Spring 2008 FedEx Shipping Estimates

I received the following email from Aaron Prather, Postal Transportation Management with Federal Express. He is requesting that each shipper send an email with projected volumes of baby chicks to be shipped through the Post Office using Federal Express for the spring of 2008.
His email is amprather@fedex.com
Thank you.
Bud Wood, Chair
Bird Shippers of America
Gents,
It is that time of the year to start getting an idea from your member hatcheries of what volumes they are projecting for the 2008 Spring Peak for baby chicks. Last year, their forecasts allowed us to really plan out what we needed to do at are facilities in Memphis and Oakland.
Currently, we are running nearly double the Lives volume over what we did last year. So these forecasts are going to be even more important, because it is clear that the USPS is sending much more of their Live shipments via FedEx now.
So like last year, if you could send an email out to your members to send me their projections or what they shipped last year, we can start making our projections now. The earlier we get the information, the faster we can see if we need to make adjustments to the system prior to the start of Peak shipping.
Thanks,
Aaron Prather
Postal Transportation Management

2008 Federal Holidays Affecting Shipping

Following is the list of scheduled holidays that FedEx will be using for 2008.
2008 Federal Holidays
Tuesday, January 1 – New Year’s Day
Monday, January 21 – Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Monday, February 18 – Washington’s Birthday
Monday, May 26 – Memorial Day
Friday, July 4 – Independence Day
Monday, September 1 – Labor Day
Monday, October 13 – Columbus Day
Tuesday, November 11 – Veterans Day
Thursday, November 27 – Thanksgiving Day
Thursday, December 25 – Christmas Day
For those of you mailing through the winter, they will not be sorting 12/24/2007, 12/25/2007, 12/31/2007 and 1/1/2008.
Bud Wood, Chair
Bird Shippers of America

FedEx July 4th holiday operational schedule

The following message was received from Aaron Prather, FedEx Postal Transportation Management:
Wanted to make sure you and your members are clear on the upcoming July 4th holiday operational schedule.
7/2 Monday – we will be accepted Express mail shipments that evening for Tuesday morning delivery.
7/3 Tuesday – no acceptance of Lives for either the Priority network or Express network.
7/4 Wednesday – closed
7/5 Thursday – resume normal operations.
I believe that there was some confusion between USPS and FedEx over 7/5 because of how their own procedures were written.
On the morning of 7/5, if we are brought Live Animals, we are going to move them that day.
Aaron Prather
Postal Transportation Management

NEW USPS DIMENSIONAL WEIGHT RATE

May 14, 2007 the new USPS postage rate increase went into effect. One of the major effects will be the new “Dimensional Weight Rate for Low-Density Parcels to Zones 5-8″ (See below). You will need to check your box sizes to see if you will be affected. I think you will find that the “100 Chick” boxes will fall into this rate.
We have gotten a ruling from the D.C. office of the USPS that Chick boxes with their slanted sides and posts on the top would be included in the “1.4.2 Determining Dimensional Weight for Nonrectangular Parcels” rate calculations. We have also received a clarification that each measurement of the box can be rounded down if it is under a half inch, otherwise round up to the nearest inch. The resulting weight in pounds must be rounded up to the nearest pound.
EXAMPLE: A box with an actual dimension of 24 1/4 Length X 18 1/4 Width X 7 3/8 Height.
((24 X 18 X 7)X0.785)/194 = 12.236 Lbs or rounded up to 13 Lbs.
You must put postage on the box based on this Dimensional Weight or Actual Weight which ever is larger.
If you have any question please contact your local postmaster.
Bud Wood, Chair Birdshippers of America
From the USPS Domestic Mail Manual – May 14, 2007

1.4 Dimensional Weight Rate for Low-Density Parcels to Zones 5-8

Postage for parcels addressed for delivery to Zones 5-8 and exceeding 1 cubic foot (1,728 cubic inches) is based on the actual weight or the dimensional weight (as calculated in 1.4.1 or 1.4.2), whichever is greater.
1.4.1 Determining Dimensional Weight for Rectangular Parcels
Follow these steps to determine the dimensional weight for a rectangular parcel:
a. Measure the length, width, and height in inches. Round off (see 604.7.0) each measurement to the nearest whole inch.
b. Multiply the length by the width by the height.
c. If the result exceeds 1,728 cubic inches, divide the result by 194 and round up (see 604.7.0) to the next whole number to determine the dimensional weight in pounds.
1.4.2 Determining Dimensional Weight for Nonrectangular Parcels
Follow these steps to determine the dimensional weight for a nonrectangular parcel:
a. Measure the length, width, and height in inches at their extreme dimensions. Round off (see 604.7.0) each measurement to the nearest whole inch.
b. Multiply the length by the width by the height.
c. Multiply the result by an adjustment factor of 0.785.
d. If the final result exceeds 1,728 cubic inches, divide the result by 194 and round up (see 604.7.0) to the next whole number to determine the dimensional weight in pounds.
e. If the dimensional weight exceeds 70 pounds, the parcel pays the 70-pound rate.

