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  • 2016 USPS Holiday Deadlines

    2016 USPS Holiday Deadlines

    The U.S. Postal Service today announced the 2016 holiday mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic and international destinations as customers begin to prepare for the busy shopping and shipping season. Customers are encouraged to ship early.

    To ensure timely delivery of cards, letters and packages within the United States by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that customers ship their items by the following dates:

    Mail-by Dates — Domestic Services

    • Dec. 15 – USPS Retail Ground
      Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.
    • Dec. 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.
    • Dec. 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.
    • Dec. 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.

    Complete details on Mailing and Shipping services can be found on usps.com.

    Mail-by Dates — International Services

    Customers mailing internationally during the holidays are advised to review the chart below for specific deadlines based on the locations they are mailing to and the service they are using. When mailing and shipping internationally, customers must also follow necessary customs guidelines. Visit the International Shipping page on usps.com for more information.

    International Mail Addressed To

    Global Express Guaranteed (GXG)***

    Priority Mail Express International (PMEI)

    Priority Mail International (PMI)

    First-Class Package International Service (FCPIS)

    Africa

    Dec 20

    Dec 08

    Dec 01

    Dec 01

    Asia/Pacific Rim

    Dec 20

    Dec 15

    Dec 08

    Dec 08

    Australia/New Zealand

    Dec 20

    Dec 15

    Dec 08

    Dec 08

    Canada

    Dec 22

    Dec 17

    Dec 10

    Dec 08

    Caribbean

    Dec 22

    Dec 15

    Dec 10

    Dec 08

    Central & South America

    Dec 21

    Dec 10

    Dec 01

    Dec 01

    Mexico

    Dec 21

    Dec 15

    Dec 08

    Dec 08

    Europe

    Dec 21

    Dec 15

    Dec 10

    Dec 08

    Middle East

    Dec 19

    Dec 15

    Dec 10

    Dec 08

    ***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.

    Mail-by Dates (Military)

    The Postal Service is committed to ensuring those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays. Complete military mailing deadlines to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office and Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide, as well as tips and guidelines, can be found at: http://about.usps.com/news/national-releases/2016/pr16_080.htm.

    Now is the time of year when Black Friday sales soar and we hope everyone can get their items in time for the big Christmas Day!

  • USPS: Battle of the bulge - Cracking Down on Flat Rate Envelopes

    It's that time of year again. Q4 is upon us and shipping is at an all time high. Many sellers use Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes to save on their shipping expenses.

    The United States Postal Service is cracking down on bulging Priority Mail Flat Rate Envelopes. Any F Re's that are bulging or have altered the envelope itself are being charged at the regular Priority Mail rate.

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    To avoid having your customer receive your item with Postage Due, make sure you are only placing a single piece of tape on the seams of the envelope. Anything extremely taped or bulging will be considered altered and will be charged at the regular Priority Mail rate.

    Happy shipping this holiday season!

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