Effective January 1, 2009, the Postal Service™ is revising the following sections in Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®) to reflect a change in the conversion rate between special drawing right (SDR) values and U.S. dollars, and to reflect changes to the indemnity limits for ordinary Priority Mail International™ parcels and Registered Mail™ items (which are affected by the SDR values):
Postal Service retail employees use this information, and the limits listed in Exhibit 234.4, when a customer presents an ordinary parcel for mailing. Postal retail employees use section 324.12 and exhibit 324.12 when a customer presents an insured parcel for mailing, subject to availability in the destination country. For insured parcels, employees must write the insured amount, stated in terms of both dollars and SDR values, in the designated blocks on the PS Form 2976-A, Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note — CP 72.
We will incorporate these revisions into the next printed version of the IMM and into the monthly update of the online IMM, which is available via Postal Explorer® at http://pe.usps.com.