Market Dominant Price Adjustment, 66368-66369 [2020-23001]

Download as PDF 66368 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 202 / Monday, October 19, 2020 / Notices POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. R2021–1; Order No. 5719] Market Dominant Price Adjustment Postal Regulatory Commission. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: The Commission is recognizing a recently filed Postal Service notice of inflation-based rate adjustments affecting market dominant domestic and international products and services, along with temporary mailing promotions and numerous proposed classification changes. The adjustments and other changes are scheduled to take effect January 24, 2021. This notice informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps. DATES: Comments are due: October 29, 2020. ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically via the Commission’s Filing Online system at http:// www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing alternatives. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 202–789–6820. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Table of Contents jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Introduction and Overview II. Initial Administrative Actions III. Ordering Paragraphs I. Introduction and Overview On October 9, 2020, the Postal Service filed a notice of inflation-based price adjustments affecting market dominant domestic and international products and services, along with temporary mailing promotions and numerous proposed classification changes to the Mail Classification Schedule (MCS).1 The intended effective date is January 24, 2021. Notice at 1. The Notice, which was filed pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3622 and 39 CFR part 3030, triggers a noticeand-comment proceeding.2 Contents of filing. The Postal Service’s filing consists of the Notice, which the Postal Service represents addresses the data and information required under 39 CFR 3030.512; four attachments (Attachments A–D) to the Notice; and seven public library references and one nonpublic library reference. 1 United States Postal Service Notice of MarketDominant Price Change, October 9, 2020 (Notice). 2 This is a Type 1–B proceeding. See 39 CFR part 3030, subparts A–C for additional information. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:05 Oct 16, 2020 Jkt 253001 Attachment A presents the proposed price and related product description changes to the MCS. Notice, Attachment A. Attachments B and C address workshare discounts and the price cap calculation, respectively. Id. Attachments B and C. Attachment D presents the 2021 promotions schedule. Id. Attachment D. Several library references provide supporting financial documentation for the five classes of mail. Notice at 6 nn.11–12. The Postal Service filed two library references containing workpapers for First-Class Mail International Billing Determinants and Seamless Volumes. It also filed one library reference pertaining to the two international mail products within FirstClass Mail (First-Class Mail International and Inbound Letter Post) under seal and applied for non-public treatment of those materials.3 Planned price adjustments. The Postal Service’s planned percentage changes by class are, on average, as follows: • Emerging and Advanced Technology Promotion (March 1– August 31, 2021); • Earned Value Reply Mail Promotion (April 1–June 30, 2021); • Personalized Color Transpromo Promotion (July 1–December 31, 2021); • Mobile Shopping Promotion (August 1–December 31, 2021); and • Informed Delivery Promotion (September 1–November 30, 2021). Id. Attachment D. The Postal Service is also introducing a $0.001 per piece rate incentive for Seamless Acceptance. Id. at 32–34. II. Initial Administrative Action Pursuant to 39 CFR 3030.511(a), the Commission establishes Docket No. R2021–1 to consider the planned price adjustments for market dominant postal products and services, as well as the related classification changes, identified in the Notice. The Commission invites comments from interested persons on whether the Postal Service’s filing is consistent with the applicable statutory and regulatory requirements, including Planned 39 U.S.C. 3622 and 39 CFR part 3030. price Market dominant class adjustment Comments are due no later than October (%) 29, 2020.4 The public portions of the Postal First-Class Mail ........................... 1.836 Service’s filing are available for review USPS Marketing Mail ................. 1.509 on the Commission’s website (http:// Periodicals .................................. 1.456 Package Services ....................... 1.460 www.prc.gov). Comments and other Special Services ......................... 1.458 material filed in this proceeding will be available for review on the Commission’s website, unless the Notice at 5. information contained therein is subject Price adjustments for products within to an application for non-public classes vary from the average. See, e.g., treatment. The Commission’s rules on id. at 7, 13 (Table 5 showing range for non-public materials (including access First-Class Mail products and Table 7 to documents filed under seal) appear in showing range for USPS Marketing Mail 39 CFR part 3011. products). Most of the planned Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the adjustments entail increases to market Commission appoints Richard A. Oliver dominant rates and fees; however, in a to represent the interests of the general few instances, the Postal Service public (Public Representative) in this proposes either no adjustment or a proceeding. decrease. See id. at 7–8. III. Ordering Paragraphs Proposed classification changes. The Postal Service proposes numerous It is ordered: classification changes in its Notice and 1. The Commission establishes Docket identifies the impact on the MCS in No. R2021–1 to consider the planned Attachment A. Id. at 36–37; id. price adjustments for market dominant Attachment A. postal products and services, as well as the related classification changes, Calendar year 2021 promotions. The identified in the Postal Service’s Postal Service seeks approval for the October 9, 2020 Notice. following six promotions for the 2. Comments on the planned price indicated periods: adjustments and related classification • Tactile, Sensory and Interactive Mailpiece Engagement Promotion 4 The Commission continues to use the 20-day (February 1–July 31, 2021); 3 See USPS Notice of Filing USPS–LR–R2021–1/ NP1, October 9, 2020, Attachment 1. Two versions of this document (bearing Filing ID numbers 114788 and 114789) and the non-public materials were filed with the Commission. See id. PO 00000 Frm 00069 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 comment period as set forth in 39 CFR 3030.511(a)(5); however, the Commission notes that in order to sufficiently address the comments, its determination may exceed the 14-day deadline set forth in 39 CFR 3030.511(d). See Carlson v. Postal Reg. Comm’n, 938 F.3d 337 (D.C. Cir. Sept. 13, 2019). E:\FR\FM\19OCN1.SGM 19OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 202 / Monday, October 19, 2020 / Notices changes are due no later than October 29, 2020. 