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Postal Services Guide Part 4C


CAMBODIA

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Printed papers. (2) Small packets. (3) Registration. (4) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations

Value up to $700 - Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 - Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.
Prohibitions1

Coin, bank notes, currency notes or securities of any kind payable to bearer, travellers' cheques; platinum, gold or silver, manufactured or not, precious stones, jewels and other valuable articles; charged butane gas lighters and refills (uncharged lighters are admitted). Ordinary and registered letters containing articles subject to customs duty.
Import Licenses See under PARCEL POST.
PARCEL POST                                  
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1

Letters; charged butane gas lighters and refills (uncharged lighters are admitted and should be declared as such on the customs declaration forms); cigarettes; contraceptives; fruit and fruit conserves, saccharin and similar products; vegetables except onions; garlic and shallots and vegetable conserves.
Restrictions1

Restrictions apply to the importation of medicines; weights and measures. Parcels sent to military and naval personnel are not admitted if the address includes a sector postal number or the words "Naval Post". Such parcels may be sent provided that they contain only food or articles of clothing for the personal use of the addressee and do not weigh more than 5 kg.
Places

Places for which parcels may be accepted:

Banam, Battambang, Kampot, Kompongcham, Kompongchnang, Kompongspeu, Kompongtrach, Kompongthom, Kratie, Nimot, Phnom-Penh, Preyveng, Pursat, Siemreap-Angkor, Snoul, Stungtrang, Suong, Svayrieng, Takeo
Import Licences

The importation of letter packets containing goods and parcels is in most cases subject to the production of an import licence and these items should not be despatched until the necessary licence has been obtained by the addressee.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CAMEROON (Republic of)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Insured letters, surface only, limit $1,270 (See 'Insurance' list below). (3) Printed papers. (4) Small packets. (5) Registration. (6) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations and Languages

Value up to $700 - Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 - Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.

French as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Bank-notes, currency notes, documents payable to bearer, except in registered letters; charged butane gas lighters and refills (uncharged lighters are admitted); coin, gold, jewellery, platinum, precious stones, silver and used clothing.
Insurance

Insurance is available only to those places shown below:-

Batouri, Betare-Oya, Douala RP, Ebolowa, Edea, Eseka, Garoua, Kribi, , Maroua, M'Balmayo, M'Banga, N'Gaoundere, N'Kongsamba, Penja, Sangmelima, Yaounde                                                     
Address The sender should indicate whether the destination is in West or East Cameroon.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1 Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them and used clothing.
Restrictions1 The importation of all goods is subject to an import licence. Goods will not be despatched until the necessary licence has been obtained by the addressees.
Address See under LETTER POST.
Delivery Addressees are notified of arrival of parcels and are required to arrange for their collection. Charges are collected from the addressees, except at Douala.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CANADA

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature. (6) Express.
Customs Declarations

Value up to $700 - Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 - Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.
Prohibitions1

Non-acceptance of enquiries on ordinary mail items.

See under PARCEL POST.
Restrictions1 See under PARCEL POST.
Gifts

Gifts received in Canada by mail that are valued under 60 Canadian dollars will be duty and excise exempt. Advertising matter, tobacco and alcoholic beverages are prohibited from inclusion in gift packets. Each packet should bear the word "Unsolicited Gift" and should be provided with a Green Custom Label.
Postal Imports Remission Order See under PARCEL POST.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations

Parcel Despatch Note.

One customs declaration may be used for any number of ordinary parcels posted simultaneously from one sender to one addressee. The total number and the total value of the parcels forming a consignment should be shown on the customs declaration. In addition the sender should number the parcels consecutively and should indicate on each parcel the number of parcels forming the consignment. For instance if the consignment consists of three parcels, the parcels should be numbered 1/3, 2/3 and 3/3 respectively.
Prohibitions1

Articles that are obscene, indecent, immoral or scurrilous, Any information relating to bookmaking, pool-setting, betting or waging, Articles relating to unlawful lottery schemes Any articles relating to schemes to deceive or defraud the public; Articles or special messages sent to any person with the intention to obtain money under false; Celluloid, liquid celluloid and inflammable films, compressed gases, corrosive liquids, explosive substances, inflammable liquids or solids (i.e.. matches), oxidizing substances, radioactive substances; Live animals; Plants, plant parts and soil; Intoxicating beverages; Narcotics; Any article emitting an offensive or noxious odour.

Replica or inert munitions, as well as other devices that simulate explosive devices or munitions, including replica or inert grenades or other simulated military munitions, whether or not such items are for display purposes.

