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Postal News: U.S. Postal Service recommended mailing dates

November 11, 2015
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

Ensuring those serving in the nation's armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays is a priority for the U.S. Postal Service and for friends and family members of military and diplomatic personnel serving around the world.

To help get packages on their way, the Postal Service offers a $2 per box postage discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate box at $15.90 for mail being 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 local Post Offices and online at shop.usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship.

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

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092

Dec. 17: Military mail addressed to and from Priority Mail Express Military Service

Dec. 10: First-Class Mail Letters and Cards

Dec. 10: Priority Mail

Dec. 3: Parcel Airlift Mail

Nov. 25: Space Available Mail

Nov. 7: Standard Post

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093

Dec. 3: First-Class Mail Letters and Cards

Dec. 3: Priority Mail

Dec. 3: Parcel Airlift Mail

Nov. 25: Space Available Mail

Nov. 7: Standard Post

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-098

Dec. 17: Military mail addressed to and from Priority Mail Express Military Service

Dec. 10: First-Class Mail Letters and Cards

Dec. 10: Priority Mail

Dec. 3: Parcel Airlift Mail

Nov. 25: Space Available Mail

Nov. 7: Standard Post

APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIP 340

Dec. 17: Military mail addressed to and from Priority Mail Express Military Service

Dec. 10: First-Class Mail Letters and Cards

Dec. 10: Priority Mail

Dec. 3: Parcel Airlift Mail

Nov. 25: Space Available Mail

Nov. 7: Standard Post

APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962-966

Dec. 17: Military mail addressed to and from Priority Mail Express Military Service

Dec. 10: First-Class Mail Letters and Cards

Dec. 10: Priority Mail

Dec. 3: Parcel Airlift Mail

Nov. 25: Space Available Mail

Nov. 7: Standard Post

- PMEMS is available to selected military/diplomatic Post Offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO/DPO address.

- PAL is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. PAL is available for Standard Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface price for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.

- SAM parcels are paid at Standard Post prices with maximum weight and size limits of 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis.

Military Care Kit

The Postal Service has created a free Military Care Kit based on the items most frequently requested by military families. The kit contains:

- Two Priority Mail APO/FPO/DPO flat rate boxes.

- Two Priority Mail Medium flat rate boxes.

- Priority Mail tape.

- Priority Mail address labels.

- Appropriate customs forms.

To order the kit, call 800-610-8734. Guidelines for packing, addressing and shipping items to U.S. troops can be found at usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-dpo.htm. To order flat-rate boxes featuring the "America Supports You" logo, go to store.usps.com.

Addressing a package

- Write out the service member's full name in the address.

- Include the unit and APO/FPO/DPO address with the 9-digit ZIP Code (if one is assigned). For example:

Army/Air Post Office (APO)

PFC JOHN DOE

PSC 3 BOX 4120

APO AE 09021

Fleet Post Office (FPO)

SEAMAN JOSEPH SMITH

UNIT 100100 BOX 4120

FPO AP 96691

Diplomatic Post Office (DPO)

JOHN ADAMS

UNIT 8400 BOX 0000

DPO AE 09498-0048

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

- Include a return address.

- Include the service member's name and address as well as the sender's name and address on an index card inside the package in case the shipping label gets damaged in transit.

Additional deadlines

Domestic mailing and shipping deadlines are as follows:

- Standard Post - Dec. 15

- First-Class Mail - Dec. 19

- Priority Mail - Dec. 21

- Priority Mail Express - Dec. 23

Complete mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic and international services, as well as additional tips and guidelines, can be found at usps.com.

Phil Wiebold is a spokesman for U.S. Postal Service.

 
 

 

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