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placed in an outer protective container the Directory of International Mail. The
where it should fit tightly to avoid any following facsimile illustrates the type of

information the sender must supply
(6) Perishable biological material of when the label is used in its entirety:
a pathogenic nature must be packed in a
tightly closed bottle or tube or heavy glass
wrapped in thick absorbent material
rolled several times around the bottle or

tube and tied at the ends, sufficient in

May be Officially Opanod
quantity to absorb all the liquid; the

(Pout etre ouvert d'ottico)
wrapped container must be placed in a
strong well-closed metal box constructed

Detach and discard this portion o
to prevent any contamination outside of

separate declaration (Form 2976-A) or
it. This metal box must be wrapped in

an invoice enclosed in the packagt.
cushioning material and placed in an

Contents in detail
outer protective box where it should fit

Nature de la marebandise
tightly to avoid shifting. The outer con-
tainer must consist of a hollow block of
strong wood, metal, or other equally
strong material with a tight lid so

Paide net
fitted that it cannot open during

Form 9976
(c) In addition to the requirements in
(1) and (2), packages must comply with
the regulations governing the transmis-
sion of such materials in the domestic

When the label is used in its entirety
(d) The mailer must place on each

there is no need to enclose the paper
package one of the violet labels men-

form of customs declaration Form
tioned in a and b(2).

2976-A, in the package (see $ 21.4(b)),
(6) Radioactive materials. Radioac-

except for countries which specifically
tive materials are restricted as provided require it. (See country items in the ap-
in $ 25.2(e). Senders of mailable radio-

pendix.) If the sender prefers not to show
active materials must place on the wrap the nature and value of the contents on
per of the package a white label bearing

the outside of the article, or if for any
the French words “Matières radioac-

reason the use of the label in its entirety
tives.” The label must be supplied by the

is not practicable, the upper part (de-
sender and is to be gummed or taped to tached by cutting along the dotted line)
the address side of the package. The may be affixed to the cover, and the paper
package must also bear a conspicuous re customs declaration enclosed in the arti-
quest for return to sender in case of non cle. The label is not, under any circum-

stances, to be used on parcel post pack-
(c) Individual country prohibitions

ages, nor are parcel post forms to be used
and restrictions. See $ 31.2(c).

on postal union mail articles.
(d) Foreign customs information. See (b) Paper customs declaration. The
$ 312(d).

paper form of customs declaration (Form
$ 21.4 Documentation.

2976-A) is available at post offices for

completion by the sender and enclosure
(a) Green customs label. A green cus within the classes of articles mentioned
toms label, Form 2976, must be obtained

in paragraph (a) of this section. The
at the post office and placed by the sender

contents of the article must be indicated
on each letter or letter package contain-

in detail on the form. Notations of a
ing dutiable merchandise, on each pack-
age of dutiable prints, and on each small

general character are not allowed. Form
packet. The label is placed on the address

2976-A is not to be used on parcel post
side of each article. See 88 22.1(e), 22.4

packages, nor are parcel post forms
(e) (6), and 22.7(f). The label is also

described in § 31.4 to be used on postal
used on merchandise packages weighing

union articles. The following facsimile
8 ounces or less mailed to Canada, as illustrates the type of information re-
prescribed under the country heading in quired on Form 2976-A:

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(c) Furnishing to Public. Patrons re-
questing them may be furnished a rea-
sonable supply of Forms 2976 and 2976-A
for preparation at their homes or busi-
ness establishments.

(d) Nonpostal documentation. Pack-
ages sent in the postal union mail may
require one or more of the forms de-
scribed in Part 51.


22.1 Letters and letter packages.
22.2 Post cards.
22.3 Printed matter.
22.4 Matter for the blind.
22.5 Samples of merchandise.
22.6 Small packets.
22.7 Combination packages.
22.8 Articles grouped together.

AUTHORITY: The provisions of this Part 22
issued under 39 U.S.C. 401, 404, 407.

SOURCE: The provisions of this Part 22 ap-
pear at 36 F.R. 4121, Mar. 4, 1971, unless
other noted.
8 22.1 Letters and letter packages.

