Shipping Impacts

Find out about potential impacts to your shipping activity.

April 4, 2012

Intelligent Mail® Package Barcode (IMpb)
FedEx began accepting IMpb labels on February 1, 2012. In addition, the label and electronic package data interchange (EPDI) specifications became available in February 2012. Specification based customers will be contacted by a FedEx SmartPost representative who will provide label and EPDI documents and discuss the IMpb migration process. Please contact your account representative or email IMpb@fedex.com if you have additional questions or concerns.

To see how the IMpb impacts your FedEx SmartPost shipments and how to become compliant, go to https://www.fedex.com/us/smartpostguide/IMpb.html.

Changes to non-machinable rules
On January 22, 2012, the USPS changed the rules for non-machinable weight and dimensions. FedEx SmartPost will implement these changes at a future date and will not pass on the increased cost to FedEx SmartPost customers at this time. We will provide further details as they become available.

Reminder about Standard Mail® Reclassification
Effective January 22, 2012, the USPS reclassified their Standard Mail product offering to a lightweight subcategory of Parcel Select® called Parcel Select Lightweight. Delivery confirmation is included on all Parcel Select Lightweight packages.

Please contact your account representative or email FedExSmartPost@fedex.com if you have additional questions or concerns.

September 29, 2011

The U.S. Postal Service® (USPS) released the final Intelligent Mail® package barcode (IMpb) specifications on September 27. The IMpb is a required barcode format that provides better end-to-end visibility and service performance. All shipping providers using the USPS will be required to use the IMpb format.

FedEx SmartPost is working directly with the USPS to provide customers with the needed time to prepare for this change.

For further information, please review the IMpb Frequently Asked Questions document at https://www.fedex.com/us/smartpostguide/IMpbFAQ.html.

For more information about impacts to FedEx® electronic shipping solutions, go to https://www.fedex.com/us/smartpostguide/IMpbSolutions.html.

Please contact your account representative or email IMpb@fedex.com if you have additional questions or concerns.

September 14, 2011

Recent news about the U.S. Postal Service® (USPS) has focused on the agency's financial position and the possibility of operational changes. Please be assured that FedEx is closely monitoring the situation as it is our goal to minimize any impacts to your shipping activity.

We will provide updates of any continued changes to the USPS service or pricing that may affect your FedEx SmartPost service as they become available. Please contact your account representative or email FedExSmartPost@fedex.com if you have any questions or concerns.



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