Create a PB Presort Shipment

HTTP Request

POST /v1/shipments

Summary

This operation creates a post-paid label for a parcel that is part of a PB Presort pickup. Postage for a PB Presort label is not charged at the time of print.

Prerequisites

To use PB Presort, a merchant must be enrolled with a PB Presort facility and receive a Mailer ID, Job number, and other information required for shipping through PB Presort. To enroll a merchant, please see Onboard a Merchant to Print PB Presort Labels.

Considerations

  1. The label generated is a post-paid label and incurs no charges unless used.

  2. PB Presort labels are supported for domestic shipments only. Note that domestic destinations include US territories/possessions, Freely Associated States, and APO/FPO/DPO. PB Presort does not require a customs form for these destinations.

  3. Pitney Bowes verifies addresses for accuracy against current USPS data and makes corrections to delivery lines and last lines when possible. You can optionally limit the extent of corrections by enabling minimal address validation through the MINIMAL_ADDRESS_VALIDATION option in the shipmentOptions array. For a comparison of complete and minimal address validation, see What is minimal address validation?

    IMPORTANT: If you enable minimal address validation, the shipper takes 100% responsibility for any undelivered packages due to violation of carrier-addressing guidelines and is responsible for any surcharge or adjustment fee levied by the carrier for such a violation.

  4. For available services, parcel types, and labels, see the tables on the PB Presort reference page.

  5. When issuing the API call, you must set the following:

    Field

    Requirement

    fromAddress,
    toAddress

    The following address fields are required:

    • addressLines

    • postalCode

    • countryCode

    parcel.dimension

    Set this to the correct dimensions. Dimensions are required for PB Presort shipments. For limits on parcel dimensions, see PB Presort Services and Parcels.

    Important: Entering incorrect dimensions might result in an undeliverable package or an additional postage fee.

    rates.carrier

    Set this to: PBPRESORT

    rates.serviceId

    See Services and Parcels on the PB Presort reference page.

    rates.specialServices

    See Special Services on the PB Presort reference page.

    rates.parcelType

    See Services and Parcels on the PB Presort reference page.

    documents

    See Labels on the PB Presort reference page.

    shipmentOptions

    The following options are required in the shipmentOptions array:

  6. Depending on the parcel type, you can print merchant-defined reference fields on shipping labels by setting the PRINT_CUSTOM_MESSAGE_1 and PRINT_CUSTOM_MESSAGE_2 options in the shipmentOptions array.

  7. For the LGENV parcel type, the label will have an IMb.

  8. For the PKG parcel type, the label will have an IMpb.

  9. PB Presort does not support the following:

    • Rating is not supported for PB Presort shipments. Instead, use the rate charts provided by Pitney Bowes.

    • Refund requests are not supported for PB Presort labels. A Void Shipment request for a PB Presort label will fail.

    • The Transaction Reports API does not retrieve PB Presort labels.

    • FUTURE_SHIPMENT_DATE is not supported.

  10. Tracking events show up only after PB Presort uploads the Shipping Services File to USPS. Tracking information can take a while to appear.

    You can use the Track a Package API to retrieve tracking events. You must set the carrier query parameter to USPS in the Tracking API request.

  11. You must provide the pickup driver with a physical pickup slip that identifies the parcels in the pickup (similar to a USPS manifest). You can optionally create the physical pickup slip using the Create a PB Presort Pickup Slip API.

Request URLs

Sandbox: https://shipping-api-sandbox.pitneybowes.com/shippingservices/v1/shipments
Production: https://shipping-api.pitneybowes.com/shippingservices/v1/shipments

Request Headers

Name

Description

Authorization

Required. OAuth token generated using the Generate an OAuth Token API.

Content-Type

Required. The media type of the request entity. Set this to application/json.

X-PB-TransactionId

Required. A unique identifier for the transaction, up to 25 characters.

Important: You must ensure this is a unique id.

X-PB-ShipmentGroupId

Required. The job number that represents the agreement between the merchant and PB Presort. This was provided by Pitney Bowes during merchant onboarding for PB Presort.

X-PB-Integrator-CarrierId

Required. The merchant’s Mailer ID (MID), as provided by Pitney Bowes during merchant onboarding for PB Presort.

X-PB-UnifiedErrorStructure

Recommended. Set this to true to use the standard error object if an error occurs.

Request / Response Elements

The API call sends and receives a Shipment Object. The following table describes all possible fields in a Shipment Object.