(a) Rates(1) Surface. The surface
rate for letters and letter packages to
Canada and Mexico is 6 cents per ounce
or fraction. To all other countries it is
13 cents for the first ounce and 8 cents
for each additional ounce.

(2) Airmail. Canada and Mexico, 10
cents per ounce or fraction. To Central
America, South America, the Caribbean
islands, Bahamas, Bermuda, and St.
Pierre, and Miquelon, 15 cents per half
ounce. To Europe (except Estonia, Latvia,
Lithuania, and U.S.S.R.) and Mediter-
ranean Africa, 20 cents per half ounce.
To other countries, 25 cents per half

(b) Weight limits. The weight limit for
letters and letter packages to all coun-
tries except Canada is 4 pounds 6 ounces;
for Canada, 60 pounds.

(c) Dimensions—(1) Maximum Di-
mensions. Maximum length is 24 inches.
Maximum length, breadth, and thickness
combined is 36 inches. When sent in the
form of a roll, the length (the maximum
of which may not exceed 36 inches) plus
twice the diameter may not exceed 42

(2) Minimum dimensions. The address
side must measure at least 444 inches in
length and 3 inches in width. When in
the form of a roll, the length may not be
less than 4 inches, or the length plus
twice the diameter may not be less than
634 inches. Articles having lesser dimen-
sions are accepted on condition that a
rectangular address tag is attached
whose dimensions are not less than 4
by 234 inches.

(d) Restrictions. Letters and letter packages may not contain current communications exchanged between persons other than the sender and the addressee or persons living with them.

(e) Merchandise in letters—(1) Dutiable merchandise. Letters or letter packages may contain merchandise which is dutiable in the country of destination unless the country is unwilling to accept such mailings. If a country prohibits dutiable merchandise in letters this is shown under “Prohibitions” in the country item in the Directory of International Mail. The postal service is not able to inform patrons whether or not any items are dutiable in other countries. When mailing articles which may be dutiable, senders must comply with the provisions concerning documentation shown in § 21.4 and with any special instructions in the Directory of International Mail.

(2) Nondutiable merchandise. Articles which the senders know are not dutiable may be mailed to countries which do not accept dutiable merchandise, but only at the risk of the senders. The U.S. Postal Service assumes no responsibility for the treatment which such articles may be given by the foreign postal or customs authorities. As the presence of the green label (Form 2976) mentioned in § 21.4(a) generally denotes dutiable contents, it should be omitted from letter-mail articles when the sender knows the contents are not dutiable.

(f) Endorsement. Senders should add the words "Letter (lettre)on the address side of letters and letter packages which, because of their size or manner of preparation, may be mistaken for matter of another class.

(g) Preparation and addressing. See § 21.1. § 22.2 Post cards.

(a) Rates--(1) Surface. Canada and Mexico, 5 cents single; reply-paid, 5 cents each half. All other countries, 8 cents single; reply-paid, 8 cents each half.

(2) Airmail. Canada and Mexico, 8 cents single; reply-paid, 10 cents on message half, 5 cents (surface rate) on reply half. All other countries, 13 cents single; reply-paid, letter rate (see § 22.1(a) (2)) on message half and 8 cents (surface rate) on reply half. Postage for return of the reply card by air can not be paid with U.S. stamps. See § 41.3(c) regarding prepayment of foreign reply-paid cards

to be transmitted to other countries by airmail.

(3) Other rates. The letter rate (surface or air), or the surface printed matter rate if the card conforms to printed matter requirements, applies to double

rds without prepaid reply and to single cards exceeding the dimensions for post cards.

(b) Dimensions. Maximum dimensions, 6 by 41/4 inches. Minimum dimensions, 414 by 3 inches.

(c) Requirements-(1) Form and marketing. Post cards shall be made of cardboard that meets the material and color specifications in § 131.2(b) (2) or of paper strong enough to withstand handling. Government postal cards may be used and postage added as required. Post cards of private manufacture must bear on the front the heading “Post Card,” although this is not obligatory for picture post cards.

