Announcing 2021 holiday shipping deadlines for USPS!
The 2021 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 Saturday, 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|
|First Class Mail||17-Dec|
|Priority Mail Express*||23-Dec|
|USPS Retail Ground||15-Dec|
|DNDC Drop Ship - Marketing Mail||19-Dec|
|DSCF Drop Ship - Marketing Mail||21-Dec|
|DDU Drop Ship - Marketing Mail||22-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 |
Service (PMEMS) *1
|First-Class Mail® |
Letters and Cards
|AE ZIPs 090-092||16-Dec||9-Dec||9-Dec|
|AE ZIP 093||N/A||9-Dec||9-Dec|
|AE ZIPs 094-098||16-Dec||9-Dec||9-Dec|
|AA ZIP 340||16-Dec||9-Dec||9-Dec|
|AP ZIPs 962-966||16-Dec||9-Dec||9-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 |
|Parcel Airlift Mail (PAL) *2||Space Available Mail (SAM) *3||USPS Retail GroundTM|
|AE ZIPs 090-092||Services no longer available||Services no longer available||6-Nov|
|AE ZIP 093||Services no longer available||Services no longer available||6-Nov|
|AE ZIPs 094-098||Services no longer available||Services no longer available||6-Nov|
|AA ZIP 340||Services no longer available||Services no longer available||6-Nov|
|AP ZIPs 962-966||Services no longer available||Services no longer available||6-Nov|
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 Addressed To||Global Express |
International Service® (FCPIS)
|Austriala/New Zealand||20-Dec||13-Dec||Service Not Available||Service Not Available|
|Central & South America||20-Dec||6-Dec||29-Nov||29-Nov|
|***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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