New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products, 55947-55951 [2017-25488]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 226 / Monday, November 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: List of Subjects in 37 CFR Part 386 Kimberly Whittle, Attorney Advisor, by telephone at (202) 707–7658 or by email at crb@loc.gov. Final Regulations The satellite carrier compulsory license establishes a statutory copyright licensing scheme for the distant retransmission of television programming by satellite carriers. 17 U.S.C. 119. Congress created the license in 1988 and has reauthorized the license for additional five-year periods, most recently with the passage of the STELA Reauthorization Act of 2014, Public Law 113–200. On August 31, 2010, the Copyright Royalty Judges (Judges) adopted rates for the section 119 compulsory license for the 2010–2014 term. See 75 FR 53198. The rates were proposed by Copyright Owners and Satellite Carriers 1 and were unopposed. Id. Section 119(c)(2) of the Copyright Act provides that, effective January 1 of each year, the Judges shall adjust the royalty fee payable under Section 119(b)(1)(B) ‘‘to reflect any changes occurring in the cost of living as determined by the most recent Consumer Price Index (for all consumers and for all items) [CPI–U] published by the Secretary of Labor before December 1 of the preceding year.’’ Section 119 also requires that ‘‘[n]otification of the adjusted fees shall be published in the Federal Register at least 25 days before January 1.’’ 17 U.S.C. 119(c)(2). The change in the cost of living as determined by the CPI–U during the period from the most recent index published before December 1, 2016, to the most recent index published before December 1, 2017, is +2.0%.2 Application of the 2.0% COLA to the current rate for the secondary transmission of broadcast stations by satellite carriers for private home viewing—27 cents per subscriber per month—results in a rate of 28 cents per subscriber per month (rounded to the nearest cent). See 37 CFR 386.2(b)(1). Application of the 2.0% COLA to the current rate for viewing in commercial establishments—57 cents per subscriber per month—results in a rate of 58 cents per subscriber per month (rounded to the nearest cent). See 37 CFR 386.2(b)(2). pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1 Program Suppliers and Joint Sports Claimants comprised the Copyright Owners while DIRECTV, Inc., DISH Network, LLC, and National Programming Service, LLC, comprised the Satellite Carriers. 2 On November 15, 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics announced that the CPI–U increased 2.0% over the last 12 months. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:11 Nov 24, 2017 Jkt 244001 Copyright, Satellite, Television. In consideration of the foregoing, the Judges amend part 386 of title 37 of the Code of Federal Regulations as follows: PART 386—ADJUSTMENT OF ROYALTY FEES FOR SECONDARY TRANSMISSIONS BY SATELLITE CARRIERS 1. The authority citation for part 386 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 17 U.S.C. 119(c), 801(b)(1). 2. Section 386.2 is amended by adding paragraphs (b)(1)(ix) and (b)(2)(ix) as follows: ■ § 386.2 Royalty fee for secondary transmission by satellite carriers. * * * * * (b) * * * (1) * * * (ix) 2018: 28 cents per subscriber per month. (2) * * * (ix) 2018: 58 cents per subscriber per month. Dated: November 20, 2017. Suzanne M. Barnett, Chief Copyright Royalty Judge. [FR Doc. 2017–25481 Filed 11–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 1410–72–P POSTAL SERVICE 39 CFR Part 111 New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products Postal ServiceTM. ACTION: Final rule. AGENCY: On October 6, 2017, the Postal Service (USPS®) filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) in Docket No. R2018–1. On October 13, 2017 the Postal Service published a proposed rule containing the revisions to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) that we planned to adopt to implement rule changes coincident with the price adjustments. DATES: Effective: January 21, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacqueline Erwin at (202) 268–2158, or Lizbeth Dobbins at (202) 268–3789. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 9, 2017, the PRC found that the price adjustments proposed by the Postal Service may take effect as planned. The price adjustments and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 55947 DMM revisions are scheduled to become effective on January 21, 2018. Final prices are available under Docket No. R2018–1 (Order No. 4215) on the Postal Regulatory Commission’s Web site at www.prc.gov. The Postal Service’s final rule includes: a change to the pallet preparation for Carrier Route (CR) Pallets in Non-FSS Zones, a change to add Bound Printed Matter Flats up to 24 ounces to comail with USPS Marketing Mail and Periodicals (DSCF or DDU only), and a Zone chart revision for Priority Mail to APO/FPO/DPO processing at Chicago ISC. Comments on Proposed Changes and USPS Response The Postal Service received 1 formal comment on the October 13, 2017 proposed rule. Zone Charts Revision: Priority Mail to APO/FPO/DPO Processing at Chicago ISC One comment requested that the Postal Service reconsider changing APO/FPO/DPO mail processing at Chicago ISC, based on needing more study on negative, financial consequences on US Service members, their families and businesses that serve them. USPS Response The Postal Service is revising Zone charts for Priority Mail to APO/FPO/ DPO, which is processed at the Chicago ISC, based on operational needs. This revision reflects current operations and is consistent with Title 39 and former Postal Rate Commission precedent regarding the alignment of rates and costs for mail classification. It is necessary to align rates and costs for Priority Mail addressed to APO/FPO/ DPO destinations, and eliminate inconsistencies between rates and costs for such Priority Mail. The Proposed Rule is not a sudden, unforeseeable change in policy. The transfer of processing operations to the Chicago ISC, and the resulting inconsistency between Zone classification and transportation costs, occurred in 2013. For over three years, mailers had an opportunity to assess the potential impact of this change on future operations, and some businesses responded to the change by relocating their operations in anticipation of a potential reclassification of zones necessary to align rates and costs. The resulting changes to DMM 608 are shown below. List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111 Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service. E:\FR\FM\27NOR1.SGM 27NOR1 55948 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 226 / Monday, November 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations The Postal Service adopts the following changes to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM), incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. See 39 CFR 111.1. Accordingly, 39 CFR part 111 is amended as follows: PART 111—[AMENDED] 1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 111 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 5 U.S.C. 552(a); 13 U.S.C. 301– 307; 18 U.S.C. 1692–1737; 39 U.S.C. 101, 401, 403, 404, 414, 416, 3001–3011, 3201– 3219, 3403–3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3632, 3633, and 5001. 