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Summary of Changes

Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service,
lInternational Mail Manual

Issued September 7, 2014

This Summary of Changes to Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM) includes revisions that have become effective during the previous 12 calendar months.

In chapters 1–9 and in “Country Price Groups and Weight Limits” of this online version of the IMM, change bars (vertical lines in the margin) indicate that Postal Bulletin updates have been incorporated in the adjacent text (note that the change bars appear only in the PDF version, and only for revisions that have become effective in the current calendar year, not for all the previous 12 months). However, in the individual country listings (ICLs) of this online IMM, change bars do not appear even though Postal Bulletin updates have been incorporated in the ICL text.

 

This chapter, subchapter, part, section, or ICL…

is…

effective…

as noted in Postal Bulletin issue…

Chapter 1, International Mail Services

116

added to list Postal Service trademarks that appear throughout the IMM (in lieu of using the ® and ™ symbols throughout the IMM).

10-7-2013

22371

Exhibit 123.61

revised to reflect current information for Free Matter for the Blind service.

3-3-2014

22382

134.3

added to provide information regarding the mailing of rough diamonds (with current 134.3 renumbered as 134.4).

1-26-2014

22375

139

revised to reflect current packaging and shipping requirements for cremated remains.

7-7-2014

22390

Chapter 2, Conditions for Mailing

Throughout
Chapter 2

revised throughout the entire chapter to reflect changes to prices and standards for the international shipping services.

1-26-2014

22378

221.2

revised to reflect all the countries to which Priority Mail Express International With Money-Back Guarantee service is available.

9-7-14

22394

222.4

revised to reflect preparation requirements for Priority Mail Express International shipments.

1-26-2014

22375

Exhibit 222.4

revised to reflect preparation requirements for Priority Mail Express International shipments.

1-26-2014

22375

222.5

revised to reflect preparation requirements for Priority Mail Express International shipments.

1-26-2014

22375

224

revised to reflect preparation requirements for Priority Mail Express International shipments.

1-26-2014

22375

232.122

revised in Exhibit 232.122 to indicate a temporary suspension of Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International service to Brazil, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Italy, Luxembourg, and Portugal.

6-12-2014

22391

232.81

revised to reflect the standards for insurance liability payments for Priority Mail International ordinary and insured parcels that have been lost or have been delivered in damaged condition or with missing contents.

1-1-2014

22376

Exhibit 232.83

revised to reflect changes to the indemnity limits for ordinary Priority Mail International parcels.

1-1-2014

22375

242.42

revised to reflect current information for Free Matter for the Blind service.

4-7-2014

22384

244.2

revised in item b to reflect current information for Free Matter for the Blind service.

4-7-2014

22384

244.4

revised to add glue as an option to secure the open sides of First-Class Mail International letter-size and flat-size mailpieces.

11-4-2013

22373

252.22

revised in Exhibit 252.22 to indicate a temporary suspension of Electronic USPS Delivery Confirmation International service to Brazil, Denmark, France, Gibraltar, Italy, Luxembourg, and Portugal.

6-12-2014

22391

252.52

revised to reflect current information for Free Matter for the Blind service.

4-7-2014

22384

254.2

revised in item b to reflect current information for Free Matter for the Blind service.

3-3-2014

22382

270

revised in its entirety to reflect current information for Free Matter for the Blind service.

3-3-2014

22382

292.233

revised in its entirety to reflect current information for IPA service.

1-26-2014

22383

Exhibits 292.45a and 292.45b — which had been designated as “Exhibit 292.452” and “Exhibit 292.47” until January 26, 2014

revised to update the foreign office of exchange codes for IPA items sent to Ascension, Bhutan, Falkland Islands, and Saint Helena.

11-4-2013

22373

revised in Exhibit 292.45b to reflect the current foreign office of exchange code for containers of IPA flat-size items to Canada.

5-5-2014

22386

292.481

revised in the third sentence to reflect current information for IPA service.

1-26-2014

22383

292.483

revised in the title to reflect current information for IPA service.

1-26-2014

22383

293.233

revised in its entirety to reflect current information for ISAL service.

