Holiday Shipping Deadlines

If you’re shipping holiday cards and gifts, for Hanukah, Kwanza, Christmas, or other holiday traditions, find the recommended deadlines in the following tables.

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2017 Holiday Shipping Dates for Contiguous US

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery by December 251

DOMESTIC MAIL CLASS/PRODUCT DATE (excluding Alaska & Hawaii)
First-Class Mail® Service Dec. 19
Priority Mail® Service Dec. 20
Priority Mail Express® Service2 Dec. 22
USPS Retail Ground™ Dec. 14

2017 Holiday Shipping Dates for Alaska & Hawaii

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery by December 251

DESTINATION FIRST-CLASS MAIL® SERVICE PRIORITY MAIL® SERVICE PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS® SERVICE2
Alaska Dec. 20 Dec. 20 Dec. 21
Hawaii Dec. 15 Dec. 15 Dec. 20

2017 Holiday Shipping Dates for International Mail

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery by December 251

DESTINATION GLOBAL EXPRESS GUARANTEED® SERVICE3 PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS INTERNATIONAL® SERVICE PRIORITY MAIL INTERNATIONAL® SERVICE FIRST-CLASS INTERNATIONAL® SERVICE
Africa Dec. 19 Dec. 7 Nov. 30 Nov. 30
Asia / Pacific Rim Dec. 19 Dec. 14 Dec. 7 Dec. 7
Australia / New Zealand Dec. 19 Dec. 14 Dec. 7 Dec. 7
Canada Dec. 21 Dec. 16 Dec. 9 Dec. 7
Caribbean Dec. 21 Dec. 14 Dec. 9 Dec. 7
Central & South America Dec. 20 Dec. 9 Nov. 30 Nov. 30
Mexico Dec. 20 Dec. 14 Dec. 7 Dec. 7
Europe Dec. 20 Dec. 14 Dec. 9 Dec. 7
Middle East Dec. 18 Dec. 14 Dec. 9 Dec. 7
 

2017 Holiday Shipping Dates for Military Mail

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery by December 251

ADDRESSED TO PRIORITY MAIL EXPRESS® MILITARY SERVICE (PMEMS)4 FIRST-CLASS MAIL® SERVICE PRIORITY MAIL® SERVICE PARCEL AIRLIFT MAIL (PAL)5 SPACE AVAILABLE MAIL (SAM)6 USPS RETAIL GROUND™ SERVICE
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs™ 090-092 Dec. 16 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 4 Nov. 27 Nov. 6
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093 N/A Dec. 4 Dec. 4 Dec. 4 Nov. 27 Nov. 6
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-098 Dec. 16 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 4 Nov. 27 Nov. 6
APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIP 340 Dec. 16 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 4 Nov. 27 Nov. 6
APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962-966 Dec. 16 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 4 Nov. 27 Nov. 6