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USPS announces holiday mailing deadlines


The 2016 holiday mailing season is upon us.

To ensure your mail and gifts are delivered by December 24th, the Madison Post Office has announced their deadlines for domestic, international, and military mailing.

The U.S. Postal Service recommends customers ship their items by the following dates:

  • 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 adjust for shipments mailed between Dec. 22 and Dec. 25.

Complete details on mailing and shipping services can be found here.

Customers mailing internationally during the holidays should note deadlines based on the locations they are mailing to and the service they are using. If mailing and shipping internationally, customers must also follow necessary customs guidelines.

More information on shipping internationally can be found here.

The U.S. Postal Service will also send presents, care packages, and cards to service members overseas.

The send packages to loved ones serving in the military abroad, the Postal Service offers a discounted price of $16.75 on its largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box. The price includes a $2 per box discount for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide.

To ensure timely delivery, the Postal Service recommends that cards and packages be sent to military APO/FPO/DPO addresses overseas by mailing dates listed on their website.

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