Liquids, oils, fatty substances, fish game, meat, fresh fruit, vegetables and other perishable items that are not prepared for mailing as specified in the section on PACKAGING AND MAKE-UP.

Human or animal blood unless packed in accordance with the conditions and requirements specified under the section on PACKAGING AND MAKE-UP.

Gold bullion, gold dust and non-manufactured precious metals unless mailed under an agreement between the Canada Post Corporation and the sender.

Travel documents such as passports and visas.
Restrictions1

Non-flammable or "safety" films may be mailed if packed in containers approved by Canada Post Corporation

Importation of medicines and drugs (including natural health products) is subject to Canada’s Food and Drugs Act and its Regulations.
Invoices Certified invoices in triplicate in the form prescribed by the Canadian Customs authorities must be submitted to those authorities by the addressee for parcels containing merchandise valued at 50 Canadian dollars or more. Ordinary Commercial invoices are suitable for Commercial parcels valued at less than 50 Canadian dollars.
Gifts

Gifts received in Canada by mail that are valued under 60 Canadian dollars will be duty and excise exempt. Advertising matter, tobacco and alcoholic beverages are prohibited from inclusion in gift packets. Each packet should bear the word "Unsolicited Gift". This concession does not apply to parcels forwarded direct from stores or other concerns and bearing the name of the store or other concern.
Bequests In the case of articles acquired by residents of Canada under bequests or under any special circumstances, the senders or donors are advised to consult the office of the High Commissioner for Canada, if they are in doubt as to the proper customs procedure to be followed in any particular case.
Yukon Territory

During the winter season (approximately October to May inclusive) parcels can be sent only to Carcross, Champagne and White Horse. Parcels for other places may be addressed to White Horse and the addressees may make the necessary arrangements for their transmission thence.
Postal Imports Remission Order

The exemption level under the Postal Imports Remission Order is 20 Canadian dollars. Most goods imported into Canada by mail that are valued under 20 Canadian dollars will be duty and excise tax exempt. Those over 20 Canadian dollars will be subject to the applicable duties and excise.

For all casual and commercial items valued under 1200 Canadian dollars, Canada Post will be required to collect the assessed duties and excise taxes from the addressee prior to releasing the parcel:

  • upon review by Canada Customs and Excise, the assessed duties and excise taxes will be itemised on a Customs Postal Import Form affixed to the parcel by Canada Post Corporation;
  • this assessment will include a handling fee of five Canadian dollars to cover costs associated with collecting the duties and taxes. In the case of EMS items, the handling fee will be eight Canadian dollars.

Parcels released from Canada Customs and Excise under the Postal Imports Remission Order or Gift Exemptions, or parcels which are deemed duty and excise tax free, will not be subject to a handling fee. All commercial mail items valued over 1200 Canadian dollars will be held by Canada Customs and Excise until proper invoice and accounting documentation is provided by the addressee.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CANARY ISLANDS

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations Value up to $700 - Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 - Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.
Prohibitions1 Spanish bank-notes.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of jewels; precious stones; pharmaceutical preparations; plants.
PARCEL POST (Air Parcel Only)
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.

Customs declarations must bear the Post Office serial number of the parcel.
Prohibitions1

Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them; playing cards; potatoes; rosaries; relics and similar articles; Spanish bank-notes.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of jewels, precious metals and precious stones; pharmaceutical preparations; plants.
Address

Address on the parcel and despatch note must include the name of one of the following places:-

Agaete, Arucas, Arrecife (Lanzarote), El Paso, Galdar, Garachico, Gran Tarajal, Guia de Gran Canaria, Guimar, Hafra (Lanzarote), Icod, La Laguna, La Orotava, Las Palmas, Los Llanos, Los Silos, Puerto de Cabras, Puerto de la Cruz, Puerto de la Luz, Realijo Alto, San Bartolome de Tirajana , Santa Brigida, Santa Cruz de la Palma, Santa Cruz de Teneriffe, San Sebastian de la Gomera, Tacoronte, Telde, Terror, Valerde
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CAPE VERDE ISLANDS

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Insured letters, surface only, limit $2,110 (principal towns only). (3) Printed papers. (4) Small packets. (5) Registration. (6) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations and Languages Value up to $700 - Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 - Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.

French or Portuguese as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Bank-notes, currency notes and documents payable to bearer, coins, gold, jewellery, platinum, precious stones, silver, mobile phones, pen drives, cameras, digital cameras, other electronic devices and valuables except in insured items. Butane gas lighters and refills.
Address The words "Cape Verde Islands" should appear in full in the address of correspondence for the islands.
PARCEL POST (Air Parcel Only)
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations and Languages Parcel Despatch Note.

