Postal Service announces holiday miltary mailing deadlines

Online Staff Report

It’s not too early to start thinking about mailing those holiday cards, letters and packages to service members and their families stationed overseas. The first deadline for the 2012 holiday season is just around the corner.

Tuesday, Nov. 13 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.

“We encourage our customers to mail early this holiday season,” said Rockford Postmaster Steve Webb. “Observing the holiday deadlines will make sure that cards, letters and packages to loved ones serving overseas will reach their destinations in time for the holidays.”

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 Flat Rate Box (12” x 12” x 5 1/2”) offers a $2 discount to APO/FPO destinations and ships for just $13.45. Customers can access shipping information by adding Delivery Confirmation, which is available for almost all military destinations, including those 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

The Postal Service’s popular Military Care Kits also help military famiklies 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.

“The mail is a great way to communicate with service members during the holidays,” adds Webb. “Sending a card, letter or package brings them closer to family and closer to home.”

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Posted Nov. 7, 2012

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