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Don’t miss the post office recommended dates for mailing packages to service members waiting for holiday cheer from back home! The date for sending first-class and priority mail to Afghanistan and Iraq is no later than December 4th, and December 11th to other areas. The deadline for Express Mail (which is more expensive and not available for Iraq and Afghanistan) is December 18th. To mail a package overseas, you will have to fill out a customs form listing every item and its value, so be sure you have that information before sealing the package. The post office will provide the customs form which will then be attached to the outside of the package. The most important thing to remember when mailing food to service members is to choose foods that:
For security reasons, mail will not be delivered to “Any Serviceman”, but must have a name and address on the package. For detailed information on foods that can be safely mailed to people in the military and instructions on packaging, see HGIC 3612, Mailing Food Gifts to the Military.
Postal Service officials provide these tips for mailing packages to service members:
For information on ordering mailing supplies from the post office on-line see http://www.usps.com/communications/newsroom/2009/pr09_082.htm.
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