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Old 01-09-2019, 06:25 PM
 
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I’m a seller on eBay based in the US and a customer inquired asking if he bought an item for $9.00 if I could ship to a military base where he is serving in South Korea. He said he’s done it before and that sellers usually just have to fill out a custom form to send it to him, but he doesn’t seem to know which one.

I tried looking into it a little but am kind of confused by all the different custom forms there are. I offer free shipping on US purchases, but would pass the cost onto him as I’m only making about $5.00 in profit as it is. He hasn’t bought the item yet nor have I agreed to do it, but was wondering if anyone has experience with this, what exact form needs to be filled out, and how much it costs?

He says without filling out customs and having it shipped there it costs an arm and a leg, but with customs it can be much cheaper. I’d like to help him out if possible and think it would be good to know about this process in case instead of $9.00, I end up selling something for $9,000 to a guy on a military base some day.

Thank you in advance for any help
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Old 01-09-2019, 06:28 PM
 
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From my experience it should be just sending it to an APO / FPO address. Just get his address and ship it to him. If you are sending it to a US military base its just like sending it to an American address.
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Old 01-09-2019, 07:10 PM
 
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From my experience it should be just sending it to an APO / FPO address. Just get his address and ship it to him. If you are sending it to a US military base its just like sending it to an American address.
He gave me the address and it is indeed an APO one. So I don’t have to fill out a customs form on top of it?
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Old 01-09-2019, 07:39 PM
 
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He gave me the address and it is indeed an APO one. So I don’t have to fill out a customs form on top of it?
Spent three years in Okinawa. Received plenty of packages and never heard anything about a customs form. If you still wonder then ask at the post office.
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Old 01-09-2019, 07:56 PM
 
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Spent three years in Okinawa. Received plenty of packages and never heard anything about a customs form. If you still wonder then ask at the post office.
Sounds good, thank you for your insight. I've researched it a little more and it looks like it should just be like shipping to a non-military US address like you said. I'm going to go to the post office tomorrow to find out for sure
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Old 01-09-2019, 11:18 PM
 
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If its just a small package by first class or priority mail, use form 2976.
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Old 01-10-2019, 09:35 AM
 
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Here is what the PO says re shipping to APO/FPO in a foreign country:
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Click-N-Ship for APO & FPO

Sending Overseas. Click-N-Ship® allows you to print Priority Mail® and Priority Mail Express® postage and address labels. When you send an international package through military mail, follow that country's restriction policies and include customs forms. Click-N-Ship will show you the right customs forms."


https://www.usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-dpo.htm
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Old 01-10-2019, 02:13 PM
 
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Word of advice. Ship only to the address registered on the eBay account. If you ship elsewhere, you are on your own for recourse.
Have them update the shipping address in their account and eBay's system will walk you through everything you need to do to ship there.
I have shipped to APO's without a problem, but that was the address listed for the buyer in their account.
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Old 01-13-2019, 01:17 PM
 
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APO is the same as if you were shipping within the US, to select a state or prevent an address error, you may have to select "US territories/ Pacific" if using a stamps software for labels.
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