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I. Mall of all classes may not exceed the following dimensions :

72" length and girth combloed.
Over 42" to 44"

24" girth. Over 44" to 46".

20" girth. Over 46" to 49''.

16" girth. Maximum length 48''.

* Provisions of this footpote are not applicable to registered mall.

a Provisions of this footnote are not applicable to airmall nor to official Government mail marked MOM. J. Weight for other than registered mail is restricted to 50 pounds.

K. Mail wbich includes in the address the words “Dependent Mall Sectloo" may consist only of letter mali, newspapers, magazines and books. No parcel of ads class containing any other matter may be njalled to Dependent Mall Section. This footnote is not applicable It the address does not include the words "Dependent Mall Section.'

L. All official mail prohibited.
M. Fruits, animals, and living plants are probibited.

No registered mail accepted. 0. Personal mail addressed to vessels uslog this number is limited to unregistered alr. mall, unregistered first-class wall, and certibed mall. Other classes of mall may not be accepted.

P. APO will be used for the receipt and dispatch of oficial mall only.

Q. Mal may not exceed 66 pounds and size 18 limited to 42 inches maximum length and 72 iaches maximum length and girth combined.

R. All alcoholic beverages, including those mallable under part 123.8 are prohibited. [38 FR 18655, July 13, 1973]



SERVICE PERSONNEL ABROAD Sec. 127.1 Who may use. 127.2 Mailing conditions.

AUTHORITY: The provisions of this part 127 issued under 39 U.S.C. 401. $ 127.1 Who may use.

The facilities of the Department of State are available for sending unregistered and uninsured personal mail to authorized U.S. Foreign Service personnel stationed in other countries. (35 F.R. 19423, Dec. 23, 1970) $ 127.2 Mailing conditions.

(a) Addressing. The following form of address must be used:

Foreign city (omit name of country),
Department of State,
Washington, DC 20521.

(b) Classes. Articles of all classes of domestic mail are acceptable.

(c) Weight and size limits. Domestic limits apply, including those in $ 135.3 of this chapter, except that no package may weigh more than 45 pounds or exceed 24 inches in length or 62 inches in length and girth combined.

(d) Postage rates. Postage must be paid at the applicable domestic rate for the classes of mail and type of service desired. (See paragraph (e) (4) of this

section.) The postage rates from the mailing office to Washington, D.C., apply to mail subject to zone rates.

(e) Limitations. (1) Airmail service from Washington, D.C., to destination will be provided only for communications in the form of letters, post cards, or tapes with recorded messages; for personal documents of value, such as deeds, wills, insurance policies, or titles; and for emergency supplies of prescription medicines or other urgently needed health items, such as prescription eyeglasses, hearing aids, orthopedic shores, or dentures. Sender must mark the cover or wrapper to indicate the nature of the contents. For rapid transmission of other personal packages, senders must use the regular international air service, affixing customs declarations and addressing directly to the recipient in the foreign country. (See Publication 42, International Mail.)

(2) The Department of State prohibits tobacco products (except to selected foreign service posts), liquids, perishables, firearms, glass, and other fragile articles, as well as parcels intended for delivery to a third person.

(3) Packages must be securely and substantially packed. International postal forms (customs declarations, stickers, etc.) are not required on packages sent through Department of State facilities.

(4) Registration, insurance, and COD services are not available. (35 F.R. 19423, Dec. 23, 19701


Note: The rate data for the several classes of mail hereinafter set forth in Parts 131-136 has been superseded in large part by temporary rates placed in effect May 16, 1971. See 36 F.R. 8331. With respect to certain third-class rates see also 36 F.R. 24953.

PART 131-FIRST CLASS § 131.2 Classification. Sec.

(a) Description. (1) First-class mail 131.1 Rates.

consists of mailable: 131.2 Classification.

(i) Postal cards. 131.3 Weight and size limits.

(ii) Post cards. 131.4 Payment of postage.

