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10/8/2012 3:23:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Deadline for sending holiday packages to overseas troops is Nov.13
LAWRENCEVILLE - It's not too early to start thinking about mailing those holiday cards, letters and packages to service members and their families stationed overseas.

The first deadline for the 2012 holiday season is just around the corner. Postal officials said Nov. 13, is the deadline for sending holiday packages to troops stationed overseas using Parcel Post to all Air/Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO) ZIP Codes.

"We encourage our customers to mail early this holiday season," said Lawrenceville Postmaster Marc Winters. "Observing the holiday deadlines will make sure that cards, letters and packages to loved ones serving overseas will reach their destinations in time for the holidays."

All military mail, regardless of destination, is sent by domestic mail rate. International rates do not apply to military mail delivery.

The large Priority Mail Flat Rate Box (12" x 12" x 5 ½") offers a $2 discount to APO/FPO destinations.  Customers can access shipping information by adding Delivery Confirmation, which is available for almost all military destinations, including those outside the United States.  Delivery Confirmation provides customers with the date, ZIP Code of delivery, and time the package was delivered. The information can be accessed online at www.usps.com.

The Postal Service's Military Care Kits offers free supplies for shipping.  Each kit contains six Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes (two large and four medium-sized boxes), six customs forms and envelopes, six Priority address labels and one roll of military tape. 

The kit may be ordered by calling the USPS Expedited Package Supply Center at 1-800-610-8734. All packages and mail must be addressed to individual service members, as required by U.S. Department of Defense regulations.


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