7 May 2007

Some dropped US mail services to be restored to Marshalls and FSM

3:19 pm on 7 May 2007

The United States Postal Service is to reinstate certain mail services for the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia after growing government and business complaints.

The Manager for the US Postal Service in the Micronesian region, Leo Tudela, says action is being taken to reinstate insured and registered mail services.

He says problems with the two countries' zip codes will also be addressed.

Mr Tudela said the services would not reappear overnight because of the US Postal Service's large bureaucracy, but changes should be in place within four-to-six months.

As part of a new long-term funding agreement between the US and the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia governments, the U.S. changed these island countries from domestic to international postal designations, saying it was losing money on the service.

Since the postal change in January 2006, businesses in the Marshall Islands have complained that U.S. vendors will no longer mail products to them because the zip codes aren't functional, and the government has sought to have insurance and registered services restored to prevent theft.