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Country Conditions for Mailing — Great Britain and Northern Ireland

(Includes England, Scotland, Wales,
Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey,
Alderney, Sark, and the Isle of Man)

 

Prohibitions (130)

 

Any postal item containing enclosures addressed to different persons at different addresses.

Arms and parts of arms, except as noted under Observation #5 below.

Articles, goods infringing British trademarks or copyright laws.

Cards decorated with mica or ground glass or similar materials unless they are placed in envelopes.

Citizens Band Radios, walkie-talkies, microbugs, and radio microphones that are capable of transmitting on any frequency between 26.1 and 29.7 megacycles per second and 88 to 108 Mhz per second.

Goods made in foreign prisons, except those imported for a non-commercial purpose or of a kind not manufactured in the UK.

Horror comics and matrices.

Obscene articles, prints, paintings, cards, films, videotapes, etc.

Perishable infectious biological substances.

Seal skins except those from an accepted source.

Switchblade knives.

Restrictions  

Coins; banknotes; currency notes (paper money); securities payable to bearer; traveler’s checks; manufactured and unmanufactured platinum, gold, silver; precious stones; jewelry; and other valuable articles, may only be sent in registered First-Class Mail International shipments or insured Priority Mail International parcels.

Foods or beverages to which any preservative or other substance has been added must comply with the British regulations for importation.

Live bees.

Live queen bees must be accompanied by an import license issued by a UK Government Agricultural Department and a health certificate issued by the appropriate Government Department of the country of origin stating that the bees are free of disease.

Meat, meat products, and animal products including dry sausage and dried milk require import license issued by appropriate UK Agricultural Department.

Plants and parts of plants require import permit issued by the appropriate Agricultural Department in UK.

 

Observations  

  1. The following is a list of the names of the counties and city names in Northern Ireland. The County names are in capital letters. The geographic identifiers should be used in addressing mail to Northern Ireland:
  2.  

     

    ANTRIM:

    DOWN:

    LONDONDERRY:

    Antrim

    Banbridge

    Coleraine

    Ballymena

    Bangor

    Kilrea

    Belfast

    Downpatrick

    Limavady

    Carrickfergus

    Kilkeel

    Londonderry

    Larne

    Newcastle

    Magherafelt

    Lisburn

    Newry

    Portstewart

    Portrush

    Newtownards

    TYRONE:

    Toomebridge

    FERMANAGH:

    Cookstown

    Whitehead

    Enniskillen

    Dugannon

    ARMAGH:

     

    Moy

    Armagh

     

    Omagh

    Lurgan

     

    Strabane

    Portsdown

     

     

  3. Many types of merchandise, unless sent as unsolicited gifts, require import licenses that the addressees must obtain from the British Board of Trade. Before mailing commercial shipments, senders should be assured that the addressees can obtain licenses if needed.
  4. All goods sent to the UK are liable to customs duty and Value Added Tax on importation whether or not the package is marked as a “gift.” Packages are admitted free of customs charges, however, if they meet the following conditions:
    1. Gift packages of small value provided they do not contain any tobacco goods, spirits or wine;
    2. Gift packages containing only well-worn clothing (excluding garments of high value), limited quantities of foodstuffs (other than caviar), soap or consumable medical supplies.
  5. Postal packages without a customs declaration that contain goods liable to customs duty or control may be seized by the customs authorities.
  6. Firearms that are intended for sporting purposes are mailable to Great Britain, provided the prospective addressee has obtained the required import license.
  7. Great Britain limits the weight of M-bags to 20 kg. (44 lbs.).
  8.  

Customs Forms Required (123)

First-Class Mail International items and Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes:
PS Form 2976 (see 123.61)

Priority Mail International parcels:
PS Form 2976-A inside 2976-E (envelope)

 

 

 

Global Express Guaranteed (210) Price Group 3

 

Weight
not over
(lbs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(lbs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(lbs.)

Price

0.5

$44.75

24

$227.85

48

$358.65

1

66.50

25

233.30

49

364.10

2

75.95

26

238.75

50

369.55

3

85.40

27

244.20

51

375.00

4

94.85

28

249.65

52

380.45

5

104.30

29

255.10

53

385.90

6

113.75

30

260.55

54

391.35

7

123.20

31

266.00

55

396.80

8

132.65

32

271.45

56

402.25

9

142.10

33

276.90

57

407.70

10

151.55

34

282.35

58

413.15

11

157.00

35

287.80

59

418.60

12

162.45

36

293.25

60

424.05

13

167.90

37

298.70

61

429.50

14

173.35

38

304.15

62

434.95

15

178.80

39

309.60

63

440.40

16

184.25

40

315.05

64

445.85

17

189.70

41

320.50

65

451.30

18

195.15

42

325.95

66

456.75

19

200.60

43

331.40

67

462.20

20

206.05

44

336.85

68

467.65

21

211.50

45

342.30

69

473.10

22

216.95

46

347.75

70

478.55

23

222.40

47

353.20

 

 

Weight Limit: 70 lbs.

