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APO/FPO/DPO Overseas Military and Diplomatic Mail
Military – This is a Military/Embassy specific ZIP Code for an APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office or Diplomatic Post Office).
Mail addressed to military and diplomatic post offices overseas is subject to certain conditions or restrictions of mailing regarding content, preparation, and handling.
For a complete list of restrictions to all APO/FPO/DPO destinations, see the most recent
Restrictions for ZIP Code 09833
A1. Mail addressed to 'Any Servicemember' or similar wording such as 'Any Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine', 'Military Mail', etc., is prohibited. Mail must be addressed to an individual or job title, such as 'Commander', 'Commanding Officer', etc.
A2. APO/FPO/DPO addresses shall not include a city and/or country name.
B. When a customs declaration is required, the surface area of the address side of the item to be mailed must be large enough to contain completely the applicable customs declaration, postage, and any applicable markings, endorsements, and extra service labels. Customs declarations forms required for use to or from APO/FPO/DPO addresses are as follows:
a. Priority Mail Express mailpieces must bear PS Form 2976-B.
b. For other mail classes, mailpieces must bear PS Form 2976 (or, if the customer prefers, a PS
) if the mailpiece weighs 16 ounces or more, or contains goods.
The following exceptions apply:
a. Known mailers are exempt from providing customs documentation on non-dutiable letters, and printed matter weighing 16 ounces or more. A known mailer is a business mailer who enters volume mailings through a business mail entry unit (BMEU) or other bulk mail acceptance location, pays postage through an advance deposit account, uses a permit imprint for postage payment, and submits a completed postage statement at the time of entry that certifies the mailpieces contain no dangerous materials that are prohibited by postal regulations.
b. All federal, state, and local government agencies whose mailings are regarded as "Official Mail" are exempt from providing customs documentation on mail addressed to an APO, FPO, or DPO except for those to which restriction "B2" applies.
c. Prepaid mail from military contractors is exempt, providing the mailpiece is endorsed "Contents for Official Use - Exempt from Customs Requirements."
U1. Mail is limited to First-Class Mail weighing 13 ounces or less when addressed to Box R. This restriction does not apply to mail endorsed 'Free Matter for the Blind or Handicapped.' Videotapes are prohibited when addressed to Box R, regardless of weight.
V. Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS) not available from any origin.
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