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(iii) An official zone chart prepared for each sectional center will be used to determine zones from all postal units within the sectional center area. The chart to be used is identified by the inclusive ZIP Codes assigned to postal units in the sectional center. Each chart lists the first three digits (prefix) of the Zip Codes of all sectional center offices and to the right thereof the applicable zone.

(iv) To determine the zone distance from the office of mailing to the office of address, refer to the zone chart for use at the office of mailing and locate on the chart the first three digits (prefix) of the ZIP Code of the post office of address. To the right thereof appears the zone.

(v) An official zone chart may be obtained free by request to the postmaster at the office of mailing. For ZIP Code numbers, consult the National ZIP Code Directory.

(3) The rates in § 135.1 (c) and (d) are computed on the basis of the weight of the piece regardless of the zone to which addressed.

(4) The local rate in § 135.1 (a) and (b) applies to parcels mailed at any post office for local delivery at that office; at any city letter-carrier office or at any point within its delivery limits for delivery by carriers from that office; at any

office from which a rural route starts for delivery on the same route; and on a rural route for delivery at the office from which the route starts or on any rural route starting from that office.

(5) The zone 1 rate in § 135.1 (a) and (b) applies to parcels mailed between two post offices in the same sectional center area.

(6) Gold coin, gold bullion, and gold dust, between any two points in Alaska, or between any point in Alaska and any point in the other States or U.S. possessions are charged the rate in § 135.1(a). The gold must be enclosed in sealed packages not exceeding 50 pounds in weight and sent by registered mail. $135.3 Weight and size limits.

(a) Conditions for determining limits.

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(1) Between first-class post offices:

Parcels mailed at a first-class post office in the 48 contiguous States of the United 40 pounds... 78 inches.

States addressed for delivery at the same office or to another first-class post office

in the 48 contiguous States. (See exceptions in $135.3(a) (2).) NOTE: The size limit will be changed as follows: Effective July 1, 1971......

---------... 84 inches. (2) All other parcels:

Parcels mailed at or to:
(i) Any post office of the second, third, or fourth class..

............ 70 pounds... 100 inches. (ii) Any rural or star route at any class of post office...

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Do. (iii) Any Army, Air Force or Fleet post office. (See Part 126 for certain exceptions.) ......do

Do. (iv) Any post office in Alaska or Hawaii.........

Do. (v) Any post office in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico...

Do. (vi) Any post office in a territory or possession of the United States, includ

Canal Zone and Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. (See Part 112.) (vii) Any post office when contents of parcel consists of baby poultry, nursery stock,

Do. agricultural commodities, books, Braille writers and other appliances for the blind, and other items listed in $135.1 (c) and (d). (The term agricultural commodities includes any product grown or produced incident to an agricultural activity on a farm or in a garden, orchard, nursery, or forest, but does nor include articles manu. factured or processed from these commodities.)

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(b) How to compute the size of a parcel. (1) Measure the longest side. (2) Measure distance around the parcel at its thickest part.

(3) Add both measurements. Two or more packages may be mailed as a single parcel if they are about the same size or shape or if they are parts of one article. They must be securely wrapped or fastened together and must not, together, exceed the weight or size limit.

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8 135.4 Payment of postage.

(i) Marks, numbers, name, or letters Mailers of fourth-class articles may

descriptive of contents.

(ii) "Please do not open until Christuse any method of paying postage.

mas," "Merry Christmas," "Mom and § 135.5 Enclosures and additions.

Dad," "Happy Birthday,” “Mother,” (a) Required—(1) Return address.

With Best Wishes,” “John Doe,” and The return address of the sender must

similar inscriptions. be shown on all fourth-class mail.

(iii) Instructions and directions for See $ 135.2(a) (5) concerning packages

the use of an article in the package. Exmailed at the library rate.

ample: Directions for use of prescription (2) Special markings. See 88 121.6, medicine. 135.1(b) (1) (i), 135.2(a) (5), and 138.3 of

(iv) Manuscript dedication or inscripthis chapter for special markings- tion not in the nature of personal required.

correspondence. (3) Customs declarations. See 88 124.8 (v) Marks to call attention to any (d) and 126.2 concerning need for cus- word or passage in text. toms declaration forms for packages (vi) Corrections of typographical eraddressed to the Canal Zone and to rors in certain military post offices overseas. (a) Circulars or printed matter.

(b) Permissible. (1) The following Handwritten or typewritten changes or written additions may be placed on the additions in the body of a circular are wrapper, on a tag or label attached to the limited to corrections of actual typooutside of the parcel (see § 123.2(b) for graphical errors. space requirements), or inside the parcel, (b) Proof sheets. Corrections in proof either attached to an article or loose: 5 sheets include corrections of typograph

ical and other errors, alterations of text, order form, and a printed circular, each insertion of new text, marginal instruc- of which must relate exclusively to books. tions to the printer, and rewrites of parts (ii) An invoice. (See 135.5(b) (2).) if necessary for correction. Corrections (2) Sound recordings. The following should be on margins or attached to the may be enclosed with sou.d recordings manuscript. Do not enclose manuscript mailed at the rates in § 135.1(c). of another article.

