New customs form likely to mean longer waits at military post offices

Petty Officer 1st Class Alyssa Babcock, right, signs for department mail at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 12, 2019. A new U.S. Postal Service policy would require everyone, including those at overseas military post offices, to fill out and print electronic customs forms, which military officials say is likely to cause customer delays. MARQUIS WHITEHEAD/U.S. NAVY
Petty Officer 1st Class Alyssa Babcock, right, signs for department mail at Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, Dec. 12, 2019. A new U.S. Postal Service policy would require everyone, including those at overseas military post offices, to fill out and print electronic customs forms, which military officials say is likely to cause customer delays. MARQUIS WHITEHEAD/U.S. NAVY

New customs form likely to mean longer waits at military post offices

by John Vandiver
Stars and Stripes

STUTTGART, Germany— Mailing packages from military post offices is about to become more of a hassle following a new U.S. Postal Service rule that is doing away with handwritten customs declaration forms.

Beginning March 6, clerks at military post offices overseas will require customers to use an electronic version of the PS Form 2976 that should be typed and printed, the U.S. Postal Service said in a recent announcement.

U.S. Army Europe in a statement Wednesday said it is working to delay the policy change, which is expected to cause longer waits for customers. But while the Army tries to negotiate a delay, the military community should anticipate the change taking effect in March, USAREUR postal chief Bill Hilsher said.

For decades, filling out paper customs forms has been a fixture of military life for service members overseas, particularly during the holiday season when customers cram into postal offices.

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