Portuguese or French as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Letters; butane gas lighters and refills.
Sealing Parcels should be sealed with a distinctive device.
Invoices An invoice certified by a Portuguese Consul is required in respect of each consignment of goods over 550 escudos in value sent from a district in which a Portuguese consular representative resides. If such an invoice is sent with the parcel, it should be securely attached to the Despatch Note and Customs Declaration; it must not be enclosed in the parcel.
Address The words "Cape Verde Islands" should appear in full in the address of parcels for the islands.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CAROLINE ISLANDS

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations Value up to $700 - Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 - Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.
General Conditions Same as U.S.A.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
General Conditions Same as U.S.A.
Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CAYMAN ISLANDS

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations

Value up to $700 - Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 - Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.

 

All mail items containing merchandise, whether purchased or sent as gifts (valued over USD 60) should be accompanied by an invoice.

General Conditions Same as U.S.A.
Prohibitions1 See under PARCEL POST.
Restrictions1 See under PARCEL POST.
Address All delivery addresses should include a post office box number plus an alphabetic suffix corresponding to a specific postal facility as part of the address. Any item which does not have this information will be considered as undeliverable.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations

Parcel Despatch Note.

 

All mail items containing merchandise, whether purchased or sent as gifts (valued over USD 60) should be accompanied by an invoice.

Prohibitions1 Letters (in parcels), except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them; bees and appliances for bee keeping; cotton and parts of cotton plants; counterfeit coins and notes; instruments and appliances for gambling; weapons: any weapon of any description or design, adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid or gas, blackjack, bludgeon, flick knife, gravity knife, knuckle duster, etc.; bows, pellet guns, catapults or other manually operated weapons which are capable of projecting arrows or other missiles; spear guns, Hawaiian slings; publications contrary to public interests; other prohibitions arising from The Animal Law, The Endangered Species and Propagation Law, The Plants Law and any other law.
Restrictions1 Radio or radio apparatus; marine radio transmitting equipment.
Address See under LETTER POST.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Insured letters, surface only, limit $1,270 (principal towns only). (2) Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations and Languages Value up to $700 – Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 – Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.

French as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Bank-notes; currency notes; documents payable to bearer; charged butane gas lighters and refills (uncharged lighters are admitted); coin; gold; jewellery, platinum, precious stones, silver; plants; contraceptives.
Insurance Insurance is available to Bambari, Bangassou, Bangni RP, Berberati, Bouar, Bozoom and Sibut.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations and Languages Parcel Despatch Note.

Declarations should show the Post Office serial number of the parcel and should, as far as possible, be prepared in French as well as in English and in accordance with the classification of the French Customs tariff.

Weights and measures should be shown in the metric system.
Prohibitions1 Letters; charged butane gas lighters and refills (uncharged lighters are admitted and should be declared as such on the Customs declaration forms); saccharin; contraceptives.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of - cut flowers; eggs of game birds during close seasons; fish and game; fresh fruits; fresh vegetables and potatoes, including seed potatoes; gramophone records; tobacco; living plants, roots and bulbs; liqueurs and spirits, except gin and whisky of British origin; preserved fish, plums and vegetable; shrubs. The importation of all goods is subject to the production of an import licence.
Invoices Invoices are required for parcels containing goods valued at more than $30.
Sealing Parcels should be sealed with a distinctive device.
Delivery Addressees are notified of arrival of parcels and are required to arrange for their collection. Charges are collected from the addressees.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CHAD (Republic of)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations and Languages Value up to $700 – Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 – Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.

French as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Bank-notes; currency notes; documents payable to bearer; charged butane gas lighters and refills (uncharged lighters are admitted); coin, gold, jewellery, platinum, precious stones, silver; plants contraceptives.
PARCEL POST (Air Parcel Only)
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations and Languages Parcel Despatch Note.

Declarations should show the Post Office serial number of the parcel and should, as far as possible, be prepared in French as well as in English and in accordance with the classification of the French Customs tariff. Weights and measures should be shown in the metric system.
Prohibitions1 Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them; charged butane gas lighters and refills (uncharged lighters are admitted and should be declared as such on the customs declaration forms); saccharin; contraceptives.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of - Cut flowers; eggs of game birds during close season; fish and game; fresh fruit; fresh vegetables and potatoes, including seed potatoes; gramaphone records; tobacco; liqueurs and spirits, except gin and whisky of British origin; living plants, roots and bulbs; preserved fish, plums and vegetables; shrubs. The importation of all goods is subject to the production of an import licence.
Invoices Invoices are required for parcels containing goods valued at more than $30.
Sealing Parcels should be sealed with a distinctive device.
Delivery Addressees are notified of arrival of parcels and are required to arrange for their collection. Charges are collected from the addressees.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CHILE

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Printed papers. (2) Small packets. (3) Registration. (4) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations and Languages Value up to $700 – Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 – Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.

