39 U.S. Code § 403 - General duties

(a) The Postal Service shall plan, develop, promote, and provide adequate and efficient postal services at fair and reasonable rates and fees. The Postal Service shall receive, transmit, and deliver throughout the United States, its territories and possessions, and, pursuant to arrangements entered into under sections 406 and 411 of this title, throughout the world, written and printed matter, parcels, and like materials and provide such other services incidental thereto as it finds appropriate to its functions and in the public interest. The Postal Service shall serve as nearly as practicable the entire population of the United States.
(b) It shall be the responsibility of the Postal Service—
(1) to maintain an efficient system of collection, sorting, and delivery of the mail nationwide;
(2) to provide types of mail service to meet the needs of different categories of mail and mail users; and
(3) to establish and maintain postal facilities of such character and in such locations, that postal patrons throughout the Nation will, consistent with reasonable economies of postal operations, have ready access to essential postal services.
(c) In providing services and in establishing classifications, rates, and fees under this title, the Postal Service shall not, except as specifically authorized in this title, make any undue or unreasonable discrimination among users of the mails, nor shall it grant any undue or unreasonable preferences to any such user.

Source

(Pub. L. 91–375, Aug. 12, 1970, 84 Stat. 723; Pub. L. 96–70, title I, § 1331(e)(1),Sept. 27, 1979, 93 Stat. 482.)
Amendments

1979—Subsec. (a). Pub. L. 96–70substituted “The Postal Service” for “Except as provided in the Canal Zone Code, the Postal Service”.
Effective Date of 1979 Amendment

Amendment by Pub. L. 96–70effective Oct. 1, 1979, see section 3304 ofPub. L. 96–70, set out as an Effective Date note under section 3601 of Title 22, Foreign Relations and Intercourse.
Effective Date

Section effective Jan. 20, 1971, pursuant to Resolution No. 71–10 of the Board of Governors. See section 15(a) ofPub. L. 91–375, set out as a note preceding section 101 of this title.
Continuation of Mail Delivery Services

Provisions requiring continuation of six-day delivery and rural delivery of mail at not less than the 1983 level were contained in the Transportation, Treasury, Housing and Urban Development, the Judiciary, and Independent Agencies Appropriations Act, 2006, Pub. L. 109–115, div. A, title VI, Nov. 30, 2005, 119 Stat. 2490, and were repeated in provisions of subsequent appropriations acts which are not set out in the Code. Similar provisions were also contained in the following prior appropriations acts:
Pub. L. 108–447, div. H, title IV, Dec. 8, 2004, 118 Stat. 3264.
Pub. L. 108–199, div. F, title IV, Jan. 23, 2004, 118 Stat. 340.
Pub. L. 108–7, div. J, title II, Feb. 20, 2003, 117 Stat. 442.
Pub. L. 107–67, title II, Nov. 12, 2001, 115 Stat. 525.
Pub. L. 106–554, § 1(a)(3) [title II], Dec. 21, 2000, 114 Stat. 2763, 2763A–135.
Pub. L. 106–58, title II, Sept. 29, 1999, 113 Stat. 444.
Pub. L. 105–277, div. A, § 101(h) [title II], Oct. 21, 1998, 112 Stat. 2681–480, 2681–492.
Pub. L. 105–61, title II, Oct. 10, 1997, 111 Stat. 1290.
Pub. L. 104–208, div. A, title I, § 101(f) [title II], Sept. 30, 1996, 110 Stat. 3009–314, 3009–326.
Pub. L. 104–52, title II, Nov. 19, 1995, 109 Stat. 476.
Pub. L. 103–329, title II, Sept. 30, 1994, 108 Stat. 2392.
Pub. L. 103–123, title II, Oct. 28, 1993, 107 Stat. 1234.
Pub. L. 102–393, title II, Oct. 6, 1992, 106 Stat. 1737.
Pub. L. 102–141, title II, Oct. 28, 1991, 105 Stat. 843.
Pub. L. 101–509, title II, Nov. 5, 1990, 104 Stat. 1396.
Pub. L. 101–136, title II, Nov. 3, 1989, 103 Stat. 790.
Pub. L. 100–440, title II, Sept. 22, 1988, 102 Stat. 1727.
Pub. L. 100–202, §§ 101(m) [title II], 102, Dec. 22, 1987, 101 Stat. 1329–390, 1329–397, 1329–433.
Pub. L. 99–500, §§ 101(m) [title II], 102, Oct. 18, 1986, 100 Stat. 1783–308, 1783–314, 1783–346, and Pub. L. 99–591, §§ 101(m) [title II], 102, Oct. 30, 1986, 100 Stat. 3341–308, 3341–314, 3341–346.
Pub. L. 99–190, §§ 101(h) [H.R. 3036, title II], 102, Dec. 19, 1985, 99 Stat. 1291, 1315.
Pub. L. 98–473, §§ 101(j) [H.R. 5798, title II], 102, Oct. 12, 1984, 98 Stat. 1963, 1964.
Pub. L. 98–151, §§ 102, 106,Nov. 14, 1983, 97 Stat. 975.
Pub. L. 98–107, §§ 102, 108,Oct. 1, 1983, 97 Stat. 740, 741.
Pub. L. 97–377, title I, § 111B,Dec. 21, 1982, 96 Stat. 1912.
Pub. L. 97–35, title XVII, § 1722,Aug. 13, 1981, 95 Stat. 759, as amended by Pub. L. 98–369, div. B, title II, § 2209,July 18, 1984, 98 Stat. 1061.
Pub. L. 96–499, title IV, § 412,Dec. 5, 1980, 94 Stat. 2607.
Prohibition of 9-Digit ZIP Code

