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Postal Services Guide



Section 4 :  Country-specific Requirements

Countries starting with N


NAMIBIA (Republic of)
(formerly South West Africa)

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 (Air Parcel Only)                                 
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1 Chemical substances,

Cigarettes with a mass more than 2kg per 1000 cigarettes,

Narcotics and illegal drugs in any form,

Poison and toxic substances,

Pornographic materials,

Prison made and penitentiary made goods.

 

Restrictions1

An import permit is required for many goods. Before posting any item, senders should confirm that the addressee has the necessary permit.

 

- Animal hides and skins,

- Beeswax and honey,

- Dairy products,

- Game trophies,

- Maize & maize products,

- Meat and meat products (fresh/frozen/dried),

- Medicine,

- Sugar,

- Wild plants and flowers (dried/fresh).

 

Invoices

The net mass or quantity and value of the various sorts of articles contained in a parcel should be indicated on the customs declaration. It is recommended that ordinary or consular invoices be included in parcels, and commercial parcels should also be accompanied by certified invoices, certificates of origin and import permits.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

NAURU (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

Blank invoice forms; documents of monetary value (cheques; money orders and so on), except in registered letters; spirits, tobacco, cigars, cigarettes and snuffs, except genuine samples or for the private use of the addressee.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of dyes; plants and parts of plants, including fruit.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available Insurance, surface only, limit $310.
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1 Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them; blank invoice forms; confectionery containing spirits; spirits, tobacco, cigars, cigarettes and snuff, except genuine samples or for the private use of the addressee.
Restrictions1

Restrictions apply to the importation of bees; cinematograph films and advertisements relating thereto; dyes; plants and parts of plants, including fruits; tinned meats; vaccines, serums and viruses.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

NEPAL

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 Bank-notes, securities of any kind payable to bearer; travellers cheques; articles of gold, platinum or silver, jewels, precious stones and other valuable articles ordinary and registered letters containing currency notes or coins are also prohibited. Synthetic fibres (75 denier or less), cameras, watches and spare parts, cloves; cardamom; photographic paper; bearings of all kinds and cinnamon.
General Conditions Same as INDIA
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available Insurance, air only, limit $180.
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1 Synthetic fibres (75 denier or less); cameras, watches and spare parts; cloves; cardamom; photographic paper; bearings of all kinds and cinnamon.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

NETHERLANDS

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Insured letters, air only, limit $830. (3) Printed papers. (4) Small packets. (5) Registration. (6) Blind literature. (7) 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 Coupons and so on relating to football pools.

See also under PARCEL POST.
Restrictions1 See under PARCEL POST.
Invoices See under PARCEL POST.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available Insurance, air and surface limit $1,240; Express (air parcels only).
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1

Explosives; flammable liquids and solids; compressed, liquefied or dissolved gases; oxidising solids or peroxides; poisons; corrosives; radioactive substances; all animals with the exception of bees, leeches and silkworms; hand weapons such as flick-knives, knuckle-dusters, etc; flammable films made of xylonites; lottery tickets including any advertisement or notice, imported for publication, about the drawing or intended drawing of any lottery; obscene prints; paint products; matches; absinth; ammunition; imitation of postage stamps, bank notes or dies etc.; articles infringing trade marks or copy right laws; any postal item containing two or more items addressed to different persons at different addresses.

Cigarettes and other tobacco products, which are ordered - via the Internet or any other trade channel - by a private person or an entrepreneur for his/her own satisfaction (so called B2C = business to consumer shipments). This measure is applicable irrespective of the amount or the value of the tobacco products imported. Such imports are illegal.

Only shipments belonging to one of the following two categories are allowed:

  • Gift shipments sent by mail from one private individual to another (C2C = consumer to consumer) without any form of compensation or payment whatsoever, and never containing more than the following maximum quantities of tobacco products: 50 cigarettes, or 10 cigars, or 25 cigarillos (maximum weight 3gm each), or 50gm of rolling tabacco/pipe tobacco, or a proportional assortment of these items. The Total value of postal consignment containing these items, up to the maximums indicated, and other goods may not exceed 45 EUR. All postal consignments exceeding these maximum quantities and/or value will be confiscated by Dutch Customs.

