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Subject: Question about "AE"
Date Posted: 2/2/2011 8:29 AM ET
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I thought that the PBS system gave books going to and from "AE" addresses (APO/FPO) 35 days before being declared lost?  I'm just curious because I noticed a book on the way to me is coming from an "AE" address, and there is no delivery confirmation or anything and the mailed and the expected arrival date is the same as from any other sender in the US:

Date Mailed:
1/24/2011 8:33 AM ET 
Estimated Arrival:
2/20/2011 ET 

Just curious.

Cheryl

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Date Posted: 2/2/2011 11:14 AM ET
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I think it's just going TO that gets extra time, not coming FROM.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 2:00 PM ET
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Is the system action date different? They may just move that date and not the estimated arrival date.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 5:54 PM ET
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Melanie, you're right...well, partly right. On the "details" page it gives that estimated arrival of 2/20 as shown above. On the main page, it says estimated arrival of 2/27, system action date 2/28. No idea why there would be 2 different dates for estimated arrival.

Cheryl

 

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 6:20 PM ET
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Some days I think they just want to see how much we pay attention :-P You might want to send an FYI to the Team that the dates differ just in case its an oversight they'd want to fix.

Date Posted: 2/2/2011 8:22 PM ET
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In my experience, most of the AE destination mail goes by air anyway and they rarely time out.  Sometimes if I have one that is about to, I send a note to the receiver to remind them to resurrect it from their "transaction archive" when it finally arrives.  I have not yet had one go lost forever to an AE address.   Books to AK and HI take as long or longer, I've found, but they also (almost) always get there.  Im not sure how many total shipments I have made to these addresses, but it must be 40-50 or more.(out of a grand total of 6700+ now).  Winston

Date Posted: 2/4/2011 2:19 PM ET
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I moved back to US in 2009 from an AE address and I had lots of books "go Lost" to me because they only allowed the same amt of time as books traveling within the continental US.

No wonder there are so many people who won't send to overseas military addresses, but I really appreciate those who do since we had so few sold in the book area of the base exchange.

AE addresses seem to take about the same amt of time as mailing to Alaska ( I haven't had any delay with books going to Hawaii, by the way!)