regular and plant-verified drop shipment:

    AMC JFK BUILDING 250 JFK INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT JAMAICA NY 11430-9998

    California

    Regular drop shipment:

    SAN FRANCISCO P&DC 1300 EVANS AVE SAN FRANCISCO CA 94188

    Plant-verified drop shipment:

    AMC SAN FRANCISCO BLDG 660 RD 6 SAN FRANCISCO CA 94158-9998

    Florida

    Regular drop shipment:

    MIAMI P&DC 2200 NORTHWEST 72 AVE MIAMI FL 33152

    Plant-verified drop shipment:

    AMC MIAMI MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT MIAMI FL 33159-9998

    Illinois

    Regular and plant-verified drop shipment:

    CHICAGO O'HARE DROPSHIP ISAL SERVICE CENTER INTERNATIONAL PROCESSING CENTER ANNEX 3333 N MOUNT PROSPECT RD FRANKLIN PARK IL 60131

    281.6 Special Services Not Available

    Items sent in this service may not be registered.

    282 Postage

    282.1 Rates

    282.11 General

    There are two rate options for International Priority Airmail service: a presort rate option that has four rate groups and a worldwide nonpresort rate. For both options there are full service rates for mail deposited at offices other than the four drop shipment offices listed in 281.5, and drop ship rates for mail deposited at one of the four drop shipment offices. The per-piece rates and per-pound rates are shown in Exhibit 282.11. The per-piece rate of $0.10 or $0.25 applies to each piece regardless of its weight. The per-pound rate applies to the net weight (gross weight minus tare weight of sack) of the mail for the specific rate group. Fractions of a pound are rounded to the next whole pound for postage calculation.

    Exhibit 282.11--International Priority Airmail Rates

    Pound rate Piece ------------------ Rate group

    rate Full service Dropship

  3. $0.25 $5.00 $4.00 2........................................... 0.10 5.25 4.25 3........................................... 0.10 6.50 5.50 4........................................... 0.10 7.50 6.50 Worldwide................................... 0.25 7.00 6.00

    282.12 Volume Discount

    Mailers who spend $2 million or more on IPA and ISAL in the preceding postal fiscal year may receive discounts off the rates shown in Exhibit 282.11 as follows:

    1. $2 million to $5 million: 5% discount b. over $5 million to $10 million: 10% discount c. over $10 million: 15% discount

      Mailers entitled to these discounts must place the full per piece rate on each piece of mail if payment is by postage meter or mailer- precanceled stamps. The discount is calculated on the statement of mailing.

      282.13 Qualifying for Volume Discounts

      To qualify for volume discounts, mailers must apply in writing to the Manager, Mail Order, International Business Unit, 475 L'Enfant Plaza, SW, Room 370-IBU, Washington, DC 20260-6500. The Manager evaluates all requests and informs the mailer and the post office(s) of mailing whether discounts are approved and the level of discount. Mailers must supply the following information:

    2. Postal fiscal year for the qualifying mail.

    3. Permit number(s) and post office(s) where the permits are held.

    4. Total revenue for the postal fiscal year.

    5. Post office(s) where the discount is to be claimed.

      The combined IPA and ISAL revenue is counted toward the discounts. The Postal Service will count as revenue to qualify for the volume discounts only postage paid by the permit holder. If a permit holder has more than one account, or accounts in several cities, then these revenues may be combined to qualify for discounts. Agents who prepare mail for the owner of the mail and mail paid by the owner's permit may not be included in the revenue to qualify for the discounts, except for the initial year (Postal Fiscal Year 1997, September 14, 1996, through September 12, 1997). Customers may be required to substantiate their request by providing copies of all postage statements for the appropriate postal fiscal year. All decisions of the Manager, Mail Order are final.

      282.14 Availability

      IPA service is available to all foreign countries, as listed in Exhibit 284.522. The exhibit shows the rate group assigned to each country.

      282.15 Presort Rates

      To qualify for the presort Group 1, 2, 3, or 4 rates (see Exhibit 282.11), a mailing must consist of a minimum of 11 pounds to a specific rate group. This minimum applies to each rate group and not to the entire mailing (see 281.32). Within a rate group all mail addressed to an individual country must be sorted into direct country packages of 10 or more pieces (or 1 pound or more of mail) (284.521) and/or sacked in direct country sacks of 11 pounds or more (284.61). Mail that cannot be made up into direct country packages or direct country sacks must be sent at the worldwide nonpresort rates.