2. Revise the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) as follows: ■ Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) * * * * * 200 Commercial Mail Letters, Cards, Flats, and Parcels 201 Physical Standards * * * * * 5.0 Physical Standards for Nonautomation Flats * * * * * 5.3 Bound Printed Matter These additional standards apply to Bound Printed Matter: * * * * * [Revise the text of item b to read as follows:] b. Bound Printed Matter may not weigh more than 20 ounces (except under 705.15). * * * * * 6.0 Physical Standards for Automation Flats * * * * * pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES 6.2.2 * * * * 600 Basic Standards for All Mailing Services * VerDate Sep<11>2014 * * 15:11 Nov 24, 2017 * 9.0 Postal Zones * * 9.2 Application Jkt 244001 * * * * * * * * * * * a. For the purposes of computing postal zone information, except for items 9.2b and 9.2c, the following table applies to MPOs not listed in L005. [Revise the ZIP Code groups listed under the ‘‘3-DIGIT ZIP CODE PREFIX GROUP’’ column by adding asterisks and add a new footnote to read as follows:] 3-DIGIT ZIP CODE PREFIX GROUP 090–098* 340 962–966* * Priority Mail service destinating to these ZIP Codes is served by SCF Chicago IL 606. [Revise the text of item b to read as follows:] b. The postage prices for zoned mail transported between the United States, the Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, or U.S. territories or possessions, including the Freely Associated States on the one hand, and MPOs on the other, or, among the MPOs, are the applicable zone prices for mail between the place of mailing or delivery and the city of the postmaster serving the MPO concerned. * * * * * 700 Special Standards * * * * * 705 Advanced Preparation and Special Postage Payment Systems * * * * * Periodicals * * * * Pallet Preparation and Labeling [Revise the second sentence in the introductory text of 10.1.5 to read as follows:] * * * When sortation under this option is performed, after completing required or optional carrier route pallets (if any), mailers must prepare all merged 5-digit scheme, and merged 5-digit pallets that are possible in the mailing based on the volume of mail to the destination using L001 and/or the City State Product. * * * [Reverse the order of items a. and b.; and revise the text of reordered items a. and b. to read as follows:] a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required; optional with no minimum. PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 May contain only carrier route bundles for carrier routes for 5-digit ZIP Codes identified in the L001 5-digit scheme listing. Labeling: 1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B. 2. Line 2: ‘‘PER’’ or ‘‘NEWS’’ as applicable; followed by ‘‘FLTS’’; followed by ‘‘CR–RTS SCHEME.’’ b. Merged 5-digit scheme, required and permitted only when there is at least one 5-digit ZIP Code in the scheme that has an ‘‘A’’ or ‘‘C’’ indicator in the City State Product. May contain carrier route bundles for any 5-digit ZIP Code(s) in a single scheme listed in L001 as well as machinable barcoded price 5-digit bundles and machinable nonbarcoded price 5-digit bundles for those 5-digit ZIP Codes in the scheme that have an ‘‘A’’ or ‘‘C’’ indicator in the City State Product. Labeling: 1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B. 2. Line 2: ‘‘PER’’ or ‘‘NEWS’’ as applicable; followed by ‘‘FLTS’’; followed by ‘‘CR/5D SCHEME.’’ [Reverse the order of items c and d; and revise the text of reordered item c to read as follows:] c. 5-digit carrier routes, required; optional with no minimum. May contain only carrier route price bundles for the same 5-digit ZIP Code for those 5-digit ZIP Codes that are not part of a scheme. Labeling: 1. Line 1: Use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 8.6.4 for military mail). 2. Line 2: ‘‘PER’’ or ‘‘NEWS’’ as applicable; followed by ‘‘FLTS’’; followed by ‘‘CARRIER ROUTES’’ or ‘‘CR–RTS.’’ * * * * * 10.2 USPS Marketing Mail * 10.0 Merging Bundles of Flats Using the City State Product 10.1.5 Maximum Weight * * * Maximum weight limits are as follows: * * * * * [Revise the text of item d to read as follows:] d. For Bound Printed Matter, 20 ounces (except under 705.15). * * * * * * Postal Information and Resources 10.1 6.2 Additional Criteria for Automation Flats * 608 * * * * 10.2.5 Pallet Preparation and Labeling [Revise the first two sentences of the introductory text of 10.2.5 to read as follows:] Mailers must prepare pallets of bundles in the manner and sequence listed below and under 8.0. When sortation under this option is performed, after completing required or optional carrier route pallets (if any), mailers must prepare all merged 5-digit scheme and merged 5-digit pallets that are possible in the mailing based on the volume of mail to the destination using L001 and/or the City State Product. * * * [Reverse the order of items a and b; and revise the text in reordered items a and b to read as follows:] a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required; optional with no minimum. May contain only carrier route bundles for carrier routes for 5-digit ZIP Codes E:\FR\FM\27NOR1.SGM 27NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 226 / Monday, November 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations identified in the L001 5-digit scheme listing. Labeling: 1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B. 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT FLTS CR–RTS SCHEME.’’ b. Merged 5-digit scheme, required and permitted only when there is at least one 5-digit ZIP Code in the scheme that has an ‘‘A’’ or ‘‘C’’ indicator in the City State Product. May contain carrier route bundles for any 5-digit ZIP Code(s) in a single scheme listed in L001 as well as automation price 5-digit bundles and Presorted price 5-digit bundles for those 5-digit ZIP Codes in the scheme that have an ‘‘A’’ or ‘‘C’’ indicator in the City State Product. Labeling: 1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B. 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT FLTS CR/5D SCHEME.’’ [Reverse the order of items c and d; and revise the text of reordered item c to read as follows:] c. 5-digit carrier routes, required; optional with no minimum. May contain only carrier route price bundles for the same 5-digit ZIP Code for those 5-digit ZIP Codes that are not part of a scheme. Labeling: 1. Line 1: Use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 8.6.4 for military mail). 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT FLTS,’’ followed by ‘‘CARRIER ROUTES’’ or ‘‘CR–RTS.’’ * * * * * ‘‘IRREG’’ as applicable; followed by ‘‘CR–RTS SCHEME.’’ b. Merged 5-digit scheme, required; * * * For 5-digit ZIP Codes not included in a scheme, begin preparing pallets under 12.1.5e (merged 5-digit pallet). Labeling: 1. Line 1: use L001, Column B. 2. Line 2: ‘‘PER’’ or ‘‘NEWS’’ as applicable; followed by ‘‘FLTS’’ or ‘‘IRREG’’ as applicable; followed by ‘‘CR/5D SCHEME.’’ * * * * * [Reverse the order of items d and e; and revise the text of reordered item d to read as follows:] d. 5-digit carrier routes, required; optional with no minimum. May contain only carrier route price bundles for the same 5-digit ZIP Code for those 5-digit ZIP Codes that are not part of a scheme. Labeling: 1. Line 1: Use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 8.6.4 for military mail). 2. Line 2: ‘‘PER’’ or ‘‘NEWS’’ as applicable; followed by ‘‘FLTS’’ or ‘‘IRREG’’ as applicable; followed by ‘‘CARRIER ROUTES’’ or ‘‘CR–RTS.’’ * * * * * [Add new heading 12.2, USPS Marketing Mail, renumber 12.1.6 through 12.1.8 as 12.2.1 through 12.2.3] 12.0 Merging Bundles of Flats on Pallets Using a 5% Threshold 12.2.3 12.1 * Periodicals * pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES 12.1.5 * * * Pallet Preparation and Labeling [Revise the second sentence in the introductory text of 12.1.5 to read as follows:] * * * When sortation under this option is performed, after completing required or optional carrier route pallets (if any), mailers must prepare all merged 5-digit scheme, 5-digit scheme, and merged 5-digit pallets that are possible in the mailing based on the volume of mail to the destination using L001 and the 5% threshold, as applicable. * * * Prepare and label pallets as follows: [Reverse the order of items a and b; and revise the text of reordered items a. and b. to read as follows:] a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required; optional with no minimum. May contain only carrier route bundles for all carrier routes for 5-digit ZIP Codes identified in the L001 5-digit scheme listing. Labeling: 1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B. 2. Line 2: ‘‘PER’’ or ‘‘NEWS’’ as applicable; followed by ‘‘FLTS’’ or VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:11 Nov 24, 2017 Jkt 244001 12.2 * USPS Marketing Mail * * * * Pallet Preparation and Labeling [Revise the second sentence in the introductory text of renumbered 12.2.3 to read as follows:] * * * When sortation under this option is performed after completing required or optional carrier route pallets (if any), mailers must prepare all merged 5-digit scheme, and merged 5-digit pallets that are possible in the mailing based on the volume of mail to the destination using L001 and the 5% threshold. * * * [Reverse the order of items a and b; and revise the text in reordered items a. and b. to read as follows:] a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required, optional with no minimum. May contain only carrier route bundles for carrier routes for 5-digit ZIP Codes identified in the L001 5-digit scheme listing. Labeling: 1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B. 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT FLTS CR–RTS SCHEME.’’ b. Merged 5-digit scheme, required, permitted only when 5-digit bundles for at least one 5-digit ZIP Code in the scheme may be merged with carrier route bundles under the 5% threshold standard in 12.2.2. * * * For 5-digit ZIP PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 55949 Codes not included in a scheme, begin preparing pallets under 12.2.3d (merged 5-digit pallet). Labeling: 1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B. 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT FLTS CR/5D SCHEME.’’ * * * * * [Reverse the order of items c and d; and revise the text of reordered item c to read as follows:] c. 5-digit carrier routes, required, optional with no minimum. May contain only carrier route price bundles for the same 5-digit ZIP Code for those 5-digit ZIP codes that are not part of a scheme. Labeling: 1. Line 1: Use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 8.6.4 for military mail). 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT FLTS’’; followed by ‘‘CARRIER ROUTES’’ or ‘‘CR–RTS.’’ * * * * * 13.0 Merging Bundles of Flats on Pallets Using the City State Product and a 5% Threshold 13.1 13.1.1 Periodicals Basic Standards * * * * * [Revise the text of item e to read as follows:] e. After completing all possible required or optional carrier route pallets (if any), mailers must prepare all merged 5-digit scheme and 5-digit scheme pallets according to standards in 13.1.5. * * * * * 13.1.5 Pallet Preparation and Labeling [Revise the second sentence in the introductory text of 13.1.5 to read as follows:] * * * When sortation under this option is performed, after completing required or optional carrier route pallets (if any), mailers must prepare all merged 5-digit scheme, 5-digit scheme, and merged 5-digit pallets that are possible in the mailing based on the volume of mail to the destination (8.0) using L001, the City State Product, and the 5% threshold (13.1.4), as applicable. * * * Prepare and label pallets as follows: * * * * * [Reverse the order of items a and b; and revise the text of reordered item a to read as follows:] a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required, optional with no minimum. May contain only carrier route bundles for carrier routes for 5-digit ZIP Codes identified in the L001 5-digit scheme listing. Labeling: 1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B. 2. Line 2: ‘‘PER’’ or ‘‘NEWS’’ as applicable; followed by ‘‘FLTS’’ or E:\FR\FM\27NOR1.SGM 27NOR1 55950 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 226 / Monday, November 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations ‘‘IRREG’’ as applicable; and followed by ‘‘CR–RTS SCHEME.’’ * * * * * [Reverse the order of items d and e; revise the text of reordered item d to read as follows:] d. 5-digit carrier routes, required; optional with no minimum. May contain only carrier route price bundles for the same 5-digit ZIP Code for those 5-digit ZIP Codes that are not part of a scheme. Labeling: 1. Line 1: Use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 8.6.4 for military mail). 2. Line 2: ‘‘PER’’ or ‘‘NEWS’’ as applicable; followed by ‘‘FLTS’’ or ‘‘IRREG’’ as applicable; and followed by ‘‘CARRIER ROUTES’’ or ‘‘CR–RTS.’’ * * * * * 13.2 * USPS Marketing Mail * pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES 13.2.4 * * * Pallet Preparation and Labeling [Revise the second sentence of the introductory text of 13.2.4 to read as follows:] * * * When sortation under this option is performed after completing required or optional carrier route pallets (if any), mailers must prepare all merged 5-digit scheme, and merged 5-digit pallets that are possible in the mailing based on the volume of mail to the destination using L001, the City State Product, and the 5% threshold. Mailers must label pallets according to the Line 1 and Line 2 information listed below and under 8.6. [Reverse the order of items a and b; revise the text of reordered item a. to read as follows:] a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required, optional with no minimum. May contain only carrier route bundles for carrier routes for 5-digit ZIP Codes identified in the L001 5-digit scheme listing. Labeling: 1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B. 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT FLTS CR–RTS SCHEME.’’ * * * * * [Reverse the order of items c and d; revise the text of reordered item c to read as follows:] c. 5-digit carrier routes, required, optional with no minimum. May contain only carrier route price bundles for the same 5-digit ZIP Code for those 5-digit ZIP Codes that are not part of a scheme. Labeling: 1. Line 1: Use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 8.6.4 for military mail). 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT FLTS,’’ followed by ‘‘CARRIER ROUTES or ‘‘CR–RTS.’’ * * * * * VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:11 Nov 24, 2017 Jkt 244001 [Revise the heading of 15.0 to read as follows:] 15.0 Combining USPS Marketing Mail Flats, Bound Printed Matter Flats, and Periodicals Flats 15.1 Basic Standards [Revise the introductory text of 15.1 to read as follows:] Authorized mailers may combine USPS Marketing Mail flats, Bound Printed Matter flats, and Periodicals flats in a single mailing as follows: [Revise the text in item a to read as follows:] a. Each mailpiece must meet the standards in 240 for USPS Marketing Mail, 260 for Bound Printed Matter and 207 for Periodicals. Periodicals publications must be authorized or pending original or additional entry at the office of mailing. [Revise the text of item b by adding a new last sentence to read as follows:] b. * * * For exceptions to bundling contact the Pricing and Classification Service Center (see 608.8.0). * * * * * [Revise the text of item e to read as follows:] e. Each mailing must include at least 200 pieces or 50 pounds of USPS Marketing Mail and/or at least 300 pieces of Bound Printed Matter mail, when USPS Marketing Mail and/or Bound Printed Matter are combined within a mailing. * * * * * [Add new item h, to read as follows:] h. Each comailing containing Bound Printed Matter flats must: 1. Be entered at a destination sectional center facility (DSCF) or a destination delivery unit (DDU) (Presorted DDU prices are not available for flats that weigh 1 pound or less). a. When prepared and entered at a destination sectional center facility (DSCF) at 5-digit, 3-digit/SCF level pallets, BPM pieces should weigh no more than 20 ounces. 