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PNDBF – Outgoing Mail (A). Lim Sei Kee @ cK. Introduction. You have just written a letter to a friend. What would you do before you post it? Usually, you would check that the address on the envelope is correct and that all enclosures, if any, have been included. .

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Introduction
Introduction

You have just written a letter to a friend. What would you do before you post it?

Usually, you would check that the address on the envelope iscorrectand that all enclosures, if any, have been included.


  • In an office, similar checks are done so that mail is sent out without any mistakes or delays.

  • If a piece of mail does not reach its addressee, work will be held up and that may reflect badly on the efficiency of the company.

  • It is important to handle outgoing mail carefully, otherwise the productivity and the image of the organization will be affected.


Outgoing mail out without any mistakes or delays. refers to all printed matter, parcels and electronic mail that are sent out of the office.

This chapter discusses the procedures for handling outgoing mail, various delivery services available and other services offered by the post office.


Handling outgoing mail
Handling Outgoing Mail out without any mistakes or delays.

Before sending mail out, it must be collected, checked for correct addresses and signatures and classified under the correct postage category.


Collecting
Collecting out without any mistakes or delays.

  • All outgoing mail must be collected every day.

  • It is more efficient for offices to have two mail collections per day.

  • This way, more mail would be able to reach the post office before the end of the day.


Checking
Checking out without any mistakes or delays.

After collecting the mail, the following items are checked:

  • The enclosures are included with the letters that have the abbreviation ‘ENC(s)’ at the end.

  • The letters are signed.

  • The addresses on the letters match the addresses on the envelopes.

  • The envelopes are of the correct size.


Addressing envelopes
Addressing Envelopes out without any mistakes or delays.

  • It is important to address envelopes correctly to help mail processing and delivery. Usually, the address is typed directly onto the front of the envelope and is located on the left-hand side of the envelope.


Postage Zone out without any mistakes or delays.

Address Zone


When addressing envelopes remember to
When addressing envelopes, remember to: out without any mistakes or delays.

  • Use standard-sized envelopes.

  • Use light-coloured envelopes.

  • Complete the address clearly and correctly.

  • Use the correct six-digit postal code.

  • Write or stamp the return address on the back of the envelope.

  • Seal the envelope.

  • Affix stamp(s) on the top right-hand corner of the envelope.


Q out without any mistakes or delays.

  • What is the correct ways of writing an address?


Folding
Folding out without any mistakes or delays.

  • The steps for folding and inserting letters into envelopes.

  • If there is a large volume of mail, use a folding and inserting machine.

  • When folding and inserting letters into envelopes, do not:

    -enclose stiff objects,

    -use coloured envelopes,

    -use staples,

    -print colour or words within the clear zone of the envelope.


Classifying
Classifying out without any mistakes or delays.

  • Outgoing mail has to be categorized so that the correct postage can be calculated. Mail can be classified as follows:

  • A) letters, B) Printed papers, C) Aerogrammes,

  • D) Postcards, E) Small packets, f) Parcels.


A letters
A) Letters out without any mistakes or delays.

  • These are normally correspondence, sometimes with enclosures such as brochures. Letters weigh between 20 and 500 grams.


B printed papers
B) Printed papers out without any mistakes or delays.

  • Books, magazines, catalogues and journals are considered printed papers and have special postage rates.


C aerogrammes
C) out without any mistakes or delays. Aerogrammes

  • These are specially designed letter paper. They are sent by air and qualify for a special flat rate because they are extremely light. Enclosures are not allowed in aerogrammes.


D postcards
D) Postcards out without any mistakes or delays.

  • Postcards can be sent without envelopes if they fall within the size limits of 90 x 140 millimetres (for local mail) and 105 x 148 millimetres (for overseas mail). If a postcard is smaller or larger than the size limit given, it must be enclosed in an envelope. The postage rate for letters then applies.


E small packets
E) Small packets out without any mistakes or delays.

  • Articles weighing between 20 and 500 grams fall into this category.


F parcels
F) Parcels out without any mistakes or delays.

  • These refer to articles such as samples or gifts weighing more than 500 grams.



Postage is attended to in the following way
Postage is attended to in the following way: determined. This depends on the weight of each item of mail, its destination and whether it is to be sent by ‘surface mail’ or ‘airmail’. The postage rates are available at all Post Offices.

  • To find out the amount of postage needed, weigh the mail item using a weighing scale or an electronic weighing machine.

  • Affix the correct value or postage stamp(s) on the top right-hand corner of the letter or package.

  • Enter this value in the Postage Book. The Book keeps a record of the values of the postage stamps bought and used.


Assignment
Assignment determined. This depends on the weight of each item of mail, its destination and whether it is to be sent by ‘surface mail’ or ‘airmail’. The postage rates are available at all Post Offices.

  • Find out more about the postage rates in Brunei. Are there differences in the rates of delivery services? Why is this information necessary when handling outgoing mail?


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