On November 21, 2013, the Postal Rate Commission (PRC) ruled that the United States Postal Service (USPS) could not implement their planned price increases and the Full Service Intelligent Mail Barcode (aka IMB) requirements at the same time. The ruling body felt that it would put the USPS over the maximum CPI-based rate adjustment calculation as defined by the current law. Basically, USPS would have to choose one or the other.
While the Postal Service disagrees with the foundation of the PRC’s ruling, it decided to comply with the Commission’s order by delaying the implementation of Full Service IMB requirements to receive postal discounts until after 2014. USPS fully intends to implement Full Service IMB; just not at this time.
The Intelligent Mail Barcode (IM barcode or IMB) is a 65-bar code for use on mail in the United States. The term “Intelligent Mail” refers to services offered by the United States Postal Service for domestic mail delivery. The Postal Service required use of the Intelligent Mail barcode to qualify for automation prices beginning January 28, 2013. Some of the benefits include improved deliverability, new services and increased overall efficiency.
Who is affected?
- Are you an individual customer, who has their own permits and receive letters?
- Would you lose your discounts if they did not implement Full Service IMB?
Good news! You do not have to worry about this, at this time.
Associated Mailing & Printing continually researches these and other related matters. Check our blog where we will provide more information regarding Full Service IMB as it becomes available.