U.S. Postal Service Shipping FAQ
How long does it take to send mail or a package to Iraq or Afghanistan?
Between 7 and 20 days, with 2 weeks being about average. During holidays, count on it taking 3 weeks to arrive in Iraq or Afghanistan.
How much does it cost a send a letter to Iraq or Afghanistan?Standard-sized postcard no more than 1 ounce = .27 (oversize = .42)
Standard-sized letter (no more than 1 ounce) = .42 (.44 after May, 2012)
All letters and cards 13 ounces or less are sent domestic First Class Mail, as follows:
Anthing greater than 13 ounces is sent Priority Mail, which starts at 4.95.
How much does it cost to send a parcel package to Iraq or Afghanistan?
If you can fit your contents into one of the USPS standard Flat Rate shipping boxes or envelope, the cost is a flat fee, regardless of weight, as listed below:
How big are the USPS Flate Rate shipping materials?$4.95 - 12-1/2" x 9-1/2" for Flat Rate Envelope (document mailer)
$10.35 - 11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" for Flat Rate Box O-FRB1 (similar to shoebox)
$10.35 - 11-7/8" x 3-3/8" x 13-5/8" for Flat Rate Box O-FRB2 (similar to shirtbox)
$11.95 - 12" x 12" x 5-1/2" for Large Flat Rate Box (similar to tall shirtbox)
Do I have to address a package to a specific soldier?
Yes, the Department of Defense mandates that all mail and packages must be addressed to an individual soldier, not to "Any Soldier" or "Any Serviceperson".
How large a package can I send to Iraq?
Your package can't be more than 84 inches long or be more than 130 inches when you total up the length (the longest side) plus the girth (thickest portion), or weigh more than 70 lbs.
What are the restrictions on sending items to Iraq or Afghanistan?
See What NOT to Send a Soldier in Iraq or Afghanistan or Afghanistan for a list of prohibited items.
How do I properly fill out the APO shipping address to Iraq?
See About APO Addresses - it applies to mail as well as online purchases. Note that the country is the United States, regardless of the destination country when going through the Army Post Office (APO).
What forms do I need to fill out when sending a package to Iraq?Letters and cards less than 16 ounces - no form needed
Packages less than 16 ounces and less than $400 value - Form 2976
All mail greater than 16 ounces - Form 2976-A with 2976-E mailer envelope
For all parcel packages, you need to fill out the proper Customs Form. Be sure and fill out the form accurately as contents are scanned. Here are the regulations:
How do I get free shipping boxes from the Post Office?
Call 1-800-610-8734, select option 1 (Express Mail, Priority Mail or Global Express) and ask the service agent for the Military Kit (or Care Kit 4). The local Post Office will also have these on hand if you want to pick them up locally.