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USPS Letter on Essential Industries

USPS Explains How the Mail and Print Industries Support Essential Government Services

March 22, 2020

On March 22, the USPS® posted a letter explaining how the functioning of the postal system depends critically on the mailing and printing industries. As a longtime business in the mail industry, Tension is taking every precaution to keep our Associates safe and healthy while continuing to meet the needs of our customers and country. We are working closely with our supply chain and logistics partners to provide an uninterrupted supply.

Read a transcript of the letter below or click on the image to see a copy of the original.

For more information, see the USPS Coronavirus Statement.

To Whom It May Concern, 

This letter is to provide information regarding the functions being performed by the mailing and printing industry in support of the essential government services being provided by the United States Postal Service to the American people.

The Postal Service’s provision of postal services throughout the United States is not affected by State and local government actions that are restricting commercial and personal activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Postal Service is an entity of the Federal Government, and the provision of postal services to the American people is designated as an essential function under federal law during times of emergency. The postal system is used to deliver, among other things, important governmental information and benefits, mail that is essential to the functioning of our economy, elections materials, and packages containing vital necessities, including medicines and other goods, and is a part of the nation’s critical infrastructure.

Postal and shipping workers, including those in the private sector, are also considered essential critical infrastructure workers under recent guidance issued by the Department of Homeland Security. White House and CDC guidance has also stated that such industries have a special responsibility to maintain normal work schedules. The functioning of the postal system depends critically on the mailing and printing industry. Members of the mailing and printing industry work with the public and private sector to create, print, and enter essential mail into the postal system. The industry also serves a vital role in ensuring that packages are able to be efficiently shipped from sender to recipient.

Therefore, the Postal Service considers that the continued operations of the mailing and printing industry in enabling the delivery of critical mail and packages is vital to the Postal Service’s continued performance of its essential functions.”