Intelligent Mail Package Barcode, or IMpb will be required on January 25, 2015 by the USPS. With IMpb USPS can provided detailed tracking to better compete with FedEx and UPS. The IMpb is a barcode that provides end users with full visibility to package tracking on the delivery status of the parcel as it routes to its destination.
IMpb is required on Parcels, packages, and Priority Mail Express or Priority Mail pieces of any shape, size or price category, including flat-rate boxes and envelopes. Everything except First Class Letters under 13 ounces.
You have a couple of options to be compliant when mailing anything other than First Class Mail.
Your first option is to use MailOne 2.0 to generate a compliant IMpb shipping label. Using this method would give you Commercial Based Pricing and include $50 of insurance.
Your second option is to place a Label 400 onto your package. You will pay retail rates with this option and insurance is additional. This label can be picked up at your local Post Office, ordered through the USPS.com website, or by calling the USPS at 1-800-222-1811.
For more information on preparing for the IMpb requirements, call us at 303-237-8644, or submit a Request Information form.