Sending APO/AFO Packages Overseas

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  1. Mittimer

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    I'm sending a package to a soldier in Afghanistan. It's a rather..large package (the large flat rate APO/AFO boxes that USPS has) and you're required to fill out a customs form. Well, said customs form only has four spaces. My box easily has 20 items on it.

    The customs form says to use additional forms for each item and to destroy the bar code. Frankly, that's a lot of fucking forms to stuff into ONE small plastic envelope.

    Has anyone ever sent packages to the troops? What did you use for the customs form? Is it ok if I simply use a piece of paper with all the information needed? I find it completely ridiculous to have to use so many forms. Also wasteful.

    Help?
     
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    I sent a boxes to a friend in the desert. The boxes one had 50 items in it and the other had about 30 plus items. If there are things in there that are multiple then only put that down once. I also only listed items that were over 20 bucks.

    Good Luck!
     
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    There are items that are doubles. Like...2 toothpastes, 2 coloring books, 2 bottles of asprin etc etc. But I don't plan on putting each one down.

    Nothing is worth $20. It's just a box full of snacks, games etc.
     
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    Just put down generic like items: Candy, Mags, ect...

    Reading Material (Sports, Cars and such) and Beef Jerky are favorites. Asprin and other meds can be gotten for the asking with the Medics.

    It is a PITA with all the forms but to ship from an APO requires the same damm forums. Leave the box open until you get to the PO cuz they may want to inspect.
     
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    He asked for these items. Jerky isn't an option. Unless it's 100% beef. Anything with pork in it is a no-go. Religious restrictions.

    I'm sending him a CD with a ton of .pdf books on it to save on space. I've already got a box that's easily 10lbs of shit lol
     
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    Must be his own restrictions. Hell they serve bacon for breakfast at the Dinning Facilities. Ham sandwiches for lunch.

    PS, I spent 3 tours in the sandbox as a guest of Uncle Sugar! ;-)
     
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    Not his own restrictions. I went to my Post Office to find out the restrictions on shipping to Afghanistan. Pork, Porn and Mass Religious Items are on the list of non-shippable things.
     
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    They just keep putting restrictions on crap, when are we gonna quit bowing down? I just don't get it? Not like it is going out of the system? Like I said, they serve pork in the Dinning Facilities, why cant it be shipped now? I spent 20 years in the Army so I take it personal! I'm off my rant now, back on my meds! ;-)

    Good luck with the shipping and don't let the paperwork get the best of you. We (They) enjoy packages from home. PS, I'm not telling you this but have NEVER had a package opened for inspection after shipped. They may xray but never had one opened. Good for me cuz wifey send some.....stuff!
     
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    Lol......no pork allowed? Lmao.
     
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    Eating pork is outlawed in Afghanistan. Muslims don't eat pork so it would make sense that troops out there can't have it as well. It would upset the natives there.
     
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    That is the exact reason that it can't be shipped.
     
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    Does anyone by chance know how to properly fill out customs forms when sending an APO box? I have what I think is his full address but I'm not sure what the city/state/address blah blah blah is. It's all just a bunch of mumbo jumbo to me lol.
     
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    I've sent one out to a buddy 3 years ago during his last tour after his GF left him, and I remember filling out paper work, but not the the extent you have to go through. I sent him a box that tipped the scale at 65lbs filled with mags, dvds, snacks, nic nacs, and other odds and loose ends to help kill the time when not on patrol.

    Sounds like they stepped things up...