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USPS 2013 Changes Email
 
oxycheq
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Below is the email we received. Any advise on this would be great on how to handle or update.

Web Tools customer;

On January 27, 2013, the Postal Service will update domestic pricing and mailing standards and international prices and product features. For detailed information on prices, mailing standards and new product features, please reference the Federal Register Notices and Pricing Files viewable at http://pe.usps.com/.

Price Change updates will be available in the Web Tools testing environment for integrator access on or around January 14, 2013. The test environment can be accessed, using your production UserID, via the following URL scheme, host and path:
- Secure APIs: https://stg-secure.shippingapis.com/ShippingApi.dll
- Non-secure APIs: http://stg-production.shippingapis.com/ShippingApi.dll

Below is a summary of changes to each affected API. Please note that the changes below are intended to be backwards compatible, however, may not be depending on how individual programs and applications are integrated with the APIs. If you rely upon a third party developer (e.g. software or ecommerce/cart provider) for USPS products and services on your website or in your application, please direct any questions to them.

Domestic Rate Calculator APIs
- RateV4
o Updated product and extra service prices
o Parcel Post renamed Standard Post
§ When <Service>= “ALL,” ”ONLINE,” or “PARCEL POST”, WebTools ClientServiceID="4" (MailService=“Parcel Post®”) will return as MailService=“Standard Post®”
§ New <Service> enumeration “STANDARD POST” will be available and return Standard Post single-piece postage and extra services pricing and availability
o Delivery Confirmation renamed USPS Tracking/Delivery Confirmation
§ When <Revision>=”2” and <Service> is not “ALL,” ”ONLINE,” “PLUS”, WebTools SpecialService ServiceID="13" (ServiceName=“Delivery Confirmation™”) will return as ServiceName=“USPS Tracking/Delivery Confirmation™”
- RateV3
o Updated product and extra service prices
o Parcel Post renamed Standard Post
§ When <Service>= “ALL,” ”ONLINE,” or “PARCEL POST”, WebTools ClientServiceID="4" (MailService=“Parcel Post®”) will return as MailService=“Standard Post®”

Domestic Label APIs
- Express Mail Label (ExpressMailLabel) and Hold For Pickup Express (HoldForPickupExpress)
o Intelligent Mail® Package Barcode (IMpb)
§ Presence of optional NineDigitRoutingZip tag as the final tag of the request will trigger the return of the IMpb barcode on January 27, 2013
§ The IMpb barcode will be returned in all responses effective February 24, 2013
§ For more information on the IMpb, please reference https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=intellmailpackage
- Delivery/Signature Confirmation (DeliveryConfirmationV2, V3, V4; SignatureConfirmationV3, V4)
o Parcel Post renamed Standard Post
§ New <ServiceType> enumeration “STANDARD POST” will be available
o Label Image Changes:
§ Product banner text updates for rebranding of “Parcel Post” to “Standard Post”
§ Service banner text updates for rebranding of “Delivery Confirmation™” service to “USPS TRACKING #”
- Merchandise Return Service (MerchandiseReturnV2, V3, V4)
o Intelligent Mail® Package Barcode (IMpb)
§ Response will return 30 digit IMpb barcode format as default
§ <NineDigitRoutingZip> tag (optional tag, optional value) added as the last request tag to indicate five or nine digit routing zip code (30 and 34-digit IMpb barcode).
§ New <ServiceType> enumeration “STANDARD POST” will be available
o Label Image Changes:
§ Product banner text updates for rebranding of “Parcel Post” to “Standard Post”

International Rate Calculator APIs
- IntlRateV2 and IntlRate
o Updated product and extra service prices
o USPS e-Delivery Confirmation International
§ New USPS e-Delivery Confirmation International extra service available for Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope and Small Flat Rate Box and First Class Mail International (ServiceID=”9”)
o First-Class Mail® International Parcel name change:
§ When <MailType>= “ALL” or ”PACKAGE” , WebTools Service ID="15" (SvcDescription=“First-Class Mail® International Parcel**”) will now return as SvcDescription=“First-Class Package International Service™”
o Extra service Restricted Delivery (ServiceID=’3’) will no longer be available for international products
o Express Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes will have a four pound maximum weight

