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A parcel addressed as under has been posted here this day:

Form 1.

Office stamp.

This certificate is given to inform the sender of the posting of a parcel, and does not indicate that any liability in respect of such parcel attaches to the Postmaster-General.

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The import duty assessed by an officer of customs on contents of this parcel amounts to................, which must be paid before the parcel is delivered.


Parcels-Post from.

This parcel has been passed by an officer of customs and must be delivered




Customs Officer.

Date stamp.


Form 2.

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*When more than one sheet is required for the entry of the parcels sent by the mail, it will be sufficient if the undermentioned particulars are entered on the last sheet of the Parcel Bill.

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FEBRUARY 17, 1905.

Agreement between the Post-Office Department of the United States ofFebruary 3, 1905. America and the post-office of the United Kingdom of Great Britain February 17, 1905. and Ireland for the direct exchange of parcels by parcel post.

For the purpose of making better postal arrangements between the United States of America and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, the undersigned, Robert J. Wynne, Postmaster-General of the United States of America, and Edward George Villiers Stanley, C. B., commonly called Lord Stanley, His Majesty's PostmasterGeneral, have agreed upon the following Articles for the establishment of an exchange of parcels by parcel post between the United States and the United Kingdom.


The provisions of this Agreement relate only to parcels to be exchanged by the system herein provided for, and do not affect the arrangements now existing under the Universal Postal Union Convention, which will continue as heretofore; and all the conditions hereinafter specified apply exclusively to mails exchanged under the present Agreement directly between such offices in the United States and the United Kingdom as may from time to time be designated offices of exchange by mutual consent.



Extent of conven


the mails.

1. With the exception of the articles specifically prohibited by Articles admitted to Article III, there shall be admitted to the parcel mails all articles which are admitted to the mails under any conditions in the internal service of the country of origin and the country of destination. No parcel may, however, exceed 50 dollars (50$) or 101 in value, four pounds six ounces (or two kilogrammes) in weight, nor the following dimensions: greatest length in any direction, three feet six inches; greatest length and girth combined, six feet.

2. Every parcel must bear the exact address of the addressee and Address, etc. must be packed in a manner adequate for the length of the journey and the protection of its contents. The packing must be of such a nature as to permit the contents to be easily examined by officers of the Post Office or of the Customs.


1. It is forbidden to send by post:

(a) Parcels containing letters, or communications of the nature of a letter; live animals, except bees in properly constructed boxes; dead animals, except insects and reptiles when thoroughly dried; fruits and vegetables which easily decompose; publications which violate the copyright laws of the country of destination; poisons and explosive or

Articles prohibited.




Rates of postage.




Customs declara


Collection of duties.

Nonresponsibility for correctness of dec

lottery tickets, lottery advertisements, or lottery circulars; all obscene or immoral articles; or articles the admission of which is not authorized by the Customs or other laws or regulations of either country, and, in general, articles the conveyance of which is dangerous.

A parcel may, however, contain an open invoice in its simplest form.

2. No parcel may contain an enclosure which bears an address other than that borne by the parcel itself.

3. if a parcel contravening any of these prohibitions or not conforming to the stipulations of Article II. be handed over by one Administration to the other, the latter shall proceed in the manner and with the formalities prescribed by its law or inland regulations.

4. The two Administrations shall furnish each other (from time to time) with a list of prohibited articles; but they will not thereby undertake any responsibility whatever towards the police, the Čustoms authorities, or the senders of parcels.


1. The following rates of postage shall in all cases be FULLY PREPAID by means of postage stamps of the country of origin, viz.:—

2. In the United States for a parcel not exceeding one pound in weight, 12 cents; and for each additional pound or fraction of a pound, 12 cents.

3. In Great Britain for every parcel of four pounds six ounces or less in weight, two shillings.

4. The parcel shall be promptly delivered to addressees in accordance with the inland regulations of the country of destination, free of charge for postage; but the country of destination may, at its option, levy and collect from the addressee for interior service and delivery a charge, the amount of which is to be fixed according to its own regulations, but which shall in no case exceed in the United States five cents, and in the United Kingdom 24d., for each parcel whatever its weight.


The sender may at the time of posting obtain a certificate of posting on the form provided for the purpose.


The parcels to which the present Agreement applies cannot be subjected to any postal charge other than those contemplated by the different Articles of this Agreement.


1. The sender of each parcel shall make a Customs declaration upon a special form provided for the purpose, giving a general description of the parcel, an accurate statement of its contents and value, the date of posting, and the sender's signature and place of address. This declaration shall be pasted upon or attached to the parcel.

2. The parcels in question 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.

3. The Administrations decline all responsibility for the correctness


1. Each country shall retain to its own use the whole of the postages and delivery fees it collects on the said parcels; consequently this Agreement will give rise to no postage accounts between the two


2. The foregoing clause, however, shall not preclude either office from proposing a system of accounts, or of insurance or registration of parcels, after some experience has been gained of the working of the post, and if such arrangement be made the necessary modifications in the provisions of the present Agreement shall be carried out by mutual consent.


The parcels shall be considered as a component part of the mails exchanged DIRECT between the United States and the. United Kingdom, to be despatched to destination by the country of origin at its cost, and by such means as it provides; but they must be forwarded, at the option of the despatching office, either in boxes or baskets prepared expressly for the purpose, or in ordinary mail sacks, marked "Parcel Post," and securely sealed with wax, or otherwise, as may be mutually agreed upon.

2. Each country shall promptly return EMPTY to the despatching office by next mail all such receptacles.


Each despatch of a Parcel-Post mail must be accompanied by a descriptive list, in duplicate, of all the parcels sent, showing distinctly the list number of each parcel, the office of origin, the name of the addressee with address of destination, and the declared contents and value. This list must be enclosed in one of the receptacles composing the mail.


Fees to be retaine

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Return of sacks, et

Descriptive list.

1. As soon as a parcel mail shall have reached the office of destina- Receipt of mail. tion, that office shall check the contents of the mail.

2. In the event of the parcel bill not having been received, a substitute shall at once be prepared.

3. Any errors in the entries on the parcel bill which may be discovered shall, after verification by a second officer, be corrected and reported to the despatching office by means of a verification note, which should be sent in a special envelope.

Parcel bill.



4. If a parcel advised on the bill be not received, the entry on the Nonreceipt of pa bill shall be cancelled after the nonreceipt has been verified by a sec

ond officer, and the circumstance reported at once.

5. Should a parcel be received in a damaged or imperfect condition, Damaged parcels. full particulars shall be reported by means of a verification note.

6. If no verification note or note of error be received, a parcel mail shall be considered as duly delivered, and as having been found on examination correct in all respects.


Correct mails.

1. Missent parcels shall be immediately returned to the despatching Missent parcels. office of exchange. Attention shall be called to the error by means of a verification note.

2. If a parcel cannot be delivered as addressed or is refused by the addressee, the sender shall be consulted (through the Administration of the country of origin) as to its disposal. If within two months of

Failure to deliver.

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