New Standards for Mailing Adult Fowl

The following notice was in the April 12, 2007 DMM Advisory email.
DMM Advisory
New Standards for Mailing Adult Fowl
We published a notice in today’s Federal Register requiring mailers to package adult chickens in USPS-approved mailing containers. This change makes our packaging requirements consistent for all mailed fowl and promotes the safety of our employees, customers, and fowl.
Click here to read the complete change as published in the Federal Refister.

Northwest Contract Extened for 2 Years

We have received word from Joel Rosen, USPS Washington D.C. the current Northwest Airlines’ contract with USPS to carry lives from Minneapolis-St. Paul and Detroit under a surcharge arrangement as been extended for two year, through February 27, 2009. The $1.00 surcharge will remain in affect. This is great news for those of us in the upper Midwest that rely on this service to carry our birds.
I think it is good to remember, that in Minneapolis-St. Paul and Detroit, Northwest is only one option. These markets are also served by other airlines and Federal Express. The postal airmail personal at these two airports have the option to use any of the carriers as volume and schedules allow.
Bud Wood, Chair

FEDERAL EXPRESS 2007 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE

Jan. 1 – FedEx Reopens Jan. 2
Jan. 15 – Not observed by FedEx
Feb. 19 – Not observed by FedEx
May 28 – FedEx Reopens May 29
July 4 – FedEx Reopens July 5th. That July 4th is on a Wednesday this year, any animal that is tendered to the Post Office as Priority on Monday, July 2nd will not be delivered until July 5th. Animals tendered on Monday as Express, should be delivered on Tuesday July 3rd.
Sept. 3 – FedEx Reopens Sept. 4
Oct. 8 – Not observed by FedEx
Nov. 12 – Not observed by FedEx
Nov. 22 – FedEx Reopens Nov. 23
Dec. 25 – FedEx Reopens Dec. 26

FEDERAL EXPRESS UPDATE

December 13, 2006
We received the following updates on Federal Express “Lives” service through the Post Office.
Because we have temperatures below 85 degrees now, the restrictions for the following areas have been lifted;
Birmingham AL (BHM) Zip Codes: 350-352, 354-359, 362
Jackson MS (JAN) Zip Codes: 369, 390-393, 396, 397
Nashville TN (BNA Zip Codes: 370-372, 384, 385
Federal Express will be shut down and will not accept “Lives” on the following holidays;
Christmas: December 24, 2006 through December 26, 2006
FedEx will have their last sort on 12/24 prior and will not be back up and running until the evening of 12/26. First Priority mail sort will be 12/27. To make sure all animals are delivered in a timely manner, they should ship by 12/20.
New Years: December 31, 2006 through January 2, 2007
FedEx will have their last sort on 12/31 prior and will not be back up and running until the evening of 1/2. First Priority mail sort will be on 1/3. To make sure all animals are delivered in a timely manner, they should ship by 12/27
The Oakland, CA hub is now setup to receive and sort “Lives”.
Bud Wood, Chair

Bonafilia Resigns From Post Office

I received the following email from John Bonafilia, Manager, Commercial Air Operations, U.S. Post Office.
On Monday, November 6th, I announced my intention to resign from the Postal Service after 31 years. My resignation is effective November 25th. Greg Garcia will assume the duties of Manager, Commercial Air Operations (Acting). Joel Rosen will continue to be your point of contact for all lives issues.
I believe I’m leaving the lives environment in better shape than when I assumed this position 4 years ago. I hope you all agree. It was frustrating, and at times discouraging trying to put together a network that would support you and your customers needs. With the addition of FedEx & UPS, the commercial carriers, as well as Northwest Airlines, I believe we have ample lift to ensure a successful mailing season next year. But as you are well aware, even with all this lift we may still have holes. Your constant communication proved invaluable – please continue to communicate with Joel as often as necessary.
Thanks again for the patience you displayed in the past.
John C. Bonafilia
Manager, Commercial Air Operations
Washington, DC 20260-7137

Mr. Bonafilia was of great service to our industry in the trying times of the last few years. He was instrumental in getting Northwest Airlines back on line, allowing chicken to “fly” again after 911, setting up Kittyhawk to cover gaps left by other airlines, and negotiating “lives” on Federal express, to name a few. On behalf of all of the Bird Shippers I would like to say thank-you to Mr. Bonafilia for all of his help.
Bud Wood, Chair

Fed Ex Notes

Fed Ex visited Metzer Farms in October and the following points were made:
Things have gone smoothly for FedEx the first four weeks of shipping. All transfers are being made in Memphis. If demand requires it, transfers may also be made in Indianapolis and Oakland when shipping of lives picks up in the spring.
At this point they are getting more Express mail than expected. They are hoping that most of the shipments will be priority which will be transferred in Memphis during the slower part of the day.
The only locations where there will be temperature restrictions are shipments to and from Birmingham, AL or Jackson, MS or Nashville, TN. As these routes are trucked from the sorting facility in Memphis, they cannot accept birds for shipment to or from these locations if temperatures are expected to be over 85 degrees.
FedEx will only accept birds from the USPS on Monday through Friday evenings. So you cannot expect FedEx to carry your shipments if you mail on Saturday or Sunday.
You will need to check the FedEx 2007 holiday schedule when it is announced. July 4, for example, is a Wednesday in 2007. They will not be working that day so if you mail on Tuesday, delivery will be delayed.