USPS announces deadlines for holiday shipping season

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We’re not even to Halloween yet, but it’s already time to start thinking about shipping gifts for Christmas.

The U.S. Postal Service announced its 2016 holiday mailing deadlines for the busy holiday shopping and shipping season.

Want those gifts and Christmas cards to reach their destination by Dec. 25? The USPS says you should follow these guidelines when shipping within the U.S.:

December 15 – USPS Retail Ground
Ground service for less-than urgent deliveries and oversized package

December 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

December 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

International shipping deadlines:

International Mail Addressed To Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)*** Priority Mail Express International (PMEI) Priority Mail International (PMI) First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)
Africa Dec 20 Dec 08 Dec 01 Dec 01
Asia/Pacific Rim Dec 20 Dec 15 Dec 08 Dec 08
Australia/New Zealand Dec 20 Dec 15 Dec 08 Dec 08
Canada Dec 22 Dec 17 Dec 10 Dec 08
Caribbean Dec 22 Dec 15 Dec 10 Dec 08
Central & South America Dec 21 Dec 10 Dec 01 Dec 01
Mexico Dec 21 Dec 15 Dec 08 Dec 08
Europe Dec 21 Dec 15 Dec 10 Dec 08
Middle East Dec 19 Dec 15 Dec 10 Dec 08

***GXG Notes: 1) Cutoff date does not take into account time needed for customs clearance. 2) Should allocate extra transit day(s) for delivery outside major cities

Military shipping deadlines:

Military Mail Addressed 
To and From

Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS)1

First-Class Mail
Letters
and
Cards

Priority Mail

Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)2

Space Available
Mail (SAM)3

USPS Retail Ground

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092

Dec 16

Dec 09

Dec 09

Dec 02

Nov 25

Nov 07

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP   093

N/A

Dec 02

Dec 02

Dec 02

Nov 25

Nov 07

APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-098

Dec 16

Dec 09

Dec 09

Dec 02

Nov 25

Nov 07

APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIP   340

Dec 16

Dec 09

Dec 09

Dec 02

Nov 25

Nov 07

APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962-966

Dec 16

Dec 09

Dec 09

Dec 02

Nov 25

Nov 07

 

For more information, visit usps.com.