3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Richard A. Oliver is appointed to serve as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this proceeding. 4. The Commission directs the Secretary of the Commission to arrange for prompt publication of this notice in the Federal Register. By the Commission. Erica A. Barker, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2020–23001 Filed 10–16–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–FW–P POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION [Docket No. CP2021–15; Order No. 5718] Competitive Price Adjustment Postal Regulatory Commission. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Commission is recognizing a recently filed Postal Service document with the Commission concerning changes in rates of general applicability for competitive international products. The changes are scheduled to take effect January 24, 2021. This notice informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps. DATES: Comments are due: October 27, 2020. ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically via the Commission’s Filing Online system at http:// www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing alternatives. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 202–789–6820. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Table of Contents I. Introduction and Overview II. Initial Administrative Actions III. Ordering Paragraphs jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES I. Introduction and Overview On October 9, 2020, the Postal Service filed notice with the Commission concerning changes in rates of general applicability for competitive international products.1 The Postal 1 United States Postal Service Notice of Changes in Rates of General Applicability for Competitive International Products, October 9, 2020 (Notice). VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:05 Oct 16, 2020 Jkt 253001 Service represents that, as required by 39 CFR 3035.102(b), the Notice includes an explanation and justification for the changes, the effective date, and a schedule of the changed rates. See Notice at 1. The changes are scheduled to take effect on January 24, 2021. Id. Attached to the Notice is Governors’ Decision No. 20–4, which states the new prices are in accordance with 39 U.S.C. 3632 and 3633 and 39 CFR 3035.102.2 The Governors’ Decision provides an analysis of the competitive products’ price changes intended to demonstrate that the changes comply with 39 U.S.C. 3633 and 39 CFR part 3035. Governors’ Decision No. 20–4 at 1. The attachment to the Governors’ Decision sets forth the price changes and includes draft Mail Classification Schedule (MCS) language for competitive products of general applicability. The Governors’ Decision includes two additional attachments: • A partially redacted table showing FY 2021 projected volumes, revenues, attributable costs, contribution, and cost coverage for each product, assuming implementation of the new prices on January 24, 2021. • A partially redacted table showing FY 2021 projected volumes, revenues, attributable costs, contribution, and cost coverage for each product, assuming a hypothetical implementation of the new prices on October 1, 2020. The Notice also includes an application for non-public treatment of the attributable costs, contribution, and cost coverage data in the unredacted version of the annex to the Governors’ Decision, as well as the supporting materials for the data. Notice at 1–2. Planned price adjustments. The Governors’ Decision includes an overview of the Postal Service’s planned price changes, which is summarized in the table below. 66369 TABLE I–1—PROPOSED PRICE CHANGES—Continued Product name Average price increase (percent) Priority Mail Express International .................................... Priority Mail International ............ International Priority Airmail ....... International Surface Air Lift ....... Airmail M-Bags ........................... First-Class Package International Service .................................... 3.6 5.1 74.1 32.6 5.0 4.8 International Ancillary Services and Special Services International Ancillary Services .. 3.4 Source: See Governors’ Decision No. 20–4 at 2–3 (showing percentage increases for international products). II. Initial Administrative Actions The Commission establishes Docket No. CP2021–15 to consider the Postal Service’s Notice. Interested persons may express views and offer comments on whether the planned changes are consistent with 39 U.S.C. 3632, 3633, and 3642, 39 CFR part 3035, and 39 CFR 3040 subparts B and E. Comments are due no later than October 27, 2020. For specific details of the planned price changes, interested persons are encouraged to review the Notice, which is available on the Commission’s website at www.prc.gov. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Katalin K. Clendenin is appointed to serve as Public Representative to represent the interests of the general public in this docket. III. Ordering Paragraphs It is ordered: 1. The Commission establishes Docket TABLE I–1—PROPOSED PRICE No. CP2021–15 to provide interested CHANGES persons an opportunity to express views and offer comments on whether the Average planned changes are consistent with 39 price U.S.C. 3632, 3633, and 3642, 39 CFR Product name increase part 3035, and 39 CFR 3040 subparts B (percent) and E. International Competitive Products 2. Comments are due no later than October 27, 2020. Global Express Guaranteed ....... 0.9 3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the Commission appoints Katalin K. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3632(b)(2), the Postal Service is obligated to publish the Governors’ Decision and Clendenin to serve as an officer of the record of proceedings in the Federal Register at Commission (Public Representative) to least 30 days before the effective date of the new represent the interests of the general rates. 2 Notice, Decision of the Governors of the United public in this docket. States Postal Service on Changes in Rates of General 4. The Secretary shall arrange for Applicability for Competitive International publication of this Order in the Federal Products (Governors’ Decision No. 20–4), at 1 Register. (Governors’ Decision No. 20–4). PO 00000 Frm 00070 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\19OCN1.SGM 19OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 202 (Monday, October 19, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 66368-66369]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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POSTAL REGULATORY COMMISSION

