USPS & Hongkong Post Start ePacket Service
The US Postal Service has initiated a new service with Hongkong Post to foster growth in e-commerce.
The new ePacket service expands the options offered to e-commerce merchants in Hong Kong who want to reach consumer markets in the United States. It features tracking and Delivery Confirmation for lightweight goods and merchandise ordered by American consumers from merchants in Hong Kong.
The service offers consumers in the US and e-commerce merchants in Hong Kong in-process scanning information and Delivery Confirmation notification through Hongkong Post’s tracking system and through Track and Confirm at usps.com.
Merchants using the Hongkong Post’s shipping solution can now ship small packages weighing up to 4.4 pounds (two kilograms) using co-branded shipping labels. On arrival in the states, these packages get First-Class Mail service with Delivery Confirmation.
The USPS’ chief marketing and sales officer Paul Vogel said, “This agreement offers visibility previously unavailable in the small packet segment between Hongkong Post and the Postal Service. It shows the Postal Service has the flexibility to develop service options to meet market demand from businesses around the world. Further, it solidifies our role as a key supplier in global commerce.”
The pact between the posts includes jointly developed data-rich shipping labels integrated with barcoding technology readable by both Hongkong Post and the Postal Service, along with logistics planning and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) information.
There’s an existing USPS deal with eBay China and the China Post Express & Logistics Corporation that lets Americans track packages purchased from eBay sellers in China.