USPS notes deadlines for 2013 holidays

| November 2, 2013 | 0 Comments


U.S. Postal Service News Release

WASHINGTON — Making sure those serving in the nation’s armed forces receive presents and care packages in time for the holidays is a priority for friends and family members of military personnel serving around the world, and for the U.S. Postal Service.

Helping to get packages on their way, the Postal Service is offering a discount on its largest Priority Mail flat-rate box, at $14.85. The price includes a $2-per-box discount for military mail being sent to Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office and Diplomatic Post Office (APO/FPO/DPO) destinations worldwide.

In addition to a lower cost per package, customers can be assured that shipping with the Postal Service provides reliable, trusted and secure delivery to military personnel stationed anywhere in the world.

To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, send cards and packages to military APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas no later than the following mailing dates:

•Nov. 12, standard;

•Nov. 26, space available;

•Dec. 3, parcel airlift;

•Dec. 3, priority and first-class letters addressed to ZIP codes beginning with 093;

•Dec. 10, priority and first-class letters; and

•Dec. 17, express (except ZIP codes beginning with 093).

Military Care Kit

Delivering holiday cheer to service members worldwide, USPS 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 flat-rate boxes;

•Two Priority Mail medium flat-rate boxes;

•Priority Mail tape;

•Priority Mail address labels; and

•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

To order flat-rate boxes featuring the “America Supports You” logo, go to

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

Other Priority Mail flat-rate boxes are available at no cost at local post offices, or can be ordered online at


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