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Which Customs Forms are used by the US Postal Service?

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When sending an international shipment, you are required to fill out a customs form. Customs forms are used by a country's border control agency to help protect their borders and to assign duty fees and tariffs on incoming goods. Duty fees are typically paid for by the recipient of the good(s).

ShippingEasy makes it simple - we automatically populate and fill out the customs form for you from information carried over from your store order.

Unlike other carriers, the US Postal Service uses three different customs forms: PS Form 2976, PS Form 2976-A, and PS Form 2976-B.

  • PS Form 2976 prints one copy to be put on the boxed shipment. This copy will be combined into your shipping label.
  • PS Form 2976-A and 2976-B prints three (3) copies, to be placed in a plastic sleeve and affixed to the parcel exterior. The three copies include your shipping label.
  • Some shipments will only require one (1) copy of the customs form (combined into your shipping label), regardless of the form type. These shipments include:
      • Military Mail (APO, DPO, FPO, MPO), U.S. Territories, and Freely Associated States
      • Select international destinations:
        • Australia
        • Canada
        • Costa Rica 
IMPORTANT: when PS Form 2976 is used, the total value of the shipment cannot be more than $400.

US Postal Service Requirements

The US Postal Service mandates the use of each custom form for specific service/packaging/destination combinations. ShippingEasy will automatically select the correct US Postal Service customs form based on your selection of service and packaging.

The table below shows which customs form will be used for each combination of service and packaging.

Service Packaging/Destination Customs Form
Priority Mail Express International All 2976-B
Priority Mail International Custom Packaging 2976-A
Small Flat Rate Box 2976-A
Medium Flat Rate Box 2976-A
Large Flat Rate Box 2976-A
Large Envelope/Flat 2976-A
Flat Rate Envelopes 2976-A
Large Board Game Box 2976-A
Military Mail, U.S. Territories 2976
First Class International Mail All 2976

 


Related articles:

Overview: Customs Information on the READY TO SHIP page
How can I assure faster processing through customs?
Do US military and territory shipments require a customs form?
 

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