Postal codes in Oceania

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An Australian envelope bearing four square boxes, one for each of the digits contained in standard Australian postcodes.

Postcodes used in Oceania vary between the various sovereign nations, territories, and associated states in the region. Many of the smaller island regions in Oceania use postal code systems that are integrated into the postal systems of larger countries they are territories or associates of.

American territories and associated states[edit]

There are two territories, one commonwealth, and three freely associated states within Oceania that are administered by the United States Postal Service (USPS). All of these places uses zip codes that start with the number 9. Standard USPS domestic rates apply to mail between the US and these places.

The two territories referred to above are American Samoa, which uses the postal abbreviation AS; and Guam, which uses GU.

Each major island of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands has its own zip code in the 96950-96952 range, and the USPS two-letter abbreviation for the CNMI is "MP".[1][2]

The Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau are all freely associated states of the US which are all fully integrated into the United States Postal Service using the postal abbreviations FM, MH, and PW respectively. Palau's abbreviation is derived from the word "Pelew", an old name for the archipelago. All points in American Samoa use the ZIP code 96799. Two ZIP codes are used within Palau, with 96939 applying to the entire city of Ngerulmund, and 96940 referring to all other parts of Palau.

Australia[edit]

Postcodes were introduced in Australia in 1967 by the Postmaster-General's Department and are now managed by Australia Post, and are published in booklets available from post offices or online from the Australia Post website. Postcodes in Australia have four digits and are placed at the end of the Australian address.

French overseas territories[edit]

There are three French Overseas Départements or Territories in Oceania that are integrated into the postal code system of France: French Polynesia, New Caledonia, and Wallis and Futuna. Like Overseas Départements and Territories around the world, the French postal service uses 3-digit codes to refer to these places: 987 for French Polynesia, 988 for New Caledonia, and 986 for Wallis and Futuna.

New Zealand[edit]

Pitcairn Islands[edit]

The Pitcairn Islands is integrated into the postal code system of the United Kingdom.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the CNMI". CNMI Commonwealth Law Revision Commission. Archived from the original on May 9, 2009. Retrieved January 24, 2010.
  2. ^ "Official USPS Abbreviations". United States Postal Service. Retrieved August 14, 2018.