USPS announces holiday mailing deadlines for overseas service members


Sailors from USS Momsen receive mail cargo during a replenishment at sea from USNS Charles Drew while underway in the Gulf of Oman. (US Navy photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Lily Gebauer)

Vermont Business Magazine As the holidays fast approach, so do the deadlines for sending gifts and joy to friends and loved ones serving away from home. Be prepared and get your letters and packages in the mail on time to ensure their greatest enjoyment this holiday season.

To send packages to military and diplomatic addresses overseas, the Postal Service offers a discounted price of $20.95 on its larger flat-rate box for priority mail. Price includes $1.50 discount per box for mail sent to Airmail/Army/Fleet/Diplomatic Post Office (APO/FPO/DPO) destinations worldwide .

Priority Mail flat rate boxes are available free of charge at post offices and can also be ordered through usps.com. Postage, labels and customs forms can also be printed online at any time using the Click-N-Ship feature. All direct mail products can be found at Postal store.

The Postal Service expects to handle more than 10.1 million pounds of mail for APO/FPO/DPO destinations this holiday season.

To ensure prompt delivery by December 25, the Postal Service recommends that cards and packages be sent to overseas military APO/FPO/DPO addresses by the mailing dates listed below.

Military mail addressed

To and From

Priority Mail Express military service*

First class mail

Service

Priority Mail

Service

Retail land

Service

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 090-092

December 16

December 9

December 9

November 5

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093

N / A

December 9

December 9

November 5

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 094-099

December 16

December 9

December 9

November 5

APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIP 340

December 16

December 9

December 9

November 5

APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIP 962-966

December 16

December 9

December 9

November 5

*Military Priority Mail Express service is available for select military/diplomatic post offices. Check with your local post office if this service is available for an APO/FPO/DPO address.

Use the Military Care Kit to send gifts and care packages

The Postal Service has created a free military care kit based on the most frequently requested items by military families. The kit contains:

• Two Flat Rate APO/FPO priority mail boxes

• Four medium flat rate priority mail boxes

• Priority Mail Tape

• Priority Mail Address Labels

• Six custom form envelopes

To order lump sum boxes with the “America Supports You” logo or a military care kit, call 800-610-8734 or visit the website online Postal store.

Parcel addressing

• Write the member’s full name and rank.

• Include unit and APO/FPO/DPO address with 9-digit postal code (if applicable). For instance:

Military/Air Post Office (APO)

PFC JANE DOE
PSC 3 BOX 4120
APOAE 09021

Fleet Post Office (FPO)

SAILOR JOSEPH SMITH
UNIT 100100 BOX 4120
FPO AP 96691

Diplomatic Post Office (DPO)

MELANIE ADAMS
UNIT 8400 BOX 0000
DPO AE 09498-0048

• Always include a return address.

• Do not write the name of the country where the service member is stationed in the address.

• Inside the box, provide the service member’s name and address, and the shipper’s name and address, on a slip in case the shipping label is damaged during shipment. transportation.

Guidelines for packing, addressing, and shipping items to U.S. troops can also be found here.

New prices effective October 2

The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) has approved a temporary price adjustment for major parcel products for the 2022 peak holiday season, which applies to APO/FPO/DPO shipments. This temporary rate adjustment is similar to those in previous years that help cover additional handling costs to ensure a successful peak season. The temporary rates will take effect at 12:00 p.m. Central on October 2 and will remain in place until 12:00 p.m. Central on January 22, 2023.

PRC-approved peak season pricing affects domestic competitive retail package prices: Priority Mail Express, Priority Mail, First-Class Package Service, Parcel Select, and USPS Retail Ground. International products will not be affected.

This seasonality makes it possible to align prices for La Poste’s commercial and retail customers with competitive practices.

Deliver for America, the Postal Service’s 10-year plan to achieve financial sustainability and service excellence, calls for appropriate pricing initiatives. The Postal Service has some of the lowest postage rates in the industrialized world and continues to offer excellent shipping values. These temporary rates will allow USPS to remain competitive while providing the agency with the revenue needed to cover additional costs in anticipation of peak season volume.

Approved price changes include:

Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express:

  • Detail:
    • $0.95 increase for Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express flat rate boxes and Priority Mail and Priority Mail Express flat rate envelopes.
    • $0.30 increase for zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
    • $1.00 increase for zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
    • $0.95 increase for zones 1-4, 11-25 lbs.
    • $3.20 increase for zones 5-9, 11-25 lbs.
    • $3.25 increase for zones 1-4, 26-70 lbs.
    • $6.45 increase for zones 5-9, 26-70 lbs.

First Class Parcel Service, Parcel Select Ground and USPS Retail Ground:

  • Detail:
    • $0.30 increase for zones 1-4, 0-10 lbs.
    • $0.60 increase for zones 5-9, 0-10 lbs.
    • $0.95 increase for zones 1-4, 11-25 lbs.
    • $2.70 increase for zones 5-9, 11-25 lbs.
    • $3.25 increase for zones 1-4, 26-70 lbs.
    • $5.85 increase for zones 5-9, 26-70 lbs.

A zone pricing calculator can be found on line. A complete list of business products and prices is also available on line.

The Postal Service generally does not receive taxpayer money for its operating expenses and depends on the sale of postage, goods, and services to fund its operations.

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More information about USPS holidays can be found at usps.com/holidaynews.

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