ADDITIONAL ACT OF
Concluded between Germany, the
United States of America, the Argentine Republic, Austro-Hungary, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Chili,
the United States of Colombia, the Republic of Costa Rica, Denmark and the Danish Colonies, the
Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ecuador, Spain and the Spanish colonies, Great Britain and certain
British Colonies, Canada, British India, Greece, Guatemala, the Republic of Hayti, the Kingdom of
Hawaii, the Republic of Honduras, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Paraguay, the Netherlands and the
Netherland Colonies, Peru, Persia, Portugal and the Portuguese Colonies, Roumania, Russia, Salvador,
Servia, the Kingdom of Siam, Sweden and Norway, Switzerland, Turkey, Uruguay and the United States
Plenipotentiaries of the Governments of the countries specified below, assembled in Congress at
I. The Convention of
Article II shall henceforth read as follows:
Article II. The stipulations of
this Convention extend to letters, post cards, both single and with reply paid, printed papers of
every kind, commercial papers and patterns or samples of merchandise, originating in one of the
countries of the Union, and intended for another of those countries. They also apply, as far as
regards conveyance within the
All the Contracting Countries
are not bound to issue cards with reply paid, but they assume the obligation of returning the reply
halves of cards received from other countries of the
Article IV is altered as
Paragraph 8 is replaced by the
2. That in all cases where the sea transit rate is fixed at present at 5 francs per kilogramme of letters or post cards, and at 50 centimes per kilogramme of other articles, those rates are maintained.
Paragraph 13 is altered as
The general accounting for
those charges takes place on the basis of statements prepared every three years during a period of
28 days, to be determined on in the Detailed Regulations referred to in Article XIV hereafter.
Paragraph 14 is replaced by the following stipulation:
Correspondence between Postal
Administrations, the reply halves of double post cards, returned to the country of origin, articles
redirected or missent, undelivered articles, acknowledgments of delivery, post office money orders
or advices of the issue of orders, and all other documents relative to the Postal Service, are
exempt from all charges for territorial or sea transit.
Article V is altered as
The 3rd paragraph shall
2. For post cards, 10 centimes
for single cards or for each of the two halves of cards with reply paid.
The 2nd sentence of the 7th
paragraph, beginning with the words As a temporary measure is cancelled.
The 14th paragraph shall
4. Lastly, packets of
commercial papers and printed papers of every kind the weight of which exceeds 2 kilogrammes, of
which measure in any one direction more than 45 centimeters.
IV. Between articles V and VI,
a new article is interpolated in these terms: Article V bis.
The sender of a letter or other article can have it withdrawn from the post or have its address
altered, so long as such article has not been delivered to the addressee.
The request for such withdrawal
is sent by post or by telegraph at the expense of the sender, who must pay as follows:
1. For every request by post
the rate applicable to a registered single letter.
2. For every request by
telegraph, the charge for a telegram according to the ordinary tariff.
The stipulations of this
Article are not obligatory for countries in which the legislation does not permit the sender to
dispose of an article in its course through the post.
V. The last five paragraphs of
Article VI, after the words In case of the loss of a registered article, &c., are
cancelled, and, following that article, a new article is added, thus:
Article VI. bis. In case of the loss of a registered article, and except
in cases beyond control, the sender, or, at the request of the sender, the addressee is entitled to
an indemnity of 50 francs.
The obligation of paying the
indemnity rests with the Administration to which the despatching office is subordinate. To that
Administration is reserved a remedy against the Administration responsible, that is to say, against
the Administration on the territory or in the service of which the loss took place.
Until the contrary be proved,
the responsibility rests with the Administration which, having received the article without making
any observation, cannot establish the delivery to the addressee or the regular transfer to the
following Administration, as the case may be.
The payment of the indemnity by
the despatching office out to take place as soon as possible, and at the latest within a year of the
date of the application. The responsible office is bound to refund to the despatching office,
without delay, the amount of the indemnity paid by the latter.
It is understood that the
application for an indemnity is only entertained if made within a year of the posting of the
registered article; after this term the applicant has no right to any indemnity.
If the loss occurred in course
of conveyance between the exchanging offices of two adjacent countries, without its being possible
to ascertain on which of the two territories the loss took place, the two Administrations concerned
bear each a half of the loss.
The Administrations cease to be
responsible for registered articles for which the owners have given a receipt on delivery.
As a temporary measure, the
administrations of countries beyond
VI. Between Articles IX and X a
new Article is interpolated in these terms:
Article IX bis. At the request of the sender, all classes of
correspondence are sent to the addresses by a special messenger immediately on arrival in those
countries of the
Such correspondence, which is
called express, is subject to a special charge for delivery; this charge is fixed at 30
centimes, and must be fully paid in advance by the sender, in addition to the ordinary postage. It
belongs to the Administration of the country of origin.
When an article is destined for
a place where there is no Post Office, the postal Administration of the country of destination can
levy an additional charge, up to the amount of the price fixed for delivery by express in its inland
service, less the fixed charge paid by the sender, or its equivalent in the money of the country
which levies this additional charge.
