Postal Service announces shipping deadlines for holiday season

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Hundreds of millions of packages will be crisscrossing the country over the next two months as people prepare for the holidays. That’s a lot of shipping and a lot of packages.

To make sure your gifts get to their destination on time, FedEx, UPS, and the US Postal Service released their deadlines. All agencies ask that you send your packages as early as possible to best guarantee their delivery. Even though rush shipping is available in most instances, it will cost you.

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

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

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.