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(e) (1) When indemnity in excess of $200 is desired for the loss, rifling, or damage of domestic registered collect-on-delivery mail, the following collect-on-delivery fees, which include registration, shali be charged in addition to the postage: Amount of indemnity desired regardless of

C. 0. D. fee amount of C. O. D. charges :

(including registration) For indemnity exceeding $200 and not exceeding $300

$0.60 For indemnity exceeding $300 and not exceeding $400.

. 70 For indemnity exceeding $400 and not exceeding $500

.80 For indemnity exceeding $500 and not exceeding $600

.90 For indemnity exceeding $600 and not exceeding $700.

1.00 For indemnity exceeding $700 and not exceeding $800.

1. 10 For indemnity exceeding $800 and not exceeding $1,000.

1. 20 (2) Surcharges shall be collected on registered collect-on-delivery mail under the same conditions as are outlined for the regular registered mail (see $ 16.3) except that in determining the amount of surcharge collectible, there shall be taken as a basis the amount by which the declared actual value of the article mailed exceeds the limits of indemnity payable for the fees prescribed for registered collect-on-delivery mail in paragraphs (d) and (e).

(f) Except as otherwise prescribed, the rules and regulations governing the payment of indemnity in connection with domestic registered mail not sent collect-on-delivery and domestic unregistered collect-on-delivery mail shall govern in connection with domestic registered collect-on-delivery mail.

(g) Domestic registered collect-on-delivery articles shall in all cases be based on bona fide orders for their contents, or be mailed in conformity with agreements between the senders and the addressees. The department reserves the right to decline to pay any indemnity involved in connection with domestic registered collecton-delivery mail not ordered by the addressees or sent in conformity with bona fide agreements between the senders and the addressees.

(h) Each domestic registered collect-on-delivery article shall be given one original number, which shall be the registration number.

(i) No senders' return receipts shall be furnished for domestic registered collect-on-delivery mail.

(j) No indemnity shall be paid on account of the loss, rifling, or damage of domestic registered collect-on-delivery mail if claim is not made within six months from the date of mailing of the article, unless it is established to the satisfaction of the Third Assistant Postmaster General that the delay was unavoidable and not the fault of the claimant.

(k) No indemnity shall be paid for damage to domestic registered collect-on-delivery mail caused by failure to prepare properly the matter in accordance with the instructions issued to the sender prior to the mailing.

(1) All indemnity claims involving domestic registered collecton-delivery mail shall be adjusted by the Third Assistant Postmaster General, Division of Registered Mails.

(m) (1) The loss, rifling, or damage of domestic registered collect-on-delivery mail shall be investigated by the Chief Inspector as is done in the case of other domestic registered mail.

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(2) Inquiries or claims in connection with domestic registered collect-on-delivery mail which are known to involve failure to remit C. O. D. charges or an incorrect amount of C. O. D. charges, as distinguished from loss, rifling, or damage of the articles, shall be sent direct to the Third Assistant Postmaster General, Division of Registered Mails.

(3) When it is not known whether an inquiry or claim in connection with domestic registered collect-on-delivery mail involves the C. O. D. charges as distinguished from loss, rifling, or damage of the article, inquiry shall be made of the postmaster at the office of address to ascertain the facts. If the reply indicates failure to remit all or part of the charges or otherwise involves the correctness of the charges the matter shall be referred direct to the Third Assistant Postmaster General, Division of Registered Mails. If the reply indicates that loss, rifling, or damage has occurred, or if no reply is received within a reasonable time, the matter shall be referred to the proper inspector in charge. (See $ 16.16.)

(n) Any necessary instructions relative to the conduct of the domestic collect-on-delivery service, involving sealed or unsealed registered or unregistered mail, shall be issued by the Third Assistant Postmaster General, Division of Registered Mails. (45 Stat. 1177; 39 U.S.C. 246a) [Sec. 1383]

DOMESTIC INSURANCE AND COLLECT-ON-DELIVERY SERVICES, INDEMNITY

16.63 Insurance, collect-on-delivery service. (a) The Postmaster General shall make provision by regulation for the indemnification of shippers of articles sent by fourth-class mail or third-class domestic mail, for shipments injured or lost, by insurance or otherwise, and, when desired, for the collection on delivery of the postage and price of the article shipped, fixing such charges as may be necessary to pay the cost of such additional services.

