(March 5, 12:55 p.m.) In cash-heavy wholesale terminal markets, it’s vital to keep the cash flowing as quickly as possible — particularly during a recession.

That’s the point Lee Pakulsky, executive director of the New York Produce Trade Association, made to U.S. Postal Service officials following a proposed change in mail service at New York’s Hunts Point Terminal Market.

Apparently, his point got through. Spurred by a Feb. 11 story in the New York Daily News, Pakulsky met with local politicians, development officials and postal officials and cut a deal that will allow Hunts Point wholesalers to continue to pick up their mail early without paying a fee.

Rather than waiting for the mail to come to them in the afternoon, many wholesalers drive the mile to the Bronx post office that serves the market to pick it up themselves.

By getting their mail early, wholesalers are able to prepare deposits of that day’s payments in time for them to be picked up at 1 p.m. by an armored car that delivers them to banks.

“It’s important to get the day’s mail early enough in the day so you can actually make your deposits,” said Matthew D’Arrigo, vice president of D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York Inc.

The postal service, however, announced recently it would begin charging customers $1,288 per year for the privilege of picking up their mail early. The postal service said it cost more money to sort the mail separately for those customers.

D’Arrigo saw it just the opposite way: The wholesalers, not the mail carriers, were the ones doing the favor.

“I never understood why they would charge us more not to deliver the mail,” he said.

That proposed annual fee would have placed an extra financial burden on firms at the worst possible time, Pakulsky said.

Shortly after the Daily News story appeared, a terminal market and postal service representatives met and a new agreement was worked out, Pakulsky said.

At least for the time being, wholesalers can still pick up their mail early without paying a fee. The local post office agreed to add an additional employee to help with sorting.

In exchange, wholesalers agreed to call the post office to arrange a time to pick up mail early.

“It seems to be working very well right now,” Pakulsky said of the compromise. “It’s not set in stone, but we’re keeping our fingers crossed.”

D’Arrigo agreed.

“I think it’s a good deal, and I hope it lasts,” he said.

If the agreement continues to work well, the proposed fee could be waived indefinitely, Pakulsky said.