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 Definition of the standard

The standard is a "document established by consensus and approved by a recognized body that provides, for common and repeated use, rules, guidelines or characteristics for activities or their results guaranteeing an optimal level of sequence in a given context. " Reports of ISO (International Organization for Standardization)
(A standard is therefore a set of technical rules resulting from an agreement between the economic actors to specify, streamline and unify the product or service.).
Each international standard is subjected of a systematic review to determine whether to confirm, to revise / amend or cancel. Therefore, the standards are regularly modified to better meet changing market needs and agencies needs.

 Objectives of Standardization

The Standardization is intended to provide reference documents containing solutions to technical and commercial problems of products, goods and services that recurrently arise in the relations between economic partners, scientific, technical and social and this in order:

  •  Improve the quality of goods and services, and transfer of technologies
  •  To reduce technical barriers to trade and to non-discrimination
  •  Seek to increase customer satisfaction through the effectively applying the referential
  •  To avoid overlapping and duplication of standardization work
  •  To encourage the mutual recognition of technical regulations, assessment standards and procedures with same effect
  •  Conserving resources and protecting the environment
  •  Achieve the legitimate objectives

The Algerian standardization system is governed by laws and regulations including the Law 04-04 of June 23, 2004 Supplemented and amended on standardization.
(Article 2 Paragraph 5) of Executive decree No. 11-20 of 25 January 2011 bearing the creation IANOR.

The Universal Postal Union (UPU)

It is the primary forum for cooperation among players of the postal sector. It sets the rules of international mail exchanges and makes recommendations to stimulate growth in volumes general letter post service, parcels and financial services and to improve the quality of service offered to customers.
There are 05 committees within the union, among it :



The "Standardization" group which drafts technical standards and EDI message specifications in order to improve the exchange of operational information between posts, it coordinates the initiatives of UPU and international standardization bodies, it closely cooperates with the posts, suppliers and other international organizations.
The group sets consistent standards in areas such as :

  •  The electronic data interchange (EDI) and mail coding
  •  Standards for barcode symbols (mailouts, postal recipients)
  •  The identification standards / Coding (airports, air carriers, postal shipments, mail dispatches, postal receptacles, mailouts, shipment tracking data)
  •  A description of standardised EDI messages (format of message exchange, standard messages for shipment, dispatches, items and transport)
  •  Standards for document exchange (data exchange on word processing)


Technical standards relating to the activity mails / packages

Name of the standard
01 Standards letters S10-4 and S10B-5 "Identification of -postal shipping ' (UPU).
02 Features of letters
  • Local letters (max dimensions and min)
  • International letters (max dimensions and min)
03 Features of postcards
  • Dimensions
  • Shipping Methods
  • Postage
04 Characteristics of parcel post
  • Dimensions
  • Max Weight
  • Packaging
  • Content
  • Customs procedures
05 Characteristics of forms and samples
  • Dimensions
  • Max Weight
  • Packaging
  • Correspondence
06 Characteristics of newspapers and periodicals
  • Dimensions
  • Max Weight
07 Characteristics of small packages
  • Dimensions
  • Max Weight
08 Characteristics of parcels
  • Weight
  • Maximum dimensions (local and International)
  • Minimum dimensions
09 Features of the automatic franking machine (MAI)
  • Low volume
  • Average volume
  • High Volume
10 Features of mailboxes (on walls and on columns)
11 Characteristics of the movable trade battery of 78 boxes
12 Characteristics of sorting shelves and mail opening tables

 Standards to achieve

Name Priority 1 Priority 2 Priority 3
01 Standards S42 “addressing standards “(UPU)      
01 Brands or franking labels generated by the MAI (intelligent franking machines)      
01 S42 Standards "addressing standards" (UPU)      
01 Brands or franking labels generated by the MAI (intelligent franking machines)      

Technical standards for the Electronic banking and postal financial services

 International orders

01 TFP 1: International money order (Ref: Art.RE 201.3)
02 TFP 6: Complaint / Withdrawal Request (Ref: Art.RE 7010.1)
03 SFP 2: Checklist of money orders (Ref: Art.RE 1004.2)
04 SFP 3: Monthly account of money orders and repayment orders (Ref: Art.RE 1004.2)
05 SFP 4: General Account of Money Orders (Ref: Art.RE 1006.1)
06 SFP 5: List of transfers (Ref: Art.RE 502.2)
07 SFP 6: Letter of Transmittal (Ref: Art.RE 502.4)

 The mandates IFS / IMO

08 UPU 08 M23: Exchange of flat files
09 UPU 09 M 24: Exchange of flat files
10 UPU standard 10 M 38: Message Exchange (ISO / IEC 15459)

 Standards to gain

Name Priority 1 Priority 2 Priority 3
01 EMV (European Mastercard Visa) migration from the CCP towards the EMV card