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Subject: media mail inspection
Date Posted: 5/28/2010 8:54 PM ET
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Does anyone know if the post office inspects a media mail package are they required to put a notification on/in the package to let you know?

What do they actually put in - I've heard mention of a notice before.


Date Posted: 5/28/2010 11:44 PM ET
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Several years ago my office (and I presume all the other post offices around the country) received a small booklet or pamphlet of 16 or 20 pages or so, about the procedure to follow to inspect Media Mail.  I say I presume other offices received it, but when I mention it to other postmasters, they seem not to have ever heard of it.


Anyway, yes, part of the SOP is that any parcel we open, we are supposed to rubber stamp on  the outside, Opened For Postal Inspection.  And inside we are supposed to put a notice that the contents were inspected, and either that they did or did not qualify for the Media Mail rate.

Date Posted: 5/29/2010 12:53 PM ET
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From information I've gathered here and there, I agree with Diane.  Yes, if done correctly, a postal inspecter follows a specific procedure, printed notification is inserted inside the package, and the outside is stamped/marked.  I've also 'heard' a witness should be present, and the package properly re-secured.