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USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines Cutoff Dates for December 25th, 2020

Source: USPS / www.usps.com / November 24th, 2020

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Cutoff Dates for December 25

If you're shipping holiday cards and gifts for Hanukkah (Dec. 10–18), Christmas (Dec. 25), Kwanzaa (Dec. 26–Jan. 1) or other holiday traditions, find the USPS® recommended domestic, international, and military deadlines in these tables.

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2020 Holiday Shipping Dates for Contiguous U.S. (Lower 48 States)

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery before December 251

Domestic Mail Class/Product Date (excluding Alaska & Hawaii)
USPS Retail Ground® Service Dec. 15
First-Class Mail® Service Dec. 18
Priority Mail® Service Dec. 19
Priority Mail Express® Service2 Dec. 23

2020 Holiday Shipping Dates for Alaska & Hawaii

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery before December 251

Destination First-Class Mail® Service Priority Mail® Service Priority Mail Express® Service
Alaska Dec. 18
Dec. 19
Dec. 21
Hawaii Dec. 15
Dec. 15
Dec. 21

1Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance date and time and other conditions, including customs delays.
2For 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 with 2 business days. See DMM® Section 604.9.2.

2020 Holiday Shipping Dates for International Mail

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery before December 251

Destination First-Class Package International Service® Priority Mail International® Service Priority Mail Express International® Service Global Express Guaranteed® Service3
Africa Nov. 30
Nov. 30
Dec. 7
Dec. 19
Asia/Pacific Rim Dec. 7
Dec. 7
Dec. 14
Dec. 19
Australia/New Zealand Dec. 7
Dec. 7
Dec. 14
Dec. 17
Canada Dec. 7
Dec. 7
Dec. 14
Dec. 22
Caribbean Dec. 7
Dec. 7
Dec. 14
Dec. 22
Central & South America Nov. 30
Nov. 30
Dec. 7
Dec. 17
Europe Dec. 7
Dec. 7
Dec. 14
Dec. 17
Mexico Dec. 7
Dec. 7
Dec. 14
Dec. 22
Middle East Dec. 7
Dec. 7
Dec. 14
Dec. 19

3GXG® Notes: 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, including customs delays. Some restrictions apply.

2020 Holiday Shipping Dates for Military Mail

Recommended send-by dates for expected delivery before December 251

Addressed to USPS Retail Ground® Service Space Available Mail (SAM)4 Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL)5 First-Class Mail® Service Priority Mail® Service Priority Mail Express Military® Service (PMEMS)6
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092 Nov. 6
Nov. 27
Dec. 4
Dec. 11
Dec. 11
Dec. 18
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 093 Nov. 6
Nov. 27
Dec. 4
Dec. 9
Dec. 9
N/A
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-098 Nov. 6
Nov. 27
Dec. 4
Dec. 11
Dec. 11
Dec. 18
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 340 Nov. 6
Nov. 27
Dec. 4
Dec. 11
Dec. 11
Dec. 18
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 962-966 Nov. 6
Nov. 27
Dec. 4
Dec. 11
Dec. 11
Dec. 18

4SAM 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.
5PAL is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. PAL is available for USPS Retail Ground® items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight or 60 inches 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.
6PMEMS 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.


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