It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, so those with loved ones deployed overseas should know the deadlines to mail Christmas gifts in order for them to arrive in time.

According to the U.S. Postal Service website, USPS makes it a priority that those serving their country will receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays, regardless of the location.

To send packages to loved ones serving in the military and diplomatic posts abroad, the Postal Service offers a discounted price of $17.35 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box. The price includes a $1.50 per box discount for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide.

To ensure packages are delivered by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that cards and packages be sent to military APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas no later than the following dates:

Space Available Mail: Nov. 27

Parcel Airlift Mail: Dec. 4

Priority Mail: Dec. 11

First-Class Mail (Letters and Cards): Dec. 11

Priority Mail Express Military Service: Dec. 16

For shipping within the United States, USPS recommends all packages sent by USPS Retail Ground be mailed no later than Dec. 14. For First-Class Mail, Dec. 19; Priority Mail, Dec. 20; and Priority Mail Express, Dec. 22.

For more information on shipping guidelines, go to about.usps.com/holidaynews.

dbryant@kdhnews.com | 254-501-7554

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