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PERSONNEL and families
planning to provide loved
ones on operations with
a little piece of home at
Christmas need to aware of the cut-
off dates for different operational
Posting all mail items by these
cut off dates will ensure that parcels
have the chance of arriving before
The Defence liaison office with
Australia Post has "strongly urged"
that parcels for the Middle East
and Sudan are posted no later than
For those sending parcels to per-
sonnel deployed to East Timor and
Solomon Islands it is recommend that
parcels are posted by December 10.
Defence Liaison Officer LEUT
Ian Murphy said it was recommended
that people sending parcels contact
Australia Post's retail outlets.
"There would be nothing worse
than missing the cut-off date," LEUT
"If your parcel gets to its destina-
tion before Christmas -- the suspense
of waiting until Christmas to open the
present will be just like Christmas Day
Defence subsidises parcels up to
2kg for those deployed on operations.
However, parcels that weigh more than
this are charged at the full price.
When posting the parcel there will
be a requirement to complete a cus-
toms declaration for the contents.
Additionally, there is a requirement
to present photographic identification
when the parcel is lodged.
LEUT Murphy said parcels should
also have a return address in case it is
returned for any reason.
He said some countries had differ-
ent customs and traditions and what
was acceptable in Australia may not be
appropriate in the host country.
"Items such as women's magazines
and pork products are not appropriate
in some countries," he said.
"Additionally, items that normally
attract extra duties and taxes will nor-
mally be confiscated and destroyed.
"For this reason we strongly rec-
ommend that you don't post items
such as perfume, cigarettes and alco-
He said to make sure items in the
parcel were appropriately sealed when
"It only takes one leaking bottle of
Send your pressie ti e!
shampoo to destroy an entire bag of
other people's mail and presents."
To ensure packages get to their
destinations, follow these addressing
PMKeyS number, rank and initials
Ship or unit
Australian Defence Forces, NSW,
The Defence Postal Service (DPS)
is available only to Defence personnel
Some other government agencies
have arrangements to access the DPS --
but this is on a case by case basis.
Humanitarian assistance should be
sent through the normal Australia Post
A special "Good Will" post office
has been set up to cope with members
of the general public wishing to send
parcels to Australian sailors, soldiers
The details can be found on the
Defence website at www.defence.gov.
An alternative to sending packag-
es to deployed colleagues is through
the Australian Forces Overseas Fund
through the Returned Services League
in your state.
Australia Post can be contacted on
13 13 18 and further information is avail-
able at www.auspost.com.au
MERRY CHRISTMAS! AB Leanne May and PO Kristy Hoffman help sort the nearly 300kg of mail received by HMAS Stuart on Christmas Day in
the MEAO last year.
Photo: LEUT Stuart Cayzer
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