608 Postal Information and Resources

Overview

1.0 About the Domestic Mail Manual

2.0 Domestic Mail

3.0 Post Offices and Holidays

4.0 Philatelic (Stamp Collecting) Services

5.0 Private Express Statutes

6.0 Complaints and Postal Law Violations

7.0 Trademarks and Copyrights of the USPS

8.0 USPS Contact Information

9.0 Postal Zones

1.0 About the Domestic Mail Manual

1.1 Content of the DMM

Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, Domestic Mail Manual (DMM) contains the basic standards of the United States Postal Service (USPS) governing its domestic mail services; descriptions of the mail classes and extra services and conditions governing their use; and standards for price eligibility and mail preparation. Domestic mail is classified by size, weight, content, service, and other factors.

1.2 Copies of the DMM

The DMM is available online on Postal Explorer (pe.usps.com). Copies of the DMM may be inspected during normal business hours at USPS Headquarters; area and district offices. A copy is also filed at the Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration.

1.3 Revisions to the DMM

USPS may change the standards in the DMM. Substantive revisions are published in the Postal Bulletin and, when appropriate, the Federal Register.

1.4 Terms in the DMM

Terms in the DMM referring to the singular also apply to the plural, unless the context indicates otherwise. The term postmaster also applies to an officer-in-charge and, in district host cities, to the district manager.

2.0 Domestic Mail

2.1 Definition of “Domestic”

Domestic mail is mail transmitted within, among, and between the United States of America, its territories and possessions, Army Post Offices (APOs), Fleet Post Offices (FPOs), Diplomatic Post Offices (DPO), and the United Nations, NY. For this standard, the term “territories and possessions” comprises the following:

 

American Samoa

Manua Island, Swain’s Island, Tutuila Island

Guam

Northern Mariana Islands, Commonwealth of the

Rota Island, Saipan Island, Tinian Island

Puerto Rico, Commonwealth of

U.S. Virgin Islands

St. Croix Island, St. John Island,
St. Thomas Island

Wake Atoll

Wake Island

2.2 Mail Treated as Domestic

Mail originating in the United States of America, its territories and possessions, APOs, FPOs, DPOs, and the United Nations, NY, for delivery in the Freely Associated States, and mail originating in the Freely Associated States for delivery within, among, and between the Freely Associated States and the United States of America, its territories and possessions, APOs, FPOs, DPOs, and the United Nations, NY, is treated as if it were domestic mail. Product offerings and pricing for mail originating in any of the Freely Associated States is subject to terms established in the Compact of Free Association between the US Government and each of the Governments of the Freely Associated States. For information on products and pricing of items originating in the Freely Associated States, customers should contact the applicable country’s postal operator.The term “Freely Associated States” comprises the following:

 

Marshall Islands, Republic of the
Ebeye Island
Kwajalein Island
Majuro Island

Micronesia, Federated States of
Chuuk (Truk) Island
Kosrae Island
Pohnpei Island
Yap Island

Palau, Republic of
Koror Island

 

2.3 International Mail
2.3.1 General

[1-21-18] International mail is mail addressed to or received from foreign countries, except under 2.2. Provisions for international mail are published in the International Mail Manual (IMM).

2.3.2 International Inbound Mail Entry at Domestic Offshore Locations

[1-21-18] Incoming mail from foreign mail consolidators or foreign posts must be entered through one of the five International Service Centers located in the 48 contiguous states. Exceptions for entry anywhere else, including into domestic offshore locations, must be arranged in advance through contracts or bilateral agreements.

2.4 Customs Forms Required
2.4.1 Items Weighing 16 Ounces or More

Except for items sent via Priority Mail Express, or Priority Mail combined with Registered Mail service, any mailpiece (regardless of contents) weighing 16 ounces or more must bear a properly completed PS Form 2976, Customs Declaration CN 22, or, if the customer prefers, a PS Form 2976-A, Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note – CP 72, when the item is:

  1. Sent from the United States, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands to the ZIP Code destinations listed in the table below.
  2. Sent from the ZIP Code destinations listed in the table below to the United States, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  3. Sent between two different destinations listed in the “Territory, Possession, or Freely Associated States” column in the table below.
  4. Sent within American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or the Republic of the Marshall Islands. This standard does not apply to items sent within Guam or Palau.
  5.  