      282.16 Separation by Rate Group

      The mailer must specify the rate group on the back of Tag 115, International Priority Airmail, with the number 1, 2, 3, 4 or WW (Worldwide), and must physically separate the sacks by rate group at the time of mailing.

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      282.17 Computation of Postage

      Postage is computed on PS Form 3652, Postage Statement-- International Priority Airmail. Postage at the worldwide nonpresort rate is calculated by multiplying the number of pieces in the mailing by the applicable per-piece rate, multiplying the net weight (in whole pounds) of the entire mailing by the applicable per-pound rate, and then adding the two totals together. Postage at the presorted rates is calculated by multiplying the number of pieces in the mailing destined for countries in a specific rate group by the appropriate per-piece rate, multiplying the net weight (in whole pounds) of those pieces by the corresponding per-pound rate, and then adding the two totals together. Volume discounts are calculated on the postage statement.

      282.2 Postage Payment Methods

      282.21 General

      282.211 Postage Meter or Permit Imprint

      Postage must be paid by postage meter, permit imprint, or mailer precanceled stamps (see DMM P023.3.0) or a combination. Postage charges are computed on PS Form 3652.

      282.212 Piece Rate Portion

      The applicable per-piece postage must be affixed to each piece by meter unless postage is paid by permit imprint (see 282.23).

      282.213 Pound Rate Portion

      Postage for the pound rate portion must be paid either by meter stamp(s) attached to the postage statement or from the mailer's authorized permit imprint advance deposit account.

      282.22 Postage Meter

      282.221 Postage Endorsement

      When postage is paid by meter or mailer precanceled stamps, each piece must be legibly endorsed with the words ``INTERNATIONAL PRIORITY AIRMAIL.''

      282.222 Specifications for Endorsement

      The endorsement required in 282.221 must appear on the address side of each piece and must be applied by a printing press, hand stamp, or other similar printing device. It must be printed above the name of the addressee and to the left or below the postage, or it may be printed adjacent to the meter stamp in either the postal inscription slug area or ad plate area. If the postal endorsement appears in the ad plate area, no other information may be printed in the ad plate. The endorsement may not be typewritten or hand drawn. The endorsement is not considered adequate if it is included as part of a decorative design or advertisement.

      282.223 Unmarked Pieces

      Unmarked pieces lacking the postage endorsement required by 282.221 are subject to the applicable LC/AO airmail single piece rates.

      282.224 Drop Shipment of Metered Mail

      Mailers who want to enter metered IPA mail at a post office other than where the meter is licensed must obtain a drop shipment authorization. To obtain an authorization, the mailer must submit a written request to the postmaster at the office where the mail will be entered. (see DMM D072).

      282.23 Permit Imprint

      Mailers may use a permit imprint for mailings that contain identical weight pieces. Any of the permit imprints shown in Exhibit 152.3 are acceptable. The postage charges are computed on PS Form 3652 and deducted from the advance deposit account. Permit imprints must not denote Priority Mail, bulk mail, nonprofit, or other domestic or special rate mail. Mailers may use permit imprint with nonidentical weight pieces only if authorized to use postage mailing systems under DMM P710, P720, or P730.

      283 Weight and Size Limits

      See 223 and 233 for the weight and size limits for LC items sent in this service. See 243, 253, and 263 for the weight and size limits for AO items sent in this service.

      284 Preparation Requirements for Individual Items

      284.1 Addressing

      See 122.

      284.2 Marking

      284.21 Airmail

      The sender should mark ``PAR AVION'' or ``AIR MAIL'' on the address side of each piece. Use of bordered airmail envelopes is optional and may be used for items sent in this service if the envelope contains the ``AIR MAIL'' endorsement.

      284.22 Class of Mail

      284.221 Printed Matter

      Printed matter is endorsed as required by weight:

    6. Items weighing more than 4 pounds must be marked to specify the type of printed matter: ``PRINTED MATTER,'' ``PRINTED MATTER--BOOKS,'' ``PRINTED MATTER--SHEET MUSIC,'' or ``PRINTED MATTER--PERIODICALS,'' as appropriate (see 244.211).

    7. Items weighing 4 pounds or less do not require any printed matter endorsement but may be marked with the endorsements in 284.221a at the mailer's option. Unmarked printed matter items are subject to the mailing conditions for letters (see 220).

      284.222 Letters/Letter Packages

      Letters and letter packages that might be mistaken for another class of mail because of their weight or appearance should be marked ``LETTER'' on the address side (see 224.2).

