Holiday Shipping Deadlines to Military Personnel | 2018


The holidays are right around the corner, and military families should start thinking about what to send their loved ones serving away from home or overseas.

Make sure you fill out the address correctly to ensure that packages get to the right place on time. The following is an example from the USPS:

PFC JOHN DOE
123RD ENG 2ND PLT – B CO
APO AE 09398-9998

The USPS has provided information to assist you in the process of sending mail, including key dates to remember.

Holiday Season 2018 Shipping Deadlines:

For mail addressed to/from:

AE ZIPs 090-098 (except 093)
Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 18
First-Class and Priority Mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 11
Space Available Mail: Nov. 27
USPS Retail Ground Mail (formerly known as Standard Post Mail): Nov. 6

AE ZIP 093
Priority Express Mail Military Service: None
First-Class and Priority Mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 4
Space Available Mail: Nov. 27
USPS Retail Ground Mail (formerly known as Standard Post Mail): Nov. 6

AE ZIP 340
Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 18
First-Class and Priority Mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 11
Space Available Mail: Nov. 27
USPS Retail Ground Mail (formerly known as Standard Post Mail): Nov. 6

AP ZIPs 962 – 966
Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 18
First-Class and Priority Mail (letters/cards and packages): Dec. 11
Space Available Mail: Nov. 27
USPS Retail Ground Mail (formerly known as Standard Post Mail): Nov. 6

Domestic Mail (any U.S. address that is not an APO/FPO)
Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 22
First-Class: Dec. 20
Priority Mail: Dec. 20
International First-Class Packages and Priority Mail addressed to Africa and Central and South America should be mailed no later than Nov. 30.

International First-Class Packages and Priority Mail addressed to Asia/Pacific Rim; Australia/New Zealand; Canada; Caribbean; Mexico, Europe; and the Middle East should be mailed no later than Dec. 7.


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