(iii) Matter wholly or partially in 131.5 Mail sent by members of the U.S.

writing or typewriting, except authorized armed forces.

additions to second-, third-, and fourth131.6 Ship letters.

class mail provided by $$ 132.4(g) (1), AUTHORITY: The provisions of this Part 131

and (g) (2), § 134.6 and § 135.5, of this issued under 39 U.S.C. 401, 3621.

chapter, and written or typewritten matSOURCE: The provisions of this Part 131 ter listed in $$ 135.2(d) (4) and (5) of appear at 35 F.R. 19423, Dec. 23. 1970, unless this chapter. otherwise noted.

(iv) Matter closed against postal

inspection. § 131.1 Rates.

(v) Bills and statements of account. Kind of mail


(2) Examples of first-class matter. (i) All first-class mail weighing 8 cents per Handwritten or typewritten matter, in

12 ounces or less except ounce or cluding identical copies prepared by postal and post cards. See fraction of automatic typewriter, and manifold or $ 136.1(b) for rates on an ounce.

written or typewritten matter does not first-class mail weighing

include matter produced by computers. more than 12 ounces.

(ii) Autograph albums containing Single postal cards sold by 6 cents each.

writing. the post office. Double postal cards sold by 12 cents (6

(iii) Notebooks or blank books conthe post office.

cents each taining written or typewritten entries or

portion). stenographic or shorthand notes. Single post cards.---------- 6 cents each. (iv) Blank printed forms filled out in Double post cards. (Reply 12 cents (6 writing, such as notices, certificates, and portion of double post cents each checks either canceled or uncanceled. card does not have to bear portion).

(v) Printed price lists containing writpostage when originally

ten figures changing individual items. mailed.)

(vi) Printed cards or letters bearing a Business reply mail: Cards

8 cents each.

written date, where the date is not the Other than cards:

date of the card but gives information as Weight not over 2. 8 cents per to when something will occur or hás ounces.

ounce or occurred.
fraction of (vii) Printed matter such as receipts,
an ounce

orders and printed letters not sent in plus 2 cents

carbon copies of such matter. Hand

per piece. Weight over 2 ounces.. 8 cents per

identical terms to several persons that, ounce or

by having a signature attached, are confraction of verted into personal communications. an ounce. This does not apply to Christmas or simiplus 5 cents lar printed greeting cards. See § 134.2 per piece. (a) (2) and (3) of this chapter. Over 12

(3) The following provisions are apounces, 5

plicable to matter closed against postal cents per

piece, plus
rate in

(i) The Postmaster General may pre

§ 136.1. scribe the manner of wrapping and seAirmail -

See $ 136.1. curing mail not charged with first-class [37 F.R. 17827, Sept. 1, 1972]

postage so that the contents of the mail


may be easily examined. He shall charge (2) Post cards. Post cards are privately the first class rate of postage on all printed mailing cards for the transmismatter that cannot be examined easily. sion of messages. They may not be larger

(ii) To ascertain whether the proper than the size fixed by the Convention of rate of postage has been paid, postmas the Universal Postal Union in effect and ters may examine second-class mail and of approximately the same form, quality, remove the wrappers and envelopes from and weight as postal cards. A double post other mail not bearing first-class postage card consists of two attached cards, each if it can be done without destroying them. of which is subject when mailed at the

(iii) Matter closed against inspection first-class postage rate for post cards, includes mail of any class so wrapped as and one of which may be detached by not to be easily examined, except sec the receiver and returned by mail as a ond-, third-, or fourth-class matter reply. The cardboard used for single and sealed subject to postal inspection. See double post cards may be of any light $$ 125.2(e), 134.8, and 135.7 of this color that does not prevent legible adchapter.

dresses and postmarks from being placed (4) The following is a description of thereon. Brilliant colors must not be used. bills and statements of account:

Single post cards and each part of dou(i) A bill is a request for payment of ble post cards must conform to the fol& definite sum of money claimed to be lowing specifications to qualify for mailowing by the addressee either to the ing at the first-class postage rate for sender or to a third party. The mere as post cards (see subparagraph (1) of this sertion of an indebtedness in a definite paragraph). sum combined with a demand for pay

(i) Size, shape, and ratio. Not larger ment is sufficient to make the message a

than 414 by 6 inches, nor smaller than bill.