(2) Preparation, addressing, and mailing. Post cards shall be sent unenclosed, without wrapper or envelope. The right half, at least, of the address side is reserved for the address of the addressee and the notations or labels relating to the service. The sender may use the back and the left half of the address side. Postage must appear on the address side, in the upper right corner of the card; otherwise, the card is treated as unprepaid. Undeliverable post cards are disposed of in the country of address unless they bear the name and address of the sender.

(3) Attachments. Do not join or attach samples of merchandise or similar articles to post cards. However, illustrations, photographs, stamps of any kind, labels and clippings of any kind, of paper or other very thin material, as well as address labels or slips to be folded back, may be glued thereto, on condition that they do not alter the character of the post cards and that they adhere completely to the card. These articles may be glued only on the back or left half of the address side of the card, except address slips, tabs, or labels which may occupy the entire address side. Stamps of any kind, likely to be confused with postage stamps, may be placed only on the back.

(d) Reply-paid cards (1) Availability. Reply-paid postal cards, bearing the required endorsements and imprinted postage are available at post offices. The domestic reply-paid postal card shall not be used in the international mail, except

that it may be used to Canada and Mexico after adding the headings prescribed in $ 22.2(d) (2) for private cards.

(2) Private cards. Double cards which are privately prepared for use as replypaid cards shall bear in printing on the front, in the French language, as the heading of the first or message part, the words “Carte postale avec résponse payée" (post card with reply paid), and the words “Carte postale réponse" (reply post card) as the heading on the second or reply part. Each of the two parts must fulfill the other conditions laid down for a single card. Prepayment of the two halves shall be by means of U.S. postage or meter stamps affixed to each half.

(3) Preparation and mailing. The two parts of a reply-paid card are folded one part over the other, so that the fold forms the upper edge, and they may not be sealed in any manner. Prepare the card so that when it is folded the address of the addressee is on the part bearing the words “Carte postale avec réponse payée,” and the address on the reply part is folded on the inside. The sender may have printed on the back of the reply half a questionnaire to be filled in by the addressee. The latter may return the inquiry half attached to the reply-portion, in which case the address on the inquiry half is crossed out and folded on the inside of the card.

(4) Validity of postage. The prepayment of the reply by means of U.S. postage is valid only if the card is addressed to this country. If this condition is not met, it is treated as an unprepaid post card.

(5) Foreign cards. See § 21.2(f). $ 22.3 Printed matter.

(a) Rates(1) Surface. Surface rates for printed matter are as follows:

(i) Regular printed matter. The rates on regular printed matter, that is, printed matter other than books, sheet music, publishers' second-class and publishers' controlled circulation publica. tions described in b, c, and d of this section, are:

(a) To Canada and Mexico-6 cents for the first 2 ounces and 2 cents for each additional ounce or fraction.

(b) To countries other than Canada and Mexico-6 cents for the first 2 ounces and 4 cents for each additional 2 ounces or fraction.

(ii) Books and sheet music. The rates on books meeting the qualifications in

$ 35.2 (a) (4) (i) and on printed sheet music are:

(a) To Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Republic of Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela–14 cents for the first 10 ounces and 1 cent for each additional 2 ounces or fraction.

(b) To all other countries—14 cents for the first 10 ounces and 112 cents for each additional 2 ounces or fraction.

(c) Regular printed matter rates may be used where lower.

(iii) Second-class publications. The rates on publications entered domestically as second-class, when mailed by the publishers or by registered news agents, are:

(a) To PUAS countries (see § 11.2)— 3 cents for the first 2 ounces and 1 cent for each additional 2 ounces or fraction.

(b) To all other countries—4 cents for the first 2 ounces and 1/2 cents for each additional 2 ounces or fraction.

(c) No separate rates are provided for nonprofit publications or for classroom publications. These second-class publications are subject to the rates stated in c(1) and c(2) of this section. Complete sample copies may also be mailed at those rates, whether or not the number of such sample copies exceeds 10 percent of the subscriber copies. Copies mailed by the public are subject to the regular printed matter rates stated in § 22.4(a) (1) (i).

