Military Mailing Restrictions
Chances are if you have not sent your holiday package to your loved ones serving in Iraq it won't get there in time Christmas.
However, when you do mail, here are some tips the government wants you to keep in mind.
Military Mailing Restrictions Learn what you should - and shouldn't - send to our troops. Before you send a letter or package to one of our troops overseas, make sure you’re aware of certain restrictions. Every country has customs regulations regarding incoming mail.
Although there are specific restrictions for each five-digit Military Post Office ZIP Code™ (APO/FPO), generally, the following are prohibited in the region of Operation Iraqi Freedom:
Obscene articles (prints, paintings, cards, films, videotapes, etc). Any matter depicting nude or seminude persons, pornographic or sexual items, or nonauthorized political materials. Bulk quantities of religious materials contrary to the Islamic faith. Items for the personal use of the addressee are permissible. Pork or pork by-products. For packages, print on one side only with the recipient’s address in the lower right portion.
For specific restrictions and mailing rates to an APO/FPO address, visit the Rate Calculator. You can also call 1-800-ASK-USPS, consult your local Post Office™, or phone the Military Postal Service Agency at 1-800-810-6098.