Postal Service announces holiday mailing dealines

Friday, November 12, is the deadline for sending holiday packages to troops stationed overseas using Parcel Post to all Air/Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO) Zip Codes.

“The U.S. Postal Service is encouraging the use of these early deadlines to make sure that packages reach their destinations in time for holidays,” said Kim Yates, a spokesperson for the Postal Service in Indianapolis.

The Postal Service places APO/FPO mail on special charter flights, commercial airlines and military service aircraft to reach armed services members overseas as quickly as possible.

All military mail, regardless of destination, is sent by domestic mail rate. International rates do not apply to military mail delivery.

The large Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box (12” x 12” x 5 1/2) offers a $2 discount to APO/FPO destinations and ships for just $12.50. Customers can access shipping information by adding Delivery Confirmation, which is available for almost all military destinations outside the United States. Delivery Confirmation provides customers with the date, zip code of delivery, and time the package was delivered. This information can be accessed online at www.usps.com.

The Postal Service’s popular Military Care Kits also help military families and friends keep free shipping supplies within reach. Each kit contains six Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes (two large and four medium-sized boxes), six customs forms and envelopes, six Priority address labels and one roll of military tape. The kit may be ordered by calling the USPS Expedited Package Supply Center at 1-800-610-8734.

All packages and mail must be addressed to individual service members, as required by U.S. Department of Defense regulations.

“There may be no bigger morale booster than mail for our soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and Coast Guardsmen during the holidays,” said Yates. “Packages and letters bring them closer to family and to the comforts of home.”

Even creating customized postage and holiday cards can be as easy as baking and shipping the holiday cookies that those service members enjoy.

“With a little creativity, customers can always create their own personal touches and keepsakes,” Yates added. “It’s all available at www.usps.com.”

The complete list of military mailing deadlines is as follows:

Military Mail addressed to APO/FPO AE Zips 090-092, Express Mail Military Service (EMMS)1/ December 18; First Class Mail Letters and Cards, December 10; Priority Mail, December 10; Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) 2/ December 3; Space Available Mail (SAM) 3/ November 26; Parcel Post November 12.

Military Mail addressed to APO/FPO AE Zip 093, Express Mail Military Service (EMMS) 1/ N/A; First Class Mail Letters and Cards December 4; Priority Mail December 4; Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL 2/ December 1; Space Available Mail (SAM) 3/ November 20; Parcel Post November 12.

Military Mail Addressed To APO/FPO AE Zips 094-098 Express Mail Military Service (EMMS) 1/ December 18; First Class Mail Letters and Cards December 10; Priority Mail  December 10; Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) 2/ December 3; Space Available Mail (SAM) 3/ November 26; Parcel Post November 12. 

Military Mail Addressed To APO/FPO AA Zip 340 Express Mail Military Service (EMMS) 1/ December 18/ First Class Mail Letters and Cards December 10; Priority Mail December 10; Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) 2/ December 3; Space Available Mail (SAM) 3/ November 26; Parcel Post November 12.

Military Mail Addressed to APO/FPO AP Zips 962-966 Express Mail Military Service (EMMS) 1/ December 18; First Class Mail Letters and Cards December 10; Priority Mail December 10; Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) 2/ December 3; Space Available Mail (SAM) 3/ November 26; Parcel Post November 12.

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