On August 15th, 2017, USPS started handling under-paid and over-paid postage labels with their new Automated Package Verification (APV) system. The USPS APV program will verify correct postage has been paid on every domestic package, based on weight, dimensions, package type, mailing service, and origin and destination ZIP codes.
1. How do APV adjustments work?
As domestic shipments go through processing, USPS will scan and weigh them to check for correct postage paid based on size, weight, destination, mailing service, etc. Discounted rates such as Commercial Base Pricing, Commercial Plus Pricing and Cubic discounts are considered in the calculation. If the amount is underpaid, a debit will be made to cover the difference. If the amount is overpaid, a credit should be issued. These debits and credits will be shown as “Adjustments” in your Endicia account.
2. Will packages be delayed if they have incorrect postage?
No. Now with the new APV system, the package stays on course while the shipper’s account balance is debited or credited accordingly.
3. How are adjustments debited or credited?
4. When will APV adjustments be processed?
5. What are the most common reasons improper postage is paid?
- Package weight and/or dimensions entered during label printing do not match the actual shipment.
- Incorrect packaging is used. Ex: Flat Rate label is used with a non-Flat Rate box shipment.
- Improper service is used. Ex: First Class label on 1lb+ package.
6. What are some tips to avoid incorrect postage?
- Calibrate your scales daily.
- Review your packaging with warehouse staff. Does your staff know the difference between a Small Flat Rate Box vs. a Medium Flat Rate Box? What about the different Flat Rate Envelopes?
- Verify that the return address matches your warehouse location.
8. Can I dispute or contact USPS for questions?
If you feel you were debited in error, you can dispute the charge with the USPS. You’ll need to contact the USPS Automated Package Verification department directly. Email VerifyPostageHelp@usps.gov or call 1-844-819-5187, and provide as much of the below information as possible:
- Adjustment ID from your USPS postage account.
- The last four digits of the Tracking #
- The reason or explanation for the dispute (with as much detail as possible)