Mail addressed to military post offices overseas is subject to certain conditions or restrictions of mailing regarding content, preparation, and handling. The APO/FPO table below outlines these conditions by APO/FPO ZIP Codes™ through the use of footnoted mailing restrictions codes (see the Restrictions page following the table).
Acceptance clerks should use the table with the integrated retail terminal (IRT) or POS ONE terminal to determine which APO/FPO ZIP Codes are 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, 0730–1600 ET.
For Express Mail Military Service (EMMS) availability, all acceptance clerks must refer to the local hardcopy EMMS directory.
The entries under “Changes” appear in bold in the APO/FPO Table starting below.
We have eliminated “Not Active” entries from the table below to save space and paper.
PS Form 2976, Customs – CN 22 (Old C 1) and Sender’s Declaration (green label)
PS 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
PSC = Postal Service Center
SAM = Space Available Mail
USDA = United States Department of Agriculture
Note: Mail order catalogs are prohibited as SAM or PAL mail.
A. Securities, currency, or precious metals in their raw, unmanufactured state are prohibited. Official shipments are exempt from this restriction.
A1. Mail addressed to “Any Servicemember,” or similar wording such as “Any Soldier,” “Sailor,” “Airman,” or “Marine”; “Military Mail”; etc., is prohibited. Mail must be addressed to an individual or job title such as “Commander,” “Commanding Officer,” etc.
B. PS 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 nondutiable mail that weighs 16 ounces or more:
B1. PS Form 2976 or 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 depicting nude or seminude persons, pornographic or sexual items, or nonauthorized political materials is prohibited. Although religious materials contrary to the Islamic faith are prohibited in bulk quantities, items for the personal use of the addressee are permissible.
E3. Radio transceivers, cordless telephones, global positioning systems, scanners, base stations, and handheld transmitters are prohibited.
F. Firearms of any type are prohibited in all classes of mail. See definitions of firearms in DMM 601.11.1.2c. This restriction does not apply to firearms mailed to or by official U.S. government agencies. The restriction for mail to this APO/FPO ZIP Code does not apply to firearms mailed from this APO/FPO ZIP Code, provided ATF and USPS regulations are met. Antique firearms are a separate category defined in DMM 601.11.2 and ATF regulations; they do not require an ATF form.
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 Mail letters, Periodicals, and Standard Mail items 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:
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 items 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 601.8.0, 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 Mail letters only when addressed to Box R.
U3. Mail is limited to First–Class Mail correspondence (including voice and video cassettes), newspapers, magazines, photographs, not exceeding 16 ounces, when addressed to Box R.
V. Express Mail Military Service (EMMS) not available from any origin.
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 items (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 items only. All Periodicals, Standard Mail items, and Package Services items (including SAM and PAL) are not authorized. This restriction also applies to official mail.
Z. No outside pieces (OSPs).
Z1. The following restriction is applicable only to International Service Centers (ISC)/Exchange Offices. An Anti–Pilferage Seal (Item No O817E or O818A) is required on all pouches and sacks.