Military Holiday Mailing Dates Approaching

STATE – For military service members stationed around the globe, holiday gifts are a big morale boost.  Northern New Jersey postal officials are, therefore, reminding the public there is still time to mail holiday packages to military personnel at overseas military installations, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

To ensure delivery of holiday cards and packages by Dec. 25 to military APO/FPO (Air or Army Post Office and Fleet Post Office) addresses overseas, the Postal Service recommends that mail for service members be entered no later than the dates listed below.


First Class and Priority Mail cards and packages should be sent by Dec. 11 to  most APO/FPO addresses. Items mailed to APO/FPO AE ZIP 093 must be sent by Dec. 4.

The Postal Service offers 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 Flat-Rate 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.

Extensive information about holiday shipping tips, military mail, mailing kits, proper addressing, and online postage discounts is available at

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