International Label APIs
- Express Mail International (ExpressMailIntl)
o <ImageParameter> tag (optional tag, optional value) added to <ImageParameters> group
§ “4BY6LABEL” added as enumeration to <ImageParameter> tag; returns 4x6 label image when used
o Image changes:
§ 4x6 label image added as an option
§ “Total Qty” field added to the label image
§ <FromPhone> value returned in From Address section of label image (Format: 555-555-5555)
§ General label image text and instructions updates.
· “Detailed description of contents” now “Detailed Description of Contents”
· “Contents” now “Contents: (Check All That Apply)”
· “Postage and Fees” now “Total Postage/Fees”
· “0” defaulted in weight column when no value provided in NetPounds or NetOunces tag
· Date update to September 2012
- Priority Mail International (PriorityMailIntl)
o <ImageParameter> tag (optional tag, optional value) added to <ImageParameters> group
§ “4BY6LABEL” added as enumeration to <ImageParameter> tag; returns 4x6 label image when used
§ “4BY6LABEL” valid for all labels except the Flat Rate Envelope and Small Flat Rate Box
o Extra services
§ <ExtraServices> group (optional tags, optional values) added to the end of the request schema, with repeating <ExtraService> tags as children
§ “9” added as enumeration to <ExtraService> to indicate Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International is desired
· Valid only for requests for the Flat Rate Envelope and Small Flat Rate Box
§ <ExtraServices> group (optional tags, optional values) added to response schema, with <ExtraService> tag grouping <ServiceID>, <ServiceName> and <Price> tags as children
o Image changes:
§ 4x6 label image added as an option
§ “Total Qty” field added to the label image
§ <FromPhone> value returned in From Address section of label image (Format: 555-555-5555)
§ General label image text and instructions updates:
· “Detailed description of contents” now “Detailed Description of Contents”
· “Contents” now “Contents: (Check All That Apply)”
· “Postage and Fees” now “Total Postage/Fees”
· “0” defaulted in weight column when no value provided in NetPounds or NetOunces tag
· Date update to September 2012
o Image changes (Flat Rate Envelope and Small Flat Rate Box)
§ Country of Origin and HS Tariff Number fields added
§ <FromPhone> value returned in From Address section of label image (Format: 555-555-5555)
§ General label image text and instructions updates:
· “Detailed description of contents” now “Detailed Description of Contents”
· “Contents” now “Contents: (Check All That Apply)”
· “AES/ITN/Exemption” now “AES Exemption”
· “0” defaulted in weight column when no value provided in NetPounds or NetOunces tag
· Date update to September 2012
- First Class Mail International (FirstClassMailIntl)
o Extra services
§ <ExtraServices> group (optional tags, optional values) added to the end of the request schema (just before new PriceOptions tag), with repeating <ExtraService> tags as children
§ “9” added as enumeration to <ExtraService> to indicate Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International is desired
§ <ExtraServices> group (optional tags, optional values) added to response schema, with <ExtraService> tag grouping <ServiceID>, <ServiceName> and <Price> tags as children
o <PriceOptions> tag (optional tag, optional value) added to the end of the request schema
§ Valid enumerations are “RETAIL” (default), “COMMERCIAL BASE” and “COMMERCIAL PLUS”
o Image changes:
§ Rebranding of “First-Class Mail International” to “First-Class Package International Service™” in banner and receipt text
§ Country of Origin and HS Tariff Number fields added
§ <FromPhone> value returned in From Address section of label image (Format: 555-555-5555)
§ General label image text and instructions updates:
· “Detailed description of contents” now “Detailed Description of Contents”
· “Contents” now “Contents: (Check All That Apply)”
· “AES/ITN/Exemption” now “AES Exemption”
· “0” defaulted in weight column when no value provided in NetPounds or NetOunces tag
· Date update to September 2012
- 2976A Customs Form (CP72V3)
o <ImageParameter> tag (optional tag, optional value) added to <ImageParameters> group
§ “4BY6LABEL” added as enumeration to <ImageParameter> tag; returns 4x6 label image when used
o Image changes:
§ 4x6 label image added as an option
§ “Total Qty” field added to the label image
§ <FromPhone> value returned in From Address section of label image (Format: 555-555-5555)
§ General label image text and instructions updates:
· “Detailed description of contents” now “Detailed Description of Contents”
· “HS tariff number” now “HS Tariff Number”
· “Country of origin of goods” now “Country of Origin”
· “Contents” now “Contents: (Check All That Apply)”
· “Postage and Fees” now “Total Postage/Fees”
· “Commercial sample” now “Commercial Sample”
· “Returned goods” now “Returned Goods”
· “0” defaulted in weight column when no value provided in NetPounds or NetOunces tag
· Date update to September 2012
- 2976 Customs Form (CN22V2)
o <CountryOfOrigin> tag (optional tag, optional value) added to the end of each <ItemDetail> group
o Image changes:
§ “Country of Origin” field added
§ <FromPhone> value returned in From Address section of label image (Format: 555-555-5555)
§ Mailing Office Date Stamp added to top copy
§ General text and instructions updates:
· “IMPORTANT: …” text on label face now “IMPORTANT: The item/parcel may be opened officially. See Privacy Notice on next printed page.”
· “Detailed description of contents” now “Detailed Description of Contents”
· “Contents” now “Contents: (Check All That Apply)”
· “AES/ITN/Exemption” now “AES Exemption”
· “Commercial sample” now “Commercial Sample”
· “Country of Origin of Goods _______” text removed
· Total sum of item quantities displayed.
· “0” defaulted in weight column when no value provided in NetPounds or NetOunces tag
· Date update to September 2012

