As it previously announced, the US Postal Service will soon retire its Centralized Account Processing System (CAPS). By October 1st, all new eligible accounts must be established through its Enterprise Payment System (EPS). The new deadline represents a one-month extension beyond the former one. To sign up for EPS, click here for local Business Mail Entry Unit (BMEU) or call 800-522-9085 or email email@example.com.
EPS is now live for existing mailers. It supports commercial, domestic and international mail products and services including First-Class, Marketing Mail, and Periodicals postage statements submitted via mail.dat, mail.xml, Postal Wizard, IMsb, or Hardcopy. According to USPS, in the coming weeks, eligible CAPS and Local Trust Permitcustomers will receive a letter (linked respectively) notifying them the system will be retired effective April 1, 2019.
CAPS customers pay for mailings and shipments using a centralized account through either a prefunded option or an ACH debit option, which allows the USPS to withdraw payment directly from their bank account. Effective April 1, 2019, all eligible CAPS accounts must migrate to EPS, though customers are encouraged to migrate sooner.
Local Trust Permit Customers
Local Trust permit customers prefund their account by depositing a check, cash or money order at the location where the permit was opened. These customers are not mandated to migrate; however, the USPS encourages customers to take advantage of the benefits of the new system, which includes mobile check deposit, online account management, enhanced reporting, and streamlined accounting processes.
Weekly USPS Webinars
The USPS’s Mail Entry and Business Mailer Support unit is hosting a series of informational sessions on EPS and the migration process every Tuesday from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Eastern Time. Click here for the link. The dial-in is 855-860-7461 and the conference code is 887 904 5356.
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