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Meaning of PARCEL POST

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  postal service that handles packages
 See Also: mail



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Par"cel post\
That branch of the post office having to do with the
collection, transmission, and delivery of parcels. The
British Inland Parcel Post was established in 1883. The
present rates, dating from 1897, are 3d. for parcels not
exceeding one pound and 1d. for each additional pound up to
the limit of 10 pounds. A general parcel post was established
in the United States by Act of August 24, 1912, which took
effect Jan. 1, 1913. Parcels must not exceed 11 pounds in
weight nor 72 inches in length and girth combined. Provision
is made from insuring parcels up to $50.00, and also for
sending parcels C.O.D. The rates of postage vary with the
distance. See {Zone}, below.

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