3 by 444 inches. Rectangular in shape. A (ii) Generally, a statemert of account

ratio of width (height) to length of is the assertion of the existence of a debt less than 1 to 1.414 (1 to the square root in a definite amount owed by the ad

of 2) is not recommended. (See $$ 131.3 dressee either to the sender or to a third (b) and 134.3(b) of this chapter.) party but which does not necessarily

(ii) Quality, weight, and thickness. An contain a request or a demand for pay

unfolded and uncreased piece of cardment. The amount may be immediately

board of approximately the quality and due or may become due after a certain

weight of a postal card; thickness not time or upon demand or billing at a later

less than 0.006 or more than 0.0095 of date.

an inch; and the cardboard to be uni(iii) A bill or statement of account

form in thickness and as near 0.0090 as must present the particulars of an in

possible. debtedness with sufficient definiteness to

(3) Restrictions on the use of double inform the debtor of the amount he is

postal and post cards. The users of both required to pay to acquit himself of the

double postal and post cards which condebt. However, neither a bill nor a state

form to the specifications stated in subment of account need state the precise

paragraphs (2) (i) and (2) (ii) of this amount if it contains sufficient informa

paragraph must comply with the followtion to enable the debtor to determine

ing rules: the exact amount of the claim asserted.

(i) Double cards must be folded before (iv) A bill or statement of account is

mailing. The first half must be detached not the less a bill or statement of account

when the reply half is mailed for return. merely because the amount claimed is

(ii) The reply portion of a double card not in fact owing or may not be legally

must be used for reply purposes only. collectible.

It must not be used to convey a message (b) Postal and post cards(1) Postal

to the original addressee of the double cards. A postal card is a card supplied by

card, to cover up the message on the the Postal Service with a postage stamp printed or impressed on it, for the trans

original portion, or to send statements of mission of messages. A double postal card


(iii) Double cards must be prepared consists of two attached cards, each of which has printed or impressed thereon

so that the address on the reply portion a postage stamp of the first-class rate is on the inside when the double card is for postal cards denomination, and one

mailed. of which may be detached by the receiver

(iv) Plain stickers or seals or a single and returned by mail as a reply.

wire stitch may be used to fasten the

edges, provided they are so fixed that the inner folds of the cards can be readily examined.

(v) Enclosures are prohibited.

(4) Additions, attachments, and other alterations to single and double postal and post cards. The users of both single and double postal and post cards which conform to the specifications stated in subparagraphs (2) (i) and (2) (ii) of this paragraph must comply with the following limitations:

(i) The face of the card may be divided by a vertical line, the left half to be used for the message and the right half for the address only.

(ii) The message on a single card, or on the first portion of a double card, may occupy the space to the left of the vertical line and the entire back of the card.

(iii) Labels may be affixed by adhesive for the purpose of showing the address and the return address. Cards bearing other attachments are nonmailable as postal cards or post cards.

(iv) Numbers used for accounting purposes may be shown on a shaded background below the address. Holes which do not eliminate any letters or numbers may be punched in either the address or message portion of the card. A vertical tearing guide may divide the face of the card. The address portion may be smaller than the remainder of the card. However, mailings of cards having one or more of these four characteristics must meet all of the following conditions:

(a) The mailings must consist of not less than 200 cards which are identical as to size and weight.

(b) The addresses on the cards must include ZIP Code numbers.

(c) Postage must be paid in cash by permit imprints (see Part 145); by meter stamps (see Part 144); or by precanceled stamps (see Part 143).

(d) The mailer must separate the cards to the finest extent possible and sack them in the manner prescribed by 8 134.4(c) of this chapter.

(v) It is recommended that all cards having a thickness less than 0.0085 of an inch meet all of the conditions in subparagraphs (4) (iv) (a), (b), (c), and (d) of this paragraph.

(5) Cards other than postal and post cards. Matter which is in the form of a single or double card but which does not conform to the specifications for a single or double post card stated in subpara

graphs (2) (i) and 2(ii) of this paragraph is not a single or double post card, and may not be mailed at the first-class postage rate for post cards. Nonconforming mailable matter in the form of single or double cards is not subject to the rules and restrictions provided in subparagraphs (3) and (4) of this paragraph; it is subject when mailed to postage at the first-class letter rate or at the applicable third-class rate according to its classification as first- or third-class matter; and it must not bear the words "Post Card or Double Post Card.” Single or double cards conforming to the specifications stated in subparagraphs (2) (i) or (2) (ii) of this paragraph, which are entirely in print, and which do not, bear the words "Post Card or Double Post Card,” if otherwise mailable, may at the option of the mailer be mailed at the applicable third-class postage rate instead of the first-class postage rate for post cards. See § 131.3 and 134.3 of this chapter for a list of physical characteristics which cause cards to be nonmailable.

(6) Postal and post cards as enclosures. Stamps on postal and post cards enclosed in outer wrappers may not apply as postage on the mailing piece.

(c) Business reply mail(1) Purpose. Specially printea business reply cards, envelopes, cartons, and labels may be distributed for use by mailers in sending mail to the distributor without prepayment of postage.

(2) Permit. (i) A permit to distribute business reply cards, envelopes, cartons, and labels is required. An application on Form 3614, Application to Distribute Business Reply Cards, Envelopes and Labels, must be submitted at the post office where the mail will be returned. There is no charge for the permit. If matter bearing the business reply imprint is distributed from a central office to be returned to branches or dealers in other cities, one permit obtained from the post office where the central office is located may be used to cover all the business reply mail.

(ii) On receipt of the application, the postmaster will complete the permit portion of the form and deliver it to the ap-, plicant. The application portion of the form will be filed in the post office by the permit number. Permits issued at each post office will be numbered consecutively starting with No. 1 for the first permit. Each post office will keep an

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alphabetical card record of each permit on Form 3619, Permit Number Record.

(3) Postage. (i) Postage is collected on each piece of business reply mail at the time it is delivered. Postage due stamps for the amount due will be affixed to the mail or to Form 3582-A, Postage Due Bill. The stamps will be canceled and delivered to the addressee with the mail when he pays the amount due. Business reply mail will not be mixed with other mail in direct packages or sacks for individuals or concerns.

(ii) The amount to be collected, which may not include fees for any special services, is computed as follows:

(a) Post Cards. The rate for post cards or air post cards, whichever is applicable, plus 2 cents each. (See $ 131.1 and 136.1 of this chapter.) Cards that do not conform to the specifications for post cards (see § 131.2(b) (2) are subject to the postage chargeable under subparagraph (3) (i) (b) of this paragraph.

(b) Envelopes and packages. (1) Weight of piece not over 2 ounces: Firstclass or airmail rate of postage, whichever is applicable, plus 2 cents each. (See $ $ 131.1 and 136.1 of this chapter.)

(2) Weight of piece over 2 ounces: First-class or airmail rate, whichever is applicable, plus 5 cents each. (See $ $ 131.1 and 136.1 of this chapter.)

(4) Form of imprint and address. Any photographic, mechanical, or electronic process, or any combination of such processes, other than handwriting, typewriting or handstamping, may be used to prepare the address side of business reply cards, envelopes, cartons, or labels. The address side must be prepared both as to style and content in one of the following forms without the addition of any matter other than a return address (see 141.1 (a)) (4) (vii) of this chapter for business reply window envelope requirements):

(i) Alternate style and content for domestic surface mail.

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(5) Distribution. Business reply cards, envelopes, cartons, and labels may be distributed:

(i) In any quantity for return by surface or airmail. When prepared by the distributor for return by surface mail, business reply mail may not be accepted for return by air unless postage is fully prepaid at the airmail rate.

(ii) To any post office in the United States and its Territories and possessions, including military post offices overseas; except in the Canal Zone, where they may not be returned without prepayment of postage. They should not be sent to any foreign country.

(iii) In any manner except by depositing in receptacles provided by customers for receipt of mail.

(6) Responsibility of distributor. The distributor guarantees payment on delivery of postage on returned business reply mail. Any concern distributing business reply cards, crvelopes, cartons,

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