1. Heavier BPM pieces, (pieces greater than 20 ounces and less than 24 ounces) in comail can only be placed in CR level bundles on a pallet included in no less than SCF/3D sortation entered at an SCF. 2. Not exceed the maximum weight of 24 ounces per piece within the same bundle, when comailed with Periodicals pieces. a. The maximum number of heavier pieces would be no more than half of each bundle. (Half of the bundle can have BPM pieces that weigh 20–24 ounces). b. The maximum bundle weight is 20 pounds. PO 00000 Frm 00028 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 15.1.1 Service Objectives [Revise the text in 15.1.1 to read as follows:] The Postal Service processes combined mailings of USPS Marketing Mail, Bound Printed Matter, and Periodicals flats to the service standards of USPS Marketing Mail. 15.1.2 Postage Payment [Revise the first sentence of 15.1.2 to read as follows:] Postage for all USPS Marketing Mail and Bound Printed Matter pieces must be paid with permit imprint using a special postage payment system in 2.0 through 4.0 at the Post Office location serving the mailer’s plant. * * * 15.1.3 Documentation * * * In addition, mailers must provide: * * * * * [Delete current item f. and renumber item g. to item f. to read as follows:] f. Any additional documentation to support postage payment system records, if requested. 15.1.4 Authorization [Revise the first sentence and add a new fourth sentence of 15.1.4 to read as follows:] A mailer must submit a written request to the manager, Business Mailer Support (see 608.8.1 for address) to combine mailings of USPS Marketing Mail flats, Bound Printed Matter flats, and Periodicals flats. * * * When requested, a mailer must submit a copy of a notification document signed and dated by the Periodicals publisher, acknowledging the mailer’s participation in a combined mailing of USPS Marketing Mail and Periodicals and the potential for the mailpieces to receive deferred USPS handling. * * * 15.1.5 Price Eligibility [Revise the first sentence in 15.1.5 to read as follows:] Apply prices based on the standards in 240 for USPS Marketing Mail and 260 for Bound Printed Matter flats. * * * * * * * * [Revise the heading of 15.2 to read as follows:] 15.2 Combining USPS Marketing Mail Flats, Bound Printed Matter Flats, and Periodicals Flats in the Same Bundle * * * * * 15.2.2 Mailpiece and Bundle Identification [Revise the text in 15.2.2 to read as follows:] Each USPS Marketing Mail, Bound Printed Matter, and Periodicals E:\FR\FM\27NOR1.SGM 27NOR1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 226 / Monday, November 27, 2017 / Rules and Regulations mailpiece prepared under a combined mailing of USPS Marketing Mail flats, Bound Printed Matter flats, and Periodicals flats must be identified as being part of a mixed class mailing through the use of an optional endorsement line (OEL) in accordance with the standards in 203.7.1.8. Postprint consolidators who have mailings of USPS Marketing Mail and Bound Printed Matter, using Permit Imprint may include a ‘‘Co-Class’’ marking. * * * * * [Revise the heading of 15.3 to read as follows:] 15.3 Combining Bundles of USPS Marketing Mail Flats, Bound Printed Matter Flats, and Periodicals Flats on the Same Pallet * * * * * 15.3.2 Mailpiece and Bundle Identification [Revise the introductory text in item a. in 15.3.2 to read as follows:] Each USPS Marketing Mail, Bound Printer Matter, and Periodicals mailpiece prepared under a combined mailing of USPS Marketing Mail flats, Bound Printed Matter flats, and Periodicals flats must be identified as being part of a mixed class mailing through the use of an optional endorsement line (OEL) in accordance with standards in 203.7.1.8. Post-print consolidators who have mailings of USPS Marketing Mail and Bound Printed Matter, using Permit Imprint may include a ‘‘Co-Class’’ marking. * * * * * 15.4 Pallet Preparation pmangrum on DSK3GDR082PROD with RULES 15.4.1 Pallet Preparation, Sequence and Labeling [Revise the text in 15.4.1 to read as follows:] When combining USPS Marketing Mail, Bound Printed Matter, and Periodicals flats within the same bundle or combining bundles of USPS Marketing Mail flats, Bound Printed Matter flats, and bundles of Periodicals flats on pallets, bundles must be placed on pallets. For labeling, ’’’MKT/BPM/ PER FLTS’’, as applicable’ means to label each individual pallet based on the classes of mailpieces on that individual pallet. As an example, in a combined mailing of USPS Marketing Mail, Bound Printed Matter, and Periodicals flats, some pallets may be labeled ‘‘MKT/ BPM/PER’’ while others might properly be labeled ‘‘MKT/BPM,’’ ‘‘MKT/PER,’’ ‘‘BPM/PER,’’ or even ‘‘MKT,’’‘‘BPM,’’ or ‘‘PER.’’ Preparation, sequence and labeling: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:11 Nov 24, 2017 Jkt 244001 a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required. * * * Labeling: * * * * * [Revise item a 2 to read as follows:] 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT/BPM/PER FLTS,’’ as applicable; * * * b. Merged 5-digit scheme, optional. * * * Labeling: * * * * * [Revise item b 2 to read as follows:] 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT/BPM/PER FLTS CR/ 5D,’’ as applicable * * * c. Merged 5-digit, optional. * * * Labeling: * * * * * [Revise item c 2 to read as follows:] 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT/BPM/PER FLTS,’’ as applicable; * * * d. 5-digit carrier routes, required. * * * Labeling: * * * * * [Revise item d 2 to read as follows:] 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT/BPM/PER FLTS,’’ as applicable; * * * e. 5-digit, required. * * * Labeling: * * * * * [Revise item e 2 to read as follows:] 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT/BPM/PER FLTS,’’ as applicable; * * * f. 3-digit, optional, * * * Labeling: * * * * * [Revise item f 2 to read as follows:] 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT/BPM/PER FLTS,’’ as applicable; * * * g. SCF, required. * * * Labeling: * * * * * [Revise item g 2 to read as follows:] 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT/BPM/PER FLTS,’’ as applicable; * * * h. ASF, required unless bundle reallocation used under 15.1.10. * * * Labeling: * * * * * [Revise item h 2 to read as follows:] 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT/BPM/PER FLTS NDC,’’ as applicable; * * * * * * * * [Revise item i to read as follows:] i. NDC, required. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation or presorted mail for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L601. * * * Labeling: * * * * * [Revise item i 2 to read as follows:] 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT/BPM/PER FLTS NDC,’’ as applicable; * * * * * * * * [Revise item j to read as follows:] j. Mixed NDC, required, 100 pound minimum. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation or presorted mail. * * * Labeling: * * * * * [Revise item j 2 to read as follows:] 2. Line 2: ‘‘MKT/BPM/PER FLTS,’’ as applicable; * * * * * PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 55951 We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR part 111 to reflect these changes. Stanley F. Mires, Attorney, Federal Compliance. [FR Doc. 2017–25488 Filed 11–24–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–12–P ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY 40 CFR Part 52 [EPA–R07–OAR–2017–0386; FRL–9971–16– Region 7] Approval of Nebraska Air Quality Implementation Plans; Adoption of a New Chapter Under the Nebraska Administrative Code; Withdrawal of Direct Final Rule Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). ACTION: Withdrawal of direct final rule. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 226 (Monday, November 27, 2017)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 55947-55951]
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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 111