      284.223 Small Packets

      Each small packet must be marked ``SMALL PACKET'' (see 264.21).

      284.3 Sealing

      Any item sent in this service may be sealed at the option of the sender.

      284.4 Packaging

      All items must be placed in envelopes or prepared in package form. See 224.4 for LC mail and 244.4 for AO mail.

      284.5 Sorting Requirements for IPA

      284.51 Worldwide Nonpresorted Mail

      284.511 Working Packages

      IPA mail paid at the nonpresorted rate must be made up into working packages. Letters and flats must be packaged separately, although nonidentical pieces may be commingled within each of these categories. Pieces that cannot be packaged because of their physical characteristics must be placed loose in the sack.

      284.512 Facing of Nonpresorted Mail Within Package

      All pieces in the working packages must be faced the same way.

      284.52 Presorted Mail

      284.521 Direct Country Packages

      When there are ten or more pieces or 1 pound or more of mail for the same country (except Great Britain and Mexico), it must be made up into a country package. Great Britain and Mexico require a finer sortation (see 284.523). At the mailer's option, a finer breakdown by city or postal code may be made based on sortation information provided by the postal administration of the destination country.

      284.522 Country Package Label

    8. The label (facing slip) for country packages that contain ten or more pieces

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      to a specific country (except for Great Britain and Mexico) must be completed as follows:

      Line 1: Foreign Exchange Office Line 2: Country of Destination Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location

      Example

      1150 VIENNA FLUG AUSTRIA RBA COMPANY WASHINGTON DC

    9. See Exhibit 284.522 for Direct Country Package Label and Tag 178, CN 35 Par Avion, for information.

      284.523 Country Packages to Great Britain and Mexico

      Country packages to Great Britain and Mexico must be made up as follows:

    10. Great Britain. When there are 10 or more pieces or 1 pound or more of mail per separation, mail to Great Britain must be sorted into packages as follows:

      Separation Exchange Office (Line 1 Package Label):

      LONDON CITY LONDONTOWN SCOTLAND GLASGOW FWD NORTHERN IRELAND BELFAST FWD ALL OTHER GREAT BRITAIN GREAT BRITAIN, GREAT BRITAIN

      Example

      LONDONTOWN GREAT BRITAIN MAILER, MAILER LOCATION

    11. Mexico. Mail to Mexico must be sorted based on state separations. When a state separation contains ten or more pieces or 1 pound or more of mail, it must be packaged and labeled to the designated foreign exchange office shown in Exhibit 284.523. When there are less than ten pieces or 1 pound to one or more states in the grouping, package and label these pieces to the designated foreign exchange office listed for ``Remaining.'' When there are less than ten pieces or 1 pound to one or more states in the grouping, package and label these pieces to the designated foreign exchange office listed for ``Remaining.''

      Example: MEXICO 506 DF MEXICO MAILER, MAILER LOCATION.

      Exception: When there are less than ten pieces or 1 pound of mail to the Mexican states of Baja Calif Norte, Baja Calif Sur, Chihuahua, Distrito Federal (Mexico City), Guerrero, and Sonora, package the pieces separately and affix a facing slip labeled to the U.S. International Exchange Office listed in Exhibit 284.622.

      284.524 Facing of Pieces Within Country Package

      All pieces in the country package must be faced in the same direction and a facing slip identifying the contents of the package must be placed on the address side of the top piece of each package in such a manner that it will not become separated from the package.

      Note: The pressure-sensitive labels and optional endorsement lines used domestically for presort mail are prohibited for International Priority Airmail.

      284.53 Physical Characteristics and Requirements for Packages

      284.531 Thickness

      Packages of letter-size mail should be no thicker than approximately a handful of mail (4 to 6 inches thick).

      284.532 Securing Packages

      Each package must be securely tied. Placing rubber bands around the length and then the girth is the preferred method of securing packages of letter-size mail. Plastic strapping placed around the length and then the girth is the preferred method of securing packages of flat- size mail.

      284.533 Separation of Packages

      Letter-size and flat-size mail must be packaged separately. LC and AO mail classes may be commingled in a letter-size or flat-size mail package.

      284.6 Sacking Requirements

      284.61 Direct Country Sack (11 Pounds or More)

      284.611 General

      When there are 11 or more pounds of mail addressed to the same country (including Great Britain and Mexico), the mail must be packaged and enclosed in blue international airmail sacks and labeled to the country with Tag 178, Airmail Bag Label LC (CN 35/AV 8) (white). All types of mail, including letter-size packages, flat-size packages, and loose items for each destination, can be commingled in the same sack and counted toward the 11-pound minimum.

