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232 Eligibility

232.1 Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes

232.11 General

All items that may be sent with First-Class Mail International service (see 241) and First-Class Package International Service (see 251) may be sent in Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes provided the contents are mailable, they fit securely in the envelope or box, and they are entirely confined within the container with the provided adhesive as the means of closure. The flap must close within the prefabricated fold. Tape may be applied to the flap and seams for closure or for reinforcement, provided the design of the container is not enlarged by opening the sides and taping or reconstructing the container in any way. Refer to the Individual Country Listings for additional prohibitions for each country. Insurance is not available. Registered Mail service may be available — see 330 and the Individual Country Listings for Registered Mail service availability, limitations, and coverage.

232.12 Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International
232.121 Description

Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International service — abbreviated E-USPS DELCON INTL — is an optional service available for Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes (except for the Gift Card Flat Rate Envelope) and all Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes to select destination countries at no charge. Tracking information includes the date and time an article was delivered or, if delivery was attempted but not completed, the date and time of the delivery attempt. The sender can check delivery status by going to usps.com and clicking on the “Track & Confirm” feature.

232.122 Availability

Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International service is available only electronically by using USPS-approved PC Postage vendors, Click-N-Ship, Click-N-Ship for Business, Webtools, and Global Shipping Software (GSS) or other USPS-approved software. The service is available only to the countries listed in Exhibit 232.122.

Exhibit 232.122 

Countries Accepting Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International Service

Note: An asterisk indicates that service was temporarily suspended on June 12, 2014.

 

Australia

Belgium

Brazil*

Canada

Croatia

Denmark*

Estonia

Finland

France*

Germany

Gibraltar*

Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Hungary

Israel

Italy*

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxembourg*

Malaysia

Malta

Netherlands

New Zealand

Portugal*

Singapore

Spain

Switzerland

232.123 Customs Label and Marking

Mailers must use an electronically generated PS Form 2976 that includes the Post Exprès logo (globe and chevron design) — see Exhibit 232.123.

Exhibit 232.123 

Customs Label and Marking

Post Expres label

 

232.124 Additional Standards

The following additional standards apply to Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International service:

  1. Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International service may not be combined with any other international extra services.
  2. Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International service is not available for the Priority Mail International Gift Card Flat Rate Envelope.
  3. No refunds, inquiries, or claims are offered, and indemnity is not provided.
  4. Customers are not able to obtain tracking information by contacting the U.S. Postal Service by telephone.
232.125 Postage Payment Methods and Price Eligibility

Mailers may pay for Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International items by using postage validation imprinter (PVI) labels, postage meter imprints, USPS-approved PC Postage, Click-N-Ship postage, or permit imprint.

232.126 Price Eligibility

Only items paid with USPS-approved PC Postage (including Click-N-Ship) or permit imprint are eligible for the applicable Commercial Base or Commercial Plus price for the postage portion of the mailpiece. Electronically generated customs forms that are not generated with PC Postage or a permit imprint (i.e., Click-N-Ship for Business or Webtools) are charged the retail price. Customers may apply postage with a customer meter or by taking the item to a Post Office for acceptance and payment.

232.2 Eligible Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes

Only the items in Exhibit 232.2a and Exhibit 232.2b qualify for the Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelope or Small Flat Rate Box pricing.

Exhibit 232.2a

Eligible Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes

 

Item

Size

Item No.

Priority Mail International
Flat Rate Envelope

12-1/2" x 9-1/2"

Item EP 14-F

Priority Mail International
Gift Card Flat Rate Envelope

10" x 7"

Item EP 14-GT

Priority Mail International
Small Flat Rate Envelope

10" X 6"

Item EP 14-B

Priority Mail International
Window Flat Rate Envelope

10" x 5"

Item EP 14-H

Priority Mail International
Legal Flat Rate Envelope

15" x 9-1/2"

Item EP 14-L

Priority Mail International
Padded Flat Rate Envelope

12-1/2" x 9-1/2"

Item EP 14-PE

 

Exhibit 232.2b

Eligible Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes

 

Item

Inside Dimensions

(L x W x H)

Outside Dimensions

(L x W x H)

Item No.

