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July 9, 1930.
August 18, 1930.

Parcel post convention with Dutch Guiana. Preamble.


Weight and size.

Parcel post convention between the United States of America and Dutch
Guiana. Signed at Paramaribo, July 9, 1930, at Washington,
August 18, 1930; approved by the President, September 2, 1930.




For the purpose of concluding arrangements for the exchange of parcel-post packages between the United States of America (including Alaska, Hawaii, Porto Rico, Guam, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands of the United States) and Dutch Guiana, the undersigned, Walter F. Brown, Postmaster General of the United States of America, and F. E. Bruyning, Acting Administrator of Finance in Dutch Guiana by virtue of authority vested in them, have agreed upon the following articles:

I. Limits of Weight and Size.

1. No parcel shall exceed twenty-two pounds (ten kilograms) in weight, six feet (one hundred and eighty centimeters) in length and girth combined, or four feet (one hundred and twenty centimeters) in length with the proviso that parcels over forty-two inches and not over forty-four inches in length must not exceed twenty-four inches in girth, parcels over forty-four inches and not over forty-six inches in length must not exceed twenty inches in girth, and parcels over forty-six inches and up to four feet in length must not exceed sixteen inches in girth.

Calculation of dis- 2. As regards the exact calculation of the weight and dimensions patching office accept of parcels, the view of the dispatching office shall be accepted, except


Postage and fees.

in cases of obvious error.

II. Postage and Fees.

Collected from send- 1. The Administration of origin is entitled to collect from the sender of each parcel such postage, and, in case of insured parcels such insurance fees and fees for return receipts and requests for information as to the disposal of a parcel made after it has been posted, as may from time to time be prescribed by its regulations.



2. Except in the case of returned or redirected parcels, the postage and such of the fees mentioned in the preceding section as are applicable must be prepaid.

Rates, etc., for larger 2. The Postal Administrations of the two Countries reserve the right to fix subsequently, by common consent, if their respective Regulations permit, the rates and conditions applicable to parcels exceeding the limits of weight and size specified in paragraph 1.

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III. Preparation of Parcels.

1. The name and address of the sender and the addressee must be legibly and correctly written in every case when possible on the

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parcel itself, or on a label gummed thereto, and must also be written on a separate slip which slip must be enclosed in the package. Parcels will not be accepted when sent by or addressed to initials, unless the initials are the adopted trade name of the senders or addressees. Addresses in ordinary pencil are not allowed, but copying ink or indelible pencil on a surface previously dampened may be used. 2. The sender shall prepare one customs declaration for each parcel Customs declaration. sent from Dutch Guiana and two customs declarations for each parcel sent from the United States of America, upon a special form provided for the purpose, which customs declaration shall give a general description of the parcel, an accurate statement in detail of its contents and value, date of mailing, the sender's name and address, and the name and address of the addressee, and shall be securely attached to the parcel.

Only one note for

However, as an exception, when a consignment consisting of any each consignment. number of parcels is mailed simultaneously by the same sender to the same addressee at one address, only one or one set of customs declarations as mentioned herefore need be prepared for the whole consignment and attached to one parcel thereof. In this case, each parcel of the consignment must be clearly marked with a fractional number, the numerator of which will indicate, in Arabic figures, the number of the parcel and the denominator the total number of parcels of which the consignment consists.

3. The Administrations accept no responsibility for the correctness of the customs declarations.

No official responsibility for correctness.

4. Every parcel shall be packed in a manner adequate for the length Packing, etc.
of the journey and for the protection of the contents. Ordinary
parcels may be closed by means of wax, lead seals, or otherwise.

Insured parcels.

Insured parcels must be closed and securely sealed with wax or otherwise, but the country of destination shall have the right to open them as well as ordinary parcels (including the right to break the seals) in order to inspect the contents. Parcels which have been Officially sealed, etc. so opened shall be closed again and officially sealed except that in

the case of ordinary parcels they need not be sealed if they were not

sealed by the sender in the first instance.


Either Administration may require a special impress or mark of Special mark, by the sender in the sealing of insured parcels mailed in its service, as

a means of protection.

5. Each insured parcel must be marked or labelled or stamped "In- Labeling, etc. sured" in a conspicuous manner on the address side, and in close proximity to such indorsement there must appear the insurance number given the parcel. The customs declaration or declarations must accompany the parcel and must also be marked or labelled or stamped "insured."

6. The labels or stamps on insured parcels must be so placed that Placing of stamps. they can not serve to conceal injuries to the covers. They must not

be folded over two sides of the cover so as to hide the edge.

uids, etc.

