Parcels Prepared in Soft Packaging, 16700-16702 [2022-05600]

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Commence at Point A in position 25°46′11″ N, 080°07′06″ W; thence northwest to Point B in position 25°46′56″ N, 080°07′41″ W; thence north-northeast to Point C in position 25°48′44″ N, 080°07′17″ W; thence northeast to Point D in position 25°49′10″ N, 080°05′58″ W; thence southeast to Point E in position 25°48′40″ N, 080°05′04″ W; thence southwest to Point A. (2) [Reserved] (b) Definitions. (1) The term ‘‘designated representative’’ means Coast Guard Patrol Commanders, including Coast Guard coxswains, petty officers, and other officers operating Coast Guard vessels, and Federal, State, and Local officers designated by or assisting the COTP Miami in the enforcement of the regulated areas. (2) The term ‘‘Patrol Commander’’ means a commissioned, warrant, or petty officer of the Coast Guard who has been designated by the respective Coast Guard Sector Commander to enforce these regulations. (3) The term ‘‘spectators’’ means all persons and vessels not registered with the event sponsor as participants or official patrol vessels. (c) Regulations. (1) All nonparticipant vessels or persons are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within the regulated area unless PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 authorized by the COTP or a designated representative. (2) Persons and vessels desiring to enter, transit through, anchor in, or remain within the regulated area may contact the COTP Miami by telephone at (305) 535–4472 or a designated representative via VHF–FM radio on channel 16, to request authorization. If authorization is granted, all persons and vessels receiving such authorization must comply with the instructions of the COTP Miami or a designated representative. (3) The Coast Guard will provide notice of the regulated area through Broadcast Notice to Mariners via VHF– FM channel 16, on-scene designated representatives, and Local Notice to Mariners. (d) Enforcement period. This rule will be enforced from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., on May 6, 2022 and May 7, 2022. Dated: March 21, 2022. J.F. Burdian, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard, Captain of the Port Miami. [FR Doc. 2022–06251 Filed 3–23–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P POSTAL SERVICE 39 CFR Part 111 Parcels Prepared in Soft Packaging Postal ServiceTM. ACTION: Proposed rule. AGENCY: The United States Postal Service (Postal Service) is proposing to amend Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) by adding new subsections to establish parcel selvage standards and to clarify how to measure parcels prepared in soft packaging. DATES: Submit comments on or before April 25, 2022. ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the Director, Product Classification, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4446, Washington, DC 20260–5015. If sending comments by email, include the name and address of the commenter and send to PCFederalRegister@usps.gov, with a subject line of ‘‘Parcels Prepared in Soft Packaging’’. Faxed comments are not accepted. SUMMARY: Confidentiality All submitted comments and attachments are part of the public record and subject to disclosure. Do not enclose any material in your comments that you consider to be confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure. E:\FR\FM\24MRP1.SGM 24MRP1 16701 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 57 / Thursday, March 24, 2022 / Proposed Rules You may inspect and photocopy all written comments, by appointment only, at USPS® Headquarters Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, 11th Floor North, Washington, DC 20260. These records are available for review on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., by calling 202–268–2906. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen F. Key at (202) 268–7492 or Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268–7281. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Postal Service continues to experience operational impacts with parcels not properly prepared in soft packaging (poly, plastic, cloth, padded envelopes, or similar soft packaging). Parcels prepared in soft packaging containing contents that are not right-sized leads to an excess of selvage that can cause damage to the parcel or make the parcel nonmachinable, resulting in the parcel ending up in manual processing which is costly to both the customer and the Postal Service. Parcels that become nonmachinable are not processed through parcel sorting equipment and lose visibility for the customer and the Postal Service. The Postal Service is proposing to implement a two-inch maximum of selvage on the length and the width of a parcel prepared in soft packaging. The two-inch maximum for the length would be determined by holding the parcel horizontally/landscape and with the contents totally positioned at the bottom of the soft packaging, the selvage must not exceed two inches at the top of the mailpiece. The two-inch maximum for the width would be determined by holding the parcel horizontally/landscape and with the contents totally positioned to the left or to the right side of the soft packaging, the selvage must not exceed two inches on the opposite side of the mailpiece. In addition, the Postal Service is also proposing to provide a clarification defining how to measure parcels prepared in soft packaging to generally determine the length, width, and height of the mailpiece. These revisions will not affect the standards for parcels claiming the Priority Mail® Commercial Plus cubic prices. As a result of the proposed two-inch maximum selvage requirement for parcels prepared in soft packaging, the Postal Service would delete Customer Support Ruling (CSR) PS–340, Measuring Priority Mail Dimensions to Determine Dimensional Weight. The Postal Service is proposing to implement this change effective July 10, 2022. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:36 Mar 23, 2022 Jkt 256001 We believe the proposed revisions will provide customers with a more efficient, consistent, and easier process. List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111 Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service. Although exempt from the notice and comment requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553(b), (c)) regarding proposed rulemaking by 39 U.S.C. 410(a), the Postal Service invites public comment on the following proposed revisions 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. We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR part 111 to reflect these changes. Accordingly, 39 CFR part 111 is proposed to be 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, 401–404, 414, 416, 3001–3018, 3201–3220, 3401–3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3629, 3631– 3633, 3641, 3681–3685, 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) * * * * * 100 Retail Mail Letters, Cards, Flats, and Parcels 101 Physical Standards * * 3.0 Physical Standards for Parcels * * * * * * * * [Add new 3.4 and 3.5 to read as follows:] 3.4 Measuring Parcels Prepared in Soft Packaging Parcels prepared in soft packaging (poly, plastic, cloth, padded envelopes, or similar soft packaging) are measured to determine the dimensions (length, width, height) as follows: ■ a. Place the piece with its largest side on a flat surface. ■ b. Measure the length, width, and height of the piece as it appears, including any selvage of the soft packaging material. Measure the length, width, and height at each dimension’s maximum point. PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 3.5 Soft Packaging Selvage 3.5.1 General Selvage is the overhang of the soft packaging material beyond the contents of the mailpiece. 3.5.2 Maximum Selvage Parcels mailed under 3.0 in soft packaging material must not exceed 2 inches of selvage on either the length or the width of the mailpiece. 3.5.3 Measuring Selvage Measure selvage on parcels in soft packaging as follows: ■ a. With the parcel held horizontally/ landscape and the contents totally positioned at the bottom of the soft packaging, the selvage must not exceed 2 inches at the top of the mailpiece. ■ b. With the parcel held horizontally/ landscape and the contents totally positioned to the left or to the right side of the soft packaging, the selvage must not exceed 2 inches on the opposite side of the mailpiece. * * * * * 200 Commercial Letters, Flats, and Parcels Design Standards 201 Physical Standards * * 7.0 Physical Standards for Parcels * * * * * * * * [Add new 7.8 and 7.9 to read as follows:] 7.8 Measuring Parcels Prepared in Soft Packaging Except for Priority Mail Commercial Plus Cubic Soft Pack under 223.1.4, parcels prepared in soft packaging (poly, plastic, cloth, padded envelopes, or similar soft packaging) are measured to determine the dimensions (length, width, height) as follows. ■ a. Place the piece with its largest side on a flat surface. ■ b. Measure the length, width, and height, as it appears, including any selvage of the soft packaging material. Measure the length, width, and height at each dimension’s maximum point. 7.9 7.9.1 Soft Packaging Selvage General Selvage is the overhang of the soft packaging material beyond the contents of the mailpiece. 7.9.2 Maximum Selvage Parcels mailed under 7.0 in soft packaging material must not exceed 2 inches of selvage on either the length or the width of the mailpiece. E:\FR\FM\24MRP1.SGM 24MRP1 16702 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 57 / Thursday, March 24, 2022 / Proposed Rules 7.9.3 Measuring Selvage Measure selvage on soft packaging parcels as follows: ■ a. With the parcel held horizontally/ landscape and the contents totally positioned at the bottom of the soft packaging, the selvage must not exceed 2 inches at the top of the mailpiece. ■ b. With the parcel held horizontally/ landscape and the contents totally positioned to the left or to the right side of the soft packaging, the selvage must not exceed 2 inches on the opposite side of the mailpiece. * * * * * Sarah E. Sullivan, Attorney, Ethics and Legal Compliance. [FR Doc. 2022–05600 Filed 3–23–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7710–12–P POSTAL SERVICE 39 CFR Part 111 Periodicals Requester Records Requirements Postal ServiceTM. Proposed rule. AGENCY: ACTION: The Postal Service proposes to amend Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) to revise verification requirements for authorized audit bureaus. