2009-11-05 / Entertainment

Recommended Mailing Dates For Holiday Delivery

For military service members stationed around the globe, holiday gifts are a big morale boost. To help the families and friends of U.S. military personnel, the postal service offers a discount on its largest priority mail flat rate box.

The recommended mailing rate for the most economical postage to overseas military installations, including Iraq and Afghanistan, is November 13.

Mail sent to overseas military addresses is charged only domestic mail prices. The domestic mail price for the priority mail large flat rate box is $13.95, but for packages to APO/FPO addresses overseas the price is reduced to $11.95. Additional discounts are available for customers printing their priority mail postage labels online at click-n-ship.

Flat-rate boxes are free at any post office, or can be ordered online at shop.usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can be printed online any time using click-n-ship.

The postal service continues to show support to those serving in the armed forces 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 “America Supports You” large priority mail flatrate boxes, four medium-sized priority mail flat-rate boxes, six priority mail labels, one roll of priority mail tape and six customs forms with envelopes.

More information about mailing letters and packages to military destinations is available online at Supporting Our Troops.

“Mailing holiday gifts to service members early will help insure that a piece of home arrives in plenty of time to make the celebration complete,” said Pranab Shah, vice president and managing director, Global Business.

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