Priority Mail International
Small Flat Rate Box

8-5/8" x 5-3/8" x 1-5/8"

8-11/16" x 5-7/16" x 1-3/4"

SFBX

Priority Mail International
DVD Box

7-9/16" x 5-7/16" x 1-1/8"

8-3/4" x 5-9/16" x 1-1/2"

O-DVDS

Priority Mail International
Large Video Box

9-1/4" x 6-1/4" x 2"

9-9/16" x 6-7/16" x 2-3/16"

O-1096-L

232.3 Priority Mail International Medium and Large Flat Rate Boxes

All mailable items that qualify to be sent as Priority Mail International parcels may also be sent in the Priority Mail International Medium and Large Flat Rate Boxes. Written communication having the nature of current and personal correspondence may be included, provided it is exchanged between the sender and the addressee or other persons living with the addressee. Archived correspondence (e.g., personnel records) is also permitted and may be sent to any addressee. The contents must fit securely and must be entirely confined within the box. The box flaps must be able to close within the prefabricated folds. Tape may be applied to the flap and seams for closure or reinforcement, provided the design of the container is not enlarged by opening the sides and taping or reconstructing the container in any way. Refer to the Individual Country Listings for additional prohibitions for each country. Medium and Large Flat Rate Boxes may be insured —see 320 and the Individual Country Listings for insurance availability, limitations, and coverage. Registered Mail service is not available.

232.4 Eligible Priority Mail International Medium and Large Flat Rate Boxes

Only the items in Exhibit 232.4a and Exhibit 232.4b qualify for the Priority Mail International Medium and Large Flat Rate Box pricing.

Exhibit 232.4a

Eligible Priority Mail International Medium Flat Rate Boxes

 

Item

Inside Dimensions

(L x W x H)

Outside Dimensions

(L x W x H)

Item No.

Priority Mail International
Medium Flat Rate Box

11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2"

11-1/4" x 8-3/4" x 6"

O-FRB1

Priority Mail International
Medium Flat Rate Box

13-5/8" x 11-7/8" x 3-3/8"

14" x 12" x 3-1/2"

O-FRB2

Exhibit 232.4b

Eligible Priority Mail International Large Flat Rate Boxes

 

Item

Inside Dimensions

(L x W x H)

Outside Dimensions

(L x W x H)

Item No.

Priority Mail International
Large Flat Rate Box

12" x 12" x 5-1/2"

12-1/4" x 12-1/4" x 6"

LFRB

Priority Mail International
Board Game
Large Flat Rate Box

23-11/16" x 11-3/4" x 3"

24-1/16" x 11-7/8" x 3-1/8"

GBFRB

232.5 Priority Mail International Parcels

232.51 General

Priority Mail International parcel service is designed for the carriage of outbound international postal parcels. Written communication having the nature of current and personal correspondence may be included, provided it is exchanged between the sender and the addressee or other persons living with the addressee. Archived correspondence (e.g, personnel records) is also permitted and may be sent to any addressee. Refer to the Individual Country Listings for additional prohibitions for each country. Priority Mail International parcels may be insured — see 320 and the Individual Country Listings for insurance availability, limitations, and coverage. Registered Mail service is not available.

232.52 Priority Mail International Regional Rate Boxes

Priority Mail International Regional Rate Box prices are available only to commercial customers who have an agreement with the Postal Service specifically for Priority Mail International Regional Rate Boxes. A customer who does not have such an agreement with the Postal Service and who may incidentally use a Priority Mail International Regional Rate Box must pay the applicable Priority Mail International price based on the item's weight and country price group.

232.6 Customs Forms Required

232.61 Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes

A Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelope might be required to bear PS Form 2976 depending on its physical characteristics and may not exceed $400 in value.

Each Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Box must bear a properly completed PS Form 2976 and may not exceed $400 in value.

See 123.61 for more information on customs forms usage with Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes.

232.62 Priority Mail International Medium and Large Flat Rate Boxes

Each Priority Mail International Medium or Large Flat Rate Box must bear a properly completed PS Form 2976-A.

232.63 Priority Mail International Ordinary and Insured Parcels

Each Priority Mail International ordinary and insured parcel must bear a properly completed PS Form 2976-A.

232.7 Mail Sealed Against Inspection

Only Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes and Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes are sealed against inspection. All other Priority Mail International items (USPS-produced Flat Rate Boxes, USPS-produced Tyvek envelopes, or customer-supplied boxes) are not sealed against inspection. Regardless of physical closure, the mailing of Priority Mail International items constitutes consent by the mailer to inspection of the contents.

