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QUESTIONS ABOUT MAILING /POSTAGE AND DECLARATION FORMS


 
1. small flat rate box: $6.45
2. Medium Flat Box- $12.40
3. large flat rate and large game boxes: $17.05


What does it cost to ship a non-Flat Rate box?

 These are the prices of the flat rate boxes and their dimenations,and pictures . #1 is used most often.#3 is used to ship magazines.if you are mailing non-flat rate boxes. its about $2.00 a lb. and if the weight is less then 15lbs you pay more. over 65lbs you pay closer to the poundage.but your boxes cannot be over 70lbs. and to be on the safe. keep it under 68lbs.but remember the Post Office rates change like the weather. so you can go to www.usps.com to keep track of changes.

and this is an updated list of items not to send.most are common sense!! but with Iraq the DPO is very different and not something we usually understand. the DPO is the "Diplomatic Post Office" they make their own rules and if it doesn't fit in their pouch they will send back .and please make sure no loose caps. on items. and the following are what they list as "no no's"

PROHIBITED ITEMS LIST FOR MAIL DESTINED TO

DPO, Baghdad,Iraq

1. weapons,components of weapons and items that resemble weapons ,knives,slingshots,toy guns.etc

DAH!!!!!!!!!!!!

2. IMPLEMENTS OF WAR(HELMETS,BODY ARMOR,FLAK VESTS,HOLSTERS ETC(GO FIGURE)

3.Binoculars/telescopes/rifle scopes

4 Drones

5. Hazmat labeled packages

6.lithium batteries,must be installed in equipment,

7.explosives/divices

8.gases/aerosol/cylinders (NO HAIR SPRAYS,SHAVING CREAMS IN CANS,NOTHING LIKE THAT)

9.leakers,powder or liquids. be very careful about this as they will send it back to you.

10. dense objects( items that cant be viewed by x-ray screening) its better not to send anything in cans as they will send it back.

11. Aerosol cans,must be gels

12. Make sure liquids and powders are tightly sealed

13. No pork products

14. No utility knives

NOW THIS WILL CHANGE AGAIN AS IT DID IN 2004-2005 BUT BECAUSE TROOPS WERE PULLED OUT IN 2008 ,AND NOW THEY ARE STARTING ALL OVER AGAIN .THIS IS FOR IRAQ. THE OTHER COUNTRIES DONT HAVE THE SAME LIST FROM DPO. AS IT WOULD BE MOSTLY THE APO. MILITARY.



 

Declaration forms and the sleeves are available at Post Office and are required to be filled out when boxes go to foreign countries

YOU CAN ALSO ORDER ON LINE AT AMAZON.COM AS WE DO ALOT OF GIFTS THIS WAY ,AS THEY GO DIRECTLY TO THE COMBAT SOLDIERS,SAILORS,AIRMEN,MARINES .  BUT CAN CHECK TO SEE IF ITEM CAN GO TO THE APO ADDRESS. AS IT WILL TELL YOU 

WHEN YOU FILL OUT INFO. TO SEND. EASY WAY TO SEND .

all items can be picked up at your post office ,they are free

Packing Tips

Seal your box with plenty of strong packing tape.   These packages have a long journey ahead of them!   

Cover your address and your soldier's address with clear tape to protect them from the elements.


If you should ship food and scented toiletries together, make sure that all scented items, and any item that might leak, be wrapped in newspaper first and then placed inside a good Zip Lock bag as no one wants soap-flavored cookies! 

Make sure each box is packed snug to prevent items from moving around.

You can obtain free Priority Mail boxes three ways:      

1. Order online at www.usps.com

2.  Call Customer Service at (800)  527-1950  or  (800)  610-8734
     

3.  Pick up from your post office.

How often should I send a box?

This is up to you; however, if you signed up to send packages for the trooper's full deployment and you are no longer able to do so, please contact us so we can reassign your trooper.

When should I stop sending packages?

You will receive your trooper's approximate return date when you receive your assignment.   Send your last package or letter 30 days before their return date to insure that it is received. 



 

items not to send: no porno,alcohal,pork products(muslums have a "cow" over this!!)firearms,if not sure notify Julie at soldiersmother2@charter.net

Please refer to the: ASWL "wishlist guideline"