On October 12, 2016, the U.S. Postal Service announced the 2016 Holiday Mailing and Shipping Deadlines for domestic and international destinations so that customers can begin to prepare for the busy shopping and shipping season. Naturally, we want to make sure you have this information and encourage you to ship early – just in case!!!
To ensure delivery of cards, letters and packages within the United States by December 25, the USPS recommends that you use the following dates as your guideline:
Mail By Dates for Domestic Services
- 12/15/2016 – USPS Retail Ground
Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.
- 12/20/2016 – 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.
- 12/21/2016 – 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.
- 12/23/2016 – Priority Mail Express
Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Please note, Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed between Dec. 22 and Dec. 25.
If you need additional information, you can find the complete details at usps.com under Mailing and Shipping services.