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    We received notice from Endicia (we still have an old active account with them) regarding USPS Automated Package Verification System. It reads:

    "Starting August 1, 2017, the USPS plans to change the way they handle under-paid and over-paid postage amounts for packages.

    The USPS will use the new Automated Package Verification (APV) system to verify the weight, dimensions, package type and entry ZIP Code for all packages processed through USPS sorting facilities.

    APV only affects domestic shipping labels with a USPS Tracking barcode. Postage with no embedded tracking barcodes, such as stamps or postage printed for Large Envelopes & Flats and #10 Envelopes, will not be affected.

    What does this mean for you?
    Prior to APV, packages identified as having under-paid postage were rejected or delivered "postage due." Once APV goes into effect, packages identified as having under-paid postage will be delivered without delay to the recipient and the amount of under-paid postage will be deducted from your postage account balance.
    When overpaid packages are identified, your postage account will be credited for the amount of the over-paid postage. Prior to APV, overpayments were not identified nor credited."

    Will ShipRush Discount Postage be affected by this change, and allow for debit/credits to our account for any issue where the item was mis-weighed or mis-measured?

    Thanks!

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    I have opened Case 59861 to see how that will be handled with ShipRush Discount Postage.

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    Will ShipRush Discount Postage be affected by this change, and allow for debit/credits to our account for any issue where the item was mis-weighed or mis-measured?
    This will impact all postal providers. Everyone has to implement supporting this new feature with the Post Office. You shouldn't need to do anything on your side as the servers that create the actual shipping label will be involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYSOPS View Post
    This will impact all postal providers. Everyone has to implement supporting this new feature with the Post Office. You shouldn't need to do anything on your side as the servers that create the actual shipping label will be involved.

    Thank you,
    SYSOPS

    How about reporting on this? Let's say a package measured 21x21x6, but someone entered in the dimensions as 12x12x6. Looks like the post office would charge our account for the extra postage amount... But how do we know it happened? Looks like Endicia has a way for you to see the amount that was subtracted, and the associated tracking number.

    Does discount postage have a method for us to see that? To see the tracking numbers that the post office is charging us extra for?

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    It will be implemented once the postal providers we use in the background have this new feature enabled in their software and they are able to report these updates back to our application.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SYSOPS View Post
    It will be implemented once the postal providers we use in the background have this new feature enabled in their software and they are able to report these updates back to our application.

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    SYSOPS
    Is there any ETA at all? I'd hate to go for any extended time period with out seeing that data. Fedex basically does the same thing, and we audit their bills every week b/c we find errors every single time.

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    No formal ETA is available as the USPS hasn't fully setup all the specs for the postal providers. There will be more info available to us from the USPS and the postal providers in August as this new program is rolled out.

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    We are in close contact with the postal service on this topic.

    There is nothing to do at this time. It appears it will be some weeks or months before anything happens.

    ShipRush Discount Postage will show all these adjustments in ShipRush Settings, in the Billing area, when you download a report.
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    Just to be clear you're saying it will be weeks or months before we can see the adjustments they're making or weeks/months before they actually make the adjustments? Needless to say I am pretty wary of writing post office a blank check while they test out their system on 1000 items shipped per month. Thx for any info.

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    Weeks and months before this is all fleshed out by the Post Office.

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