Plan Ahead For Packages To Arrive By Christmas


Even though most of us are stuffed from Thanksgiving feasting, the time to mail those packages for friends and loved ones overseas is running out fast.

Parcel deliveries, especially for military personnel should have been sent out by Nov. 13 to arrive in time for Christmas. However, there are still a few options available.

The following are mail deadlines recently sent to Payson area box holders:

Dec. 13: Domestic Parcel Post® and Global Priority Mail® service to international and Canadian destinations.

Dec. 14: Global Express Mail® service to international destinations.

Dec. 15: Global Express Mail® service to Canada.

Dec. 16: Global Express Guaranteed® service to international destinations.

Dec. 18: First-Class Mail® and Global Express Guaranteed® service to Canada.

Dec. 20: Priority Mail service to domestic destinations.

Dec. 22: Express Mail® service to domestic destinations.

Prices vary depending on service used and weight of package.

Additional details are available at or at the Post Office.

For the convenience of spouses, friends and family members sending mail overseas, pre-addressed, printable, postage paid APO/FPO address labels are available at the United States Postal Service's Click-N-Ship® Web site, and free packing materials are available by calling (800) 610-8734.

Department of Defense mailing guidelines require use of the service member's full name (with or without rank or rating), return address, military organization or unit, APO/FPO address and the nine-digit ZIP code, if one is assigned.

Some items to include in packages to the troops: New socks, underwear, toiletries, batteries, telephone cards, books and holiday items are always welcome and greatly appreciated.

Senders preferring delivery before Dec. 25 should mail 10 days earlier than the suggested deadlines.

For further answers to your mailing questions, contact (800) ASK-USPS or the Military Postal Agency at (800) 810-6098.

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