Delivery to the Consolidation Center

Overview

All parcels shipping with the PB Cross-Border Delivery Service (CBDS) are first brought to CBDS Consolidation Centers for customs processing and labelling before being sent to their international destinations. Each merchant who ships with CBDS through the Shipping APIs uses one of the following solutions for bringing parcels to the Consolidation Center:

Within each solution, the merchant chooses a first-mile option, as described on this page. Merchants can test the solutions in the Sandbox environment by setting CLIENT_ID to the Sandbox Client IDs listed for each solution. Note that CBDS offers a Fulfillment Solution outside of the PB Shipping APIs. For information on the Fulfillment solution, contact your Pitney Bowes representative.

PB End-to-End Solution

In this solution, Pitney Bowes is responsible for the end-to-end journey of the parcel. Depending on the size of merchant, Pitney Bowes offers either bulk pickup or piece-level shipment from the client’s origin facility. In both cases, the Create Shipment API prints the first-mile label for delivery to the CBDS Consolidation Center.

First-Mile
Option
Description
  API Behavior
Sandbox
Client ID
Bulk Pickup Pitney Bowes picks up the parcel. This solution is available for merchants who ship more than 200 parcels a day.
  • Request: The merchant provides parcel details.
  • Response: The API returns a PB Standard pickup label and an end-to-end tracking number.
NGST
Piece-Level Shipment The merchant either drops off the parcel to a USPS facility or has USPS pick up the parcel.
  • Request: The merchant provides parcel details.
  • Response: The API returns a USPS label and an end-to-end tracking number.
USPSFM_1

Client Drop-Off Solution

In this solution, the merchant is responsible to deliver the parcel to a Pitney Bowes facility—either to a PB Standard Regional Hub or to a CBDS Consolidation Center.

First-Mile
Option
Description
API Behavior
Sandbox
Client ID
Drop-Off to
PB Standard Hub
The merchant delivers the parcel to a PB Standard Regional Hub. The Create Shipment API prints a label for delivery from the hub to the CBDS Consolidation Center.
  • Request: The merchant provides parcel details.
  • Response: The API returns:
    • The label Pitney Bowes uses to transport the parcel from the PB Standard Regional Hub to the CBDS Consolidation Center.
    • The end-to-end tracking number.
NGST
Drop-Off to
CBDS Consolidation Center

The merchant delivers the parcel to a CBDS Consolidation Center. The Create Shipment API does not print a label. Instead, the merchant prints the first-mile label prior to invoking the API. The merchant enters the label’s tracking number when calling the API.

Important

If the merchant fails to enter a tracking number when invoking the Create Shipment API, the parcel will not be recognizable at the CBDS Consolidation Center.

  • Request: The merchant provides:
    • Parcel details
    • The tracking number for the first-mile label
    • The name of the first-mile carrier
  • Response: The API returns an end-to-end tracking number.
COFM_1

Note: Merchants who drop off their parcels to CBDS Consolidation Centers can optionally use SFTP instead of the Shipping APIs to provide parcel data to Pitney Bowes. For more information, contact your Pitney Bowes representative.