Saturday, November 26, 2011

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

This holiday season, let the United States Postal Service® show you how easy it is to ship all of your holiday packages.  With many choices for flat-rate shipping, free package pickup, new holiday forever stamps, select Post Offices™ and USPS.com® are carrying a wide variety of products for holiday gift giving, gift wrapping and gift sending.  Please consider using Postal Service™ products and services to make your holiday shipping less stressful and hectic.
The Postal Service wants to make sure that you send all of your holiday mail in time for your family and friends to receive and enjoy for the holidays.  Therefore, in order to ensure timely delivery of your cards, letters or packages, please note the shipping deadlines for the following different types of mail:
DOMESTIC MAIL DEADLINES
Domestic Mail Class
Deadline
FIRST CLASS MAIL®
DEC. 20
PRIORITY MAIL®
DEC. 21
EXPRESS MAIL®
DEC. 22 (Check your local Post Office)
PARCEL POST®
DEC. 15
Following is a list of related holiday dates:
  • First night of Hanukkah (Chanukah ) - Dec. 20th at Sunset
  • Christmas Eve - Dec. 24th
  • Christmas Day - Dec. 25th
  • Kwanzaa - Dec. 26, 2011 - Jan. 1, 2012

MILITARY MAIL  DEADLINES
Military Mail Addressed ToExpress Mail® Military Service (EMMS)¹First-Class Mail® Letters/CardsPriority Mail®Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)²Space Available Mail (SAM)³Parcel Post®
APO / FPO / DPO AE
(Iraq and Afghanistan)
ZIP 093
N/ADec. 3Dec. 3Dec. 1Nov. 26Nov. 12
APO / FPO / DPO AE
(all others)
ZIPs 090-092, 094-098, 340, 962-966
Dec. 17Dec. 10Dec. 10Dec. 3Nov. 26Nov. 12
Notes:
¹ EMMS:  is available to selected military post offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to your APO/FPO address.
² PAL:  is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. It is available for Parcel Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface rate of postage for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.  
³ SAM:  parcels are paid at Parcel Post postage rate of postage with maximum weight and size limits of 15 pounds and 60 inches in length and girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis.  

OUTBOUND INTERNATIONAL MAIL  DEADLINES (SHIPPING TO A FOREIGN COUNTRY)
International Mail Addressed To:Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG)4Express Mail International® (EMS)5Priority Mail International™ (PMI)6First-Class Mail International™
AFRICADEC. 20DEC. 10DEC. 2DEC. 2
ASIA/PACIFIC RIMDEC. 19DEC. 15DEC. 9DEC. 9
AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALANDDEC. 19DEC. 15DEC. 9DEC. 9
CANADADEC. 21DEC. 16DEC. 12DEC. 9
CARIBBEANDEC. 20DEC. 15DEC. 12DEC. 9
CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICADEC. 20DEC. 10DEC. 2DEC. 2
MEXICODEC. 21DEC. 15DEC. 9DEC. 9
EUROPEDEC. 20DEC. 15DEC. 12DEC. 9
MIDDLE EASTDEC. 20DEC. 15DEC. 12DEC. 9

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