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October 26, 2012


Holiday mailing deadlines approaching

Holiday mailing deadlines to ensure packages and cards arrive at Military and State Department post offices overseas by Dec. 25 have been announced by the U.S. Postal Service.

Deadlines to ensure arrival by Dec. 25 are Nov. 13 for parcel post mail and Nov. 26 for space-available mail.

Parcel airlift mail deadlines are Nov. 30 for APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093 and Dec. 3 for all other military locations.

For priority mail and first-class mail service, the deadlines are Dec. 3 for APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093 and Dec. 10 for all other military locations. These categories include Christmas cards and letters.

Express mail military service is not available to APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093 and will arrive by Dec. 25 at other military locations if mailed by Dec. 17.

The Military Postal Service Agency highly encourages customers to mail packages before — or no later than on — the dates for the specific mail category in order to avoid unplanned transportation delays.

The Military Postal Service provides mail service around the world to Department of Defense and most Department of State locations. Mail is moved on commercial and military aircraft and commercial sealift vessels to nearly 2,000 military post offices located in more than 85 countries.

Not all military or State Department post offices are eligible for Express Mail Military Service; therefore, customers should plan accordingly.

For information on mailing deadlines and restrictions, e-mail the Military Postal Service at: MPSA-TR@conus.army.mil. For general mailing information, visit the agency’s website at http://hqdainet.army.mil/mpsa/.

Domestic (United States) and international holiday mailing deadlines to help ensure arrival by Dec. 25 also have been set.
For domestic mail, the deadlines are first class mail, Dec. 20; priority mail, Dec. 21; express mail, Dec. 22, and parcel post, Dec. 14.

International mail deadlines also have been announced and begin Dec. 3 for first class and priority mail international to Africa, and Central and South America. Other categories and dates are available by going to the website http://faq.usps.com/eCustomer/iq/usps/request.do?create=kb:USPSFAQ&view()=c%5Bc_uspsjch092412a%5D&varset(source)=sourceType:embedded.

People can mail cards and packages overseas to meet the holiday mailing deadlines at the Fort McCoy Contract Postal Office in building 1654. The Postal Office is open 9 a.m.-3 p.m. weekdays and sells stamps and envelopes for patrons paying by cash or check.

Other mail services are available at post offices in the local communities or other mailing services, such as UPS/FedEx services. For information about U.S. Post Office services visit the website www.usps.com or www.usps.gov.

Questions about sending letters/packages to overseas or military addresses from addresses in the Fort McCoy community can be directed to the Fort McCoy Post Office at 608-388-3825.

(Information from the U.S. Postal Service website is included in this story.)

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