Anonymous
Anonymous asked in TravelAsia PacificJapan · 1 decade ago

How many stamps do I need to send a letter to Japan from the U.S?

Can I use a forever stamp?

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  • C
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Best answer

    No, unfortunately, you can't use a 'forever' stamp.

    I wish, I have quite a few at home in the US.

    It costs $0.98 to send a letter by 'First-Class Mail International' if the weight is not over 1 ounce.

    You can use any combination of stamps that equal that amount or go a little over...

    Here's the 'First-Class Mail International' chart (for Japan) with weights and prices:

    (You'll have to scroll down a bit, sorry.)

    http://pe.usps.com/text/Imm/il_010.htm#ep1628203

    Beneath that you can see the charge chart for Large envelopes and Small packets.

    Very useful!

    *OR look here:

    http://i101.photobucket.com/albums/m69/Cyn_010/Jap...

    Please be sure to note this important point:

    "241.217 Non machinable Surcharge

    Regardless of a letter’s weight, a $0.20 per-piece surcharge applies to a First-Class Mail International letter that is non machinable for any of the following reasons:

    Has an aspect ratio (length divided by height) of less than 1.3 or more than 2.5.

    Is poly bagged, poly wrapped, or enclosed in any plastic material.

    Has clasps, strings, buttons, or similar closure devices.

    Contains items such as pens, pencils, or loose keys or coins that cause the thickness of the mail piece to be uneven.

    Is too rigid (does not bend easily when subjected to a transport belt tension of 40 pounds around an 11-inch diameter turn).

    Is more than 4-1/4 inches high or 6 inches long and less than 0.009 inch thick.

    Has a delivery address parallel to the shorter dimension of the mail piece. "

    http://pe.usps.com/text/Imm/immc2_016.htm#ep236811...

    My sis in law works at the post office and she says; 'If in doubt, take it in to get posted.' That way you don't have a problem or delay.

    I usually get my post mail from the U.S. (Southern Ca.) in about 5 to 10 days depending on holidays... I live in Tokyo.

    Hope that helps!

  • Aya
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Last time I mailed a letter from the US to Japan it cost 90 cents, so no, a forever stamp isn't nearly enough.

  • Kaori
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Thumbs down on the only correct answer ? Cute, really cute.

  • 1 decade ago

    It's currently 98 cents an ounce. If you use the forever stamp I believe you have to add extra postage on it that has the value of the stamp on it.It's best to go to the post office and have them weigh it for you.Figure on 3 to 7 days to get there.

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