By Debbie Gregory.
As the shipping deadlines for this year’s holiday season approach, we wanted to remind you that time is running out to get those holiday gifts in the mail.
For mail addressed to/from APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-098 (except 093); AA zips 340; AP zips 962-966, the Priority Express Mail Military Service deadline is December 17th .
For First-Class and Priority Mail letters, cards and packages, the deadline is December 10th .
For mail addressed to/from APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093, the deadlines have already passed.
For Domestic Mail (For Ships in Port and Personnel on Shore Duty in the U.S. mailing to U.S. destinations-not including APO/FPO) First-Class Mail and regular Priority Mail deadlines are December 20th, and Priority Express Mail is December 23rd.
The deadline has already passed for International First-Class Packages and Priority Mail addressed to Africa and Central and South.
International First-Class Packages and Priority Mail addressed to Asia/Pacific Rim; Australia/New Zealand; Canada; Caribbean; Mexico, Europe; and the Middle East should be mailed no later than December 9th.
Priority Express Mail Military Service (PEMMS) is available from selected military post offices. If mailing to an APO/FPO/DPO address, check with your local post office to determine if PEMMS service is available and specific delivery service standards.
Space Available Mail (SAM) refers to parcels mailed to APO/FPO addresses at parcel post rates first transported domestically by surface, 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. From overseas locations, items mailed at Standard Post rates are sent to CONUS by air on a space available basis. The maximum weight and size limits are 70 pounds and 130 inches in length and girth combined.
Do not attempt to mail alcohol, switchblade knives, pornography, controlled substances, and explosive or incendiary devices. They are prohibited.