U.S. Postal Service announces holiday mail schedule
Planning ahead will ensure packages arrive on time
Residents wanting to mail holiday items to U.S. troops overseas should do so because of early U.S. Postal Service deadlines.
Here are recommended mailing dates for delivery by Christmas to U.S. military overseas APO/FPO addresses:
¢ Using regular first class and priority mail, holiday mail sent to U.S. troops stationed at AFO/PFO addresses in Iraq and Afghanistan should be sent to other military overseas APO/FPO locations by Dec. 11 for arrival by Christmas. Express mail delivery will still be available for delivery by Christmas to most overseas military locales if mailed by Dec. 18.
¢ All packages and mail must be addressed to individual service members by name, in accordance with U.S. Department of Defense regulations. All military overseas units are assigned an APO or FPO ZIP code and, in many cases, that ZIP code travels with the unit.
¢ As for holiday deadlines for regular mail, holiday cards, letters and packages going to U.S. destinations should be mailed by Dec. 20 for delivery by Christmas. For holiday mail going to international countries, the general deadline is Dec. 11, except for countries in Africa and Central America and South America, which is Dec. 4.
For more information on express mail or any other questions, visit the Postal Service's Web site at usps.com or call (800) ASK-USPS.