Spanish or French, as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Coin, bank-notes, currency notes or securities of any kind payable to bearer, traveller’s' cheques, platinum, gold or silver, manufactured or not, precious stones, jewels and other valuable articles except in insured letters. Letters or other letter post items which bear sentences, expressions, signs, drawings, labels or inscriptions, referring to affairs of an international character affecting relations between States or concerning sentiments of the fatherland, on their envelope or packing or postage stamps. Ordinary and registered letters containing articles subject to customs duty.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of pharmaceutical products. Import licences are not required but heavy surcharges are payable on many goods.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1 Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them.
Invoices A commercial invoice, containing a declaration of origin of the goods must accompany every commercial parcel or consignment of parcels posted at the same time by one sender to the same addressee.
Customs Duty Photographs or unexpected films are subject to customs duty.
Gift Parcels Gifts are subject to customs duties and other charges in the same way as ordinary commercial consignments. For parcels up to 100 U.S. dollars in value payment of the surcharges mentioned above may be waived.
Packing Parcels should be very strongly packed.
Delivery

Parcels are not delivered to the place of address. Addressees are notified of their arrival and have to collect them from the Post Office after the necessary import and other regulations have been complied with.

 

An SMS notification of item arrival will be sent to addressees of small packets, parcels and EMS items bearing valid mobile phone number.

 1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CHINA (People's Republic of)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature. (6) Insured letters, air and surface limit $1,590.
Customs Declarations and Languages Value up to $700 – Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 – Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.

Chinese as well as English.

The net and gross weight of each article and the net and gross weight of the whole packet should be shown.
Prohibitions1 See under PARCEL POST.
Restrictions1 See under PARCEL POST.
Address The address should include the words, 'People's Republic of China'.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available Insurance, air and surface limit $1,590.
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1 Arms, imitation arms, ammunition and explosives of all kinds; counterfeit currencies and counterfeit negotiable securities; printed matter, films, photographs, gramophone records, cinematography films, loaded recording tapes and video-tapes, compact discs (video and audio), storage media for computers and other articles which are detrimental to the political, economic, cultural and moral interests of China; deadly poison of all kinds; opium, morphine, heroin, marijuana and other addictive drugs and psychotropic substances; animals, plants and products thereof infected with or carrying disease germs, insect pests and other harmful organisms; foodstuff, medicines and other articles coming from epidemic stricken area and harmful to man and livestock or those capable of spreading disease. Coins, bank notes, currency notes or securities of any kind payable to bearer, traveller’s cheques.
Restrictions1

The importation of personal articles by post is limited to those intended for genuine personal use. These articles, in reasonable quantities and not exceeding the value of RMB (renminbi) 100 yuan per item and RMB (renminbi) 800 yuan per addressee family, may be imported once a year on payment of duties in accordance with customs regulations.

Articles admitted conditionally by post shall be limited to the quantity of value indicated below:-

Electronic Pocket Calculators
Quantity: 1
Remarks: 1 per year

Magnetic tapes
Quantity: 5 cassettes

Cotton or Synthetic Cloth
Quantity: 10 metres
Remarks:Not wider than 130 centimetres

Medicaments or Materials Used in Chinese medicaments
Value: RMB 40 yuan

Philately Stamps
Quantity: 100 stamps
Domestic Air Transport Restrictions Items containing powders, liquids, lithium batteries or lithium cells are prohibited for carriage by domestic air transport within the People's Republic of China. Ground transport will be used to forward these items to their next destination, thus affecting their processing and delivery times.

 

There will be no liability for the delayed delivery of such items.

Packing

Parcels should be very strongly packed either in stout cloth or carton boxes. Advertisements, designs, and wordings appearing on carton boxes that are used for packing should be obliterated, and wrapped in brown paper which should be securely fastened with gummed tape and string.

Senders are advised to ascertain from the addressees before posting a parcel that the contents do not violate any restrictions or prohibitions imposed by the Chinese Postal Authorities.
Address Senders are advised to enclose in the parcel a slip bearing the name and address of the sender and of the addressee. The full expression "The People's Republic of China" must be used on the parcel and documents; otherwise the item may be returned.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Indian Ocean)- See AUSTRALIA




 

CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Pacific Ocean) - See KIRIBATI (Republic of)




 

COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS - See AUSTRALIA




COLOMBIA (Republic of)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Printed papers. (2) Small packets. (3) Registration. (4) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations and Languages Value up to $700 – Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 – Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.

