The Postal Inspection Service seized more than $2.9 million worth of Mail Transport Equipment (MTE) in fiscal year (FY) 2013, including nearly 60,000 plastic pallets.
That’s about double the value seized by Inspectors in FY 2012.
Besides conducting reviews and following up on leads from employees and the public to recover MTE, Inspectors this past year revisited air cargo warehouses and recycling facilities where misappropriated equipment had previously been uncovered. They distributed awareness posters, in English and Spanish, to cargo handling and transport facilities, freight forwarders, commercial mail receiving agencies, airline warehouses, recycling facilities, pallet businesses and related locations.
Inspectors also partnered with postal groups to create a warning notice for new flat tubs.
An important element of the MTE recovery program included letters of warning to first-time violators. Postal Inspectors advised 124 offenders that continued action could result in prosecution. Inspectors issued an additional 39 voluntary discontinuances to multi-time offenders whose improper use of MTE was below prosecutorial levels.
The Inspection Service’s Equipment Recovery Program targets misuse and misappropriation of MTE to protect postal assets, prevent unauthorized equipment use and make sure misused equipment does not undermine air transportation or security protocols.
Saturation/High Density Standard Mail® Incentive ProgramProgram runs January 2 – December 31, 2014
The United States Postal Service® has announced an incentive program for mailers of Saturation, High Density and High Density Plus letters and flats.
Qualified mailers will be eligible for a postage credit on volume that exceeds a pre-determined threshold. The program will begin on January 2, 2014 and end on December 31, 2014.
To be eligible for participation, mailers must:
>Have mailed at least 6 Saturation, High Density and High Density Plus mailings, or a combination thereof, between October 1, 2012 and September 30, 2013.
>To be eligible for discount mail in CY2014 that exceeds predetermined volume threshold. The threshold calculation is as follows: The total volume of letters and flats mailed during calendar year 2013, plus an additional 2.0%. In order to receive a rebate, therefore, 2013 volume must exceed 102.0% of the 2013 volume. Total Market – Mailers demonstrate increased volume of Saturation, High Density and High Density Plus letters and/or flats over the threshold for their total market.
>Be the mail owner and holder of a permit imprint advance deposit accounts at a Postal facility having Postal One! capability, or the owner of a qualifying mail volume entered through the permit imprint advance deposit account of a Mail Service Provider at a Postal facility having Postal One! capability. Mail Service Providers and customers supplying inserts, enclosures or other components included in the Saturation, High Density and High Density Plus mailings of another mailer are not eligible to participate in this program.
>Electronically submit postage statements and mailing documentation to the Postal One! system for the duration of the program period. Applicants choosing the Market Specific category must electronically submit postage statements and mailing documentation to Postal One! using Mail.dat® or Mail.XML. All other applicants may optionally submit postage statements via Postal Wizard.
Registration Closes January 31, 2014
From the USPS National Customer Support Center:
ACS December 3, 2013 ACS EPF Fulfillment will be late – update
Primary Audience: All ACS customers
What: ACS Fulfillment for December 3, 2013
When: December 3, 2013
Impact: Due to system issues ACS fulfillment for Tuesday December 3, 2013 will be late. The projected completion time is now 1:00PM central time. Another email will be sent when the files are available.
What you need to do: Read and notify the appropriate personnel.
R2013-10 Order No. 1894 – Notice and Order on Amended Market Dominant Price Adjustment
On November 29, 2013, the Postal Service filed a notice of an amendment to certain market dominant rates. The revisions to the market dominant price adjustment were made in response to Commission Order No. 1890.
The Postal Service states that it has elected to defer implementation of the Full Service Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) requirement until after 2014. It has attached a draft Federal Register notice announcing the deferral of the Full Service IMb requirement. Response at 3, Attachment C. It has also equalized the commercial and nonprofit discounts for Standard Mail 5-digit automation flats by decreasing the commercial discount to 9.0 cents. This modified discount raises the average price increase of the Standard Mail Flats product to 2.078 percent.
The Postal Service confirms that other than the revisions stated above, all other prices proposed in this docket will go into effect on January 26, 2014 without further modifications. Id
You may remember that in 2011 the US Postal Service issued a Statue of Liberty “forever” stamp. You may also recall that shortly thereafter, it was revealed by Linn’s Stamp News that the statue pictured on the stamp wasn’t the famous one in New York Harbor, but rather, a replica that stands outside a casino in Las Vegas.
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This second deferment is a reaction to the stunning Postal Regulatory ruling on the CPI price change. No one expected this outcome. The possibility should have been communicated, and it wasn’t. Although this give the USPS a scapegoat to blame for the delay, and will give USPS more time to plug holes in the PostalOne! ship, it is a bad to require, regulate and renege on a regular basis. Credibility takes a huge hit.
Also unsettling in the communication below are the references to Full Service benefits (they built it, everyone didn’t come) and to the IMb Small Business Tool. Small businesses should rely on a mailing service provider or software to navigate all the regulations and provide the correct documentation to meet USPS requirements.
From an Industry Alert:
USPS Defers Implementation of Full-Service Intelligent Mail
Requirement for Automation Prices
The U.S. Postal Service is disappointed with the portion of last week’s ruling from the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) which held that the implementation of Full-Service Intelligent Mail barcode (IMb) constitutes a rate increase. This ill-conceived decision will impair complete adoption of Full-Service IMb and hinder the Postal Service’s ability to promote a technology that enhances the value of mail, which is critical to the development of next-generation digital products and services. The PRC’s overly expansive view of the price cap demonstrates why comprehensive postal reform legislation should include additional pricing authority for the Postal Service Board of Governors.
Due to the PRC ruling, the Postal Service is delaying the Jan. 26, 2014 implementation of the Full-Service Intelligent Mail requirement for automation price discounts. Mailers who are not currently enrolled in full-service effective Jan. 26, 2014 will still be able to claim automation prices. To achieve the best pricing, however, mailers must continue meeting full-service requirements.
Despite this delay, the Postal Service remains strongly committed to full-service adoption for all mailers. The value of full-service is well known and helps the mailing community to get the best value-added experience for its mail. The Postal Service will continue moving aggressively to achieve 100 percent visibility in the mail through full-service.
We encourage mailers to contact their Mail Service providers and Software vendors to help transition to full-service to get the full-service discount prices and access the benefits listed below.
We have developed an online Intelligent Mail Small Business tool that enables even the smallest mailers to take the first steps into full-service. The tool remains in place and local bulk mail entry units will continue assisting very small customers and provide them information on how they can use the small business tool to prepare mailings to receive automation and full-service discount prices.
Full-Service provides customers with:
- An additional per piece discount on every Full-Service mailpiece.
- Address correction information at no additional cost for Full-Service mailpieces, providing Change of Address (or COA) information and Nixie (or undeliverable-as-addressed) information.
- The ability to track service performance through reports and scan information.
- Container, Tray and Mailpiece visibility.
- Annual permit fees will be waived when 90 percent or more of cumulative annual mailings consist of Full-Service mail.
- The opportunity to use the same permit at any location via our Mail Anywhere program.