The U. S. Postal Service reminds families and friends sending holiday packages and letters to service men and women overseas that the first mailing deadline is days away for letters and packages to arrive before Christmas.
The U.S. Postal Service has introduced a Military Care Kit, or “Mili-kit” to make it easier for military families and friends to send care packages to their loved ones stationed overseas. Since the inception of the Military Care Kit, the U.S. Postal Service has shipped more than 150,000 kits. Each kit contains three flat rate boxes, two cube boxes, nine address labels, and 16 customs forms. This kit may be ordered by calling the USPS Expedited Package Supply Center at 1-800-610-8734. There is no charge for the kit.
The Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes included in the kit can be shipped to any APO/FPO in the world, regardless of weight, for $8.95.
All packages and mail must be addressed to individual service members, as required by U.S. Department of Defense regulations.
The Postal Service places APO/FPO mail on special charter flights, commercial airlines and military service aircraft to reach armed services members overseas as quickly as possible.
The Postal Service’s Web site www.usps.com can prove to be a helpful resource during this holiday mailing season, offering a wide variety of links to mailing and shipping tools.
Don’t forget you can print postage, labels, and customs forms online using Click-N-Ship at www.usps.com/clicknship.
To see a table of active APO and FPO addresses and mailing restrictions by individual APO/FPO zip codes, go to pe.usps.com and click “Postal Bulletins.”
Address First Class Priority Parcel Airlift
APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 4
APO/FPO AE ZIP 093 Dec. 4 Dec. 4 Dec. 1
APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 4
APO/FPO AA ZIPs 340 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 4
APO/FPO AP ZIPs 962-966 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 4
First Class is for letters and cards; Parcel Airlift is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. It is available for Parcel Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined.