USPS Confirms IPA and ISAL Rate Hike

IPA and ISAL Rates are Going Up

USPS International rates are increasing again, effective August 20, 2017. The impact is most significant on IPA and ISAL, the USPS’ wholesale international mail services. The cost of sending letters via of IPA and ISAL and flats via ISAL are increasing substantially.

Universal Postal Unions impact on IPA and ISAL

On January 1st 2018, the USPS is restricting the use of IPA and ISAL letter and flat rate categories to documents only. This may impact publishers of magazines, journals and newspapers whose publications may be considered goods. This may be a direct result of the UPU’s (Universal Postal Union) Integrated Product Plan that was passed last year. UPU member countries voted to distinguish mail items by content as either documents or goods, in order to create a world-wide standard. Obviously, there are some grey areas that still need to be worked out.  So we will keep you posted on any developments.

What can we do about IPA and ISAL Rate Hikes?

Let’s bypass the USPS Altogether. Atlas International Mail already has solutions in place.  Our network of international mailing hubs enables us to directly enter your mailing in to the postal systems of foreign countries. We take advantage of unique postage savings opportunities offered by each postal administration and strategically dispatch your international mailing quickly at a significantly lower cost than IPA and ISAL. Delivery is comparable to ISAL and IPA, averaging 5-14 business days, worldwide, and the cost is substantially less expensive than USPS IPA and ISAL rates. As a result, you avoid the rate hike and get a reliable and affordable replacement service.

The Atlas Solution: Priority Standard International Service

Atlas International Mail’s Priority Standard International (PSI) service provides worldwide delivery through a variety of International direct mail entry hubs. Atlas deposits our clients’ mailings directly into many international postal systems including: Australia Post, BPost (Belgium), Deutsche Post (Germany), An Post (Ireland), La Poste (France), Royal Mail (UK), Sweden Post, Swiss Post, Canada Post, Malaysia Post, Singapore Post, Mexico Post, Brazil Post, Czech Post and Magyar Post (Hungary).    The service also gives your mailing campaign the benefit of having a local or regional touch, and we are regularly adding new direct entry points.

Contact Atlas International Mail today, and get a competitive price quote.


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