Only one week left to ship Priority Mail to select military APO/FPOs


Don’t wait to send those holiday packages and letters to servicemen and women overseas. The holiday mailing deadline for Priority Mail is just one week away.

Friday, Dec. 4 is the first deadline for sending holiday packages to select Air/Army Post Office (APO) or Fleet Post Office (FPO) ZIP Codes.  Dec.11 is the deadline for most APO/FPOs.

“Make sure packages reach their destination in time for the holidays,” said Loretta Tolliver, Manager of Customer Relations for the Gateway District of the U.S. Postal Service.  “Mail is a great morale booster for our soldiers, sailors, Marines, airmen and Coast Guardsmen during the holidays. When they see packages or letters waiting for them, it brings them that much closer to family and the comforts of home.”

The Military Care Kit, or “Mili-kit” makes it easier for military families and friends to send care packages to their loved ones stationed overseas. Since the inception of the Military Care Kit, the U.S. Postal Service has shipped more than 150,000 kits. Each kit contains The kit contains three flat rate boxes, two cube boxes,  nine address labels, and 16 customs forms. This kit may be ordered by calling the USPS Expedited Package Supply Center at 1-800-610-8734. There is no charge for the kit.

The Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes included in the kit can be shipped to any APO/FPO in the world, regardless of weight, for $11.95 when postage is purchased at a Post Office retail counter and $10.50 when purchased at usps.com.

All packages and mail must be addressed to individual service members, as required by U.S. Department of Defense regulations. The Postal Service places APO/FPO mail on special charter flights, commercial airlines and military service aircraft to reach armed services members overseas as quickly as possible.

The complete list of military mailing deadlines is:

Military Mail Addressed To
Express Mail® Military Service (EMMS)1/
First-Class Mail®
Letters/Cards
Priority Mail®
Parcel Airlift Mail
(PAL) 2/
Space Available Mail
(SAM) 3/
Parcel Post®

APO/FPO AE ZIPs 090-092
Dec 18
Dec 11
Dec 11
Dec 4
Nov 28
Nov 13

APO/FPO AE ZIP 093
N/A
Dec 4
Dec 4
Dec 1
Nov 21
Nov 13

APO/FPO AE ZIPs 094-098
Dec 18
Dec 11
Dec 11
Dec 4
Nov 28
Nov 13

APO/FPO AA ZIPs 340
Dec 18
Dec 11
Dec 11
Dec 4
Nov 28
Nov 13

APO/FPO AP ZIPs 962-966
Dec 18
Dec 11
Dec 11
Dec 4
Nov 28
Nov 13



The Department of Defense has issued the following guidelines for addressing your mail to military and civilian personnel deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Use the service member’s full name;

Include the unit and APO/FPO (Air/Army Post Office or Fleet Post Office) address with the nine-digit ZIP Code. Click-N-Ship customers should be advised the Postal Service and the military will continue to add and update valid APO/FPO addresses for online labels.

Include a return address.

For packages, print on one side only with the recipient’s address in the lower right portion. Or print a postage-paid label online at Click-N-Ship, which will automatically standardize the APO/FPO address if it has been added to the Postal Service database.

There are also certain factors to consider when sending packages to the troops overseas. To make sure package contents arrive in good shape, take these into consideration.

Extreme Temperatures: Desert temperatures typically exceed 100 degrees.

The Box: Select a strong box with room for cushioning. On recycled boxes, cover all previous labels and markings with a heavy black marker or adhesive labels.

Cushioning: Cushion contents with Styrofoam or bubble wrap to keep items from shifting. Consider double-boxing fragile items, with cushioning inside and between the boxes to absorb shock.

Batteries: Battery powered items will sometimes get turned on during shipment. Remove and wrap the batteries separately.

Sealing: Tape the opening of the box and reinforce all seams with 2 inch wide tape. Use clear or brown packaging tape, reinforced packing tape or paper tape. Do not use cord, string or twine.

Include a card describing the contents: Improperly wrapped packages can fall apart during shipment. Including a card inside, listing the sender’s and recipient’s addresses plus a description of the contents, helps in collecting the items.


An independent federal agency, the U.S. Postal Service is the only delivery service that visits every address in the nation, 146 million homes and businesses, six days a week. It has 37,000 retail locations and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to pay for operating expenses, not tax dollars. The Postal Service has annual revenues of $73 billion and delivers nearly half the world’s mail.