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Re: [PATCH] localedata: i18napis: update LC_ADDRESS.country_post

On 06/11/2016 01:07 AM, Mike Frysinger wrote:
  de_DE: changing D to DE

I don't think this is correct, actual historic use within Europe at least was âDâ (and similar car codes for other countries). Apparently, this was in alignment with a CEPT recommendation.

The German incumbent (Deutsche Post) says that in 1999, country codes in mail addresses were abolished:

ÂWas ist aus den LÃndercodes geworden?

Die Angabe der LÃnderkÃrzel vor der Postleitzahl bei der Adressangabe auf Briefen und Paketen wurde offiziell am 1. September 1999 abgeschafft.

Aufgrund der automatisierten Anschriftenerkennung fÃhrte die Vielzahl der weltweit unterschiedlich verwendeten LÃndercodes hÃufig zu Problemen bei der Sortierung und damit zu VerzÃgerung und VerÃrgerung bei den Kunden. Die Angabe des Bestimmungslandes unter der Ortsangabe ist ausreichend.Â

âWhat happened to country codes?

Specifying country codes in front of the zip code in address on mail and packages was officially abolished on September 1st, 1999.

Due to automated address recognition, the variety of different country codes in world-wide use often led to sorting problems and thus to delays and customer complaints. It is sufficient to write the destination country below the city name.â


The United States Postal Service requires:

âThe last line of the address must show only the country name, written in full (no abbreviations) and in capital letters.â


I haven't found a more authoritative source for the change in practice. The Universal Postal Union web site has some documents and says that sometimes an ISO country code is used in front of the zip code, *but* the only example I could find on the UPU site was Finland, and the Finnish post does not corroborate this.

In any case, I think it is safe to say that LC_ADDRESS.country_post is now obsolete.


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