Government of the Federated States of Micronesia

FSM Postal Services Announces Pilot Project on Postage Due

Palikir, Pohnpei (FSM Information Services): July 13, 2009 - The FSM Postal Service, in accordance with President Mori's wishes to extend economical mail services to all the outer islands in the FSM, is announcing that they have recently instituted a pilot project on "postage due" from the islands of Pingelap, Mwoakilloa, and Sapwafik Atoll. Each of these islands has an airstrip which facilitates mail delivery. On incoming mail to Pohnpei's main Post Office, a person in these islands can choose to send mail, addressed to a person residing in Pohnpei, and the person named as the addressee shall pay the total cost of the mail delivery before the postal clerk releases the mail to the individual. This system of "postage due" helps to alleviate the economic and cash flow problems that many in the outer islands face.

"Postage Due" is only applicable to mail from the outer islands to the main Post Office and not vice versa. It is also not applicable to mail travelling interstate, between the FSM States, or internationally. The FSM Postal Service will be monitoring this pilot project, and if it works out well for everyone involved, the services shall be extended to the outer island of Chuuk and Yap States.

For further information on this release, please contact:

FSM Office of the President
Public Information: Press, Radio, Video
P.O Box 34
Palikir Station, Pohnpei, FM 96941
Tel.: (691) 320-2548/2092
Fax.: (691) 320-4356