How do I complete a customs forms 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're 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 your regularly send mail overseas, find out how ShippingEasy helps you manage your international shipments.

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Where can I complete a customs form?

You can go online to find and fill out your customs form, or you can fill one out at your local post office. However, filling it out online may save you some time. If you’re using postage stamps, you will need to fill out the customs form at the office and not online. Just keep in mind that the USPS uses several different customs forms, depending on which service you use. Learn more

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.

Remember, you don’t need a customs form if you are:

  • Sending some types of packages to specific US Territories or Military Post Offices - learn more.
  • 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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Do I need to sign my customs forms by hand?

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