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Subject: Sending to Puerto Rico?
Date Posted: 5/27/2010 4:51 PM ET
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So I got a book request the other day, no RCs or anything so I accept.

I'm writing the address today and it's to PR, which I assume is Puerto Rico. Am I going to have to fill out a customs form for this? Is it going to cost any extra? It's a small MMP so I was betting on it going First Class, but will that change since it's going to PR?

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 5:05 PM ET
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Well I believe it is a US territory so wouldnt think you'd need a customs form but I confess I dont really know.  Havnt had a request from there in the 500 books I've sent.  I would post over in the USPS question forum as there is often a USPS employee who answers.

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 5:17 PM ET
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Amee, I remember sending a book (via First Class) to Puerto Rico and being shocked at just how quickly it got there!   I believe I decided to use DC on that one though just in case, since I really wasn't sure how long it would take.

ETA:  I used the APC machine and it gave me F/C postage rate & no customs form was needed.



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Date Posted: 5/27/2010 5:38 PM ET
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You do not need customs forms for PR or Guam.  Both serviced by USPS.  Books going there by media rate can go really slow, just like Hawaii and Alaska. 

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 5:41 PM ET
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I've sent a couple of books to Puerto Rico. Just treat mailing it the same as you would for a state. No customs forms.

Date Posted: 5/27/2010 11:57 PM ET
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Thanks everyone!

I was wondering since I thought they would have had the same RC APO's have, but I guess not since no forms are involved. smiley

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 4:17 AM ET
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Just send as usual Amee, you should notice no difference coming or going.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 9:12 AM ET
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It is a part of the United States so you can just send it like any other book.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 10:59 AM ET
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"It is a part of the United States so you can just send it like any other book."

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So is Wisconsin - but they are apparently going by different rules.  I'd be using PBS postage + DC on it.

Ruth

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 2:33 PM ET
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So is Wisconsin - but they are apparently going by different rules.  I'd be using PBS postage + DC on it.

I think I might get DC when I take it to the post office. I'm not sure though.

I have to mail it today and the only printer I have access to would put me mailing it on Tuesday (with the holiday weekend), which is way past my mail date.

I don't know what good the PO DC will do, though. I used to think books with DC stood a better chance at getting somewhere, but I have two books supposedly on their way to me with DC but have yet to see them after over 2 weeks while 2 other books without DC arrived within a week of being sent.

I think I'll probably just take a chance on this one and hope it makes it all the way to PR just fine! It's light enough I think I can send first class, so if I can, I will, which will make me feel a little better.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 2:42 PM ET
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Something to consider - DC at the post office is about .80 cents.....

I bet it gets there fine. The first book I ever had a problem with was only a 2 hour drive from me!  You just never know.

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 2:49 PM ET
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Something to consider - DC at the post office is about .80 cents.....

I know. I've used it before when mailing expensive textbooks. I was paranoid about those suckers! lol

I don't think I'll use it on this book. I'm considering it but doubt I will.

I would do DC through PBS, but like I said, that would mean I couldn't mail it until Tuesday. Unless they pick up the mail from blue boxes even during the holidays?

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 3:43 PM ET
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When is your mail by date?

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 4:36 PM ET
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Tomorrow.

I went ahead and mailed it. It was able to go First Class so that makes me happy. I didn't bother with the DC. I think it will be fine. I wrapped it real good and think it should get there alright and before the lost date since it's first class, I hope!

Date Posted: 5/28/2010 6:53 PM ET
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So is Wisconsin - but they are apparently going by different rules.

ROFL Ruthie!!!!

 

Amee, for future reference, when you are printing out the PBS label, you can change the mailing date.  I generally change mine to the same day, since that's when I'm mailing.  Also, the Post Office doesn't mind if your package is dated later than your mailing date (it makes their mailing times look good.)  They just don't want them to have yesterday's date on them.

If you are dropping them in a blue box though, if the wrapper date is the date you dropped it in the box, you're fine.  It can even be the yesterday's date, as long as that box hasn't been emptied yet today.

What is the significance of the postmark date on the Wrapper Settings page?  Does it matter what date I choose there?

  • Yes, it is important to choose the date properly--you need to mail the book by that date.
  • You cannot change the postmark date after you have downloaded/printed the wrapper.
  • If you mail AFTER that date, you can go to the PO and have a new metered $0.00 strip with that day's date applied to the package.
  • It is okay to mail it earlier than the date; your package may be returned to you if you mail it after that date.
    • If you put it into a collection box after the last day's scheduled collection, then the package will be accepted with the previous day's date when the next collection happens on the next day.
  • If you are into legalese, here are the USPS regulations on this ("indicia" = postmark):
      • Mailpieces bearing a complete date in the indicia must be deposited or presented on that date, except that pieces entered after the day's last scheduled collection from the post office or collection box may bear the actual date of entry or the date of the next scheduled collection from the post office or collection box. When authorized by USPS, presort mail accepted after midnight may bear the previous day's date. If the mailer knows that the mail is not to be deposited or presented on the date in the indicia, the mailer must use a date correction indicium under 4.4.1. (from DMM, 4.5.2 Mailing Date Accuracy and Mailing Periods)