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USPS 2016 Holiday Mailing Deadlines & Dates

Even though it feels like fall outside, the holiday season is around the corner. That means it’s time to start thinking about your 2016 holiday mail! This year, the Postal Service is expecting a double-digit increase in packages shipped during the holiday season. So, planning ahead is important! Here are 3 reminders to help your 2016 holiday mail arrive on-time.

 

1. 2016 Holiday Mail Deadlines & Dates

First, pay attention to mailing deadlines if you want your items to arrive by December 25th. Depending on what, where, and how you are shipping, dates will vary.

 

Domestic

To make sure your packages, holiday cards, and letters are received by December 25th, the U.S. Postal Service recommends the following deadlines for mailing your items. Use these dates as absolute deadlines, but remember that mailing earlier is a good idea!

 

Mail Class
Mail By Date
Standard/Standard Nonprofit December 15
First Class December 20
Priority Mail December 21
Priority Express December 23

 


International

Use the following dates to determine when to send packages and letters overseas. However, there could be delays depending on where and what you are sending, so be sure to plan ahead. For more specific details, visit:

http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2016/pr16_081.htm

 

International Mail Addressed To
Global Express Guaranteed
Priority Mail Express International 
Priority Mail International 
First-Class Package International Service 
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

 

Military

To send packages to individuals serving in the military abroad, the Postal Service offers a $2/ box discount for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO. To be sure that your package arrives by December 25, mail packages no later than the dates listed below.

For more specific information on mailing to Military personnel, you can visit:

http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2016/pr16_080.htm

 

Military Mail Addressed  
To and From
Priority Mail Express Military Service 
First-Class Mail
Letters 
and 
Cards
Priority Mail
Parcel Airlift Mail 
Space Available
Mail 
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

 

2. USPS Hours of Operation

Next, you’ll want to know when the post office is actually open! To save yourself from rushing to the post office and finding the doors locked, remember to check their holiday hours of operation. Here are the USPS 2016 holiday season hours:

 

Saturday, 12/24/16: Post Offices will be open, but check for local hours. Some offices will close early.

Sunday, 12/25/16: Post Offices closed. Only Priority Mail Express will be delivered.

Monday, 12/26/16: Post Offices closed. Only Priority Mail Express will be delivered.

Saturday, 12/31/16: Post Offices open regular hours.

Sunday, 1/1/17: Post Offices closed. Only Priority Mail Express will be delivered.

Monday, 1/2/17: Post Offices closed. Only Priority Mail Express will be delivered.

 

For updates, visit: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2016/pr16_088.htm

 

3. Mail Early!

 

Finally, the busiest mailing day of the year is expected to be December 19th. High mail volumes can affect delivery, so make sure you plan ahead. That’s why our best advice is to mail early!

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