have been avoided if the customs declaration was more
closely checked by the accepting clerk. Some of the
most common errors are as follows:
· Mailing of used personal effects without
indicating so on the customs form.
· Failure to indicate that the merchandise is of
· Failure to indicate that the material was taken
overseas after having previously been in the
owners possession in the U.S.
Proper completion of customs declaration forms
will also ensure that parcels move through customs
with a minimum of delay.
PS Form 2976
The following instructions, explain how to
properly complete PS Form 2976 (see figure 4-12).
Block 1: Sender enters a detailed description of the
contents. This includes quantity, material an article is
made of such as cotton, leather, silk, etc., brand names,
and whether the article(s) are new or used.
Block 2: The sender enters the dollar value of each
article and totals it.
Block 3: The accepting clerk enters the weight of the
article expressed in pounds and ounces.
Block 4: The sender marks with an X to indicate the
type of contents.
Block 5: The sender signs the customs declaration
Block 6: The sender enters their name and address, the
name and address of the addressee, then signs and dates.
NOTE: The MPO maintains the detached PS Form
2976 at the post office for 30 days.
PS Form 2976-A
The following instructions are to be used to
properly complete PS Form 2976-A (see figure 4-13).
Block 1: Sender enters name and address, just as they
appear on the article being mailed.
Sender enters the addressees name and
address, just as they appear on the article being mailed.
Block 3: Sender enters a detailed description of the
contents (model, make, brand names, new or used, and
country of manufacture). The sender must also include
the quantity and value for each item. Enter the net
weight of each item, if known.
Block 4: Sender marks with an X to indicate the type
Block 5: Sender marks with an X to indicate proper
disposition in case the article is undeliverable.
Sender signs and dates the customs
Block 7: Accepting clerk completes this block only
when numbered insurance service is requested. Enter
the insured number from the customers receipt.
Block 8: Accepting clerk completes this block only
when insurance service is requested. Enter the insured
Block 9: Leave the SDR Insured Value block blank.
Block 10: Accepting clerk enters only the postage, no
Block 11: Accepting clerk enters the articles weight
expressed in pounds and ounces.
Figure 4-12PS Form 2976, Customs - CN22.