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U.S. POSTAL SERVICE OFFERS HOLIDAY MAILING TIPS

 U.S. POSTAL SERVICE OFFERS HOLIDAY MAILING TIPS
 NEW YORK, Dec. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The countdown has begun for the


holiday mailing season, and New York General Manager/Postmaster John F. Kelly offers tips for customers to assure that their cards and packages arrive on time and in good shape.
 In addition to mailing early -- in the day, as well as in the season -- he urges the public to use accurate and complete addressing. "That means using the name, building number, street (or post office box number), and apartment number, when applicable, and the state and ZIP Code reserved for the last line, recommended the postmaster. He emphasized the use of apartment numbers, especially in buildings when more than one person might have the same surname.
 Be sure to use a return address, too, advised Kelly. "It is also a good practice to put a slip of paper with the recipient's name and address and your return address inside your parcels, along with a list of the contents," he said.
 Customers are also reminded to check that the size of their envelopes is at least 3-1/2 inches high and 5 inches long to be accepted for mailing.
 Kelly also asks customers to put an ounce of extra care into preparing packages for mailing. Parcels will arrive at their intended destination in good shape if you follow a few simple suggestions:
 -- Cushion: Make sure contents are well-cushioned and there is no empty space in the box. Use crumpled newspaper around the item -- including all sides, top and bottom. Foam shells or air-pocket padding also make good cushioning materials, and padded mailing bags are a good way to mail small items. These items are available at many post offices.
 -- Don't overwrap: Just use your carton. Brown paper and twine cord are not necessary. Paper can rip, and twine can become entangled in processing equipment.
 -- Seal properly: Seal your package with one of these three recommended types of tape: pressure sensitive, nylon-reinforced kraft paper, or glass-reinforced pressure sensitive.
 -- Avoid smudges: Use smudge-proof ink for your addressing.
 -- Position addresses properly: Put the recipient's address in the lower right portion of the package. Put the return address in the upper left hand corner of only one side of the package. Remove all other labels from the box. It's also a good idea to put a slip with the address and return address inside the parcel.
 -- Use ZIP Codes: Be sure to include the accurate ZIP Code in both the recipient's and your return address. Remember, wrong ZIP Codes can delay the mail. Also, if possible, use ZIP+4, your ZIP Code with the four digit add-on. Check with your local post office for ZIP+4 codes.
 -- Time it right: Mail early in the month and early in the day.
 -- Use the right service: Irreplaceable items, such as cash and other valuables, should be sent by registered mail.
 If you run out of time: Priority Mail offers First-Class handling for packages weighing over 12 ounces and up to 70 pounds. Priority Mail can be sent from any post office, station or branch or through rural carriers to any address in the United States. Priority Mail reaches its destination in two to three days anywhere in the country.
 Priority Mail is available with insurance, return receipt, C.O.D., certificates of mailing and special delivery. Customers interested in Priority Mail should contact their post office for details.
 And if you want that special gift to arrive on Christmas Day, send it by Express Mail, the Postal Service's premium overnight service. For as little as $9.95, you can mail Express Mail by 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and it will arrive on Christmas Day.
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 /CONTACT: Diane D. Todd of the U.S. Postal Service, 212-330-3288/ CO: U.S. Postal Service ST: New York IN: SU: SH-CK -- NY057 -- 9711 12/05/91 13:24 EST
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