Postal Service Announces 2016 Holiday Mailing And Shipping Deadlines

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WASHINGTON (KFSM) — The U.S. Postal Service announced the 2016 holiday mailing and shipping deadlines on Wednesday (Oct. 12). The deadlines are for domestic and international destinations.

The Postal Service encourages customers to ship early.

To ensure the delivery of packages withing the United States by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that customers ship their items by the following dates:

  • 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 three business days or less.
  • Dec. 21 — Priority Mail — Domestic service in one, two or three business days based on where the package is mailed and where the package is being sent.
  • Dec. 23 — Priority Mail Express — Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed between Dec. 22 and Dec. 25.

Customers mailing internationally are advised to review the chart below for specific deadlines regarding their shipping. Customers must also follow necessary customs guidelines when mailing internationally. To view those guidelines, click here. 

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