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Postal News: U.S. Postal Service lists holiday mailing, shipping deadlines

November 9, 2016
By PHIL WIEBOLD , Lehigh Acres Citizen

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

Customers are encouraged to ship early.

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:

Domestic services

- 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 three business days or less

- Dec. 21: Priority Mail -?Domestic service in one, two or three business days based on where the package is mailed 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 between Dec. 22 and Dec. 25.

Complete details on Mailing and Shipping services can be found at: usps.com.

International services

Customers mailing internationally during the holidays are advised to review the following chart for specific deadlines based on the locations they are mailing to and the service they are using:

Africa

- Dec. 20: Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)***

- Dec. 8: Priority Mail Express International (PMEI)

- Dec. 1: Priority Mail International (PMI)

- Dec. 1: First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)

Asia/Pacific Rim

- Dec. 20: Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)***

- Dec. 15: Priority Mail Express International (PMEI)

- Dec. 8: Priority Mail International (PMI)

- Dec. 8: First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)

Australia/New Zealand

- Dec. 20: Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)***

- Dec. 15: Priority Mail Express International (PMEI)

- Dec. 8: Priority Mail International (PMI)

- Dec. 8: First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)

Canada

- Dec. 22: Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)***

- Dec. 17: Priority Mail Express International (PMEI)

- Dec. 10: Priority Mail International (PMI)

- Dec. 8: First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)

Caribbean

- Dec. 22: Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)***

- Dec. 15: Priority Mail Express International (PMEI)

- Dec. 10: Priority Mail International (PMI)

- Dec. 8: First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)

Central and South America

- Dec. 21: Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)***

- Dec. 10: Priority Mail Express International (PMEI)

- Dec. 1: Priority Mail International (PMI)

- Dec. 1: First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)

Mexico

- Dec. 21: Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)***

- Dec. 15: Priority Mail Express International (PMEI)

- Dec. 8: Priority Mail International (PMI)

- Dec. 8: First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)

Europe

- Dec. 21: Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)***

- Dec. 15: Priority Mail Express International (PMEI)

- Dec. 10: Priority Mail International (PMI)

- Dec. 8: First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)

Middle East

- Dec. 19: Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)***

- Dec. 15: Priority Mail Express International (PMEI)

- Dec. 10: Priority Mail International (PMI)

- Dec. 8: First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)

When mailing and shipping internationally, customers must also follow necessary customs guidelines.

Visit International Shipping at: usps.com for information.

***GXG: Cutoff date does not take into account time needed for customs clearance, and allocate extra transit day or days for delivery outside major cities.

Military

The Postal Service is committed to ensuring those serving in the nation's armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays.

Complete military mailing deadlines to APO/FPO/DPO destinations worldwide, as well as tips and guidelines, can be found at: about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2016/pr16_080.htm.

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: usps.com.

Some supplies, such as Priority Mail products, can also be delivered to the sender free of charge by going to: usps.com/freeboxes.

Customers may also ship using their own materials.

Packages weighing over 13 ounces and bearing only stamps as postage cannot be deposited in collection boxes or given to letter carriers. They must be presented at the retail window counter.

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

 
 

 

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