    ZIP CODE

    TWO-LETTER STATE ABBREVIATION

    CITY

    TERRITORY, POSSESSION, OR FREELY ASSOCIATED STATE

    96799

    AS

    PAGO PAGO

    AMERICAN SAMOA

    96910

    GU

    HAGATNA

    GUAM

    96912

    GU

    DEDEDO

    GUAM

    96913

    GU

    BARRIGADA

    GUAM

    96915

    GU

    SANTA RITA

    GUAM

    96916

    GU

    MERIZO

    GUAM

    96917

    GU

    INARAJAN

    GUAM

    96919

    GU

    AGANA HEIGHTS

    GUAM

    96921

    GU

    BARRIGADA

    GUAM

    96923

    GU

    MANGILAO

    GUAM

    96928

    GU

    AGAT

    GUAM

    96929

    GU

    YIGO

    GUAM

    96931

    GU

    TAMUNING

    GUAM

    96932

    GU

    HAGATNA

    GUAM

    96939

    PW

    NGERULMUD

    PALAU

    96940

    PW

    KOROR

    PALAU

    96941

    FM

    POHNPEI

    FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA

    96942

    FM

    CHUUK

    FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA

    96943

    FM

    YAP

    FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA

    96944

    FM

    KOSRAE

    FEDERATED STATES OF MICRONESIA

    96950

    MP

    SAIPAN

    COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

    96951

    MP

    ROTA

    COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

    96952

    MP

    TINIAN

    COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS

    96960

    MH

    MAJURO

    REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS

    96970

    MH

    EBEYE

    REPUBLIC OF THE MARSHALL ISLANDS

2.4.2 Items Containing Goods

Regardless of mail class or weight, items containing goods (i.e., contents other than documents; see IMM 123.63 for “document” eligibility) must bear a properly completed PS Form 2976, Customs Declaration CN 22, or, if the customer prefers, a PS Form 2976-A, Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note – CP 72, when the items are sent to the United States or Puerto Rico from the ZIP Code destinations listed in the table in 2.4.1, or from the U.S. Virgin Islands.

2.4.3 Improperly Prepared and Prohibited Items

Mailpieces deposited without a properly completed customs form under 2.4.1 and 2.4.2 will be returned to the sender. See current Postal Bulletin for current prohibited or restricted items.

2.4.4 Overseas Military Mail

For determining customs declarations‘ required usage when mailing to or from APO, FPO, or DPO addresses, see 703.2.3.6 through 703.2.3.8.

2.4.5 Items Eligible for Deposit or Pickup

Items under 2.4.1 bearing a computer-generated customs form (e.g., using Click-N-Ship service, an authorized PC Postage vendor, or the USPS Web Tools system) may be deposited through any of the following methods, provided postage is paid by a means other than the use of postage stamps:

  1. In a mailbox bearing a return address that matches the address at the point of pickup, when the customer or business is known to reside or do business at that location.
  2. Through Pickup on Demand service.
  3. Through Package Pickup service.
  4. At a Postal Service retail counter.
  5. Into a Postal Service lobby drop.
  6. In a collection box.
  7. At a Contract Postal Unit (CPU).
  8. At a USPS Approved Shipper location.
2.4.6 Items Not Eligible for Deposit or Pickup

Customers must present the following items requiring a customs form to an employee at a Post Office retail service counter. Deposit and pickup methods listed items under 2.4.5 are prohibited. The Postal Service will return these improperly presented items to the sender for proper entry and acceptance:

  1. Any item bearing a customs form and paid with only postage stamps.
  2. Any item bearing a handwritten customs form.
  3. Any item bearing a customs form that was not computer-generated.
2.4.7 Items Paid with a Permit Imprint

Items requiring a customs form and paid with permit imprint may be entered at a business mail entry unit (BMEU) if the customs form was computer-generated and the customs data was electronically transmitted.

2.4.8 Freely Associated States—Items Requiring an Export License

Items sent to the Freely Associated States listed in 2.2 that require an export license under 2.5.8, regardless of weight or class of mail, always require a PS Form 2976-A. See IMM 530 for additional information on export licenses.