232.8 Priority Mail International Insurance and Indemnity

232.81 Indemnity

Ordinary — i.e., uninsured — Priority Mail International parcels, except Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes, include indemnity coverage against loss, damage, or missing contents up to the amounts shown in Exhibit 232.83. Indemnity is limited to the lesser of the actual value of the contents or the maximum indemnity based on the weight of the article. If the parcel has been lost, or if it has been delivered to the addressee in damaged condition or with missing contents, payment is made to the sender unless the sender waives the right to payment, in writing, in favor of the addressee.

Note: International insured mail service provides insurance coverage greater than the indemnity limits for ordinary Priority Mail International parcels (including the Medium and Large Flat Rate Boxes) to many countries. See 320 and the Individual Country Listings for availability and limitations of coverage. When international insurance is purchased, it replaces the ordinary indemnity coverage.

232.82 Exclusions

Ordinary indemnity coverage is not paid for the following:

  1. Parcels containing coins; banknotes; currency notes, including paper money; securities of any kind payable to the bearer; traveler’s checks; platinum, gold, and silver; precious stones; jewelry; watches; and other valuable articles.
  2. Consequential losses, delay, concealed damage, spoilage of perishable items, articles improperly packaged, articles too fragile to withstand normal handling in the mail, or prohibited articles.
232.83 Ordinary Priority Mail International Weight and Indemnity Limits

Exhibit 232.83 lists the weight and indemnity limits for ordinary Priority Mail International parcels.

Exhibit 232.83 

Ordinary Priority Mail International Weight and Indemnity Limits

 

Weight not over (lbs.)

Indemnity

Weight not over (lbs.)

Indemnity

Weight not over (lbs.)

Indemnity

1

$63.89

25

$138.29

49

$212.69

2

66.99

26

141.39

50

215.79

3

70.09

27

144.49

51

218.89

4

73.19

28

147.59

52

221.99

5

76.29

29

150.69

53

225.09

6

79.39

30

153.79

54

228.19

7

82.49

31

156.89

55

231.29

8

85.59

32

159.99

56

234.39

9

88.69

33

163.09

57

237.49

10

91.79

34

166.19

58

240.59

11

94.89

35

169.29

59

243.69

12

97.99

36

172.39

60

246.79

13

101.09

37

175.49

61

249.89

14

104.19

38

178.59

62

252.99

15

107.29

39

181.69

63

256.09

16

110.39

40

184.79

64

259.19

17

113.49

41

187.89

65

262.29

18

116.59

42

190.99

66

265.39

19

119.69

43

194.09

67

268.49

20

122.79

44

197.19

68

271.59

21

125.89

45

200.29

69

274.69

22

128.99

46

203.39

70

277.79

23

132.09

47

206.49

24

135.19

48

209.59

232.9 Extra Services

232.91 Certificate of Mailing

Certificate of mailing service is available for purchase for only the following Priority Mail International items:

  1. Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes or Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes.
  2. Ordinary (uninsured) Priority Mail International parcels including Medium and Large Flat Rate Boxes.
232.92 Merchandise Insurance

Insured mail service provides insurance coverage greater than the indemnity limits for ordinary Priority Mail International parcels (including the Medium and Large Flat Rate Boxes) to many countries. When international insurance is purchased, it replaces the ordinary indemnity coverage. See 320 and the Individual Country Listings for availability and limitations of coverage. See Notice 123, Price List, for the fee schedule for optional Priority Mail International merchandise insurance coverage.

232.93 Registered Mail Service

Registered Mail service is available for purchase only for the following Priority Mail International items:

  1. Flat Rate Envelopes listed in 232.2, including free matter for the blind items.
  2. Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes listed in 232.2, including free matter for the blind items.
232.94 Return Receipt Service

Return receipt service is available for purchase to certain destinations (see the Individual Country Listings for availability) for the following items:

  1. Priority Mail International parcels when purchased with insurance.
  2. Priority Mail International Flat Rate Envelopes when purchased with Registered Mail service.
  3. Priority Mail International Small Flat Rate Priced Boxes when purchased with Registered Mail service.

See 340 for preparation procedures.