Full Text Here: http://csgurl.com/IMB_Requirements
They seem to be putting a huge emphasis on packages, however mailpieces references are sprinkled into all the text as well.
” On January 7, 2013, the Postal Service finalizes the implementation of this final rule by requiring an Intelligent Mail package barcode (IMpb) for all commercial mailpieces that include a tracking or extra service barcode …” seems to refer to all customers using 2 barcodes currently which apply to people using postnet barcodes and planet codes combined. (quit laughing, some people still do this, lol)
We of course have been using these barcodes and developing new programs around these new barcodes since 2008. It’s nice to see that they are finally asking the rest of the country to step up the plate or get out of the game.
The first deadline is January 2012 with some limited flexibility until July 2012, Then again January 2013 with flexibility until July 2013. A weak roll-out but they are going to get to embrace their cool new features even if they have to drag all the rest of the public forward.