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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Czech Republic has won the UPU’s competition to design the new international reply coupon (IRC).

 The work of Czech artist and graphic designer, Michal Sindelar, reflects the theme ‘Water for Life’, chosen in line with the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation in 2013.
The new IRC will go on sale on July 1, 2013. Customers will be able to exchange it until the end of 2017. It will replace the current coupon, known as the Nairobi model, which was first issued on July 1, 2009, and remains valid until December 31, 2013.
IRCs are exchangeable in every UPU member country for stamps representing the minimum postage for an ordinary priority letter-post item or airmail letter sent abroad for a reply.
While not all Posts sell IRCs, they are all required to exchange them.
By October 31, 2012, 120 Posts worldwide had issued more than four million Nairobi IRCs with a total value of some 5 million USD.
Some 105 years after they were created, IRCs remain useful. In addition to their normal use for sending reply-paid mail, students in many countries use them to exchange correspondence with universities and other educational institutions to find out the status of their admissions applications.
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