(iv) Controlled circulation publications. The rates on periodicals that are approved domestically as controlled circulation publications, when mailed by the publishers are 5 cents for the first 2 ounces and 2 cents for each additional 2 ounces or fraction, to all countries.

(2) Airmail. AO (other articles) air rates apply, as follows:

(i) To Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean islands, Bahamas, Bermuda, and St. Pierre and Miquelon, 40 cents for the first 2 ounces and 10 cents for each additional 2 ounces or fraction. To Canada the letter rate of 10 cents per ounce applies.

(ii) To South America, Europe (except Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, and U.S.S.R.) and Mediterranean Africa, 50 cents for the first 2 ounces and 20 cents for each additional 2 ounces or fraction.

(iii) To Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, U.S.S.R., Asia, the Pacific, and Africa (other than Mediterranean), 60 cents for the first 2 ounces and 30 cents for each additional 2 ounces or fraction.

(iv) The rates are shown under the country items in the appendix.

(b) Weight limits. (1) The following weight limits apply to individual packages of printed matter:


Books, catalogs,
and directories

All other


For countries not listed below...
Bolivia, Brazil, Spain (including Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, and Spanish

offices in Northern Africa), and Spanish West Africa.
Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador,

El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Republic of Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua,
Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.

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(2) See § 22.3(f) concerning use of di text has been modified after printing, rect sacks for mailing large quantities except for the additions mentioned in of prints to one addressee.

§ 22.4(d) (4). (3) Packages or bundles of second (ii) Stamps or forms of prepayment, class and controlled circulation publica canceled or not, including Internal Revetions mailed to Canada by publishers nue strip stamps, and all printed papers or registered news agents may weigh up representing a monetary value. to 30 pounds. When mailed by other than (iii) Articles of stationery in quantipublishers or news agents, the weight ties of more than one article per packlimit is 6 pounds 9 ounces.

age. This includes letterheads, billheads (c) Dimensions. Maximum and mini unused cards, diaries, checkbooks, memo mum dimensions are the same as for pads, and other similar items having letters and letter packages, See $ 22.1(c). some printing on them but on which

(d) Description—(1) General defini additional entries are intended to be tion. The term printed matter applies made. to reproductions on paper, cardboard (iv) Framed photographs and certifi. or other materials commonly used in cates. printing, produced in several identical (V) Photographic negatives and slides copies by means of a mechanical or (vi) Films. photographic process involving use of (vii) Phonograph records and other a plate, stencil, or negative. Several types of sound recordings, except under copies of printed matter items may be the conditions prescribed in § 22.3(d) (2) sent together in a single package, but

(i); also perforated papers intended to they must not bear names and addresses be used on automatic musical instruof different senders or addresses.

ments. (2) Articles specially admitted. The

(viii) Playing cards. following may be mailed as printed mat (ix) Typewritten matter, or carbor ter if they otherwise conform to the pre

copies thereof, except as authorized ir scribed conditions of form and makeup,

paragraphs (d) (4) and (d) (5) of this even though they may be wholly or

section. partly handwritten or typed:

(4) Permitted additions. The following (i) Communications (including those additions may be made by hand or by in the form of sound recordings) ex any other process on condition that the changed between students in schools,

additions must have a direct bearing or provided they are sent through the in the printed matter on which they are termediary of the heads of the schools. placed and must not give the text the

(ii) Original and corrected exercises character of personal correspondence: of students, without any notes not relat (i) Name and address of sender and ing directly to the execution of the work. addressee, with or without showing the

(iii) Manuscripts of literary works or status, profession, and style. of newspapers.

(ii) Place and date of mailing of the (3) Items not admissible. The follow

item ing are not admitted as printed matter: (iii) Serial or registration number

(i) Printed papers which bear any referring solely to the item. marks whatever capable of constituting (iv) Correction of printing errors. a conventional language or those whose (v) Deletion, marking, or underlining

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