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By Bernadette H. Carreon

SAIPAN, CNMI (Mariana Variety, Aug. 30) - The United States Postal Service (USPS) on Friday revived the zip code and domestic rate services in Federated States of Micronesia and Republic of the Marshall Islands.

USPS made the announcement during the USPS two-day workshop for postmasters and post office managers throughout the Pacific. USPS terminated these services during the RMI and FSM Compact renegotiation in 2003.

Palau Vogel, Managing Director, Global Business and Senior Vice President of USPS made the announcement. The announcement said however said that the collection on delivery (COD), delivery confirmation, electronic return receipt option and signature confirmation.

The implementation of the revived services is on January 1, 2008.

"I fully understand the importance of these services to the people of RMI, the business community, and the U.S. vendors in the U.S."

Vogel in his letter said that the USPS would do its best to see if it can restore its services by the end of November 2007.

Director of Asia/Micronesia U.S. Postal Office.Leo Tudela said Palau continues to enjoy these services and have a good chance of enjoying these services until after the Compact renegotiation in 2009 due to the excellent postal management here. He said that termination of these services in RMI and FSM impacted the two countries with high postal fee.

With this, President Remengesau during the USPS conference the president requested that the new Capitol be given a separate zip code.

During the conference Vogel also presented to President Remengesau the first issue of new US stamp featuring the island.

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