 

  • Shipments sent by post to an entrepreneur who has a license, granted by Dutch law, to receive such tobacco products under a regulated customs regime.


Furthermore, shipments containing tobacco products will only be accepted if they are accompanied by a fully completed CN 22/CN 23 customs declaration form, giving a precise description of the goods. When these letter-post items or postal parcels are not accompanied by the proper customs declarations, or when these declaration forms are left blank or not filled in properly (deliberately or by mistake), they too are subject to confiscation by Dutch Customs.

In cases where postal consignments have been seized due to any violation of import rules, neither the sender nor the addressee will be entitled to any form of compensation.

Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of narcotics and psychotropic substances; plants, potatoes, fresh fruits, sowing seeds; bees; sera and vaccines for human beings or animals; pharmaceutical products; products of animal origin; arms or their component parts; meat or meat products (including poultry and game); milk or milk products; infectious and non-infectious biological substances. The importation of many articles is also subject to the production of permit which must be obtained by the addressee in advance.
Packing and Marking The Customs declarations for parcels or packets containing non-inflammable film must be marked Non-inflammable, Safety or Sicherheits.
Invoices Items containing merchandise, sent by letter or parcel post must be accompanied by a copy of the invoice, attached where applicable to the Customs declarations.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

NETHERLANDS ANTILLES AND ARUBA- See ANTILLES (NETHERLANDS ANTILLES) and ARUBA




 

NEVIS - See ST. KITTS-NEVIS-ANGUILLA




 

NEW CALEDONIA

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 Current coin; serums; tobacco; vaccines.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations and Languages Parcel Despatch Note.

French as well as English.
Prohibitions1 Letters, except those exchanged between the sender and the addressee of the parcel or persons residing with them; brandy and liqueurs; playing cards; saccharin; serums; vaccines, toxins and similar substances; tobacco (leaf or manufactured).
Delivery Delivery is confined to Noumea.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

NEW GUINEA TERRITORY- See PAPUA NEW GUINEA




 

NEW HEBRIDES (including Banks and Torres Island) - See VANUATU (Republic of)




 

NEW ZEALAND

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Insured letters, air only, limit $1,330 (3) Printed papers. (4) Small packets. (5) Registration. (6) 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 bulbs, fruit, plants and seeds and all meat products.
Import Licences Import licences are required for most goods. Some of the items exempt from licence are :-

  • bona fide gifts up to a value of NZ$50, including advertising material, trade samples and replacements of faulty or damaged goods when supplied free of charge;
  • goods imported by post which do not exceed NZ$20 in value for any one importation or in any one overseas mail provided such goods are for the importer's own domestic use and are not intended for sale or business or for use in the trade, calling or profession of the importer.

 A licence is, however, required for all goods imported in connection with a contract of sale or purchase which has been negotiated or solicited in New Zealand.

  • used postage revenue and similar stamps, and unused stamps not of current issue in New Zealand;
  • collections and collectors' pieces of numismatic interests.
Customs Duty Advertising matter is subject to Customs duty.

