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What Is the USPS EPacket Services

In January 2013, the USPS will be escalating their costs for 1st Class Global Mail for offers drastically. In a lot of instances, the prices to ship a bundle internationally will double. Even though this may perhaps appear to be like very undesirable news to numerous Amazon and eBay sellers, there is some fantastic news. The USPS is formally launching a new Intercontinental Services identified as Professional ePacket in the United States.

Professional ePacket is a USPS product provided by way of the products and services of a USPS permitted Pre-Capable Wholesaler (PQW). This company appears to be to be really beneficial to several shippers sending light-weight low worth merchandise abroad. Amazon & eBay sellers can now consider consolation in the simple fact that they will no more time have to get ready the documentation and necessary labels for exporting from the United states. The USPS PQW that you find, will choose treatment of all the important documentation. In addition, all eRetailers can now track these packages on USPS.com to the fourteen collaborating nations.

Some essential capabilities of the Industrial ePacket Services are as follows:

Cost-effective eCommerce postal solution with tracking and delivery affirmation
Light-weight minimal value goods, < 2 Kilos & < $400 value
Dispatched as commercial Letter-Post Packets and utilizes overseas foreign prime post network.
Transit time is 4-7 days
Postal Customs Clearance (Duties & Taxes paid by recipient)
Free returns on undeliverable items
Tracking is performed right on USPS.com
14 Participating countries: Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, New Zealand, Sweden, Spain. Ireland, Finland, France, Portugal, and UK.
Delivery scan rates of 90% on average for all countries
Pricing provided by a Liteblue usps gov approved PQW
Induction sites are New York, Chicago, & Los Angeles
Acceptance scan by USPS and delivery scan by foreign post
Unique Label and Barcode ID – LX item prefix
Electronic manifesting, labeling done by Pre-Qualified Wholesaler, & dropped off in sacks ONLY
How does ePacket work?

Customers would contact a USPS PQW in their region and speak with someone regarding how they can get started. Ideally you would want to select a PQW who has mailing capabilities in all three acceptance cities. This becomes extremely important during inclement weather and natural disasters. Using a PQW with multiple facilities located in all 3 acceptance facilities ensures that your mail can be re-routed to another acceptance center if one becomes closed or has no flights departing as we saw during Hurricane Sandy.

The PQW will walk you throught the process of setting up your labels and data capture features. Once you have all of the data capture features running, you will either send your shipments or the PQW will dispatch a vehicle to your location. Each day you will need to provide the mail you are dispatching and send a manifest electronically outlining all the customs information for each package.

Once your packages arrive at the PQW, the PQW will confirm that they have received your electronic manifest for that particulars days shipment. If the PQW does not receive your manifest they can not process your mail through the Commercial ePacket service. After receipt of your manifest the electronic information will be uploaded into the USPS system and all the labels and necessary customs documentation will be generated. The packages will then have the proper labeling and will be sacked by country of destination and delivered to the USPS designated International Service Center (ISC).

Once accepted at the USPS ISC, the sacks will be opened and every package scanned as evidence of posting and placed on the next available outbound flight for that destination country. After flight arrival, the packages will clear through customs via the Postal Customs Clearance mechanism. This ensures that your packages move quickly through the clearance process and will not be impacted by typical delays incured by the normal airfreight clearance system.

After Clearance, packages will then be entered into the PRIME network and will receive priority processing within the destination country. Customers that are waiting to receive their packages, can have confidence that they will see the tracking information directly on the USPS website. This one feature should eliminate many customer service calls that many Amazon & eBay sellers receive daily from their customers.

Once the packages make it through the postal system of the destination country, the package will be scanned as delivered by the mail carrier once it is delivered.This scanning event will then be uploaded into the USPS site and available to all who wish to monitor the progress of each shipment.

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