UPU Introduces Universal Post*Code

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The Universal Postal Union yesterday debuted the latest version of its Universal Post*Code Database, which aims to ensure that mail is correctly coded and reaches its destination as quickly as possible.

The database contains postal codes for 200 countries and territories. It is designed to assist postal customers in addressing their mail correctly. The database includes postal code information down to post office or street level, depending on the different national delivery systems. It is supplemented by a new edition of the "Post*Code Postal Addressing Systems" that explains the postal code and addressing systems used by different countries with examples of each country.

According to the UPU, the database is a useful tool for those who are managing address files, correcting addresses on behalf of a third party, designing address check software and for checking postal addressing system data.

The UPU, established in 1874 and headquartered in Bern, Switzerland, is the second oldest international organization after the International Telecommunications Union. With 189 member countries, the UPU is the primary forum for cooperation between postal services and helps to ensure a universal network of up-to-date products and services.

The Universal Post*Code Database forms part of the UPU's universal @ddressing project. Its main aim is to improve the quality of the international mail service through the use of correct addressing procedures.

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