Elimination of FTP Package Shipment Transmissions Delayed

As we mentioned earlier, the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is eliminating the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) method for transmitting package shipment files. FTP is currently one of the acceptable transmission methods for submitting shipment files to the Product Tracking and Reporting (PTR) and Electronic Verification System (eVS) systems. However, the USPS is eliminating this FTP option to comply with recent audit findings, and to provide more secure data transmissions. The planned effective date for this change was January 31, 2017, but the USPS has now postponed this to May 31, 2017 in order to give shippers more time to make the transition.

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No More FTP Package Shipment Transmissions

As we told you in an earlier e-Tip, the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is eliminating the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) method for transmitting package shipment files effective January 31, 2017. FTP is currently one of the acceptable transmission methods for submitting shipment files to the Product Tracking and Reporting (PTR) and Electronic Verification System (eVS) systems. However, the USPS is eliminating this FTP option to comply with recent audit findings, and to provide more secure data transmissions.

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Window Book, Inc. is Certified for the USPS® Electronic Verification System (eVS®)

Window Book, Inc. is pleased to announce their Postal Package Partner shipping and manifesting software is now certified for the USPS® Electronic Verification System (eVS®).
Window Book also offers an eVS On-Ramp Service for parcel shippers so they can make a smooth transition to eVS. Those who need hands-on service getting onboard with eVS are encouraged to call 800-524-0380 or email PostalSpecialist@windowbook.com.

“Now shippers can use our Postal Package Partner (PPP) to print the IMpb on their labels and process parcel mailings with the Postal Service using eVS electronic technology, meeting all the USPS requirements for IMpb and eVS. PPP and eVS will definitely help reduce costs and improve service for commercial mailers by eliminating paperwork, and the associated potential for human error, as well as simplifying the acceptance, verification, and induction of parcel mailings.” said Jeffery Peoples, Window Book’s President and CEO. PPP’s eVS capability is yet another way that Window Book is delivering solutions designed to create value for our clients.

USPS to Sunset FTP Package Shipment Transmissions

In an effort to comply with recent audit findings, and to provide more secure data transmissions, the United States Postal Service® (USPS®) is eliminating the File Transfer Protocol (FTP) method for transmitting package shipment files effective January 31, 2017. FTP is currently one of the acceptable transmission methods for submitting USPS Shipping Service Files (SSF) to the Product Tracking and Reporting (PTR) and Electronic Verification System (eVS) systems.

Acceptable transmission methods
Shippers who currently use FTP for their file transmissions will need to switch to one of three other secure communication methods offered by the USPS: PDX (preferred), SFTP or AS2. Shippers should be working with their software vendors NOW to insure that any shipping software will support these alternate transmission methods prior to the FTP cutoff date of January 31, 2017. The USPS supports these alternate methods right now, so there is no need to put off updating to these other methods prior to the deadline.

Implementation Phases
Timeline FTP Conversion<ins

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PostalOne! Contingency Plan

The new PostalOne! Contingency Plans for external and internal customers are available on the Intelligent Mail Latest News page under Important Links.

https://ribbs.usps.gov/intelligentmail_latestnews/documents/tech_guides/PostalOneExternalContingencyPlan.pdf

https://ribbs.usps.gov/intelligentmail_latestnews/documents/tech_guides/PostalOneInternalContingencyPlan.pdf

Key changes include the process for mailers submitting electronic mailing information, a process for delayed file transmissions and inclusion of the process for Electronic Verification System (eVS) mailers.

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