- address validation¶
The verification and correction of postal addresses to help ensure parcels are rated accurately and delivered on time. See Address Validation.
- API environments¶
The APIs provide a Production environment and a separate Sandbox environment. See API Environments.
Automated Package Verification. APV is a USPS® program that verifies that postage is accurate and applies adjustments if necessary. See USPS Automated Package Verification.
- auto refill¶
- base URL¶
The common prefix in the URLs for a set of API operations, such as for the Ecommerce API operations. The Sandbox and Production environments have different base URLs. See API Environments.
Also called CN 22, this is a single-ply customs form that can be attached directly to a parcel. See the table in this FAQ.
- Consolidation Center¶
A CBDS Hub. Merchants who use CBDS ship their parcels to CBDS Hubs, also called Consolidation Centers, where Pitney Bowes ensures compliance before shipping the parcels to their international destinations. For a list of hubs, see CBDS Hubs.
Also called CP 72, this is either a multi-ply or single-ply customs form, depending on the destination. See the table in this FAQ.
- Cross-Border Delivery Service¶
The PB Cross-Border Delivery Service (CBDS) ships both internationally and domestically and ensures parcels comply with international regulations. See Pitney Bowes Cross-Border Delivery Service (CBDS).
- cubic pricing¶
Rates based on parcel size and shipping distance instead of on parcel weight. See What is USPS cubic pricing?
- delivery line¶
The portion of the address that includes any of the following: street name, street number, apartment number, PO BOX, secondary address, urbanization name. This is also called the delivery address line.
- delivery point¶
A 2-digit number used by USPS in combination with the 9-digit ZIP code to identify a deliverable address. You can find more information on delivery points at the Wikipedia Delivery Point page.
Owner of an account that gives access to the Pitney Bowes Ecommerce APIs. See Developer Account.
- dimensional (DIM) weight pricing¶
Applies to parcels that are large and relatively light for their sizes. Rates are based on volume and a volumetric divisor. See What is USPS dimensional weight pricing?
Girth is a parcel measurement calculated by the following equation:
girth = 2 * ( height + width )
- Harmonized System code¶
A tariff-classification number for a commodity based on the six-digit Harmonized System (HS). Most countries use the six-digit HS codes as the basis for their tariff classifications and add additional digits for more detail. To retrieve a predicted HS code, use the Predict HS Code API.
- HS code¶
Intelligent Mail barcode. A barcode used by USPS to sort and track letters and flats. See What is an IMb?
Intelligent Mail package barcode. A barcode used by USPS to track a parcel. See What is an IMpb?
- Importation costs¶
- induction postal code¶
The postal code where a shipment or shipments are tendered to a carrier. This can be different from the Sender’s address.
- last line¶
The city, state, and postal code portion of an address.
An end-of-day document that combines all the days shipments on a single form or electronic record, depending on the carrier. See Create a Manifest.
A shipper within the Pitney Bowes system. When you print a label through the APIs, you do so on behalf of a merchant. See Merchants.
- military addresses¶
A standard for token-based authentication and authorization. The Pitney Bowes Ecommerce APIs use OAuth to identify and authenticate the developer account making an API request. See Generate an OAuth Token.
- PB Expedited¶
- PB Postage Account¶
The account used to pay shipping costs. Both developers and merchants can have PB Postage Accounts. A merchant will have a PB Postage Account if paying for postage directly, as described in Manage Merchant Accounts. For FAQs on PB Postage Accounts, see Payments FAQs.
- PB Standard¶
- PB Standard Facilities¶
Hubs used when shipping with PB Standard. For a list of hubs, For a list of PB Standard Facilities, see https://www.docs.pitneybowes.com/document/standard-delivery-product-service-guide#appendix-a.
- PB Standard IDs¶
Identifiers used when shipping with PB Standard to specify the merchant and shipment facilities. See PB Standard IDs.
- Production environment¶
- QR code¶
A two-dimensional barcode used to print a shipping label. See QR Code.
- Sandbox environment¶
- soft pack¶
A flexible package that adheres and conforms to the item being packaged. See How are rates calculated for USPS soft packs?
- transportation cost¶