IMM Revision: Redeeming International Reply Coupons

Effective October 11, 2007, we are revising Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®) to reflect current procedures in our redemption/exchange policy for international reply coupons (IRCs).

As of October 11, 2007, customers will no longer be able to redeem U.S.-origin international reply coupons issued before 2002. Customers will be able to exchange U.S.-origin IRCs bearing the expiration date of December 31, 2006, until September 1, 2008. These coupons may be exchanged for postage in the amount of the sale price minus $0.01. The IRC for the Universal Postal Union (UPU), Item 330700, either U.S.-origin or foreign-origin, will be the only IRC currently redeemable.

Note: This policy change is for U.S.-origin IRCs. A policy change for IRCs issued by foreign postal administrations was published in articles titled “IMM and Publication 51 Revisions: Redeeming International Reply Coupons” in Postal Bulletin 22193 (11-9-06, pages 81–83) and in Postal Bulletin 22197 (1-4-07, pages 40–42). Those articles stated that customers were no longer able to redeem or exchange the following foreign-origin IRCs at U.S. Post Offices® after January 1, 2007:

(U.S.-origin IRCs are distinguishable from foreign-origin IRCs because they bear the legend “Amérique (Etats-Unis)” on the front side.)


Current UPU IRC



Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM)

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3 Extra Services

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370 Supplemental Services

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372 International Reply Coupons

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372.4 Processing Requests

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[Revise item d to read as follows:]

d. As of October 11, 2007, only international reply cou­pons printed by the Universal Postal Union can be redeemed at U.S. Post Offices. The valid version of the international reply coupons printed by the Univer­sal Postal Union is approximately 3.75 inches by 6 inches, has a barcode on the back, and has an expi­ration date of December 31, 2009. This policy is for international reply coupons issued by the United States as well as for those issued by foreign postal administrations.

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We will incorporate this revision into the printed version of IMM 35 and also into the online version of the IMM, which can be accessed via Postal Explorer® at