Military Postal Service Agency Announces Christmas Mailing Deadlines

Posted by Jason Van Steenwyk

Christmas shippingHave a loved one stationed overseas? If you want to send a Christmas package, be sure to meet the Military Postal Service Agency time hacks. That’s the deadline to send your mail to have a reasonable assurance that your soldier, sailor, marine, airman, coastie, or supporting DoD civilian or contractor has something to open by Christmas.

The Parcel Post deadline is already passed. If you want to send something by parcel post, the deadline was 13 November – though you still may get lucky, especially if your loved one works at one of the major logistical nodes. It takes longer to get mail to more remote stations.

Additional deadlines are as follows:

  • 26 November – The deadline to send mail via SAM. Per the MPSA, “SAM parcels are paid at Parcel Post postage rate of postage with maximum weight and size limits of 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis.”
  • 30 November – The date to send mail via PAL to APO, FPO or DPO codes starting with 093. Per the MPSA, “PAL is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. It is available for Parcel Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface rate of postage for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.”
  • 03 December – The date to send mail via PAL to all other APO, FPO or DPO codes.
  • 03 December – The deadline to send packages via First Class or Priority Mail to postal codes starting with 093.
  • 10 December – The deadline to send First Class or Priority Mail to all other APO, FPO or DPO codes.
  • 17 December – The deadline to send packages by Express Mail Military Service to overseas postal codes.

Note that no Express delivery service is generally available to APO, FPO or DPO codes starting with 093. Express service is only available to select postal codes. Check with your military post office to see if you can send Express mail to your desired destination.

For more information, visit the Military Postal Service Agency’s Web site.

 

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