How to Ship to APOs or FPOs

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There are many Military personnel who are stationed overseas that uses Ebay.  Here are some helpful hints for Sellers when shipping to an APO or FPO address.
APO [Army Post Office] and FPO [Fleet Post Office] are military designated addresses that allow mail to be delivered to overseas military locations. APO addresses are associated with US Army or Air Force installations. And FPO addresses are associated with US Navy installations and ships in the United States.
The postal fees for sending a package to a Military personnel who is stationed overseas is the same rate as within the United States.  An APO/FPO address is still considered shipment within the United States. Also when shipping to an APO/FPO the mail time takes considerably longer than mail shipped within the continental United States. Priority Mail can take up to two and half weeks and First Class Mail can take up to eight weeks. APO/FPOs can not accept packages shipped via UPS, Fed-Ex or any other mail service outside of the US Postal Service, due to the security restrictions of mailing an item to a military installation. These security restrictions are why a customs form needs to be attached, even though all mail stays within the USPS channels.
When completing your Shipping Address using Paypal, please make note of the following:
  • Enter Full Name of Addressee.  Remember  mail addressed to 'Any Service member' or similar wording such as 'Any Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine', 'Military Mail', etc., is prohibited. Mail must be addressed to an individual or job title, such as 'Commander', 'Commanding Officer', etc.
  • Go to State next.  Find Country or State of Addressee.
  • Enter Street Address or Post Office Box Number
  • The City must be entered as either "APO" or "FPO".  Do not put the name of actual City.
  • The State must be selected as either "AA" "AE" or "AP" [AE for Armed Forces Europe, AA for Armed Forces Americas, or AP for Armed Forces Pacific].   Do not put the name of actual State or Country.
  • Enter Zip Code
The address should print as follows:
A1C John Thomas Smith     (Rank and Full Name)
PSC or Unit Number 999
PO Box 5555
APO,  AP  12345   (City, State  & Zip)
  • You MUST choose US-APO/FPO under shipping options where it asks you to choose shipping method, otherwise you will not be able to enter your correct APO/FPO information.  UPS Ground service CANNOT accept AA, AP or AE packages.
I HOPE THAT THIS WILL HELP YOU, SO WE CAN CONTINUE TO SUPPORT OUR TROOPS WHO ARE AWAY FROM HOME!

 

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