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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: www.gpo.gov/fdsys/browse/collection.action?collectionCode=FR.


DATE: Published in the Federal Register January 26, 2015.

New Mailing Standards for Lithium Batteries

AGENCY: Postal Service™.

ACTION: Notice.

SUMMARY:
The Postal Service will revise Publication 52, Hazardous, Restricted, and Perishable Mail (Publication 52), in various sections to provide new standards for the mailing of lithium batteries. Publication 52 was developed to provide expanded requirements for the mailing of hazardous, restricted, and perishable materials.

DATES: Effective date: March 2, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joan Hall (212) 330-5332 or Kevin Gunther (202) 268-7208.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Overview
U.S. Postal Service® Publication 52 provides mailing standards specific to hazardous, restricted and perishable items and materials. Pursuant to the Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) 601.8.2, Publication 52 applies to the mailability of hazardous materials, including lithium batteries.

Revisions to Publication 52
The Postal Service is making these revisions in order to align with the Department of Transportation (DOT), Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) recent changes to regulations for the transportation of lithium batteries.

On August 6, 2014, PHMSA issued a final rule (79 FR 46012-46040) titled “Hazardous Materials: Transportation of Lithium Batteries” in which it describes new requirements governing the shipment of lithium cells and batteries for both air and surface transportation. In this final rule, PHMSA revises hazard communication and packaging provisions for lithium batteries and harmonizes the Hazardous Materials Regulations (HMR) with applicable provisions of the United Nations (UN) Model Regulations, the International Civil Aviation Organization's Technical Instructions for the Safe Transport of Dangerous Goods by Air (ICAO Technical Instructions) and the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code.

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DATE: Published in the Federal Register January 23, 2015.

International Mailing Services: Proposed Price Changes

AGENCY: Postal Service™.

ACTION: Notice of proposed price adjustments, opportunity to comment.

SUMMARY:
On January 15, 2015, the Postal Service filed a notice of mailing services price adjustments with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) for products and services covered by Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®), to be effective on April 26, 2015. Following the completion of this proceeding, the Postal Service will revise Notice 123, Price List, to reflect the new prices.

DATES: We must receive your comments on or before February 23, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Comments regarding this proposal are invited. Mail or deliver comments to the manager, Product Classification, U.S. Postal Service®, 475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, RM 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 1-202-268-2906 in advance. Email comments, containing the name and address of the commenter, may be sent to: ProductClassification@usps.gov, with a subject line of “April 2015 International Mailing Services Price Change.” Faxed comments are not accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paula Rabkin at 202-268-2537.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
The Postal Service hereby gives notice that, pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3622, on January 15, 2015, it filed with the Postal Regulatory Commission a Notice of Market-Dominant Price Adjustment. Proposed prices and other documents relevant to this filing are available under Docket No. R2015-4 on the PRC’s website at www.prc.gov.

This proposed rule includes price changes for First-Class Mail International® and certain international extra services. All of the proposed price change percentages are based on CPI prices approved by the PRC in Docket No. 2103-10, plus the Exigent Surcharge approved by the PRC in Docket No. R2013-11.

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DATE: Published in the Federal Register January 14, 2015.

Clarification of Content Eligibility for Standard Mail Marketing Parcels

AGENCY: Postal Service™.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

SUMMARY:
The Postal Service proposes to clarify Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) to reaffirm basic eligibility standards for Standard Mail Marketing Parcels.

DATES: Submit comments on or before February 13, 2015.

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 North, Washington, DC, by appointment only, between 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: ProductClassification@usps.gov, with a subject line of “Marketing Parcels.” Faxed comments are not accepted.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lizbeth Dobbins at 202-268-3789, John F. Rosato at 202-268-8597, or Suzanne Newman at 202-695-0550.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
To ensure consistency and clarity about the content eligibility of Standard Mail Marketing Parcels, the Postal Service recently published an article in Postal Bulletin 22406 (January 8, 2015) to remind customers about the basic eligibility and address format standards for this classification of mail.

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