'Tis the season

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Carrollton, Miss., native Staff Sgt. Louis Nokes, a supply chief with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, tosses a care package to a nearby Marine. Photo by Cpl. Jeff Drew
Carrollton, Miss., native Staff Sgt. Louis Nokes, a supply chief with 3rd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, tosses a care package to a nearby Marine. Photo by Cpl. Jeff Drew

'Tis the season

by: Nicole Rice | .
Stripes Korea | .
published: October 16, 2012

With the holiday season quickly approaching, the US Postal Service has released the 2012 holiday mailing deadlines.  

For more information on shipping, shopping and saving this holiday season, look for the Stripes Holiday Shopping Guide inside Stars and Stripes on November 8th.

If you’re hoping to have your gifts arrive by December 25th, 2012, be sure to get them in the mail by these dates:

Addressed To

Express Mail®
Military Service
(EMMS)1

First-Class
Mail® Service
(Letters/Cards)

Priority
Mail® 
Service

Parcel
Airlift
Mail (PAL)2

Space
Available
Mail (SAM)3

Parcel
Post®
Service

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090–092

Dec. 17 Dec. 10 Dec. 10 Dec. 3 Nov. 26 Nov. 13

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 093

N/A Dec. 3 Dec. 3 Nov. 30 Nov. 26 Nov. 13

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094 - 098

Dec. 17 Dec. 10 Dec. 10 Dec. 3 Nov. 26 Nov. 13

APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIPs 340

Dec. 17 Dec. 10 Dec. 10 Dec. 3 Nov. 26 Nov. 13

APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962–966

Dec. 17 Dec. 10 Dec. 10 Dec. 3 Nov. 26 Nov. 13

1  EMMS 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. It is available for Parcel Post items not exceeding 30 lbs in weight or 60" 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 Parcel Post prices with maximum weight and size limits of 15 lbs and 60" 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.

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