Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government


39 CFR Part 20

International Mail Manual; Incorporation by Reference

AGENCY: Postal ServiceTM.
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: The Postal Service announces the issuance of theMailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual(IMM(r)) dated June 24, 2012, updated withPostal Bulletinrevisions through June 14, 2012, and its incorporation by reference in the Code of Federal Regulations.
DATES: This final rule is effective on October 23, 2012. The incorporation by reference of the IMM is approved by the Director of theFederal Registeras of [October 23, 2012.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lizbeth Dobbins, (202) 268-3789.

TheInternational Mail Manualwas issued on June 24, 2012, and was updated with postal bulletin revisions through June 14, 2012. It replaced all previous editions. The IMM continues to enable the Postal Service to fulfill its long-standing mission of providing affordable, universal mail service. It continues to: (1) Increase the user's ability to find information; (2) increase the users' confidence that they have found the information they need; and (3) reduce the need to consult multiple sources to locate necessary information. The provisions throughout this issue support the standards and mail preparation changes implemented since the version of April 17, 2011. TheInternational Mail Manualis available to the public on the Postal Explorer® Internet site at

List of Subjects in 39 CFR Part 20

Foreign relations; Incorporation by reference.

In view of the considerations discussed above, the Postal Service hereby amends 39 CFR part 20 as follows:

PART 20—INTERNATIONAL POSTAL SERVICE 1. The authority citation for part 20 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, 407, 414, 416, 3001-3011, 3201-3219, 3403-3406, 3621, 3622, 3626, 3632, 3633, and 5001.

2. Amend § 20.1 by revising paragraph (a), revising the caption of the table in paragraph (b), and adding a new entry at the end of the table, to read as follows:
§ 20.1 International Mail Manual; incorporation by reference.

(a) Section 552(a) of title 5, U.S.C., relating to the public information requirements of the Administrative Procedure Act, provides in pertinent part that matter reasonably available to the class of persons affected thereby is deemed published in theFederal Registerwhen incorporated by reference therein with the approval of the Director of theFederal Register. In conformity with that provision and 39 U.S.C. 410(b)(1), and as provided in this part, the Postal Service hereby incorporates by reference itsInternational Mail Manual(IMM), issued June 24, 2012. The Director of theFederal Registerapproves this incorporation by reference in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 552(a) and 1 CFR Part 51.

(b) The current Issue of the IMM is incorporated by reference in paragraph (a) of this section. Successive Issues of the IMM are listed in the following table:

International mail manual Date of issuance **emsp;** IMM June 24, 2012. 3. Revise § 20.2 to read as follows:
§ 20.2 Effective date of the International Mail Manual.

The provisions of theInternational Mail Manualissued June 24, 2012, are applicable with respect to the international mail services of the Postal Service.

Stanley F. Mires, Attorney, Legal Policy & Legislative Advice.