Note -  

For Danger (Pukapuka), Manihiki, Palmerston (Avarua), penrhyn (Tongareva), Rakahanga, Niue (Savage), Suwarrow and Tokelau (or Union) Group, see NEW ZEALAND ISLAND TERRITORIES.
Address

All addresses should bear a 4-digit postcode placed on the same line as the city name, e.g.:

AB Sample
224B Clarence Street
Brooklyn
WELLINGTON 6021
NEW ZEALAND

Mail should also comply with the New Zealand Post addressing standards. Details are available at :

http://www.nzpost.co.nz/sending-within-nz/how-to-address-mail

and

www.nzpost.co.nz/Cultures/en-NZ/OnlineTools/PostCodeFinder
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available Insurance, air and surface, limit $1,330.
Customs Declarations Parcel Despatch Note.
Prohibitions1 Any living stage of an amphibian, fish or invertebrate, including ova, animal manure, endangered, threatened and exploited species, veterinary biological product, whale products; plants and plant seeds; fodder; chewing tobacco; mineral products; radioactive substances; all explosives, (such as grenades, including items that resembled the real devices, devices that have been defused or rendered inert, and/or objects designed to take the appearance of the real device, e.g. toys or items intended for novelty or ornamental purposes), other than safety cartridges and cases, small arms ammunition, biological substances, controlled drugs e.g. cocaine, cannabis; books, magazines, periodicals, documents and sound recordings which are indecent; football pools and competitions of a like nature; motor cycle safety helmets; hair or bristle including goods which incorporate hair or bristle; false and counterfeit money, gold coins, bank notes and other forms of currency; offensive weapons viz. knuckle dusters, knives, sword sticks, flick and gravity knives; arms, ammunition, parts and accessories thereof; plastics and articles thereof; wood and articles of wood; woolpacks.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of cocoa, noodles; brandy, whisky; bees, bee products and bee-keeping appliances; wool; articles of asbestos cement, of cellulose fibre cement, or the like; lock picking appliances; animals, birds, reptiles, mammals including the eggs or carcass or any portion of the carcass; fish and fish products; biological products.
Import Licences See under LETTER POST.
Gift parcels Bona fide gift parcels not exceeding NZ$50 in value should be clearly marked "Unsolicited Gift".
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

NEW ZEALAND ISLAND TERRITORIES

Cook (or Hervey) Islands comprising Altutaki, Atiu, Hervey (Manuae), Mangaia, Mitiaro, Parry (Mauke), Rarotonga, and adjacent islands comprising Danger (Pukapuka), Manihiki, Palmerston (Avarua), Penrhyn (Tongareva) Rakahanga, Niue (Savage), Suwarrow and Tokelau (or Union) Group.

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.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of bulbs and plants.
Customs Duty Advertising matter is subject to Customs Duty.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available Insurance, surface only, limit $770 to Niue (Savage) and Tokelau (Union) Group, limit $38 to other islands.
General Conditions Same as NEW ZEALAND.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

NICARAGUA (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 Coins, bank notes, currency notes or securities of any kind payable to bearer, travellers cheques, platinum, gold or silver, whether manufactured or not, precious stones, jewels or other valuable articles; petrol lighters; telegraph apparatus; any communist material or literature, liable to confiscation by the Nicaraguan Postal Authorities.
Import/Export
Documentation
Phytosanitary and export certificates from country of origin are required for postal items containing plant- and animal-based substances.
Import Licence Import licences are required for all goods and in some cases the importer must make a prior deposit of 100 per cent of the value of the goods before a licence is granted.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available None.
Customs Declarations and Languages Parcel Despatch Note.

Spanish 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;

See also prohibitions listed under LETTER POST.
Import/Export
Documentation
See under LETTER POST
Import Licences See under LETTER POST.
Invoices

Four copies of the commercial invoice made out in Spanish and legalised by a Nicaraguan Consul are required. The original should be enclosed in the parcel and the outside wrapper noted to that effect. A copy should be sent to the consignee in Nicaraguan.
Sealing Parcels should be sealed with a distinctive device.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

NIGER (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.

French as well as English.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available Express (Air Parcel Only).
Customs Declarations and Languages Parcel Despatch Note.

French as well as English.
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); counters resembling coins; weights and measures not of the decimal system; all goods bearing indications which suggest they are of French origin or manufacture when they are not.
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of books and printed matter in Arabic; mineral waters; preserved plums, sardines and vegetables; saccharin and similar substances; spirits.
Address

Parcels are accepted for all places, but they must be claimed at the nearest of the following offices, of which the name should if possible, appear in the address.