 

Insurance (212.5)

 

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

$100

No Fee

For document reconstruction insurance or non-document insurance coverage above $800, add $1.00 per $100 or fraction thereof, up to a maximum of $2,499 per shipment.

200

$1.00

300

2.00

400

3.00

500

4.00

600

5.00

700

6.00

800

7.00

$2,499 max.

$24.00

 

Value Limit (212.1)

The maximum value of a GXG shipment to this country is $2,499 or a lesser amount if limited by content or value.

 

Size Limits (211.22)

The surface area of the address side of the item to be mailed
must be large enough to completely contain the Global
Express Guaranteed Air Waybill/Shipping Invoice (shipping
label), postage, endorsement, and any applicable markings.
The shipping label is approximately 5.5 inches high and
9.5 inches long.

Maximum length: 46 inches
Maximum width: 35 inches
Maximum height: 46 inches
Maximum length and girth combined: 108 inches

General Conditions for Mailing  

See Publication 141, Global Express Guaranteed Service Guide, for information about areas served in the destination country, allowable contents, packaging and labeling requirements, tracking and tracing, service standards, and other conditions for mailing.

 

 

Express Mail International (220) Price Group 11

 

Weight
not over
(lbs.)



Price

Weight
not over
(lbs.)



Price

Weight
not over
(lbs.)



Price

0.5

$29.95

24

$136.60

48

$241.00

1

34.75

25

140.95

49

245.35

2

39.55

26

145.30

50

249.70

3

44.35

27

149.65

51

254.05

4

49.15

28

154.00

52

258.40

5

53.95

29

158.35

53

262.75

6

58.30

30

162.70

54

267.10

7

62.65

31

167.05

55

271.45

8

67.00

32

171.40

56

275.80

9

71.35

33

175.75

57

280.15

10

75.70

34

180.10

58

284.50

11

80.05

35

184.45

59

288.85

12

84.40

36

188.80

60

293.20

13

88.75

37

193.15

61

297.55

14

93.10

38

197.50

62

301.90

15

97.45

39

201.85

63

306.25

16

101.80

40

206.20

64

310.60

17

106.15

41

210.55

65

314.95

18

110.50

42

214.90

66

319.30

19

114.85

43

219.25

 

 

20

119.20

44

223.60

 

 

21

123.55

45

227.95

 

 

22

127.90

46

232.30

 

 

23

132.25

47

236.65

 

 

Weight Limit: 66 lbs.

 

Express Mail International  Flat Rate

 

Insurance (222.7)

Available for Express Mail International merchandise shipments only

 

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

$100

No Fee

200

$0.80

500

2.25

650 max.

3.70

 

Articles Admitted

Required Customs
Form/Endorsement

Business correspondence, commercial papers, and documents.

No form required. Endorse item clearly next to mailing label as BUSINESS PAPERS.

Merchandise samples without commercial value.

PS Form 2976, Customs CN 22 (Old C 1) and Sender’s Declaration (green label).

Merchandise and all articles subject to customs duty.

PS Form 2976-A, Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note CP 72, inside a PS Form 2976-E, Customs Declaration Envelope CP 91.

 

Size Limits (221.42)

Maximum length: 36 inches

Maximum length and girth combined: 79 inches

 

Express Mail International (cont’d) 

Notes:  

  1. Coins; banknotes; currency notes, including paper money; securities of any kind payable to bearer; traveler’s checks; platinum, gold, and silver; precious stones; jewelry; watches; and other valuable articles are prohibited in Express Mail International shipments to Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  2. Express Mail International With Guarantee service — which offers a date-certain, postage-refund guarantee — is available to Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Reciprocal Service Name: Datapost

Country Code: GB

Areas Served:  

All points in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Guernsey, Jersey, Alderney, Sark, and the Isle of Man.

 

Priority Mail International (230) Price Group 11

 

Weight
not over
(lbs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(lbs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(lbs.)

