In a recent press release, the US Postal Service said “No matter when you buy your holiday gifts, you can relax knowing the U.S. Postal Service will get your packages to their destination this holiday season.”
Customers should know however, that mailing gifts and cards after certain days in December may not ensure timely delivery.
“Customers planning to mail cards and packages are encouraged to visit a local Post Office no later than the below dates for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses,” the press release says.
The deadline dates are as follows:
• Dec. 4 – 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. 20 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
• Dec. 20 – Priority Mail
• Dec. 20 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
• Dec. 22 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express
• Dec. 22 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express
• Dec. 22 – Priority Mail Express
USPS says they expect to deliver more than 900 million packages and nearly 15 billion pieces of mail, for a total of nearly 16 billion “cheerful” deliveries this holiday season.