|Wed Nov 28 2012 16:21:12|
Holiday Shipping to Military Addresses: What to Know
By: Julia Wilkinson
Did you know that the cutoff date for shipping to US military addresses is fast approaching? Monday, Dec. 3 is the last day for someone in the U.S. to ship Priority Mail packages for APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093 for delivery by Christmas Day; and it's Monday, Dec. 10, for all other APO/FPO/DPO ZIP codes. (More info on shipping to U.S. military addresses is at the USPS web site).
As a seller, you could be cutting off a significant portion of sales by not offering shipping to APO addresses. According to a spokesperson for DymoEndicia.com, the U.S. Postal Service offers the only way to ship directly to APO/FPO/DPO at domestic shipping rates, without additional delivery fees or surcharges. "However, even though USPS domestic rates apply, shipping to APO/FPO/DPO addresses does still require a customs declaration form and a special round date stamp." While you can get these at local Post Offices, "merchants can save money and make this process more convenient by using electronic postage solutions like DYMO Endicia, which automatically generates a combined shipping, postage and customs declaration label bearing the required round date stamp," said the spokesperson. Users can print the label and affix it to their packages, which can then be picked up at no charge by a local mail carrier right from the merchant’s home or office.
But whether you use DYMO Endicia or take your packages to your local post office, bear in mind this is a considerable and important group of folks awaiting their holiday packages; being open to shipping to these addresses and even marketing your items as such may bring in extra sales.
As a seller, are you open to shipping to military addresses? If so, have you encountered any problems? Do you market your items so that people shopping for gifts for people in the military will be able to easily find them? Post a comment here!