Postal Service in the US

We, international students, as anybody else, use the postal service frequently for various activities such as sending mails, documents, checks and even the big boxes when you are moving from one place to another.

In this section we address various questions regarding using the Postal service in the US.

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The primary postal service providers in the US are USPS, FedEx and UPS.

The most popular postal service in the US is the USPS (United States Postal Services). USPS is run by the US government. The service is good and most importantly, very cheap.

The two most popular private companies in the US are FedEx (Federal Express) and UPS (United Postal Service). The service provided by these companies is relatively better compared to USPS. However, of course, quality comes with a cost and these services are a bit costlier than those of USPS.


How do I find the nearest Post Office (USPS) or FedEx or UPS office?

You can find an office nearest to your place by choosing the 'Store Locator' option on their respective websites. You will then either have to enter the zip code of your area or / and enter city and state information.

You can also go to on-line yellow pages and find the nearest postal service


I have moved to another place. What should I do so as to receive my mails to the new address?

When you move to a new place, you will have to tell the USPS about it. You can also do so by going to the nearest USPS office. You can find additional information about this on their website by checking out the 'Change Address' section. You will have to provide your personal information as well as your old address and new address.


I will be temporarily moving to another place? How can I ask the USPS to hold my mail for me?

You will have to go to the nearest USPS office and buy a temporary box where they will hold all your mail. You can find additional information about this on their website by checking out the 'Hold Mail' section.





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