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Postal Service tells deadlines for overseas military diplomatic holiday mailings

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Thousands of men and women in the nationís military and diplomatic corps and in the military are serving abroad during the holidays, and the United States Postal Service (USPS) is a great way to stay connected with them by sending cards, letters, presents, and care packages for the festive season.

USPS offers a reduced price of $17.40 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide, a $1.50 discount from the regular price.

USPS is expected to process more than 16.2 million pounds of mail for these destinations this holiday season.

To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Christmas, 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.

Overseas Military Deadlines

* Tuesday, Dec. 11: cards, letters, and Priority Mail Packages.

* Tuesday, Dec. 18: Priority Mail Express Military Service.

Free Military Boxes

and Supplies

USPS has created a free Military Care Kit based on the items most frequently requested by military families. The kit contains address labels, tape, boxes, and 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

To order Flat-Rate Boxes featuring the ďAmerica Supports YouĒ logo, go to

Postage, labels, and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship at

While at, you can also print your shipping labels, pay for postage, and call for your letter carrier to pick up your Priority or Priority Express items at your home or business for free (where available.)

Mail Prep Tips

* Use good strong boxes and good strong packing tape. No duct tape or masking tape. No string or wire. No shoeboxes.

* Donít use boxes from a liquor store. Boxes that indicate that there is alcohol inside cannot be mailed.

* Donít ship anything with a lithium battery.

* Always include a return address on the parcel, and include destination/return address on a card inside the parcel (in case the address on the parcel is rendered unreadable).

* Never use Holiday wrapping paper around your parcel- it is very thin and isnít suitable in the high speed sorting machines.

Addressing the Package

Write the service memberís full name and use the unit and APO/FPO/DPO address with the 9-digit ZIP Code (if one is assigned):

* Army/Air Post Office (APO): PFC JANE DOE, PSC 3 BOX 4120, APO AE 0902

* Fleet Post Office (FPO): SEAMAN JOSEPH SMITH, UNIT 100100 BOX 4120, FPO AP 96691

* Diplomatic Post Office (DPO): MELANIE 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 memberís name and address as well as the senderís name and address on an index card in case the shipping label gets damaged in transit.



Posted 12/3/2018




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