Important

Some fields in the Shipment Object do not apply to this operation and are marked accordingly.

Important

Please see the Considerations on this page before creating the PB Presort shipment.

Name

Data Type

Description

fromAddress

Address Object

Required. Origin address.

If you want a different address to appear on the label from the one listed here, see How do I print a return address that is different from the origin address?

toAddress

Address Object

Required. Destination address.

FedEx, UPS: If you are shipping with FedEx or UPS to Puerto Rico or an international destination, and if the importer is different from the final recipient, this is the address of the importer. Enter the recipient’s address in the soldToAddress object. If importer’s address is the same as the final recipient, the toAddress and soldToAddress must match.

altReturnAddress

Address Object

PB Expedited, CBDS Only. Applies as follows:

  • PB Expedited: If you are sending an international shipment and if you have set the NON_DELIVERY_OPTION shipment option to redirect, then enter the address that a returned parcel should go to.

  • CBDS: For a Create Shipment request, this is the address used to return a parcel from the CBDS Consolidation Center. If omitted, the fromAddress is used. The altReturnAddress is not returned in the response.

parcel

Parcel Object

Required. Contains physical characteristics of the parcel.

rates

Array[Rates Object]

Required. Specifies the carrier, service, parcel, and other information. In a response, this field also contains the service charges.

Important: In a request, the rates array can contain only one rates object.

documents

Array[Documents Object]

Conditional. Defines the label, manifest, or other shipping document created by the API call. In a response, this array provides the URL or Base64 string for a document and in some cases can contain multiple objects.

This field is required, except in the following cases:

  • This field does not apply to Rate Parcel requests.

  • This field does not apply to the Create CBDS Shipment request if the merchant prints the first-label prior to invoking the API.

shipmentOptions

Array[Object]

Required. Each object in this array defines a shipment option. Specify each option as a name-value pair in the array.

The SHIPPER_ID option is required. For additional requirements for a carrier, see the Considerations section on the carrier’s Create Shipment page.

        name

String

The name of the shipment option.

        value

String

The value of the shipment option.

customs

Object

Conditional. For shipments that use customs forms, this object contains the customs information. This field is required for the following carriers in the following situations:

  • PB Expedited: Required for shipments to international destinations. Conditional for shipments to APO/FPO/DPO, U.S. Territories, and FAS, as explained in this FAQ.

  • CBDS: Required for all shipments.

  • FedEx: Required for shipments to international destinations and Puerto Rico.

  • UPS: Required for shipments to international destinations and Puerto Rico.

        customsInfo

Customs Info Object

Customs clearance information used to fill out a commercial invoice. In the Customs Info Object, make sure to include the fields marked Required.

        customsItems

Array[Customs Items Object]

Information about each commodity in the shipment, used for customs clearance. In the Customs Items Object, make sure to include the fields marked Required.

The maximum number of objects in this array is 30.

domesticShipmentDetails

Domestic Shipment Details Object

CBDS Only. Required if the merchant prints the first-mile label prior to invoking the Create CBDS Shipment API. This object contains information about the first-mile leg of the shipment.

soldToAddress

Address Object

FedEx, UPS Only. The final recipient of a the shipment. Required for a shipment from the U.S. to Puerto Rico or to an international destination. Otherwise optional.

This address must match the toAddress.countryCode, with the exception of shipments to Canada and to U.S. satellite countries.

If the final recipient’s address is the same as the importer’s address, the entries in the soldToAddress object must match the entries in the toAddress object.

shipmentType

String

Return Labels Only. Set this to RETURN. Required for Rate Expedited Returns, Create Expedited Returns, and Create Standard Returns. Note: You cannot rate Standard Returns.

references

Array[Object]

Conditional. The merchant’s reference fields. Each object in the array includes a name-value pair that defines a reference field. The array applies to the following carriers:

        name

String

The name of the reference field.

        value

String

The value for the reference field.

hazmatDetails

Hazmat Details Object

PB Standard Only. If shipping hazardous materials with PB Standard, use this object. See Hazmat Details Object.

shipmentId

String

RESPONSE ONLY. Unique identifier for the shipment, generated by the system in response to shipment purchase.

parcelTrackingNumber

String

RESPONSE ONLY. Tracking number assigned to the shipment by the system.

