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Subject: Need Help With a FPO Address
Date Posted: 3/11/2008 12:09 PM ET
Member Since: 7/12/2006
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I am attempting to gift a book to a military person at the following address:

Unit 50036  PSC 812  Box 3210

 FPO AE 09627

The PBS mail program rejected the address as "cannot be confirmed."

The USPS website indicated that this address is for multiple recipients.

Can anybody help? This is my first time sending a book to a FPO address.


Date Posted: 3/11/2008 2:12 PM ET
Member Since: 6/26/2007
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My sister had an address like that.

I think the box # makes it specific to one individual. I had to take all her stuff to the post office because it need a customs form. It didn't cost anything extra. I think her stuff is sent to NY first and then disstributed overseas so I only paid what it cost to get to NY.

I'll have to ask her.

Last Edited on: 3/11/08 2:12 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 3/13/2008 11:08 PM ET
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I'm Maureen's sister.  I was stationed in Italy with my Navy husband for a few year.  It's really simple to use this type of address once you find out that it works the same as any US address.

"Unit 50036  PSC 812  Box 3210"  (this line is the same thing as a street address such as 123 Main St apt 2) Maureen is correct, the box number is usually specific to the individual. "FPO" (this is used in place of a city name, such a Springfield) and  "AE" (This is used in place of a State name, such as MA) 09627 (this is a normal zip code)

Do not include the letters USA at the bottom when using this type of address.  I was told that using that delays a package from being sorted as Military Mail, as the system thinks it needs to go with International mail.  You can write it out exactly as you listed in your post. 

Also, you need to fill out a customs form that the Post Office will attach to the package.  It is really easy to use.  You just list the description (such as 2 books) and an estimated value, probably no more than $5-10.  I also always mark my package as a "Gift" since technically I'm not receiving any cash from the receiver.  For your first time I recommend you ask your PO which form you need.  Usually the green one for under 1 lb and the white for over 1 lb.  I usually end up using the white all the time just because my PO always runs out of the green ones.

I've never use DC for Military addresses, but I'm sure that if you search the forums the was a suggestion on how to try and use this feature. I think there are some threads that also explain why printable postage my not be available for FPO/APO addresses.

Let me know if you have other questions.