Price

1

$29.50

23

$94.80

45

$159.70

2

32.55

24

97.75

46

162.65

3

35.60

25

100.70

47

165.60

4

38.65

26

103.65

48

168.55

5

41.70

27

106.60

49

171.50

6

44.65

28

109.55

50

174.45

7

47.60

29

112.50

51

177.40

8

50.55

30

115.45

52

180.35

9

53.50

31

118.40

53

183.30

10

56.45

32

121.35

54

186.25

11

59.40

33

124.30

55

189.20

12

62.35

34

127.25

56

192.15

13

65.30

35

130.20

57

195.10

14

68.25

36

133.15

58

198.05

15

71.20

37

136.10

59

201.00

16

74.15

38

139.05

60

203.95

17

77.10

39

142.00

61

206.90

18

80.05

40

144.95

62

209.85

19

83.00

41

147.90

63

212.80

20

85.95

42

150.85

64

215.75

21

88.90

43

153.80

65

218.70

22

91.85

44

156.75

66

221.65

Weight Limit: 66 lbs.

 

Note: Ordinary Priority Mail International includes indemnity at no cost based on weight. (See 230.)

 

 

Priority Mail International  Flat Rate

Flat Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes: $13.95

 

May contain items that may be sent as First-Class Mail International. The maximum weight is 4 lbs.

Flat Rate Boxes: Medium – $45.50; Large – $58.50

The maximum weight is 20 lbs. or the limit set by the individual country, whichever is less.

 

Insurance (232.82)

Available for Priority Mail International merchandise parcels only (see 323.72 for markings)

 

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

$50

$2.30

100

3.40

200

4.50

300

5.60

400

6.70

500

7.80

600

8.90

650 max.

10.00

 

Size Limits (231.22)

Maximum length: 60 inches

Maximum length and girth combined: 108 inches

 

 

First-Class Mail International (240) Price Group 5

Letters

 

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Price

 

 

 

 

1

$0.98

Note: A letter meeting one or more of the nonmachinable characteristics in 241.217 is charged a nonmachinable surcharge of $0.20.

2

1.82

3

2.66

3.5

3.50

Large Envelopes (Flats)

 

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Price

1

$1.24

12

$8.84

44

$22.60

2

2.08

16

10.56

48

24.32

3

2.92

20

12.28

52

26.04

4

3.76

24

14.00

56

27.76

5

4.60

28

15.72

60

29.48

6

5.44

32

17.44

64

31.20

7

6.28

36

19.16

 

 

8

7.12

40

20.88

 

 

Packages (Small Packets)

 

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Price

Weight
not over
(ozs.)

Price

1

$1.44

12

$9.04

44

$22.80

2

2.28

16

10.76

48

24.52

3

3.12

20

12.48

52

26.24

4

3.96

24

14.20

56

27.96

5

4.80

28

15.92

60

29.68

6

5.64

32

17.64

64

31.40

7

6.48

36

19.36

 

 

8

7.32

40

21.08

 

 

 

 

Size Limits  

Letters: See 241.212

Postcards: See 241.221

Large Envelopes (Flats): See 241.232

Packages (Small Packets): See 241.242 and 241.243

 

Postcards (241.22)

$0.98

 

Airmail M-bags (260) —

Direct Sack to One Addressee Price Group 5

 

Weight not over 11 lbs.

Each additional pound or fraction of a pound

$37.95

3.45

Weight Limit: 44 pounds

 

Matter for the Blind (270)

Free when sent as First-Class Mail International, including Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes. Weight limit: 4 pounds.

Free when sent as Priority Mail International. Weight limit: 15 pounds.

 

Extra Services  

 

Certificate of Mailing (313)

 

Individual Pieces

Fee

Individual article (PS Form 3817)

$1.15

Firm mailing books (PS Form 3877), per article listed (minimum 3)

0.42

Duplicate copy of PS Form 3817 or PS Form 3877 (per page)

 

1.15

 

 

Bulk Quantities

Fee

First 1,000 pieces (or fraction thereof)

$6.50

Each additional 1,000 pieces (or fraction thereof)

0.75

Duplicate copy of PS Form 3606

1.15

 

COD and Certified  

NOT for International Mail

 

International Business Reply Service (382)

Fee: Envelopes up to 2 ounces $1.45; Cards $0.95

 

International Postal Money Order (371)

NOT Available

 

International Reply Coupons (381)

Fee: $2.10

 

Registered Mail (330)

Fee: $11.50

Maximum Indemnity: $46.04

Available for First-Class Mail International,
including postcards and Flat Rate Envelopes
and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes, and matter
for the blind or other physically handicapped
persons. Not applicable to M-bags.

 

Restricted Delivery (350)

NOT Available

 

Return Receipt (340)

Fee: $2.30

Available for registered mail and insured
Priority Mail International parcels only.