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2020 USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

By Rob Zaleski
Sep 22, 2020
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Announcing 2020 holiday shipping deadlines for USPS!

The 2020 USPS holiday shipping deadlines have been announced, and it’s time to mark your calendars…or simply bookmark this page and check the dates below! Help your customers ensure their holiday purchases arrive on time for the big holiday by using these charts to set your shipping service levels.

In the following charts, you’ll find the last shipping date for primary services from USPS to ensure packages arrive before Friday, December 25. Use these dates to set shipping deadlines on your website and decide if and when to offer free shipping.

USPS Domestic Holiday Shipping Deadlines

Below are the USPS holiday shipping deadlines for the most popular domestic products from USPS.

USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines
USPS ProductDeadline
First Class Mail18-Dec
Priority Mail19-Dec
Priority Mail Express*23-Dec
USPS Retail Ground15-Dec
DNDC Drop Ship - Marketing Mail19-Dec
DSCF Drop Ship - Marketing Mail21-Dec
DDU Drop Ship - Marketing Mail22-Dec
*Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed December 22-25

USPS Military Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The below charts break down various military and diplomatic locations and the cutoff times to arrive by December 25.

Priority Mail Express Military APO/FPO/DPO
Military Mail
Addressed To/From

Priority Mail
Express MilitaryTM
Service (PMEMS)
First-Class Mail®
Letters and Cards
Priority Mail®
AE ZIPs 090-09218-Dec11-Dec11-Dec
AE ZIP 093N/A9-Dec9-Dec
AE ZIPs 094-09818-Dec11-Dec11-Dec
AA ZIP 34018-Dec11-Dec11-Dec
AP ZIPs 962-96618-Dec11-Dec11-Dec
*1 PMEMS: 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.

Priority Mail Express Military APO/FPO/DPO (cont.)
Military Mail
Addressed To/From

Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) *2Space Available Mail (SAM) *3USPS Retail GroundTM
AE ZIPs 090-0924-Dec27-Nov6-Nov
AE ZIP 0934-Dec27-Nov6-Nov
AE ZIPs 094-0984-Dec27-Nov6-Nov
AA ZIP 3404-Dec27-Nov6-Nov
AP ZIPs 962-9664-Dec27-Nov6-Nov
*2 PAL: is a service that provides air transportation for parcels on a space-available basis. It 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.
*3 SAM: parcels are paid at USPS Retail Ground 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.

USPS International Holiday Shipping Deadlines

If your customers are sending presents overseas, use the below dates to set expectations. Also, be aware that some locations are still currently blocked by USPS due to COVID-19 restrictions. We track those locations and update this page weekly to help you be aware of international locations USPS is not delivering to.

International Mail
International Mail Addressed ToGlobal Express
Guaranteed® (GXG)
Priority Mail
Priority Mail
First-Class Package
International Service® (FCPIS)
Asia/Pacific RimPending14-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Austriala/New ZealandPending14-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
Central & South AmericaPending7-Dec30-Nov30-Nov
Middle EastPending14-Dec7-Dec7-Dec
***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.

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Rob Zaleski

Content Marketing Manager at ShippingEasy
I'm a digital content and social media nerd with a passion for telling stories, helping connect people, and finding joy in the details.