1-26-2014

22383

Exhibits 293.45a and 293.45b — which had been designated as “Exhibit 293.452” and “Exhibit 293.47” until January 26, 2014

revised in Exhibit 293.45b to reflect the current foreign office of exchange code for containers of ISAL flat-size items to Canada.

5-5-2014

22386

293.481

revised in the third sentence to reflect current information for ISAL service.

1-26-2014

22383

293.483

revised in the title to reflect current information for ISAL service.

1-26-2014

22383

Chapter 3, Extra Services

323.1

revised to reflect the standards for insurance liability payments for Priority Mail International ordinary and insured parcels that have been lost or have been delivered in damaged condition or with missing contents.

1-1-2014

22376

323.62 and Exhibit 323.62

revised to reflect a change in the conversion rate between special drawing right (SDR) values and U.S. dollars

1-1-2014

22375

333.2

revised to reflect changes to the indemnity limit for Registered Mail items.

1-1-2014

22375

334.32

revised to reflect current information for Free Matter for the Blind service.

4-7-2014

22384

334.42

revised in its entirety to reflect current information for Free Matter for the Blind service.

3-3-2014

22382

335

revised to reflect the standards for insurance liability payments for Registered Mail items that have been lost or have been delivered in damaged condition or with missing contents.

1-1-2014

22376

372.2a

revised to indicate that the maximum purchase amount per day is $1,500.

1-26-2014

22378

372.3 and Exhibit 372.3

revised to indicate that the maximum purchase amount, refund amount, and change of payee amount per day is $1,500.

1-26-2014

22378

372.5

revised to note that Sure Money (DineroSeguro) service to Argentina is temporarily suspended.

10-28-2013

22375

Chapter 5, Nonpostal Export Regulations

524.1

revised to update various mailing standards consistent with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Regulations..

6-2-2014

22388

524.21

revised to update various mailing standards consistent with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Regulations..

6-2-2014

22388

526.2

revised to update various mailing standards consistent with the U.S. Census Bureau’s Foreign Trade Regulations..

6-2-2014

22388

541.11

revised with minor updates regarding the exporting of defense articles, including an update to the Internet address for the U.S. Department of State..

6-2-2014

22388

560

revised to provide information regarding the mailing of rough diamonds. (Previously, 560 was “Reserved.”).

1-26-2014

22375

Chapter 6, Special Programs

622.2

revised to reflect the new mailing address for applications and to change the title of “manager of Regional Business Development” to “manager of Global Direct Entry.”

11-14-2013

22376

622.3

revised to change the title of “manager of Regional Business Development” to “manager of Global Direct Entry.”

11-14-2013

22376

623.1

revised to remove the following reason for the Postal Service to disqualify a GDE wholesaler: that the wholesaler, a subsidiary, an affiliate, an agent, or a company of the wholesaler operates or participates in the equivalent of a GDE Wholesaler Program that is in direct competition with the Postal Service.

11-14-2013

22376

revised to clarify that the Postal Service will disqualify a Global Direct Entry (GDE) participant as a wholesaler if it is listed in the System of Award Management (SAM) Exclusions Extract.

6-2-2014

22388

Chapter 7, Treatment of Inbound Mail

713.11

revised to clarify that the envelope applied to inbound dutiable mail is issued by Customs and Border Protection.

10-7-2013

22371

Chapter 9, Inquiries, Indemnities, and Refunds

922.2 and Exhibit 922.2

revised to reflect the standards for insurance liability payments for Registered Mail items and for Priority Mail International ordinary and insured parcels that have been lost or have been delivered in damaged condition or with missing contents.

1-1-2014

22376

Exhibit 922.2

revised to indicate how customers file claims for GXG items that are returned to sender and that might have damaged or missing contents.

7-7-2014

22391

930

revised in several sections (931.22, 933.11, 933.12, 933.14, 934.11, 934.13, and 934.14) to reflect the standards for insurance liability payments for Registered Mail items and for Priority Mail International ordinary and insured parcels that have been lost or have been delivered in damaged condition or with missing contents.

1-1-2014

22376

934.2

revised to reflect changes to the indemnity limit for Registered Mail items.

1-1-2014

22375

941.32

revised in its entirety to reflect new contact information for mailers requesting postage refunds from foreign countries.

