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Holiday Mailing Deadlines

Mailing Within Contiguous US

Make sure your mail and packages arrive in time for the holidays by mailing before these recommended deadlines, excluding Alaska and Hawaii.

Send-by dates for expected delivery before Dec. 25th (Actual delivery date may vary and is based on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance time, and other conditions).

  • December 14 — USPS Ground®
  • December 19 — First-Class Mail® Priority Mail®

Mailing Outside Contiguous US

Suggested Shipping Dates

DESTINATION FIRST-CLASS INTERNATIONAL® SERVICE / PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL® SERVICE
Africa Nov. 30
Asia / Pacific Rim Dec. 7
Australia / New Zealand Dec. 7
Canada Dec. 7
Caribbean Dec. 7
Central & South America Nov. 30
Mexico Dec. 7
Europe Dec. 7