      284.612 Direct Country Sack Tags

      Direct country sacks must be labeled with Tag 178. The tag is white and specially coded to route the mail to a specific country and airport of destination. The blocks on the tag for date, weight, and dispatch information must be completed by the Postal Service and may not be completed by the mailer. The mailer must complete the ``To'' block showing the destination country. Tag 115, International Priority Airmail, must also be affixed to the Direct Country Sacks. Tag 115 is a ``Day-Glo'' pink tag that identifies the mail to ensure it receives priority handling. The mailer must designate on the back of Tag 115 the applicable rate group, using a number 1, 2, 3, 4, or WW (Worldwide).

      284.62 Mixed Direct Country Package Sacks

      284.621 General

      The direct country packages containing 10 or more pieces or 1 pound or more of mail destined to a specific country that cannot be made up in direct country sacks must be enclosed in orange Priority Mail sacks unless other equipment is specified by the acceptance office.

      284.622 Mixed Direct Country Sack Label

      The sack label must be completed as follows. (See Exhibit 284.622 for list of U.S. International Exchange Offices.)

      Line 1: Appropriate U.S. Exchange Office and Routing Code Line 2: Contents--DRX Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location

      Example

      AMC SEATTLE WA 980 INT'L PRIORITY AIRMAIL--DRX ABC STORE SEATTLE WA

      284.63 Worldwide Nonpresort Mail Sacks

      284.631 General

      The working packages of mixed country mail and loose items must be enclosed in orange Priority Mail sacks unless other equipment is specified by the acceptance office. Nonpresorted letter-size mail may be presented in trays if authorized by the acceptance office.

      Note: Working packages of mixed country mail cannot be enclosed in mixed direct country package sacks.

      284.632 Worldwide Nonpresort Mail Sack Label

      The sack label must be completed as follows:

      Line 1: Appropriate U.S. Exchange Office and Routing Code Line 2: Contents--WKG Line 3: Mailer, Mailer Location

      Example

      AMC ATLANTA GA 300 INT'L PRIORITY AIRMAIL--WKG CPA COMPANY ATLANTA GA

      See Exhibit 284.622 for list of U.S. International Exchange Offices.

      284.64 Tags and Weight Maximum for Sacks

      284.641 Tag 115 and Tag 178

      All IPA sacks (direct country, mixed direct country package sacks, and worldwide nonpresort mail sacks) must

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      be labeled with Tag 115, International Priority Airmail. Tag 115 is a ``Day-Glo'' pink tag that identifies IPA mail to ensure that it receives priority treatment. Tag 178 (see section 284.611) is a dispatching tag to be used only for direct country sacks. Tag 178 is white and specially coded to route the mail to a specific country and airport of destination. The Postal Service must complete the blocks on the tag for date, weight, and dispatch information. The mailer must complete only the ``To'' block showing the destination country. Postal tags and sacks are available from the post office.

      284.642 Sack Weight Maximum

      The maximum weight of the sack and contents must not exceed 66 pounds.

      284.7 Customs Forms Requirements

      284.71 Letters and Letter Packages

      See 224.5.

      284.72 Printed Matter

      See 244.6.

      284.73 Small Packets

      See 264.5.

      Exhibit 284.522--Foreign Exchange Office and Country Rate Groups, Information for Direct Country Package Label (Facing Slip), Tag 178, 3-Letter Country Exchange Office Code, and Exchange Office

      3-letter exchange Rate group

      Country

      office code

      Exchange office

  4. Afghanistan........... KBL

    Kabul. 1........................... Albania............... TIA

    Tirana. 4........................... Algeria............... ALG

    Algiers. 1........................... Andorra \1\ 4........................... Angola................ LAD

    Luanda. 2........................... Anguilla.............. AXA

    The Valley. 2........................... Antigua and Barbuda... ANU

    St. John's. 2........................... Argentina............. BUE

    Buenos Aires Avion. 4........................... Armenia............... EVN

    Yerevan. 2........................... Aruba................. AUA

    Oranjestad. 1........................... Ascension \1\ 3........................... Australia \2\......... SYD

    Sydney. 1........................... Austria............... VIE

    1150 Vienna Flug. 4........................... Azerbaijan............ BAK

    Baku. 1........................... Azores \1\ 2........................... Bahamas............... NAS

