Matters of import

Registered mail change

The Postal Service will no longer offer scanning and tracking services for some international Registered Mail destined for the United States.

If an international post hasn’t upgraded its capability to offer a product with “visibility,” USPS will not offer tracking and scanning. This change takes effect Oct. 1.

The change is being made to improve the profitability of import Registered Mail items and to encourage international posts to shift their items from the import Registered Mail stream to the import ePacket product.

The ePacket product is an import small packet package shipment that provides delivery scanning at higher postage rates than Registered Mail.

Several international posts already have upgraded to offer their customers a product that includes scanning and tracking service features.