German laws restrict mailing meds, vitamins, supplements through APO

pillsMilitary law enforcement officials say they are seeing an increase in the titling of service members and family members for ordering supplements, vitamins, and other items through their APO mail.

All U.S. ID cardholders are reminded that prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals and herbal dietary supplements are not allowed to be mailed through an Army Post Office to Americans living in Germany.

German law prohibits these items from being imported into the country by mail, whether ordered online, by mail order, or mailed by relatives and friends.

Other prohibited items that can’t be sent to an APO post box include items intended for a home-based business, meat products and coffee.

German customs may seize and destroy any illegal imports and violators may face disciplinary action under German law and U.S. regulations. Some packages are simply returned to the sender.

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