2019-22587. Competitive Price Adjustment  

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    AGENCY:

    Postal Regulatory Commission.

    ACTION:

    Notice.

    SUMMARY:

    The Commission is recognizing a recently filed Postal Service document with the Commission concerning changes in rates of general applicability for competitive products. The changes are scheduled to take effect January 26, 2020. This notice informs the public of the filing, invites public comment, and takes other administrative steps.

    DATES:

    Comments are due: October 25, 2019.

    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.

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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    David A. Trissell, General Counsel, at 202-789-6820.

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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Table of Contents

    I. Introduction and Overview

    II. Initial Administrative Actions

    III. Ordering Paragraphs

    I. Introduction and Overview

    On October 9, 2019, the Postal Service filed notice with the Commission concerning changes in rates of general applicability for competitive products.[1] The Postal Service represents that, as required by 39 CFR 3015.2(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 26, 2020. Id.

    Attached to the Notice is Governors' Decision No. 19-3, which states the new prices are in accordance with 39 U.S.C. 3632 and 3633 and 39 CFR 3015.2.[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 3015. Governors' Decision No. 19-3 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 2020 projected volumes, revenues, attributable costs, contribution, and cost coverage for each product, assuming implementation of the new prices on January 26, 2020.
    • A partially redacted table showing FY 2020 projected volumes, revenues, attributable costs, contribution, and cost coverage for each product, assuming a hypothetical implementation of the new prices on October 1, 2019.

    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.

    Table I-1—Proposed Price Changes

    Product nameAverage price increase (percent)
    Domestic Competitive Products
    Priority Mail Express3.5
    Retail3.8
    Commercial Base2.2
    Commercial Plus2.2
    Priority Mail4.1
    Retail4.9
    Commercial Base2.8
    Commercial Plus3.0
    Parcel Select:
    Traditional2.5
    Lightweight4.2
    Parcel Return Service4.9
    Return Sectional Center Facility4.9
    Return Delivery Unit4.9
    First-Class Package Service2.6
    Retail3.9
    Commercial2.2
    Retail Ground3.9
    Domestic Extra Services
    Premium Forwarding Service Enrollment Fee0.9-5.3
    Adult Signature Service:
    Basic3.9
    Person-Specific3.6
    Address Enhancement Services0.4-3.8
    Competitive Post Office Box10.4
    Package Intercept Service3.9
    International Competitive Products
    Global Express Guaranteed0.0
    Priority Mail Express International2.0
    Priority Mail International6.0
    International Priority Airmail5.9
    International Priority Airmail M-Bags5.9
    International Surface Air Lift5.9
    International Surface Air Lift M-Bags5.9
    Airmail M-Bags6.0
    First-Class Package International Service9.9
    International Ancillary Services and Special Services
    International Ancillary Services2.7
    Source: See Governors' Decision No. 19-3 at 2-6 (showing percentage increases for products other than Adult Signature Service and new prices for Adult Signature Service); Mail Classification Schedule section 2645.1.2 (showing existing prices for Adult Signature Service).

    II. Initial Administrative Actions

    The Commission establishes Docket No. CP2020-5 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 3015, and 39 CFR 3020 subparts B and E. Comments are due no later than October 25, 2019. 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, Curtis E. Kidd is appointed to serve as Public Representative to represent the interests of the general public in this docket.

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    1. The Commission establishes Docket No. CP2020-5 to provide interested persons an opportunity to express views and offer comments on whether the planned changes are consistent with 39 U.S.C. 3632, 3633, and 3642, 39 CFR part 3015, and 39 CFR 3020 subparts B and E.

    2. Comments are due no later than October 25, 2019.

    3. Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 505, the Commission appoints Curtis E. Kidd to serve as an officer of the Commission (Public Representative) to represent the interests of the general public in this docket.

    4. The Secretary shall arrange for publication of this order in the Federal Register.

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    By the Commission.

    Darcie S. Tokioka,

    Acting Secretary.

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    Footnotes

    1.  United States Postal Service Notice of Changes in Rates of General Applicability for Competitive Products, October 9, 2019 (Notice). Pursuant to 39 U.S.C. 3632(b)(2), the Postal Service is obligated to publish the Governors' Decision and record of proceedings in the Federal Register at least 30 days before the effective date of the new rates.

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    2.  Notice, Decision of the Governors of the United States Postal Service on Changes in Rates of General Applicability for Competitive Products (Governors' Decision No. 19-3), at 1 (Governors' Decision No. 19-3).

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    [FR Doc. 2019-22587 Filed 10-16-19; 8:45 am]

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Document Information

Published:
10/17/2019
Department:
Postal Regulatory Commission
EntryType:
Notice
Action:
Notice.
Document Number:
2019-22587
Dates:
Comments are due: October 25, 2019.
Pages:
55598-55599 (2 pages)
Docket Numbers:
Docket No. CP2020-5, Order No. 5272
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2019-22587.pdf