[CQ-Contest] IRCs, a "lighter topic"...

Pete Smith n4zr at contesting.com
Wed Jul 28 12:03:45 PDT 2010

I think what you need is this, from the USPS.com web site_

IMM Revision: International Reply Coupons

Effective August 3, 2009, the Postal Service™ is revising
Mailing Standards of the United States Postal Service,
International Mail Manual (IMM®) section 381.3b to codify
that international reply coupons purchased in foreign countries
are exchangeable at U.S. Post Office™ facilities
toward the purchase of postage stamps and embossed
stamped envelopes at $0.98 per coupon.

Consistent with Article 13 of the Universal Postal Union
(UPU) Convention and Article RL142.3 of the UPU Letter
Post Regulations, inbound international reply coupon service
allows customers in member countries of the UPU to
prepay for a reply sent by mail by purchasing reply coupons
that are exchangeable for U.S. postage stamps. The
regulation provides that one coupon is exchangeable for a
stamp or stamps representing the minimum postage of an
unregistered airmail letter, regardless of the country destination.

For this purpose, and in order to satisfy the UPU
requirement, the equivalent exchange value is that of a 1-
ounce First-Class Mail International™ letter, which is currently
priced at $0.98.

We will incorporate this revision 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://

— Mailing Standards,
Pricing, 7-16-09

73, Pete N4ZR

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On 7/27/2010 9:21 PM, Geoffrey Way wrote:
> I recently had trouble using an IRC at a local branch Post Office when
> posting a QSL reply to a DX station I'd worked in a contest.
> They told me that they "couldn't process" my IRC.
> So I took the transaction to the Main branch downtown, and the
> clerk took it without a word before I even opened my mouth, and
> he said, "You're all set!" That was about 2 weeks ago.
> Then I was on my way to another town today, and tried the IRC transaction
> at the ONLY Post Office in that town. At first, they were all stumped,
> but didn't give up or refuse me. One of the clerks eventually identified
> the transaction successfully, stating it falls under the "Non-Postal
> Money Order" category. The head clerk said she'd never had one presented
> to her from outside the US in all 28 years of her service... They had all SOLD
> IRC's of course, though.
> Anyone ever have difficulties with getting local branches to accept IRC's?
> Do they have the right to refuse the transaction if they have computerized
> operations? Has anyone ever succeeded in putting an outbound article with an
> IRC in their curbside mailbox? I haven't bothered to try it yet, given the resistance
> at the local branch...
> Please, don't "go postal" in your replies... I just need the facts...

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