2.5 Foreign Trade Regulations—U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Bureau of the Census

This section describes the various U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Bureau of the Census requirements when shipping goods to, from, and between U.S. territories, possessions, and Freely Associated States. Shipments to APO/FPO/DPO addresses are not subject to these requirements. Customers may be subject to civil and criminal penalties if they fail to electronically file their export information when required, or if they fail to comply with the Foreign Trade Regulations in any other way. Refer to IMM 520 for items mailed from American Samoa, Guam, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to foreign countries and additional standards about the Census Bureau‘s requirements. The following are not subject to these requirements:

  1. Items mailed to or from APO/FPO/DPO addresses.
  2. Items mailed from the Freely Associated States (see 608.2.2).
  3. Items mailed from the U.S. Virgin Islands to the United States or Puerto Rico.
  4. Items mailed within or between American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
  5. Items mailed from American Samoa, Guam, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands to the United States, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  6. Items mailed from the United States, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands to American Samoa, Guam, or the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
2.5.1 Mandatory Electronic Filing—U.S. Territories, Possessions, and Freely Associated States

Under the authority of 13 U.S.C. Chapter 9, as amended by the Foreign Relations Authorization Act of 2002, P.L. 107-228, U.S. Census Bureau regulations require electronic filing of export information through the U.S. Census Bureau‘s Automated Export System or AESDirect website for certain shipments of goods. Electronic filing of export information is required when any of the following applies, subject to certain exemptions (see 2.5.4):

  1. The item requires an export license under U.S. law when sent to the Freely Associated States. See 2.5.5 and 2.5.6.
  2. One or more classes of goods (per Schedule B Export Codes at www.census.gov/foreign-trade/schedules/b) within the item is valued at more than $2,500 and the item is mailed as follows:
    1. From Puerto Rico to the United States or U.S. Virgin Islands.
    2. From the United States to Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands.
    3. From the United States, Puerto Rico, or the U.S. Virgin Islands to the Freely Associated States.
2.5.2 Value Criterion

Following are three examples to illustrate the value criterion defined in 2.5.1:

  1. A package contains one mechanically operated watch (Schedule B item # 9101.11.0000) valued at $2600. The total value of goods to be mailed is $2600, and the value of all items within the same Schedule B number is over $2500. Consequently, electronic filing and an ITN would be required (unless an exemption applies).
  2. A package contains one mechanically operated watch (Schedule B item # 9101.11.0000) valued at $2400, and one electronically operated watch (Schedule B item # 9101.91.0000) valued at $2400. The total value of goods to be mailed is $4800, but no group of items within the same Schedule B number is valued over $2500. Consequently, electronic filing and an ITN would not be required, because the mechanical watch and electronic watch are in different Schedule B groups,
  3. A package contains two mechanically operated watches (Schedule B item # 9101.11.0000) one valued at $1400 and one valued at $1500. The total value of goods to be mailed is $2900 and the value of all items within the same Schedule B number is over $2500. Consequently, electronic filing and an ITN would be required, unless an exemption applies.
2.5.3 How to File Electronic Export Information and Obtain an Internal Transaction Number

For additional information on electronic filing, call the U.S. Census Bureau‘s toll-free information hotline at 800-549-0595. To file electronic export information through AESDirect and obtain an Internal Transaction Number (ITN), customers should use the following steps:

  1. Go to http://aesdirect.census.gov.
  2. Register for an AESDirect account or log into your existing account.
  3. Follow the instructions for the Automated Export System Certification Quiz.
  4. The Port of Export code for shipping through the Postal Service is 8000.
  5. The Mode of Transport is Mail.
  6. Leave the carrier as ‘SCAC/IATA‘ and the conveyance name fields blank.
  7. After successfully filing electronic export information, AESDirect will provide an alphanumeric Internal Transaction Number (ITN) as confirmation. The ITN consists of the letters AES followed by the ITN: for example, AES X20080930987654.
2.5.4 AES Downtime Citation

If electronic information filing is required but U.S. Census Bureau‘s Automated Export System or AESDirect website is unavailable, the goods may be shipped but the customer is responsible for providing the appropriate AES Downtime Citation instead of an ITN. This citation includes the word “AESDOWN,” the customer‘s AES filer identification number, and the date: for example, “AESDOWN 123456789 09/30/2009.” If the Automated Export System system is down, call 800-549-0595, option 1.

