USPS Holiday Schedule and Shipping Deadlines 2019

Holidays time is the busiest time for package delivery companies like USPS. People send gifts and cards to relatives and friends on this day. Due to this, USPS has to take the load of packages on his head. This load increases when two major events like Christmas Day and New Years Day occur in the same season and the same month.

There are tons of mails and packages that need to be delivered on time. USPS has set the shipping deadlines of 2019 to clear all the deliveries on time. You have to send all your gifts to your relatives and friends before USPS shipping deadlines so that they get the delivery of gifts on time. Before sending gifts to your relatives, you should know USPS shipping deadlines. Let’s start with mailing deadlines:

USPS Shipping Deadlines 2019:

USPS has a particular set of shipping deadlines for every holiday. You should send all your gifts before the closing of the deadline so that it can be delivered to the recipients on time. Hence, we need to know all about the cut-off date so that USPS could deliver packages to the recipients. Let’s start with the USPS mailing deadline within the contiguous US:

USPS Mailing Deadline within the Contiguous US:

It is important to know the USPS mailing deadline within the contiguous US because sending a package after the cut-off dates will not guarantee that it will be delivered before Christmas Day. In that case, the USPS will not refund your money for not being delivered your package before the Christmas shipping deadline. USPS has different types of services that take a different amount of time to deliver mail and package.

The table given below shows the various type of services that USPS provides to its customers with a specific time for delivering a package to the recipient on time.

Types of Mail ServiceTime requires to send the mail
USPS Retail Ground 2-8 days
First-Class Mail 1-2 days
Media Mail 2-8 days
Priority Mail 1-3 days
Priority Mail Express 1-2 days

The customers need to know the USPS deadline for Christmas delivery because it’s Christmas holiday time, and USPS has loads of packages on his head. If you don’t plan your shipment according to the USPS holiday hours in the Christmas season then, you will not be able to get package delivery on time. The table given below shows the cut-off dates of USPS in Christmas times:

Domestic Mail Class/ProductDate (excluding Alaska & Hawaii)
First-Class Mail® Service Dec. 20
Priority Mail® Service Dec. 21
Priority Mail Express® Service Dec. 23
USPS Retail Ground® Dec. 14

USPS Mailing Deadline Outside the Contiguous US:

In this paragraph, we are going to discuss the USPS deadline for Alaska and Hawaii that are outside the contiguous US. The table given below shows the cut-off dates for mail and package delivery in Christmas times:

DestinationFirst-Class Mail® ServicePriority Mail® Service Priority Mail Express® Service
AlaskaDec. 18Dec. 19Dec. 21
Hawaii Dec. 19Dec. 19Dec. 21

The Table Implies:

First Class Mail®: The cut-off date for sending a mail and package to Alaska is 18 Dec. 2019 and for Hawaii is 19 Dec. 2019. If you send a mail or package after these cut-off dates, the package will not be delivered by the USPS before Christmas Day.

Priority Mail®: If you want to send a mail or package by Priority Mail service of USPS then, you must send it by 19 Dec. 2019 for both Alaska and Hawaii.

Priority Mail Express®: You must send your mail or package by 21 Dec. 2019 for both Alaska and Hawaii.

These international shipping dates for Alaska and Hawaii are estimated. The actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, including customs delay. The money-back guarantees for Priority Mail Express shipment apply only if the shipment is not delivered by USPS workers within 2 business days.

APO/FPO/DPO Shipping Dates:

USPS also delivers a mail or package to the APO/FPO/DPO addresses and sets the cut-off time for these addresses. The following are the cut-off dates for APO/FPO/DPO addresses during the Christmas holiday times:

Addressed toPriority Mail Express Military® Service (PMEMS)First-Class Mail® ServicePriority Mail® ServiceParcel Airlift Mail (PAL)Space Available Mail (SAM)USPS Retail Ground® Service
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP™ 090-092Dec. 18 Dec. 11 Dec. 11Dec. 4Nov. 27Nov. 6
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP™ 093N/A Dec. 9 Dec. 9Dec. 4Nov. 27Nov. 6
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP™ 094-098 Dec. 18 Dec. 11 Dec. 11Dec. 4Nov. 27Nov. 6
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP™ 340 Dec. 18 Dec. 11 Dec. 11Dec. 4Nov. 27Nov. 6
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIP™ 962-966 Dec. 18 Dec. 11 Dec. 11Dec. 4Nov. 27Nov. 6

International Shipping Dates:

The mail and package delivery deadline country-wise by 25 Dec. 2019 is as follows:

DestinationGlobal Express Guaranteed® ServicePriority Mail Express International® ServicePriority Mail International® ServiceFirst-Class International® Service
AfricaDec. 19Dec. 7Nov. 30Nov. 30
Asia/Pacific RimDec. 19Dec. 14Dec. 7Dec. 7
Australia/New ZealandDec. 19Dec. 14Dec. 7Dec. 7
CanadaDec. 19Dec. 14Dec. 7Dec. 7
CaribbeanDec. 19Dec. 14Dec. 7Dec. 7
Central & South AmericaDec. 18Dec. 7Nov. 30Nov. 30
MexicoDec. 18Dec. 14Dec. 7Dec. 7
EuropeDec. 19Dec. 14Dec. 7Dec. 7
Middle EastDec. 19Dec. 14Dec. 7Dec. 7

USPS Holiday Schedule:

USPS doesn’t provide its service on federal holidays. So, you can’t expect post office holiday hours on these days because of the closing of the USPS. All the post offices remain closed on federal holidays. So, there will be no holiday hours. You can see the list of USPS holidays 2019 for that.

USPS Christmas Eve Schedule:

The Christmas Eve Schedule on 31st December is as follows:

  • The Blue Collection Box service will not be available on Christmas Eve (24 Dec).
  • Regular collection of mails till 23rd December.

USPS New Years Eve Schedule:

The New Year Eve Schedule on 31st December is as follows:

  • The Blue Collection Box service will not be available on New Year’s Eve (31st Dec).
  • No Standard delivery of mail.
  • Local post office locations will remain closed on this day.
  • The post office will resume its work of regular mail and package delivery from 2nd January.

As you can see in the above paragraphs that you must have to know Christmas mailing deadlines to send a package or mail to your recipients. If you send your package without knowing the Christmas mailing deadlines then, your package will not be delivered before 25 Dec. 2019.

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