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Postal Rates and Overland Mail Surcharges

   

Westwards bounded rates from Iraq

Postage Rate Iraq to Europe and USA (surface mail):

(Date Format dd.mm.yyyy)

 

The majority of mail sent (or maybe said “survived” for today’s collectors) thru the Overland Mail was westwards, originating in Iraq.

 

The known postal rates (not complete, your assistance would be appreciated) and surcharges were as below.

Note: There was a Currency Change (from Rupees / Paisa to Anna / Fils) on 01.04.1932

 

Foreign letter rate

From

Until

Surface rate

Rate for each weight slap

Registration charges

30.08.1923

23.05.1927

3 Annas / ounce

3 Annas

3 Annas

24.05.1927

28.10.1928

1 1/2 Annas / 10 Grams

1 1/2 Annas

3 Annas

29.10.1928

31.03.1932

1 1/2 Annas / 20 Grams

1 1/2 Annas

3 Annas

01.04.1932

15 Fils

8 Fils

15 Fils

 

Printed Matters / Sample Post

From

Until

Surface rate

Rate for each  additional ounce

Registration charges

    (S) 18 Fils (15.??.1936  
    (P) 18 Fils (14.01.1938)  
    (P) 8 Fils (Postal Card) 30.11.1938  

 

Late Fees

Effective from 3rd March 1925

Ordinary Letters

Fee

Posted between 8.30 a.m. and 9.00 a.m.

2 Annas
Posted between 9.00 a.m. and 9.30 a.m. 3 Annas
Registered Articles  
Posted between 7.30 a.m. and 8.00 a.m. 3 Annas
Posted between 8.00 a.m. and 8.30 a.m 6 Annas

 

Surcharge for the use of Overland Mail (letters)

From

Until

Surcharge for every 20 grammes or part of it

Surcharge for every 10 grammes or part of it

30.08.1923

23.05.1927

3 Annas  
24.05.1927 28.02.1929   1 1/2 Annas

01.03.1929

 

Not required anymore

 

 

Surcharge for the use of Overland Mail

(Commercial and Printed Papers, Books, Pattern and Sample Packets)

From

Reference

Surcharge

01 05.1927

Law 46 of 1927 1 Annas per 50 grammes or part of it

 

Surcharge for the use of Overland Mail (Postcards)

From

Reference

Surcharge

01 05.1927

Law 46 of 1927 1/2 Anna postcard

Surcharge for the use of Overland Mail (Parcels)

Until

Surcharge

15.04.1925

6 Annas per pound

 

This cover from Baghdad to Kent, England bears a Overland Mail Route Instruction label type L3/L4, in addition the Late Fee Paid handstamp Type LF 1. It is franked with a total of 8 Annas for the postage fee as follows:

3 Annas Postage for ordinary letter

3 Annas Overland Mail Surcharge

2 Annas Late Fee (Letter was posted on 5 August 1926, 9 A.M) 

Iraq, 18 Annas Franking? Explanation thought on Postage Rate!

The Postage rate of 18 Annas comprises of:

Postage up to 1 Ounce (28.35 Grams): 3 Annas

Postage up to 2 Ounce (56,70 Grams): 1 1/2 Annas

Postage up to 3 Ounce (85.05 Grams) but maximum 60 Grams: 1.50 Annas

Overland Mail Surcharge up to 20 Grams: 3 Annas

Overland Mail Surcharge for 21-40 Grams: 3 Annas

Overland Mail Surcharge for 41-60 Grams: 3 Annas

Registration Fee: 3 Annas

The cover therefore had a weight between 56.70 and 60 Grams.