For questions and concerns, please contact our customer support at 1-800-344-7779 or uspstechsupport@esecurecare.net.
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Web Tools Program Office
USPS Digital Access

 
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alna_intl
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If we already integrated the Webtools to our website, will we have to reintegrate it with this new price change or will it automatically update with the new price changes?

 
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stmediagroup
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I’m also curious about how this will affect my store. If anyone knows anything, please let us know!

 
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macateem
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Magento!  Will you be offering a patch for this?  it appears that several things will need to change.  Please post some information about this.

 
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ircsome
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I\’d like to get ahead of this too.  There have been two occasions in the past couple of years where the USPS renamed services causing them to stop working in magento.  In the past, we didn\’t realize until after the changes were live, meaning we scrambled to make fixes while loosing orders because reasonable shipping options were no longer \"available\".

I\’m curious where did that notification come from ... and email from the usps?  If so, I missed it, but I did get a letter from Endicia last week giving me a heads up.

 
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ircsome
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PS found the email in my inbox dated 12/31/2012 ... too much champagne that day to notice!

Here\’s the endicia notification ...

Dear Customer,

On Sunday January 27, 2013 the U.S. Postal Service® (USPS®) will implement new pricing for all mail classes. To learn about the upcoming changes, attend one of our live webinars titled “Understanding the 2013 U.S. Postal Service® Price Change”.

Key changes to 2013 USPS pricing include:

Parcel Post is now Standard Post and only available at Retail locations
Parcel Select is a comparable mail class for Endicia customers
First-Class Mail International Parcel is now First-Class Package International Service
Shippers will see significant increases in these rates
International Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation® will now be available, and FREE, for First-Class Package International Service and select Priority Mail International packages
Applies only on shipments to Canada
Nineteen additional countries to be added in April 2013

As a result of these changes, you will need to update your Endicia software to a version that supports these new rates. The DAZzle download/USPS rate change schedule is as follows:

January 8 through January 19, 2013:

You may begin receiving update prompts through the software and may download the new version of DAZzle at any time

January 20, 2013:

You must update to the new version of DAZzle in order to continue printing postage.

DAZzle software will continue to support current prices for any package post marked January 26 or earlier.
Once the software update is complete, you will have the option of printing advanced date postage at the new rates, prior to January 27.

