According to the United States Postal Service, an international letter requires at least four address lines: the name of the addressee, the postal box or street address, the city and postal code and the full country name. Because so much U.S. mail is read by machines instead of people, the address should be printed clearly in uppercase Roman letters.Know More
The addressee's address should be written approximately in the middle of the envelope, and the return address should be in the upper left corner, just as with U.S. mail. There are no special restrictions about what type of envelope must be used, though it is advisable to use durable materials. For mail that needs faster overseas delivery, the USPS offers Global Express Guaranteed service for which it provides free envelopes and boxes.
If the international mail includes any items of value, the sender must complete a customs declaration form. This includes mail being shipped to APO/FPO/DPO addresses. Additionally, different countries have different postal rates. The USPS divides international mail into four rate categories: Canada, Mexico and two other multicountry groups. APO/FPO/DPO addresses use standard U.S. mail rates. Provided the mail piece does not weigh over 13 ounces, the sender can use online services available through the USPS site Stamps.com to determine and print appropriate postage from home.Learn More
The United States Postal Service notes that franked mail is official mail of a U.S. Congress member or government representative that can be sent without postage. The mail has a signature, a copy of a signature or an agreed-upon symbol that identifies the sender.Full Answer >
Postage stamps for domestic mail in 1967 were five cents per ounce. Stamps for cards and postcards were only four cents. These prices had been in effect since Jan. 7, 1963.Full Answer >
As of September 2014, First-Class postage for a single piece of mail weighing 1 ounce or less is 49 cents for a stamped letter-size envelope, 98 cents for a large flat envelope and $2.32 for a parcel. The price increases according to the weight of the envelope or parcel.Full Answer >
Monetary values were removed from some British postal stamps in 1989 in order to minimize disruption to individuals and retailers when postal rates changed. Such stamps always provide the same level of service, such as first-class post, regardless of any future price increase, according to GBStamps.com.Full Answer >