112 Mailer Responsibility

Regardless of any statement contained in this manual or the statements of any employee of the United States Postal Service, the responsibility rests with the mailer to ensure that he or she has complied with the prescribed laws and regulations governing domestic and international mail, including, but not limited to, both those of the United States and those of the destination country.

The mailer must fulfill any nonpostal export requirements described in chapter 5 and must ensure that the electronically generated customs form is complete. Certain types of goods may be subject to prohibitions or restrictions. It is the mailer’s responsibility to comply with import and export regulations and restrictions (e.g., quarantine, pharmaceutical, etc.) and to determine what documents (e.g., commercial invoice, certificate of origin, health certificate, license, authorization for goods subject to quarantine such as plant, animal, or food products, etc.), if any, are required in the destination country.

Full responsibility rests with the mailer to comply with all postal and nonpostal laws and regulations regarding the mailing of dangerous goods. Anyone who mails, or causes to be mailed, nonmailable or improperly packaged dangerous goods can be subject to legal penalties, including but not limited to those specified in Title 18 of the United States Code (18 U.S.C.).