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Post Office tells deadlines for overseas holiday mailings

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The holiday season is fast approaching, and the U.S. Postal Service is urging customers to plan ahead and ship early to family and friends stationed on military posts overseas.

To send packages to military and diplomatic posts abroad, USPS offers a discounted price of $19.60 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box. The price includes a $1.50 discount per box for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office, and Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide.

Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are available at no cost at Post Office locations and can also be ordered via usps.com

Postage, labels, and customs forms can also be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship. All mailing products can be found at store.usps.com/store/home

To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, USPS recommends that cards and packages be sent to military APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas no later than the following mailing dates:

-- APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092: Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS), Dec. 18; First Class Cards and Letters, Dec. 11; Priority Mail, Dec. 11; Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL), Dec. 4; Space Available Mail (SAM), Nov. 27; Retail Ground, Nov. 6.

-- AE ZIP 093: PMEMS, N/A; First Class, Dec. 9; Priority, Dec. 9; PAL, Dec. 4; SAM, Nov. 27; Retail, Nov. 6.

-- AE ZIPs 094-099: PMEMS, Dec. 18; First Class, Dec. 11; Priority, Dec. 11; PAL, Dec. 4; SAM, Nov. 27; Retail, Nov. 6.

-- AA ZIP: 340: PMEMS, Dec. 18; First Class, Dec. 11; Priority, Dec. 11; PAL, Dec. 4; SAM, Nov. 27; Retail, Nov. 6.

-- AP ZIPs 962-966: PMEMS, Dec. 18; First Class, Dec. 11; Priority, Dec. 11; PAL, Dec. 4; SAM, Nov. 27; Retail, Nov. 6.

USPS has created a free Military Care Kit based on the items most frequently requested by military families. The kit includes two Priority Mail APO/FPO Flat Rate boxes; four Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate boxes; Priority Mail tape; Priority Mail address labels; and six Customs Forms envelopes.

To order the kit, call (800) 610-8734. Guidelines for packing, addressing, and shipping items to U.S. troops can be found at store.usps.com/store/product/shipping-supplies/military-care-kit-P_MILITARYKIT

To order flat-rate boxes featuring the ďAmerica Supports YouĒ logo, go to usps.com/freeboxes

Addressing the package:

-- Write the service memberís full name.

-- Include the unit and APO/FPO/DPO address with the nine-digit ZIP code (if one is assigned).

-- Do not write the country name where the service member is stationed in the address.

-- Include a return address.

-- Inside the box, include the service memberís name and address as well as the senderís name and address on an index card in case the shipping label is damaged in transit.

 

Posted 10/8/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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