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How do you send and receive your letters and package mail? Are local postal facilities adequate?

DPO or diplomatic pouch. - Aug 2, 2016
DPO and Pouch. We are very lucky. - Aug 2, 2015
We have diplomatic pouch. There are rumors of getting a DPO at some point in the future. - Aug 12, 2014
We use the Diplomatic Pouch at the embassy. With restrictions on lithium batteries being removed, the Pouch covers about 95% of the things we want shipped. Liquids are still a problem, but we've managed to cope. Mailing out is restrictive - only the size of the smallest USPS flat-rate box. However, product returns can go out in their original packing. - May 18, 2013
Pouch. We can get pretty much anything that isn't liquid, has a lithium battery, or supersized. Mailing out is the main problem. You can only send out envelopes and book-sized packages. - Dec 27, 2012
Pouch mail through the embassy takes about 3 weeks. - Oct 1, 2011
There is a pouch here. It can be slow to non-existent. The Italians recently had a strike and refused to send the pouch. What mail did arrive was wet, rusted, and opened. However, when the Italians don't strike, mail comes about once a week, sometimes twice. - Mar 31, 2008