Issues with shipping to an APO address...

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  1. KM1H

    KM1H Ham Member QRZ Page

    My #2 son spent 20 years as a USAF officer mostly in EU and a few of the old Soviet republics such as Georgia and Ukraine and had APO and DPO addresses and was usually having troubles getting stuff from the US.

    The solution was to get things shipped to me here in NH and then it was cheap from here to NYC where it entered the "system". He reciprocated by picking up cheap electronics, vacuum tubes, etc and sending via the same paths.

    Carl
     
  2. AE4LH

    AE4LH Ham Member QRZ Page

    Hi Carl. I have family members who’ve offered this option. I may take them up on the offer, but a few of the responses to my question have been very helpful to understanding the seller’s perspective. Have a great weekend, 73 de David AE4LH
     
  3. WB2WIK

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    APO addresses are for "mail."

    I've used them lots of times for mail, and it seems to get through.

    But the USPS will not handle very large, heavy items -- they have limits on that, unlike UPS and FedEx and DHL and stuff.

    If you want something small and light that can go through the mail system, I see no problems.

    If you want a KWS-1, I see a big problem.:p I'd think you'd need to set up a drop point at a local DHL or FedEx depot and have anything large and heavy shipped there.
     
  4. KM1H

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  5. KA4AQM

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    One thing a shipper (and receiver) has as an advantage to shipping to FPO or APO, the shipper only pays for the postage to the US point where the package leaves the US. For example, if you live in St Louis and mail something to European APO/FPO, you will only pay for postage from St Louis to NY if NY is the point where the package enters the military postal system. Likewise, if you mail that package from St Louis to an APO/FPO address in Japan, you will only pay the postage from St Louis to the west coast....I think that's quite a perk for someone to mail a package to someone overseas, so don't be afraid to use the APO/FPO system.

    Randy
    KA4AQM
     
  6. W7TFO

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    I've used those lovely flat rate boxes to send lots of stuff to APO addresses, never had a problem.

    73DG
     

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