Important information about worldwide changes to mail and Goods postal delivery services

This is a must-read for businesses sending mail and Goods cross-border

Some important operational changes within the postal industry will take place in 2018. With decreasing traditional mail volumes and a booming e-commerce industry, postal operators are having to evolve.

During the Universal Postal Union (UPU) conference in late 2016 the world’s postal organisations made the decision to change the way they wish to handle mail, in particular Goods, in the future.

Throughout 2017 different collaboration groups have been working on the first steps of delivering these changes that will affect all postal organisations worldwide.

These developments include:

  • Worldwide postal format changes (affecting mail and parcel services)
  • Separating documents from goods
  • Mandatory barcoding of postal parcels
  • Electronic pre-advice data will be required

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Please click the link below to download a PDF detailing the important changes.

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How will these mandatory changes impact Asendia’s international mail and postal parcel services?

International mail format sorting
Previously all UPU destinations commonly referred to as “Rest of World” were presented as Format All (A). These will now need to need to be provided as P/G/E format for Daily Business Mail (documents/printed matter) and E format for Standard Goods (All Goods/commercial value items).

Registered Mail and Tracked Post
Postal organisations agreed that they need improved remuneration for registered mail services. This will result in a rate increase spread across the next 3 years with the first significant change in 2018. As a result, we need to increase the rates for our Tracked Goods Personal Delivery (registered) solution for 2018.

The good news is that postal organisations globally agreed on the need for improved and cost effective non-signed-for tracked home delivery services. Asendia can therefore offer you a solution with Tracked Goods Mailbox Delivery, providing you with the following benefits:

  • Cost-effective rates
  • Improved tracking quality as postal organisations invest in processes and technology
  • Improved delivery times
  • Postal distribution with the benefit of a reliable B-to-C delivery by the market leader in almost all destinations

Standard Goods (Untracked) and Country-Tracked Goods services

European Destinations
For European destinations we will continue to provide 2 different formats in order to optimise your logistical costs for parcel delivery. Boxable and Non-Boxable for eCIP destinations and G and E formats for non eCIP destinations.

Worldwide Destinations
In order to improve competitiveness for heavier goods packages, the format selection will be reduced. No format sorting is required as only Format E (Packets) will be used for goods items to most of the worldwide destinations.

If you have the capability to apply multiple PPIs within a mailing please let your Account Manager know, as they may be able to offer a more cost effective postal solution.

Barcodes on all Goods packages
A third important change will come up in 2018 for all untracked Standard Goods items. In order for countries to optimise their customs process, they will require a barcode (to be specified) on all untracked items as well as tracked items. Asendia will provide more information about this forthcoming change in the near future.


What is the Universal Postal Union (UPU)?
The UPU, established by the Treaty of Bern of 1874, is a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN) that coordinates postal policies among member nations, in addition to the worldwide postal system.

To find out more about the UPU please click here

What are the international postal formats?
Each format has maximum dimensions as well as a weight limit.

  • P: Small, printed matter e.g. letters of A5 size or less
  • G: Medium, printed matter e.g. letters of A4 size
  • E: Packets e.g. small parcels weighing less than 2kg
  • B: Boxable, items that fit within a house mail box
  • N: Non-boxable, items that do not fit within a house mail box
  • M-Bags: Printed matter weighing from 2kg-25kg

What is eCIP?
IPC (International Post Corporation) has joined forces with over 30 posts across the globe to develop a seamless e-Commerce delivery network, called INTERCONNECT (eCIP). This network aims at creating the best conditions for e-shoppers and SMEs to shop and sell online internationally and for posts to fully benefit from cross-border e-Commerce growth.

To find out more about IPC and Interconnect (eCIP) please click here