CTUS and return the form to the issuing customs office
as indicated on each customs form.
Articles with customs duty assessed will arrive
endorsed to show the amount to be collected, and CF
3419-A, Mail Entry Customs, will be attached. The
USPS assesses a fee that will be included within the
total amount charged.
Notify the addressee of the assessed customs duty
by preparing PS Form 3849 (Delivery Notice/
Receipt), see figure 6-8. Customs duty is collected
when delivery is made. Obtain the addressees
signature on the original CF 3419-A as well as on PS
Form 3849 if the article is registered, certified,
numbered insured, or Express Mail.
Custom duties collected must be exchanged for a
USPS money order, fee payable by addressee, made
payable to the appropriate accountable postmaster,
(Postmaster, New York or Postmaster, San
Francisco). Customs collections should be reported
on PS Form 6019 (modified) prepared in duplicate
(see figure 6-9).
All copies of the report will be signed by the
person preparing the form and verified and signed by
the COPE, MPO supervisor, reserve custodian, or
postal officer. The original PS Form 6019, CF
3419-A, associated tapes (if any), and a USPS money
order should be forwarded by First-Class USPS
indicia mail to the Postmaster, New York for East
Coast units, and NPFO San Diego for West Coast
units. The duplicate of the report should be retained
in the MPO files.
At domestic shore stations, parcels containing
articles that were assessed customs duties are held at a
civilian post office. The postmaster notifies the
addressees, who must call at the post office and pay the
duty before the parcels are delivered.
PREPAYMENT OF CUSTOMS DUTY
There are no provisions made for the prepayment
abroad of customs charges on mail addressed for
delivery in the United States.
If postal patrons desire information concerning
rates of duty or other customs procedures, they should
contact the nearest customs office or the COMMIS-
SIONER OF CUSTOMS, U.S. CUSTOMS SERVICE,
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE TREASURY, 1301
CONSTITUTION AVE NW, WASHINGTON DC
REFUSAL OR PROTEST OF CUSTOMS
CHARGES BY ADDRESSEE
If the addressee in CONUS refuses to pay the
customs duty, the parcel should be returned to the
sender along with both copies of CF 3419-A. If the
parcel was mailed from an MPO located overseas, and
returned to the mailer at the oversees address, the
serving MPO removes the CF 3419-Aand endorses the
parcel DELIVERED OUTSIDE THE CTUS. NOTE:
Before giving the parcel back to the mailer, make sure a
record is made that the article was returned to sender
(RTS) for future inquiries of CF 3419-A. If the article
was mailed aboard a U.S. ship or mobile unit that
receives the returned parcel as the ship or mobile unit
returns to CONUS, the customs duty must be paid by
the mailer before delivery. If the mailer refuses, return
the parcel and CF 3419-A, endorsed REFUSED to
your servicing USPS mail recovery center. If the
customer wishes to protest customs charges, refer to
the instructions on the reverse side of CF 3419-A and
IMM, part 713.
Q6-20. If an article is assessed customs duty, what
customs form will be attached?
Q6-21. To what office is the remittance of customs
duty collected sent?
Q6-22. Customs duty collected is reported on what PS
Q6-23. What provisions, if any, are made to prepay
customs duty in advance at an overseas
Now turn to appendix 1 to check your answers.
Recall the special
services available for international mail and
the classes of mail for which they are
In this section we will describe the special services
that are available for international mail. Special
services that are available for international mail are
basically equal to those available for domestic mail.