Each parcel accepted must bear the name and
address of the mailer and of the addressee. The names
and addresses must be written legibly and correctly on
the parcel itself or on a gummed label affixed to the
parcel. The address of the mailer and addressee should
also be written on a separate piece of paper and
enclosed in the parcel.
The name of the city or post office and country of
address must be written in full, in capital letters. If a
postal delivery zone number is known, it should be
included. The countrys name must be the last line of
the address. Sufficient space must be left on the
outside wrapper for stamps, labels, and postal service
Do not accept parcels when:
Addressed to a person in one country in care of
a person in another country.
The name of the mailer or addressee is in initials,
unless the initials are the adopted trade name of
the mailer or addressee.
The addresses are written in pencil.
All international parcels must be sealed. Senders
must seal their own parcels. Wax, gummed-paper tape,
nails, screws, wire, metal bands, or other materials can
be used to seal parcels. The seal must be sufficient to
allow detection of tampering.
TRANSPORTATION OF INTERNATIONAL
All categories and related classes of international
mail are transported by either AIR or SURFACE
carrier. Each Individual Country Listing shows the
price for both airmail and surface rate under the desired
class of mail.
Q6-17. When accepting a parcel post package
addressed to a foreign country, you should
refer to what part of the IMM for information
about prohibitions and restrictions?
Q6-18. W h a t t w o c o u n t r i e s a l l o w p e r s o n a l
correspondence to be attached to or enclosed
in a parcel post package?
Q6-19. Lists by form number the two customs
declarations used for international mail.
Now turn to appendix 1 to check your answers.
CUSTOMS FORMS AND PROCEDURES
FOR INTERNATIONAL MAIL
Learning Objective: Identify the customs
declarations used for international mail and
procedures to follow when customs duty has
been assessed on dutiable articles.
Merchandise sent to an international country may
be subject to import duties and must have a customs
declaration form attached. In this section you will
learn which customs declaration forms to use, and how
to complete them. You will also become familiar with
how to process customs duties assessed on items of
foreign origin mailed from overseas activities to
addresses in the U.S.
Only two types of customs declarations (PS Form
2976 and PS Form 2976-A) are used on dutiable postal
union and parcel post mail.
PS FORM 2976
Each letter package containing merchandise,
printed matter known to be dutiable in the country of
address, or small packets (dutiable and nondutiable)
must have a Customs Label, PS Form 2976, Customs -
CN22 (old C 1) and Senders Declaration (green label)
(see figure 6-6) attached. PS Form 2976 must be
completed and placed by the mailer on the address side
of each article.
There are occasions when only the upper - left
portion of the PS Form 2976 is placed on the outside of
an article. This is usually when the addressee does not
want the contents to appear on the outside of the article
or the value of the article is more than $400. In this
case the mailer must complete PS Form 2976-A,
Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note (see figure
6-7) and enclose the form inside the parcel.
PS FORM 2976-A
PS Form 2976-A is used on all parcel post
packages and in conjunction with PS Form 2976 as
instructed in the previous paragraph. When
completing this form, the mailer must describe in
detail the contents of the parcel. Descriptions of a
general nature are not acceptable. When completed,
PS Form 2976-A should be placed in PS Form 2976-E
and attached to the outside of the mailing container.