MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - If you want to make sure your holiday cheer makes it to a member of the U.S. Military before December 25, the United States Postal Service has released its worldwide mailing deadlines.
To help get packages on their way, the U.S. Postal Service offers a discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box at a price of $13.45. The price includes a $2 per box discount for military mail being sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office, Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide.
The recommended last day to mail the most economical postage to overseas military destinations, including Iraq and Afghanistan, is Nov. 13.
Mailing date cart footnotes:
|Military Mail Addressed To||Express Mail Military Service (EMM)||First-Class Mail Letters/Cards||Priority Mail||Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)||Space Available Mail (SAM)||Parcel Post|
|APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092||Dec. 17||Dec. 10||Dec. 10||Dec. 3||Nov. 26||Nov. 13|
|APO/FPO AE ZIP 093||N/A||Dec. 3||Dec. 3||NOv. 30||Nov. 26||Nov. 13|
|APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098||Dec. 17||Dec. 10||Dec. 10||Dec. 3||Nov. 26||Nov. 13|
|APO/FPO AA ZIP 340||Dec. 17||Dec. 10||Dec. 10||Dec. 3||Nov. 26||Nov. 13|
|APO/FPO AP ZIPs 962-966||Dec. 17||Dec. 10||Dec. 10||Dec. 3||Nov. 26||Nov. 13|
EMM – Available at select military/diplomatic Post Offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO/DPO address.
PAL – Provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. It is available for Parcel Post Items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight for 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface rate of postage for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.
SAM – Parcels are paid at Parcel Post prices with maximum weight and size limits of 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space available basis.