1. The address was applied in Maryland by Snapfish with the Country designation, "TW=Taiwan". This is the standard Country Code suggested by the USPS.[if you click on the image to the right, you can see the enlarged pic which shows that the USPS label is clearly applied over the Snapfish label, which simply says "TW=Taiwan" -- MT]
2. Snapfish applied the original USPS First Class label in their mailing facility with the designation, "TW=Taiwan". [As is clear in the photo! -- MT]
3. A label which reads, "Taiwan, Province of China" was applied over the original Snapfish label. The new label reads, "Oakland, CA Permit 2323", in the upper right hand corner. Oakland is the site of a major USPS International Service Facility (ISF), which was opened in 2000. Why would the Snapfish mailing facility in Maryland apply an Oakland CA sticker? [Snapfish uses TW = Taiwan as their order form clearly shows. -- MT]
4. The other screen captures were taken yesterday from USPS related websites and show, "Taiwan, Province of China" is still alive and well at the USPS.
A: Snapfish has a separate mailing facility in Oakland CA that deemed it necessary to issue a second INTERNATIONAL label over the one applied by the company in Maryland. The Oakland facility uses a different country code generator from the rest of the company.
B: There may be sections within the USPS than have not modified their software to conform with the 2006 country code change to "Taiwan". This incongruity may have caused this particular package, and possibly others, to be inadvertently mislabeled and the situation can be rectified by locating the troubled software or machinery within the USPS.
C: The USPS has made a deliberate change to their policy in regard to Taiwan's Country Code in an effort to appease a growing number of customers who are from the PRC or Chinese Nationalists, who consider Taiwan to be a "Province of China". This policy may be localized to areas with higher volumes of Chinese mail traffic.
D: A error was made by an employee or employees of the USPS Oakland facility in their selection of an out dated country code for Taiwan. This problem may be remedied by ensuring the former "Province of China" code is completely deleted from the systems within the USPS.
E: A unilateral decision was made by an employee or employees at the USPS Oakland facility to Change Taiwan's Country Code to "Taiwan, Province of China". This may be an act to reflect the employee's personal views against the existing policy set by the USPS and it may be an isolated act that may not be widely practiced within the USPS system.
a. Who applied the label, "Taiwan, Province of China"?
b. How was the label generated? Was it generated in a USPS facility, from a Web kit provided by the USPS or from Private postage vendor?
c. Why was the label issued in Oakland when the original label was addressed in Maryland?
d. Could an error have occurred in the USPS system? If so, how could it have occurred and how can it be avoided?
e. Why are the different USPS related websites incongruent in their designation for Taiwan?
f. Who has authorization to change the country codes?
US officials deny that this is a USPS problem.
Let me add this simple fact: the policy of the US government is, and has been for the last five decades, that the status of Taiwan is undetermined. As a government entity, USPS should not be flouting official policy.