    Nassau. 4........................... Bahrain............... BAH

    Bahrain. 4........................... Bangladesh............ DAC

    Dhaka 17. 2........................... Barbados.............. BGI

    Bridgetown. 1........................... Belarus............... MOW

    Moscow PCI-1. 1........................... Belgium............... BRU

    Brussels X. 2.......................... Belize................ BZE

    Belize City. 4........................... Benin................. COO

    Cotonou. 2........................... Bermuda............... BDA

    Hamilton. 4........................... Bhutan \1\ 2........................... Bolivia............... LPB

    La Paz 2........................... Bonaire ‹SUP›1 ‹SUP›3 1........................... Bosnia-Herzegovina.... SJJ

    Sarajevo. 4........................... Botswana.............. GBE

    Gabrone. 2........................... Brazil................ RIO

    Rio de Janeiro. 2........................... British Virgin Islands EIS

    Roadtown Tortola 3........................... Brunei Darussalam..... BWN

    Bandar Seri Begawan. 1........................... Bulgaria.............. SOF

    Sofia. 4........................... Burkina Faso.......... OUA

    Ouagadougou. 4........................... Burma (Myanmar)....... RGN

    Rangoon. 4........................... Burundi............... BJM

    Bujumbura. 3........................... Cambodia.............. PNH

    Phnom Penh. 4........................... Cameroon.............. DLA

    Douala. 4........................... Cape Verde............ SID

    SAL. 2........................... Cayman Islands........ GCM

    Grand Cayman. 4........................... Central African

    BGF

    Bangui. Republic. 4........................... Chad.................. NDJ

    N'Djamena. 2........................... Chile................. SCL

    Santiago. 3........................... China................. PEK

    Beijing. 2........................... Colombia.............. BOG

    Bogota Aeropuerto. 4........................... Comoros Islands \1\ 4........................... Congo, Dem. Rep. of FIH

    Kinshasa CTT. the. 4........................... Congo, Rep. of the BZV

    Brazzaville. (Brazzaville). 4........................... Corsica \1\ 2........................... Costa Rica............ SJO

    San Jose. 4........................... Cote d'Ivoire......... ABJ

    Abidjan. 1........................... Croatia............... ZAG

    Zagreb. 2........................... Cuba.................. HAV

    Havana. Curacao \3\........... CUR

    Willemstad. 4........................... Cyprus................ NIC

    Nicosia. 1........................... Czech Republic........ PRG

    Prague 120. 1........................... Denmark............... CPH

    Copenhagen PTM.

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  5. Djibouti.............. JIB

    Djibouti. 2........................... Dominica.............. DOM

    Roseau. 2........................... Dominican Republic.... SDQ

    Santo Domingo. 2........................... Ecuador............... UIO

    Quito. 4........................... Egypt................. CAI

    Cairo Int'l Airport. 2........................... El Salvador........... SAL

    San Salvador. 4........................... Equatorial Guinea..... BSG

    Bata. 4........................... Eritrea............... ASM

    Asmara. 1........................... Estonia............... TLL

    Tallinn. 4........................... Ethiopia.............. ADD

    Addis Ababa. 2........................... Falkland Islands \1\ 1........................... Faroe Islands \1\ 3........................... Fiji.................. NAN

    Nadi. 1........................... Finland............... HEL

    Helsinki. 1........................... France................ PAR

    Paris Aviation Passe. 2........................... French Guiana......... CAY

    Cayenne. 3........................... French Polynesia...... PPT

    Papeete. 4........................... Gabon................. LBV

    Libreville. 4........................... Gambia................ BJL

    Banjul. 4........................... Georgia, Republic of.. TBS

    Tbilisi. 1........................... Germany............... FRA

    Frankfurt am Main. Flughafen. 4........................... Ghana................. ACC

    Accra. 1........................... Gibraltar............. GIB

    Gibraltar. 1........................... Great Britain London City........... LON

    Londontown. Northern Ireland...... BFS

    Belfast. Scotland.............. GLA

    Glasgow. All Other Great Britain......... LON

    Great Britain. 1........................... Greece................ ATH

    Athens. 1........................... Greenland \1\ 2........................... Grenada............... GND

