A mailer may purchase insurance coverage for
parcels that may become lost, damaged, or rifled.
Insurance coverage is available only for parcel post
and only to certain countries. To determine if
insurance service is available to a particular country,
refer to the Special Services section of the Individual
Country Listings of the IMM.
The maximum amount for which a parcel may be
insured varies from country to country. Maximum
amounts for which a parcel may be insured are listed in
the Special Services section of the Individual Country
Listings of the IMM.
A parcel may not be insured for more than the
declared value of the contents or for more than the
maximum amount of coverage listed for the country of
address. However, the mailer may insure a parcel for
only part of the value of the contents, in which case
only the fee covering the amount of insurance should
Preparation of Insured Parcels
The general provisions for the preparation of
ordinary parcels apply also to insured parcels. All
international insured parcels must be sealed.
When you accept international mail and the mailer
requests insurance, you must always issue a receipt.
Since each international insured parcel must be
assigned a number, PS Form 3813-P, Receipt for
Insured Mail, Domestic-International, is used. PS
Form 3813-P is completed just as it is for domestic
mail (refer to chapter 4). The insured receipt provides
proof of insurance coverage, evidence of mailing, and
proof of payment of the applicable insurance fee.
When you have completed the receipt, advise the
mailer to enter the name and address of the addressee
on the back of the receipt. The mailer keeps the receipt
in case there is a need to initiate an inquiry or file a
claim concerning the parcel at a later date.
Once you have completed calculating postage and
fees, you must:
Tear off the numbered insurance label (PS Form
3813-P) and affix it to the parcel close to the
Indicate on the parcel the amount for which the
parcel is insured. This amount must be written in
ink and expressed in U.S. currency (figures) and
special drawing rights (SDR) values. To convert
U.S. currency into SDR equivalents, multiply
the U.S. amount (rounded to the next full dollar)
by the conversion rate, currently .7286. Indicate
SDR values in figures only. See figure 6-10 for
an example. Always refer to Exhibit 324.22 of
the IMM for the current table to convert U.S.
dollars to special drawing rights.
Enter the insured number, insured amount, and
SDR equivalent on the PS Form 2976-A.
NOTE: In addition to the above markings, Section
324.3 of the IMM requires that parcels sent as insured
mail be postmarked at all breaks (cuts or torn edges)
of any gummed-paper strips used in sealing the
Registry service, as you know from chapter 5, is
offered to postal customers for additional protection
and security. A record of acceptance is kept at the
office of mailing, and the addressee or an authorized
agent at the office of delivery must sign for registered
Availability and Limits of
Registry service is available to most countries for
all postal union mail. Registry service is NOT
available for parcel post packages.
Indemnity for loss, damage, or rifling is $40.45,
except for Canada where the indemnity limit is $1,000.
If the mailings contain banknotes (cash), they are
subject to a $200 indemnity limit.
Preparation for Mailing
Mailers must securely seal letters and letter
packages that are presented for registration. If wax or
Figure 6-10. An example of U.S currency and SDR value
conversion for placement on a parcel.