Postal services announces overseas holiday shipping deadline

WASHINGTON (WTOC) - The U.S. Postal Service recommends Nov. 12 as the mailing date for the most economical postage to reach overseas military destinations, including Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Postal Service is offering a discount on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box.

Only domestic mail prices apply to mail sent to overseas military addresses. The domestic mail price for the Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box is $14.50, but for packages to APO/FPO addresses overseas the price is reduced to $12.50. Discounts are available for customers printing their Priority Mail postage labels online here.

The Postal Service offers free Military Care Kits, designed for military families who are sending packages overseas. The mailing kits can be ordered by calling 800.610.8734 and asking for the Military Care Kit. Kits include 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.

For online ordering of the large Priority Mail APO/FPO Flat Rate boxes featuring the "America Supports You" logo and information about mailing letters and packages to military destinations, go to

See this online table of updated APO and FPO addresses and mailing restrictions by individual APO/FPO ZIP Codes. Click on "Pull-Out Information" and then click on "Other Information."

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