The Facts about the Mandatory USPS IMpb Package Label
- IMpb, Intelligent Mail Package Barcode, is the USPS’s next generation tracking system for parcels and Extra Services.
- The IMpb allows the USPS to provide end to end tracking information to compete with FedEx and UPS
- This barcode will be mandatory as of January 25, 2015 on;
- Anything over 13 ounces
- Anything with Extra Services, including First Class letters
- Priority Mail, including Flat Rate Packaging
- Priority Mail Express, including Flat Rate Packaging
- First-Class Mail Package Services
- Parcel Select regular and lightweight
- Standard Mail Parcels
- Library Mail
- Media Mail
- Bound Printed Matter
- You do not need this barcode for any regular 1st class mail under 13 ounces.
You have two options to be compliant with this new USPS IMpb regulation
Use an All-In-One IMpb label
- The All-In-One label prints the address, extra services and a unique mailer ID along with your return address on a 4” x 6” label
- The All-In-One Label will qualify you for Commercial Based Pricing (CBP). For more information about CBP, click here.
- The All-In-One label will also qualify you for free insurance
- For more information on the All-In-One label, contact us today at 303-237-8644 or complete the Contact Us form
Or use a Label 400
- This is a basic label that you stick on all required packages
- To keep tracking information you will need to log the tracking numbers manually.
- This label does not qualify for Commercial Base Pricing or free insurance
- The Label 400 is free from the USPS. You can order the labels by;
- Ordering at USPS.com, you will need to log in*
- Call USPS at 800-222-1811
- Or visit your local Post Office
*If you do not already have an USPS.com account, we have created an account for customers to use.
User Name: OrderLabel400
If you do not use an IMpb label when required the USPS has stated that there is a potential delay in delivery and/or rejection of the package by the Post Office