The holiday season is here and anyone who is planning on mailing or shipping cards and gifts is urged to send them out early.
If you are shipping directly through a retailer, you will likely be provided an estimated shipping date.
If you are sending items through the United States Postal Service or the major shipping services, check the schedules now for when you should send your packages out to get them where they need to go on time.
“We always recommend to shop and ship early,” Amy Gibbs, United States Postal Service spokesperson, said earlier this month.
Here are some of the shipping deadlines you need to know.
US Postal Service
- Dec. 15: USPS retail ground service
- Dec. 17: First-class mail service (including holiday greeting cards)
- Dec. 17: First-class packages
- Dec. 18: Priority Mail
- Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express
- Note: The dates differ for Alaska and Hawaii
For more, including international and military mail deadlines, see the full list here.
- Dec. 21: 3-Day Select
- Dec. 22: 2nd Day Air services
- Dec. 23: Next-day Air services
- Note: These are for U.S. domestic shipments.
- For ground shipping, UPS says to check the website for a quote
For the full chart of UPS options, including international shipping, click here.
- Dec. 9: Ground & Freight economy
- Dec. 15: Ground & Home delivery
- Dec. 21: Express Saver
- Dec. 22: 2-Day & 2-Day-AM,
- Dec. 23: Overnight services
- Dec. 24: Same-day services
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