Thousands of men and women in the nation’s diplomatic corps and in the military will be serving abroad during the holidays and the mail is a great way to stay connected with them by sending them cards, letters, presents and care packages for the festive season.

The Postal Service offers a reduced price of $17.40 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide — a $1.50 discount from the regular price.

Priority Mail Flat Rate Boxes are available at no cost at local Post Offices and also can be ordered online. Postage, labels and customs forms also can be printed online anytime using Click-N-Ship. All mailing products can be found at

To ensure timely delivery of holiday wishes by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that cards and packages be sent to military APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas no later than the mailing dates listed below.

2019 Holiday Shipping Dates for Military Mail

Addressed To Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS)1 First-Class Mail Letters and Cards Priority Mail Service Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)2 Space Available Mail (SAM)3
ZIPs 090-092
Dec. 18 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 4 Nov. 27
ZIP 093
N/A Dec. 9 Dec. 9 Dec. 4 Nov. 27
ZIPs 094-098
Dec. 18 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 4 Nov. 27
ZIP 340
Dec. 18 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 4 Nov. 27
ZIPs 962-966
Dec. 18 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 4 Nov. 27

1 PMEMS is available to selected military/diplomatic post offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO/DPO address.

2 PAL is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. PAL is available for Standard 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 price for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.

3 SAM parcels are paid at Standard Post prices 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.

Use Military Care Kits to Send Presents, Care Packages

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

  • Two Priority Mail APO/FPO/DPO Flat Rate Boxes
  • Four Priority Mail Medium Flat Rate Boxes
  • Priority Mail tape
  • Priority Mail address labels
  • Appropriate customs forms

To order the kit, call 800-610-8734. Guidelines for packing, addressing and shipping items to U.S. troops can be found at on the USPS website. To order Flat-Rate Boxes featuring the “America Supports You” logo, go to

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products, and services to fund its operations. For information on how to address a package correctly, visit the USPS website.

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