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THE SCHEDULE Powers of Postal Authority

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Power to specify documents for remittance of money
—(1)  A public postal licensee may provide for the remittance of any sum of money through the post or any electronic or other system established by or among foreign postal administrations and postal licensees.
(2)  A public postal licensee may specify the documents to be used in connection with the remittances under subsection (1).
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
Documents to be deemed valuable securities
12.  Any document specified by a public postal licensee to be used for the remittance of money through the licensee shall be deemed to be a valuable security within the meaning of the Penal Code (Cap. 224).
Examination of postal articles
13.  All postal articles received from outside Singapore may be examined while in the custody of a postal licensee by the Director-General of Customs or any senior officer of customs, and may be opened by an employee of the licensee in the presence of the Director-General of Customs or the senior officer of customs for the purpose of the examination.
[4/2003 wef 01/04/2003]
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
Forfeiture of postal articles
14.  Any postal article found upon any examination under section 13 to contain any dutiable goods, that postal article not having affixed thereto a true declaration of those goods, shall be liable to forfeiture by order of the Director-General of Customs.
[4/2003 wef 01/04/2003]
Presumption as to importer
15.  The addressee of any postal article containing any dutiable goods shall be presumed until the contrary is proved to have imported the same.
Letter boxes
—(1)  The Postal Authority may, from time to time, do all or any of the following:
issue or approve the specifications relating to the number, place, dimensions and other characteristics of letter boxes;
approve the installation and use of such other mail delivery systems or arrangements;
amend or revoke any specifications issued or approved under paragraph (a) or any approval under paragraph (b).
(2)  Where any specifications are issued or approved, or amended or revoked by the Postal Authority under subsection (1), the Postal Authority shall —
publish a notice of the issue, approval, amendment or revocation, as the case may be, of the specifications in such manner as will secure adequate publicity for such issue, approval, amendment or revocation;
specify in the notice referred to in paragraph (a) the date of issue, approval, amendment or revocation, as the case may be; and
ensure that, so long as the specifications remain in force, the specifications, and all amendments to those specifications, are available for inspection by members of the public.
(3)  A developer of any residential, commercial or industrial building shall —
provide one letter box for each lot within any residential building, and one letter box for the occupier of each lot within any commercial or industrial building;
ensure that the letter boxes provided under paragraph (a) are numbered in numerical sequence; and
comply with all specifications issued, approved or amended by the Postal Authority under subsection (1).
(4)  Any developer who contravenes subsection (3) shall be guilty of an offence.
(5)  It shall be the duty of —
the owner of any common property or limited common property, as the case may be, on which a letter box is situated, being a letter box which is provided for persons occupying the building or part thereof; and
the owner of a building where a letter box is provided for the owner or occupier of the building,
to keep at all times the lawful access to the letter box clear from any obstruction by any vehicle, debris, box or object or any other thing which would prevent or impede the delivery of postal articles to that letter box by a postal licensee.
(6)  Where, in the opinion of the Postal Authority, the lawful access to any letter box referred to in subsection (5) is not clear from such obstructions mentioned in that subsection, the Postal Authority may, by notice in writing, require the owner of the common property or limited common property, or the owner or occupier of the building referred to in subsection (5)(b), as the case may be, to undertake, within such time as may be specified in that notice, such work or such rectification steps to ensure that subsection (5) is complied with.
(7)  If any person on whom a notice under subsection (6) is served fails, without reasonable excuse, to comply with the requirements of that notice, that person shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 and, in the case of a continuing offence, to a further fine not exceeding $25 for every day or part thereof during which the offence continues after conviction.
(8)  For the avoidance of doubt, subsections (5), (6) and (7) shall not apply with respect to any sealing or locking of the aperture of a letter box by the person for whom the letter box is provided, or any closure or locking of any normal access to the letter box by or under lawful authority.
(9)  In this section —
“commercial or industrial building” includes any shopping complex;
“common property”, “limited common property” and “owner” have the same meanings, respectively, as in the Building Maintenance and Strata Management Act 2004 (Act 47 of 2004).
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
17.  [Deleted by Act 34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
Posting boxes and postal label vending machines
18.  A postal licensee may, with the approval of the Postal Authority, erect, relocate and remove any posting box and postal label vending machine in any public road, street or highway, or in any other public place.
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
Postage stamps
—(1)  No person other than the Postal Authority or a public postal licensee may cause postage stamps that bear the word “Singapore” in any language to be provided.
(2)  Any person who contravenes subsection (1) shall be guilty of an offence.
(3)  Any postage stamp provided under subsection (1) may be of such kind and may denote such values as the Postal Authority or public postal licensee may determine.
(4)  Any postage stamp provided under this section shall be used for the prepayment of any postage or other sum chargeable under this Act in respect of any postal article to be conveyed and delivered by or through the Postal Authority or the public postal licensee, except where the Postal Authority or public postal licensee determines that prepayment may be made in some other manner.
(5)  The design of every postage stamp provided by a public postal licensee under this section shall be approved by the Postal Authority.
(6)  All philatelic archival materials produced by a public postal licensee shall belong to the Government, and all philatelic archival materials shall be kept in such custody as the Government directs.
(7)  In subsection (6), “philatelic archival materials” includes —
philatelic stamps;
artworks, proofs, progressive sheets, printed sheets and printing plates of philatelic stamps; and
date-stamps, slogan dies and other artifacts used in connection with the production of philatelic stamps.
(8)  The Minister may, after consulting the Postal Authority, by order published in the Gazette, delete, vary or add to the items of “philatelic archival materials” specified in subsection (7).
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
Official marks to be prima facie evidence of certain facts denoted
20.  In any proceedings for the recovery of any postage or other fee or sum payable in respect of a postal article —
the production of a postal article having thereon the official mark of a public postal licensee denoting that the article has been refused or that the addressee is dead or cannot be found shall be prima facie evidence of the fact so denoted; and
the person from whom any postal article purports to come shall, until the contrary is proved, be deemed to be the sender thereof.
Recovery of postage and other sums due in respect of postal articles
—(1)  Where any postage or other fee or sum is not prepaid or fully prepaid in respect of a postal article posted for delivery in Singapore, a public postal licensee is entitled to be paid, as a condition of delivery, such fee, in addition to the amount of the postage or of the deficient postage payable in respect of the delivery of the article, as is payable in accordance with a determination made by a Postal Authority.
(2)  The official mark or label on a postal article denoting that any postage or other fee or sum is due in respect thereof to a public postal licensee or to the postal authority of any foreign country shall be prima facie evidence that the postage or other fee or sum denoted is so due.
22.  [Deleted by Act 34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
Power to deal with postal articles sent in contravention of this Act
—(1)  Any postal article sent by post which is suspected to be sent in contravention of this Act or any regulations made thereunder may be detained and opened by a public postal licensee or otherwise dealt with in accordance with the directions of the Postal Authority.
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
(2)  The detention of a postal article under subsection (1) shall not exempt the sender from any proceedings which might have been taken if the postal article had been delivered in due course of post.
(3)  Any postal article sent in contravention of this Act or any regulations made thereunder shall be destroyed, returned to the sender or dealt with in such other manner as the Postal Authority may direct.
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
(4)  The Postal Authority may, by order in writing, direct a postal licensee to detain and open all or any postal articles sent by any person or persons named in the order who are reasonably suspected of sending postal articles by post in contravention of this Act.
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]
(5)  Upon receipt of an order under subsection (4), a postal licensee shall detain and open the postal article or articles specified in the order, and any postal article found to have been sent in contravention of this Act shall be dealt with in accordance with subsection (3).
[34/2007 wef 24/08/2007]