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Military Holiday Mail Guidelines

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The holidays are here, and military families should start thinking about what to send their loved ones serving away from home or overseas. The Post Office has provided information to assist you in the process of sending mail, including key dates to remember.

Holiday Season 2016: Shipping Deadlines

The 2016 holiday season mailing dates for postal customers have been set. The dates are: 

APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-092
* Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 16
* First-Class and Priority Mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 9
* Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 2
* Space Available Mail: Nov. 25
* USPS Retail Ground: Nov. 7

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093
* Priority Express Mail Military Service: None
* First-Class and Priority Mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 2
* Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 2
* Space Available Mail: Nov. 25
* USPS Retail Ground: Nov. 7

APO/FPO/DPO AE Zip 094-098

* Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 16
* First-Class and Priority Mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 9
* Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 2
* Space Available Mail: Nov. 25
* USPS Retail Ground: Nov. 7

APO/FPO/DPO AE Zip 340

* Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 16
* First-Class and Priority Mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 9
* Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 2
* Space Available Mail: Nov. 25
* USPS Retail Ground: Nov. 7

APO/FPO/DPO AE Zip 962-966

* Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 16
* First-Class and Priority Mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 9
* Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 2
* Space Available Mail: Nov. 25
* USPS Retail Ground: Nov. 7

Domestic Mail (any U.S. address that is not an APO/FPO)

* Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 23
* First-Class: Dec. 20
* Priority Mail: Dec. 21
* USPS Retail Ground: Dec. 15

International First-Class Packages and Priority Mail headed to Africa, Central and South America: no later than Dec. 1.

International First-Class Packages and Priority Mail headed to to Asia/Pacific Rim, Australia/New Zealand, Canada;, Caribbean, Mexico, Europe and the Middle East: no later than Dec. 8.

For more information, visit USPS.

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