Postal service

The United States Postal Service encourages mailers to ship early to guarantee mail and package delivery by Christmas.

The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is ready to deliver more than 28 million packages per day between December 16-21, and will average 20.5 million packages per day through the remainder of the year.

With a projected 800 million package deliveries between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, the Postal Service delivers more packages to homes than any other shipper.

The Postal Service expanded Sunday delivery beginning November 24 to locations with high package volumes. USPS already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities, and anticipates delivering more than 8 million packages on Sundays in December. Mail carriers will also deliver packages for an additional fee on Christmas Day in select locations.

2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by December 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses:

December 9 — APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

December 11 — APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

December 14 — USPS Retail Ground

December 18 — APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express

December 20 — First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)

December 20 — First-Class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)

December 21 — Priority Mail

December 23 — Priority Mail Express*

Alaska

December 18 — Alaska to mainland First-Class Mail

December 19 — Alaska to mainland Priority Mail

December 21 — Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express

Hawaii

December 19 — Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail

December 21 — Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express

Delivering for the Military and Overseas

The Postal Service also processes mail for overseas Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of State (DoS) recipients. The DoD measures mail volumes in pounds not pieces, and USPS expects to process more than 15 million pounds of mail for DoD and DoS recipients between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

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