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Changes to USPS shipping - AGAIN ?!?!?


pinne65

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On May 9th I got the notification below from USPS. And it's supposed to change tomorrow?!?!?!?

 

Does anyone else know anything about this? Is there a mod available.

 

I just "love" the long notification time we got from USPS.

 

TIA

 

 

From: USPS Internet Customer Care Center [mailto:[email protected]]

Sent: Friday, May 09, 2008 3:23 PM

To: undisclosed-recipients:

Subject: Important API Update - Effective May 12th

 

Dear customer,

 

On May 12, 2008 several APIs will be altered in response to the USPS Price Change (<http://www.usps.com/prices/welcome.htm>'>http://www.usps.com/prices/welcome.htm>). While the APIs listed below will remain structurally and syntactically backward compatible, data changes are possibly substantial enough to affect some integrators. Please contact [email protected] <mailto:[email protected]> (1-800-344-7779) with any specific schema or enumeration questions.

 

Please review the attached document for detailed overview.

 

<<Webtools May 12 Price change.doc>>

 

USPS Internet Customer Care Center

[email protected]

As our customer, your privacy is important to us. Please see our privacy policy at www.usps.com

 

 

 

 

On May 12, 2008 several APIs will be altered in response to the USPS Price Change (http://www.usps.com/prices/welcome.htm). While the APIs listed below will remain structurally and syntactically backward compatible, data changes are possibly substantial enough to affect some integrators. Please contact [email protected] (1-800-344-7779) with any specific schema or enumeration questions.

 

 

Effective 5/12/2008, the APIs will consist of the following changes:

 Integration of domestic and international price changes across all Web Tools APIs that use rates

 Merchandise Return API Insurance/Fee calculation updated for 2008 Price Change

 PriorityMail/StandardB API Service Standard data updated

 First Class Mail International API supports three shapes, machinability

 Deprecated GlobalLabelAirmail, GlobalLabelExpress APIs are no longer available

 IntlRate API supports three First Class Mail International product shapes now (new enumerations), addition of optional machinable attribute

 Signature Confirmation API reflects changed SC fee

 

Most impacted will be the integrators using RateV2 and IntlRate as shown below.

 

RateV2: Besides the price differences, there are new services and a renamed service. This also changes the order of the services within the response. Note that RateV2 is in maintenance-only mode and integrators should upgrade to RateV3 to obtain the latest features.

 

(AFTER 2008 Price Change)

(CURRENTLY IN PRODUCTION)

<RateV2Request USERID="xxx”>

<Package ID="1">

<Service>All</Service>

<ZipOrigination>20905</ZipOrigination>

<ZipDestination>21114</ZipDestination>

<Pounds>1</Pounds>

<Ounces>0</Ounces>

<Container>Flat Rate Envelope</Container>

<Size>Regular</Size>

<Machinable>False</Machinable>

</Package>

</RateV2Request>

 

<?xml version="1.0"?>

<RateV2Response>

<Package ID="1">

<ZipOrigination>20905</ZipOrigination>

<ZipDestination>21114</ZipDestination>

<Pounds>1</Pounds>

<Ounces>0</Ounces>

<Size>REGULAR</Size>

<Machinable>FALSE</Machinable>

<Zone>1, Intra-BMC</Zone>

<RateV2Request USERID="xxx”>

<Package ID="1">

<Service>All</Service>

<ZipOrigination>20905</ZipOrigination>

<ZipDestination>21114</ZipDestination>

<Pounds>1</Pounds>

<Ounces>0</Ounces>

<Container>Flat Rate Envelope</Container>

<Size>Regular</Size>

<Machinable>False</Machinable>

</Package>

</RateV2Request>

 

<?xml version="1.0"?>

<RateV2Response>

<Package ID="1">

<ZipOrigination>20905</ZipOrigination>

<ZipDestination>21114</ZipDestination>

<Pounds>1</Pounds>

<Ounces>0</Ounces>

<Size>REGULAR</Size>

<Machinable>FALSE</Machinable>

<Zone>1, Intra-BMC</Zone>

<Postage>

<MailService>Express Mail Sunday/Holiday Guarantee</MailService>

<Rate>27.05</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Express Mail Flat-Rate Envelope Sunday/Holiday Guarantee</MailService>

<Rate>29.00</Rate>

</Postage>

 