[Docket No. R2021-1; Order No. 5719]


Market Dominant Price Adjustment

AGENCY: Postal Regulatory Commission.

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The Commission is recognizing a recently filed Postal Service 
notice of inflation-based rate adjustments affecting market dominant 
domestic and international products and services, along with temporary 
mailing promotions and numerous proposed classification changes. The 
adjustments and other changes are scheduled to take effect January 24, 
2021. This notice informs the public of the filing, invites public 
comment, and takes other administrative steps.

DATES: Comments are due: October 29, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Submit comments electronically via the Commission's Filing 
Online system at http://www.prc.gov. Those who cannot submit comments 
electronically should contact the person identified in the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section by telephone for advice on filing 
alternatives.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 
202-789-6820.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Table of Contents

I. Introduction and Overview
II. Initial Administrative Actions
III. Ordering Paragraphs

I. Introduction and Overview

    On October 9, 2020, the Postal Service filed a notice of inflation-
based price adjustments affecting market dominant domestic and 
international products and services, along with temporary mailing 
promotions and numerous proposed classification changes to the Mail 
Classification Schedule (MCS).\1\ The intended effective date is 
January 24, 2021. Notice at 1. The Notice, which was filed pursuant to 
39 U.S.C. 3622 and 39 CFR part 3030, triggers a notice-and-comment 
proceeding.\2\
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    \1\ United States Postal Service Notice of Market-Dominant Price 
Change, October 9, 2020 (Notice).
    \2\ This is a Type 1-B proceeding. See 39 CFR part 3030, 
subparts A-C for additional information.
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    Contents of filing. The Postal Service's filing consists of the 
Notice, which the Postal Service represents addresses the data and 
information required under 39 CFR 3030.512; four attachments 
(Attachments A-D) to the Notice; and seven public library references 
and one nonpublic library reference.
    Attachment A presents the proposed price and related product 
description changes to the MCS. Notice, Attachment A. Attachments B and 
C address workshare discounts and the price cap calculation, 
respectively. Id. Attachments B and C. Attachment D presents the 2021 
promotions schedule. Id. Attachment D.
    Several library references provide supporting financial 
documentation for the five classes of mail. Notice at 6 nn.11-12. The 
Postal Service filed two library references containing workpapers for 
First-Class Mail International Billing Determinants and Seamless 
Volumes. It also filed one library reference pertaining to the two 
international mail products within First-Class Mail (First-Class Mail 
International and Inbound Letter Post) under seal and applied for non-
public treatment of those materials.\3\
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    \3\ See USPS Notice of Filing USPS-LR-R2021-1/NP1, October 9, 
2020, Attachment 1. Two versions of this document (bearing Filing ID 
numbers 114788 and 114789) and the non-public materials were filed 
with the Commission. See id.
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    Planned price adjustments. The Postal Service's planned percentage 
changes by class are, on average, as follows:

