IMM Revision: Individual Country Listing for New Zealand

Effective October 24, 2019, the Postal Service™ is revising the Individual Country Listing for New Zealand in Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service, International Mail Manual (IMM®) to note that New Zealand Post is adding new prohibitions.

These revisions are based on a formal request received from New Zealand Post on August 16, 2019.

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

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Individual Country Listings

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New Zealand

Country Conditions for Mailing


[Remove the entries beginning with “Bank notes,” “Knives and offensive weapons,” and “Medicines,” and add the following entries in alphabetical order:]

Air guns, stun guns, tasers, and stun batons.

Ammunition, including bullets.

Antiques and collectibles, including numismatic (collector’s) coins.

Artwork including paintings, sculptures, and other works of art.

Bank cards, including credit cards, debit cards, electronic-funds-transfer-at-point-of-sale cards (EFTPOS), and gift cards.

Coins; bank notes; currency notes (paper money); bullion; stamps (unused); bonds, shares, and securities of any kind payable to bearer; traveler’s checks; bills of exchange; and other negotiable instruments.

First aid kits.

Furs and skins of animals (untreated).

Human or animal remains (including cremated remains).

Inert grenades.

Jewelry, precious metals or stones, and watches.


Lithium batteries — including items containing properly installed lithium batteries under IMM 135.6.

Live organisms, such as bees, leeches, silkworms, and harmless insects.

Magnets and magnetic material, such as refrigerator magnets and compasses.

Medicines including over-the-counter and prescription drugs.

Offensive weapons and knives (including knuckledusters and swordsticks), bows (including crossbows and arrows), harpoons, spear guns, sling shots, catapults, and defensive chemical dispensers (including mace, pepper spray, and tear gas).

Passports and national identification cards (including applications and renewals for such cards), and original copies of other identity, travel, ownership, or legal documents.

Pesticides, herbicides, and other poisons not classified as hazardous materials.

Vouchers, event tickets, and tickets for games of chance.

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Although effective October 24, 2019, the Postal Service will incorporate these revisions into a later edition of the online IMM, which is available via Postal Explorer® at