• 10/19/16 IMS introduces the lowest PMEI and PMI rates ever! Open or Close

    Global delivery Shipping and international package sending as a world parcel concept made of a mountain of cardboard boxes as a volcanoe with a group of flags as a symbol of fast service.The United States Postal Service (USPS) has just introduced new service options for consolidated volumes of PMEI and PMI packages.  "Priority Mail Express International Presort Drop Shipment" and "Priority Mail International Presort Drop Shipment" services (aka PMEI & PMI Drop Ship) are brand new and very aggressively priced to compete.  Combined with IMS integration, you get the absolute best of both worlds - ease of use and the lowest rates ever!  Some highlights include:

    • IMS all-inclusive rates will save 35-55% compared to PMEI-PMI Retail (depending on volume, package weight, and country destination).
    • Maximum package weights of 66-70 lbs (to most countries).
    • Door to door tracking at
    • Low minimum volume requirements.
    • Consistent delivery via the most reliable network in the world.

    Most are aware of our very popular "Commercial ePacket" service that includes door to door tracking to 29 of the most popular countries (just added Hong Kong this month).  One of the limitations however, is the 4.4 lb maximum package weight.  This is where the new Drop Ship services will compliment perfectly as the weight limit is 66-70 lbs (most countries) along with the availability to most countries worldwide.

    All of the above services are available to either Endicia or PC postage subscribers.  Once integrated with IMS, you can choose all "consolidator services" right from the international menu.  IMS customers can also print the PMEI and PMI labels directly from our web portal (just as current).

    I know discounts of this kind are unprecedented in our industry and that's why we're so excited to bring this to our customers!  Keep in mind that if you work closely with a USPS Account Manager we can make joint calls (as USPS "Postal Qualified Wholesalers").  We really value our relationships with the USPS and are happy to team up whenever possible.

    Please contact me - I'd be happy to discuss and offer an analysis of your international parcel costs and show you what we could offer.  Thanks in advance, I look forward to hearing from you!

    Mark Bouman, Business Development


  • 10/12/16 USPS announces 2017 Mailing Services Prices Open or Close

    First increase in three years for First-Class Mail Forever Stamps

    October 12, 2016 @USPS

    WASHINGTON — The United States Postal Service today filed notice with the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) of price changes for Mailing Services products to take effect next year, following the end of the holiday mailing season. The new prices, if approved, include a two cent increase in the price of a First-Class Mail Forever stamp, returning the price to 49 cents, the price of a Forever stamp before the Postal Service was forced to reduce prices by the PRC as part of the exigent surcharge removal.

    The last time stamp prices increased was in January 2014. Today’s price change filing does not include any price change for Postcards, for letters being mailed to international destinations or for additional ounces for letters.

    The First-Class Mail prices for these products are:  

      Current     New
    Letters (1 oz.)    47 cents  49 cents
    Letters additional ounces      21 cents   21 cents
    Letters to all international destinations   $1.15     $1.15
    Postcards    34 cents 34 cents

    Stamp prices have stayed consistent with the average annual rate of inflation since the Postal Service was formed in 1971.

    Pricing for Standard Mail, Periodicals, Package Services and Extra Services will also be adjusted next year and can be found at The PRC will review the prices before they are scheduled to become effective on Jan. 22, 2017. Today’s filing does not affect Postal Service Shipping products and services.

    The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

  • 9/22/16 ePacket service to Hong Kong Open or Close

    Effective October 2, 2016 the Commercial ePacket service will be available to Hong Kong.  This brings the total number of countries to 29.  Hong Kong will be in Price Group 11.  Please let us know if you would like additional information about this trackable, cost-effective option for your eCommerce packages weighing 4.4 lbs or less.

  • 9/9/16 One day strike in Australia (dates added 9/26/16) Open or Close

    Australia Post (AU) informs that the staff union in the Australian public service, which includes the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the Department of Agriculture, which oversee the Customs clearance in all inbound OEs in Australia, has announced they will ask their members to go on strike on Friday 9 September 2016.

    The strike action will lead to delay on all inbound mail, both on 9 September and in the days following the action, due to the backlogs following the delays on the 9th.

    Update 9/26/16:

    Australia Post (AU) informs that the staff union in the Australia public service, which includes the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the Department of Agriculture, which oversee the Customs clearance in all inbound OEs in Australia, has announced protected industrial action between the 26th of September and the 9th of October. The protected action is to enable staff to walk off the job for 30 minutes at a time, the length and frequency of the stoppages being at the discretion of the staff. In short, staff can stop work for 30 minutes any time they want without specific warning to the OE management.

    The strike action will lead to delay on the receipt of all inbound mail, as the border clearance process will be delayed when the staff walk off. There can also be impact on items held for clearance.

  • 8/30/16 Canada Post reaches agreement with CUPW Open or Close

    OTTAWA – Canada Post is pleased to have reached tentative short-term agreements with the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW). The agreements will avert a work disruption, bringing much-needed certainty in the postal system for our employees and customers. Canadians can now use the postal system with confidence. This is especially important as Canadian businesses large and small are already planning for the upcoming holiday shipping season.

    These agreements are for a period of two years, rather than the typical four-year contracts negotiated in the past. The issues facing the Corporation, with declining mail volumes and a growing pension obligation, are complex. This approach provides more time for thoughtful discussion and analysis on how to best address these issues without the ongoing threat of a work disruption. The agreements must be ratified by members.

    Canada Post would also like to thank the mediators for their help in bringing a neutral perspective to the discussions.

  • 8/25/16 Earthquake in Italy affects delivery Open or Close

    Poste Italiane informs that following the big earthquake that hit Central Italy during the night of the 24th of August, postal services have been highly affected in large areas of the country. Currently the most impacted Italian districts are Lazio, Marche and Umbria. Additional information will be provided as soon as possible. 

  • 8/16/16 Update from Canada Post Open or Close

    Canada Post has posted an update on the ongoing negotiations with their labor union.  IMS will continue to monitor and advise our customers as needed.  Stay tuned ......

  • 8/9/16 One day strike in Australia Open or Close

    From the UPU .....

    The designated operator of Australia, Australia Post, asks us to inform the designated operators of other Union member countries of a one-day strike by staff of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, who are responsible for customs clearance in all inbound offices of exchange, on Friday, 12 August 2016.

    This will cause delays to all inbound mail, both on 12 August and on the days following the strike, until the backlog is cleared.

    Australia Post thanks all member countries for their understanding.

  • 7/26/16 Canada Post negotiations continue Open or Close

    Not a lot to report this week, but negotiations are continuing.  The update from Canada Post can be found here.

  • 7/19/16 Update on Canada Post negotiations Open or Close

    Not much new to report, but both sides remain upbeat and appear to be making modest progress.  You can view updates from both Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers

    IMS will continue to monitor and post updates.


IMS provides a professional expertise that is appreciated. They have taken care of our international mailing needs for over 15 years, regardless of the mailing requirements. They are a true partner when it comes to delivering exceptional service.

Kerry Still - Mail Services Manager, Walsworth

We have been utilizing IMS since the early 1990’s and we would not consider working with anyone else. IMS sets the bar by which we measure our other vendors. Their approach to customer service, their integrity, and their dedication to meeting our needs brings considerable value to our company every day.

David C. Rhoa - President, Lake Michigan Mailers, Inc.