Package rush: Holiday shipping deadlines looming |

Package rush: Holiday shipping deadlines looming

John Colson
Post Independent staff
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Christmas is just around the corner, and the local post office has a few suggestions for those hoping to ship packages, cards and other items to friends and relatives, near and far.

The earliest deadline for getting packages to their destinations on time, according to Glenwood Springs Postmaster Kathy Roberts, counts for military personnel stationed in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

All packages or items being sent to APO/FPO addresses in those countries must be shipped by Dec. 4 to be certain they’ll get there by Christmas, Roberts said.

For other APO/FPO deliveries, to bases or locales other than Iraq or Afghanistan, the deadline is Dec. 11, Roberts said.

She added that care packages to military personnel must be addressed, and cannot be sent to “any soldier” or such general labels. For information about sending general care packages, she said, contact or for a mailing address.

Also on Dec. 4, Roberts continued, is the deadline for all Priority Mail packages to either Africa, Central America or South America.

In addition, the Dec. 11 deadline applies to Priority Mail packages bound for Asia and the Pacific Rim countries; Australia and New Zealand; and Mexico.

For Priority Mail packages and items destined for Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East, the deadline is Dec. 14.

For normal First Class mail to Africa and Central- or South America, according to Roberts, the deadline is Dec. 4, just as with Priority Mail.

But for First Class packages and items bound for Asia, the Pacific Rim, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Canada, the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East, she said, the deadline is Dec. 11.

Roberts reminded the public that there are restrictions on mailing packages to all destinations, prohibitting such things a certain liquids, hazardous objects and flammable materials, and it is up to the individual to make sure their packages comply with the regulations.

She also urged consumers to consider the U.S. Postal Service’s “priority mail flat-rate” boxes for the best value, and noted that there is a discounted rate on large flat-rate boxes sent to military personnel overseas.

Regarding mail to other parts of the U.S., Roberts said that for Dec. 25 delivery to major cities in this country the shipping deadline is Dec. 21 for First Class, or Dec. 23 for Express Mail. And, she said, Express Mail packages will be delivered on Christmas Day.

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