Portuguese, Spanish or French, as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Coin, bank-notes, currency notes or securities of any kind payable to bearer, travellers' cheques, platinum, gold or silver, manufactured or not, precious stones, jewels, other valuable articles and used clothing. Ordinary and registered letters containing articles subject to customs duty.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of plants and seeds.

The importation of many other classes of goods into Colombia including the islands of San Andres and Providencia is subject to certain restrictions and controls; the importer may be required to register the transaction in the Office of Exchange Registration, in which event evidence of registration may have to be produced by the exporter when applying for a consular invoice.
Invoices An invoice in quadruplicate on a form certified by a Colombian Consul is required in respect of packets containing goods over 100 pesos in value. A Commercial invoice, certified by the sender, must accompany each packet containing books and reviews of a commercial nature. For packets, the invoice must bear the Post Office registration number, the number of packets and the number of books and reviews enclosed in each packet, and the gross weight. Only the number of packets needs to be shown on the invoice. A copy of the relative invoice must be sent to the International Section of the Ministry of Posts and Telegraphs at Bogota.
Address See under PARCEL POST
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available Express (Air Parcel Only).
Customs Declarations and Languages Parcel Despatch Note.

Spanish or French as well as English.

Declarations must show the gross weight, net weight in kilograms and the true nature of contents. Parcels bearing fraudulent declarations of value or contents will be confiscated by the Colombian Postal Administration. When one set of customs declaration forms is used for a batch of two or three (not more) parcels from the same sender to the same addressee, the required particulars (together with the relative serial number of the parcel) must be shown separately for each parcel.
Prohibitions1

Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them; coin of silver, copper or nickel; Colombian postage or fiscal stamps; saccharin, except under permit; spirits, liqueurs and used clothing. Chemical, biological and nuclear arms, nuclear and toxic residue; materials of warfare. Merchandise which is used, uncleared stocks; used vehicles. Narcotic substances with the exception of those authorised by the Bureau of Narcotics.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of boxes or packets of cigarettes and pressed tobacco; patent medicines; plants, including seeds. The importation of many other classes of goods into Colombia including the islands of San Andres and Providencia is subject to certain restrictions and controls; and the importer may be required to register the transaction in the Office of Exchange Registration, in which event evidence of registration may have to be produced by the exporter when applying for a consular invoice.
Invoices A consular invoice in quadruplicate is required in respect of all parcels containing goods valued at more than 100 pesos.
Gift Parcels There are no concessions for gift parcels and most goods likely to be sent as gifts are at present prohibited.

In other cases an import licence must be obtained in advance by the addressee who would also have to pay the necessary customs duty on the arrival of the parcel in Colombia.
Address

All postal items must bear complete addresses and correct postcodes to facilitate delivery.

Delivery Parcels are not delivered to the place of address. The addressees are notified of the arrival of parcels and advised to collect them either from the local Customs depot or local post office according to whether the goods are dutiable or not. Senders are warned that parcels are subject to delay after arrival in Colombia.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

COMOROS (Federal Islamic Republic of the)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations Value up to $700 – Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 – Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.
Prohibitions1 Coin, gold, jewellery, platinum, precious stones, silver; charged butane gas lighters and refills (uncharged lighters are admitted); tobacco, cigarettes and cigars sent to private individuals.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1 Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them; charged butane gas lighters and refills (uncharged lighters are admitted); saccharin; spirit; tobacco, cigarettes and cigars sent to private individuals.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of – Dummies and teats; tube feeding bottles.
Sealing Parcels should be sealed with a distinctive device.
Delivery Additional charges for conveyance from port of landing are collected from the addressees.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CONGO (Democratic Republic)
(formerly ZAIRE)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations and Languages Value up to $700 – Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 – Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.

Flemish or French as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them; bearer bills, and so on. Living animals; articles which bear on the outside defamatory inscription or inscriptions contrary to public order or to good morals; articles which, in any manner whatsoever, relate to so-called "Snowball" operations; articles which, in any manner whatsoever, relate to magic, except those which have a scientific character; articles which, by their nature or their packing, may present a danger to staff, soil or damage other items; coins, currency notes, bank-notes, platinum, gold or silver, precious stones, jewels and other valuable articles.
PARCEL POST (Air Parcel Only)
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations and Languages Parcel Despatch Note.