7. Any liquid or any substance which easily liquefies must be packed Containers for liqin a double receptacle. Between the first receptacle (bottle, flask, pot, box, etc.) and the second (box of metal, strong wood, strong corrugated cardboard or strong fibreboard or receptacle of equal strength) shall be left a space which shall be filled with sawdust, bran, or some other absorbent material, in sufficient quantity to absorb all the liquid contents in the case of breakage.

8. Powders and dyes in powder form must be packed in lead-sealed metal containers which containers must be inclosed in substantial outer covers, so as to afford the utmost protection to the accompanying mail matter.

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Powders and dyes.


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Articles specified.
Letters, etc.

With different ad


Live animal.

Admission not au


Explosives, etc.

Erroneously mitted.

IV. Prohibitions.

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1. The following articles are prohibited transmission by parcel post: (a) A letter or a communication having the nature of a letter. Nevertheless it is permitted to enclose in a parcel an open invoice, confined to the particulars which constitute an invoice, and also a simple copy of the address of the parcel, that of the sender being added.

(b) An enclosure which bears an address different from that placed on the cover of the parcel.

(c) Any live animal.

(d) Any article of which the admission is not authorized by the customs or other laws or regulations in force in either country.

(e) Any explosive or inflammable article, and, in general, any article of which the conveyance is dangerous.

trans- 2. When a parcel contravening any of these prohibitions is handed over by one Administration to the other, the latter shall proceed in accordance with its laws and its inland regulations.

articles to be furnished. 3. The two Postal Administrations shall furnish each other with a list of prohibited articles; but they will not thereby undertake any responsibility whatever towards the police, the customs authorities, or the senders of parcels.

Customs duties.

Collection of, on delivery.

Exchange of parcels.

Sealed sacks.

V. Customs Duties.

The parcels shall be subject in the country of destination to all customs duties and all customs regulations in force in that country for the protection of its customs revenues, and the customs duties properly chargeable thereon shall be collected on delivery, in accordance with the customs regulations of the country of destination.

VI. Method of Exchange of Parcels.

1. The parcels shall be exchanged, in sacks duly fastened and sealed, by the Offices appointed by agreement between the two Administrations, and shall be despatched to the country of destination by the country of origin at its cost and by such means as it provides. 2. Insured parcels shall be enclosed in separate sacks from those in which ordinary parcels are contained, and the labels of sacks conDistinctive marking. taining insured parcels shall be marked with such distinctive symbols as may from time to time be agreed upon.

Insured parcels.

Separate sacks for.

Billing of parcels.

VII. Billing of Parcels.

Uninsured parcels. 1. The ordinary (uninsured) parcels included in each despatch shall be advised on a parcel bill by the simple entry of their total number. Separate bills for each 2. Ordinary and insured parcels shall each be entered on separate parcel bills and the insured parcels shall be listed individually. The entries shall show in respect to each insured parcel the insurance number, and the office (and state or country) of origin.


Returned parcels.

patching office.

3. The entry on the bill of any returned parcel must be followed by the word "Returned."

Numbering, by des- 4. Each despatching office of exchange shall number the parcel bills in the upper left-hand corner, commencing each year a fresh series for each office of exchange of destination. The last number of the year shall be shown on the parcel bill of the first despatch of the following year.

Articles in transit.

5. The exact method of advising parcels or the receptacles containing them sent by one Administration in transit through the other to

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gether with any details of procédure in connection with the advice of such parcels or receptacles for which provision is not made above, shall be settled by mutual agreement through correspondence between the two Administrations.

VIII. Certificates of Mailing.

Certificates of mail


Furnished to sender

The sender will, on request at the time of mailing an ordinary on request. (uninsured) parcel, receive a certificate of mailing from the post office where the parcel is mailed, on a form provided for the purpose; and each country may fix a reasonable fee therefor, but no certificate of mailing, other than the insurance receipt, will be furnished the sender of insured parcels.



IX. Responsibility not Accepted for Ordinary Parcels. Neither the sender nor the addressee of an ordinary (uninsured) 10s of ordinary parcels. parcel shall be entitled to compensation for the loss of the parcel or for the abstraction of or damage to its contents.

X. Registration and Insurance.

Insurance, etc.

1. The sender of a parcel may have the same insured by paying Fee required.
in addition to the postage such insurance fee as is prescribed by the
country of origin, and in the event of loss, rifling, or damage, in-
demnity shall be paid for the actual amount based on the actual
value at the time of mailing, of the loss, rifling, or damage up to a
sum not exceeding $100 gold, when mailed in the United States of
America or the equivalent thereof, guilders 250 gold, when mailed
in Dutch Guiana.