    St. George's. 2........................... Guadeloupe............ PTP

    Pointe-a-Pitre. 2........................... Guatemala............. GUA

    Guatemala. 4........................... Guinea................ CKY

    Conakry. 4........................... Guinea-Bissau......... BXO

    Bissau. 2........................... Guyana................ GEO

    Georgetown. 2........................... Haiti................. PAP

    Port-au-Prince. 2........................... Honduras.............. TGU

    Tegucigalpa. 3........................... Hong Kong............. HKG

    Victoria. 1........................... Hungary............... BUD

    Budapest 72 Trans. 1........................... Iceland............... REK

    Reykjavik. 4........................... India................. DEL

    Delhi Air. 3........................... Indonesia............. JKT

    Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta. 4........................... Iran.................. THR

    Tehran. 4........................... Iraq.................. BGW

    Baghdad. 1........................... Ireland............... DUB

    Dublin. 4........................... Israel................ TLV

    Tel Aviv-Yafo. 1........................... Italy................. ROM

    Rome Ferr. 2........................... Jamaica............... KIN

    Kingston. 3........................... Japan................. TYO

    Tokyo APT FWD. 4........................... Jordan................ AMM

    Amman. 4........................... Kazakhstan............ ALA

    Alma Ata. 4........................... Kenya................. NBO

    Nairobi. 3........................... Kiribati.............. TRW

    Tarawa. 3........................... Korea, Dem. People's Rep. (North) \1\ 3........................... Korea, Republic of SEL

    Seoul. (South). 4........................... Kuwait................ KWI

    Kuwait. 1........................... Kyrgyzstan............ MOW

    Moscow PCI-1. 3........................... Laos.................. VTE

    Vientiane. 1........................... Latvia................ RIX

    Riga. 4........................... Lebanon............... BEY

    Beirut. 4........................... Lesotho............... MSU

    Maseru. 4........................... Liberia............... MLW

    Monrovia. 4........................... Libya................. TIP

    Tripoli. 1........................... Liechtenstein \1\ 1........................... Lithuania............. VNO

    Vilnius.

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  6. Luxembourg............ LUX

    Luxembourg Ville. 3........................... Macao................. HKG

    Macau. 1........................... Macedonia............. BEG

    Belgrade. 4........................... Madagascar............ TNR

    Antananarivo. 1........................... Madeira Islands....... FNC

    Funchal. 4........................... Malawi................ BLZ

    Limbe C.S.O. 3........................... Malaysia.............. KUL

    Kuala Lumpur. 4........................... Maldives.............. MLE

    Male. 4........................... Mali.................. BKO

    Bamako. 4........................... Malta................. VLT

    Valletta. 2........................... Martinique............ FDF

    Fort de France. 4........................... Mauritania............ NKC

    Nouakchott. 4........................... Mauritius............. MRU

    Mauritius. 2........................... Mexico See Exhibit 284.523 4........................... Moldova............... KIV

    Kishinev. 1........................... Monaco................ MCM

    Monte Carlo. 3........................... Mongolia \1\ 2........................... Montserrat............ MNI

    Plymouth. 4........................... Morocco............... CAS

    Casablanca P/PAL. 4........................... Mozambique............ MPM

    CPI Maputo. 4........................... Namibia............... WDH

    Windhoek. 3........................... Nauru................. INU

    Nauru. 3........................... Nepal................. KTM

    Kathmandu. 1........................... Netherlands........... AMS

    Amsterdam EXP. 2........................... Netherlands Antilles \1\ \3\ 3........................... New Caledonia......... NOU

    Noumea. 3........................... New Zealand........... AKL

    Auckland. 2........................... Nicaragua............. MGA

    Managua. 4........................... Niger................. NIM

    Niamey. 4........................... Nigeria............... LOS

    Lagos. 1........................... Norway................ OSL

    Oslo Transit. 4........................... Oman.................. MCT

    Muscat. 4........................... Pakistan.............. KHI

    Karachi. 2........................... Panama................ PTY

    Panama City. 3........................... Papua New Guinea...... POM

    Port Moresby. 2........................... Paraguay.............. ASU

    Asuncion. 2........................... Peru.................. LIM

    Lima Transito. 3........................... Philippines........... MNL

    Manila. 3........................... Pitcairn Island \1\ 1........................... Poland................ WAW

    Warsaw.\3\ 1........................... Portugal.............. LIS

    Lisbon Province. 4........................... Qatar................. DOH

    Doha. 4........................... Reunion............... RUN

    St. Denis. 1........................... Romania............... BUH

    Bucharest. 1........................... Russia................ MOW

    Moscow PCI-1. 4........................... Rwanda................ KGL

    Kigali. 2........................... Saba ‹SUP›1 ‹SUP›3 2........................... Saint Christopher and SKB

