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Subject: APO address won't validate
Date Posted: 10/29/2012 10:26 PM ET
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I'm trying to order a book for someone in the military. It won't take my order, saying that the address doesn't validate. Does anyone know how to enter this address?

[recipient's name]
Camp Phoenix
APO AE 09320


Date Posted: 10/29/2012 11:36 PM ET
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No idea, I've had difficulties in the past with military addresses.  The PBS system doesn't always like the military formating.

Date Posted: 10/30/2012 7:33 AM ET
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I don't think the Camp Phoenix is necessary and that's probably why it won't validate.

Kasia T. - ,
Date Posted: 10/30/2012 2:57 PM ET
Member Since: 9/17/2009
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Hunter - I tried putting Camp Phoenix in the C/O line where it shouldn't interfere, but it still doesn't validate. Thanks for the suggestion though.

Date Posted: 10/31/2012 5:59 PM ET
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I sent one to an APO earlier this month and the address was just the name,  PSC XXXX, their box # and their APO.  No other address was shown.  Possibly, as suggested above, take out Camp Phoenix,  Also, I've never seen (and that's not to say it's not valid) an address like CJIATF.  Can you contact the person you're trying to have the book sent to to make sure that you have a valid Postal Address.  Also you might contact your local PO and have them check to see what they have for that type of address.  Good luck.  Pat 

Date Posted: 11/3/2012 3:38 PM ET
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I just mailed one with DC, no problems at all.  Here's the format:

Jane Doe
PSC 8## BOX 31XX

Tried to mail a package to DD.  A stateside military address at Fort Benning, Georgia...no joy getting the PBS system to print a wrapper with Custom DC.  My local post office has no problem accepting them tho, and they arrive with no problem.

Date Posted: 11/9/2012 9:07 AM ET
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Did you get it cleared up yet?

I see the address is for a "downrange" address. I compared it to an old one of my husbands and like others have suggested the Camp was not in it. I know at one point all the numbers were dropped from the first line in his. I'll ask when he gets home otherwise I have to go to the military post office tomorrow. Wondering of the "435 J3" is the building and room (tent, slot) where your friend is staying?

Subject: P.O. has new rules for APO/FPO/DPO... needs custom Declaration
Date Posted: 4/24/2013 10:46 PM ET
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Today, 4/24/2013,  I was totally surprised when I took my package to P.O.   It was going to a DPO zipcode & I was informed I would have to declare on a Customs form the contents.  I was unaware that this was necessary for a military location.  Yes, I filled it out because it would not have officially been mailed otherwise.  If this is going to be the case from now on, I belive PBS ought to specify the necessity of this along with the postal label.  There was no charge, however, it took additional time I had not bargained for.  I've heard, the custom declaration can be filled out online, but I don't know where. Maybe USPS so PBS should also have this.

The information shown below was taken from my receipt from US Postal Office.

First-Class Parcel

4.60 oz

The origin and/or destination ZIP Code supplied is an APO/FPO/DPO ZIP code.  Service standards, except for Express Mail, to this location are not available at this time. 

Date Posted: 4/25/2013 12:51 AM ET
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Yes, customs forms are necessary for APOs and the like. You can do it online at USPS.com. 

Last Edited on: 4/25/13 12:51 AM ET - Total times edited: 1