Flemish or French as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them; bearer bills, and so on. Living animals; articles which bear on the outside defamatory inscription or inscriptions contrary to public order or to good morals; articles which, in any manner whatsoever, relate to so-called "Snowball" operations; articles which, in any manner whatsoever, relate to magic, except those which have a scientific character; articles which, by their nature or their packing, may present a danger to staff, soil or damage other items; coins, currency notes, bank-notes, platinum, gold or silver, precious stones, jewels and other valuable articles.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of saccharin and similar products.
Import Licences Import licences are required for all parcels except those containing samples with no intrinsic value and gift parcels not exceeding 50 Zaires.
Invoices An invoice may be required for each commercial parcel or consignment of commercial parcels for the same address; and senders are recommended to satisfy themselves as to the need for fulfilling this requirement before parcels are posted.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CONGO (People's Republic of)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Insured letters, surface only, limit $1,700 (Principal towns only). (3) Printed papers. (4) Small packets. (5) Registration. (6) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations and Languages Value up to $700 – Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 – Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.

French as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Bank-notes; currency notes; documents payable to bearer; charged butane gas lighters and refills (uncharged lighters are admitted); coin, gold, jewellery, platinum, precious stones, silver; plants; contraceptives.
PARCEL POST (Air Parcel Only)
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations and Languages Parcel Despatch Note.

Declarations should show the Post Office serial number of the parcel and should, as far as possible, be prepared in French as well as in English and in accordance with the classification of the French Customs tariff.

Weights and measures should be shown in the metric system.
Prohibitions1 Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them; charged butane gas lighters and refills (uncharged lighters are admitted and should be declared as such on the customs declaration form); saccharin; contraceptives.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of - cut flowers; eggs of game birds during close season; fish and game; fresh fruit; fresh vegetables and potatoes, including seed potatoes; gramophone records; tobacco; liqueurs and spirits, except gin and whisky of British origin; living plants, roots and bulbs; preserved fish; plums and vegetables; shrubs. The importation of all goods is subject to the production of an import licence.
Invoices Parcels should be sealed with a distinctive device.
Delivery Addressees are notified of arrival of parcels and are required to arrange for their collection. Charges are collected from the addressees, except at Pointe-Noire.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

COOK (or HERVEY) ISLANDS - See NEW ZEALAND ISLAND TERRITORIES




 

CORSICA

LETTER POST - Same as FRANCE
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available

Insurance, surface only, limit $2,110 to the places listed below. $300 to all other places.

Places to which the $2,110 insurance limit applies:

Muracciole, Novella, Occhiatana, Olmi-Capella, Olmo, Omessa, Padulella, Palasca, Penta-Acquatella, Penta-di-Casina, Peri, Pero-Cesevecchie, Piano, Piedigriggio, Pioggola, Poggio-di-Venaco, Poggio-Mezzana, Ponte-Leccia, Ponte-Nuovo, Popolasca, Porri, Prato, Prunelli-di-Casaconi, Pruno, Regino, Riventosa, Sainte-Lucie-de-Mercurio, Saint-Pancrace, Sainte-Marie-de-Lota, San-Damiano, San-Gavino-di-Massa, San-Gavin-Scolca D'Ampugnani, San Martino-Lota, Santo-Fletro-di-Venaco, Santa-Reparata-di-Balagna, Sarrola-Carcopino, Scata, Silvareccio, Sorbo-Ocanano, Soveria, Taglio-Isolaccio, Talasani, Tattone, Tavaco, Tavera, Tralonca, Ucciani, Valle-di-Mezzana, Valle-di-Rostino, Vallica, Velone-Orneto, Venaco, Venzolasca, Vescovato, Vignale, Villanova, Ville-di-Pietrabugna, Vivario, Vizzavona, Volpajola, Zilia
Customs Declarations and Languages

Parcel Despatch Note.

Declarations should show the Post Office serial number of the parcel and should, as far as possible, be prepared in French as well as in English and in accordance with the classification of the French Customs tariff. Weights and measures should be shown in the metric system.
Prohibitions1 Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them; butane gas lighters; candles; playing cards; saccharin; and in addition all goods which do not comply with the requirements of the (French) Merchandise Marks Act.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of - cut flowers; eggs of game birds during close season; fish and game; fresh fruit; fresh vegetables and potatoes, including seed potatoes; plants, roots and bulbs; gramaphone records; preserved fish; plums and vegetables; shrubs.
Import Licence The importation of certain other goods is subject to the production of an import licence, and such goods should not be despatched until the necessary licence has been obtained by the addressee.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

COSTA RICA (Republic of)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2)   Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations and Languages Value up to $700 – Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 – Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.

