U.S. Postal Service 2016 Holiday Mailing and Shipping Deadlines

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.

Happy Holidays!

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  1. How brilliant of you to post these deadlines on your blog! I always think I have LOADS of time left. It should be posted on the refrigerator!

  2. Thank you! I mostly order stuff online, but I have a few things that will need to be sent out. and I would hate for someone to get a gift late.

  3. This is so helpful for me because I’m always rushing too. I’m printing this out and putting it on my fridge. Thanks soo much for sharing!

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