In January 2013, USPS will significantly increase its rates for First Class International Mail for packages. In many cases, the cost of international delivery of the package will be doubled. Although this may seem like a very bad news to many Amazon and eBay sellers, there are some good news. USPS officially launches a new international service called Commercial ePacket in the United States.
Commercial ePacket USPS is a product that is offered by a US PSA approved service provider (PQW). This service is very useful for many carriers who send lightweight low-value items overseas. Amazon and eBay sellers can now enjoy the fact that they will no longer have to prepare the documentation and required US export labels. The USPS PQW you choose will take care of all the necessary documents. In addition, all eRetailers can now track these packages at USPS.com in 14 participating countries.  Some key features of Commercial ePacket are the following:
- Small value package, <2kg and <400 dollars
- Delivered as a commercial postal package Outbound Foreign Postal Network
- Transit Time is 4-
- Monitoring is done directly at USPS.com
- 14 Participating Countries: Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, New Zealand, Sweden, Spain.
- The prices provided by USPS approved by PQW
- Induction points are New York, Chicago and Los Angeles  Electronic Statement, Labeling Performed by a Pre-Qualified Wholesaler and ONLY
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How does ePacket work?
Customers will contact USPS PQW in their region and talk to somebody about how to get started. Ideally you would like to choose a PQW that has the ability to send messages to all three cities of acceptance. This becomes extremely important during times of natural disasters and natural disasters. Using a multi-purpose PQW located in all three receipts ensures that your mail can be diverted to another reception center if you close or have no departures, as we have seen during the Sandy Hurricane.
PQW will study the procedure for setting up your tags and data capture features. After you start all the data capture features, send the shipment or PQW will send the vehicle to your location. You will have to send a mail every day you send and send a manifesto electronically showing all customs information for each package.
When your packages arrive at PQW, PQW will confirm that they have received an electronic manifest for the details of the shipment. If PQW does not receive your manifest, they can not process your mail using Commercial ePacket. After the receipt of your manifesto, the electronic data will be transferred to the USPS system and all the stickers and required customs documentation will be generated. The packages will then have the appropriate markings, and the destination country will be released and delivered to the USPS by a designated International Service Center (ISC).
After accepting the USPS ISC, the bag will open and each package will be scanned as proof of release and placement on the next available exit flight for that landing country. After the arrival of the aircraft, the packages will be released through the Customs through a postal holiday mechanism. This ensures that your packets move quickly through the cleaning process and will not affect the typical delays created by the normal aerosol dispensing system.
After cleansing, packages will be entered into the PRIME network and will receive processing within the destination country. Users waiting to receive their bundles can be confident that tracking information will be seen directly on the USPS web site. This feature should eliminate many customer service calls many Amazon and eBay vendors receive from their customers on a daily basis.
When packages are sent by the postal system of the destination country, the package will be scanned as a mail deliverer once delivered. This scan event will be uploaded to the USPS Web site and available to anyone who wants to track the progress of each shipment.
Based on my initial discoveries, this service is an excellent offer for companies that send 100 or more packets a day. However, some users who deliver less than 100 packs per day may also benefit from this service if they decide to consolidate orders one to two days before submission. Obviously, each customer has their own idiosyncrasy that can be factorized when a service like Commercial ePacket becomes useful. However, depending on how far you are from JFK Airport, O & K Airport or International Airport in Los Angeles, it is possible to use the service daily even if you have less than 100 packages per day. For details about the service, I would now address the USPU approved PQW.