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USPS Offers Guidance on Holiday Shipping to Military Members

USPS Offers Guidance on Holiday Shipping to Military Members

A new post from the USPS serves as a reminder that holiday shopping is gearing up – the US Postal Service issued guidance on sending military members packages in time for the holidays, including recommended mailing dates.

The USPS noted that it offers a discount on the largest size Priority Mail Flat Rate box and makes available a “Military Care Kit” containing Priority Mail boxes, tape, address labels, and appropriate customs forms.

The USPS also made mention of its Priority Mail Flat-Rate boxes featuring the “America Supports You” logo.

USPS announcement follows:

During this holiday season, a great way to connect with our deployed Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen is to send them festive letters and packages for their enjoyment this time of year.

To send packages to friends and loved ones serving in the military and diplomatic posts abroad, the U.S. Postal Service offers a discounted price of $18.45 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate® Box. The price includes a $1.50 per box discount for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide.

Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are available at no cost at local Post Offices and can also be ordered via usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can also be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship® feature. All mailing products can be found at store.usps.com/store/home.

To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, 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.

USPS Recommended Mailing Dates for Military

1 PMEMS is available to selected military/diplomatic Post Offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO/DPO address.

2 PAL is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. PAL is available for Standard Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface price for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.

3 SAM parcels are paid at Standard 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.

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SOURCE: USPS Press Release

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