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U.S. Postal Service announces holiday mailing dates for overseas military locations

WASHINGTON, D.C. (U.S. Postal Service) — For military servicemembers 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 at http://www.usps.com/shipping/label.htm.

Flat-Rate boxes are free at any Post Office, or can be ordered online at shop.usps.com.

Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online any time using 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.

Large Priority Mail APO/FPO Flat Rate boxes featuring the “America Supports You” logo and APO/FPO addressing block are available. More information about mailing letters and packages to military destinations is available online at Supporting Our Troops (http://www.usps.com/supportingourtroops).

“Mailing holiday gifts to servicemembers 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 servicemembers be entered no later than the following mailing dates.

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.

Parcel post must be sent to all APO/FPO zones by Nov. 13.

Space available mail must be sent to APO/FPO AE ZIP 093 by Nov. 21, and to all other zones by Nov. 28.

Parcel Air Mail must be sent to APO/FPO AE ZIP 093 by Dec. 1, and to all other APO/FPOs by Dec. 4.

Dec. 4 also is the deadline to send Priority Mail and First Class Mail Letters and Cards to APO/FPO. Dec. 11 is the deadline to send those classes of mail to all other APOs/FPOs.

Express Mail Military Service must be sent to all APOs/FPOs, except for APO/FPO AE ZIP 093, by Dec. 18.

EMMS is not available to APO/FPO AE ZIP 093.

For more information in the Fort McCoy community, contact the (contract) Post Office, building 1649, at 608-388-3825.


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