USPS | 2014 Holiday Shipping Dates
September 15, 2014
Pricing — keeping you informed about the prices and mailing standards of the United States Postal Service
With the holiday season approaching, we are reminding friends and families to mail early to ensure delivery of their holiday cards and packages, especially to APO/FPO/DPO destination addresses, by December 25. Deadlines for mailing to specific APO/FPO/DPO ZIP Codes vary according to the specific classes of mail being sent to them. They are listed below.
We also remind mailers that all mail addressed to overseas military/diplomatic Post Offices is subject to certain conditions or restrictions regarding content, preparation and handling.
Those restrictions are listed by individual APO/FPO/DPO ZIP Code in each Postal Bulletin. To access this listing on the Internet, go to pe.usps.com, click Postal Bulletins in the blue navigation bar, and then select the Pull-Out Information section.
|Domestic Mail Class/Product||Cut Off Date|
|First-Class Mail®||Dec. 20|
|Priority Mail®||Dec. 20|
|Priority Mail Express®*||Dec. 23|
|Standard Post™||Dec. 15|
|DNDC Drop Ship||Dec. 19|
|DDU Drop Ship||Dec. 22|
|Priority Mail Express Military™ APO/FPO/DPO**|
* Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed Dec. 22-25
** See additional information below
|Mail Addressed To||Priority Mail Express Military Service (PMEMS)1||First-Class Mail Letters and Cards||Priority Mail||Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) 2||Space Available Mail (SAM) 3||Standard Post|
|APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092||Dec. 17||Dec. 10||Dec. 10||Dec. 3||Nov. 26||Nov. 8|
|APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP 093||N/A||Dec. 3||Dec. 3||Dec. 3||Nov. 26||Nov. 8|
|APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-098||Dec. 17||Dec. 10||Dec. 10||Dec. 3||Nov. 26||Nov. 8|
|APO/FPO/DPO AA ZIP 340||Dec. 17||Dec. 10||Dec. 10||Dec. 3||Nov. 26||Nov. 8|
|APO/FPO/DPO AP ZIPs 962-966||Dec. 17||Dec. 10||Dec. 10||Dec. 3||Nov. 26||Nov. 8|
1 PMEMS: is available to selected military and diplomatic Post Offices. Check with your local Post Office to determine if this service is available to an APO/FPO/DPO address.
2 PAL: is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. It is available for Standard Post items not exceeding 30 pounds in weight and 60 inches in length and girth combined. The applicable PAL fee must be paid in addition to the regular surface price of postage for each addressed piece sent by PAL service.
3 SAM: parcels are paid at Standard Post prices with maximum weight and size limits of 15 pounds and 60 inches 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.
|International Mail Addressed To||Global Express Guaranteed®
|Priority Mail Express International™
|Priority Mail International®
|First-Class Package International Service™
|Africa||Dec. 18||Dec. 10||Dec. 2||Dec. 2|
|Asia/Pacific Rim||Dec. 17||Dec. 14||Dec. 9||Dec. 9|
|Australia/New Zealand||Dec. 17||Dec. 14||Dec. 9||Dec. 9|
|Canada||Dec. 19||Dec. 16||Dec. 12||Dec. 9|
|Caribbean||Dec. 18||Dec. 14||Dec. 12||Dec. 9|
|Central & South America||Dec. 18||Dec. 12||Dec. 2||Dec. 2|
|Mexico||Dec. 19||Dec. 14||Dec. 9||Dec. 9|
|Europe||Dec. 18||Dec. 14||Dec. 12||Dec. 9|
|Middle East||Dec. 17||Dec. 14||Dec. 12||Dec. 9|
***GXG Notes 1) Cutoff date does not take into account time needed for customs clearance 2) Should allocate extra transit day(s) for delivery outside major cities.
|2014 Holiday Season Import Dates (Provides mailing guidelines for foreign postal partners in order to achieve December 25 delivery in the U.S.)|
|Dec. 9||Dec. 6||Dec. 15||Dec. 13||Dec. 18|
|December 6 Last day to send parcel post packages via surface transportation|
|December 9 Last day to send letters, flats, and small packages via surface transportation|
|December 13 Last day to send priority packages via air transportation|
|December 15 Last day to send letters, flats, and small packages via air transportation|
|December 18 Last day to send Express Mail Service items (any shape)|
|UPU Mail class by code|
|LC = Letters, aerogrammes (USPS no longer offers outbound aerogrammes), cards and letter packages|
|AO = Newspapers, magazines, matter for the blind, printed matter, small packages|
|CP = Packages – parcel post (surface), priority (air)|
The Domestic Mail Manual (DMM®) and DMM Advisories are available on Postal Explorer® (pe.usps.com)