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243 Prices and Postage Payment Methods

243.1 Prices

243.11 Prices and Price Application — General

First-Class Mail International cards, letters, large envelopes (flats), and packages (small packets) are charged postage for each addressed piece according to its weight and zone. For prices, see the Individual Country Listings.

243.12 Price Computation

Other than postcards, First-Class Mail International prices are charged per ounce or fraction thereof; any fraction of an ounce is rounded up to the next whole ounce. For example, if a piece weighs 1.2 ounces, the weight (postage) increment is 2 ounces. The minimum postage per addressed piece, except for postcards, is that for a piece weighing 1 ounce.

243.13 Destinating Countries and Price Groups

See the Individual Country Listings for First-Class Mail International postage prices that are applicable to specific destination countries. Exhibit 243.13 shows the country-specific price group designations that apply to First-Class Mail International service.

Exhibit 243.13 

First-Class Mail International Price Groups

 

Country Name

Price Group

Afghanistan

6

Albania

4

Algeria

8

Andorra

5

Angola

7

Anguilla

9

Antigua and Barbuda

9

Argentina

9

Armenia

4

Aruba

9

Ascension

7

Australia

3

Austria

5

Azerbaijan

4

Bahamas

9

Bahrain

8

Bangladesh

6

Barbados

9

Belarus

4

Belgium

5

Belize

9

Benin

7

Bermuda

9

Bhutan

6

Bolivia

9

Bosnia-Herzegovina

4

Botswana

7

Brazil

9

British Virgin Islands

9

Brunei Darussalam

6

Bulgaria

4

Burkina Faso

7

Burma

6

Burundi

7

Cambodia

6

Cameroon

7

Canada

1

Cape Verde

7

Cayman Islands

9

Central African Republic

7

Chad

7

Chile

9

China

3

Colombia

9

Comoros

7

Congo, Democratic Republic of the

7

Congo, Republic of the

7

Costa Rica

9

Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

7

Croatia

4

Cuba

9

Cyprus

4

Czech Republic

4

Denmark

5

Djibouti

7

Dominica

9

Dominican Republic

9

Ecuador

9

Egypt

8

El Salvador

9

Equatorial Guinea

7

Eritrea

7

Estonia

4

Ethiopia

8

Falkland Islands

9

Faroe Islands

5

Fiji

6

Finland

5

France

5

French Guiana

9

French Polynesia

6

Gabon

7

Gambia

7

Georgia, Republic of

4

Germany

5

Ghana

7

Gibraltar

5

Great Britain and Northern Ireland

5

Greece

5

Greenland

5

Grenada

9

Guadeloupe

9

Guatemala

9

Guinea

7

Guinea-Bissau

7

Guyana

9

Haiti

9

Honduras

9

Hong Kong

3

Hungary

4

Iceland

5

India

6

Indonesia

6

Iran

8

Iraq

8

Ireland

5

Israel

5

Italy

5

Jamaica

9

Japan

3

Jordan

8

Kazakhstan

6

Kenya

7

Kiribati

6

Korea, Democratic People’s Republic
of (North Korea)

6

Korea, Republic of (South Korea)

3

Kosovo, Republic of

5

Kuwait

8

Kyrgyzstan

6

Laos

6

Latvia

4

Lebanon

8

Lesotho

7

Liberia

7

Libya

8

Liechtenstein

5

Lithuania

4

Luxembourg

5

Macao

6

Macedonia, Republic of

4

Madagascar

7

Malawi

7

Malaysia

6

Maldives

6

Mali

7

Malta

5

Martinique

9

Mauritania

7

Mauritius

7

Mexico

2

Moldova

4

Mongolia

6

Montenegro

5

Montserrat

9

Morocco

8

Mozambique

7

Namibia

7

Nauru

6

Nepal

6

Netherlands

5

Netherlands Antilles

9

New Caledonia

6

New Zealand

6

Nicaragua

9

Niger

7

Nigeria

7

Norway

5

Oman

8

Pakistan

6

Panama

9

Papua New Guinea

6

Paraguay

9

Peru

9

Philippines

6

Pitcairn Island

6

Poland

4

Portugal

5

Qatar

8

Reunion

9

Romania

4

Russia

4

Rwanda

7

Saint Christopher and Nevis

9

Saint Helena

7

Saint Lucia

9

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

4

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

9

San Marino

5

Sao Tome and Principe

7

Saudi Arabia

8

Senegal

7

Serbia, Republic of

5

Seychelles

7

Sierra Leone

7

Singapore

6

Slovak Republic

5

Slovenia

5

Solomon Islands

6

Somalia

No Service

South Africa

7

Spain

5

Sri Lanka

6

Sudan

7

Suriname

9

Swaziland

7

Sweden

5

Switzerland

5

Syrian Arab Republic

8

Taiwan

6

Tajikistan

6

Tanzania

7

Thailand

6

Togo

7

Tonga

6

Trinidad and Tobago

9

Tristan da Cunha

7

Tunisia

8

Turkey

4

Turkmenistan

6

Turks and Caicos Islands

9

Tuvalu

6

Uganda

7

Ukraine

4

United Arab Emirates

8

Uruguay

9

Uzbekistan

6

Vanuatu

6

Vatican City

5

Venezuela

9

Vietnam

6

Wallis and Futuna Islands

6

Western Samoa

6

Yemen

8

Zambia

7

Zimbabwe

7

243.2 Postage Payment Methods — General

First-Class Mail International items may be paid with postage stamps, postage validation imprinter (PVI) labels, postage meter stamps, information-based indicia (IBI), PC Postage service, or permit imprint.

243.3 Permit Imprint — General

Mailers may use a permit imprint for mailings that contain identical weight pieces. Any of the First-Class Mail International permit imprint formats shown in Exhibit 152.44 is acceptable. Postage is calculated as described in 243.12 and is deducted from the mailer’s advance deposit account. Permit imprints must not denote bulk mail, nonprofit, or other domestic or special mail markings. Mailers may use permit imprint with nonidentical weight pieces only if authorized to use postage mailing systems under DMM 705.

243.4 Official Mail

243.41 Mailings by Federal Agencies

First-Class International shipments that are entered by federal agencies and departments are subject to the same standards under 240 as First-Class Mail International shipments that are entered by nongovernmental entities.

243.42 Postal Service Mailings

First-Class Mail International shipments that are entered by U.S. Postal Service entities are subject to the same standards under 240 as First-Class Mail International shipments that are entered by nongovernmental entities, except that U.S. Postal Service mailings must bear the G-10 permit indicia that are prescribed for all Postal Service official mail. See 142.2.