February 17, 1905. Agreement between the Post-Office Department of the United States of America and the post-office of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and and Ireland for the direct exchange of parcels by parcel post.
Preamble.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 Postmaster-General, 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.
Extent of convention.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.
Articles admitted to the mails.
1. With the exception of the articles specifically prohibited by 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 10 l 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.
Address, etc.2. Every parcel must bear the exact address of the addressee and 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.
Articles prohibited.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 inflammable substances; liquids and substances which easily liquefy;