January 27, 2013:

The new USPS postage pricing takes effect at 12:01am. At this time your updated DAZzle software will automatically begin printing postage with the new prices.

The new version of DAZzle is currently available for download. You may update your software in one of two ways:

Within the DAZzle software select “Check For updates” in the “Help” drop down menu and follow the prompts

or

Log in to your account page at www.dymoendicia.com/login and select “Download Software” in the “Software” drop down menu and follow the prompts

If you have questions or need assistance, contact our Technical Support team at support@endicia.com or 1-800-576-3279 x130.

Thank you for choosing Endicia!

Your Endicia Team

 
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methodagile
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Another year...another set of changes to USPS shipping api...another couple days lost trying to integrate the changes.

This year I’m trying to get ahead of the curve rather than waiting for shipping methods to go lost.

Right now, I am stuck on the pending change to “First-Class Package International Serviceâ„¢”.  I have tried “First-Class Package International Service™” and “First-Class Package International Serviceâ„¢” in allowed methods, but cannot get this option to show up.

If anyone nails this down please let us know.  In the meantime I’ll keep working on it.

 
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sbridgers
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Just an FYI to anyone who has been testing this.  I dont think USPS made the changes on the 14th like they said in the email.  My test site started working last night after no other changes other than putting in the new dll location in the configuration on the 14th.  So it looks like they didnt make those changes live until sometime between Wed-Thurs of this week.

 
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I still cannot figure out how to enable First-Class Package International Serviceâ„¢ with the testing DLL USPS made available.  I’ve even tried several combinations of ASCII codes for the trademark special character.

 
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Aromix
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I just find this link:

http://www.adeelishfaq.com/blog/magento-usps-shipping-first-class-mail-international-not-working/

its really simple. i just change it on my site and it works.

I am using the original USPS gateways

I hope to help some one with this.

 
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methodagile - 23 January 2013 12:48 PM

I still cannot figure out how to enable First-Class Package International Serviceâ„¢ with the testing DLL USPS made available.  I’ve even tried several combinations of ASCII codes for the trademark special character.

You may want to try:

First-Class Package International Service <sup>â„¢</sup>
 
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We have fixed our store by taking the following actions:

Go to In file: /app/code/core/Mage/Usa/etc/config.xml

Find the First-Class Mail International Package

Replace it with “First-Class Package International Service”

You need to replace this 2 places in the config.xml

So the word should look like this “First-Class Package International Service”

Save it & Clear cache,

Double check the proper option is selected in the admin.

Now you can check the shipping option is showing in the checkout page.

 
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Xedios - 27 January 2013 11:26 AM

We have fixed our store by taking the following actions:

Go to In file: /app/code/core/Mage/Usa/etc/config.xml

Find the First-Class Mail International Package

Replace it with “First-Class Package International Service”

You need to replace this 2 places in the config.xml

So the word should look like this “First-Class Package International Service”

Save it & Clear cache,

Double check the proper option is selected in the admin.

Now you can check the shipping option is showing in the checkout page.

I tried this and had no luck. Can you please paste that whole section of your config.xml file?

 
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We do have the same problem, we did what you proposed but still First Class Mail International not showing in version 1.4.1
someone please copy the whole xml here.

 
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WebShopApps have a patch for this, it allows you to use the new First-Class Package International Service and Standard Post shipping methods. You can download the extension for free on our website.

 
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Xedios - 27 January 2013 11:26 AM

We have fixed our store by taking the following actions:

Go to In file: /app/code/core/Mage/Usa/etc/config.xml

Find the First-Class Mail International Package

Replace it with “First-Class Package International Service”

You need to replace this 2 places in the config.xml

So the word should look like this “First-Class Package International Service”

Save it & Clear cache,

Double check the proper option is selected in the admin.

Now you can check the shipping option is showing in the checkout page.

This is exactly correct.

Make sure you select the new class in Config > Shipping Methods > USPS after you clear the cache. You have to select this new class.

Paul

 
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