Agadez, Bilma, *Birni N'Gaoure, Birni N-Konni, Dakoro, Dogon-doutchi, *Doss, Filingue, Gaya, Gouree, Madaoua, Magaria, Maine-Soroa, *Maradi, N'Guimigi, *Niamey R.P, Ouallam, Say, *Tahoua, Tanout, Tera, *Tessaoua, *Tillabery, *Zinder
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

NIGERIA (Federal 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) 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 Air mail photographic printing paper; cowries; bank-notes; coin; currency notes except from a bank and addressed to a bank in Nigeria; counterfeit coin or currency of any country; silver or metal alloy coins not legal tender in Nigeria; blank invoices; carbon papers; Christmas cards and other greeting cards, calendars, almanacs and diaries (when sent as goods); cigarettes; gold and silver in manufactured state; jewellery; precious and semi-precious stones; textiles fabrics of all types, woven labels and badges; new and used clothing; towels; footwear; carpets, and rugs; travel goods of all kinds; wallets; domestic ornaments; glass articles; plastic domestic articles; enamelware; living creatures.
Restrictions1 Medicines, including proprietary preparations are admissible under licence. Penicillin, streptomycin and similar substances except under licence; precious stones and manufactured gold, platinum or silver are admitted if not more than $20 in value; parasites and destroyers of harmful insects imported for the control of such insects are admitted conditionally; bees; leeches and silkworms conveyed in specially constructed boxes.

Articles prohibited from importation by parcel post must not be import by letter post.

For some time, the Nigerian Postal Service has been receiving large numbers of small packets containing valuables such as mobile phones. None of these items are registered or insured. Most often these items are insufficiently packed and may be rifled even before reaching Nigeria.

This situation has caused difficulties and embarrassment for the administration. It therefore requests postal administrations to ask their customers to send valuable articles only in registered and insured items.

The postal administration of Nigeria wishes to remind postal administration that it will not be liable for items that fail within the prohibitions specified and that it cannot pay compensation for the theft of such articles if they are not sent in either registered or insured items.
Import Licences Import licences are required for a number of articles (other than those contained in bona fide gift parcels). Information about these may be obtained from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Lagos.
Import Permits Exporters are advised not to send goods until they have ensured that the importer possesses or is able to obtain the necessary permit issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Lagos, or that a permit is not required.
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.

See also under LETTER POST.
Restrictions1 Medicines, including proprietary preparations are admissible under licence; penicillin, streptomycin and similar substances except under licence; uniforms, unless addressed to persons entitled to wear them; goods which bear design in imitation of any currency, bank-notes or coins in current use in Nigeria or elsewhere except books and teaching material for schools; machine for duplicating keys are imported only under licence from the Inspector General of Police, Lagos; tear-gas is imported only under licence from the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria; plants, produce and seeds of any tropical country are imported only under permit issued by the director of Agricultural Research, Plant Quarantine Service, Federal Department of Agricultural Research, Moor Plantation, Ibadan; parasites and destroyers of harmful insects imported for control of such insects are admitted conditionally.
Import Licences and Permits See under LETTER POST.
Invoices An invoice showing details of the cost of the goods including insurance and so on and indicating their country of origin should be securely attached to the outside of each commercial parcel in an envelope prominently marked "Invoice". When several parcels are sent in one consignment one invoice will suffice provided all the parcels are numbered, the number of the parcel to which the invoice is attached is clearly shown on every parcel in the consignment and the invoice itself clearly indicates the parcels to which it relates.
Packing Foodstuffs must be packed in metal containers.
Address A parcel intended for delivery through a bank should bear the address of the bank only. The name of the ultimate consignee but not his address should be entered, in brackets, under the name and address of the bank.

