2016 Holiday Shipping Dates
The dates shown are from the United States Post Office. You should verify with your local Post Office for services available, date changes, and to acquire the appropriate United States Customs forms, FREE Express and Priority shipping supplies.
If you’re mailing or shipping holiday cards and gifts, for Hanukah, Kwanza, Christmas, or other holiday traditions, find the deadline for getting cards and packages sent on time by reviewing the 2016 Holiday Shipping Dates below.
|2016 Holiday Shipping Cut Off Dates - Calculated for December 25, 2016.|
|DOMESTIC MAIL CLASS/PRODUCT||DATE|
|First-Class Mail® Service||Dec. 20|
|Priority Mail® Service||Dec. 21|
|Priority Mail Express® Service||Dec. 23|
|USPS Retail Ground™||Dec. 15|
|Destination Network Distribution Center (DNDC) Drop Ship||Dec. 19|
|Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Drop Ship||Dec. 22|
|Holiday Dates for International Mail
Calculated for December 25, 2016.
|DESTINATION||GLOBAL EXPRESS GUARANTEED® SERVICE||PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL® SERVICE||PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL® SERVICE||FIRST-CLASS INTERNATIONAL® SERVICE|
|Africa||Dec. 20||Dec. 8||Dec. 1||Dec. 1|
|Asia / Pacific Rim||Dec. 20||Dec. 15||Dec. 8||Dec. 8|
|Australia / New Zealand||Dec. 20||Dec. 15||Dec. 8||Dec. 8|
|Canada||Dec. 22||Dec. 17||Dec. 10||Dec. 8|
|Caribbean||Dec. 20||Dec. 15||Dec. 8||Dec. 8|
|Central & South America||Dec. 21||Dec. 10||Dec. 1||Dec. 1|
|Mexico||Dec. 21||Dec. 15||Dec. 8||Dec. 8|
|Europe||Dec. 21||Dec. 15||Dec. 10||Dec. 8|
|Middle East||Dec. 19||Dec. 15||Dec. 10||Dec. 8|
Cutoff date does not take into account time needed for customs clearance.
Should allocate extra transit day(s) for delivery outside major cities.
Holiday Dates for Military Mail
|ADDRESSED TO||PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS® MILITARY SERVICE(PMEMS)||FIRST-CLASS MAIL® SERVICE||PRIORITY MAIL® SERVICE||PARCEL AIRLIFT MAIL (PAL)||SPACE AVAILABLE MAIL (SAM)||USPS RETAIL GROUND™ SERVICE|
|APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs™ 090-092||Dec. 16||Dec. 9||Dec. 9||Dec. 2||Nov 25||Nov 7|
|APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093||N/A||Dec. 2||Dec. 2||Dec.||Nov. 25||Nov 7|
|APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-098||Dec. 16||Dec. 9||Dec. 9||Dec. 2||Nov 25||Nov 7|
|APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIP 340||Dec. 16||Dec. 9||Dec. 9||Dec. 2||Nov 25||Nov 7|
|APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962-966||Dec. 16||Dec. 9||Dec. 9||Dec. 2||Nov 25||Nov 7|
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.
PAL is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. It is available for USPS Retail Ground, Package Services, and Parcel Select® items not exceeding 30 lbs in weight or 60" in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface price for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.
SAM parcels are paid at USPS Retail Ground prices with maximum weight and size limits of 15 lbs and 60" in length and girth combined. SAM parcels are first transported domestically by surface and then to overseas destinations by air on a space-available basis.