It’s only October, but the USPS wants to be sure you’re making appropriate plans for your holiday mailings, and so it has released the key deadlines you need to meet to mail successfully.
The Postal Service expects its busy season to begin the week of December 10th, with the highest volumes expected December 17 through 23. In the week leading up to Christmas, the Postal Service anticipates it will handle nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail.
2018 Holiday Deadlines
Give your holiday mail every chance of success. Follow these USPS-recommended mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to domestic addresses as well as Air/Army Post Offices (APO), Fleet Post Offices (FPO), and Diplomatic Post Offices (DPO):
Nov. 6 – APO/FPO/DPO (all ZIP Codes) USPS Retail Ground®
Dec. 4 – APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail® and First-Class Mail®
Dec. 11 – APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
Dec. 14 – USPS Retail Ground
Dec. 18 – APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express®
Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
Dec. 20 – First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
Dec. 20 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
Dec. 20 – Priority Mail
Dec. 20 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
Dec. 22 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express
Dec. 22 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express
Dec. 22 – Priority Mail Express
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