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Correios is the government-run postal service in Brazil, overseen by the Brazilian Ministry of Communications (Ministério das Comunicações).
There are over 3,800 post office (Correios) agencies throughout Brazil, employing almost 100,000 workers and distributing 34 million objects per day.
Post Offices are open from Monday to Friday from 09:00-17:00 in general, although Post Offices located in shopping malls have their own opening hours, from 10:00-22:00. There are no set opening hours at the weekend and, as Post Office owners are franchisees, they can choose when to open and close. Some Post Offices may be open until 13:00 on Saturdays.
Brazilian postal/zip codes (Códigos de Endereçamento Postal - CEP) are written as a sequence of eight digits, for example 10025-345. The eight digit system replaced the old five digit system in 1992, and all CEPs are stored in the National Directory of Addresses (Diretório Nacional de Endereços - DNE).
The first digit represents one of the ten postal regions in Brazil; this is followed by another digit: the sub-region. The following three numbers represent the sector, sub-sector and sub-sector division.
After the hyphen the last three numbers (known as suffixes) relate to avenues, roads, parks and squares within a municipality. The range of these three numbers is from 000 to 999.
Each of the ten postal regions is divided into ten sub-regions, and each sub-region is again divided ten times. This division of ten is repeated until there are ten divisions of the sub-sector. For example: São Paulo State is region 1, Campinas is sub-region 3, so the first two digits of the CEP would be 1 then 3.
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