2.5.5 AES Exemption

In many circumstances, electronic export information filing and an Internal Transaction Number (ITN) may not be required. In these circumstances, and only when a customs declaration form is required under 2.4, customers are responsible for presenting an applicable AES Exemption on the customs declaration form upon mailing. Customers may forgo this requirement if no customs declaration form is required. When a customs declaration form is used, customers should enter the applicable AES Exemption on the customs declaration form. Customers must only enter one AES Exemption per addressed mailpiece. When multiple AES Exemptions may apply, the mailer may select any one that applies. For more information on these and other exemptions, customers should consult Appendix C of the Foreign Trade Regulations, 15 C.F.R. Part 30. The following is a list of the most commonly applicable AES Exemption for items mailed to, from, or between destinations under 2.0.

  1. Regardless of value, for all goods shipped within or between the following U.S. territories or between the following U.S. territories and the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, use NOEEI 30.2(d)(2):
    1. American Samoa.
    2. Guam Island.
    3. Northern Mariana Islands.
  2. For items destined to the Freely Associated States listed in 2.2, customers may apply “NOEEI 30.37(a)” if the value of each class of goods is $2,500 or less, provided an export license is not required (see 2.5.7 and 2.5.8).
2.5.6 Placement of ITN, AES Downtime Citation, or AES Exemption

If no customs declaration form is required (e.g., items sent between the United States, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands), no other action for recording the ITN or AES Downtime Citation on the package is required. However, when a shipment requires an ITN, or AES Downtime Citation, or AES Exemption, and a PS Form 2976-A is used under 2.4, it is the customer’s responsibility to legibly write one ITN, AES Downtime Citation, or applicable AES Exemption in Block 13 and 14, respectively, of hard copy PS Form 2976-R, USPS Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note, or in the AES/ITN/Exemption field of electronic PS Form 2976-A, Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note — CP 72. The only authorized edition for PS Form 2976-R is April 2016; the only authorized editions for PS Form 2976-A are September 2012 and July 2013.

2.5.7 Additional Standards for the Freely Associated States

The Freely Associated States listed in 2.2 are foreign destinations for the purposes of the Foreign Trade Regulations and other laws and regulations governing imports and exports. As such, certain goods shipped (also see 2.4.3) to these destinations from the United States, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or other U.S. territories may require an export license. To determine if an export license is required, go to http://www.export.gov/regulation/index.asp or call: 1-800-USA-TRAD(E) (1-800-872-8723).

2.5.8 When an Export License Is Required

When an export license is required under 2.5.7, a PS Form 2976-A, Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note — CP 72, is always required. The only authorized editions for this form are September 2012 and July 2013. The electronically generated License Number must appear in Block 16, and an ITN or AES Downtime Citation must appear in block 10 of the form. See IMM 520 and 530 for complete requirements. In addition, it is the mailer‘s responsibility to comply with the U.S. Census Bureau‘s requirements for filing electronic export information, as described in 2.5.1 and 2.5.2.

2.6 Alaska Bypass Service
2.6.1 Prices

Alaska Bypass Service prices are calculated based on the zone to which the shipment is addressed and the weight of the shipment.

2.6.2 Price Eligibility

Requirements for Alaska Bypass Service are provided in Handbook PO 508.

3.0 Post Offices and Holidays

Information on discontinuing, consolidating, and suspending services can be found in United States Code 39 U.S. C. §404(b), and the Postal Operations Manual (POM). Information on holidays observed by the USPS can be found in the POM and online at USPS.com.

 

 

4.0 Philatelic (Stamp Collecting) Services

Information on philatelic (stamp collecting) services and special cancellations can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations (39 CFR Part 123).

5.0 Private Express Statutes

By the laws known as the Private Express Statutes, Congress has generally conferred on the USPS the exclusive right to carry letters for others over post routes. USPS regulations under the Private Express Statutes are in the Code of Federal Regulations, 39 CFR 310 and 320, as amended by final rules published in the Federal Register. These regulations take precedence over all prior rulings and USPS publications. Information on the Private Express Statutes can also be found in Publication 542, Understanding the Private Express Statutes.

6.0 Complaints and Postal Law Violations

6.1 Consumer Complaints and Inquiries

Any postal customer may complain or inquire about postal products, services, or employees at any Post Office or directly to the USPS Consumer Advocate (see 8.1 for address). A complaint or inquiry may be made in person, by telephone, by e-mail, or by letter. A complaint or inquiry about the handling of a specific piece of mail should include the related envelope or wrapper and copies of all postal forms filed. A customer who is dissatisfied with the local handling of a complaint or inquiry may send a written appeal to the Consumer Advocate. A court of law can require such appeal as a legal prerequisite for hearing a customer’s suit against the USPS.

