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USPS® Permit Payments Enterprise Payment System (EPS) Migration

UPDATED: March 18, 2018

 

EXTENSION: The USPS has extended the migration deadline to July 1, 2019 for all permit mailers who pay through a Pitney Bowes account. Our integration with the USPS EPS system is complete and a Pitney Bowes financial services operations representative will reach out to complete each client’s migration by July 1, 2019.

 

USPS®  is changing its permit mail payment system

The USPS is implementing a new payments system that will allow electronic (online) payments for more services. Their goal is to migrate all clients to their new Enterprise Payment System (EPS), which replaces their old Centralized Accounts Processing System (CAPS).

 

What should I expect?

A Pitney Bowes representative will contact you between now and July 1 to confirm which permit(s) you want migrated to your company’s account. Once we contact you, we will send you a form authorizing Pitney Bowes to migrate your company’s permit(s) to the new platform on your behalf.                                            

Once we receive the signed form, Pitney Bowes will work with the USPS to establish your account and send you an email confirming your EPS account has been set up and which permit(s) have been migrated. 

 

What products will EPS Support?

EPS supports commercial, domestic and international products and services including First-Class Mail®, USPS Marketing Mail™, Periodicals, PO Boxes, Caller Services and Reserve Services (EPOBOL) and Address Quality Products, (ACS, AEC, AECII). Below is a list of all products/services EPS does and does not support.

Eligible Products/Services

-PO Box, Caller & Reserve Services (EPOBOL) -Electronic Verification System (eVS)
-Address Quality Products (AEC, AECII and ACS)  -Parcel Return Service (PRS)
-Priority Mail -PC Postage
-First-Class Mail, Letter, Cards, Flats -Scan Based Payment (SBP)
-First-Class Package Service -Merchandise Return Service (MRS)
-USPS Marketing Mail, Letters, Flats, Parcels -Official Mail Accounting System (OMAS)
-Parcel Select -Premium Forwarding Service Commercial (PFSC)
-Media Mail -Pick Up on Demand
-Library Mail -Package Intercept
-Bound Printed Matter -Share Mail
-Periodicals -Intelligent Mail Barcode Accounting (IMbA)
-International Products -Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM)-BMEU
-Business Reply Mail (BRM)  

 

What does this mean if I pay through a Pitney Bowes account?

Pitney Bowes clients who pay for their permit mail (outgoing or business reply) through a Pitney Bowes Purchase Power® credit line or Reserve Account will gain the flexibility to pay for additional USPS services like PO Boxes and Address Quality Products through the same account. 

 

What should I do?

If you currently pay for permit mail postage through a Pitney Bowes account, you should not do anything at this time. Testing of our integration with the EPS system is complete; a Pitney Bowes financial services representative will contact you to migrate your account before the July 1 deadline. Once we contact you, we will send you a form authorizing Pitney Bowes to migrate your company’s permit(s) to the new platform on your behalf.  Once we receive the signed form, Pitney Bowes will work with the USPS to establish your account.  There will be no disruption in your mailings.

 

What do I do if I have a BCG (Business Customer Gateway) account?

If you have an existing BCG (Business Customer Gateway) account established with the USPS and have already requested an invitation code to add an Enterprise Payments Services account, you should go ahead and establish it in the USPS Client Portal. DO NOT activate the account with a different bank account number. Contact Pitney Bowes and we will complete this portion of the process for you.   If your account is established with a payment method other than Pitney Bowes, you will lose the ability to report on all their postage spend from a consolidated account.

 

What does this mean for my meter?

This will not cause any changes to how Pitney Bowes clients pay for meter postage.

 

Can I continue to use my Pitney Bowes account to pay the USPS for permit charges?

Your permit postage and any related fees will continue to be charged directly to your Pitney Bowes account after Pitney Bowes has migrated your account. You can also continue to pay your preferred mail service providers directly from your Pitney Bowes account. 

 

Does the USPS have more information available on EPS?

REMEMBER – all clients paying for permit mail using a Pitney Bowes account have an extension until July 1, 2019 and a Pitney Bowes financial services representative will contact each client to complete this migration.

Additional information on EPS is available through PostalPro at:

https://postalpro.usps.com/EPS