It's never too early to mail holiday cards and packages for friends and loved ones living overseas. The U.S. Postal Service offers a range...

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It’s never too early to mail holiday cards and packages for friends and loved ones living overseas.

The U.S. Postal Service offers a range of express delivery options for letters and packages, but economy delivery still remains a popular, low-cost choice.

The U.S. Postal Service recommends the following 2006 deadlines for non-express mail and package delivery from the United States to other parts of the world.

To Africa:

• Global airmail letters and cards: Dec. 4

• Global airmail parcel post: Dec. 4

To Asia/Pacific Rim:

• Global airmail letters and cards: Dec. 11

• Global airmail parcel post: Dec. 11

To Australia/New Zealand:

• Global airmail letters and cards: Dec. 11

• Global airmail parcel post: Dec. 11

To Canada:

• Global airmail letters and cards: Dec. 11

• Global airmail parcel post: Dec. 11

• Global economy (surface): Monday

To the Caribbean:

• Global airmail letters and cards: Dec. 11

• Global airmail parcel post: Dec. 11

To Central and South America:

• Global airmail letters and cards: Dec. 4

• Global airmail parcel post: Dec. 4

To Mexico:

• Global airmail letters and cards: Dec. 4

• Global airmail parcel post: Dec. 4

To Europe:

• Global airmail letters and cards: Dec. 11

• Global airmail parcel post: Dec. 11

To the Middle East:

• Global airmail letters and cards: Dec. 11

• Global airmail parcel post: Dec. 11