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Subject: Customs form 2976-A
Date Posted: 9/7/2009 8:16 PM ET
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I accepted a request for a book which requires the 2976-A form.  The form is 9 pages online with 6 identical pages to be completed with mailing information.   

1.  Do I complete each page and attach all of them to the package?

2.  I usually mail books from work.  Does this item have to be taken to the post office?

I am questioning whether I should have accepted this request or not.

 

 

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 8:20 PM ET
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There a copy of theform and a sample here: https://webapps.usps.com/customsforms/#

 

Sounds like you already have that info, though



Last Edited on: 9/7/09 8:23 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/7/2009 8:22 PM ET
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Shirley,

Once you've completed the form (my 2976-A is only 5 short screens), it prints out 1 page that you take to the PO with your package.  You can also  pick them up in the PO and manually fill them out.

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 8:22 PM ET
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There shouldn't be 9 pages to the custom form.  You fill out the top portion and it duplicates through to the other pages.  You do have to bring it to the  PO because the PO has to fill in some information as well.   If you are unsure how to fill it out, just go in and let the clerk know and they will help you fill it out and they also attach the form to the package.   It takes about 5 mins with the clerk to get it done.   I send out 2-4 to APO addresses a month and I choose a Friday or Saturday when I know I can go to the PO for the mail date.  

You already have what you need from the above posts.



Last Edited on: 9/7/09 8:23 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 9/7/2009 8:55 PM ET
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Thank you for the responses.

I completed the form online and it printed out as 5 pages.   Not sure how to attach them all to the package.  I guess I will have to make a trip to the PO.

Date Posted: 9/7/2009 9:06 PM ET
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In my experience, a package to an APO address does require a trip to the PO. The clerk has a plastic envelope for the 2976-A which he/she sticks to the package. They put 4 copies on the package, and return the 5th copy to you with a date-stamp.
Date Posted: 9/7/2009 10:18 PM ET
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Shirely - I don't fill out he form online - I actually picked up a few while in the PO  They just redesigned the forms and are easier to fill out form then print it off the computer.  Just me - do what you feel is easier.

Date Posted: 9/8/2009 12:58 AM ET
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Jubead is right -get a few copies from the PO and fill them out as needed.  You do have to go to the PO to mail it.  It's not asking much to send theseto the military personnel and their families.  They can't get much like this in most of the areas that they are assigned to.   And they are there for a long time. 

Ruth

Date Posted: 9/10/2009 9:35 PM ET
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You may want to verify this with your post office, but in the future, you may only have to fill out the short, one page, green form (PS Form 2976) if the book weighs under one pound.   You could pick a few up during your next visit to the PO and have them handy if you ever need them again. 

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 1:35 AM ET
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Even if the book weighs over a pound, you just need the short green and white form.  I live in an APO and send stuff of all weights all the time and have never needed the long form.

Date Posted: 9/11/2009 2:43 AM ET
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Dawn,

Folks mailing to APO/FPO and DPO from the States must use 2976-A (the white form).

See this: https://webapps.usps.com/customsforms/helppickaform.htm. If mailing to APO / FPO or DPO you need to use this form even if your package is less than a pound. (Books mailed without the form take a loooong time to get to an APO/FPO or DPO address.)

Those of us at an APO/FPO/DPO address mailng to the States use 2976 (the green form.) That is why you use it.

The forms require about the same info and same effort to complete.

By the way, THANK YOU so much to those who agree to mail to APO, FPO and DPO. Your extra effort makes it possible for us to belong to PaperBack Swap. My kids and I really appreciate it!

Take care,
Becky



Last Edited on: 9/11/09 2:47 AM ET - Total times edited: 3
Date Posted: 9/11/2009 8:05 AM ET
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Both of the Post Offices I use insist that I use the short green form for anything under a pound.  I've been mailing packages to troops for over five years and I've never had a problem.  I think it's one of those things that vary from post office to post office, although it probably shouldn't.  

The packages mailed with the green form sometimes qet to their destination quicker than the packages mailed Priority, LOL.  The postal system can be a mystery!