Holiday Mailing Deadlines

Holiday Mailing Deadlines

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Holiday mailing deadlines are coming up. Here's what you need to know to get your cards, letters and packages to colleagues, customers, loved ones and friends on time, and in one piece.

"Mail early, mail early, mail early," said David Van Allen, regional spokesman for USPS Corporate Communications. "The earlier in the day and in the month - we'll get it there regardless, but the earlier the better."

Mail-by Dates —

Domestic Services

·         Dec. 15 – USPS Retail Ground
Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.

·         Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail
Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.

·         Dec. 21 – Priority Mail
Domestic service in 1, 2 or 3 business days based on where the package is mailed and where it’s being sent, variety of flat-rate options.

·         Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express
Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Please note, Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed between Dec. 22 and Dec. 25.

International Services

Customers mailing internationally during the holidays are advised to review the chart below for specific deadlines based on the locations they are mailing to and the service they are using. When mailing and shipping internationally, customers must also follow necessary customs guidelines.

Mail-by Dates (Military)

The Postal Service is committed to ensuring those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays. 

Get a jump on the busy holiday season with this helpful guide from Direct Marketing Solutions to ensure you send your mail on time, and you save money. 

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