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

DPO. - May 2020


USG diplomatic pouch mail. - May 2017


We do this through the embassy. - May 2017


DPO. There is also diplomatic pouch, but it goes through Rio so it is not the preferred method. Be prepared for delays though. From the warehouse in Dulles, it goes to Portugal, then to São Paulo, then to Brasilia. Then you have customs, and mailroom sort (which they do fairly quickly). It can take as little as a week, or as long as 6 weeks. Especially around Christmas. If packages aren't ordered and shipped by first week of November, you may not get it by Christmas as there is a significant delay. - Mar 2017


Diplomatic Post Office (DPO). - May 2016


Diplomatic pouch takes three weeks, more or less. - Aug 2015


We use diplomatic pouch and packages come in about 2-4 weeks after they reach the pouch facility in the States. Sending a letter or package from here to the U.S. takes a lot longer though - at least a month or two. Plan on bringing stamps. - Aug 2015


Pouch post. There is APO, but you aren't supposed to use it except for letters and if there is a special reason. - Aug 2015


We are able to use the U.S. Diplomatic Pouch. It is slow - 2-4 weeks to get anything, sometimes longer. - Jun 2014


DPO and pouch - Dec 2011


Both DPO and pouch. No issues. There were dreadful problems in the past getting mail cleared, but they have been fixed. - Aug 2011


The post has a DPO address (it had an APO until a few months ago). Things take longer to be delivered, but they do make it there. I lost only one package in 2 years. - Dec 2009


We used the dip bag which was slow but reliable. - Nov 2009


APO - Jun 2009


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