    Basseterre. Nevis. 2........................... Saint Eustatius ‹SUP›1 ‹SUP›3 4........................... Saint Helena \1\ 2........................... Saint Lucia........... SLU

    Castries. 2........................... Saint Maarten \3\..... SXM

    Philipsburg. 2........................... Saint Pierre and Miquelon \1\ 2........................... Saint Vincent and The SVD

    Kingstown. Grenadines. 1........................... San Marino \1\ 1........................... Sao Tome and Principe \1\ 4........................... Saudi Arabia.......... DHA

    Dhahran APT. 4........................... Senegal............... DKR

    Dakar Yoff. 1........................... Serbia-Montenegro BEG

    Belgrade. (Yugoslavia). 4........................... Seychelles............ SEZ

    Mahe Is. 4........................... Sierra Leone.......... FNA

    Freetown. 3........................... Singapore............. SIN

    Singapore. 1........................... Slovak Republic

    BTS

    Bratislava. (Slovakia). 1........................... Slovenia.............. LJU

    Ljubljana. 3........................... Solomon Islands....... HIR

    Honiara. 4........................... Somalia............... MGQ

    Mogadishu. 4........................... South Africa.......... JNB

    Johannesburg. 1........................... Spain................. MAD

    Madrid Airport.

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  7. Sri Lanka............. CMB

    Colombo. 4........................... Sudan................. KRT

    Khartoum. 2........................... Suriname.............. PBM

    Paramaribo. 4........................... Swaziland............. MTS

    Manzini. 1........................... Sweden................ STO

    Stockholm Flug. 1........................... Switzerland........... GVA

    Geneva 1. 4........................... Syria................. DAM

    Damascus. 3........................... Taiwan................ TPE

    Taipei. 4........................... Tajikistan............ MOW

    Moscow PCI-1. 4........................... Tanzania.............. DAR

    Dar es Salaam. 3........................... Thailand.............. BKK

    Bangkok. 4........................... Togo.................. LFW

    Lome. 3........................... Tonga................. NUK

    Nukualofa. 2........................... Trinidad and Tobago... POS

    Port of Spain. 4........................... Tristan da Cunha \1\ 4........................... Tunisia............... TUN

    Tunis. 1........................... Turkey................ IST

    Istanbul Hava Alani. 1........................... Turkmenistan.......... MOW

    Moscow PCI-1. 2........................... Turks and Caicos

    TKI

    Grand Turk. Islands. 3........................... Tuvalu \1\ 4........................... Uganda................ KLA

    Kampala 4........................... Ukraine............... IEV

    Kiev. 4........................... United Arab Emirates.. DXB

    Dubai. 2........................... Uruguay............... MVD

    Montevideo. 4........................... Uzbekistan............ TAS

    Tashkent. 3........................... Vanuatu............... VLI

    Port Vila. 4........................... Vatican City.......... VCY

    Vatican City State. 2........................... Venezuela............. CCS

    Caracas. 3........................... Vietnam............... SGN

    Ho Chi Minh Ville. 3........................... Wallis and Futuna Islands \1\ 3........................... Western Samoa......... APW

    Apia. 4........................... Yemen................. SAH

    Sanaa. 4........................... Zambia................ NLA

    Ndola. 4........................... Zimbabwe.............. HRE

    Harare.

    Footnotes

    \1\ Direct country sacks are not made to these destinations. Prepare direct country packages (ten or more pieces) and include in mixed direct country package sacks labeled to the assigned U.S. exchange office listed in Exhibit 284.622. \2\ At the mailer's option, a finer sortation for IPA items addressed to Australia may be used. If this option is chosen, items addressed with postal codes beginning with 0, 1, 2, 4, and 9 and uncoded mail should be sorted and packaged to Sydney. Direct country sacks should be tagged to Sydney as well. Both the three-letter exchange office code, ``SYD,'' and the country name, Australia, should be entered in the ``TO'' block of Tag 178. Items addressed with postal codes beginning with 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 should be sorted and packaged to Melbourne. Direct country sacks should be tagged to Melbourne as well. Both the three-letter exchange office code, ``MEL,'' and the country name, Australia, should be entered in the ``TO'' block of Tag 178. \3\ Netherlands Antilles includes Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, St. Eustatius, and St. Maarten.

