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Military shipping deadlines announced

Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Maci Sternod, from Reno, NV, sorts mail in the hangar bay aboard amphibious assault carrier USS Tripoli. Image: U.S. Navy

The Postal Service has released this year’s suggested mail-by dates for customers who want to send holiday letters and packages to diplomatic and military service members overseas.

The dates are listed in an Oct. 6 news release, along with details on ordering free military care kits and guidelines for addressing packages to Army/Air Post Offices, Fleet Post Offices and Diplomatic Post Offices.

The Postal Service is expecting to process more than 10.1 million pounds of mail for these destinations this holiday season. USPS is recommending that cards and packages be sent to military and diplomatic addresses overseas no later than the announced deadlines to ensure delivery by Dec. 25.

The Postal Service is also offering a reduced price on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box for mail sent to military and diplomatic posts abroad. Flat-rate boxes feature the “America Supports You” logo, and the military care kits are based on items most frequently requested by military families.

Customers can obtain free Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes from Post Offices and the online Postal Store, while postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online using Click-N-Ship.