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 25, 2022. ADDRESSES: Comments may be mailed or delivered to Dale Kennedy (Director, Product Classification), United States Postal Service, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20260–1101; or submitted to pcfederalregister@ usps.gov. Faxed comments will not be accepted. All written comments may be inspected and photocopied, by appointment only, at Postal Service Headquarters Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, 11th Floor North, Washington, DC. These records will be available for review Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., by calling 202– 268–2906. All submitted comments and attachments are part of the public record and subject to disclosure. Do not enclose any material in your comments that you consider to be confidential or inappropriate for public disclosure. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dale Kennedy at (202) 268–6592. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Postal Service is publishing this notice of proposed rulemaking to enact new procedures for auditing compliance with circulation standards for khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:36 Mar 23, 2022 Jkt 256001 Periodicals requester publications and standardize existing procedures across Postal Service publications. The Postal Service is also using this opportunity to update its listing of authorized audit bureaus for Periodicals verification and requests each authorized audit bureau notify the Postal Service to confirm its status. Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) 207.6.4.2a provides that a Periodicals requester publication must have a legitimate list of persons who have requested the publication and 50% or more of the copies must be distributed to persons making such requests. Publishers can use a variety of records to verify each publication sent at the Periodicals rate is distributed to a legitimate list of requesters, including ‘‘Individual and bulk orders for subscriptions and nonsubscriber copies.’’ DMM 207.8.1.4b. The Postal Service interprets DMM 207.8.1.4b to encompass written proof in the form of email communications, telephone, or internet. Customer Support Ruling (CSR) PS–054 (207.6.4). The Postal Service now proposes to clarify that it will extend that interpretation to text messages as well, given the growth in text message communication. If, after public comment, the Postal Service decides to extend the interpretation in such manner, it will update CSR PS–054 to add procedures for the evaluation of text message requests. In addition, the Postal Service will make conforming changes in a new section E–0.4 to Appendix E of DM–204 to notify audit bureaus of its verification requirements for text messages and throughout DM–203 to standardize records retention requirements and to add Text Message requests. Finally, the Postal Service plans to remove a reference to Form 3845 in CSR PS–054, which is no longer in use. The Postal Service also authorizes audit bureaus to conduct verifications of circulation for applications for Periodicals mailing privileges. DMM 207.8.2.2. The list of audit bureaus authorized to verify circulation of Periodicals publication are listed in CSR PS–054. However, the Postal Service currently has limited visibility into each audit bureau’s procedures for verification of publisher records. Because disparate practices between different authorized audit bureaus could lead to inconsistent enforcement of the Postal Service’s verification requirements, the Postal Service proposes an update to the DMM explicitly reserving to the Postal Service the right to review each authorized audit bureau’s policies and procedures PO 00000 Frm 00051 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 and periodically inspect each bureau for compliance. The Postal Service also proposes an update to DMM 207.8.1.3 to add record retention requirements for authorized audit bureaus. Publishers are required to keep circulation records for 3 years following the issue date of the publication. DMM 207.8.1.3. The Postal Service’s proposed update to DMM 207.8.1.3 would impose a similar requirement on authorized audit bureaus and require publishers to retain records for paid subscribers for 12 months. If the Postal Service adopts the proposed DMM changes, it will make conforming updates in CSR PS–054 and Handbook DM–204 (Applying for Periodicals Mailing Privilege) to add minimum requirements for acceptance of text (SMS and MMS) messages for the purpose of auditing Periodicals requests. The Postal Service will also publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR part 111 to reflect these changes if this proposal is adopted. Finally, the Postal Service believes that its agreements with authorized independent audit bureaus are out of date and is therefore reviewing those agreements. Once this rulemaking is concluded, the Postal Service will decide whether to renegotiate the agreements to bring them up to date and would then publish a new list of authorized audit bureaus in CSR PS– 054. The Postal Service proposes 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. List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111 Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service. 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, 401–404, 414, 416, 3001–3018, 3201–3220, 3401–3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3629, 3631– 3633, 3641, 3681–3685, 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) * E:\FR\FM\24MRP1.SGM * * 24MRP1 * *

