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2. The totals thus arrived at shall form the basis for determining the sums to be collected from the senders, but in fixing the rates of postage either Administration shall be at liberty to adopt such approximate amounts as may be convenient in its own currency.

V.-1. The accounting between the two Administrations in respect of Insurance fee shall be at the rate of 25 centimes for each 300 francs or fraction thereof, and shall be divided in the following manner:—

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2. The office of origin is also entitled to collect from the sender of each insured parcel and to retain a registration fee not exceeding 25 centimes.

VI. In the case of parcels originating in or forwarded by one of the two contracting countries and sent in transit through the other, the Post Office of the intermediate country shall be credited by the other Post Office with the sums due to the former for the conveyance and insurance of such parcels, in accordance with tables to be mutually communicated.

VII. The Post Office of the country of destination may levy from the addressees, for the delivery of the parcels and for the fulfilment of Custom House formalities, a charge not exceeding 25 centimes for each parcel.

VIII. The parcels to which the present Agreement applies cannot be subjected to any postal charge other than those contemplated by the different Articles of this Agreement.

IX. For the re-direction of parcels from one country to the other, as well as for the return of undelivered parcels, a supplementary charge on the basis of the rates fixed by Articles IV and V shall be collected from the addressees or the senders, as the case may be. A supplementary charge may also be made for warehousing.

X.-1. It is forbidden to send by post

(a.) Parcels containing letters, or communications of the nature of a letter, live animals, except becs in properly constructed boxes, or articles the admission of which is not authorised by the Customs or other laws or regulations of either country (a parcel may, however, contain an open invoice in its simplest form);

(b.) Parcels containing explosive or inflammable articles, and in general articles the conveyance of which is dangerous.

2. It is equally forbidden to send coin, anything made of gold or silver, or other precious articles from one country to the other in uninsured parcels.

3. If a parcel contravening any of these prohibitions shall be handed over by one Administration to the other, the latter shall proceed in the manner and with the formalities prescribed by its law or inland regulations.

4. The two Administrations shall furnish each other with a list of prohibited articles; but they will not thereby undertake any responsibility whatever towards either the police, the Customs authorities, or the senders of parcels.

XI.-1. In all cases of loss, abstraction, or damage, except such as are beyond control, the sender, or, in default or at the request of the sender, the addressee shall be entitled to an indemnity corresponding with the actual amount of the loss, abstraction, or damage, unless the damage has arisen from the fault or negligence of the sender or from the nature of the article, and provided always that the indemnity does not exceed, in the case of an uninsured parcel, 25 francs, and, in the case of an insured parcel, the sum for which it has been insured. The sender of a parcel which has been lost, or of which the contents have been completely destroyed in the post, shall also be entitled to the return of the postage. In any case the insurance fee is retained by the Postal Adminis


2. The obligation of paying the indemnity shall rest with the Administration to which the despatching office is subordinate. To that Administration is reserved a remedy against the Administration responsible, that is to say, against the Administration on the territory or in the service of which the loss or the damage took place.

3. Until the contrary is shown, the responsibility shall rest with the Administration which, having received the parcel without making any observation, cannot prove its delivery to the addressee, or, in the case of a transit parcel, its regular transfer to the following Administration.

4. The payment of the indemnity to the sender or addressee ought to take place as soon as possible, and at the latest within a year of the date of the application. The Administration

responsible will be bound to make good, without delay, the amount of the indemnity paid.

5. It is understood that no application for an indemnity will be entertained unless made within a year of the posting of the parcel; after this term the applicant will have no right to any indemnity.

6. If the loss, abstraction, or damage shall have occurred in course of conveyance between the exchanging offices of the two countries, and it shall not be possible to ascertain on the territory or in the service of which the loss, abstraction, or damage took place, each Administration shall pay half of the indemnity.

7. The Administrations will cease to be responsible for parcels of which the owners have accepted delivery.

XII.-1. No parcel may be insured for an amount above the real value of its contents.

2. In case the sender of an insured parcel, with intent to defraud, shall declare the contents to be above their real value, he shall lose all claim to compensation; and the enforcement of this rule shall not prejudice any legal proceedings admitted by the law of the country of origin.

XIII. The cost of the receptacles in which parcel mails are exchanged between the two countries shall be shared equally between the two Administrations.

XIV.—1. The internal legislation of both the United Kingdom and Norway shall remain applicable as regards everything not provided for by the stipulations contained in the present Agreement.

2. The Administrations shall communicate to each other from time to time, the provisions of their laws or regulations applicable to the conveyance of parcels by Parcel Post.