Express letters, &c.,
upon which the total amount of the charges payable in advance has not been prepaid are delivered by
the ordinary means.
VII. Article X shall henceforth
read as follows:
Article X. No supplementary
postage is charged for the redirection of postal packets within the interior of the
Undelivered correspondence does
not when returned give rise to the repayment of the transit charges due to intermediary
Administrations for the previous conveyance of such correspondence.
VIII. The first three
paragraphs of Article XI are cancelled, and replaced by the following stipulations:
It is forbidden to the public
to send by post
1. Letters or packets containing pieces of money;
2. Any packets whatever containing articles liable to Customs duty.
3. Gold or silver bullion, precious stones,
jewelry, or other precious articles, but only in case their insertion or transmission is forbidden
by the legislation of the countries concerned.
IX. Article XIII is altered as
Article XIII. The exchange of
letters of declared value, the post office money order system, the parcel post system, the
collection of bills of exchange, &c., the system of certificates of identity, &c., from the
subject of special arrangements between the various countries or groups of countries composing the
X. The end of the last
paragraph of Article XIV, beginning with the words for the conditions of the delivery of letters
by express, &c., is cancelled, and this paragraph will read henceforth:
The Administrations interested
are, however, permitted to come to mutual arrangements for the adoption of lower rates of postage
within a radius of 30 kilometres.
XI. The 1st paragraph of
Article XV is to read as follows:
The present Convention does not
involve alteration in the legislation of any country as regards anything which is not provided for
by the stipulations contained in this Convention.
XII. Article XVII is altered as
Article XVII. In case of
disagreement between two or more members of the
The decision of the arbitrators
is given by an absolute majority of votes.
In case of an equality of votes
the arbitrators choose, with the view of settling the difference, another Administration equally
uninterested in the question in dispute.
The stipulations of the present
Article apply equally to all the agreements concluded in virtue of Article XIII of the Convention of
XIII. The 2nd and 3rd
paragraphs of Article XX will read henceforth:
1. Unanimity of votes if they
involve any modification of the stipulations of the present Article or the foregoing Articles II,
III, IV, VV, V bis, VI, VI bis, IX and IX bis.
2. Two-thirds of the votes, if
they involve a modification of the stipulations of the Convention other than those of Articles II,
III, IV, V, V bis, VI, VI bis, IX, IX bis, and XX.
Article II. 1. The present
Additional Act shall come into force on
2. It shall be ratified as soon
as possible. The deeds of ratification shall be exchanged at
In faith of which the
Plenipotentiaries of the countries enumerated above have signed the present additional Act at
Laboulaye, A. Besnier
Colonies Guilhermino Augusto de Barros.
FINAL PROTOCOL - At the moment of proceeding to sign the convention settled by the
Universal Postal Congress of Lisbon, the undersigned Plenipotentiaries have agreed as follows:
1.Peru, Salvador, Servia and
Turkey which form part of the Postal Union, not having sent representatives to the Congress, the
Protocol remains open for them to adhere to the Conventions which have been concluded by it, or only
to one or other of them. This is equally the case in regard to the
2. The British Colonies of
3. The Protocol remains open in
favor of the countries whose representatives have signed today the principal Convention alone, or
only a certain number of the Conventions settled by the Congress, in order to allow them to adhere
to the other Conventions signed this day or to one or other of them.
4. The adhesions contemplated
in the foregoing Articles 1, 2 and 3 must be notified to the Portuguese Government by the respective
Governments, in diplomatic form. The term accorded for that notification will expire on
5. The representatives of the
countries which have not hitherto adhered to one or other of the undermentioned Conventions, namely:
The Convention of
The Agreement, dated
The Agreement of
The Convention of
Having been admitted to
participate in the additional Acts modifying and completing those Conventions and Agreements, their
signature at the foot of one or other of such additional Acts implies on their part, subject to
ratification, adhesion in the name of their respective countries to the Convention or Agreement to
which such additional Act relates, from the date on which the latter comes into force.
VI. In case one or more of the
Contracting Parties to the Postal Conventions, signed today at
In faith of which the
under-mentioned Plenipotentiaries have drawn up the present final Protocol, which shall have the
same force and value as if its provisions were inserted in the text itself of the conventions to
which it relates; and they have signed it on a single copy which shall remain in the archives of the
Portuguese Government, and of which a copy shall be handed to each party.
[Here follow the signatures of the Delegates of the Governments of
Germany, the United States of America, the Argentine Republic, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Bolivia,
Brazil, Bulgaria, Chili, the United States of Colombia, Denmark and the Danish Colonies, the
Dominican Republic, Egypt, Ecuador, Spain and the Spanish Colonies, France, the French Colonies,
Great Britain and certain British Colonies, Canada, British India, Greece, Guatemala, the Republic
of Hayti, the Kingdom of Hawaii, the Republic of Honduras, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Liberia,
Luxembourg, Mexico, Montenegro, Nicaragua, Paraguay, the Netherlands and Netherland Colonies,
Persia, Portugal, the Portuguese Colonies, Roumania, Russia, the Kingdom of Siam, Sweden, Norway,
Switzerland, Uruguay and Venezuela.]