740 Irregular Mail
741 Invalid Foreign Postage
A foreign originating mailpiece, which bears invalid postage and is
accompanied by a letter of explanation from the origin postal administration,
is to be rated as an unpaid postal item. Under those circumstances, the
addressee should be asked to (1) pay the requisite postage due; (2) disclose
the sender's name and address; and (3) surrender the envelope. After the
mailpiece has been tendered to the addressee, the delivery Post Office
facility should send the envelope (or the entire article, if refused by the
addressee) with the letter of explanation and the sender's name and address
(if disclosed by the addressee) to:
MANAGER INTERNATIONAL MARKETING
US POSTAL SERVICE
475 L'ENFANT PLZ SW RM 3216
WASHINGTON DC 20260-3216
742 Stamps Not Affixed
Some items of foreign origin do not bear postage stamps, but instead are
marked "POSTAGE PAID," "ON POSTAL SERVICE," "SERVICE DES
POSTES," "TAXE PERCUE" or "TP," or "PORT PAYE" or "PP," followed by
postmark. The marking On Her Majesty's Service or O.H.M.S. is also
sometimes used. Treat this mail as prepaid.
Some foreign post offices do not put postage stamps on parcels. All such
parcels received must be regarded as prepaid.
743 Parcels Addressed Through Banks or Other
If a parcel is addressed to a bank or other organization for delivery to a
second addressee, the Post Office facility will notify both addressees of the
arrival of the parcel and will then deliver it to the first addressee, or hold it if
the first addressee so requests. If the parcel is held, the Post Office facility
will deliver it to the second address only with written permission from the first
addressee, unless the sender has arranged for a change of address. If
delivery to the second addressee involves forwarding the parcel to another
Post Office facility, the parcel will be subject to forwarding postage as
provided in 764.13. In all cases, electronic record management sites will
scan/enter the mailpiece barcode and enter the corresponding event code in
the handheld scanner.
After delivery to the second addressee, the Post Office facility will keep the
first addressee's written authorization for 1 year, in case of inquiry.
Authorizations will be filed as follows:
a. For insured parcels: with addressees' receipts.
b. For uninsured parcels: in any appropriate place.
744 Foreign Dispatch Notes
If parcels are received at delivery offices with dispatch notes (bulletin
d'expedition) attached, deliver these notes with the parcels. Although
dispatch notes have a space provided for the addressee's acknowledgment
of receipt, they do not require signature. They must not be confused with
foreign return receipts (avis de reception), which are completed as prescribed
If a parcel is returned as undeliverable, the Post Office facility will mark the
dispatch note as well as the wrapper to show the reason for nondelivery and
leave the dispatch note attached to the parcel.
Dispatch notes that cannot be associated with accompanying parcels may be
disposed of as waste.