No insured parcel shall be indemnified for an amount above the Indemnity limited. real value of its contents.

Other limits by agree

Both Administrations reserve the right to arrange by mutual agreement through correspondence for a higher or lower limit of ment. indemnity than that mentioned in this Convention.

2. The insurance of all parcels containing coin, bullion, jewelry Coin, jewelry, etc. or any other precious article exchanged between the two Adminis

tration is obligatory.

Insurance of, if

If a parcel containing coin, bullion, jewelry, or any other precious mailed uninsured. article is mailed uninsured it shall be placed under insurance by the post office which first observes the fact of its having been mailed as ordinary mail, and treated in accordance with the regulations of the country placing the matter under insurance.

3. The Administration of origin is entitled to fix its own fees for different limits of indemnity within the maximum provided.

XI. Return Receipts and Inquiries.

1. The sender of an insured parcel may obtain an advice of delivery upon payment of such additional charge, if any, as the country of origin of the parcel shall stipulate.

Fees for indemnity.

Return receipts and inquiries.

Advice of delivery.


2. A fee may be charged, at the option of the country of origin, Request for informa on a request for information as to the disposal of an ordinary parcel and also of an insured parcel made after it has been posted if the sender has not already paid the special fee to obtain an advice of delivery.

3. When an advice of delivery is desired, the sender or office of Marking of requests. origin shall write or stamp on the parcel in a conspicuous manner, the words "Return receipt requested," "Advice of delivery requested," or, boldly, the letters “À. R.”


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XII. Indemnity.

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Allowance to sender. 1. Except in cases of loss or damage through force majeure (causes beyond control) as that term is defined by the legal decisions or rulings of the country in the service of which the loss or damage occurs, when an insured parcel has been lost, rifled, or damaged, the sender, or other rightful claimant, is entitled to an indemnity corresponding to the actual amount of loss, rifling, or damage based on the actual value at the time and place of mailing of the lost, rifled, or damaged article, unless the loss, rifling, or damage has arisen from the fault or negligence of the sender or the addressee or of the representative of either or from the nature of the article, provided that the indemnity shall not exceed the sum for which the required insurance fee was paid in the country of origin.

Transit insured parcels.


In the absence of special agreement to the contrary between the countries involved (which agreement may be made through correspondence) no indemnity will be paid by either country for the loss, rifling, or damage of transit insured parcels, that is insured parcels originating in one of the two contracting countries or a third country addressed for delivery in some other country not a party to this Convention.

Loss by force ma- 2. Neither administration is bound to pay indemnity in case of loss or damage due to force majeure under any particular definitions of that term unless the other administration will assume liability reciprocally under the same definitions of the term, although either country may at its option and without recourse to the other country, pay indemnity for losses or damages occurring through force majeure under any definition of that term.

a third country.

Post, p. 2805.

Parcels forwarded to 3. If an insured parcel originating in one country and addressed to the other country is reforwarded or returned from the country of the original address to a third country, the rightful claimant may claim only such indemnity, if any, for the loss, rifling, or damage which occurred subsequent to the redispatch of the parcel from the country of original address, as the country in which the loss, rifling or damage occurred is willing or obligated to pay under any agreement in force between the countries directly involved in the forwarding or return.

Responsibility for improper carriage.

Either country adhering to this Convention which improperly forwards an insured parcel to a third country shall be responsible to the extent of the liability of the country of origin to the sender within the limit of indemnity fixed by the present Convention. Claim for indemnity 4. No application for indemnity will be entertained unless a claim or an initial inquiry, oral or written, shall be filed by claimant or his representative within a year commencing with the day following the posting of the insured parcel.

to be filed.

direct loss, etc.

No payment for in- 5. No compensation shall be given for loss, injury, or damage consequential upon, i. e., indirectly arising from, the loss, nondelivery, misdelivery, damage, or delay of any insured parcel transmitted under this convention.

to indemnity.

Matter not entitled 6. No indemnity will be paid for insured parcels which contain matter of no intrinsic value nor for perishable matter or matter prohibited transmission in the parcel-post mails exchanged between the contracting administration, or which did not conform to the stipulations of this Convention, or which were not posted in the manner prescribed, but the country responsible for the loss, rifling or damage may pay indemnity in respect of such parcels without recourse to the other administration.


postage, etc., on loss of parcels.

of 7. Either of the Administrations may at its option reimburse the rightful claimant in the event of loss, irreparable damage of entire contents, or rifling of entire contents for the amount of postage or

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