In January 2013, USPS will raise its prices for First Class International Mail for packages significantly. In many cases, prices for international packages will be doubled. While this may seem like very bad news for many Amazon and eBay sellers, there are some good news. The USPS has officially launched a new international service called Commercial ePacket in the United States.
Commercial ePacket is a USPS product delivered through a USPS approved prepaid wholesaler (PQW) service. This service seems to be very beneficial for many transport companies that transport trivial value abroad. Amazon and eBay sellers can now take comfort in the fact that they will no longer have to prepare the documents and need labels for export from the United States. USPS PQW that you choose will take care of all the necessary information. In addition, all eRetailers can now track this package at USPS.com in 14 participating countries.
Some key issues in the commercial ePacket service are as follows:
- Economical eCommerce mail merchandise with tracking and delivery confirmation
- Lightweight low-value products, <2 kilograms & <$ 400 values
- Sent as commercial banks and using foreign foreigners mail service.
- Transfer time is 4-7 days
- Post-clearance tax (Taxes and payments paid by recipient)
- Free yield on intrinsic items
- Uses conducted on USPS.com
- 14 Participating countries: Canada, Australia, The Netherlands , Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, New Zealand, Sweden, Spain. Ireland, Finland, France, Portugal and the United Kingdom.
- Delivery Options 90% on average for all countries
- USPS PQW
- Pricing Approved: New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles
- USPS Scanner Approval and Delivery of Scanner by Foreign Mail
- Unique label and barcode ID – LX item prefix
- Electronic impression mark, markings made by preset wholesaler and released only in sacks.
How does ePacket work?
Customers would contact USPS PQW in the area and talk to someone about how they can begin. Ideally you want to choose PQW which has mail skills in all three verification areas. This will be extremely important in weather and natural disasters. Using PQW with many facilities located in all 3 accreditation facilities, ensuring that your mail can return to another confirmation center if you are closed or have no flight to go as we saw Hurricane Sandy.
The PQW will walk you through the process of installing a signal and data capture feature. When you have all the data transfer operations running, you either send your shipments or PQW will send a vehicle to you. Every day, you need to deliver the mail you send and send an impression that electronically describes all customs information for each package.
When your packages arrive at PQW, PQW will confirm that they received the electronic delivery form for the date of delivery. If PQW does not get the display, they can not work with your email through the Commercial ePacket service. After you receive your presentation, electronic information will be uploaded to the USPS system, and all tags and necessary tax returns will be created. The packages will then be properly labeled and will be operated by the country of destination and delivered to the USPS designated International Service Center (ISC).
Once USPS ISC has been approved, the downloads will be opened and each package scanned as location evidence and placed on the next available option for the destination. After arriving, the packages were collected by customs through the postal system. This ensures that your packages are quickly processed through the clearance process and are not affected by typical births that are normal with a standard aircraft system.
After clearance, packages will be entered into the PRIME network and will receive priority in the destination. Customers who are waiting to receive their packages can trust that they see the tracking information directly on the USPS website. This feature should eliminate many service calls that many Amazon and eBay sellers receive daily from their customers.
Once the packages have reached it through the destination mail system, the package will be scanned as delivered by the mailer when delivered. This scan will then be uploaded to the USPS site and available to anyone who wants to monitor the progress each shipments.
Based on my first results, these services seem to be great deals for companies that ship 100 or more packages a day. However, some customers who carry less than 100 packages per day may also benefit from this service if they decide to combine one or two days worth of delivery orders. Clearly, each client has its own features that can affect when services such as Commercial ePacket will be useful. However, depending on how far you are from JFK Airport, Hers International Airport or Los Angeles International Airport, it may be possible to use the service daily, even if you have less than 100 packages per day. For information about the service, I would contact USPS approved PQW today.