WASHINGTON, DC The U.S. Postal Service announced that the international delivery company DHL will leverage an existing agreement to give the Postal Service exclusive delivery services to the last-mile in certain locations. The expanded agreement will build on the existing arrangement through a combination of the Postal Services Priority Mail and Parcel Select products.

I am pleased DHL has chosen to expand its existing relationship with the Postal Service, giving us the opportunity to deliver more of their packages the last-mile, said Jim Cochrane, acting vice president of ground packages. This new volume is a natural extension of the delivery service we already provide to DHL and further recognizes the inherent value of the delivery reach of the Postal Service. Last-mile delivery remains a fundamental strength of the Postal Service.

Since 2003, the Postal Service has provided last-mile delivery for DHL in over 20,000 ZIP Codes nationwide through its Parcel Select service. This expansion makes USPS the exclusive provider of delivery service to DHL for 3,600 of the nations 46,000 ZIP Codes through use of Priority Mail and Parcel Select service.

Partnering with us has economic as well as environmental benefits because it reduces the number of different trucks in the neighborhood serving the same locations--locations we visit every day already, Cochrane added.


DHL@home service is designed for business-to-residence shippers who desire a secure, cost-effective shipping solution. Shipments are picked up by DHL and delivered the last-mile to customers at their home, business or Post Office Box by the local Post Office using Parcel Select. Standard delivery is 2 to 4 days. Deferred delivery is 2 to 7 business days. Shipments of up to 70 lbs. are accepted and the sender can track packages door-to-door.

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