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International Mail

International Mail Services

International Mail is any mail outside the 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. APO and FPO addresses (Military Mail) are considered international.

Getting Started

  • International mail can be sent from a USPS branch, arranged online at, or mailed via Mail Services mail metering.
  • All international mail regardless of weight or packaging, that contains items other than paper, requires a completed customs form.
    • Comply with all restrictions listed on the USPS site.
    • List all items in the package.
    • List the value of the items.
    • Include all required copies with your package at the time of mailing.
  • Properly address your mail to make sure it reaches the intended destination.
  • Package your items using bubble wrap, newspaper, or other resilient packing material.
  • Packages should not exceed 70 pounds, or be larger than 109 inches (in length or girth). Check the USPS site for country-specific restrictions.