International Shipping

International shipments being sent from the United States and its possessions or territories are subject to federal export laws and regulations that may require approval for, or that may otherwise restrict, what can be sent to certain countries, individuals, and entities. These regulations are designed to protect U.S. national security, foreign policy, and economic interests. There are compelling reasons for government agencies to regulate certain export transactions. Failure to comply with these federal regulations can result in civil and criminal penalties.

While customers are responsible for complying with federal export laws, the Postal Service provides tools and resources to help ensure that your international mail can be delivered in a safe and timely manner.

If you are shipping to an international destination, or to, from, or between U.S. territories, possessions, and Freely Associated States, your mail is subject to federal export laws and regulations.

As a customer, you are responsible for ensuring that you obtain and document all necessary federal permissions before sending regulated goods to or from a person, organization, or country that has been blocked from export activities under U.S. law.

This brochure provides an overview of special requirements that may apply to your international shipment, including obtaining an export license and filing electronic export information.