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Federal Register Notices

Published Federal Register Notices

Below is a current list of the Federal Register notices filed by the Mailing Standards Department of the United States Postal Service. To search all USPS Federal Register notices please see:

DATE: Published in the Federal Register January 21, 2014.

International Mail: Mailing Services Price Changes

AGENCY: Postal Service™.

ACTION: Final rule.

On October 24, 2013, the USPS™ published two proposed rules to revise various sections of Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®) to reflect a notice of price adjustments filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC). The PRC has found that price adjustments contained in the Postal Service’s notice may go into effect on January 26, 2014. This final rule revises the IMM to reflect these changes.

DATES: Effective date: January 26, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rick Klutts at 813-877-0372.

I. Proposed rules and response.

On September 26, 2013, the Postal Service filed notices of international mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC), effective on January 26, 2014. On October 24, 2013, the USPS™ published two proposed rules in the Federal Register titled, “International Mailing Services: Proposed Price Changes—CPI” (78 FR 63433-63434) and “International Mailing Services: Proposed Price Changes—Exigent” (78 FR 63434-63435). The proposed rules included changes that we would adopt to implement the changes coincident with the price adjustments and publish accordingly in Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®). We received no comments on either proposed rule.

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DATE: Published in the Federal Register January 6, 2014.

Revised Postage and Fee Refund Criteria

AGENCY: Postal Service™.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

The Postal Service™ proposes to revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) section 604.9 to update the hourly charges and related postage threshold used in assessing certain types of postage refunds and to provide the allowable time periods for requesting refunds for extra service fees.

DATES: Submit comments on or before February 3, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Mail or deliver written comments to the manager, Product Classification, U.S. Postal Service®, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 4446, Washington DC 20260-5015. You may inspect and photocopy all written comments at USPS® Headquarters Library, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, 11th Floor N, Washington, DC by appointment only between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, by calling 202-268-2906 in advance. Email comments, containing the name and address of the commenter, may be sent to:, with a subject line of  “Revised Postage and Fee Refund Criteria”. Faxed comments are not accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Germer, Revenue/Field Accounting,, 202-268-8522; Karen Key, Manager Shipping Products,, 202-268-7492; or Suzanne Newman, Product Classification,, 202-268-5581.

On March 14, 2013, the Postal Service published a notice of proposed rulemaking (78 FR 16213-16220) to eliminate hourly charges for processing refunds and replace it with a charge of 10% of the face value of the postage refund amount being requested. This proposal affected postage refunds for dated or undated, unused postage meter indicia and for stamps affixed to Business Reply Mail® (BRM) pieces.

The proposed rule also included adding general language to the DMM on refund periods for extra service fees of not less than 10 days, or more than 18 months, for services not rendered. The proposed rule included a 30-day comment period. After review of the comments and further analysis, the Postal Service is publishing this revision of its proposed rule.

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