The following valuable articles may be sent only by registered Priority Mail International flat-rate envelope, registered First-Class Mail International, or insured Priority Mail International shipments and are not mailable in Express Mail International or ordinary Priority Mail International shipments (see 221.2 and 233):
- Coins, banknotes, and currency notes (paper money).
- Instruments payable to bearer. (The term “instruments payable to bearer” includes checks, drafts, or securities that can be legally cashed or easily negotiated by anyone who may come into possession of them. A check or draft payable to a specific payee is not regarded as payable to bearer unless the payee has endorsed it. If not endorsed, or if endorsed in favor of another specific payee, it is not regarded as payable to bearer.)
- Traveler’s checks.
- Manufactured and unmanufactured platinum, gold, and silver.
- Precious stones, jewels, jewelry, watches, and other valuable articles.
Note: The term “jewelry” is generally understood to denote articles of more than nominal value. Inexpensive jewelry, watches, such as tie clasps and costume jewelry, containing little or no precious metal, is not considered to be jewelry within the meaning of this section and is accepted under the same conditions as other mailable merchandise to any country. Inexpensive jewelry is accepted to countries that prohibit jewelry, but only at the sender’s risk.
Individual countries prohibit or restrict some or all of the valuable items listed above. See the “Prohibitions and Restrictions” section in the Individual Country Listings.