International Shipments FAQs

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What USPS Customs form is required for my international shipment?

The Create a USPS Shipment API automatically provides the correct USPS® Customs form based on the information in the request. The API provides forms for the services listed in the table below. The returned form is used as both the shipping label and the Customs declaration.

A form can be single-ply or multi-ply. Single-ply forms can be attached directly to the parcel. Multi-ply forms require a USPS Customs pouch to hold three copies of the form: two copies labeled “Customs Declaration” and one labeled “Dispatch Note.” For each type of form, the API prints one or more “Continuation Pages” if the shipment contains more items than can be listed in the “Detailed Description of Contents” on the original form.

The API supports Customs forms for the services listed in the following table. When using these services, set the label size to either DOC_4X6 or DOC_8X11, unless otherwise specified in the table.

International Service
Form Number
Form Name
Additional Information
  • First-Class Mail International (FCMI)
  • First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)
PS Form 2976 Customs Declaration CN 22 – Sender’s Declaration

This is a single-ply form and can be attached directly to the parcel without a Customs pouch.

For FCMI and FCPIS, the declared value for Customs cannot exceed $400.

For FCPIS shipments to Brazil, set the label size to DOC_8X11 so the Importer’s Tax ID displays.

Priority Mail International (PMI) PS Form 2976-A Customs Declaration and Dispatch Note — CP 72

This is a multi-ply form for most countries.

This is a single-ply form for participating countries and for APO/FPO/DPO destinations. As of this writing, the participating countries are Australia, Canada, and Costa Rica.

Priority Mail Express International (EMI) PS Form 2976-B Priority Mail Express International Shipping Label and Customs Form

This is a multi-ply form for most countries.

This is a single-ply form for APO/FPO/DPO destinations and for participating countries. As of this writing, the participating countries are Australia, Canada, and Costa Rica.

Can I add a signature and date to a customs declaration?

Yes. You can add the sender’s signature and the date on CN 22 and CP 72 shipping labels using the SHIPPING_LABEL_SENDER_SIGNATURE shipment option, which is available for USPS and PB Presort. Enter the signature as a String. The sender’s signature date is automatically populated.

How do I know if USPS has suspended service to an international or military destination?

To view any international or military service disruptions, see the following USPS service alert page: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/weather-updates-international.htm

How do I include the Importer’s Tax ID for shipments to Brazil?

When shipping to Brazil, provide the Importer’s Tax ID Number in the importerCustomsReference field in the customs.customsInfo object.

Where is the Importer’s Tax ID displayed on a Customs form?

When you create a shipment to Brazil, the Importer’s Tax ID is displayed on the Customs form as follows, depending on the service:

International Service
Where the ID is Displayed
First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)

The Importer’s Tax ID is displayed in the “TO” area (the delivery address area) of PS Form 2976.

For FCPIS, you must set the label size to DOC_8X11 in order for the Importer’s Tax ID to display on the customs form.

Priority Mail International (PMI) The Importer’s Tax ID is displayed in the Importer’s Reference section.
Priority Mail Express International (EMI) The Importer’s Tax ID is displayed in the Importer’s Reference section.

Note

The First-Class Mail International (FCMI) service does not require the Importer’s Tax ID.

Do the APIs support international address verification?

No, the PB Shipping APIs currently support address verification only for US domestic addresses.