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Subject: Depositing International Mail in a Blue Box
Date Posted: 8/3/2009 1:11 AM ET
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My local USPS blue box has a sticker on it that all international mail over 13 ounces must be handed in at the post office and can not be deposited in the blue box.  (regardless of whether or not the international mail has stamps or electronic information on it.)

What are the rules for international mail over 13 ounces?

 

Geri (geejay) -
Date Posted: 8/5/2009 7:23 AM ET
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I don't know about the international mail but I know anything over 13 oz must be taken to the PO since 9/11.

Date Posted: 8/5/2009 8:12 AM ET
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International Mail over 16 ounces needs a customs form so you will need to go to the post office so they can process that. You can fill out the form ahead of time though.

Date Posted: 8/6/2009 3:00 AM ET
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I thought international mail recommends a customs form, with a different one required at 16 oz?

Date Posted: 8/6/2009 11:18 AM ET
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"I don't know about the international mail but I know anything over 13 oz must be taken to the PO since 9/11."

Since long before 9/11 Geri.  It used to be the 16 ounce rule, which started in the late 90's.  It was changed to 13 ounces in '03.

Date Posted: 8/6/2009 9:04 PM ET
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I think there might be some confusion here....I'm not sure everyone is even having the exact same  conversation, lol......the 13 ounce rule with stamps is since July '07: (the release is dated 7/24/07)

WASHINGTON, DC — A new Postal Service rule goes into effect next week for packages and envelopes that weigh more than 13 ounces, if they’re being mailed with only stamps as postage at a location other than a Post Office retail service counter.

http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2007/pr07_058.htm

This link has info about Customs Forms: http://www.usps.com/international/customs.htm

The only stuff I mail international is pretty heavy or things like bday cards....so I don't know about small packages.

Date Posted: 8/7/2009 10:17 PM ET
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It is possible to electronically print a custom form on the package.

I electronically printed the postage and custom form on the package and handed it to the PO worker.  The PO worker had nothing to do.

I guess the PO does not realize a terrorist can purchase a gift card with cash and use the gift card on a public terminal to print postage and custom forms.