The Nigerian postal administrations has for some time been aware of an increasing number of requests from senders to redirect parcels. However, many customers and senders are having difficulty in completing the relevant CN 17 request form, and other similar forms. Furthermore, post offices of origin frequently have no CN 17 forms at their counters, which makes it difficult for the Nigerian Post to return the items in question after they have been withdrawn from the postal service.

The postal administration of Nigerian therefore asks the postal administrations of Union member countries to help customers to fill out the necessary forms in order to facilitate the redirection of items and reimbursement of the related costs.

The Nigerian postal administration wishes to recall that it does not provide a surface forwarding service, and that the cost of returning items will be based on air conveyance rates.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

NORFOLK ISLAND

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available Same as AUSTRALIA.
Customs Declarations Same as AUSTRALIA.
Prohibitions1 Same as AUSTRALIA.
Restrictions1 Permission must be obtained from the Administrator of Norfolk Island or the Department of Territories, Canberra, 2600, before posting drugs. Written approval must be obtained from the Administrator of Norfolk Island before posting bees, leeches, silkworms, any plant or parts of plants including seeds.
Customs Duty Advertising matter is subject to Customs duty.
PARCEL POST
Supplementary Services Available Same as AUSTRALIA.
General Conditions Same as AUSTRALIA.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

NORWAY

LETTER POST
Supplementary Services Available (1) Dutiable goods admitted in the letter post. (2) Insured letters, air only, limit $3,800. (3) Printed papers. (4) Small packets. (5) Registration. (6) Blind literature. (7) 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 Butane gas lighters and refills; coupons, and so on relating to football pools. Pharmaceutical products of any kind (regardless whether the products are of synthetic extraction or classified as naturopathic preparations).
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of calendars.
Value-added Tax Value-added tax is payable on all products purchased by mail order, regardless of their value.

Except for mail order items, alcoholic beverages and tobacco, imported goods with a value under 200 NOK (Norwegian krone) are admitted free of duty and taxes.
Address The postal code number, if known, should appear in the address on all postal items on the left, before the name of the office of destination, e.g.

Herr Ole Olson
Bergsmuget 19
3700 SKIEN
Norway
PARCEL POST (Air Parcel Only)
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 or persons residing with them; live animals except bees, leeches etc; products made of/containing wild oat; substances considered explosive, inflammable or dangerous; firearms and weapons bank notes; butane gas lighters and refills; coupons and so on relating to football pools; natural barium carbonate (witherite), asbestos, beryllium ores, benzole, xylole, creosote oils, gasoline, radioactive elements and their compounds, products containing CFC and certain other halogenated derivatives; pharmaceutical products of any kind (regardless whether the products are of synthetic extraction or classified as naturopathic preparations).
Restrictions1 Restrictions apply to the importation of bees and wax, leeches, silkworms etc; animal meat/products; eggs; natural honey; fish and fish products; plant and plant products; seed for sowing are either prohibited or subject to regulations; beverages, spirits and vinegar; tobacco; narcotics; mineral products; chemicals; cosmetics; pornographic, photographic or cinematographic goods; Norwegian bank notes and coins as well as Norwegian and foreign securities of all kinds; radio and telecommunications equipment; etc.
Value-added tax Value-added tax is payable on all products purchased by mail order, regardless of their value.

Except for mail order items, alcoholic beverages and tobacco, imported goods with a value under 200 NOK (Norwegian krone) are admitted free of duty and taxes.
Invoices An invoice in duplicate is required for all commercial parcels. The invoice shall be securely attached to the despatch note and Customs declaration form.
Certificates of Origin or Import Permits Certificates of origin or import permits are required for certain types of goods. Where a certificate of origin or an invoice bearing the origin declaration is provided this should be stated on the Customs declarations and all documents should be handed to the post office with the parcel.
Address See under LETTER POST.
1 Senders should determine import restrictions/prohibitions of destination country before posting.


 

NYASALAND - See MALAWI (Republic of)