Tom Carper, U.S. Senator for Delaware

WASHINGTON – Today, Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.) reminded Delawareans planning on sending packages, cards, and letters this holiday season to military members in Iraq, Afghanistan, and across the globe of relevant postal deadlines. 

"As a former Naval Flight Officer who served overseas, I can testify that when stationed in faraway corners of the globe nothing quite compares to receiving a special note or package from loved ones during the holiday season," said Sen. Carper. "I encourage Delawareans to keep the Postal Service's recommended mailing dates in mind as they prepare for sending greetings, gifts, and reminders of home to their friends and family members serving in our military this holiday season."

To ensure the delivery of holiday cards and packages by Dec. 25, 2012 to military APO/FPO addresses overseas, the Postal Service recommends that mail for service members be sent no later than the dates listed below.

 

MILITARY MAILING DEADLINES:

Military Mail Addressed To

Express Mail Military Service (EMMS)

First-Class Mail          Letters and Cards

Priority Mail

 

 

 

APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092

Dec-17

Dec-10

Dec-10

 

 

 

APO/FPO AE ZIP 093

N/A

Dec- 3

Dec-3

 

 

 

APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098

Dec-17

Dec-10

Dec-10

 

 

 

APO/FPO AA ZIP 340

Dec-17

Dec-10

Dec-10

 

 

 

APO/FPO AP ZIPs 962-966

Dec-17

Dec-10

Dec-10

 

 

 

 

The Postal Service has also provided these dates as a guide for dropping holiday wishes into the mail. Postmarking for domestic mail — mailed from and delivered within the U.S. — and international mail destined for overseas should occur by:

  • First-Class Mail: Dec. 20th 
  • Priority Mail: Dec. 21st 
  • Express Mail: Dec. 22nd 
  • Parcel Post: Dec. 14th 
For more information about mailing letters and packages, please visit https://www.usps.com/holiday/welcome.htm.
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