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

DPO and regular pouch. You can also order from local vendors (Amazon.be) and have delivered to either your home or the embassy. - Feb 2019


We use the DPO and pouch. - Feb 2019


DPO is pretty fast (one week?) back and forth to the U.S. - May 2018


DPO for mail and packages from the US. It takes about an extra week vs. getting mail to a 'real' US address. The local postal service isn't perfect, but it's perfectly adequate (no worse than USPS). Packages don't get left on your doorstep, no matter how safe it looks--some delivery companies will try to deliver to the neighbors. The postal service leaves a note in the letterbox and you pick it up at the post office.

Both Amazon.de and Amazon.fr deliver free to Belgium if you buy over €29 worth of stuff. - Jan 2018


Yes, we used the mail service at the Embassy (DPO) but were also given privileges to use the mailroom at the USAG base in Brussels. - Feb 2017


DPO & diplomatic pouch. We have used the local post for ordering through Amazon in the UK and Germany on occasion. It is fast and reasonable. - Dec 2016


DPO and pouch. - Aug 2014


DPO and pouch. I did order a prom dress from the UK, but paid customs fees on it. - Jul 2014


DPO and pouch. DPO is really fast here - can take as little as 1 week to receive something from Amazon. Pouch can take about 3 weeks. - Apr 2014


APO and DPO is available. Bringing in items with lithium batteries has been a problem. - Jan 2014


DPO . - Jan 2014


Used U.S. APO - Oct 2012


Belgian postal service works fine. - May 2012


The DPO service is excellent. - Jan 2012


by Belgian mail - Nov 2011


We get most of our mail by DPO. Some of my expat friends have reported problems getting packages via the local post office. - Aug 2011


APO for embassy folks. Regular mail for the rest. Regular mail can be expensive. - Jul 2011


By diplomatic bag. - Jun 2011


APO - It's fairly quick - Jun 2011


Through the embassy. - Jun 2010


APO, DPO. Usually takes 1 week. - Jun 2010


APO. - Mar 2010


APO and Diplomatic Pouch. I have used the local post office to send packages to the US and it is very reasonable. It is quicker than the USPS ! - Jul 2009


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