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Postal News: U.S. Postal Service announces holiday shipping deadlines for 2015

December 2, 2015
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

The U.S. Postal Service recently announced the 2015 holiday mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic, international and military services as customers begin to prepare for the busy shopping and shipping season.

Customers are encouraged to ship early, whenever possible.

To ensure timely delivery of cards, letters and packages within the United States by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that customers ship their items by the following dates:

Mail-by dates (domestic services)

- Dec. 15: Standard Post - ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages

- Dec. 19: First Class Mail - service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in three business days or less

- Dec. 21: Priority Mail - domestic service in one, two or three business days based on where your package starts and where it is 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

Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed Dec. 22-25.

Complete details on mailing and shipping services can be found at:

Mail-by dates (international services)

Customers mailing internationally during the holidays should review the 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 at: for information.

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.

Shipping supplies available online and at local post offices include:

- Priority Mail boxes: Complimentary with Priority Mail shipping service

- Priority Mail non-padded envelopes: Complimentary with Priority Mail shipping service

- ReadyPost boxes: Beginning at $4.29

- ReadyPost bubble mailers: Beginning at $1.79

- ReadyPost clear packing tape: $3.29.

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.

Phil Wiebold is a spokesman for U.S. Postal Service.



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