EXCEPTIONS: A file or collection of out-of-date
correspondence that has served its original purpose
may be enclosed in a parcel. Also, a parcel can contain
an invoice as long as the invoice is limited to the
particulars that constitute an invoice.
Rate tables are shown in the Individual Country
Listings under the Parcel Post heading of each country
to which the service is available. The column to the left
shows air rates and the column to the right shows the
surface rates. The center column shows the weight.
See figure 6-1.
Placement of Postage
Place stamps or a meter strip for payment of
postage and fees in the upper - right corner of the
address side of the parcel.
WEIGHT AND SIZE LIMITS
The maximum weight limit for parcel post varies
from country to country.
A parcel must not exceed the maximum size limits
for the country to which it is addressed. International
parcels, except circular objects, are measured in the
same manner as domestic parcels.
Always, refer to the Parcel Post section of the
Individual Country Listings, for maximum weight and
Measuring Circular Objects
Circular objects, such as tires, coils of rope, hose,
wire, and so forth, are measured using a different
method when sent as international mail. A circular
object, whether there is an open space in the center or
not, is measured around its entire girth in the direction
of the diameter as shown in figure 6-5. This
measurement must not exceed 64 inches.
Measuring Rectangular Parcels
Rectangular parcels presented for mailing as
international mail are measured the same as domestic
parcels. The size restrictions for rectangular parcels
accepted in international mail are as follows:
Minimum length and width-5 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches
Maximum length-42 inches
Maximum length and girth combined-79 inches
Every parcel must be securely and substantially
packaged. When preparing a package for mailing, the
sender must consider the nature of the contents, the
climate, the length of the journey, and the numerous
handlings involved in the conveyance of international
Even though the mailer is responsible for properly
enclosing, packaging, and sealing the parcel, the
accepting clerk is responsible for informing mailers of
the requirements so they can meet their responsi-
Ordinary paperboard containers are not
acceptable. Items must be packaged in one of the
Canvas or similar material
Double-faced corrugated or solid (minimum
275-pound test) fiber boxes or cases
Strong wooden boxes made of lumber at least l/2
inch thick or plywood of at least three plies
Heavy wrapping paper or waterproof paper can
only be used as the outside covering of a parcel. If
otherwise acceptable, boxes with screwed or nailed on
lids and bags closed by sewing may be used. Heavy
objects must be surrounded with other contents or
packaging material to prevent their shifting within the
Figure 6-5. Measuring circular objects.