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Support the Troops with Timely Holiday Mailing

USPS News Release
2008-11-06

Discount on Largest Flat-Rate Priority Mail Box to APO/FPO Addresses

Holiday gifts from home are a big morale boost for military service members stationed around the world. To help the families and friends of military personnel, the Postal Service is offering a discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat-Rate box.

Mail sent to overseas military addresses is charged only domestic mail prices. The domestic mail price for the largest Flat-Rate Priority Mail box is $12.95, but for packages to APO/FPO addresses overseas the price is reduced to only $10.95. Flat-Rate boxes are free at any Post Office, or can be ordered online at usps.comusps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online any time using Click-N-Ship at www.usps.com/clicknshipwww.usps.com/clicknship.

“Flat-Rate Priority Mail boxes offer the best bargain in holiday shipping,” says Paul Vogel, managing director, Global Business and senior vice president. “The contents can be any weight for one low rate. If it fits, it ships.”

The Postal Service continues to show its support by offering free Military Care Kits, designed specifically for military families sending packages overseas. The mailing kits can be ordered by phone by calling 1-800-610-8734 and asking for the Care Kit. Each kit includes two Priority Mail boxes, six Priority Mail Flat-Rate boxes, eight Priority Mail labels, one roll of Priority Mail tape and eight customs forms with envelopes.

“The best support for the troops this holiday season is a gift that’s on time, so mail before the deadline,” Vogel advises.

To ensure delivery of holiday cards and packages by Dec. 25 to military APO/FPO addresses overseas, the Postal Service recommends that mail for service members be entered no later than the mailing dates listed below. Mail addressed to military post offices overseas is subject to certain conditions or restrictions regarding content, preparation and handling. APO/FPO addresses generally require customs forms. To see a table of active APO and FPO addresses and mailing restrictions by individual APO/FPO ZIP Codes, go to pe.usps.compe.usps.com and click “Postal Bulletins” in the left column. Select the current issue and look for the heading “Overseas Military Mail.”

Want it delivered by December 25? Find shipping and mailing deadlines for your military and international cards and packages here. www.usps.com/holiday/shippingcalendar.htm?from=home_ftpromo&page=holidayintlmaildates.






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