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Posted at 08:47 AM on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 by post3928Recommended Mailing Dates to APO/FPO Addresses
WASHINGTON — For military service members stationed around the globe, holiday gifts are a big morale boost. To help the families and friends of U.S. military personnel, the Postal Service offers a discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate box.
The recommended mailing date for the most economical postage to overseas military installations, including Iraq and Afghanistan, is Nov. 13.
Mail sent to overseas military addresses is charged only domestic mail prices. The domestic mail price for the Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box is $13.95, but for packages to APO/FPO addresses overseas the price is reduced to $11.95. Additional discounts are available for customers printing their Priority Mail postage labels online at Click-N-Ship.
The Postal Service continues to show support to those serving in the armed forces by offering free Military Care Kits, designed specifically for military families sending packages overseas. The mailing kits can be ordered by phone by calling 1-800-610-8734 and asking for the Care Kit. Each kit includes two “America Supports You” large Priority Mail Flat-Rate boxes, four medium-sized Priority Mail Flat-Rate boxes, six Priority Mail labels, one roll of Priority Mail tape and six customs forms with envelopes.
For online ordering of the Large Priority Mail APO/FPO Flat Rate boxes featuring the “America Supports You” logo and APO/FPO addressing block, Click here. More information about mailing letters and packages to military destinations is available online at Supporting Our Troops.
“Mailing holiday gifts to service members early will help insure that a piece of home arrives in plenty of time to make the celebration complete," said Pranab Shah, vice president and managing director, Global Business.
To ensure delivery of holiday cards and packages by Dec. 25 to military APO/FPO addresses overseas, the Postal Service recommends that mail for service members be entered no later than the mailing dates listed below. Mail addressed to military post offices overseas is subject to certain conditions or restrictions regarding content, preparation and handling. APO/FPO addresses generally require customs forms. To see an online table of updated APO and FPO addresses and mailing restrictions by individual APO/FPO ZIP Codes, Click here, select “Pull-Out Information” and click on “Overseas Military/Diplomatic Mail.”
MILITARY MAILING DEADLINES
|Express Mail® Military Service (EMMS)1/||First-Class Mail®
Letters and Cards
|Priority Mail®||Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) 2/||Space Available Mail (SAM)3/||Parcel Post®|
|APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092||Dec-18||Dec-11||Dec-11||Dec-4||Nov-28||Nov-13|
|APO/FPO AE ZIP 093||N/A||Dec-4||Dec-4||Dec-1||Nov-21||Nov-13|
|APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098||Dec-18||Dec-11||Dec-11||Dec-4||Nov-28||Nov-13|
|APO/FPO AA ZIP 340||Dec-18||Dec-11||Dec-11||Dec-4||Nov-28||Nov-13|
|APO/FPO AP ZIPs 962-966||Dec-18||Dec-11||Dec-11||Dec-4||Nov-28||Nov-13|