Block 12: The accepting clerk stamps with an APDS
the Mailing Office Date Stamp block of Copy 3.
NOTE: Copy 4 of PS form 2976-A is detached by the
accepting clerk and maintained at the post office for 30
ATTACHING CUSTOMS DECLARATIONS
Space permitting, all customs forms must be
placed on the address side of the article, preferably to
the bottom left-hand side. See figure 4-14. PS Form
2976 has a self-adhesive backing.
protective covering before affixing.
After the clerk dates copy 3 and detaches copy 4 of
the PS Form 2976-A, the form set is returned to the
The customer must place the form set
(copies 1, 2, and 3) into the envelope (PS Form 2976-E)
and affix the envelope to the package. PS Form 2976-E
is a clear plastic envelope with a peel-and-seal flap.
BONA FIDE GIFTS
Military and civilian personnel who are authorized
to use the Military Postal Service located outside the
CTUS, may send duty-free, unsolicited gifts through
the mail to addressees in the U.S. provided that:
· The gift does not exceed $100 in value ($200
when sent from Guam, American Samoa, and
the Virgin Islands).
· The recipient does not receive more than one
such shipment on the same day.
exceed this retail value limitation will be subject
to payment of duty, on the entire value of the
shipment, by the person receiving the gift. A
person mailing a gift may NOT pay the duty in
Gifts that are intended for several people may be
sent inside one parcel, to a single addressee, provided
Each individual gift is wrapped and bears the name and
address of the recipient, and is endorsed
The outer parcel, containing the multiple gifts, is
endorsed on the address side to show the number of
individual gifts enclosed and value information. For
example, a parcel containing 3 individual gift parcels,
for separate individuals, would be endorsed THREE
UNSOLICITED GIFTS ENCLOSED.
INDIVIDUAL RECEIVING GIFTS EXCEEDING
$100 IN VALUE or similar wording.
AMERICAN GOODS RETURNED
Articles that are grown, produced, or
manufactured in the U.S. and which, after having been
exported, have not increased in value or improved in
condition, may be mailed back to the U.S. free from
customs duty. However, a properly completed customs
declaration shall be attached to the address side of the
Able B. Seaman
USS Underway (CV-66)
FPO AE 09561-0001
Mr. Jack Frost
5 Sunnyside St.
Anytown US 11111
1 pair of leather shoes
4 lbs 3 oz
Figure 4-14Parcel depicting placement of customs form.