How do I complete a customs form to ship overseas?

Customs is the regulatory agency that verifies items going into and out of a country are both legal and allowed. Anytime you are shipping packages overseas you will need to fill out a customs form, with a few exceptions when mailing to US territories and Military Post Offices. If you regularly send mail overseas, find out how ShippingEasy helps you manage your international shipments.

What You Need

  • Recipient address
  • Package weight
  • Package value
  • Shipping service
  • Content value
  • Content weight

Where can I complete a customs form?

You will fill out the customs worksheet at your local post office and turn it into the postal representative. From there, the representative will enter the information and print the electronic forms and barcodes.  Learn more about customs forms from USPS

Can I print my own customs label?

You may print your own customs label by using a shipping software of your choice such as ShippingEasy, which makes this process as seamless as possible. You can also use the USPS Click-n-Ship option. There you will find what you need to print your own customs label. Be sure to fill out all the proper information.

If you are using UPS One Balance as a carrier option, you will need to print out the customs forms and affix them to the package. Learn more about UPS One Balance customs forms. 

Remember, you do not need a customs form if you are:

Sending certain types of packages to specific US Territories or Military Post Offices - learn more about shipping to the military.

As long as the envelope:

  • Is less than 3/4 of an inch thick
  • Weighs no more than 16oz
  • Contain only documents, papers, or letters

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