Sample Request

curl -X POST .../v1/shipments \
-H "Authorization: Bearer <oauth_token>" \
-H "Content-Type: application/json" \
-H "X-PB-TransactionId: 24c7d104-31de-4f6f-8bd0" \
-H "X-PB-ShipmentGroupId: 123456789" \
-H "X-PB-Integrator-CarrierId: 987654321" \
-H "X-PB-UnifiedErrorStructure: true" \
-d '
{
    "fromAddress": {
        "company": "Supplies",
        "name": "John Smith",
        "phone": "303-555-0000",
        "email": "john@example.com",
        "residential": false,
        "addressLines": [
            "4750 Walnut Street"
        ],
        "cityTown": "Boulder",
        "stateProvince": "CO",
        "postalCode": "80301",
        "countryCode": "US"
    },
    "toAddress": {
        "company": "Shop",
        "name": "Mary Jones",
        "phone": "620-555-0000",
        "email": "mary@example.com",
        "residential": false,
        "addressLines": [
            "4588 W Fulton"
        ],
        "cityTown": "Garden City",
        "stateProvince": "KS",
        "postalCode": "67846",
        "countryCode": "US"
    },
    "parcel": {
        "weight": {
            "unitOfMeasurement": "OZ",
            "weight": 3
        },
        "dimension": {
            "unitOfMeasurement": "IN",
            "length": 12,
            "width": 0.25,
            "height": 9
        }
    },
    "rates": [ {
        "carrier": "PBPRESORT",
        "serviceId": "BPM",
        "parcelType": "LGENV",
        "currencyCode": "USD"
    } ],
    "documents": [ {
        "size": "DOC_6X4",
        "printDialogOption": "NO_PRINT_DIALOG",
        "type": "SHIPPING_LABEL",
        "contentType": "URL",
        "fileFormat": "PDF"
    } ],
    "shipmentOptions": [ {
        "name": "SHIPPER_ID",
        "value": "9024324564"
    },{
        "name": "PERMIT_NUMBER",
        "value": "SHFL"
    },{
        "name": "MINIMAL_ADDRESS_VALIDATION",
        "value": "false"
    } ]
}'

Sample Response

{
    "fromAddress": {
        "company": "Supplies",
        "name": "John Smith",
        "phone": "303-555-0000",
        "email": "john@example.com",
        "residential": false,
        "addressLines": [
            "4750 Walnut St"
        ],
        "cityTown": "Boulder",
        "stateProvince": "CO",
        "postalCode": "80301-2532",
        "countryCode": "US",
        "carrierRoute": "C033",
        "deliveryPoint": "99"
    },
    "toAddress": {
        "company": "Shop",
        "name": "Mary Jones",
        "phone": "620-555-0000",
        "email": "mary@example.com",
        "residential": false,
        "addressLines": [
            "4588 W Fulton St"
        ],
        "cityTown": "Garden City",
        "stateProvince": "KS",
        "postalCode": "67846-9775",
        "countryCode": "US",
        "carrierRoute": "C007",
        "deliveryPoint": "84"
    },
    "parcel": {
        "weight": {
            "unitOfMeasurement": "OZ",
            "weight": 3.0
        },
        "dimension": {
            "length": 12.0,
            "width": 0.25,
            "height": 9.0,
            "unitOfMeasurement": "IN"
        }
    },
    "rates": [ {
        "carrier": "PBPRESORT",
        "parcelType": "LGENV",
        "inductionPostalCode": "80301",
        "specialServices": [],
        "serviceId": "BPM",
        "baseCharge": 0.0,
        "currencyCode": "USD",
        "destinationZone": "4",
        "totalCarrierCharge": 0.0
    } ],
    "documents": [ {
        "contentType": "URL",
        "contents": "https://.../6ad8a496574a4cc2ac66d9d9af31138e.pdf",
        "fileFormat": "PDF",
        "size": "DOC_6X4",
        "type": "SHIPPING_LABEL"
    } ],
    "shipmentOptions": [ {
        "name": "SHIPPER_ID",
        "value": "9024324564"
    },{
        "name": "PERMIT_NUMBER",
        "value": "SHFL"
    },{
        "name": "MINIMAL_ADDRESS_VALIDATION",
        "value": "false"
    } ],
    "parcelTrackingNumber": "0070698765432100221106510123814",
    "shipmentId": "PBPRESORT2200122647812392"
}

Sample PB Presort Label

The following is a sample label for a BPM Large Envelope.

Sample PB Presort Label

Error Codes

For a list of all PB Shipping APIs error codes, see Error Codes.