6.2 Postal Law Violations

Instructions on mail security as it relates to unauthorized opening, inspection, tampering, or delay of mail are in Administrative Support Manual 274. Information and complaints on a possible postal law violation must be sent to the appropriate address according to the ZIP Code ranges shown below:

 

ZIP CODES

ADDRESS

003-079, 08005, 08006, 08008, 08050, 08087, 08092, 08501-08504, 08506-08510, 08512-08514, 08516, 08517, 08519-08553, 08555-08561, 08600-08639, 08642-08691, 087-098, 100-149

Postal Inspection Service

PO Box 2613

Jersey City NJ 07303–2613

08001-08004, 08007, 08009-08049, 08051-08086, 08088-08091, 08093-08099, 081-084, 08505, 08511, 08515, 08518, 08554, 08562, 08640-08641, 150-39776, 700-799

Postal Inspection Service

225 N Humphreys Blvd

Memphis TN 38120–2149

400-693, 800-884, 850-999

Postal Inspection Service

222 S Riverside Plz Ste 1250

Chicago IL 60606–6100

 

7.0 Trademarks and Copyrights of the USPS

7.1 USPS Trademarks

Information on USPS trademarks can be found on USPS.com or by contacting General Counsel, USPS Headquarters (see 8.1 for address).

 

7.2 Inquiries about Copyrights and Use of USPS Trademarks

 

Inquiries about USPS copyrights or use of USPS trademarks and service marks, copyright materials, and intellectual property other than patents and technical data rights in USPS contracts must be sent to USPS Stamp Development (see 8.1 for address). Inquiries about licenses to publish or reproduce ZIP Code information must be sent to the National Customer Support Center (see 8.1 for address).

8.0 USPS Contact Information

8.1 Postal Service

[1-21-18]

Business Mail Acceptance
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW, Rm 2P846
Washington DC 20260-0846

Business Mailer Support
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW, Rm 3676
Washington DC 20260-0911

Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington DC 20260-3501

Consumer Advocate
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW
Washington DC 20260-2200

Corporate Accounting Manager
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW Rm 8831
Washington DC 20260-5241

Customer Service Standardization
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW Rm 6816
Washington DC 20260-6816

Domestic Claims
Accounting Services
US Postal Service
PO Box 80143
St Louis MO 63180-0143

Domestic Claims Appeals
Accounting Services
US Postal Service
PO Box 80141
St Louis MO 63180-0141

Domestic Products
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW Room 5337
Washington DC 20260-5337

Distribution Operations
Washington DC Post Office
900 Brentwood Rd NE
Washington DC 20066-9704

Engineering
US Postal Service
8403 Lee Hwy
Merrifield VA 22082-8101

General Counsel
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW
Washington DC 20260-1100

Integrated Business Solutions, Shipping Services
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW Rm 5149
Washington DC 20260-5149

Licensing
Marketing
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW Rm 1P801
Washington DC 20260-0801

Mail Entry and Payment Technology
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW, Rm 3707
Washington, DC 20260-0911

Mail Recovery Center – Atlanta
125 Villanova Drive
Atlanta, GA 30378-2400

Material Distribution Center
US Postal Service
500 SW Gary Ormsby Dr
Topeka KS 66624-9502
(800) 332-0317

Money Order Branch
Accounting Service Center
US Postal Service
PO Box 82450
St Louis MO 63182-2450

National Customer Support Center
US Postal Service
225 N. Humphreys Blvd, Ste 501
Memphis, TN 38188-1001

National Print Center (NPC)
US Postal Service
500 SW Gary Ormsby Dr
Topeka KS 66624-9502
(800) 332-0317

Network Distribution Center Operations
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW Rm 7631
Washington DC 20260-2806

Network Integration Support
475 L’Enfant Plz SW Rm 7536
Washington DC 20260-2806

Payment Technology
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW Rm 3660
Washington DC 20260-4110