(i) Incidental announcements of (vii) Handstamped imprints, except sound recordings appearing on title when the added matter is in itself per- labels, on protective sleeves, on the carsonal or converts the original matter to ton or wrapper, or in the form of loose a personal communication,

enclosures. (viii) Any printed matter mailable as (ii) Guides or scripts prepared solely third class.

use with such recordings. (2) An invoice whether or not also

(iii) An invoice. (See 135.5(b) (2).) serving as a bill relating solely to the

(3) All other items listed in § 135.2(a) matter with which it is enclosed, may be (4) and (5). Enclosures are not perenclosed or placed in an envelope

mitted except as provided in 135.5 (marked Invoice Enclosed) attached to

(b) (2). the outside, showing any or all of the following:

§ 135.7 Sealing. (i) Names and addresses of sender

Fourth-class mail must be wrapped or and addressee.

packaged so that it can be easily exam(ii) Names and quantities of articles

ined. Mailing of sealed parcels at the enclosed.

fourth-class rates of postage is con(iii) Description of articles enclosed,

sidered consent by the sender to postal including price, tax, style, stock number,

inspection of the contents. To assure size, and quality, and if defective, nature of defect.

that their parcels will not be opened for (iv) Order or file number, date of

postal inspection, customers should, in order, date and manner of shipment,

addition to paying the first-class rate of shipping weight, and postage paid.

postage, plainly mark their parcels First (v) Initials or name of packer or

Class or with similar endorsements. checker.

$ 135.8 Place of mailing. $ 135.6 Enclosures with items mailed at (a) Fourth-class articles may be

catalog, special fourth-class, and li- mailed at a post office, branch, or station, brary rate.

or handed to a rural or star route carrier. (a) Catalogs and similar printed ad

(b) Parcels exceeding the limits of vertising matter in bound form. The fol size and weight for articles mailed at lowing may be enclosed loose or attached

first-class post offices that originate in in items mailed at the postage rates and are prepared in cities or towns served shown in $ 135.1(b) (1) and (3).:

by first-class post offices may not be (1) Order forms, reply envelopes and diverted to other post offices or to a rural cards, circulars, and miscellaneous types or star route carrier for mailing. of printed advertising sheets. (2) An invoice as provided for by

PART 136_AIR AND PRIORITY MAIL $ 135.5 (b) (2).

Sec. Samples of merchandise may be at 136.1 Rates. tached to the bound pages and to the

136.2 Classification. loose enclosures.

136.3 Weight and size limit.

136.4 Payment of postage. (b) Special fourth-class and library

136.5 Additions and enclosures. ratem(1) Books. The following may be 136.6 Marking, sealing, and depcsiting. enclosed with books:

AUTHORITY: The provisions of this Part 136 (i) Incidental announcements of issued under 5 U.S.C. 301, 39 U.S.C. 501, 505. books, appearing in book pages or as

SOURCE: The provisions of this Part 136 loose enclosures. This includes an ad

appear at 35 F.R. 19440, Dec. 23, 1970, unless dressed envelope or post card, a single otherwise noted.

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EXCEPTION: Parcels weighing less than 10 pounds, measuring over 84 inches but not exceeding 100 inches in length and girth combined, are chargeable with a minimum rate equal to that for a 10-pound parcel for the zone to which addressed.

§ 13.2 Classification.

mailing post office and the post office (a) Description. Airmail is mail car

shown in the address. ried by air and by the fastest connecting

(5) The eighth zone airmail rates apsurface carriers, and given the most ex

ply to articles mailed between: peditious handling in dispatch and de

(i) The United States and livery. Airmail is not given special deliv

(a) Its possessions, ery to the addressee unless a special

(b) The Canal Zone, and delivery fee is paid in addition to the air

(c) The islands of the Trust Territory mail postage.

of the Pacific; and (b) Articles acceptable. Any matter

(ii) The possesisons of the United

States and acceptable in the domestic surface mail

(a) The Canal Zone, and may be sent by airmail, except: (1) Anything susceptible to damage,

(b). The islands of the Trust Territory or which may be rendered harmful by of the Pacific; and changes in temperature or atmospheric (iii) The Commonwealth of Puerto pressures and not protected against the Rico and effects of such changes.

(a) The possessions of the United (2) Permanent magnetic materials States, with unconfirmed fields.

(b) The Canal Zone, and (3) Matter specifically excluded by ap (c) The islands of the Trust Territory propriate Federal agencies from air of the Pacific. shipment.

(6) The airmail rates according to (c) Application of rates. (1) Postage is

zone apply to articles mailed between: charged on airmail (except postal and

(i) The United States and post cards) according to weight at the

(a) The Commonwealth of Puerto rates in § 136.1 regardless of the class of

Rico, and mail.

(b) The Virgin Islands, and (2) Air post cards must conform to

(ii) Between the Commonwealth of the size and conditions prescribed for

Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. post cards. (See § 131.2(b) (2).)

(3) Each portion of a double air post § 136.3 Weight and size limits. card must be prepaid at the air card rate (a) Weight. Airmail may weigh up to when originally mailed, except when the 70 pounds. See part 126 for the exception reply portion is prepared as a business to this limit for articles addressed to cerreply air card. See § 131.2(c) for infor- tain APO's and FPO's. mation regarding business reply mail. (b) Size. Airmail is limited to 100

(4) Air parcel post articles addressed inches in combined length and girth. See to military post offices overseas (Army, part 126 for the exception to this limit Air Force, and Fleet post offices, and for articles addressed to certain APO's Naval vessels) require postage at the air- and FPO's, and § 135.3(b) for instrucmail zone rate applicable between the tions on how to measure parcels.

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