(b) The provisions of the Postal laws and regulations governing the insurance and collect-on-delivery services applicable to domestic fourth-class or parcel-post mail shall apply also to third-class domestic mail which is insured or sent collect on delivery.

(c) The provisions, with respect to the insurance and collect-ondelivery services, are hereby extended so as to authorize the Postmaster General, under such rules and regulations as he may prescribe, to provide collect-on-delivery service for sealed domestic mail matter of any class bearing postage at the first-class rate and to fix the fees and limits of indemnity for such service.

(d) Except as otherwise prescribed the provisions of the Postal laws and regulations and the instructions in the Official Postal Guides governing collect-on-delivery service for domestic third and fourth class mail shall cover sealed domestic collect-on-delivery mail of any class, registered or unregistered, bearing postage at the first-class rate.

(e) The domestic insurance service applies only to third and fourth class matter. The domestic collect-on-delivery service applies

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† For source citation, see note to $ 16.1. to third- and fourth-class matter and to sealed matter of any class, registered or unregistered, bearing postage at the first-class rate.

(f) Postmasters and other postal employees before accepting a parcel for mailing shall inquire as to the manner of packing and what it contains. Unmailable and improperly packed parcels shall not be accepted.

(g) All domestic insured and collect-on-delivery third- and fourthclass parcels shall be accepted with the understanding that the senders, in every instance, guarantee any return or forwarding postage which may be necessary when such parcels become undeliverable. All domestic insured and collect-on-delivery third and fourth class parcels should bear, in connection with the senders' return cards, pledges guaranteeing return and forwarding postage; but regardless of whether or not the parcels bear such pledges, they shall be treated as though the pledges were on the parcels.

(h) The sender of an insured or collect-on-delivery article shall be given a receipt showing, in addition to the other required entries, unless otherwise authorized by the Third Assistant Postmaster General, the office and date of mailing, the number of the article, in separate amounts the fee and postage paid, and also, in the case of a collect-on-delivery article, the name and address of the addressee and the amount to be remitted. A record shall be retained at the mailing office showing, unless otherwise authorized by the Third Assistant Postmaster General, the same particulars together with the name and address of the addressee, including the street or other local address if shown, in the case of insured mail, and the name and address of the sender in the case of collect-on-delivery mail. The receipt shall be signed with the name or initials of the employee issuing it and route number if issued by a rural carrier. The number on the receipt shall correspond with that on the article.

(i) Insured and collect-on-delivery articles shall be numbered separately and consecutively, the numbering to commence anew on July 1 or other authorized times, and indorsed "Insured, No. (of article),” or “C. 0. D., No. (of article), due sender (amount), money-order fee (amount), totaì (amount to be collected), in addition to any other special indorsements required.

(j) Domestic insured and collect-on-delivery mail, except registered collect-on-delivery, shall be dispatched and handled as ordinary mail while in transit between the office of mailing and the office of delivery.

(k) Delivery of insured and collect-on-delivery mail shall be made in accordance with the regulations governing the delivery of registered mail, except that under such instructions as may be promulgated by the Third Assistant Postmaster General insured and collecton-delivery mail, the delivery of which has not been restricted by the sender or addressee, addressed to a guest at a hotel, occupant of an apartment house, or the like, may be delivered without a written order from the sender or addressee to the proprietor, manager or a representative authorized in writing by the hotel or house to receive

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the mail, even though not addressed in his care or in care of the hotel or house.

Note: This paragraph does not apply to registered mail.

(1) Damaged insured or collect-on-delivery articles should not be withheld from delivery.

(m) Domestic insured or collect-on-delivery articles which have not been delivered properly may be forwarded or returned without the payment of additional insurance or collect-on-delivery fees.

(n) Undeliverable insured and collect-on-delivery articles shall be treated as provided by sections 769, 808 to 810, 819, 821, and 2227, Postal Laws and Regulations, Postmaster General, 1932. (See $$ 12.5, 12.35–12.37, 13.2.)

(0) Fourth-class matter inadvertently registered shall be handled in transit and delivered as registered mail, but any deficiency in postage shall be collected at the fourth-class rate by means of postagedue stamps

(p) All irregularities with respect to domestic insured and collecton-delivery mails shall be reported to the Third Assistant Postmaster General, Division of Registered Mails.

(9) Postmasters at rural delivery offices shall see that rural carriers are instructed to accept articles for insurance or collection on delivery, and are equipped with necessary supplies.

