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I am many years out of date on the procedures and laws, but there certainly was a time when mail/postage to the military forces of certain nations whose families were stationed abroad, was carried out directly by the transport of that nation's own military forces. It was often faster and always cheaper than civilian equivalents. I have no recollection of import duties being levied either.

Separately, but connected, it was a definite fact that both British and American forces stationed in Germany were exempt from ANY customs duty on otherwise high taxed goods such as tobacco and alcohol when purchased in Germany at NAAFI or PX stores. Twenty years ago, even road fuel could be bought at civilian German gas stations by the families of military personnel stationed in Germany, completely free of ANY tax whatsoever. The monthly quantities of these goods was rationed and controlled by the use of signed certificates, but the monthly limit was certainly high enough for normal consumption levels and surpluses were often transferred to non-military personnel. Technically, the latter was illegal but the incidence was very small and no one much cared.

It's possible that these concessionary arrangements no longer exist but it might be worth making friends with British and American military personnel to find out.
 
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