Changes to ISAL Codes for Japan and Great Britain
Posted on September 23rd, 2014

The U.S. Postal Service’s Postal Bulletin of August 21, 2014 notes an upcoming change to the foreign office of exchange code used for International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) containers to Japan (as listed in Exhibit 293.245a) as well as a minor text change to the listing for Great Britain (in the same Exhibit):
 
IMM Revision: ISAL Service to Japan and Great Britain
Effective October 6, 2014, the Postal Service™ will revise Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®) Exhibit 293.45a to update the foreign office of exchange code for International Surface Air Lift® (ISAL®) service to Japan and the ISAL listing for Great Britain.

Periodically, the Postal Service receives such requests from foreign posts to facilitate operational needs. Japan’s postal administration requested that we update the foreign office of exchange code for ISAL service items sent to Japan as soon as possible. Japan formerly had two codes (as reflected in its entry and in the footnote for the entry), but now will have only one. In order to provide mailers the time needed to make necessary logistical and software changes, the Postal Service is providing 90 days advance notice prior to the effective date of the change, November 19, 2014. Nonetheless, in order to expedite delivery, the Postal Service encourages mailers to implement these revisions before the effective date.

Also, for clarity and editorial consistency, we are adding all of Great Britain’s localities: England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark, and The Isle of Man) to Great Britain’s ISAL entry (the same as how we list them in Exhibit 292.45a for International Priority Airmail® (IPA®) service.
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Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM)
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2 Conditions for Mailing
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290 Commercial Services
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293 International Surface Air Lift (ISAL) Service
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293.4 Mail Preparation
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293.45 ISAL Foreign Office of Exchange Codes and Price Groups
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Exhibit 293.45a ISAL Foreign Office of Exchange Codes and Price Groups
[Revise the entries for Great Britain and Japan to read as follows]:
 
[In the footnotes for Exhibit 293.45a, remove current footnote 2 (regarding Japan), and renumber current footnote 3 as footnote 2, to read as follows:]
2. For all destinations to New Zealand other than Cook Islands. For Cook Islands, see the entry for Cook Islands in this exhibit.
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We will incorporate these revisions into the October update of the online IMM, which is available via Postal Explorer® at http://pe.usps.com.
— Product Classification, Pricing, 8-21-14


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