Please know that you should be using DPO (zip 09808) for all personal mail, to the fullest extent possible. However, what if a vendor won’t ship to DPO–can I send it via Pouch (20189)?
First, ask yourself why the vendor is rejecting it? Remember — things are coming by air to Dakar. Aerosols, pressurized items, flammables, etc. can not ship via air. (spray deodorant, bug spray, cooking sprays, WD-40, perfume, etc.) DPO, or 09808 shows as an”air shipment” to the retailers so they won’t ship those items, but 20189, to a retailer, shows as ground. But know that your shipment will still be rejected at the pouch facility and never make it here. And now it has to be returned and credited, etc. Avoid all that hassle!
Agricultural items can not be exported out of the U.S. — again, a retailer will know that when you try to use 09808, but will send it to 20189 (thinking that’s a US address) only to have it rejected at the pouch facility. So, please, no potting soil, seeds, fertilizer, etc. Or anything else banned from export out of the US or import into Senegal.
Some vendors just won’t ship to DPO -they don’t use USPS. You can use 20189–but remember, Pouch restrictions will apply: liquids must be less than 16 ounces PER BOX (not per item). No lithium batteries, no oversize items, etc.
Just remember, use DPO as much as you can. Think carefully before using Pouch (20189) — is it hazardous? is it restricted? is it liquid? is it big? Some things are better being sent in a consummables or sea shipment, and sometimes you’ll need to just find another vendor or use a remailer service like APOBox.com or ShipItAPO.
The mailroom is here to help. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.