XV. The two Postal Administrations shall indicate the offices or localities which they admit to the international exchange of parcels; they shall regulate the mode of transmission of these parcels, and fix all other measures of detail and order necessary for ensuring the performance of the present Agreement.

XVI. This Agreement shall supersede the Convention dated the 12th and 20th of March, 1886,* and the supplementary Agreement of the 29th of November, 1893, and the 6th of January, 1894.† It shall come into operation on the 1st day of October, 1900, and shall be terminable on a notice of one year by either party.

Done in duplicate at Christiania, the 8th day of September, 1900, and at London, the 18th day of September, 1900.



* Vol. 17. Page 845.

Vol. 19. Page 760.

DETAILED REGULATIONS for carrying out the Agreement concerning the Exchange of Parcels by Parcels Post between the British and Norwegian Post Offices. Signed at Christiania, September 8, and at London, September 18, 1900.

1.-(1.) The exchange of parcels in closed mails between the two countries shall be carried on by the direct sea route, via the Tyne.

(2.) The offices of exchange for parcel mails shall be in the United Kingdom the Post Office of Newcastle-on-Tyne, and in Norway the Post Office of Christiania and the Bergen Sea Post Office.

2.-(1.) The two Postal Administrations shall acquaint each other which of the regular sea services maintained by them may be employed for the conveyance of parcels.

(2.) The two Administrations, after a preliminary understanding has been arrived at with the countries concerned, shall communicate to each other :

(a.) A list of the countries with regard to which they may respectively serve as medium for the conveyance of parcels.

(b.) The routes available for the transmission of the said parcels, from the point of entry on their territories or into their services.

(c.) The total amount of the charges to be paid to them under this head, for each destination, by the office which consigns the parcels to them.

(3.) By means of this information the Administration will determine the routes to be employed for the transmission of their parcels and the postage to be collected from the senders.

3.-(1.) Parcels posted in the United Kingdom for Norway must not exceed 2 feet English in length, breadth, or depth, and parcels posted in Norway for the United Kingdom must not exceed 60 centimetres in length, breadth, or depth.

(2.) Parcels measuring not more than 1 metre (3 feet 3 inches) in length shall, however, be admitted to the service, provided that their breadth and depth do not measure more than 20 centimetres (8 inches).

4.-(1.) No parcel must be accepted for conveyance by parcel post unless it bear the exact direction of the addressee. The address of parcels containing coin, articles of gold or silver, jewellery, or other precious objects, must be written on the actual covering of the parcel.

(2.) Every parcel must be packed in a manner adequate for the length of the journey and for the protection of the contents. The packing must be such as to make it impossible to tamper with the contents without leaving an obvious trace of violation.

(3.) Every parcel must be sealed by means of sealing

lead, or otherwise, with some special impress or mark of the sender.

(4.) Every insured parcel must bear on the cover, and also on the despatch note, a statement of the sum for which it is insured, without erasure or addition, even if certified. When this statement is expressed in English or Norwegian money, the sender, or the Post Office of the country of origin, must indicate by new figures placed beside or below the others, the equivalent of the amount in francs and centimes.

5.-(1.) Each parcel must be accompanied by a despatch note and by Customs declarations in conformity with, or analogous to, specimens A and B hereto appended. The Administrations shall inform each other of the number of Customs declarations to be furnished for each country of destination.

(2.) One despatch note and, if the Customs laws permit, one Customs declaration, may be used for two or three (but not more) parcels sent from the same sender to the same addressee. One despatch note must not, however, be used with both insured and uninsured parcels.

(3.) The amount of postage paid, when not indicated by postage stamps affixed to the despatch note, should be notified upon the despatch note.

(4.) The exact weight of an insured parcel in kilogrammes and grammes must be entered by the office of origin, both on the cover of the parcel and on the despatch note in the place provided for the purpose.

(5.) The Administrations decline all responsibility for the Correctness of the Customs declarations.

6.-(1.) Each parcel, as well as the despatch note relating to it, must bear a label in conformity with or analogous to, specimen C hereto annexed, indicating the registered number and the name of the office of origin.

(2.) The despatch note shall, moreover be impressed by the office of origin, on the address side, with a stamp indicating the place and date of posting.

(3.) Each insured parcel must bear a red label with the word "Insured" or "Valeur déclarée" upon it.

(4.) The labels on parcels containing coin, articles of gold or silver, jewellery, or other precious objects, must be so placed that they cannot serve to conceal injuries to the cover. They must not be folded over two sides of the cover so as to hide the edge.

7. The parcels shall be entered by the despatching office of exchange on a parcel bill, in conformity with specimen D appended to the present Regulations, with all the details required by this form. The despatch notes and the Customs declarations must be securely attached to the parcel bill.

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