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                                                                Planned
                                                                 price
                    Market dominant class                     adjustment
                                                                  (%)
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First-Class Mail............................................       1.836
USPS Marketing Mail.........................................       1.509
Periodicals.................................................       1.456
Package Services............................................       1.460
Special Services............................................       1.458
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Notice at 5.
    Price adjustments for products within classes vary from the 
average. See, e.g., id. at 7, 13 (Table 5 showing range for First-Class 
Mail products and Table 7 showing range for USPS Marketing Mail 
products). Most of the planned adjustments entail increases to market 
dominant rates and fees; however, in a few instances, the Postal 
Service proposes either no adjustment or a decrease. See id. at 7-8.
    Proposed classification changes. The Postal Service proposes 
numerous classification changes in its Notice and identifies the impact 
on the MCS in Attachment A. Id. at 36-37; id. Attachment A.
    Calendar year 2021 promotions. The Postal Service seeks approval 
for the following six promotions for the indicated periods:
     Tactile, Sensory and Interactive Mailpiece Engagement 
Promotion (February 1-July 31, 2021);
     Emerging and Advanced Technology Promotion (March 1-August 
31, 2021);
     Earned Value Reply Mail Promotion (April 1-June 30, 2021);
     Personalized Color Transpromo Promotion (July 1-December 
31, 2021);
     Mobile Shopping Promotion (August 1-December 31, 2021); 
and
     Informed Delivery Promotion (September 1-November 30, 
2021).
    Id. Attachment D. The Postal Service is also introducing a $0.001 
per piece rate incentive for Seamless Acceptance. Id. at 32-34.

II. Initial Administrative Action

    Pursuant to 39 CFR 3030.511(a), the Commission establishes Docket 
No. R2021-1 to consider the planned price adjustments for market 
dominant postal products and services, as well as the related 
classification changes, identified in the Notice. The Commission 
invites comments from interested persons on whether the Postal 
Service's filing is consistent with the applicable statutory and 
regulatory requirements, including 39 U.S.C. 3622 and 39 CFR part 3030. 
Comments are due no later than October 29, 2020.\4\
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    \4\ The Commission continues to use the 20-day comment period as 
set forth in 39 CFR 3030.511(a)(5); however, the Commission notes 
that in order to sufficiently address the comments, its 
determination may exceed the 14-day deadline set forth in 39 CFR 
3030.511(d). See Carlson v. Postal Reg. Comm'n, 938 F.3d 337 (D.C. 
Cir. Sept. 13, 2019).
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    The public portions of the Postal Service's filing are available 
for review on the Commission's website (http://www.prc.gov). Comments 
and other material filed in this proceeding will be available for 
review on the Commission's website, unless the information contained 
therein is subject to an application for non-public treatment. The 
Commission's rules on non-public materials (including access to 
documents filed under seal) appear in 39 CFR part 3011.
    Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the Commission appoints Richard A. 
Oliver to represent the interests of the general public (Public 
Representative) in this proceeding.

III. Ordering Paragraphs

    It is ordered:
    1. The Commission establishes Docket No. R2021-1 to consider the 
planned price adjustments for market dominant postal products and 
services, as well as the related classification changes, identified in 
the Postal Service's October 9, 2020 Notice.
    2. Comments on the planned price adjustments and related 
classification

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changes are due no later than October 29, 2020.
    3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, Richard A. Oliver is appointed to 
serve as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to 
represent the interests of the general public in this proceeding.
    4. The Commission directs the Secretary of the Commission to 
arrange for prompt publication of this notice in the Federal Register.

    By the Commission.
Erica A. Barker,
Secretary.
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