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should  be  able  to  advise  mailers  as  to  the  proper packaging of articles, or refer them to the applicable section of the IMM (part 120).  In preparing an article for mailing, you should advise mailers to: Use  strong  envelopes  or  durable  packaging material Consider the type of article being mailed Take into account the distance the article must travel to reach the addressee Other Articles Printed  matter,  matter  for  the  blind,  and  small packets must be prepared so that the contents may be easily inspected.   AO items must be placed either in wrappers,  between  cardboard,  or  in  bags,  boxes, envelopes, or containers. Dangerous fasteners may not be used.  String or twine may be used to secure articles as long as they can be easily untied. Fragile Items Articles of glass or other fragile materials must be packed  in  boxes  of  metal,  wood,  strong  plastic,  or fiberboard. If a fiberboard box is used, it should have a test  board  strength  of  at  least  275  pounds.    Enough packaging should be used to prevent the contents from moving about or coming in contact with other articles or with any side of the box. ADDRESSING The  entire  right  half  of  the  address  side  of  the envelope, package, or card should be set aside for the following: Destination address Postage Labels Postal endorsements International  mail  articles  must  be  addressed legibly using roman letters and arabic numerals.  Each line of the address should be placed lengthwise on the article and must be written in ink or typewritten; pencil is not acceptable. The name and address of the addressee must be written precisely and completely. The name of the city or post office and country of destination must be in capital letters.  When mail is sent to towns and cities, the house number and street address or box number must be included.   The postal delivery zone numbers must  be  included,  if  known.     Mail  may  not  be addressed to BOXHOLDER or HOUSEHOLDER. Addresses  in  Russian,  Greek,  Arabic,  Hebrew, Japanese,   or   Chinese   characters   must   bear   an interlined translation of the names of the post office, province, and country of destination in English.  If the English form of the name is not known, the foreign spellings should be shown in roman letters, print, or script. The complete return address of the sender must be shown in the upper left corner of the address side of the mail.   It must be placed so as not to affect either the clarity  of  the  address  or  the  application  of  service labels or notations (postmarks and so forth). PAYMENT OF POSTAGE Each international item must be fully prepaid to assure prompt dispatch and to avoid the post office of delivery from collecting charges from the addressee. Postage should be placed on the address side of the article in the upper - right corner. Care should be taken when the stamps are placed on the article to make sure they are securely attached.   If the postage stamps for some reason are not securely attached and are lost in transit, this could cause the article to become postage due, causing the addressee to pay additional postage to receive it. Postage may be paid by U.S. postage stamps or by meter stamps of a bright red color. Airmail stamps may be used on airmail articles only, and special delivery stamps  may  be  used  only  for  payment  of  special delivery fees. LETTERS AND LETTER PACKAGES Letters  and  letter  packages  are  items  of  mail containing personal current correspondence.  Personal correspondence includes any item that is handwritten, typewritten, or recorded. Any article that is otherwise acceptable in postal union mail may be mailed at the letter rate of postage as long as the weight and size limits are met.  Refer to the Individual  Country  Listings  section  in  the  IMM  for current postage rates. Merchandise in Letters Dutiable merchandise may be sent in letters and letter packages unless the country of address does not 6-5

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