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The US Postal Service has submitted a pricing proposal to add "Zone 9" for domestic mail service provided to the Freely Associated States (FAS).

In preparation for the addition of Zone 9, the January 2014 Zone Chart release will be prepared to identify Zone "9" for specific 5-Digit ZIP Codes. To accommodate the proposal, an additional Zone Chart Exceptions File will be incorporated into

the Zone Chart product beginning with the January 1, 2014 Zone Chart release.

Download a sample Zone Chart and Exceptions Test File to help prepare you for the additional file. The test files are encrypted so contact labellist.ncsc@usps.gov or call 800-238-3150 Option 1 for the password to open the file.

The National Zone Charts Matrix is used to assist mailers in determining the distance that a mailpiece travels based on the ZIP™ Code where the mailpiece enters the mailstream (origination) and the ZIP Code that will deliver the mailpiece to the addressee (destination).

Postage rates for certain classes of mail are based on mailpiece weight as well as the distance a mailpiece travels. Please note, the matrix does not contain postage rates, only zone information. Individual Zone Charts are located on the Postal Explorer website at http://postcalc.usps.gov/ZoneCharts/.

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Important Updates

The "Heartbleed" bug hasn't affected Postal Service websites that require customers to provide usernames and passwords, according to USPS IT and the Corporate Information Security Office (CISO). To learn more information, click here.

Standard Mail DSCF Load Leveling Final Rule Published in the Federal Register

The Postal Service has released its Federal Register final rule revising the service standards for Standard Mail that is eligible for Destination Sectional Center Facility (DSCF) rates. These changes will allow a more balanced distribution of DSCF Standard Mail across delivery days. With its new rules, USPS is extending delivery expectation to four days for mail entered on Friday and Saturday. National Implementation began April 10, 2014.

January 2014 Price Change Fact Sheets

Getting Started with Full-Service Intelligent Mail

PostalOne! Contingency Plan

For mailers unable to submit electronic information, click here for the PostalOne! Contingency Plan.


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