We can help you figure out how to ship a package from any store based in the United States to either your loved one or yourself if you are living at an APO address.
Shipping to an APO address can seem confusing on the surface, but we are here to help.
Does 1800Petmeds ship to APO addresses?
The 1800Petmeds website shipping policy page should provide you with the latest information regarding shipping to an APO address. This can usually be found at the bottom or top of the website homepage.
If 1800Petmeds is unable to ship directly to APO addresses, there is a SOLUTION.
Your two choices are: either shipping directly through the U.S. Postal Service or employing a package forwarder such as Planet Express.
Here is a guide that breaks down each of these options as well as the pricing, insurance, and delivery times.
Here’s How It Works to Ship Any Item to an APO Address
Method 1: Shipping with the USPS directly to an APO address
For those wishing to send care packages to APO addresses, it is actually very easy to use the U.S. Postal Service.
All you need to do is ship all the items from the 1800Petmeds to your home address, package them, and take that package to your local post office.
Using the U.S. Postal Service is pretty easy because the post office offers services like customs assistance, free package pickup, restriction lists by country, and free military shipping kits.
For more information about APO shipping or APO shipping resources, visit the U.S. Postal Service website.
However, using the U.S. Postal Service to deliver a package is a multiple-step process and can be time consuming.
Method 2: Using a package forwarder like PlanetExpress
A package forwarder offers a no-fuss way to ship packages directly from an online 1800Petmeds to an APO address.
You do not need to take any additional actions after you purchase the item(s) from the online 1800Petmeds.
Sign up with a package forwarder — our preferred vendor is Planet Express — to receive a new United States address.
Then, all you have to do is input that address for the delivery address on the online 1800Petmeds order page. The package forwarder will take care of the rest.
Services and additional fees depend on which package forwarder you choose. For those who ship with Planet Express, it is important to check the below picture to make sure the delivery address is configured correctly.
Below is a list of things to consider before delivering your items to an APO address:
APO Shipping Charges:
Shipping items to an APO address means paying the shipping charges billed from the online 1800Petmeds, postage, insurance, and any additional fees assessed by the package forwarder (if used).
While the postage, priority mail charges, and insurance rates are set and published by the U.S. Postal Service, additional handling fees depend on the individual package forwarder.
APO Insurance (Highly Recommended):
While APO insurance is optional, it is highly recommended. Because the online 1800Petmeds is not responsible for any damages while the package is in custody of a third-party forwarding service, insuring your package up to 100% of its value can prevent unfortunate catastrophes.
APO Delivery Time:
Depending on conditions at destination, packages being delivered to APO addresses can take between six and eight weeks to arrive. Even if you use a package forwarding service, the U.S. Postal Service performs the package’s final delivery.
It is definitely possible to return a package from an APO address, but you may need to let the 1800Petmeds or the package forwarder know the return is originating from an APO address.