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[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 57 (Thursday, March 24, 2022)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 16700-16702]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2022-05600]


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POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 111


Parcels Prepared in Soft Packaging

AGENCY: Postal ServiceTM.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

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SUMMARY: The United States Postal Service (Postal Service) is proposing 
to amend Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, 
Domestic Mail Manual (DMM[supreg]) by adding new subsections to 
establish parcel selvage standards and to clarify how to measure 
parcels prepared in soft packaging.

DATES: Submit comments on or before April 25, 2022.

ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the Director, Product 
Classification, U.S. Postal Service, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4446, 
Washington, DC 20260-5015. If sending comments by email, include the 
name and address of the commenter and send to 
[email protected], with a subject line of ``Parcels Prepared 
in Soft Packaging''. Faxed comments are not accepted.

Confidentiality

    All submitted comments and attachments are part of the public 
record and subject to disclosure. Do not enclose any material in your 
comments that you consider to be confidential or inappropriate for 
public disclosure.

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    You may inspect and photocopy all written comments, by appointment 
only, at USPS[supreg] Headquarters Library, 475 L'Enfant Plaza SW, 11th 
Floor North, Washington, DC 20260. These records are available for 
review on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., by calling 202-268-
2906.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen F. Key at (202) 268-7492 or 
Garry Rodriguez at (202) 268-7281.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Postal Service continues to experience 
operational impacts with parcels not properly prepared in soft 
packaging (poly, plastic, cloth, padded envelopes, or similar soft 
packaging). Parcels prepared in soft packaging containing contents that 
are not right-sized leads to an excess of selvage that can cause damage 
to the parcel or make the parcel nonmachinable, resulting in the parcel 
ending up in manual processing which is costly to both the customer and 
the Postal Service. Parcels that become nonmachinable are not processed 
through parcel sorting equipment and lose visibility for the customer 
and the Postal Service.
    The Postal Service is proposing to implement a two-inch maximum of 
selvage on the length and the width of a parcel prepared in soft 
packaging. The two-inch maximum for the length would be determined by 
holding the parcel horizontally/landscape and with the contents totally 
positioned at the bottom of the soft packaging, the selvage must not 
exceed two inches at the top of the mailpiece. The two-inch maximum for 
the width would be determined by holding the parcel horizontally/
landscape and with the contents totally positioned to the left or to 
the right side of the soft packaging, the selvage must not exceed two 
inches on the opposite side of the mailpiece.
    In addition, the Postal Service is also proposing to provide a 
clarification defining how to measure parcels prepared in soft 
packaging to generally determine the length, width, and height of the 
mailpiece.
    These revisions will not affect the standards for parcels claiming 
the Priority Mail[supreg] Commercial Plus cubic prices.
    As a result of the proposed two-inch maximum selvage requirement 
for parcels prepared in soft packaging, the Postal Service would delete 
Customer Support Ruling (CSR) PS-340, Measuring Priority Mail 
Dimensions to Determine Dimensional Weight.
    The Postal Service is proposing to implement this change effective 
July 10, 2022.
    We believe the proposed revisions will provide customers with a 
more efficient, consistent, and easier process.

