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Halloween is just around the corner, Thanksgiving is not far behind and then the biggest shopping season will be upon us and to help you get those packages out the door, the United States Postal Service has released its mailing deadlines.

USPS officials recommend the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Christmas Day to domestic addresses and Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office addresses:

  • Nov. 6 — APO/FPO/DPO (all ZIP Codes) USPS Retail Ground service
  • Dec. 9 — APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 11 — APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail services
  • Dec. 15 — USPS Retail Ground service
  • Dec. 18 — APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express service
  • Dec. 18 — First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)
  • Dec. 18 — First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
  • Dec. 19 — Priority Mail service
  • Dec. 23 — Priority Mail Express* service

Things are going to be a little different this year and USPS really wants us to avoid going to the post office. You don’t have to ask me twice. Instead, they are wanting people to use their online tools. They expect to have a busy day with online shipping on December 14th. USPS officials estimate that more than 500,000 last minute shoppers will be trying to get their boxes mailed. Hopefully the site doesn’t crash…

The Postal Service has offered these tips for a successful holiday mailing and shipping season:

  • Use free Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes. They are available at local Post Offices or online at
  • Make it easy with Click-N-Ship. You can create shipping labels and pay for postage online at
  • Schedule a free Package Pickup when the carrier delivers your mail. It’s free regardless of the number of packages. Or, pickups can be scheduled at
  • Mail and packages that weigh more than 10 ounces and/or are more than a half-inch thick using stamps as postage cannot be dropped into a collection box or left for a carrier to pick up. Instead, take them to a window clerk at a Post Office.


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