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Spain Correos - Postal Tax (To Local Ibiza Address)
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
Spain
Type
Postal Cover
Class
Postal Tax
Front Inscription
CORREOS ENVIO CON FRANQUEO INSUFICIENTE CANTIDAD A ABONAR
Gum
Self-Adhesive
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Used No Postmark - Extra Fine
Spain Correos - Postal Tax (To Local Ibiza Address)
Spanish Correos Postal Tax (Postage Due) for Insufficient Postage

A cover was sent without stamp by dropping into a postal box at Es Cuco in San José on 23 May 2013 to an address in Ibiza.

A notification was sent on 3 June 2013 for collection and a note from the postmaster of €0.74 due.

The postage due shows €0.74 for collection. The payment of €0.74 was made at the postmaster when collecting the cover.

Normal letter up to 20g is charged for €0.37 (as of new price increase on 1 January 2013) hence the tax value of €0.74

Cover size: 220 x 110 mm
Postage Due label size: 40 x 45 mm (Self-adhesive)
Note: The label was improperly sticked with the top was over the edge of the cover.

Postage Due Label

Mod. T-1
CORREOS

ENVIO CON FRANQUEO
INSUFICIENTE

CANTIDAD A ABONAR

T = 0'74 / 0'74

Translated as,

Mod. T-1

POSTAL SERVICE
 
SHIPPING WITH POSTAGE
INSUFFICIENT
 
AMOUNT TO PAY

T = 0'90 / 0'90
Postage Due

While at various times some countries have simply adopted the expedient of returning the letter to the sender, many others have taken the approach of delivering the letter and collecting the fee from the recipient. Initially the process was handled by a clerk writing something like "Due 3 cents" on the cover, but this was subject to abuse by mail carriers, who might write it on themselves and pocket the difference.

When the Universal Postal Union was founded in 1874 the problem with underpaid foreign mail was dealt with. The U.P.U. arrived at the decision that mail with insufficient postage should be marked with a "T" and from April 1, 1879 the amount missing would also be indicated in black. Later more countries started to use handstamps to indicate the amount due. Later the combination of handstamps with both the "T" and the amount missing came into use. From October 1, 1907 the rules were changed. The amount due would be charged instead of the amount missing would be indicated. The amount charged was usually double the amount that was missing.
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