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Subject: Sending to military addresses
Date Posted: 2/4/2008 9:47 PM ET
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I had someone from military order one of my books.

My question is they mentioned that a customs form may be required to send.

Is that the green and white international forms?

Thanks!

 

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 6:53 AM ET
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If the package weighs less than 16oz and is mailed first class, then you do not need a customs form to send to an APO address. 

From the USPS:

If you need help choosing the right form for your shipment, see Customs Declaration Forms Usage.

Hope that helps!  I sent 2 books together to an APO and did not need a form.  The books arrived safely!

 

 

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 4:35 PM ET
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Great thanks!

 

 

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 6:54 PM ET
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If it were to require a customs form, yes, the green & white one would be the one to use.

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 7:15 PM ET
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Ok I had tried to print postage here and got this message:

We are sorry but electronic postage is currently not available for this address.

You can't print postage for military addresses or could there be something wrong with their address?

I sent the person a note telling them I couldn't print postage.

I will get this out to them one way or another LOL

Now if I can't use the dc from here how will I get the credit later?

I'm not worrying about it since it is going to someone in the military.

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 7:20 PM ET
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oh and thanks gingerkitty!

Date Posted: 2/5/2008 9:33 PM ET
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Just print out the wrapper and take the book to the PO and mail it from there.  They'll also let you know if they think you should have a customs form.

You'll get your credit when the other member receives the book and marks it as received.

Date Posted: 2/7/2008 5:24 PM ET
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I did it went out yesterday

Date Posted: 2/9/2008 11:28 AM ET
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As a former FPO addressee I want to thank you for your willingness to do a little extra work to send that book out.  I wish there were more people in the world like you!

Subject: Customs forms and APO addresses.
Date Posted: 2/19/2008 9:35 AM ET
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If the package of book (s) weighs more than a pound, though, you have to use the larger white form---it's not any more complicated, but the small green one is just for lighter weight items.  I have found this to be the case in sending a box of books to somebody with an APO address.

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 4:09 PM ET
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I just mailed 15 books to an APO address and had to use the larger white form.  it definitely does matter on the weight!

so ditto to Winston

Date Posted: 2/19/2008 8:41 PM ET
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I just shipped to an APO address about a week ago and was told that they are now requiring that the white customs form be used for APO addresses.  Sucked for me because I filled out the green one and slapped it on there and they had to tear it off.

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 3:02 PM ET
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Thanks for the replies they did get their book.

Date Posted: 3/3/2008 12:12 AM ET
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I mail 6-10 packages of books a month to APO and FPO addresses and unless the book is under 1 lb, the larger multi-part custom form is needed.  I get extra from the PO and have them at home to fill out prior to arriving at the PO counter.  To me it is not a burden to fill the forms out in order to ship to a military address.

Date Posted: 3/4/2008 8:03 PM ET
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I want to reiterate a thanks to all who are willing to fill out the customs form.  It doesn't take long but I just had a sender decide not to send a book because of the "trouble" of filling out the form.   Such is life in the big wide world.  Thanks again for all the books sent by folks like you all.

Date Posted: 3/6/2008 3:53 PM ET
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I think the problem isn't so much as filling out the form (even though some people see that as a hassle) but more so in that you have to go to the PO to mail it.  Regardless whether it is the small green form (less than 1 lb) or the larger white form (1+ lb) you still have to go into the PO and stand in line.  I mailed a box of cookies to a friend's son who is in the military recently and it was a learning experience for me.  You can always grab extra forms for future usage but waiting in line (instead of using the APC or even the blue box) was very time consuming.

Date Posted: 3/9/2008 3:18 PM ET
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You can also fill out the form at usps.com and print it out.  Then all you have to do is sign it :-)

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 2:32 AM ET
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It doesn't take long but I just had a sender decide not to send a book because of the "trouble" of filling out the form.  I'm so sorry about that!

Whether it be filling out a form or having to go to the post office. It is such little trouble to get something out to someone that is in the service.

I would never refuse to send something without there being a good reason not to.

Thank you to all that are serving or have served!

Date Posted: 3/11/2008 9:44 AM ET
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You can also order customs forms from the USPS site.  They're free!  You can order as little as 10 or as many as 50 at one time.  I order both forms in lots of 50 on a regular basis.

To order them:

http://shop.usps.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductCategoryDisplay?beginIndex=6&pageSize=6&langId=-1&storeId=10001&catalogId=10152&categoryId=13357