New Mailing Standards for Domestic Mailing Services Products

AGENCY: Postal ServiceTM.

ACTION: Final rule.

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SUMMARY: On October 6, 2017, the Postal Service (USPS[supreg]) filed a 
notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory 
Commission (PRC) in Docket No. R2018-1. On October 13, 2017 the Postal 
Service published a proposed rule containing the revisions to Mailing 
Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual 
(DMM[supreg]) that we planned to adopt to implement rule changes 
coincident with the price adjustments.

DATES: Effective: January 21, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jacqueline Erwin at (202) 268-2158, or 
Lizbeth Dobbins at (202) 268-3789.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 9, 2017, the PRC found that the 
price adjustments proposed by the Postal Service may take effect as 
planned. The price adjustments and DMM revisions are scheduled to 
become effective on January 21, 2018. Final prices are available under 
Docket No. R2018-1 (Order No. 4215) on the Postal Regulatory 
Commission's Web site at www.prc.gov. The Postal Service's final rule 
includes: a change to the pallet preparation for Carrier Route (CR) 
Pallets in Non-FSS Zones, a change to add Bound Printed Matter Flats up 
to 24 ounces to comail with USPS Marketing Mail and Periodicals (DSCF 
or DDU only), and a Zone chart revision for Priority Mail to APO/FPO/
DPO processing at Chicago ISC.

Comments on Proposed Changes and USPS Response

    The Postal Service received 1 formal comment on the October 13, 
2017 proposed rule.

Zone Charts Revision: Priority Mail to APO/FPO/DPO Processing at 
Chicago ISC

    One comment requested that the Postal Service reconsider changing 
APO/FPO/DPO mail processing at Chicago ISC, based on needing more study 
on negative, financial consequences on US Service members, their 
families and businesses that serve them.

USPS Response

    The Postal Service is revising Zone charts for Priority Mail to 
APO/FPO/DPO, which is processed at the Chicago ISC, based on 
operational needs. This revision reflects current operations and is 
consistent with Title 39 and former Postal Rate Commission precedent 
regarding the alignment of rates and costs for mail classification. It 
is necessary to align rates and costs for Priority Mail addressed to 
APO/FPO/DPO destinations, and eliminate inconsistencies between rates 
and costs for such Priority Mail.
    The Proposed Rule is not a sudden, unforeseeable change in policy. 
The transfer of processing operations to the Chicago ISC, and the 
resulting inconsistency between Zone classification and transportation 
costs, occurred in 2013. For over three years, mailers had an 
opportunity to assess the potential impact of this change on future 
operations, and some businesses responded to the change by relocating 
their operations in anticipation of a potential reclassification of 
zones necessary to align rates and costs.
    The resulting changes to DMM 608 are shown below.

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111

    Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service.


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    The Postal Service adopts the following changes to Mailing 
Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual 
(DMM), incorporated by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations. 
See 39 CFR 111.1.
    Accordingly, 39 CFR part 111 is amended as follows:

 PART 111--[AMENDED]

0
1. The authority citation for 39 CFR part 111 continues to read as 
follows:

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

0
2. Revise the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, 
Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) as follows:

Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail 
Manual (DMM)

* * * * *

200 Commercial Mail Letters, Cards, Flats, and Parcels

201 Physical Standards

* * * * *

5.0 Physical Standards for Nonautomation Flats

* * * * *

5.3 Bound Printed Matter

    These additional standards apply to Bound Printed Matter:
* * * * *
    [Revise the text of item b to read as follows:]
    b. Bound Printed Matter may not weigh more than 20 ounces (except 
under 705.15).
* * * * *

6.0 Physical Standards for Automation Flats

* * * * *

6.2 Additional Criteria for Automation Flats

* * * * *

6.2.2 Maximum Weight

    Maximum weight limits are as follows:
* * * * *
    [Revise the text of item d to read as follows:]
    d. For Bound Printed Matter, 20 ounces (except under 705.15).
* * * * *

600 Basic Standards for All Mailing Services

* * * * *

608 Postal Information and Resources

* * * * *

9.0 Postal Zones

* * * * *

9.2 Application

* * * * *
    a. For the purposes of computing postal zone information, except 
for items 9.2b and 9.2c, the following table applies to MPOs not listed 
in L005.
    [Revise the ZIP Code groups listed under the ``3-DIGIT ZIP CODE 
PREFIX GROUP'' column by adding asterisks and add a new footnote to 
read as follows:]

3-DIGIT ZIP CODE PREFIX GROUP
090-098*
340
962-966*
* Priority Mail service destinating to these ZIP Codes is served by SCF 
Chicago IL 606.