French as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Coin, bank-notes, currency notes or securities of any kind payable to bearer, travellers' cheques, platinum, gold or silver, manufactured or not, precious stones, jewels and other valuable articles.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1 Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them.
Gift Parcels Gifts are subject to normal duties in the same way as commercial consignments.
Certificate of Disinfection A certificate of disinfection must accompany every parcel containing used clothing.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CROATIA (Republic of)
(formerly a state of Yugoslavia)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Printed papers. (2) Small Packets. (3) Registration. (4) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations Value up to $700 – Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 – Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.
Prohibitions1 Coin, bank-notes, currency notes, securities of any kind payable to bearer, traveller's cheques, platinum, gold or silver, manufactured or not, precious stones, jewels and other valuable articles.
Restrictions1 See under PARCEL POST.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1 All live animals, except bees, leeches and silk-worms; fresh meat; live fishes, crustaceans and other aquatic invertebrates; fresh quick perishable vegetables and fruits; poppy-head, cannabis and coca leaves for private persons; resins, vegetable extracts and saps containing narcotics; inflammable substances, narcotics and psychotropic substances for private persons; medicine with expiry validity date; explosives; pyrotechnical products; combustible preparations; celluloid in various forms; Croatian national currency (Croatian dinar bank notes); ammunition, firing caps, bombs and similar. Natural or cultured pearls, precious or semi-precious stones, precious metals, metals clad with precious metal and articles thereof; imitation jewellery; coin.
Restrictions1

Senders should ascertain import requirements from the Croatian authorities before posting the following: animals and animal products; plants and plant products; anti-parasite products for agricultural use; beverages, alcoholic fluids; tobacco; narcotics; pharmaceutical products; rubber articles; books, brochures, newspapers, printed papers; measuring instruments; war material; machines for games - toys; coin; fertilizers.

The following goods may be imported:

  • Postal items for Croatia addressed to individuals may contain personal travel articles, articles for personal use and for the use of members of family (medicines and medical instruments, teaching material and leisure material) and articles for the use of their household in quantities not intended for resale.
  • Items inherited abroad as well as articles provided for in contracts concluded between States may be freely imported in accordance with such contracts.
  • Items addressed to individuals which do not exceeds US$100 in total, are exempted from customs duty provided the goods are for the importer's own domestic use and are not intended for sale or business. Items the total equivalent value of which exceeds US$100 in total must pay customs duty.
  • Natural persons of Croatian nationality exercising a profession are entitled to import articles for use in that profession (equipment, reproduction material and spare parts); importation will be subject to special conditions.

Senders posting the above items must provide proof of the addressee's entitlement on the customs form to import such items. If such proof is not available, the addressee will be required to produce such proof before delivery.
Gift Parcels Gift parcels and the relative accompanying documents should be marked "Gift Parcel" or "Envoi Cadeau".
Import Licences Import licences are required for many types of commercial goods. The addressee must obtain the licences before parcels are posted. In order to facilitate customs clearance and the calculation of the various duties, relevant invoices must be inserted in parcels. All parcels are opened and inspected by customs.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CUBA (Republic of)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations

Value up to $700 – Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 – Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.
Prohibitions1 Coin, bank-notes, currency notes or securities of any kind payable to bearer, travellers' cheques, platinum, gold or silver, manufactured or not, precious stones, jewels and other valuable articles; postcards equipped with electronic systems and placed in an envelope. See also under PARCEL POST.
Restrictions1

Restrictions apply to the importation of medicines and serums.

 

Items worth more than 200 CUC will not be accepted.

PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations

(a) All places except Guantanamo Bay - Parcel Despatch Note.

(b) Guantanamo Bay (U.S. Naval Station) - Parcel Despatch Note.

Articles sent to private individuals and subject to customs inspection which are not completely identifiable or whose contents cannot be verified because of their containers will be confiscated or destroyed by the Cuban authorities.

Prohibitions1

 

(All places except Guantanamo Bay)

Letters; raw cotton and cotton plants or seeds; alcoholic drinks of any kind; cut tobacco, cigarettes and cigars; recording tape; clothing (textile); shoes; spectacles of natural glasses; binoculars; hair-dye; chewing-gum; hams, sausages, bones, milk and its derivatives; scent; grain and seed not authorised by the Cuban public health authorities; medical supplies; toxic substances; old wives' remedies; jewellery; securities of any kind; postage stamps (except those exchanged through the Philatelic Federation); photographic paper; photographic and cinematography films; earth minerals; motor spare parts; electric or electronic equipment; maps; hermetically   sealed containers, except for pharmaceutical products which are not unethical.
Restrictions1

Restrictions apply to the importation of chemicals, fruits, medicines and serums.