<Postage>

<MailService>Express Mail Hold For Pickup</MailService>

<Rate>14.55</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Express Mail PO to PO</MailService>

<Rate>17.10</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Express Mail</MailService>

<Rate>14.55</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Express Mail</MailService>

<Rate>19.50</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Express Mail Flat-Rate Envelope Hold For Pickup</MailService>

<Rate>16.50</Rate>

</Postage>

 

<Postage>

<MailService>Express Mail Flat-Rate Envelope</MailService>

<Rate>16.50</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Priority Mail</MailService>

<Rate>4.80</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Priority Mail Flat-Rate Envelope</MailService>

<Rate>4.80</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box</MailService>

<Rate>9.80</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box</MailService>

<Rate>12.95</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Parcel Post</MailService>

<Rate>6.75</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Bound Printed Matter</MailService>

<Rate>2.15</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Media Mail</MailService>

<Rate>2.23</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Library Mail</MailService>

<Rate>2.12</Rate>

</Postage>

</Package>

</RateV2Response>

<Postage>

<MailService>Express Mail Flat-Rate Envelope</MailService>

<Rate>16.25</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Priority Mail</MailService>

<Rate>4.60</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Priority Mail Flat-Rate Envelope</MailService>

<Rate>4.60</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box</MailService>

<Rate>8.95</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Box</MailService>

<Rate>12.95</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Parcel Post</MailService>

<Rate>6.54</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Bound Printed Matter</MailService>

<Rate>2.12</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Media Mail</MailService>

<Rate>2.13</Rate>

</Postage>

<Postage>

<MailService>Library Mail</MailService>

<Rate>2.02</Rate>

</Postage>

</Package>

</RateV2Response>

 

 

 

 

 

 

IntlRate: Besides the price differences, the former First Class Mail International (FCMI) with Service ID=”3” is replaced with up to three nodes: FCMI Letter ID=”13”, FCMI Flat ID=”14”, and FCMI Parcel ID=”15”. In addition, currency values are returned in a two-decimal-place fixed format (was inconsistent before).

 

 

Additionally, there are a few subtle differences in First Class Mail International nodes returned for IntlRate:

 

 Hyphen in name. Was “First-Class” but now will be “First Class” as shown.

 MaxWeight in pounds. Previously, all nodes returned <MaxWeight/> in pounds except for First Class Mail which was in ounces. Now, they are all in pounds including FCMI.

 We already mentioned that the The currency values will be formatted to two decimal places.

 There are various changes to the text within <MaxDimensions/> and <SvcDescription/> as appropriate for the new shapes.

 

 

More examples of FCMI shape nodes returned:

 

WILL BE (14-0)

<Service ID="13">

<Pounds>0</Pounds>

<Ounces>3</Ounces>

<MailType>Package</MailType>

<Country>ALBANIA</Country>

<Postage>2.54</Postage>

<ValueOfContents>40.00</ValueOfContents>

<InsComment>DESTINATION</InsComment>

<SvcCommitments>Varies</SvcCommitments>

<SvcDescription>First Class Mail International Letters</SvcDescription>

<MaxDimensions>Max. length 11.5", height 6 1/8" or more than 1/4" thick</MaxDimensions>

<MaxWeight>0.2188</MaxWeight>

</Service>

<Service ID="14">

<Pounds>0</Pounds>

<Ounces>3</Ounces>

<MailType>Package</MailType>

<Country>ALBANIA</Country>

<Postage>2.80</Postage>

<ValueOfContents>40.00</ValueOfContents>

<InsComment>DESTINATION</InsComment>

<SvcCommitments>Varies</SvcCommitments>

<SvcDescription>First Class Mail International Flats</SvcDescription>

<MaxDimensions>Max. length 15", height 12 or more than 3/4" thick</MaxDimensions>

<MaxWeight>4</MaxWeight>

</Service>

<Service ID="15">

<Pounds>0</Pounds>

<Ounces>3</Ounces>

<MailType>Package</MailType>

<Country>ALBANIA</Country>

<Postage>3.00</Postage>

<ValueOfContents>40.00</ValueOfContents>

<InsComment>DESTINATION</InsComment>

<SvcCommitments>Varies</SvcCommitments>

<SvcDescription>First Class Mail International Parcels</SvcDescription>

<MaxDimensions>Max. length 24", max length, height and depth (thickness) combined 36"</MaxDimensions>

<MaxWeight>4</MaxWeight>

</Service>

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