    [Revise the text of item b to read as follows:]
    b. The postage prices for zoned mail transported between the United 
States, the Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, or U.S. territories or 
possessions, including the Freely Associated States on the one hand, 
and MPOs on the other, or, among the MPOs, are the applicable zone 
prices for mail between the place of mailing or delivery and the city 
of the postmaster serving the MPO concerned.
* * * * *

700 Special Standards

* * * * *

705 Advanced Preparation and Special Postage Payment Systems

* * * * *

10.0 Merging Bundles of Flats Using the City State Product

10.1 Periodicals

* * * * *

10.1.5 Pallet Preparation and Labeling

    [Revise the second sentence in the introductory text of 10.1.5 to 
read as follows:]
    * * * When sortation under this option is performed, after 
completing required or optional carrier route pallets (if any), mailers 
must prepare all merged 5-digit scheme, and merged 5-digit pallets that 
are possible in the mailing based on the volume of mail to the 
destination using L001 and/or the City State Product. * * *
    [Reverse the order of items a. and b.; and revise the text of 
reordered items a. and b. to read as follows:]
    a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required; optional with no 
minimum. May contain only carrier route bundles for carrier routes for 
5-digit ZIP Codes identified in the L001 5-digit scheme listing. 
Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B.
    2. Line 2: ``PER'' or ``NEWS'' as applicable; followed by ``FLTS''; 
followed by ``CR-RTS SCHEME.''
    b. Merged 5-digit scheme, required and permitted only when there is 
at least one 5-digit ZIP Code in the scheme that has an ``A'' or ``C'' 
indicator in the City State Product. May contain carrier route bundles 
for any 5-digit ZIP Code(s) in a single scheme listed in L001 as well 
as machinable barcoded price 5-digit bundles and machinable nonbarcoded 
price 5-digit bundles for those 5-digit ZIP Codes in the scheme that 
have an ``A'' or ``C'' indicator in the City State Product. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B.
    2. Line 2: ``PER'' or ``NEWS'' as applicable; followed by ``FLTS''; 
followed by ``CR/5D SCHEME.''
    [Reverse the order of items c and d; and revise the text of 
reordered item c to read as follows:]
    c. 5-digit carrier routes, required; optional with no minimum. May 
contain only carrier route price bundles for the same 5-digit ZIP Code 
for those 5-digit ZIP Codes that are not part of a scheme. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 
8.6.4 for military mail).
    2. Line 2: ``PER'' or ``NEWS'' as applicable; followed by ``FLTS''; 
followed by ``CARRIER ROUTES'' or ``CR-RTS.''
* * * * *

10.2 USPS Marketing Mail

* * * * *

10.2.5 Pallet Preparation and Labeling

    [Revise the first two sentences of the introductory text of 10.2.5 
to read as follows:]
    Mailers must prepare pallets of bundles in the manner and sequence 
listed below and under 8.0. When sortation under this option is 
performed, after completing required or optional carrier route pallets 
(if any), mailers must prepare all merged 5-digit scheme and merged 5-
digit pallets that are possible in the mailing based on the volume of 
mail to the destination using L001 and/or the City State Product. * * *
    [Reverse the order of items a and b; and revise the text in 
reordered items a and b to read as follows:]
    a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required; optional with no 
minimum. May contain only carrier route bundles for carrier routes for 
5-digit ZIP Codes

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identified in the L001 5-digit scheme listing. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B.
    2. Line 2: ``MKT FLTS CR-RTS SCHEME.''
    b. Merged 5-digit scheme, required and permitted only when there is 
at least one 5-digit ZIP Code in the scheme that has an ``A'' or ``C'' 
indicator in the City State Product. May contain carrier route bundles 
for any 5-digit ZIP Code(s) in a single scheme listed in L001 as well 
as automation price 5-digit bundles and Presorted price 5-digit bundles 
for those 5-digit ZIP Codes in the scheme that have an ``A'' or ``C'' 
indicator in the City State Product. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B.
    2. Line 2: ``MKT FLTS CR/5D SCHEME.''
    [Reverse the order of items c and d; and revise the text of 
reordered item c to read as follows:]
    c. 5-digit carrier routes, required; optional with no minimum. May 
contain only carrier route price bundles for the same 5-digit ZIP Code 
for those 5-digit ZIP Codes that are not part of a scheme. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 
8.6.4 for military mail).
    2. Line 2: ``MKT FLTS,'' followed by ``CARRIER ROUTES'' or ``CR-
RTS.''
* * * * *

12.0 Merging Bundles of Flats on Pallets Using a 5% Threshold

12.1 Periodicals

* * * * *

12.1.5 Pallet Preparation and Labeling

    [Revise the second sentence in the introductory text of 12.1.5 to 
read as follows:]
    * * * When sortation under this option is performed, after 
completing required or optional carrier route pallets (if any), mailers 
must prepare all merged 5-digit scheme, 5-digit scheme, and merged 5-
digit pallets that are possible in the mailing based on the volume of 
mail to the destination using L001 and the 5% threshold, as applicable. 
* * *
    Prepare and label pallets as follows:
    [Reverse the order of items a and b; and revise the text of 
reordered items a. and b. to read as follows:]
    a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required; optional with no 
minimum. May contain only carrier route bundles for all carrier routes 
for 5-digit ZIP Codes identified in the L001 5-digit scheme listing. 
Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B.
    2. Line 2: ``PER'' or ``NEWS'' as applicable; followed by ``FLTS'' 
or ``IRREG'' as applicable; followed by ``CR-RTS SCHEME.''
    b. Merged 5-digit scheme, required; * * * For 5-digit ZIP Codes not 
included in a scheme, begin preparing pallets under 12.1.5e (merged 5-
digit pallet). Labeling:
    1. Line 1: use L001, Column B.
    2. Line 2: ``PER'' or ``NEWS'' as applicable; followed by ``FLTS'' 
or ``IRREG'' as applicable; followed by ``CR/5D SCHEME.''
* * * * *
    [Reverse the order of items d and e; and revise the text of 
reordered item d to read as follows:]
    d. 5-digit carrier routes, required; optional with no minimum. May 
contain only carrier route price bundles for the same 5-digit ZIP Code 
for those 5-digit ZIP Codes that are not part of a scheme. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 
8.6.4 for military mail).
    2. Line 2: ``PER'' or ``NEWS'' as applicable; followed by ``FLTS'' 
or ``IRREG'' as applicable; followed by ``CARRIER ROUTES'' or ``CR-
RTS.''
* * * * *
    [Add new heading 12.2, USPS Marketing Mail, renumber 12.1.6 through 
12.1.8 as 12.2.1 through 12.2.3]

