Might be YOUR Stuff!

We regularly receive packages where the label is unreadable or missing, or boxes so crushed items have fallen out.  Please see if any of these orphans are yours — when claiming your items in the mail room, please bring the tracking number if you can so we can receive and deliver the orphan in the system.  Thank You!

  • Box of Tide powder
  • Plastic bowl/plate/cup set – multi-colored
  • Naturewise probiotics
  • Eezy Cut scuba driver tool
  • metal clips — clips on both ends
  • Kirk’s Castille Soap-multi-pack
  • Everything Bagel seasoning
  • Giant Steps Coffee
  • Mielle Mint Almond Oil (for hair)
  • Vous a ser papa! (French book)

The Mail will Continue!

We currently anticipate that DPO and Pouch services will continue without interruption despite the lapse in Department of State appropriations.

If you have questions or concerns, please contact me (Richardson KC @ …..).

USPS Rate Increase 1/27/2019

USPS is raising prices, effective 1/27/2019.   Remember, Forever stamps are always worth the cost of sending a first class letter (which will be 55 cents).

Letters (1 oz.)
Letters additional ounces
Domestic Postcards
50 cents
21 cents
35 cents
55 cents
15 cents
35 cents


Small Flat Rate Box
Medium Flat Rate Box
Large Flat Rate Box
APO/FPO Large Flat Rate Box
Regular Flat Rate Envelope
Legal Flat Rate Envelope
Padded Flat Rate Envelope

First-Class Package Service, a lightweight expedited offering used primarily by businesses for fulfillment purposes, will move to zone-based pricing to better align with the cost of service and improve value based on distance.

The USPS site is your best source of information — for tracking packages and even calculating postage.  https://postcalc.usps.com/      We have a click and ship kiosk adjacent to the mailroom to help you send out packages.  Let us know if you have questions or concerns.  Dakar Mailroom @…




January is bigger than December!

You might think that just because the holidays are over, the big mail rush is over, too, and delivery times will return to normal.  Not so!  January is historically our biggest month of the year.  Many people receive gift cards for Christmas and order items in January.  Product returns and exchanges increase mail volume now as well.

And, many people are still traveling in January.  More people = less mail.  And don’t forget–elsewhere, it’s still winter.

Holiday mail ALWAYS takes longer. Here’s why:

  • Mail travels “space available.”  It isn’t guaranteed to get on a flight.
  • During the holidays more people are travelling, and each of them brings more baggage on board.
  • Flights have maximum weight allowances:  Passengers + baggage + cargo. During the holidays,  MORE passengers + MORE baggage = less cargo = less mail per flight.
  • Winter weather causes flight cancellations.  Cancelled flights mean the following flights are even MORE full of people and baggage with even LESS room for mail.
  • Your mail doesn’t come direct — it travels through Europe or Dubai.
  • And, there’s a lot more mail during the holidays!  ALLOW EXTRA TIME

Remember to use the USPS tracking site to find out where your packages are.  Vendor sites and emails are not always reliable for tracking information.   If you have questions or concerns — we’re here to help!

December 24th

Reflecting the new Holiday Closure, the Package room will be open on December 24th from 10am to 2pm. We will have limited staff and they will serve customers to the best of their ability. Not all incoming pouches may be opened at the time of your arrival.

Please manage your expectations and hope for the best.

Happy Holidays

Outbound has been delayed

Due to a technical glitch, the Outbound Mail scheduled for 12/11/18 will be delayed. We are working diligently to resolve the problem. Once the problem is resolved, we will notify the community “post haste”.

It’s CyberMonday! Click Smart

It’s Cyber Monday, and many of you will be clicking away online, grabbing great bargains on have-to-have items–for Valentine’s Day, right?! Because you got Christmas done weeks ago to be sure it got here in time.  It’s easy to get swept up in the excitement and “countdown deals,” but be sure you know the rules for shipping stuff to Post to avoid disappointment:

  • Last year’s Cyber Monday tip post — lots of good info!
  • The FAQ page — link also at top.
  • Perfumes, colognes, etc — are hazardous and can not ship via air. (purchase duty free at airport, via PJs, or locally, but do not ship in the mail!)
  • Lithium batteries — you can, but….  see the FAQ page for full details.  Lithium batteries can be in phones, computers, cameras, car battery “emergency kits” (a popular item here in Dakar!) know before you order and ship.
  • Do NOT just “send it Pouch” if the vendor doesn’t ship to DPO.  First, ask yourself if it’s restricted. If not, search for another vendor or consider a remailer. Pouch has much stricter size, liquid, and battery restrictions and is MUCH slower.  (You’re likely to be late if you’re ordering via Pouch now). And — per the FAM, DPO posts like Dakar need to ship personal mail to DPO. Just do it!  See earlier holiday mailing tips.
  • Max size and weight:

The maximum size allowed is 108 inches — calculated by taking the longest length, and adding the girth.  Confirm with the vendor before purchasing to prevent returns!  Maximum weight is 70 lbs.

Image of package dimensions

Shipping to a family member to repackage to get around shipping hazardous or restricted items is a really bad idea.  You can lose your mail privileges at post, AND it’s a criminal offense with severe penalties. Don’t do it.

The letters to Santa box is at the package room if you’ve got little ones sending off lists, and don’t forget to order scotch tape, wrapping paper, and bows.  Happy Holidays, everyone!

MSG Gifts ok? But not Toys for Tots? ??

The holidays are a time when we give and receive many gifts — Can you ship gifts in your personal mail to Post?  Yes you can. As long as it is truly a gift and you are not receiving any compensation in exchange.  So a gift for an MSG — go for it!

Giving a toy to Toys for Tots, though, is a charity donation. Shipping in items to donate to charity is NOT allowed in DPO or Pouch.  Best of intentions, and we all want to help those less fortunate — but please buy locally.

Abuse of DPO and pouch can result in a loss of privileges for you and your family. And, if the host nation were to think we as a Post were abusing our duty-free privileges, all of Post could lose DPO. You don’t want to be *that* person!  This blog post on DPO restrictions has more information.   DPO Mailing restrictions can also be found at the top, in the menu-bar.

So, please, follow the rules, and Happy Holidays.