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We Ship Cookies & Brownies to all APO/FPO, APO/AA, APO/AE, APO/AP Boxes.
Service Member's full name, unit and APO/FPO (Air/Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office)
address with the ZIP Code and a return address.  
Shipment of packages to overseas APO/FPO addresses require additional customs paperwork to be completed.
Hickory Hill Cookie Company handles all of the required paperwork for you.

Examples:
SSGT Kevin Taylor
Unit 2050 Box 4190
APO AP 96278-2050

SGT Robert Smith
PSC 802 Box 74
APO AE 09499-0074

Seaman Joseph Doe
USCGC Hamilton
FPO AP 96667-3931

SGT Jane Doe
CMR 1250
APO AA 09045-1000

How are packages sent?
In accordance with regulations, all packages are sent via the U S Postal Service (USPS).
To date, government regulations do not permit delivery services like UPS or FedEx to deliver military
packages outside of the U.S. We ship all APO / FPO packages by Priority Mail.  
Please keep in mind all overseas military mail goes to the East Coast, West Coast or Miami
and then it is forwarded to the Military Postal Service. Shipment of packages to overseas
APO/FPO addresses require additional customs paperwork to be completed.
Hickory Hill Cookie Company handles all of the required paperwork for you.  

How long will take?
For packages going to soldiers stationed in the U.S. normal delivery times apply about 2 - 3 days.
For soldiers stationed overseas, government regulations require that packages be mailed through
USPS, and from there are sent to the Military Postal Service Agency for dispersal.  
You should allow a minimum of 5 to 7 days for normal delivery,
and during major holidays it takes a little longer.

Can I get a delivery confirmation?
Because packages are mailed through USPS and forwarded to the Military Postal Service Agency for
dispersal, it is not possible for us to verify delivery or obtain a return receipt.  
We have never had a problem and we ship to APO / FPO all the time.

Please note:
Final delivery of mail to military APO / FPO addresses is handled by the US Military Postal System.
Delivery and signature confirmation services are not available for military packages.
What is an APO/FPO address?
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A Layperson's Guide to Overseas Military Mail

The concept of getting mail overseas to and from military personnel stationed
overseas dates back many years. In formalizing this activity, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS)
and the Department of Defense (DoD) negotiated an agreement called Overseas Military Mail, which exists to this day. In this agreement
addressing schemes, delivery mechanisms and nomenclature were hammered out. Here is how Overseas Military Mail really works.

The USPS has formalized a standard addressing scheme for all domestic mail.
Many will of course recognize this as:

Name
Street Number
City, State ZIP      

Name
P.O. Box
City, State ZIP       

Name
Rural Delivery
City, State ZIP

In order to make Military Mail conform to this scheme, several things were created.
These were: Three Military "States":

AA, which stands for Armed Forces (the) Americas
AE, which stands for Armed Forces Europe
AP, which stands for Armed Forces Pacific
Two "City" equivalents:
APO, which stands for Army Post Office
FPO, which stands for Fleet Post Office

Based on these constructs, a typical Overseas Military Mail address looks like this.

Name
Postal Service Center + Identifier
APO, AP ZIP
or

Name
Postal Service Center + Identifier
FPO, AP ZIP


By having all Overseas Military Mail conform to the domestic mailing
addressing scheme, the USPS could easily sort and manage it using their sophisticated
sorting and distribution machines, just like regular mail. But there is more to these constructs
than addressing schemes. The Military State designators mean more than "phantom" states.
They represent the USPS mail processing facilities that handle the mail traffic to and from each
Military State. In an analogous form, they represent the neck part of an hourglass.

Picture mail flowing into a "neck" location from all parts of the continental United States,
then from this "neck" out to all the Military bases and U.S. Embassies in the region of the world represented by the specific Military State.
These "neck" locations, the USPS mail processing facilities themselves, are located in
cities that are conducive to getting mail to and from the overseas region of the respective Military State.

These Military State/City pairs are:

AA : Miami, FL
AE : New York, NY
AP : San Francisco. CA

Since these cities already had ZIP codes assigned to them, it was decided to have the ZIP codes of the respective Military State be
numerically close to the ZIP code of the city where the mail processing facility is located. This allowed the USPS automated sorting
equipment to funnel the Military Mail to the proper city where the respective mail processing facility is located.

Once the Military Mail arrives at the respective mail processing facility, it is further sorted by Postal Service Center, APO/FPO and ZIP code.
After that, the USPS "hands it off" to their Military equivalent in a branch of the Armed Forces after transport via contract air carrier and
delivery to the overseas APOs and FPOs. For APOs, either the Army or Air Force provides personnel. For FPOs, the Navy does the job.
At each APO or FPO, there is an equivalent to "a-real-honest-to-goodness-Post Office" staffed by members of the respective branch of
service. While the layout of each APO/FPO varies by location, suffice it to say they look and operate just like a "real" Post Office. In fact,
they have to, since we are talking about U.S. Mail. Each APO/FPO address holder has a mail lock box in which their mail is slotted. Since
parcels can't fit in these boxes, delivery or notification slips, just like "real" ones, are put in the boxes whenever a parcel arrives.

Outbound mail from APOs/FPOs flows in the reverse of the process described above, with the mail passing through the "neck", the mail
processing facility for the respective Military State, to enter into the normal USPS sorting and delivery system.
As can been seen, APOs and FPOs are just like the Post Office (P.O.) boxes one can rent at the local Post Office. The only real difference
being is that they are located overseas on Military bases or in U.S. Embassies. So simply put, while valid domestic mailing addresses,
APO/FPO addresses are not street or physical addresses; they never were and never will be.
So, with the establishment of the Overseas Military Mail program, three Military States (AA,AE,AP) and two city equivalents (APO, FPO) were
created, along with a specific set of ZIP codes for each Military State. Once these constructs are understood, as well as the flow of packages
to and through the mail processing facilities (located in Miami, New York, and San Francisco) which represent the Military States, it is easy
to see how confusing all of this can be.

But now that Military Mail has been explained, it's no longer a mystery.

There's no easier way to  get packages to -- an APO/FPO address.
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