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 111

    Administrative practice and procedure, Postal Service.

    Although exempt from the notice and comment requirements of the 
Administrative Procedure Act (5 U.S.C. 553(b), (c)) regarding proposed 
rulemaking by 39 U.S.C. 410(a), the Postal Service invites public 
comment on the following proposed revisions 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.
    We will publish an appropriate amendment to 39 CFR part 111 to 
reflect these changes.
    Accordingly, 39 CFR part 111 is proposed to be amended as follows:

PART 111--[AMENDED]

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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, 401-404, 414, 416, 3001-3018, 3201-3220, 3401-
3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3629, 3631-3633, 3641, 3681-3685, and 5001.

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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)

* * * * *

100 Retail Mail Letters, Cards, Flats, and Parcels

101 Physical Standards

* * * * *

3.0 Physical Standards for Parcels

* * * * *
    [Add new 3.4 and 3.5 to read as follows:]

3.4 Measuring Parcels Prepared in Soft Packaging

    Parcels prepared in soft packaging (poly, plastic, cloth, padded 
envelopes, or similar soft packaging) are measured to determine the 
dimensions (length, width, height) as follows:
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a. Place the piece with its largest side on a flat surface.
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b. Measure the length, width, and height of the piece as it appears, 
including any selvage of the soft packaging material. Measure the 
length, width, and height at each dimension's maximum point.

3.5 Soft Packaging Selvage

3.5.1 General

    Selvage is the overhang of the soft packaging material beyond the 
contents of the mailpiece.

3.5.2 Maximum Selvage

    Parcels mailed under 3.0 in soft packaging material must not exceed 
2 inches of selvage on either the length or the width of the mailpiece.

3.5.3 Measuring Selvage

    Measure selvage on parcels in soft packaging as follows:
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a. With the parcel held horizontally/landscape and the contents totally 
positioned at the bottom of the soft packaging, the selvage must not 
exceed 2 inches at the top of the mailpiece.
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b. With the parcel held horizontally/landscape and the contents totally 
positioned to the left or to the right side of the soft packaging, the 
selvage must not exceed 2 inches on the opposite side of the mailpiece.
* * * * *

200 Commercial Letters, Flats, and Parcels Design Standards

201 Physical Standards

* * * * *

7.0 Physical Standards for Parcels

* * * * *
    [Add new 7.8 and 7.9 to read as follows:]

7.8 Measuring Parcels Prepared in Soft Packaging

    Except for Priority Mail Commercial Plus Cubic Soft Pack under 
223.1.4, parcels prepared in soft packaging (poly, plastic, cloth, 
padded envelopes, or similar soft packaging) are measured to determine 
the dimensions (length, width, height) as follows.
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a. Place the piece with its largest side on a flat surface.
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b. Measure the length, width, and height, as it appears, including any 
selvage of the soft packaging material. Measure the length, width, and 
height at each dimension's maximum point.

7.9 Soft Packaging Selvage

7.9.1 General

    Selvage is the overhang of the soft packaging material beyond the 
contents of the mailpiece.

7.9.2 Maximum Selvage

    Parcels mailed under 7.0 in soft packaging material must not exceed 
2 inches of selvage on either the length or the width of the mailpiece.

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7.9.3 Measuring Selvage

    Measure selvage on soft packaging parcels as follows:
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a. With the parcel held horizontally/landscape and the contents totally 
positioned at the bottom of the soft packaging, the selvage must not 
exceed 2 inches at the top of the mailpiece.
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b. With the parcel held horizontally/landscape and the contents totally 
positioned to the left or to the right side of the soft packaging, the 
selvage must not exceed 2 inches on the opposite side of the mailpiece.
* * * * *

Sarah E. Sullivan,
Attorney, Ethics and Legal Compliance.
[FR Doc. 2022-05600 Filed 3-23-22; 8:45 am]
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