2017 USPS™ Holiday Shipping Deadlines for All Classes of Mail

If you're shipping for Christmas there are a series of important dates and deadlines you need to know about for every class of mail and shipping internationally. We've got them all laid out below for your reference!

Get your gifts and merchandise sent before the window to arrive before Christmas closes!

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Some Tips:

  • USPS Retail Ground ™ deadline is already passed. This means that basic USPS ground won't arrive on time.
  • Lower-48 US deadlines are different than Alaska and Hawaii
  • Military mail is also different than the rest, and different from international too.
  • Actual delivery dates may vary, so make sure you check the delivery date they give you before you assume it will arrive on time!

Lower-48 2017 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Mail Class Date Provided by Stamps.com®? Tips
First-Class Mail® Tuesday December 19th This is your standard small letter-sized envelopes and packages
Priority Mail® Wednesday December 20th This is the best for shipping with postage online
Priority Mail® Express Friday December 22nd Also known as Express Mail, this is the most guaranteed option but also the priciest

Lower-48 2017 Holiday Shipping Deadlines - Alaska & Hawaii

Mail Class Alaska Date Hawaii Date Provided by Stamps.com®?
First-Class Mail® Tuesday December 20th December 15th
Priority Mail® Wednesday December 20th December 15th
Priority Mail® Express Friday December 21st December 20th

International Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Mail Class Africa Asia / Pacific Rim Australia & New Zealand Canada Carribean Central/South America Mexico Europe Middle East
Global Express Guaranteed® Dec. 19 Dec. 19 Dec. 19 Dec. 21 Dec. 21 Dec. 20 Dec. 20 Dec. 20 Dec. 18
Priority Mail Express International® Dec. 7 Dec. 14 Dec. 14 Dec. 16 Dec. 14 Dec. 9 Dec. 14 Dec. 14 Dec. 14
Priority Mail® International Nov. 30 Dec. 7 Dec. 7 Dec. 9 Dec. 9 Nov. 30 Dec. 7 Dec. 9 Dec. 9
First Class® International Nov. 30 Dec. 7 Dec. 7 Dec. 7 Dec. 7 Dec. 30 Dec. 7 Dec. 7 Dec. 7

Military Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Mail Class APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092 APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093 APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-098 APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIP 340 APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962-966
Priority Mail Express Military Service® Dec. 16 Not Available Dec. 16 Dec. 16 Dec. 16
First Class Mail® Dec. 11 Dec. 4 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 11
Priority Mail® Dec. 11 Dec. 4 Dec. 11 Dec. 11 Dec. 11
Parcel Airlift Mail Dec. 4 Dec. 4 Dec. 4 Dec. 4 Dec. 4
Space Available Mail Nov. 27 Nov. 27 Nov. 27 Nov. 27 Nov. 27
USPS Retail Ground® Nov. 6 Nov. 6 Nov. 6 Nov. 6 Nov. 6

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