Here are the Critical USPS Holiday Postal Deadlines for 2016

Trying to get something to a customer before the big day? Here are the important 2016 USPS holiday mailing deadlines you need to know.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has announced the 2016 holiday mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic and international destinations.

The Post Office says it’s encouraging customers to ship early.

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2016 USPS Holiday Mailing Deadlines

Here are the important deadline dates for domestic destinations:

  • December 15: USPS Retail Ground – Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.
  • December 20: First-class mail – Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.
  • December 21: Priority Mail – Domestic service in 1, 2 or 3 business days based on where the package is mailed and where it’s being sent, variety of flat-rate options.
  • December 23: Priority Mail express – Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Please note, Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed between Dec. 22 and Dec. 25.

USPS is also offering a wide range of shipping supplies in different sizes at local Post Offices as well as online at The company says it can deliver some supplies, such as Priority Mail products, to the sender free of charge.

You may also ship using your own materials. Do remember that all packages weighing more than 13 ounces and bearing only stamps as postage cannot be deposited in collection boxes or given to letter carriers. You need to present these packages to a Postal Service employee at a retail window counter.

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Shubhomita Bose Shubhomita Bose is a Staff Writer for Small Business Trends. She covers key studies and surveys about the small business market, along with general small business news. She draws on 8 years of experience in copywriting, marketing and communications, having worked extensively on creating content for small and medium sized enterprises.

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