October 6, 2020
Recommended Mailing Dates Announced for 2020
CHARLOTTE, NC –The holiday season is nearly upon us and the U.S. Postal Service urges customers to plan ahead and ship early to their friends and loved ones stationed on military outposts in faraway lands and serving on the high seas.
To send packages to military and diplomatic posts abroad, the Postal Service offers a discounted price of $19.60 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box. The price includes a $1.50 discount per box 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 Post Office locations and can also be ordered via usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can also be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship. 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.
|Military Mail Addressed
To and From
|Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS)1||First-Class Mail
|Priority Mail||Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)2||Space Available |
|APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092||Dec. 18||Dec. 11||Dec. 11||Dec. 4||Nov. 27||Nov. 6|
|APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093||N/A||Dec. 9||Dec. 9||Dec. 4||Nov. 27||Nov. 6|
|APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-099||Dec. 18||Dec. 11||Dec. 11||Dec. 4||Nov. 27||Nov. 6|
|APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIP 340||Dec. 18||Dec. 11||Dec. 11||Dec. 4||Nov. 27||Nov. 6|
|APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962-966||Dec. 18||Dec. 11||Dec. 11||Dec. 4||Nov. 27||Nov. 6|
The Postal Service has created a free Military Care Kit based on the items most frequently requested by military families. The kit contains:
To order the kit, call 800-610-8734. Guidelines for packing, addressing and shipping items to U.S. troops can be found at usps.com/freeboxes.
Army/Air Post Office
(APO) PFC JANE DOE
PSC 3 BOX 4120
APO AE 09021
Fleet Post Office (FPO)
SEAMAN JOSEPH SMITH
UNIT 100100 BOX 4120
FPO AP 96691
Diplomatic Post Office (DPO)
UNIT 8400 BOX 0000
DPO AE 09498-0048
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