USPS Announced the Holiday Shipping Deadlines for 2020, So Add These To Your Calendar

published Oct 16, 2020
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Just like everything else this year, the holiday season is going to look a lot different thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Chances are, rather than visiting family and friends, many of us will opt to ship gifts and well wishes to cut down potential viral spread, and the United States Postal Service is preparing for perhaps one of the busiest shipping seasons ever. USPS just released its holiday shipping deadlines to inform and ensure our packages will make it to our loved ones on time.

USPS notes that their busiest time pre-holidays always starts two weeks before Christmas. So, if you want to beat the crowds, ship your goods before December 7 if you can. And if you plan to use USPS’s online shipping services through USPS.com, try to do so before December 14, which is the Postal Service’s predicted busiest day of the year.

To make sure your gifts make it to their destinations by Christmas Day, December 25, USPS recommends you ship to domestic addresses and/or Air/Army Post Office (APO)/Fleet Post Office (FPO)/Diplomatic Post Office (DPO) addresses by the following dates, depending on the shipping service you intend to use:

  • Nov. 6—APO/FPO/DPO (all ZIP Codes) USPS Retail Ground service
  • Dec. 9   — 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 services
  • Dec. 15 — USPS Retail Ground service
  • Dec. 18 — APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express service
  • Dec. 18 — First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)
  • Dec. 18 — First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
  • Dec. 19 — Priority Mail service
  • Dec. 23 — Priority Mail Express* service

Remember that though these deadlines are important to keep in mind, delivery by a specific date is not always guaranteed. So it’s better to ship earlier than later, especially during the holiday season.