The following branches provide global mail services to official military personnel assigned to designated posts abroad. The following are postal facilities that operate abroad as a post office branch of the USPS.
APO: Army Post Office– Army or Air Force installations.
FPO: Fleet Post Office– Navy installations and ships.
DPO: Diplomatic Post Office–Associated with U.S. Diplomatic locations.
Please Note: Bargain Balloons ships orders to APO, FPO, and/or DPO boxes are considered domestic US mail, and therefore we only use USPS Priority Mail. Delivery times for USPS Priority Mail to an APO, FPO and DPO box is 5 to 10 business days.
The minimum cost for shipping with USPS Priority Mail is $10.92 to a maximum cost of $15.92, however, USPS does not offer time guarantees on this service. You will never pay more than $15.92 for shipping when choosing our default shipping method to an APO, FPO, or DPO Box.
Shipping costs are calculated at checkout based on weight or dimensional weight and all shipments are shipped with traceable services. A Business day is Monday to Friday for USPS, FedEx, and UPS, however, USPS may deliver parcels on a Saturday.
When entering your address at checkout, please make sure to use the US Military State Code (AA, AE, AP) and not the domestic mail hub.
Before we ship to any APO, FPO, and DPO box, we will verify the address with USPS to make sure the address is correctly formatted. If you fail to enter the correct Military State Code, we will assume the order is shipping to the domestic state you chose at checkout rather than AA, AE, or AP. The state is available at checkout in the state drop-down box (shown below).
US Military State Codes
AA-Armed Services America
AE-Armed Services Europe
AP-Armed Services Pacific
Properly formatted addresses should look like the examples below (according to USPS):
Army/Air Post Office (APO)
PSC 3 BOX 4120
APO AE 09021
Fleet Post Office (FPO)
UNIT 100100 BOX 4120
FPO AP 96691
Diplomatic Post Office (DPO)
UNIT 8400 BOX 0000
DPO AE 09498-0048
Please Note: There are times when the delivery of an order may be delayed. This can happen because of bad weather, service alerts, misroutes, mechanical failures with trucks or airplanes breaking down, or isolated local events in cities the package is traveling through– which is out of our control. Delays are more likely to remote APO, FPO, and DPO boxes. Please plan ahead and leave a few extra days for delivery if possible.Follow Bargain Balloons on social media for information, updates, tips, DIY ideas, and much more!