Overseas Military Mail

Overseas Military Mail

NOTE FROM BJ 'n Cindy: This information came from the most current information we could locate on the USPS website.

To use this information:
  • Locate the BASIC Zip code Updated 31 July 2008 (will open in a new window).
  • Next to it will be the restrictions.
  • Find the restrictions below.
  • Should a zipccode show "Not Active" check the MPOLL pdf file.
Mail addressed to or from military Post Offices overseas is subject to certain conditions or restrictions of mailing regarding content, preparation, and handling. The table below outlines these conditions by APO/FPO ZIP Codes through the use of footnoted mailing restrictions codes, which appear on the page following the table.

Acceptance clerks should use this table with the Integrated Retail Terminal (IRT) or POS ONE terminal to determine whether an APO/FPO ZIP Code is active and which conditions of mailing apply. Acceptance clerks may contact the Military Postal Service Agency with any questions regarding APO/FPO ZIP Codes, toll free, at 800-810-6098, Monday-Friday, 0730-1630.

For Express Mail Military Service (EMMS) availability, all acceptance clerks must refer to the local hardcopy EMMS directory.

Changes from previous listing are in bold type.

Conditions Applied to Mail Addressed to Military Post Offices Overseas
Form 2976, Customs - CN 22 (Old C 1) and Sender's Declaration (green label)
Form 2976-A, Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note
AAFES Army and Air Force Exchange Service
APO Army/Air Force Post Office
Box R Retired military personnel
FPO Fleet Post Office
DMM Domestic Mail Manual
MOM Military Ordinary Mail
MPO Military Post Office
PAL Parcel Airlift-Mail order catalogs are prohibited
PSC Postal Service Center
SAM Space Available Mail-Mail order catalogs are prohibited
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
A. Securities, currency, or precious metals in their raw, unmanufactured state are prohibited. Official shipments are exempt from this restriction.
B. Form 2976-A is required for all mail weighing 16 ounces or more, with exceptions noted below. In addition, mailers must properly complete required customs documentation when mailing any potentially dutiable mail addressed to an APO or FPO regardless of weight. The following are exceptions to the requirement for customs documentation on non-dutiable mail that weighs 16 ounces or more:
• Known mailers are exempt from providing customs documentation on non-dutiable letters, and printed matter weighing 16 ounces or more. (A known mailer is anyone who legally applies a permit imprint to a mailpiece. Mail with meter postage is not considered to be from a known mailer.)
• All federal, state, and local government agencies are exempt from providing customs documentation on mail addressed to an APO or FPO, except for those APOs/FPOs to which restriction B2 applies.
• Prepaid mail from military contractors is exempt, providing the mailpiece is endorsed "Contents for Official Use - Exempt from Customs Requirements."
B1. Form 2976 or Form 2976-A is required. Articles are liable for customs duty and/or purchase tax unless they are bona fide gifts intended for use by military personnel or their dependents. When the contents of a parcel meet these requirements, the mailer must endorse the customs form, "Certified to be a bona fide gift, personal effects, or items for personal use of military personnel and dependents," under the heading, Description of Contents. Exceptions: All other exceptions listed in restriction B above are applicable to this restriction.
B2. All federal, state, and local government agencies must complete customs documentation when sending mail addressed to or from this APO or FPO weighing 16 ounces or more.
C. Cigarettes and other tobacco products are prohibited.
C1. Obscene articles, prints, paintings, cards, films, videotapes, etc., and horror comics and matrices are prohibited.
D. Coffee is prohibited.
E1. Medicines or vaccines not conforming to French laws are prohibited.
E2. Any matter containing religious materials contrary to Islamic faith or depicting nude or seminude persons, pornographic or sexual items, or nonauthorized political materials is prohibited.
E3. Radio transceivers, cordless telephones, global positioning systems, scanners, base stations, and hand-held transmitters are prohibited.
F. Firearms of any type are prohibited in all classes of mail. See definitions of firearms in DMM C024.1.1C. This restriction does not apply to firearms mailed to or by official U.S. government agencies.
F1. Privately owned weapons addressed to an individual are prohibited in any class of mail.
F2. Importation of firearms is restricted to one shotgun and one single shot .22 caliber rifle per individual.
G. Only First-Class letters, Periodicals, and Standard Mail (A) are authorized.
H. Meats, including preserved meats, whether hermetically sealed or not, are prohibited.
H1. Pork or pork by-products are prohibited.
I. Mail of all classes must fit in a mail sack. Mail may not exceed the following dimensions:
Length 42" 72" length and girth combined
over 42" to 44" 24" girth
over 44" to 46" 20" girth
over 46" to 48" 16" girth
Maximum length 48"
This restriction does not apply to registered mail and official government mail marked MOM.
I1. This restriction does not apply to registered mail.
I2. This restriction does not apply to official government mail marked MOM.
J. Parcels may not exceed 108 inches in length and girth combined.
K. Mail that includes in the address the words, "Dependent Mail Section," may consist only of letter mail, newspapers, magazines, and books. No parcel of any class containing any other matter may be mailed to the Dependent Mail section. This restriction does not apply if the address does not include the words "Dependent Mail Section."
L. All official mail is prohibited.
M. Fruits, animals, and living plants are prohibited.
N. Registered mail is prohibited.
O. Personal mail addressed to vessels using this number is limited to unregistered First-Class Mail and certified mail. Other classes of mail are prohibited.
P. APO is used for the receipt and dispatch of official mail only.
Q. Mail may not exceed 66 pounds, and size is limited to 42 inches maximum length and 72 inches maximum length and girth combined.
R. All alcoholic beverages, including those mailable under DMM C021, are prohibited.
R1. Materials used in the production of alcoholic beverages (i.e., distilling material, hops, malts, yeast, etc.) are prohibited.
T. Mailings of case lots of food and supplemental household shipments must be approved by the sender's parent agency prior to mailing.
U. Parcels must weigh less than 16 ounces when addressed to Box R. This restriction does not apply to mail endorsed "Free Matter for the Blind or Handicapped."
U1. Mail is limited to First-Class Mail weighing 13 ounces or less when addressed to Box R. This restriction does not apply to mail endorsed "Free Matter for the Blind or Handicapped." Videotapes are prohibited when addressed to Box R, regardless of weight.
U2. Mail is limited to First-Class letters only when addressed to Box R.
U3. Mail is limited to First-Class correspondence (including voice and video cassettes), newspapers, magazines, photographs, not exceeding 16 ounces, when addressed to Box R.
W. Meat products, such as dried beef, salami, and sausage, may be mailed, provided they remain in their original, hermetically sealed packages and bear USDA certification. Other meats, bones, skin, hair, feathers, horns or hoofs of hoofed animals, wool samples, tobacco leaves, including chewing and pipe tobacco, snuff, cigars, and cigarettes, or obscene material, including obscene drawings, photographs, films, and carvings, are prohibited. Exception: 200 grams of tobacco per parcel are permitted duty free.
X. Personal mail is limited to First-Class Mail (to include audio cassettes and voice tapes) weighing 13 ounces or less. This limitation does not apply to official mail.
Y. Mail is limited to First-Class and Priority Mail only. All Periodicals, Standard Mail (A), and Standard Mail (B) (including SAM and PAL) are not authorized. This restriction also applies to official mail.
Z. No outside pieces (OSPs).
Z1. The Anti-Pilferage Seal (Item No O818-A) is required on all pouches and sacks.