Postal Inspection Service
222 S Riverside Plz Ste 1250
Chicago IL 60606-6100

Postal Inspection Service
PO Box 2613
Jersey City NJ 07303-2613

Postal Inspection Service
225 N Humphreys Blvd
Memphis TN 38120-2149

Pricing
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW Rm 4016
Washington DC 20260-4016
(see 8.4.1 for Pricing and Classification Service Center (PCSC) address)

Pricing Strategy
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW Rm 4316
Washington DC 20260-4316

Product Classification (formerly Mailing Standards)
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW Rm 4446
Washington DC 20260-5015

Product Development
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW Rm 5012
Washington DC 20260-5012

Prohibitory Order Processing Center
PO Box 1500
New York NY 10008-1500

Recorder
Judicial Officer
US Postal Service
2101 Wilson Blvd Ste 600
Arlington VA 22201-3078

Revenue Assessment and Control
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW Rm 8430
Washington DC 20260-8430

Revenue and Field Accounting
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW, Rm 8831
Washington DC 20260-8831

Senior Counsel
Ethics and Information
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW
Washington DC 20260-1127

Shipping Support, Shipping Services
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW NB Ste 5437
Washington DC 20260-0001

Stamp Fulfillment Services
US Postal Service
8300 NE Underground Dr. Pillar 210
Kansas City MO 64144-0011

Stamp Services
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW Rm 3300
Washington DC 20260-3501

Transactions and Correspondence
US Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plz SW Rm 5621
Washington DC 20260-0230

8.2 Federal Agencies

Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms
US Department of the Treasury
1200 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington DC 20226-0001

Bureau of the Public Debt
US Department of the Treasury
PO Box 1328
Parkersburg WV 26106-1328

Diplomatic Pouch Division
US Department of State
1375 K St NW
Washington DC 20522-0508

Office of the Federal Register
National Archives and Records Administration
1100 L St NW Rm 8401
Washington DC 20005-0001

Plant Protection and Quarantine Programs
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
US Department of Agriculture
4700 River Rd
Riverdale MD 20737-1228

Postal Regulatory Commission
901 New York Ave NW Ste 200
Washington DC 20268-0001

Superintendent of Documents
US Government Printing Office
732 N Capitol St NW
Washington DC 20401-0003

US Fish and Wildlife Service
US Department of the Interior
18TH and C St NW
Washington DC 20240-0001

8.3 Other Agencies

American National Standards Institute
11 W 42ND St
New York NY 10036-8002
(212) 642-4900
www.ansi.org

Automatic Identification Manufacturers (AIM)
634 Alpha Dr
Pittsburgh PA 15238-2802
(412) 963-8588
www.aimusa.org

Uniform Code Council INC
7887 Washington Village Dr Ste 300
Dayton OH 45459
(937) 435-3870
www.uc-council.org

8.4 PCSC and District Business Mail Entry Offices Contact Information

The Pricing and Classification Service Center (PCSC) and the district business mail entry offices provide guidance on mail classification, prices, and mail preparation standards. Questions about mail classification and special mail services should be directed to local postal officials. The PCSC can help local officials by providing guidance in answer these questions.

8.4.1 Pricing and Classification Service Center (PCSC)

Pricing and Classification Service Center contact information is as follows:

90 Church St Ste 3100
New York NY 10007-2951
Telephone: (212) 330-5300 / Fax: (212) 330-5320

For return receipts mailed under the provisions in 601.8.0 use the following address:

PCSC, PACT MAILING OFFICE
USPS ELIGIBILITY NO. XX-00-0000
90 Church Street Suite 3100
New York, NY 10007-2951

8.4.2 District Business Mail Entry Offices

For District Business Mail Entry contact information use the District Business Mail Entry Locator tool on RIBBS at ribbs.usps.gov.

9.0 Postal Zones

9.1 Basis

Postal prices for certain subclasses of mail are based on the weight of the individual piece and the distance that the piece travels from origin to destination (i.e., the number of postal zones crossed). For the administration of these postal zones, the earth is divided into units of area 30 minutes square, identical with a quarter of the area formed by the intersecting parallels of latitude and meridians of longitude. Postal zones are based on the distance between these units of area. The distance is measured from the center of the unit of area containing the SCF serving the origin Post Office to the SCF serving the destination Post Office. The SCFs serving the origin and destination Post Offices are determined by using L005, Column B.

