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Imperial and Foreign Post Warrants 1930-47

These Warrants were in the form of Statutory Rules and Orders.

The text in the "Description" column is intended as a general summary of what the Warrant is about, in the manner of the "explanatory notes" officially added to later Warrants.

Date Warrant Description
1930
(1 Jul)

Imperial and Foreign Post Warrant 1930 (link)

The Warrant updates the regulations relating to overseas post and the British Postal Agencies.

1935
(1 Jan)

Imperial and Foreign Post Warrant 1934 (link)

The Warrant makes a number of mostly minor amendments to the regulations relating to overseas post and the British Postal Agencies. The main changes were:

Mail from Postal Agencies to GB, Irish Free State and the Empire now charged at Empire rates.

Minimum postage due charge reduced from 1d to ½d.

Reduction in Small Packet rates.

Airmail fees clause brought into line with current practice (an all-inclusive air fee).

Sample packets can contain articles liable to Customs duty if destination country permits this.

1935
(1 Jul)

Imperial and Foreign Post Amendment (No. 1) Warrant 1935 (link)

Introduction of a 1d postcard rate to the Empire and the USA.

Adjustments to the rules for packets and parcels containing articles liable to Customs duties.

1937
(12 Jul)

Imperial and Foreign Post Amendment (No. 2) Warrant 1937 (link)

Introduction of the Empire Air Mail Scheme, applying initially to African territories.

1938
(24 Feb)

Imperial and Foreign Post Amendment (No. 3) Warrant 1938 (link)

Extension of the Empire Air Mail Scheme to (mostly) Asian territories.

1938
(26 Jul)

Imperial and Foreign Post Warrant 1938 (link)

The Warrant consolidates with amendments the regulations relating to overseas post and the British Postal Agencies, with the first two Schedules listing Empire countries according to whether they did or did not qualify for the Empire Air Mail Scheme.

1938
(2 Sep)

Imperial and Foreign Post Amendment (No. 1) Warrant 1938 (link)

Hong Kong now included in the Empire Air Mail Scheme.

1939
(21 May)

Imperial and Foreign Post Amendment (No. 2) Warrant 1939 (link)

Iraq and Kuwait now included in the Empire Air Mail Scheme.

Increase in the time allowed for delayed despatches.

1940
(1 May)

Imperial and Foreign Post Amendment (No. 3) Warrant 1940 (link)

New rate schedules for overseas and Forces mail, and the previous Schedules relating to the Empire Air Mail Scheme replaced by a new Schedule listing territories to which the Empire rate applied.

1940
(21 Nov)

Imperial and Foreign Post Warrant 1940 (link)

The Warrant consolidates with amendments the regulations relating to overseas post and the British Postal Agencies.

Includes minor amendments to some rules such as permissible contents of and posting arrangements for printed packets and sample packets, and more detailed conditions and an extension of the weight limit for literature for the blind.

1943
(30 Mar)

Imperial and Foreign Post Amendment (No. 1) Warrant 1943 (link)

Extension of military concessional rates to the Merchant Navy, and introduction of rules for Airgraphs and Air Letters.