Pub. L. 97–35, title XVII, § 1726,Aug. 13, 1981, 95 Stat. 761, prohibited Postal Service from implementing ZIP code system using more than 5 digits before Oct. 1, 1983, and prohibited executive agencies from taking action to conform mailing procedures to ZIP code system using more than 5 digits during the period from Aug. 13, 1981 to Dec. 31, 1982.

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39 CFR - Postal Service

39 CFR Part 1 - POSTAL POLICY (ARTICLE I)

39 CFR Part 11 - ADVISORY BOARDS (ARTICLE XI)

39 CFR Part 20 - INTERNATIONAL POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 111 - GENERAL INFORMATION ON POSTAL SERVICE

39 CFR Part 121 - SERVICE STANDARDS FOR MARKET-DOMINANT MAIL PRODUCTS

39 CFR Part 122 - SERVICE STANDARDS FOR MARKET-DOMINANT SPECIAL SERVICES PRODUCTS

39 CFR Part 211 - APPLICATION OF REGULATIONS

39 CFR Part 221 - GENERAL ORGANIZATION

39 CFR Part 222 - DELEGATIONS OF AUTHORITY

39 CFR Part 223 - RELATIONSHIPS AND COMMUNICATION CHANNELS

39 CFR Part 232 - CONDUCT ON POSTAL PROPERTY

39 CFR Part 233 - INSPECTION SERVICE AUTHORITY

39 CFR Part 235 - DEFENSE DEPARTMENT LIAISON

39 CFR Part 241 - ESTABLISHMENT CLASSIFICATION, AND DISCONTINUANCE

39 CFR Part 254 - POSTAL SERVICE STANDARDS FOR FACILITY ACCESSIBILITY PURSUANT TO THE ARCHITECTURAL BARRIERS ACT

39 CFR Part 255 - ACCESS OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES TO POSTAL SERVICE PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES, FACILITIES, AND ELECTRONIC AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

39 CFR Part 265 - RELEASE OF INFORMATION

39 CFR Part 281 - FIRM MAILINGS DAMAGED OR DESTROYED THROUGH TRANSPORTATION ACCIDENTS OR CATASTROPHES

39 CFR Part 501 - AUTHORIZATION TO MANUFACTURE AND DISTRIBUTE POSTAGE EVIDENCING SYSTEMS

39 CFR Part 551 - SEMIPOSTAL STAMP PROGRAM

 

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