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Postal Rates and Overland Mail Surcharges

   

Eastwards bounded rates from France

Postage Rate France - Iraq (surface mail):

(Date Format dd.mm.yyyy)

 

From Till Letter up to 20 Grams Letter up to 40 Grams
01.04.1921 03.03.1924 0,50 Fr. 0,70 Fr.
01.04.1924 15.07.1925 0,75 Fr. 1,15 Fr.
16.07.1925 30.09.1925 1,00 Fr. 1,50 Fr.
01.10.1925 31.01.1926 1,00 Fr. 1,60 Fr.
01.02.1926 31.071926 1,25 Fr. 2,00 Fr.
01.08.1926 31.07.1937 1,50 Fr. 2,40 Fr.
01.08.1937 30.11.1938 1,75 Fr. 2,75 Fr.
01.12.1938 31.12.1939 2,25 Fr. 3,50 Fr.

 

 

Surcharge for the use of Overland Mail

 

Date of Decree Surcharge
20.02.1924 1,00 Fr. / 20 grams
07.10.1926 2,00 Fr. / 20 grams
17.02.1930 No more surcharge required

 


The French decree of 20/02/1924 fixed to 1 franc per 20 grams the surcharge for the special service Haïfa/Baghdad.

1924

- 269 -

BULL. No 8

 

Post Office) Notice dated 20th February 1924 with regard to the application of a surcharge to be made to overland mail transported between Haifa and Baghdad (via Beirut).

 

The President of the Republic of France

In consideration of Article 2 issued 30th March 1921 empowering the President of the Republic of France to enact by decree (notice) those items determined and agreed at the UPU convention in Madrid 30th November 1920, with respect to setting out the charges for mail discussed at the convention.

Consideration of Article 6 of this International Agreement authorises the collection of fees in addition to standard charges, where transport of the mail incurs extra costs, in order to defray these extraordinary expenses.

On behalf of the Minister for Transport and The Chancellor of the Exchequer

 

Notice

 

Art 1: All mail of a private or official nature requesting the use of the overland mail service between Haifa and Baghdad (via Beirut) and subject to charges in accordance with the fees set out will be surcharged as follows; A charge of 1 Franc per 20 grams or each additional part thereof. This surcharge is collected solely to defray the costs incurred by the office in Iraq (Mesopotamia)

 

 

 

 

Art 2: The Administration incurs* no responsibility for mail sent by road by ordinary means between Haifa and Baghdad.

 

 

Art 3: The Minister for Transport and the Chancellor, their offices, and everyone else concerned with the promulgation of this enactment are available to see in the Official Journal.Drawn up in Paris 20th February 1924

A. Millerand

On behalf of the President of the Republic of France:

Minister for Transport

Minister of Finance

Y: Le Trocquer

CH de Lasteyrie

 


Cover from France to Iraq, dated 11 August 1924, with the correct rate (0.75  postage + 1 Fr. Overland Mail Surcharge).

That rate had been in place from 1 April 1924 - 15 July 1925

 

 


Cover from France to Iraq, dated 27 October 1925, with the correct rate (1 Fr postage + 1 Fr. Overland Mail Surcharge).

That rate had been in place from 16 July 1925 - 15 July 31 January 1926

 

 

The French decree of 07.10.1926 fixed to 2 franc per 20 grams the surcharge for the special service Haïfa/Bagdad

BULL. No 32

- 860 -

1926

Notice with regard to changes made to the surcharging of mail sent overland addressed to Iraq and Persia.

 

 

As from the 15 November , the surcharge applied to ordinary and registered mail addressed to Iraq (Mesopotamia) and Persia, which is sent by overland mail Beirut-Baghdad will be 2 Francs each 20 grams or part thereof for letters and postcards, and 1Franc for each 20 grams or part thereof for other items

 

The French decree of 17/02/1930 suppresses this surcharge

 

1930

- 173 -

BULL. No  5

 

Art 4: The current decision laid down by the Post Master General is given here for those whom it may concern.

 

Drawn up Paris 17th February 1930

GERMAIN MARTIN

 

 

Notification with regard to the suspension of the surcharge applied to items of mail sent by the overland mail (Transdesertique Syro-Iraqi)

 

 

 

The President of the Republic of France

 

In consideration of article 1 dated 7th October 1926 regarding the setting of a surcharge on items of mail sent by the overland route from Beyrouth to Bagdad.

The following statement was issued by the Minister of Post, Telegraphs and Telephones and the Miniser of Finance. 

 

Notice

 

Art. 1: The surcharge applied to items of mail sent by the overland route between Beirut and Baghdad is suspended forthwith

 

 

Art 2: The Post Master General and the Chancellor, their offices, and everyone else concerned with the promulgation of this enactment are available to see in the Official Journal.

 

 

Drawn up (signed) in Paris 17 February 1930

Gaston Doumergue

On behalf of the President of the Republic of France:

Minister for Post,

Telegraphes and Telephones

Minister of Finance

Germain Martin

Henry Cheron