Postal systems, the UPU, and and how mail moves is part of our hobby. So I am surprised that so many stamp collectors are either unaware, confused or otherwise 'blaming others' over a UPU ruling that occurred in 2016-2017. It was huge philatelic news at the time and the impact was discussed at length in the main stream media, the philatelic press, and in social media like the eBay
forum, here, and in other stamp forums.
This is not country a X, Y, or Z problem. And melbourne_yankee, the 'messenger' (me in this case) is not the problem. The 2016-2017 UPU ruling was politicians in various countries 'catching up' to the shift to online consumerism and their desire to maximize grabbing their piece of the tax pie. The tax-free ride is over, politicians are taxing all retail sales and not just the ones that fit in a box. Be glad that many countries waited out as long as the UPU ruling allowed before implementing them.
...As we are in Australia and IF the requirement is to...
Hopefully at some point melbourne_yankee will finally accept that sending stamps under in a First Class envelope is going to be treated like merchandise and that this is why people should be aware of this UPU requirement. I posted a link to the UPU document in the thread linked above or anyone who wishes to be knowledgeable about UPU regulations can easily find the information online.
We try to help folks in out hobby to be aware and help them.
melbourne_yankee is sending messages to the staff that I am censoring crap. Just to be clear, anyone here is welcome to offer their opinions on topics such as the UPU regulations but we should not be making up our own incorrect 'facts'. The 2016-17 UPU ruling is a fact, compiling with it is a fact, and this thread proves that non-compliance can result in your mail being delayed or returned.
melbourne_yankee should become better informed on the 2016-2017 UPU regulation and move on.