United States Postal Service®

Quarterly Performance for Single-Piece First-Class Mail® International
Mailpieces Delivered Between 10/01/2016 and 12/31/2016

Quarter I
FY2017

Overview

Service performance for inbound and outbound Single-Piece First-Class Mail® International domestic transit is measured through the International Mail Measurement System (IMMS) operated by a third party vendor. IMMS utilizes only letter-shaped mail pieces, which is the predominant shape for both outbound and inbound Single-Piece First-Class Mail® International. IMMS uses an external sampling system modeled after and closely integrated with the External First-Class (EXFC) measurement system used for domestic Single-Piece First-Class Mail®. Transit time is compared against First-Class Mail® service standards.

The processing of Single-Piece First-Class Mail® International flats and parcels -- during either outbound transit from domestic origin to designated International Service Centers (ISC) or inbound transit from designated ISC to the domestic delivery address -- is the same as for domestic Single-Piece First-Class Mail® flats and parcels. The USPS® service standards are also the same. Accordingly, the performance for domestic Single-Piece First-Class Mail® flats (using the data from EXFC) and performance for domestic Single-Piece parcels (as measured End-To-End on parcels for which customers have purchased USPS Tracking®) serve as proxies for the service performance of outbound and inbound Single-Piece First-Class Mail® International flats and inbound Single-Piece First-Class Mail® International parcels. On January 27, 2013, outbound Single-Piece First-Class Mail® International parcels became a competitive product and are no longer included in the score calculation.

The following service performance results combine the results for letter performance from IMMS with the proxy data to measure service performance for all inbound and outbound Single-Piece First-Class Mail® International. Since not all postal administrative districts have sufficient international volumes for statistically representative reporting, the Postal Service™ reports international quarterly service performance at a postal administrative area level.

Performance Highlights

The national Single-Piece First-Class Mail® International Inbound/Outbound Combined performance was 82.4 percent on time in FY 2017 Quarter 1. Nationally, there was 98.4 percent of mail delivered within the service standard plus three days for Inbound/Outbound Combined. Eastern Area had the highest Inbound/Outbound Combined performance in FY 2017 Quarter 1, with 86.5 percent on time. Capital Metro had the highest performance among the seven areas for inbound, at 85.5 percent on time. Eastern Area had the highest outbound performance this quarter, with 91.8 percent on time in FY 2017 Quarter 1. All areas had at least 97.9 percent of mail delivered within the service standard plus three days for inbound/outbound combined in FY 2017 Quarter 1. The Inbound/Outbound Combined performance increased for all 7 areas compared to the same period last year. The inbound performance of all areas saw significant improvement when compared to the same period last year. Each area had at least a 5.0 point increase and Southern Area had a 10.4 point increase, the largest of any area. The outbound performance of Capital Metro Area saw a significant improvement when compared to the same period last year, with a 4.1 point increase. Also, the outbound performance of Eastern Area saw a 2.2 point increase compared to the same period last year.

 

Area Inbound Outbound Inbound/Outbound
Percent On Time Percent On Time Percent On Time
Capital Metro 85.5 87.4 86.0
Eastern 84.5 91.8 86.5
Great Lakes 78.7 77.9 78.5
Northeast 80.3 91.3 81.3
Pacific 82.8 74.6 81.8
Southern 80.4 82.5 81.0
Western 76.2 79.7 77.0
Nation FY2017 Q1 81.9 83.6 82.4

Nation FY2016 Q1 (SPLY) 74.7 85.5 78.9

Nation FY2009 Annual 87.8 91.7 89.7
Nation FY2010 Annual 89.3 89.6 89.4
Nation FY2011 Annual 88.7 91.9 90.2
Nation FY2012 Annual 90.5 91.5 91.1
Nation FY2013 Annual 88.0 88.9 88.3
Nation FY2014 Annual 85.2 87.8 86.2
Nation FY2015 Annual 75.6 85.3 79.4
Nation FY2016 Annual 81.4 86.2 83.2

FY2017 Annual Target 94.0 94.0 94.0
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