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Country Conditions for Mailing — Laos

 

Prohibitions (130)

 

Coins; banknotes; currency notes (paper money); securities of any kind payable to bearer; traveler’s checks; platinum, gold, and silver (manufactured or not); precious stones; jewelry; and other valuable articles.

Perishable infectious biological substances.

Perishable noninfectious biological substances.

Radioactive materials.

Restrictions  

Most merchandise requires special permission from the Laotian authorities for importation. Senders should be advised in their own interest to ascertain before mailing whether their goods are admissible.

Observations  

The following are the only post offices in operation:
Attapeu
Houeisai
Khammouane
Luangnamtha
Luangprabang
Oudomxay
Paksane
Paksé
Phonehong
Phongsaly
Samneua
Saravane
Savannakhet
Sayaboury
Sékong
Vientiane
Xiengkhouang

 

 

Global Express Guaranteed (210) Price Group 8

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

Weight Limit: 70 lbs.

 

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.

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

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.

 

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

 

Priority Mail Express
International (220) Price Group 6

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

Weight Limit: 66 lbs.

 

Priority Mail Express International  Flat Rate Envelopes and Flat Rate Boxes

Size Limits (221.52)

Maximum length: 36 inches

Maximum length and girth combined: 79 inches

Insurance (222.8)

Available for Priority Mail Express International merchandise shipments only

 

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

Insured Amount

not over

Fee

$200

No Fee

For insurance coverage above $2,000, add $1.50 for each $500 or fraction thereof, up to a maximum of $5,000 per shipment.

500

$2.35

1,000

3.85

1,500

5.35

2,000

6.85

$5,000 max.

$15.85

Customs Forms Required (123)

 

Articles Admitted

Required Customs
Form/Endorsement

Correspondence and business papers.

PS Form 2976. Endorse item clearly next to mailing label as BUSINESS PAPERS.

Merchandise samples without commercial value and not subject to customs duty.

PS Form 2976.

Merchandise and all articles subject to customs duty and with commercial value exceeding $40.

PS Form 2976-A inside PS Form 2976-E (envelope). Two copies of a commercial invoice must be included with each item.

Note: For mailers completing PS Form 2976-B or other online USPS-produced combined shipping label and customs form, no additional customs form is required (see 222.5).

Note:  

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 Priority Mail Express International shipments to Laos.

Reciprocal Service Name: EMS Laos Express

Country Code: LA

Areas Served:  

0100 Chanthaboury

0900 Phonsavanh

0112 Hatsayfong

0607 Phonxay

0500 Houeisai

0700 Sam Neua

1200 Khammouane

1400 Saravane

1300 Khanthaboury

1300 Savannakhet

0300 Luang Namtha

0800 Sayaboury

0600 Luang Prabang

0101 Sikhottabong

0400 Muang Xay

0103 Sisattanak

0602 Muong Nane

1200 Thakhek

0605 Muong Ngoy

1500 Thateng

0604 Nambak

0100 Vientiane

0114 Naxaythong

0116 Xaysetha

0120 Pakngum

0117 Xaythany

1100 Paksane

0900 Xieng Khouang

1600 Pakse

0601 Xieng Ngeun

1000 Phone Hong

 

 

Priority Mail International (230) Price Group 6

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

Weight Limit: 44 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: The maximum weight is 4 pounds. Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

Flat Rate Boxes — Medium and Large: The maximum weight is 20 pounds, or the limit set by the individual country, whichever is less. Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

 

Size Limits (231.22)

Maximum length: 42 inches

Maximum length and girth combined: 79 inches

 

Insurance (232.92)

NOT Available

 

Customs Forms Required (123)

Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes:

PS Form 2976 as required (see 123.61)

Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes:

PS Form 2976

Priority Mail International parcels:

PS Form 2976-A inside PS Form 2976-E (envelope)

 

 

First-Class Mail International (240) Price Group 6

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail price.

Weight Limit: 3.5 ozs. for letters and postcards;

4 lbs. for large envelopes (flats)

Size Limits  

Letters: See 241.212

Postcards: See 241.221

Large Envelopes (Flats): See 241.232

Customs Form Required (123)

PS Form 2976 as required (see 123.61)

 

 

First-Class Package International Service (250) Price Group 6

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail, Commercial Base, or Commercial Plus price.

Weight Limit: 4 lbs.

Size Limits  

Packages (Small Packets): See 251.22 and 251.23.

Customs Form Required (123)

PS Form 2976

 

 

Airmail M-bags (260) —

Direct Sack to One Addressee Price Group 6

 

Refer to Notice 123, Price List, for the applicable retail price.

Weight Limit: 66 lbs.

Customs Form Required (123)

PS Form 2976

 

Matter for the Blind or Other Physically Handicapped Persons (270)

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

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

Customs Form Required (123)

First-Class Mail International items, First-Class Package International Service items, Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes, and Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes:

PS Form 2976 as required (see 123.61)

Priority Mail International parcels:

PS Form 2976-A inside PS Form 2976-E (envelope)

 

 

Extra Services  

Certificate of Mailing (313)

 

Individual Pieces

Fee

Individual article (PS Form 3817)

$1.20

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

0.44

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

 

1.20

 

 

Bulk Quantities

Fee

First 1,000 pieces (or fraction thereof)

$7.05

Each additional 1,000 pieces (or fraction thereof)

0.85

Duplicate copy of PS Form 3606

1.20

 

Registered Mail (330)

Fee: $12.95

Maximum Indemnity: $46.14

Available only for First-Class Mail International,
including postcards, First-Class Package
International Service, Priority Mail International
Flat Rate Envelopes, Priority Mail International
Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes, and matter for the
blind or other physically handicapped persons.

 

Return Receipt (340)

Fee: $3.50

Available for Registered Mail only.

 

Restricted Delivery (350)

 

NOT Available for International Mail as of January 27, 2013

 

International Postal Money Order (371)

NOT Available

 

International Reply Coupons (381)

 

NOT Available for International Mail as of January 27, 2013

 

International Business Reply Service (382)

Fee: Envelopes up to 2 ounces $1.75; Cards $1.25