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2003 International and
Military Mail Christmas Dates

In response to customers' requests for this year's Christmas mailing dates, we are publishing the following recommended mailing dates. To ensure delivery of Christmas cards and packages by December 25 to military APO/FPO addresses overseas and to international addresses, we suggest that mail be entered by the recommended mailing dates listed below.

Military Mail Addressed To First-Class Mail®
Parcel Airlift Mail
Parcel Post®
APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-099 Dec 11 Dec 11 Dec 4 Nov 28 Nov 13
APO/FPO AA ZIPs 340 Dec 11 Dec 11 Dec 4 Nov 28 Nov 13
APO/FPO AP ZIPs 962-966 Dec 11 Dec 11 Dec 4 Nov 28 Nov 13

1/ PAL: A special service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-
available basis. PAL is available for Parcel Post 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 rate of postage for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.

2/ SAM: Parcels paid at Parcel Post postage rates are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis. The maximum weight and size limits are 15 pounds in weight and 60 inches in length and girth combined.

International Mail Addressed to Air Letters and Cards Air Parcel Post Surface
Africa Dec 8 Dec 8 Oct 16
Asia/Pacific Rim Dec 15 Dec 15 Oct 30
Australia/New Zealand Dec 15 Dec 15 Oct 30
Canada Dec 15 Dec 15 Nov 21
Caribbean Dec 15 Dec 15 Nov 7
Central and South America Dec 8 Dec 8 Nov 1
Mexico Dec 15 Dec 15 Nov 7
Europe Dec 15 Dec 15 Nov 7
Middle East Dec 15 Dec 15 Oct 23

Please Post on All Bulletin Boards.

- International Network Operations,
Network Operations Management, 9-4-03

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October 13, 2003,

Columbus Day.

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