Ship early whenever possible: USPS announces holiday mailing and shipping deadlines

MILWAUKEE -- The U.S. Postal Service have announced the 2016 holiday mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic and international destinations as customers begin to prepare for the busy shopping and shipping season. Customers are encouraged to ship early.

According to a press release, to ensure timely delivery of cards, letters and packages within the United States by December 25th, the Postal Service recommends that customers ship their items by the following dates:

Mail-by Dates — Domestic Services

    Complete details on Mailing and Shipping services can be found on

    Mail-by Dates — International Services
    Customers mailing internationally during the holidays are advised to review the chart below for specific deadlines based on the locations they are mailing to and the service they are using. When mailing and shipping internationally, customers must also follow necessary customs guidelines. Visit the International Shipping page on for more information.

    International Mail Addressed To Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)*** Priority Mail Express International (PMEI) Priority Mail International (PMI) First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)
    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

    ***Notes: 1) Cutoff date does not take into account time needed for customs clearance. 2) Should allocate extra transit day(s) for delivery outside major cities.

    Mail-by Dates (Military)

    The Postal Service is committed to ensuring those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays. Complete military mailing deadlines to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office and Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide, as well as tips and guidelines, can be found at:

    Shipping Supplies

    As an added convenience, the Postal Service offers a wide variety of shipping supplies in multiple sizes at local Post Offices and online at Some supplies, such as Priority Mail products, can also be delivered to the sender free of charge by going to

    Customers may also ship using their own materials. As a reminder, all packages weighing more than 13 ounces and bearing only stamps as postage cannot be deposited in collection boxes or given to letter carriers. These packages must be presented to a Postal Service employee at a retail window counter.

    The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.