12.2 USPS Marketing Mail

* * * * *

12.2.3 Pallet Preparation and Labeling

    [Revise the second sentence in the introductory text of renumbered 
12.2.3 to read as follows:]
    * * * When sortation under this option is performed after 
completing required or optional carrier route pallets (if any), mailers 
must prepare all merged 5-digit scheme, and merged 5-digit pallets that 
are possible in the mailing based on the volume of mail to the 
destination using L001 and the 5% threshold. * * *
    [Reverse the order of items a and b; and revise the text in 
reordered items a. and b. to read as follows:]
    a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required, optional with no 
minimum. May contain only carrier route bundles for carrier routes for 
5-digit ZIP Codes identified in the L001 5-digit scheme listing. 
Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B.
    2. Line 2: ``MKT FLTS CR-RTS SCHEME.''
    b. Merged 5-digit scheme, required, permitted only when 5-digit 
bundles for at least one 5-digit ZIP Code in the scheme may be merged 
with carrier route bundles under the 5% threshold standard in 12.2.2. * 
* * For 5-digit ZIP Codes not included in a scheme, begin preparing 
pallets under 12.2.3d (merged 5-digit pallet). Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B.
    2. Line 2: ``MKT FLTS CR/5D SCHEME.''
* * * * *
    [Reverse the order of items c and d; and revise the text of 
reordered item c to read as follows:]
    c. 5-digit carrier routes, required, optional with no minimum. May 
contain only carrier route price bundles for the same 5-digit ZIP Code 
for those 5-digit ZIP codes that are not part of a scheme. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 
8.6.4 for military mail).
    2. Line 2: ``MKT FLTS''; followed by ``CARRIER ROUTES'' or ``CR-
RTS.''
* * * * *

13.0 Merging Bundles of Flats on Pallets Using the City State Product 
and a 5% Threshold

13.1 Periodicals

13.1.1 Basic Standards

* * * * *
    [Revise the text of item e to read as follows:]
    e. After completing all possible required or optional carrier route 
pallets (if any), mailers must prepare all merged 5-digit scheme and 5-
digit scheme pallets according to standards in 13.1.5.
* * * * *

13.1.5 Pallet Preparation and Labeling

    [Revise the second sentence in the introductory text of 13.1.5 to 
read as follows:]
    * * * When sortation under this option is performed, after 
completing required or optional carrier route pallets (if any), mailers 
must prepare all merged 5-digit scheme, 5-digit scheme, and merged 5-
digit pallets that are possible in the mailing based on the volume of 
mail to the destination (8.0) using L001, the City State Product, and 
the 5% threshold (13.1.4), as applicable. * * * Prepare and label 
pallets as follows:
* * * * *
    [Reverse the order of items a and b; and revise the text of 
reordered item a to read as follows:]
    a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required, optional with no 
minimum. May contain only carrier route bundles for carrier routes for 
5-digit ZIP Codes identified in the L001 5-digit scheme listing. 
Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B.
    2. Line 2: ``PER'' or ``NEWS'' as applicable; followed by ``FLTS'' 
or

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``IRREG'' as applicable; and followed by ``CR-RTS SCHEME.''
* * * * *
    [Reverse the order of items d and e; revise the text of reordered 
item d to read as follows:]
    d. 5-digit carrier routes, required; optional with no minimum. May 
contain only carrier route price bundles for the same 5-digit ZIP Code 
for those 5-digit ZIP Codes that are not part of a scheme. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 
8.6.4 for military mail).
    2. Line 2: ``PER'' or ``NEWS'' as applicable; followed by ``FLTS'' 
or ``IRREG'' as applicable; and followed by ``CARRIER ROUTES'' or ``CR-
RTS.''
* * * * *

13.2 USPS Marketing Mail

* * * * *

13.2.4 Pallet Preparation and Labeling

    [Revise the second sentence of the introductory text of 13.2.4 to 
read as follows:]
    * * * When sortation under this option is performed after 
completing required or optional carrier route pallets (if any), mailers 
must prepare all merged 5-digit scheme, and merged 5-digit pallets that 
are possible in the mailing based on the volume of mail to the 
destination using L001, the City State Product, and the 5% threshold. 
Mailers must label pallets according to the Line 1 and Line 2 
information listed below and under 8.6.
    [Reverse the order of items a and b; revise the text of reordered 
item a. to read as follows:]
    a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required, optional with no 
minimum. May contain only carrier route bundles for carrier routes for 
5-digit ZIP Codes identified in the L001 5-digit scheme listing. 
Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use L001, Column B.
    2. Line 2: ``MKT FLTS CR-RTS SCHEME.''
* * * * *
    [Reverse the order of items c and d; revise the text of reordered 
item c to read as follows:]
    c. 5-digit carrier routes, required, optional with no minimum. May 
contain only carrier route price bundles for the same 5-digit ZIP Code 
for those 5-digit ZIP Codes that are not part of a scheme. Labeling:
    1. Line 1: Use city, state, and 5-digit ZIP Code destination (see 
8.6.4 for military mail).
    2. Line 2: ``MKT FLTS,'' followed by ``CARRIER ROUTES or ``CR-
RTS.''
* * * * *
    [Revise the heading of 15.0 to read as follows:]

15.0 Combining USPS Marketing Mail Flats, Bound Printed Matter Flats, 
and Periodicals Flats

15.1 Basic Standards

    [Revise the introductory text of 15.1 to read as follows:]
    Authorized mailers may combine USPS Marketing Mail flats, Bound 
Printed Matter flats, and Periodicals flats in a single mailing as 
follows:
    [Revise the text in item a to read as follows:]
    a. Each mailpiece must meet the standards in 240 for USPS Marketing 
Mail, 260 for Bound Printed Matter and 207 for Periodicals. Periodicals 
publications must be authorized or pending original or additional entry 
at the office of mailing.
    [Revise the text of item b by adding a new last sentence to read as 
follows:]
    b. * * * For exceptions to bundling contact the Pricing and 
Classification Service Center (see 608.8.0).
* * * * *
    [Revise the text of item e to read as follows:]
    e. Each mailing must include at least 200 pieces or 50 pounds of 
USPS Marketing Mail and/or at least 300 pieces of Bound Printed Matter 
mail, when USPS Marketing Mail and/or Bound Printed Matter are combined 
within a mailing.
* * * * *
    [Add new item h, to read as follows:]
    h. Each comailing containing Bound Printed Matter flats must:
    1. Be entered at a destination sectional center facility (DSCF) or 
a destination delivery unit (DDU) (Presorted DDU prices are not 
available for flats that weigh 1 pound or less).
    a. When prepared and entered at a destination sectional center 
facility (DSCF) at 5-digit, 3-digit/SCF level pallets, BPM pieces 
should weigh no more than 20 ounces.
    1. Heavier BPM pieces, (pieces greater than 20 ounces and less than 
24 ounces) in comail can only be placed in CR level bundles on a pallet 
included in no less than SCF/3D sortation entered at an SCF.
    2. Not exceed the maximum weight of 24 ounces per piece within the 
same bundle, when comailed with Periodicals pieces.
    a. The maximum number of heavier pieces would be no more than half 
of each bundle. (Half of the bundle can have BPM pieces that weigh 20-
24 ounces).
    b. The maximum bundle weight is 20 pounds.

