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Mailing Tips for Army, Fleet or Diplomatic (APO/FPO/DPO) Shipments

Mailing Tips for Army, Fleet or Diplomatic (APO/FPO/DPO) Shipments

If you have a friend or loved one serving overseas either as a military service member or diplomatic staff, nothing would make their day more than receiving mail or packages from home. To help get your mail there, here are some helpful tips and guidelines for Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office or Diplomatic Post Office (APO/FPO/DPO) shipments.

1. Proper Address - Make sure you include the unit and APO/FPO/DPO address with the 9-digit Zip Code on your address. Also, write out the service member's full name, addressing your mail to "Any Service Member" is no longer allowed. It's also advisable to include a return address.

2. Shipping Restrictions Per Location- Although there are specific restrictions for each 5-digit APO/FPO/DPO Zip Code, the following items are generally prohibited in certain locations:

- Obscene articles (paintings, prints, films, videotapes, cards, etc

- Any matter depicting nude/seminude persons and pornographic or sexual items

- Bulk quantities of religious materials contrary to the Islamic faith. Items for the personal use of the recipient is allowable

- Pork or pork by-products

3. Customs Forms - APO/FPO/DPO mail and packages ships using domestic mail class services at domestic prices. However, most of these still require a customs form. They type of form needed depends on the service you're using and what it's declared value is. Here's a link to the United States Post Office website where you can fill out and print customs forms:

4. Use the right box - It is best to use a box with enough room for cushioning your contents. Use bubble wrap or foam. After taping your box, reinforce the seams with 2" wide packing or paper tape.

5. Shipping to places with extreme temperatures - Desert temperatures usually exceeds 100 degrees so this may damage delicate goods and electronics.

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