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What do I need to know about USPS International shipments?

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Customs forms are required:

When shipping internationally, to a US territory, or for military (APO/FPO) shipments, a customs form is required. This form is used to declare the contents of your package in order to pass through the corresponding Customs Agencies that control the flow of goods in and out of each country.

Whether using ShippingEasy or EasyShip, we'll simplify this process by automatically assigning the correct customs form to eligible shipments with all of the required information included. Just fill in all fields in the postage order form and we’ll take care of the rest!

The specific service will determine how many custom forms (labels) are required:

Three (3) customs forms:

For shipments that produce three copies of the label, put them in a plastic sleeve (like this one recommended by USPS) affixed to the exterior of the package.

One (1) customs form:

For shipments that produce one copy of the label, the customs information will combined into your shipping label and listed to the left of the address information.

Once your packages are prepared, be sure that you deposit them correctly:

International Mail envelopes or packages weighing 13 ounces or over cannot be deposited at unattended mail receptacles such as collection boxes and lobby drops. 

These mail pieces must be taken to your nearest USPS Post Office or may be given to your carrier if you are a known customer and have included your return address along with a completed, signed, and dated PS Form 2976, 2976-A, or 2976-B.

 

Special notes about US territories and Military Mail:

Shipments to US territories and Military Post Offices are handled a little like both domestic or international shipments:

  • Address: considered domestic, with the country set as USA.  The “State” will then indicate the territory or type of Military Post Office (APO/FPO/DPO).  Learn more about addressing military mail
  • Rates: domestic rate tables are used to calculate postage rates to US territories and Military Bases.  
  • Customs: like international shipments, these packages will need to clear customs, so customs forms are required.
  • Restrictions: international restrictions apply per destination country.

Learn more about Military Mail

 

Additional restrictions apply:

International shipments are subject to extra restrictions with regards to what items are permitted, the value of the goods, and the amount of insurance coverage. Many of these restrictions are imposed by the receiving country.  

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