15.1.1 Service Objectives

    [Revise the text in 15.1.1 to read as follows:]
    The Postal Service processes combined mailings of USPS Marketing 
Mail, Bound Printed Matter, and Periodicals flats to the service 
standards of USPS Marketing Mail.

15.1.2 Postage Payment

    [Revise the first sentence of 15.1.2 to read as follows:]
    Postage for all USPS Marketing Mail and Bound Printed Matter pieces 
must be paid with permit imprint using a special postage payment system 
in 2.0 through 4.0 at the Post Office location serving the mailer's 
plant. * * *

15.1.3 Documentation

    * * * In addition, mailers must provide:
* * * * *
    [Delete current item f. and renumber item g. to item f. to read as 
follows:]
    f. Any additional documentation to support postage payment system 
records, if requested.

15.1.4 Authorization

    [Revise the first sentence and add a new fourth sentence of 15.1.4 
to read as follows:]
    A mailer must submit a written request to the manager, Business 
Mailer Support (see 608.8.1 for address) to combine mailings of USPS 
Marketing Mail flats, Bound Printed Matter flats, and Periodicals 
flats. * * * When requested, a mailer must submit a copy of a 
notification document signed and dated by the Periodicals publisher, 
acknowledging the mailer's participation in a combined mailing of USPS 
Marketing Mail and Periodicals and the potential for the mailpieces to 
receive deferred USPS handling. * * *

15.1.5 Price Eligibility

    [Revise the first sentence in 15.1.5 to read as follows:]
    Apply prices based on the standards in 240 for USPS Marketing Mail 
and 260 for Bound Printed Matter flats. * * *
* * * * *
    [Revise the heading of 15.2 to read as follows:]

15.2 Combining USPS Marketing Mail Flats, Bound Printed Matter Flats, 
and Periodicals Flats in the Same Bundle

* * * * *

15.2.2 Mailpiece and Bundle Identification

    [Revise the text in 15.2.2 to read as follows:]
    Each USPS Marketing Mail, Bound Printed Matter, and Periodicals

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mailpiece prepared under a combined mailing of USPS Marketing Mail 
flats, Bound Printed Matter flats, and Periodicals flats must be 
identified as being part of a mixed class mailing through the use of an 
optional endorsement line (OEL) in accordance with the standards in 
203.7.1.8. Post-print consolidators who have mailings of USPS Marketing 
Mail and Bound Printed Matter, using Permit Imprint may include a ``Co-
Class'' marking.
* * * * *
    [Revise the heading of 15.3 to read as follows:]

15.3 Combining Bundles of USPS Marketing Mail Flats, Bound Printed 
Matter Flats, and Periodicals Flats on the Same Pallet

* * * * *

15.3.2 Mailpiece and Bundle Identification

    [Revise the introductory text in item a. in 15.3.2 to read as 
follows:]
    Each USPS Marketing Mail, Bound Printer Matter, and Periodicals 
mailpiece prepared under a combined mailing of USPS Marketing Mail 
flats, Bound Printed Matter flats, and Periodicals flats must be 
identified as being part of a mixed class mailing through the use of an 
optional endorsement line (OEL) in accordance with standards in 
203.7.1.8. Post-print consolidators who have mailings of USPS Marketing 
Mail and Bound Printed Matter, using Permit Imprint may include a ``Co-
Class'' marking.
* * * * *

15.4 Pallet Preparation

15.4.1 Pallet Preparation, Sequence and Labeling

    [Revise the text in 15.4.1 to read as follows:]
    When combining USPS Marketing Mail, Bound Printed Matter, and 
Periodicals flats within the same bundle or combining bundles of USPS 
Marketing Mail flats, Bound Printed Matter flats, and bundles of 
Periodicals flats on pallets, bundles must be placed on pallets. For 
labeling, '''MKT/BPM/PER FLTS'', as applicable' means to label each 
individual pallet based on the classes of mailpieces on that individual 
pallet. As an example, in a combined mailing of USPS Marketing Mail, 
Bound Printed Matter, and Periodicals flats, some pallets may be 
labeled ``MKT/BPM/PER'' while others might properly be labeled ``MKT/
BPM,'' ``MKT/PER,'' ``BPM/PER,'' or even ``MKT,''``BPM,'' or ``PER.''
    Preparation, sequence and labeling:
    a. 5-digit scheme carrier routes, required. * * * Labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise item a 2 to read as follows:]
    2. Line 2: ``MKT/BPM/PER FLTS,'' as applicable; * * *
    b. Merged 5-digit scheme, optional. * * * Labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise item b 2 to read as follows:]
    2. Line 2: ``MKT/BPM/PER FLTS CR/5D,'' as applicable * * *
    c. Merged 5-digit, optional. * * * Labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise item c 2 to read as follows:]
    2. Line 2: ``MKT/BPM/PER FLTS,'' as applicable; * * *
    d. 5-digit carrier routes, required. * * * Labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise item d 2 to read as follows:]
    2. Line 2: ``MKT/BPM/PER FLTS,'' as applicable; * * *
    e. 5-digit, required. * * * Labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise item e 2 to read as follows:]
    2. Line 2: ``MKT/BPM/PER FLTS,'' as applicable; * * *
    f. 3-digit, optional, * * * Labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise item f 2 to read as follows:]
    2. Line 2: ``MKT/BPM/PER FLTS,'' as applicable; * * *
    g. SCF, required. * * * Labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise item g 2 to read as follows:]
    2. Line 2: ``MKT/BPM/PER FLTS,'' as applicable; * * *
    h. ASF, required unless bundle reallocation used under 15.1.10. * * 
* Labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise item h 2 to read as follows:]
    2. Line 2: ``MKT/BPM/PER FLTS NDC,'' as applicable; * * *
* * * * *
    [Revise item i to read as follows:]
    i. NDC, required. Pallet may contain carrier route, automation or 
presorted mail for the 3-digit ZIP Code groups in L601. * * * Labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise item i 2 to read as follows:]
    2. Line 2: ``MKT/BPM/PER FLTS NDC,'' as applicable; * * *
* * * * *
    [Revise item j to read as follows:]
    j. Mixed NDC, required, 100 pound minimum. Pallet may contain 
carrier route, automation or presorted mail. * * * Labeling:
* * * * *
    [Revise item j 2 to read as follows:]
    2. Line 2: ``MKT/BPM/PER FLTS,'' as applicable;
* * * * *
    We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR part 111 to 
reflect these changes.

Stanley F. Mires,
Attorney, Federal Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2017-25488 Filed 11-24-17; 8:45 am]
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