Holiday mail deadlines for packages to troops

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Tomorrow, Dec. 4, is the deadline to send holiday packages, for arrival by Christmas, to U.S. troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Holiday mail going to other military overseas APO/FPO locations should be sent by Dec. 11.

Express Mail can also be used to mail packages to other overseas military locations until Dec. 18 for delivery by Christmas.

The best value for sending holiday packages is Priority Mail Flat-Rate Boxes, which can be used to ship anywhere in the U.S., or to troops overseas.

And the U.S Postal Service is offering $2 off Priority Mail Large Flat-Rate Boxes sent to troops overseas, reducing the domestic price from $13.95 to $11.95.

Priority Mail Flat-Rate boxes have one rate, regardless of weight. If it fits, it ships.

Customers can also receive additional discounts by shipping their packages online at and using Click-N-Ship service to print out their postage, and to request free carrier pick-up service.

Below are the general holiday mail deadlines for USPS delivery by Christmas.

Express Mail is still available after those dates for most locations.

  • Dec. 4th – for holiday mail sent to U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Dec. 11th – for holiday mail sent to other overseas U.S. troops/military locations
  • Dec. 4 for holiday mail sent to Africa, Central and South America
  • Dec. 11 for holiday mail sent to Mexico, Canada, Europe, the Middle East, Australia, New Zealand, and to Asia/the Pacific Rim
  • Dec. 21 for holiday mail sent to U.S. locations
  • Dec. 23 for holiday mail sent Express Mail to major U.S. cities/metro areas.