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Postal News: Mailing dates for delivery to diplomatic, military service members

November 2, 2016
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 their country around the world.

To send packages to loved ones serving in the military abroad, the Postal Service offers a discounted price of $16.75 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box. It includes a $2 per box discount for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO destinations worldwide.

Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are available at no cost at local post offices and available online at: shop.usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship at: usps.com/ship.

To ensure timely delivery by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that cards and packages be sent no later than the following:

APO/FPO/DPO

AE ZIPs 090-092

- Dec. 16: Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS)*

- Dec. 9: First-Class mail, letters and cards

- Dec. 9: Priority Mail

- Dec. 2: Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)*

- Nov. 25: Space Available Mail (SAM)*

- Nov. 7: USPS Retail Ground

APO/FPO/DPO

AE ZIP 093

- Dec. 2: First-Class mail, letters and cards

- Dec. 2: Priority Mail

- Dec. 2: Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)*

- Nov. 25: Space Available Mail (SAM)*

- Nov. 7: USPS Retail Ground

APO/FPO/DPO

AE ZIPs 094-098

- Dec. 16: Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS)*

- Dec. 9: First-Class mail, letters and cards

- Dec. 9: Priority Mail

- Dec. 2: Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)*

- Nov. 25: Space Available Mail (SAM)*

- Nov. 7: USPS Retail Ground

APO/FPO/DPO

AA ZIP 340

- Dec. 16: Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS)*

- Dec. 9: First-Class mail, letters and cards

- Dec. 9: Priority Mail

- Dec. 2: Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)*

- Nov. 25: Space Available Mail (SAM)*

- Nov. 7: USPS Retail Ground

APO/FPO/DPO

AP ZIPs 962-966

- Dec. 16: Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS)*

- Dec. 9: First-Class mail, letters and cards

- Dec. 9: Priority Mail

- Dec. 2: Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)*

- Nov. 25: Space Available Mail (SAM)*

- Nov. 7: USPS Retail Ground

*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 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 online at: usps.com/ship/apo-fpo-dpo.htm.

To order Flat-Rate Boxes featuring the "America Supports You" logo, go to: usps.com/freeboxes.

Addressing packages

- Write the service member's full name

- 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

- Inside the box, include the service member's name and address as well as the sender's name and address on an index card in case the shipping label gets damaged in transit

Domestic deadlines

- Dec. 15: USPS Retail Ground

- Dec. 20: First-Class Mail

- Dec. 21: Priority Mail

- Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express

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

 
 

 

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