 

Items worth more than 200 CUC will not be accepted.

Prohibitions and Restrictions etc
(Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Station)
Same as U.S.A. omitting the paragraphs relating to "Invoices, Delivery charges and Customs duty".
Route Parcels for the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay must be prepaid in accordance with the postage rates shown above even if they are consigned to an address in New York.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CURACAO

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations Value up to $700 – Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 – Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.
Prohibitions1 See under PARCEL POST.
Restrictions1 See under PARCEL POST.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1 Letters (in parcels), except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them; articles infringing copyrights; weapons; butane gas lighters and refills; articles of value.
Restrictions1 Senders should determine import restrictions from the country's authorities before posting.

 

Coins and similar pieces of copper, bronze and nickel. Medicines.

1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CYPRUS (Republic of)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Printed papers. (3) Small packets. (4) Registration. (5) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations Value up to $700 – Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 – Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.
Prohibitions1 See under PARCEL POST.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of cigarette papers and picture postcards.
Invoices See under PARCEL POST.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available Express (Air Parcel Only).
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1 Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel; coins of silver, copper or metal alloy; daggers; live animals; leather and skins; leeches and silkworms; toy or imitation pistols or revolvers; salt, other than table salt or rock-salt; charged butane gas lighters and refills.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of bees; cinematograph films; honey; saccharin. Old or used clothing for private use or for sale or trade purposes is liable to disinfection by the Medical and Health Services, Cyprus. Parcels containing such clothing belonging to a passenger and arriving within six months prior to or after his arrival in Cyprus are permitted without restrictions.
Invoices

All commercial parcels and small packets must be accompanied by the relevant invoice (one copy) and must always be attached to the outside as follows:

Parcels

  • Inserted with the other accompanying documents in the self-adhesive CP91 or CP92 envelope attached to the items.
  • Firmly attached to the parcel with other accompanying documents, preferably in an unsealed envelope.

Small Packets

  • Firmly attached to the item, preferably in an unsealed envelope, if possible, in a self-adhesive CP91 or CP92 envelope.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

CZECH REPUBLIC
(formerly a state of Czech and Slovak Federative Republic)

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Printed papers. (2) Small Packets. (3) Registration. (4) Blind literature.
Customs Declarations Value up to $700 – Green Label (CN22);

Value over $700 – Parcel Despatch Note in addition to upper part of Green Label.
Prohibitions1 See under PARCEL POST.
Restrictions1 See under PARCEL POST.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available Express (Air Parcel Only).
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1

Chain letters; publications, drawings, photograph, records, sheets of music, etc. contrary to the State public order; perishable infectious substances; perishable non-infectious substances; radioactive materials; spirits; soil. Personal correspondence in parcels; precious metals; saccharin and similar substances; alcoholic beverages; lottery tickets and circulars; items bearing reproductions of bank notes or designs resembling them.

Products of animal origin from non-European Union countries, meaning raw materials of animal origin, i.e. animal parts, particularly meat, offal, fats, hides and skins, bones, blood, endocrine glands, horns, antlers, hoofs, wool, hair and feathers, milk, eggs, honey, beeswax or products made from these raw materials (e.g. sausages, tinned food, cheese, caviar, gelatine, hunting trophies without complete taxidermy treatment and similar products)
Restrictions1

Gift parcels must be sent by private individuals. Those sent by commercial firms are not admitted. Gift shipments for the personal use of the addressee or the addressee's family do not require an import permit if the contents do not exceed 5000 Czech Republic crowns. When the total exceeds 2000 Czech Republic crowns, the addressee must provide a gift certificate authenticated by an authorised agent in that country. Czech Republic Customs decides the value of the contents on the basis of internal prices of identical articles.

Philately articles and stamps exchanged between member philatelists must not exceed 1000 Czech Republic crowns in any calendar year. Gift packages containing philatelic articles are restricted to 3 per year and the shipment cannot exceed a total of 100 stamps or philatelic articles and 100 Czech Republic crown in value.
Customs Duty Articles imported in postal items are exempt from customs duties if their total value does not exceed 300 Czech Republic crowns.
Import Permits and Invoices

Import permits are required for gift parcels exceeding three per year for one addressee, or for any parcel exceeding 3,000 Czech Republic crowns in value. Permits may be issued to addressees or withheld at the discretion of the customs authorities after the parcels arrive. Medicines are admitted provided the addressee is in possession of an import permit granted by the Czech Republic Health Authorities.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.