3-3-2014

22382

Index of Countries and Localities

Throughout

revised to reflect the current names of certain countries and to delete certain country names that are no longer current.

5-5-2014

22386

Tokelau

revised to reflect the current information for Tokelau.

7-7-2014

22390

Country Price Groups and Weight Limits

Australia

revised to reflect that the weight limit for Priority Mail Express International items is 66 pounds.

9-7-14

22394

Lebanon

revised to reflect that Priority Mail Express International service is available to Lebanon.

9-7-14

22395

Mexico

revised to reflect that the weight limit for Priority Mail Express International items and Priority Mail International items is 70 pounds.

1-26-2014

22378

Individual Country Listing

Each country that offers Priority Mail Express International service

revised to reflect preparation requirements for Priority Mail Express International shipments.

1-26-2014

22375

Each country that offers Free Matter for the Blind service

revised to reflect current information for Free Matter for the Blind service.

3-3-2014

22382

Each country that offers Registered Mail service

revised to reflect changes to the indemnity limit for Registered Mail items.

1-1-2014

22375

revised to reflect curre

3-3-2014

22382

Australia

revised to reflect a change to the Prohibitions section, changes to the weight and size limits for Priority Mail Express International service, and a change to the size limits for Priority Mail International service.

9-7-14

22394

Azerbaijan

revised to reflect a change to the Observations section.

4-7-2014

22384

Belarus

revised to reflect a change to the Restrictions section.

1-26-2014

22376

Belgium

revised to reflect a change to the Prohibitions section.

4-7-2014

22384

Brazil

revised to reflect a change to the Observations section.

3-3-2014

22382

Canada

revised to reflect changes to the Observations section.

1-26-2014

22376

revised to reflect that Priority Mail Express International With Money-Back Guarantee service is available to Canada.

9-7-14

22394

Cayman Islands

revised to reflect changes to the Prohibitions, Restrictions, and Observations sections.

3-3-2014

22382

China

revised to reflect changes to the Restrictions and Observations sections.

10-7-2013

22371

Ecuador

revised to reflect changes to the Prohibitions and Restrictions sections.

1-26-2014

22378

Germany

revised to reflect that Priority Mail Express International With Money-Back Guarantee service is available to Germany.

9-7-14

22394

Israel

revised to reflect that Priority Mail Express International With Money-Back Guarantee service is available to Israel.

9-7-14

22394

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

revised in the second preliminary note to reflect current information for Free Matter for the Blind service.

4-7-2014

22384

Kyrgyzstan

revised to reflect changes to the Restrictions section.

10-7-2013

22371

Laos

revised to reflect changes to the Prohibitions section.

1-26-2014

22376

Lebanon

revised to reflect that Priority Mail Express International service is available to Lebanon.

9-7-14

22395

Mexico

revised to reflect that the weight limit for Priority Mail Express International items and Priority Mail International items is 70 pounds.

1-26-2014

22378

Moldova

revised to reflect a change to the Observations section.

4-7-2014

22384

revised to reflect changes to the Prohibitions and Restrictions sections.

9-7-14

22394

New Zealand

revised to reflect that Priority Mail Express International With Money-Back Guarantee service is available to New Zealand.

9-7-14

22394

Qatar

revised to reflect changes to the Prohibitions and Restrictions sections.

1-26-2014

22376

Russia (Russian Federation)

revised to reflect changes to the Prohibitions and Restrictions sections.

10-7-2013

22371

Sweden

revised to reflect that Priority Mail Express International With Money-Back Guarantee service is available to Sweden.

9-7-14

22394

Switzerland

revised to reflect that Priority Mail Express International With Money-Back Guarantee service is available to Switzerland.

9-7-14

22394

Thailand

revised to reflect that Priority Mail Express International With Money-Back Guarantee service is available to Thailand.

9-7-14

22394

Ukraine

revised to reflect a change to the Prohibitions section.

4-7-2014

22384

revised to reflect a change to the Observations section.

9-7-14

22394

Uruguay

revised to reflect changes to the Prohibitions section.

7-7-2014

22390

Venezuela

revised to reflect changes to the Restrictions and Observations sections, and to the Priority Mail Express International section.

1-26-2014

22376