‘Tis the season for package delivery! Our postal workers, mail carriers and even package delivery drivers are working hard this holiday season to ensure your packages arrive safe and on time!
With that being said, you should know about the package shipping deadlines to ensure you are doing everything on your end to have your packages delivered long before the holiday season.
Here Are The 2019 USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines
According to a recent press release:
The Postal Service’s busiest time of the season peaks two weeks before Christmas, when much last-minute shopping starts. Customer traffic is expected to increase beginning Dec. 9, while the week of Dec. 16 is expected to be the busiest time for mailing, shipping and delivery. Additionally, the Postal Service predicts that nearly 2.5 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered the week of Dec. 16.
The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses*:
- 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
- Dec. 14 — USPS Retail Ground
- Dec. 18 — APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express
- Dec. 20 — First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
- Dec. 20 — First-Class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
- Dec. 21 — Priority Mail
- Dec. 23 — Priority Mail Express*
- Dec. 18 — Alaska to mainland First-Class Mail
- Dec. 19 — Alaska to mainland Priority Mail
- Dec. 21 — Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express
- Dec. 19 — Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
- Dec. 21 — Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express
So, if you’re planning on shipping out any holiday packages make sure you keep these deadlines in mind!!