    Exhibit 284.523--Mexico

    Tag 116 3- Package label (facing letter State group

    State name

    State abbreviation

    slip) line 1

    exchange office code

  8. Aguascalientes....... AGS

    20001 Aguascalientes GDL. AGS DIS. Colima............... COL

    28001 Colima COL DIS. GDL. Guanajuato........... GTO

    36501 Irapuato GTO GDL. DIS. Jalisco.............. JAL

    CPA Occidente........ GDL. Guadalajara DIS...... GDL. Nayarit.............. NAY

    63001 Tepic NAY DIS.. GDL. Zacatecas............ ZAC

    98001 Zacatecas ZAC GDL. DIS. Remaining............ CPA

    Occidente Guadalajara GDL. DIS. 2.......................... Campeche............. CAM

    24001 Campeche CAM MID. DIS. Tabasco.............. TAB

    86001 Villahermosa MID. TAB DIS. Yucatan.............. YUC

    97001 Merida YUC DIS. MID. Remaining............

    97001 Merida YUC DIS. MID. 3.......................... Coahuila............. COAH

    CPA Noreste Monterrey MTY. NL DIS. Nuevo Leon........... NL

    CPA Noreste Monterrey MTY. NL DIS. San Luis Potosi...... SLP

    78001 San Luis Potosi MTY. SPL DIS. Tamulipas............ TAM

    87001 DC Victoria TAM MTY. DIS.

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    Remaining............ CPA

    Noreste Monterrey NL MTY. DIS. 4.......................... Chiapas.............. CHIS

    29002 Tuxtla Gtz CHIS MEX. DIS. Hidalgo.............. HGO

    42001 Pachuca HGO DIS MEX. Mexico............... MEX

    Mexico 506 DF DIS.... MEX. Michoacan............ MICH

    58001 Morelia MICH MEX. DIS. Morelos.............. MOR

    62001 Cuernavaca MOR MEX. DIS. Oaxaca............... OAX

    68001 Oaxaca OAX DIS. MEX. Puebla............... PUE

    72001 Puebla PUE DIS. MEX. Queretaro............ QRO

    76001 Queretaro QRO MEX. DIS. Quintana Roo......... QROO

    77001 Chetumal QROO MEX. DIS. Tlaxcala............. TLAX

    90001 Tlaxcala TLAX MEX. DIS. Veracruz............. VER

    91701 Veracruz VER MEX. DIS. Remaining Mexico..... ..................... 506 DF DIS........... MEX. 5.......................... Durango.............. DGO

    82001 Mazatlan SIN MZT. DIS. Sinaloa.............. SIN

    82001 Mazatlan SIN MZT. DIS. Remaining 82001...... SIN DIS

    Mazatlan............. MZT. 6.......................... Distrito Federal..... DF

    Mexico 506 DF (Mexico MEX. City). 7.......................... Guerrero............. GRO

    39301 Acapulco de ACA. Juarez GRO DIS. 8.......................... Baja Calif Norte..... BCN

    22001 Tijuana BCN DIS N/A. Baja Calif Sur....... BCS

    23001 La Paz BCS DIS. N/A. Chihuahua............ CHIH

    32001 CD Juarez CHIH N/A. DIS. Sonora............... SON

    84001 Nogales SON DIS N/A.

    Exhibit 284.622--Labeling of IPA Mail to USPS Exchange Offices

    IPA acceptance office 3-digit ZIP code prefix

    U.S. exchange office and routing code for line 1

    004-005, 010-098, 100-199, 250-267........................ AMC KENNEDY NY 003. 200-249, 254, 268, 283-285, 400-418, 420-427, 476-477..... P&DC DULLES VA 201. 270-282, 286-326, 344, 350-397, 399....................... AMC ATLANTA GA 300. 424, 430-459, 460-516, 520-528, 530-532, 534-535, 537-567, AMC O'HARE 606. 570-588, 600-620, 622-631, 633-641, 644-658, 660-662, 664- 681, 683-693, 739. 700-708, 710-738, 740-799, 885............................ ISC DALLAS TX 753. 590-599, 821, 832-838, 970-986, 988-999................... AMC SEATTLE WA 980 850, 852-853, 855-857, 859-860, 863-865, 870-875, 877-884, AMC LOS ANGELES CA 900. 889-891, 900-908, 910-928, 930-936. 800-816, 820, 822-831, 840-847, 893-898, 937-966.......... AMC SAN FRANCISCO CA 940. 967-969................................................... P&DC HONOLULU 967.

    Stanley F. Mires, Chief Counsel, Legislative.

    [FR Doc. 98-31438Filed11-24-98; 8:45 am]

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