SAN DIEGO — The United States Postal Service (USPS) has begun to ramp up its operation to help ensure your holiday mail and packages arrive to your loved ones on time.

Representatives want to remind you of important deadlines that are fast approaching, especially if you are sending mail or a gift to a military member who is overseas.

The Postal Service is expecting to process more than 12.6 million pounds of mail for Army Post Office (APO), Fleet Post Office (FPO), or Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) destinations this holiday season.

In order to ensure timely delivery by Dec. 25, USPS recommends sending cards and packages by the following dates:

  • Military mail holiday shipping dates:
    • Dec. 9 deadline: overseas first-class shipping to APO, FPO, and DPO addresses
    • Dec. 16 deadline: priority mail express military service is available to select military and Diplomatic Post Offices

For all other holiday mail:

  • Holiday shipping dates
    • Dec. 17 deadline: first-class mail and retail ground service
    • Dec. 19 deadline: priority mail
    • Dec. 23: priority mail express deadline

The sooner you get your holiday packages ready, the better!