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Subject: Mailing to an APO address for the first time --which form?
Date Posted: 1/7/2010 12:55 PM ET
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I just got my first request to mail to an APO office, and I've seen posts before about needing a specific form to be included.  I was at the post office earlier today, and asked for the forms.  The post office guy didn't seem to clear on what I would need, and he gave me two forms, saying that one of them "might be the one"!!  He gave me a PS Form 2976, and I think a 2976-E.

Is there anyone that has experience mailing to an APO that can help me figure out what form I need to send?  I want to make sure I do this right so the books get to the requestor.

Thanks,

Beth

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Date Posted: 1/7/2010 1:01 PM ET
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Beth, you need the 2976-A customs form ("the white form") .  Here is the details page in the Help Center about the Customs form:

www.paperbackswap.com/help/help_item.php?id=292

*The Requestor Conditions that are applied to APO/FPO/DPO requests are shown below:

"This request was submitted to be sent to a US government/military address outside the USA. postage will cost the same as within the USA. Packages sent to these addresses sometimes take longer than usual in transit, but if you use PBS-DC or PBS Printed Postage, you will receive credit for sending the book before the book reaches its destination.

To send the book(s), you will need to fill out and attach a 2976-A customs form ("the white form") to the package. You can get the form at your Post office. You will also need to hand your package to a postal employee at the PO to mail it, for National Security reasons.

I hope you are willing to send your book to this address. However, if you do not wish to complete the short customs form and mail your book from the post office, please click "My book does not meet these conditions." This will cancel the request, and your book will stay at the front of the FIFO line."

The customs forms can be gotten at the PO or a supply of the customs forms can also be ordered from USPS to be delivered to your home.

 

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 1:04 PM ET
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I have been told by my PO  to use the white form.  The online form is the white form not the green form.  Also they changed the formatting of the printed white form which is easier than the online version (IMO)

This has been discussed before and many use the green form and the books have gotten to their destination, but I opt for the white form.  Good Luck.

 

ETA - Sianeka beat me to it.



Last Edited on: 1/7/10 1:05 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 1/7/2010 1:22 PM ET
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I have been told by my PO  to use the white form.  The online form is the white form not the green form.  Also they changed the formatting of the printed white form which is easier than the online version (IMO)

I just mailed a book to an APO address a couple of weeks ago.  I sent it priority mail and printed the white form off of the usps website.  The clerk at the counter then asked me to fill out the green form because the white form wouldn't fit on the small priority box. 

When I asked him what the difference was between the green form and the white form, his response was a shoulder shrug accompanied with a mumble that sounded something like "idunno". 

The green forms are A LOT easier to fill out.  I would prefer to stock up on those, if they are acceptable.  I just wish we could get a consistent answer.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 1:25 PM ET
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One of the military members has stated the it must be the white form for APOs - that the military requires it even if the USPS doesn't require it on the smaller packages. I don't think I've ever heard on a book not making it with the green (or without), it just might slow it down on their end if the proper form is not with it.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 2:13 PM ET
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my post office gave me a bunch to keep at home, they are the white forms 2976-A. I have never used any other form for sending to APO.

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 3:02 PM ET
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I had used the smaller (one page) form before, but last time I sent a book to an APO, my postal clerk said the 2976-A was the one to use for APO/FPO/DPO,etc..  Also, people have said you have to put your telephone # on it.  I looked all over it several times and didn't find where to put a phone #.    Pat

Date Posted: 1/7/2010 3:07 PM ET
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Pat, a phone # is only reqired on the online form. That's another reason for liking the physical form from the PO :)