9.2 Application

[1-21-18] Zones are used to compute postage on zoned mail sent between USPS facilities, including military Post Offices (MPOs), as follows:

  1. For the purposes of computing postal zone information, except for items 9.2b and 9.2c, the following table applies to MPOs not listed in L005.
  2.  

    3-DIGIT ZIP CODE PREFIX GROUP

    SCF SERVING THE DESTINATION OFFICE

    090-098*

    SCF New York NY 100

    340

    SCF Miami FL 331

    962-966*

    SCF San Francisco CA 940

* Priority Mail service destinating to these ZIP Codes is served by SCF Chicago IL 606.

  1. The postage prices for zoned mail transported between the United States, the Canal Zone, Puerto Rico, or U.S. territories or possessions, including the Freely Associated States on the one hand, and MPOs on the other, or, among the MPOs, are the applicable zone prices for mail between the place of mailing or delivery and the city of the postmaster serving the MPO concerned.
  2. The postage price for zoned mail mailed at or addressed to an MPO and transported directly to or from MPOs at Department of Defense expense, without transiting any of the 48 contiguous states (including the District of Columbia), is the applicable local zone price. If such mail transits any area served by the USPS at USPS expense and the distance from the place of mailing to the embarkation point or from the debarkation point to the place of delivery is more than the local zone for such mail, postage is assessed by the distance from the place of mailing to the embarkation point or from the debarkation point to the place of delivery of such mail, as the case may be. The word transiting does not include en route transfers at coastal gateway cities necessary to transport military mail directly between MPOs. For example, a parcel mailed at Honolulu, HI, for direct dispatch by the Department of Defense from Honolulu to an MPO in the Pacific is subject to the local zone price. A parcel mailed at Hilo, HI, and transported at USPS expense to Honolulu, HI, for direct dispatch at Department of Defense expense from Honolulu to an MPO in Japan is subject to zone 2 prices.
9.3 Zone Charts

The USPS Official National Zone Chart Data Program is administered from the National Customer Support Center (NCSC) in Memphis, TN. Single-page zone charts for originating mail are available at no cost online at pe.usps.com. Zone chart data for the entire nation can be purchased in electronic formats. For more information or to purchase zone charts, call the Zone Chart program administrator at 800-238-3150 or write to the NCSC (see 8.0 for address).

9.4 Specific Zones
9.4.1 Local Zone

The local zone applies to mail deposited at any Post Office for delivery to addresses within the delivery area of that Post Office. For various types of Post Offices, the local zone applies to all mail that both originates and destinates within:

  1. The 5-digit ZIP Code area(s) assigned to the same Post Office.
  2. Any of the 5-digit ZIP Codes that are part of any unique 3-digit ZIP Code prefix(es) or other separate 5-digit ZIP Code(s), as applicable, assigned to the same Post Office.
9.4.2 Nonlocal Zone

Nonlocal zones are defined as follows:

  1. The zone 1 price applies to pieces not eligible for the local zone in 9.4.1 that are mailed between two Post Offices with the same 3-digit ZIP Code prefix identified in L005, Column A. Zone 1 includes all units of area outside the local zone lying in whole or in part within a radius of about 50 miles from the center of the area.
  2. Zone 2 includes all units of area outside zone 1 lying in whole or in part within a radius of about 150 miles from the center of a given unit of area.
  3. Zone 3 includes all units of area outside zone 2 lying in whole or in part within a radius of about 300 miles from the center of a given unit of area.
  4. Zone 4 includes all units of area outside zone 3 lying in whole or in part within a radius of about 600 miles from the center of a given unit of area.
  5. Zone 5 includes all units of area outside zone 4 lying in whole or in part within a radius of about 1,000 miles from the center of a given unit of area.
  6. Zone 6 includes all units of area outside zone 5 lying in whole or in part within a radius of about 1,400 miles from the center of a given unit of area.
  7. Zone 7 includes all units of area outside zone 6 lying in whole or in part within a radius of about 1,800 miles from the center of a given unit of area.
  8. Zone 8 includes all units of area outside zone 7.
  9. Zone 9 includes the destinations listed in DMM 2.2 (Republic of Palau, Federated States of Micronesia, and Republic of the Marshall Islands).
9.4.3 Delivery Unit (Office)

The delivery unit price applies to mail destinating within the delivery area of the delivery unit at which it is deposited by the mailer.