Post Office recommends dates for delivering holiday packages to military members

United States Postal Service  photo
United States Postal Service photo

Ensuring those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays is a priority for the U.S. Postal Service and for friends and family members of military and diplomatic personnel serving their country around the world.

To send packages to loved ones serving in the military abroad, the Postal Service offers a discounted price of $16.75 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box. The price includes a $2 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 online at shop.usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship at usps.com/ship.

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

Letters

and

Cards

Priority Mail Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)2 Space Available

Mail (SAM)3

USPS Retail Ground
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092 Dec 16 Dec 09 Dec 09 Dec 02 Nov 25 Nov 07
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP   093 N/A Dec 02 Dec 02 Dec 02 Nov 25 Nov 07
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-098 Dec 16 Dec 09 Dec 09 Dec 02 Nov 25 Nov 07
APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIP   340 Dec 16 Dec 09 Dec 09 Dec 02 Nov 25 Nov 07
APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962-966 Dec 16 Dec 09 Dec 09 Dec 02 Nov 25 Nov 07


Addressing the Package

  • Write the service member’s full name
  • Include the unit and APO/FPO/DPO address with the 9-digit ZIP Code (if one is assigned).

For example:

Army/Air Post Office (APO)

PFC JOHN 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)

JOHN ADAMS
UNIT 8400 BOX 0000
DPO AE 09498-0048

  • Do not write the country name where the service member is stationed in the address
  • Include a return address
  • Inside the box, include the service member’s name and address as well as the sender’s name and address on an index card in case the shipping label gets damaged in transit

Domestic mailing deadlines are as follows:

USPS Retail Ground First-Class Mail Priority Mail Priority Mail Express
Dec 15 Dec 20 Dec 21 Dec 23

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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