2016 USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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Yes! I know it is only October 13, and the holidays may not be ‘in-your-radar’. Yet you may want to update your calendar with the just released U.S. Postal Services 2016 domestic and international holiday mailing and shipping deadlines.

‘Why?’, you may ask. This year the projected number of mail pieces will be around 15 Billion! Yes… that’s 15 billion with a very big ‘B’.

And while we are admonished every year to ship early, you have to admit it is sage advice to get the holiday shopping and shipping chores done quickly. Now is not too soon to start and complete this annual task.

So to meet the goal of having your cards, letters, and parcels delivered before December 25th, you should ship by the following dates:

Dec. 15 USPS Retail Ground Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.
Dec. 20 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.
Dec. 21 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.
Dec. 23 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.

For more details take a moment to visit the U.S. Postal Service website and Mailing and Shipping Services.