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CONVENTION OF MADRID

(30 November, 1920)

TOGETHER WITH THE

DETAILED REGULATIONS FOR

ITS EXECUTION

DEPARTMEN:

POST OFFICE

* UNITED

OFAMERICA

STATES

WASHINGTON
GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE

OCT 14 1925

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

PRINCIPAL CONVENTION.

Article.

Page.

1. Definition of the Postal Union.....

2

2. Articles to which the Convention applies...

2-3

3. Conveyance of mails between contiguous countries; third services.

3

4. Transit and warehousing charges.

4-7

5. Aerial services.

7-8

6. Rates of postage, surcharges, and general conditions..

8-10

7. Registered articles; advices of delivery; requests for information..

10-11

8. Trade charges on packets..

11-14

9. Identity cards...

14-15

10. Responsibility for registered articles.....

15-17

11. Withdrawal of correspondence, alteration of address, or of conditions of

dispatch.....

18

12. Determination of equivalents with reference to the franc for fixing postage

rates and settling accounts....

18-19

13. Prepayment; reply coupons; exemptions from postage..

19-21

14. Retention of postage collections.

21

15. Express packets...

21-22

16. Redirection; undelivered correspondence.

22–23

17. Closed mails exchanged with warships.

18. Prohibitions......

24-25

19. Relations with countries outside the Union..

25-27

20. Counterfeit impressions and postage stamps..

27

21. Services governed by special agreements..

28

22. Detailed Regulations; special agreements between Administrations.

23. Internal Laws; restricted Unions.

28-29

24. International bureau....

29

25. Disputes to be settled by arbitration..

29-30

26. Adhesions to the Convention.....

30

27. Congresses and conferences.

31

28. Proposals made between Congresses.

31-33

29. Protectorates and colonies included in the Union..

33-34

30. Duration of the Convention....

34

31. Previous Conventions canceled; ratification..

34-35

FINAL PROTOCOL.

I. Provisions of art. 11 (withdrawal of correspondence) not to apply to

Great Britain and the British Dominions, colonies, and protectorates

if contrary to their internal legislation...

39

II. Union countries empowered to fix postal equivalents of Union rates... 39

III. Right of Administrations to require full prepayment of postage. 39-40

IV. Surtax for correspondence conveyed in floating safes.

40

V. British colonial vote assigned to New Zealand...

VI. Protocol remains open for signature....

41

VII. Conventions binding on signatories if other contracting parties fail to

ratify....

42

DETAILED REGULATIONS.

I. Routing of mails......

46-47

II. Exchange in closed mails..

47

III. Extraordinary services.

47-48

Article.

Page.

IV. Fixing of postage rates...

48-49

V. Exceptions in the matter of weight...

49

VI. Postage stamps and “postage paid” impressions.

49-50

VII. Reply coupons..

50-52

VIII. Correspondence with countries outside the Union.

52

IX. Stamp impressions. .

53-54

X. Articles unpaid or insufficiently prepaid..

55

XI. Make-up of unregistered and registered articles

55-57

XII. Advices of delivery of registered articles...

57-58

XIII. Registered articles marked with trade charges..

59-61

XIV. Post cards.....

61-63

XV. Commercial papers.

63

XVI. Samples...

63–66

XVII. Printed papers of every kind.

67-70

XVIII. Articles grouped together..

70

XIX. Letter bills..

71-73

XX. Transmission of registered articles...

73–74

XXI. Transmission of correspondence intended for express delivery.. 74

XXII. Making up the mails..

75-77

XXIII. Checking the mails.

77-79

XXIV. Mails exchanged with ships of war.

79-81

XXV. Identity cards.

81-82

XXVI. Redirection....

82-85

XXVII. Undelivered correspondence.

85-87

XXVIII. Applications for missing ordinary correspondence..

88-89

XXIX. Applications for registered articles...

89-90

XXX. Withdrawal of correspondence and alteration of address or of con-

ditions of dispatch....

90-92

XXXI. Use of postage stamps presumed to be fraudulent or of counterfeit

impressions of stamping machines...

92-94

XXXII. Transit statistics.

94-95

XXXIII. Closed mails.

95-100

XXXIV. Correspondence sent à découvert.

100-101

XXXV. Accounting for transit charges.

101-104

XXXVI. Settlement of transit charges...

104-105

XXXVII. Division of the expenses of the International Bureau..

105-107

XXXVIII. Communications to be addressed to the International Bureau... 107-109

XXXIX. General statistics....

109-110

XL. Functions of the International Bureau..

110-113

XLI. Central office of accounting and settlement of accounts between

the Administrations of the Union...

113–117

XLII. Language..

117-118

XLIII. Extent of the Union...

118-119

XLIV. Proposals made in the interval between meetings.

119–120

XLV. Duration of the regulations....

120

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