It’s never too early to start planning for overseas holiday mailings, according to Postmaster Dennis J. Mahoney.With thousands of American troops and civilians stationed around the world, the coming weeks will be a busy time for mailing international and military parcels and packages, he said.
He listed below the major dates recommended for mail to be delivered by Dec. 25.
- Nov. 13 —Parcel Post to military APO/FPO addresses.
- Dec. 4 —First-Class cards and letters or Priority Mail to military APO AE ZIP 093 addresses.
- Dec. 11 —First-Class cards and letters or Priority Mail to all other military APO/FPO addresses.
- Dec. 18—Express Mail Military Service to all military APO/FPO addresses except APO ZIP 093.
- Dec. 4 —Priority Mail and First-Class Mail to Africa and Central or South America International Mail locations.
- Dec. 11 —Priority Mail and First-Class Mail to all other International Mail locations.
- Dec. 12—Express Mail International to Africa and Central and South America.
- Dec. 17 —Express Mail International to all other countries (except Canada, Dec. 18).
- Dec. 19—Global Express Guaranteed to all countries (except Canada, Dec. 20).
“We hope the publication of these dates will prove beneficial to persons mailing cards and gifts to foreign countries so they will arrive in a timely manner,” he said.
He said the Postal Service’s website 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.