(r) Rural carriers, when requested, shall insure third and fourth class matter and shall accept third and fourth class and sealed domestic mail matter of any class bearing postage at the first-class rate to be sent collect on delivery. The patron shall fill in a collecton-delivery tag with ink, typewriter, or indelible pencil, showing amount to be collected and names and addresses of the sender and addressee. Stubs and mailing-office coupons descriptive of insured and collect-on-delivery articles accepted by rural carriers shall be filed at the post office.

(s) Stamps to pay the required postage and fee shall be affixed, the €. 0. D. tag properly filled out and attached if the article is collect on delivery, and the article turned in by the rural carrier at the post office. When articles require special indorsement, such as "perishable," "fragile," etc., appropriate notation shall be made on the articles (and tag coupons if collect-on-delivery), to assure proper indorsement with stamp at the post office.

(t) Insured and collect-on-delivery articles accepted by rural carriers shall be carefully examined at the post office to ascertain whether they bear appropriate indorsements, required postage and fee, are properly packed, and that tags of collect-on-delivery articles are correctly completed.

(u) An article intended for insurance or collection on delivery may be left in a rural patron's mail box for collection, provided sufficient stamps are affixed for postage and fee, or money therefor is left in the box, and the article is properly packed, marked“Insured" or “C. O. D.," and the collect-on-delivery tag is properly filled in and attached. A note shall be left stating contents if the article is other than first class, and value if insured, and what part of the stamps or money represents fee. When desired, a blank collect-on-delivery tag

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may be left in the box to be filled out and attached to an article for collection on a subsequent trip. The department assumes no responsibility for such article until receipted for in good condition nor for such money unless received.

(v) When a rural carrier collects an article from a patron's box to be insured or sent collect on delivery, he shall fill in the stub of the insurance receipt or mailing-office portion of the collect-on-delivery tag and, if patron has left money for postage and fee, enter amount of money found with the article.

(w) When the general method prescribed by the regulations relative to domestic insured and collect-on-delivery mail is not practicable or advantageous, the Third Assistant Postmaster General, Division of Registered Mails, may authorize exceptional treatment.t (Sec. 8, 37 Stat. 558, 43 Stat. 652, sec. 211 (c), 43 Stat. 1069, 45 Stat. 1177; 39 U.S.C. 244, 246a) [Sec. 1385, as amended by P.M.G. Order 9689, Nov. 3, 1936]

CROSS REFERENCES: For delivery of registered mail, see $$ 16.26-16.31. For regulations governing the delivery by rural carriers, see $ 16.51.

16.64 Matter which may be insured. (a) Third- and fourthclass matter mailed at or addressed to any post office in the United States or its possessions, or on or to United States naval vessels, except parcels mailed in the Philippine Islands, may be insured against loss, rifling, or damage in an amount equivalent to its value within the limit of indemnity payable, including postage (exclusive of fee) when claimed in case of outright loss or irreparable damage to entire contents, or the cost of repairs.

(b) Parcels marked "Insured" but not actually insured by the Post Office Department shall not be accepted for mailing,

(c) Parcels containing matter offered for sale addressed to prospective purchasers who have not ordered same or authorized their sending shall not be insured. Should such matter be received in the Postal Service contrary to this regulation, indemnity for the loss or damage thereof shall not be paid.

(d) (1) The fee for insurance shall be 5 cents for indemnification not to exceed $5; 10 cents for indemnification not to exceed $25; 15 cents for indemnification not to exceed $50; 25 cents for indemnification not to exceed $100; 30 cents for indemnification not to exceed $150; and 35 cents for indemnification not to exceed $200.

(2) The maximum indemnity for domestic insured mail addressed to the Philippine Islands is $100 payable by the United States when the evidence shows that the loss, rifling, or damage occurred in the Postal Service of the United States as distinguished from that of the Philippine Islands. There is no reciprocal insurance service from the Philippine Islands.

(3) The maximum indemnity for domestic insured mail exchanged with the Canal Zone is $200."The agreement for the exchange of insured mail with a maximum indemnity of $200, between the Canal Zone and the United States, including all possessions of the United States, except the Philippine Islands, contemplates the payment of indemnity by the Canal Zone or the United States according to where the loss, rifling, or damage occurred, and the assumption by

*For source citation, see note to 8 16.1.

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