USPS holiday shipping and mailing deadlines announced
WASHINGTON, DC — To assist customers with their preparations for the upcoming busy holiday shopping and shipping season, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is providing 2023 holiday shipping and mailing deadlines. The information below covers domestic, international, and military shipping destinations to allow for the timely delivery of cards, letters, and packages by Dec. 25.
No holiday surcharges
The USPS announced it will not have a peak, or demand, surcharge this holiday season, offering increased predictability in pricing for customers. The USPS offers simple, upfront pricing year-round with no additional fees for residential area delivery, for Saturday delivery, no fuel surcharges, and no volume minimums, maintaining they are the most affordable way to mail and ship this holiday season.
2023 USPS holiday shipping and mailing deadlines
- Within the Lower 48 (excludes Hawaii):
USPS Ground Advantage — Dec. 16
First-Class Mail (including greeting cards) — Dec. 16
Priority Mail — Dec. 18
Priority Mail Express — Dec. 20
Same as above EXCEPT Priority Mail — Dec. 16
- Air/Army Post Office (APO), Fleet Post Office (FPO), Diplomatic Post Office (DPO):
USPS Ground Advantage — Nov. 6
First-Class Mail — Dec. 9
Priority Mail — Dec. 9
Priority Mail Express Military Service — Dec. 15 (Not available for APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 093)
- International Mail:
Shipping deadlines for international mail vary depending on the destination. Check out International Mail and Shipping Services for details. The USPS is a secure shipping option that meets international mail shipping needs to over 180 countries.
USPS is ready for the peak shipping season
A new shipping option this year is USPS Ground Advantage, a service that provides a simple, reliable, and affordable way to ship packages with day certain delivery of 2-5 business days based on distance.
In addition to convenient retail locations, customers can purchase their shipping labels, order Priority Mail packaging, and schedule free carrier pick up via the USPS shipping platform Click-N-Ship. Customers using the platform will have access to Commercial Shipping Rates that will apply to all domestic package labels — making it easier for customers to ship their packages.
The USPS serves 165 million addresses across the country and covering every state, city, and town. Everyone living in the United States and its territories has access to postal products and services.
Review details on how to ship packages to military and diplomatic addresses at domestic prices, even if the mail will go overseas. Notably, the USPS is the only delivery service that ships to APO, FPO, and DPO addresses.
More tools and tips to help customers prepare for the busy holiday season can be found in the USPS Holiday Newsroom at: about.usps.com/holidaynews/.
Stamps and other shipping products are available at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 844.737.7826, by mail, or at USPS offices nationwide.