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Subject: DPO AA Mailing Address; need a customs form?
Date Posted: 8/22/2013 2:20 PM ET
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Anyone know if you need to fill out a customs form if sending something to a DPO AA mailing address?

Date Posted: 8/22/2013 2:26 PM ET
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Yes you need custom forms.

Sending to  APO/FPO/DPO addresses requires a customs form and a trip to the PO (there can be other restrictions as well).  Senders may not wish to make the extra effort.  Because of this, requests that are to be sent to an APO/FPO/DPO address must have Requestor Conditions attached (the system attaches these automatically).

Requestor Conditions allow sending members to decline a request without penalty.

Date Posted: 8/22/2013 3:24 PM ET
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Unfamiliar with DPO.  But if it's similar to APO & FPO, YES you will need a customs form.

Date Posted: 8/22/2013 3:31 PM ET
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OK, thanks for the info.  (DPO stands for Diplomatic Post Office, apparently).

Date Posted: 8/23/2013 11:17 PM ET
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yep, those are the American post offices that serve our embassies overseas.

Date Posted: 8/24/2013 1:06 PM ET
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I filled out a customs form and took the package to the post office (it contained a Simplicity sewing pattern which I sold on Amazon), then the clerk acted as if it might not need the form, as he kind of flapped the package around a bit and said "it's just paper goods, right?"  Well, it was paper goods, just the Simplicity envelope and pattern paper/paper instructions inside, and he acted as if it might not need the form.  Then he said, "well, better safe than sorry", and he did attach the form.  So, he didn't seem clear on whether or not the form would be needed, but at least he did end up attaching it.

Date Posted: 8/24/2013 11:19 PM ET
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I wouldn't consider a sewing pattern and instructions to be "papers".  The clerk was probably thinking it MIGHT have been able to send as a large envelope instead of a package.  IMO it would still need a customs form because the item inside isn't actually "paper" it is merchandise.