RAF MILDENHALL, England --
The United States Postal Service will be implementing a new postal process world-wide which will require all USPS customers to complete and provide a printed version of their customs forms.
The new practice is scheduled to take effect Oct. 1, 2015, however for Team Mildenhall the change will be much sooner.
"We are going to implement [the new process] on Sept. 1, 2015 but it's mandatory by the USPS that it's in place by Oct. 1, 2015," said Tech. Sgt. Melvin Adkins, 100th Communication Squadron postmaster from Moreno Valley, California. "That way if there are any hiccups we will have them fixed and everything will be running smoothly."
The change to the customs form process was made to increase security and provide better tracking for the parcels being shipped, according to Adkins.
Though the customers must have a printed version of their customs form, they will still be able to fill out the form at the post office if the need arises.
"We are going to have a computer station set up in the lobby for customers but I suggest that they complete the form at home," said Senior Airman Charnell Henderson, 100th Communication Squadron financial clerk from Charleston, South Carolina. "You don't know how many people are going to be trying to fill and print out their form but if they do it at home they can just come in, get in line and go."
Customers also have the option to make their own pre-paid shipping labels through the USPS "Click-N-Ship" feature to help make their postal experience easier.
"Once they do 'Click-N-Ship' online, all they have to do is bring their parcel to us so we can verify the postage is accurate and not have to wait in line," said Adkins. "Also when they do 'Click-N-Ship' they get a 10 percent discount."
All customers are reminded that official government mailings and shipping from APO to APO will not be affected by the new requirement.
For questions about the new customs process contact the base post office at DSN 238-2151, or commercial at 01638-542151.
To download the new customs form visit https://cns.usps.com/cfo/ShippingInformationAction_input