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Holiday deadlines to get packages from Europe to the U.S., Iraq and Afghanistan are fast approaching.

For packages traveling to the States, deadlines are Nov. 20 for space-available mail, Dec. 4 for parcel airlift mail and Dec. 11 for priority and first-class letter mail. The deadline for express mail is Dec. 18.

Mail traveling from Europe to Iraq, Afghanistan or other downrange locations through the Military Postal Service Agency takes a little more than 10 days on average to arrive, according to postal officials in Germany.

“The major cause of late delivery of mail to outlying posts is the threat of attacks,” according to the MPSA Web site. These threats can close roads for up to three days, according to the site.

These deadlines and delivery times are different from those printed in an Oct. 27 Stars and Stripes story, which didn’t apply to mail sent through military post offices in Europe.

There is no express mail service from Europe to APO addresses in Iraq, Afghanistan or Kuwait, according to the MPSA.

Packages shipped through military mail can weigh up to 70 pounds and have a maximum girth of 130 inches.


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