Deadline looms for overseas holiday packages to be sent |

Deadline looms for overseas holiday packages to be sent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Thursday, Dec. 4 is the deadline to mail holiday cards, letters, and packages to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan for Christmas delivery.

The U.S. Postal Service announced Wednesday that they will work with military postal personnel to try and deliver packages to the troops in those areas by Christmas even after the Dec. 4, deadline. To ensure delivery in time for the holiday, the packages need to be shipped by then.

All packages and mail must be addressed to individual service members by name, in accordance with the 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.

People shipping packages can obtain a $2 discount and pay only $10.95 postage for using the Large Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box to mail to any overseas military APO or FPO address. Domestic mail price for using the large Flat-Rate Priority Mail box to mail to any U.S. destination is $12.95.

These Priority Boxes can be used to ship up to 70 lbs. at the specified rate to any U.S. or overseas military destination. Boxes can be picked up for free at any Post Office or can be ordered online at along with postage, labels and customs forms available for printing.

The general deadline to send holiday letters and packages to most other international countries is Dec. 11, including; Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Pacific Rim. Customers also have until Dec. 18 to send packages using Express Mail.

Domestic deadlines for regular parcels, holiday cards, letters or packages going to out-of-state destinations should be mailed no later than Saturday, Dec. 20. In-state destinations should be mailed no later than Dec. 22.

For more holiday mailing information visit,, or call 1-800-275-8777, or contact your local Post Office.

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