no precious metal is not considered to be jewelry
within the meaning of this section)
Manufactured and unmanufactured platinum,
gold, or silver
Precious stones or jewels and other valuable
Instruments payable to bearer
Individual Country Prohibitions and
If an article is not prohibited or restricted in
general, you should refer to Prohibitions and
Restrictions under the Country Conditions for
Mailing section in the Individual Country Listings
section of the IMM. Certain articles may be mailable
to some countries but not to others. If an article is
prohibited by the country of address, it may not be
accepted for mailing. If an article has restrictions
placed on it, advise the mailer of these restrictions.
The country of address may return or keep articles
prohibited or restricted. Do NOT attempt to inform
customers whether or not items are subject to customs
duty, however, because the possibility exists that
customs duties will be charged, you may suggest to
customers that they inform addressees in advance of
the items they intend to mail.
Envelopes used for mail addressed to foreign
countries must meet the following conditions:
Light in color (not a brilliant color). The color
must be light enough so that the address and
postmark are legible.
Rectangular in shape.
A minimum of 5 1/2 inches in length by 3 1/2
inches in height.
Envelopes should be constructed of paper strong
enough to withstand normal handling. Highly glazed
paper or paper with an overall design is not acceptable.
The mailer is responsible for properly packaging
and preparing international mail. However, you
Figure 6-2. An example of an index of countries and localities.