Holiday happenings

2022 holiday shipping deadlines

By Mark Inglett

The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25.

Who’s ready for the holidays? The United States Postal Service is. We’re ready to help you with all your holiday mailing needs. Here are the recommended mailing deadlines to help you get a head start on a worry-free holiday season.



Domestic Services

Domestic Mail Class/Product Mail by Date
USPS Retail Ground® Dec 17
First-Class Mail® (including greeting cards) Dec 17
First-Class Packages (up to 15.99 ounces) Dec 17
Priority Mail® Dec 19
Priority Mail Express®* Dec 23
Alaska to/from Continental U.S. Retail Ground Service Dec 02
Alaska to/from Continental U.S. Priority Mail Dec 17
Alaska to/from Continental U.S. First-Class Mail Dec 17
Alaska to/from Continental U.S. Priority Mail Express Dec 21
Hawaii to/from Mainland Priority Mail & First-Class Mail Dec 17
Hawaii to/from Mainland Priority Mail Express Dec 21

*Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before December 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office™ acceptance date and time and other conditions. Some restrictions apply. For Priority Mail Express® shipments mailed December 22 through December 25, the money-back guarantee applies only if the shipment was not delivered, or delivery was not attempted, within two (2) business days.



Military Mail

Military Mail Addressed To and From USPS Retail Ground® First-Class™ Mail Letters and Cards Priority Mail® Priority Mail Express Military® Service (PMEMS)1
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092 Nov 05 Dec 09 Dec 09 Dec 16
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093 Nov 05 Dec 09 Dec 09 N/A
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-099 Nov 05 Dec 09 Dec 09 Dec 16
APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIP 340 Nov 05 Dec 09 Dec 09 Dec 16
APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962-966 Nov 05 Dec 09 Dec 09 Dec 16

1 PMEMS: is available to selected military /diplomatic post offices. Check with your local Post Office™ to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO/DPO address.



International Services

International Mail Addressed To First-Class Package International Service® (FCPIS) Priority Mail International® (PMI)* Priority Mail Express International® (PMEI)* Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG)***
Africa Nov 29 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 20
Asia/Pacific Rim Dec 06 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 20
Australia/New Zealand Dec 06 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 20
Canada Dec 06 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 22
Caribbean Dec 06 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 21
Central & South America Nov 29 Nov 29 Dec 06 Dec 20
Europe Dec 06 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 21
Mexico Dec 06 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 22
Middle East Dec 06 Dec 06 Dec 13 Dec 20

*Not a guarantee, unless otherwise noted. Dates are for estimated delivery before December 25. Actual delivery dates may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office™ acceptance date and time and other conditions, including customs delays.

***GXG Notes: 1) Cutoff date does not take into account time needed for customs clearance. 2) Should allocate extra transit day(s) for delivery outside major cities.

You can always go to www.usps.com for additional information to help with holiday mailing needs, to order fun holiday stamps and free boxes, and more.

Happy Holidays from the United States Postal Service!

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