2021 USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

By Rob Zaleski
Oct 15, 2021
2021 usps holiday shipping deadlines

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
USPS ProductDeadline
First Class Mail17-Dec
Priority Mail18-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 090-09216-Dec9-Dec9-Dec
AE ZIP 093N/A9-Dec9-Dec
AE ZIPs 094-09816-Dec9-Dec9-Dec
AA ZIP 34016-Dec9-Dec9-Dec
AP ZIPs 962-96616-Dec9-Dec9-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 090-092Services no longer available Services no longer available 6-Nov
AE ZIP 093Services no longer available Services no longer available 6-Nov
AE ZIPs 094-098Services no longer available Services no longer available 6-Nov
AA ZIP 340Services no longer available Services no longer available 6-Nov
AP ZIPs 962-966Services 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
International Mail Addressed ToGlobal Express
Guaranteed® (GXG)
Priority Mail
Priority Mail
First-Class Package
International Service® (FCPIS)
Asia/Pacific Rim20-Dec13-Dec6-Dec6-Dec
Austriala/New Zealand20-Dec13-DecService Not Available Service Not Available
Central & South America20-Dec6-Dec29-Nov29-Nov
Middle East20-Dec13-Dec6-Dec6-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.

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