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Tips for sending packages overseas

November 5, 2011
By KIM LOCCISANO - Staff Writer ( , Times Leader

If you are getting ready to send items on your own to friends and family in the military there are always updates and adjustments to how things are done.

Postal officials caution conditions could be busier than usual this holiday season as troops withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan ship belongings home by mail.

To help ensure those mailing packages to the U.S. are delivered in time, the Military Postal Service Agency has released its annual mail-by dates, which take into account the expected increase in mail during peak season.

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THE?U.S. Postal Service is issuing special holiday stamps for 2011. These Holiday Baubles, featuring four, 1950s inspired colorful ornaments.

The U.S. and military postal services will stop processing mail to and from military post offices in Iraq starting Nov. 17 in light of the withdrawal there.

Mail-by recommendations from U.S. to overseas:

U.S. to Middle East (APO/FPO/DPO AE 093)

Parcel Post: Nov. 12

Space-Available Mail: Nov. 26

Parcel Airlift: Dec. 1

First Class/Priority: Dec. 3

U.S. to all other military post offices:

Parcel Post: Nov. 12

Space-Available: Nov. 26

Parcel Airlift: Dec. 3

First Class/Priority: Dec. 10

Express: Dec. 17

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