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For Immediate Release February 23, 2010

For Immediate Release February 23, 2010

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February 23, 2010

Contact: David Lewin (O) 202-268-8567 (C) 202-255-2421

Release No. 10-016
Postal Service Sending Military Mail to Haiti
Efforts to Establish Temporary Civilian Mail Distribution Site Continue

WASHINGTON \u2014 The U.S. Postal Service is delivering letters and packages bound for members of
the U.S. Armed Forces deployed to Haiti as part of Operation Unified Response. The initial wave of
military mail is flowing into Toussaint Louverture International Airport at Port-au-Prince in
coordination with the Military Postal Service Agency (MPSA) to support the overall USAID effort in

\u201cWe\u2019re pleased to support our military personnel serving in Haiti with the vital connection to home
that comes through the mail,\u201d said Pranab Shah, managing director and vice president, Global
Business. \u201cWe\u2019ll continue to work closely with MPSA to ensure our service members receive their
mail during this challenging humanitarian mission.\u201d

The Postal Service has assigned a total of 20 APO, FPO, and DPO ZIP Codes at the request of
MPSA for the efficient distribution of mail destined for military units serving in Haiti. The Postal
Service also continues to support civilian recovery efforts by donating water and medical supplies
while staging vehicles, portable buildings and mail sorting equipment for deployment to Haiti.

Efforts to establish a temporary civilian mail distribution site in Port-au-Prince are continuing on an
international scale through the coordinated efforts of a task force led by the Universal Postal Union
(UPU), the Postal Union of the Americas, Spain and Portugal (PUASP), Haiti Post and the U.S.
Postal Inspection Service (USPIS). USPIS Chief Postal Inspector William R. Gilligan Jr. serves as
chairman of UPU\u2019s Postal Security Action Group, and U.S. Postal Inspectors recently completed an
initial security assessment of mail operations and capabilities in Haiti, representing the first step in
reestablishing limited mail distribution operations in Port-au-Prince in order for the civilian population
to begin receiving letters and packages.

Post Offices are continuing to accept letter mail and packages addressed to the nation of Haiti.
However, all mail addressed to Haiti will be temporarily held by the Postal Service until the postal
administration of Haiti is able to accept mail.

Additional information regarding acceptance and movement of mail to Haiti will be provided as it
becomes available. Updates are posted online at
Please Note: For broadcast quality video and audio, photo stills and other media resources, visit the USPS Newsroom at

A self-supporting government enterprise, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that reaches every address in the
nation, 150 million residences, businesses and Post Office Boxes. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars. With 36,000
retail locations and the most frequently visited website in the federal government, the Postal Service relies on the sale of
postage, products and services to pay for operating expenses. Named the Most Trusted Government Agency five consecutive
years and the sixth Most Trusted Business in the nation by the Ponemon Institute, the Postal Service has annual revenue of
more than $68 billion and delivers nearly half the world\u2019s mail. If it were a private sector company, the U.S. Postal Service
would rank 26th in the 2008 Fortune 500.

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