Country Conditions for Mailing — Argentina
Coins; banknotes; currency notes; securities payable to bearer; traveler’s checks; platinum, gold and silver; precious stones; jewelry; and other valuable articles except in insured Priority Mail International.
Furs and skins of chinchillas and vicunas.
Radio and television receivers, phonographs and combinations.
Ready-made clothes and fabrics unless they are typical family presents and have no commercial value.
Perishable infectious biological substances.
Bees, plants, seeds must be accompanied by a health certificate countersigned by the Argentine Consul.
- Argentine customs legislation stipulates that in all cases the addressee must be present to authorize the opening, checking, and customs clearance of packages. To expedite the examination of such packages, the sender should write in a suitable place on the customs Declaration, the phrase “Peutetre Ouvert D’ Office” (May Be Opened Officially), followed by his signature.
- Each commercial shipment must be accompanied by a consular invoice in duplicate. These invoices must include a declaration signed by the seller or his representative reading: “I declare under oath that all the information given in this invoice is true and the prices indicated are those that actually have been paid (or will have to be paid). I also declare that no arrangements have been made that would make possible any alterations in these prices.” The following articles do not require consular invoices:
- Books, reviews, newspapers, printed papers and scientific and literary periodicals, on condition that no import duty is payable.
- New or used effects or articles imported for noncommercial purposes or not of a saleable nature or value, intended for personal use or consumption and which, by reason of their quantity or type, give no grounds for thinking that they are intended for sale, and which do not exceed the value above which import duty would have to be paid.
- Goods in transit for other countries.
- Samples without saleable value (unused).
- Brochures, posters, printed papers, diaries, almanacs, negatives, photographs, films and other miscellaneous publicity articles advertising foreign goods or concerns, which are marked to prohibit their free sale.
- Spare parts and accessories for supplying or repairing foreign ships or aircraft in Argentina, if these are considered indispensable for continuing the journey.
- Customs, properties and other belongings of visiting theatrical companies.
- Goods returned to Argentina after definitive or temporary export unless a return invoice was explicitly requested when authorization for temporary export was granted.
- Educational equipment or materials intended for schools or scientific research institutes, whether as purchases, gifts, loans or technical or financial aid, on condition that the Argentine Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Religion gives permission beforehand.
- Used linen and clothing must be accompanied by a certificate of disinfection issued by a competent authority in the country of origin and countersigned by an Argentine consular service. In areas without an Argentine consular service, a disinfection certificate issued by the competent authorities is sufficient. The wrapper must be marked “Disinfection Certificate Enclosed.”
Customs Forms Required (123)
First-Class Mail International items and Priority Mail International flat-rate envelopes and small flat-rate boxes:
PS Form 2976 or 2976-A (see 123.61)
Priority Mail International parcels:
PS Form 2976-A inside 2976-E (envelope)
Global Express Guaranteed (210) Price Group 8
Value Limit (211.2)
The maximum value of a GXG shipment to Argentina is $1,000 or a lesser amount if limited by content or value.
Size Limits (216.5)
An item must be large enough to hold on its face the postage
and the plastic pouch that carries the Global Express
Guaranteed Air Waybill/Shipping Invoice (shipping label).
The shipping label is approximately 5.5 inches high and
9.5 inches long, and the plastic pouch that carries it is
approximately 7 inches high and 12 inches long.
Maximum length: 46 inches
Maximum width: 35 inches
Maximum height: 46 inches
Maximum length and girth combined: 108 inches
General Conditions for Mailing
See Publication 141, Global Express Guaranteed Service Guide, for information about areas served in the destination country, allowable contents, packaging and labeling requirements, tracking and tracing, service standards, and other conditions for mailing.
Express Mail International (220) Price Group 9
Express Mail International — Flat Rate
Available for Express Mail International merchandise shipments only
Business papers and documents.
No form required. Endorse item clearly next to mailing label as BUSINESS PAPERS.
Merchandise samples, microfilm, microfiche, magnetic disks and tapes for computers, brochures with technical information on merchandise, and industrial plans and drawings.
PS Form 2976, Customs — CN 22 (Old C 1) and Sender’s Declaration (green label).
Merchandise and all articles subject to customs duty.
PS Form 2976-A, Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note CP 72, inside a PS Form 2976-E, Customs Declaration Envelope CP 91. Include a commercial invoice in each item.
Size Limits (223.2)
Maximum length: 36 inches
Maximum length and girth combined: 79 inches
Return Receipt Service (221.5):
Coins; banknotes; currency notes, including paper money; securities of any kind payable to bearer; traveler’s checks; platinum, gold, and silver; precious stones; jewelry; watches; and other valuable articles are prohibited in Express Mail International shipments to Argentina.
Reciprocal Service Name: Door to Door
Country Code: AR
Areas Served: All
Priority Mail International (230) Price Group 9
1 Merchandise is permitted, but written communications having the nature of current and personal correspondence are not permitted.
2 Ordinary Priority Mail International includes indemnity at no cost based on weight. (See 230.)
Priority Mail International — Flat Rate
Flat-Rate Envelope or Small Flat-Rate Box: $12.95
May contain items that may be sent as First-Class Mail International. The maximum weight is 4 lbs.
Flat-Rate Boxes: Regular/Medium – $41.95; Large – $53.95
Merchandise is permitted, but written communications having the nature of current and personal correspondence are not permitted. The maximum weight is 20 lbs. or the limit set by the individual country, whichever is less.
First-Class Mail International (240) Price Group 9
Large Envelopes (Flats)
Packages (Small Packets)
Postcards: See 243.1
Letters: See 243.2
Large Envelopes (Flats): See 243.3
Packages (Small Packets): See 243.4
Airmail M-bags (260) —
Direct Sack to One Addressee
Matter for the Blind (270)
Free when sent as First-Class Mail International.
Weight limit: 15 lbs.
Certificate of Mailing (313)
COD and Certified
NOT for International Mail
Available for Priority Mail International parcels only (see 324.3 for markings)
International Business Reply Service (382)
Fee: Envelopes up to 2 ounces $1.45; Cards $0.95
International Postal Money Order (371)
International Reply Coupons (381)
Registered Mail (330)
Maximum Indemnity: $47.93
Available for First-Class Mail International,
including postcards, and matter for
the blind or other physically handicapped
persons. Not applicable to M-bags.
Restricted Delivery (350)
Return Receipt (340)
Available for registered mail and insured
Priority Mail International parcels only.