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Holiday Mailing Schedule Set (updated)

American Forces Press Service

Sept. 21, 1999, Sept. 21, 1999 – (Editor's Note: The 2002 holiday mailing deadlines can be found at the Military Postal Service “[link for 1999 no longer available]2002 International and Military Mail Christmas Dates” web page.)

Get those Christmas cards and packages in the mail early this year, Postal Service officials recommend.

In order to ensure Christmas delivery, cards and packages must be mailed by the following dates.

Military Mail Addressed to:

First-Class letters and cards/all Priority Mail

Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)

Space- Available Mail (SAM)

Standard Mail

APO/FPO AE zip codes

Dec. 10

Dec. 3

Nov. 27

Nov. 6

APO/FPO AA zip codes

Dec. 10

Dec. 3

Nov. 27

Nov. 6

APO/FPO AP zip codes

Dec. 10

Dec. 3

Nov. 27

Nov. 6

Mail sent from overseas to U.S. zip codes

Dec. 5

Nov. 21

Dec. 1

not applicable

Parcel Airlift Mail is a special service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. Officials advise that packages sent via PAL must not exceed 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined.

Parcels paid for at the Space-Available Mail rate are transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis. The maximum weight and size limits are 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined.

For letters and packages sent outside the United States but not to military addresses, the following deadlines apply.

International Mail Addressed to:

Air Letters and Cards

Air Parcel Post

Surface Mail

Africa

Dec. 2

Dec. 2

Oct. 25

Asia/Pacific Rim

Dec. 9

Dec. 9

Nov. 5

Australia/New Zealand

Dec. 9

Dec. 9

Nov. 5

Canada/Mexico

Dec. 13

Dec. 13

Nov. 26

Caribbean

Dec. 9

Dec. 9

Nov. 12

Central and South America

Dec. 2

Dec. 2

Nov. 5

Europe

Dec. 9

Dec. 9

Nov. 12

Middle East

Dec. 9

Dec. 9

Oct. 29

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