The USPS has announced the holiday mailing deadlines for the 2016 holiday season that is just around the corner. These deadlines start from December 15 and last until December 23. Guidelines for international packages and packages for military members serving in other nations have also been mentioned.
Details of the USPS Deadlines
The USPS suggests that people who wish the delivery of their mail by December 24th should stick to some deadlines. The announcement was made by the Madison Post Office and it lists all types of mailing, be it domestic, military or international mailing. The U.S. Postal Service has suggested that the customers should ship the items as per the dates mentioned here.
People looking to send oversized packages and less-than-urgent deliveries via the ground service should send their packages by December 15, 2016. People looking to send small packages weighing less than 13 ounces, single-piece envelopes and standard-sized mails with delivery in less than 3 business days should send the packages by December 20.
Americans who wish to avail the domestic service that needs to ensure delivery in 1, 2 or 3 business days should send them over by December 21 by using the Priority Mail option. A person who needs to send gifts until the last minute should use the Priority Mail Express which ensures that there is guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most of the locations. There are some restrictions that apply here. The deadline for Priority Mail Express is December 23.
Americans who need to send packages internationally during this holiday season must always note the deadlines as they are based on the locations where the mails are being sent. They should also remember to check the necessary customs guidelines and follow those to the letter.
The U.S. Postal Service would also be open to sending numerous care packages, cards and presents to the service members who are overseas. For people who are sending a package to a military member serving abroad, the postal service is offering a discounted price of $16.75 on the largest Priority Mail Flat Rate Box.
USPS also provides a discount of $2 per box for mails that are sent to worldwide destinations of Fleet Post Office, Air/Army Post Office and Diplomatic Post Office. If a person wants timely delivery of these packages, the person should ensure that the packages are sent to FPO, DPO and APO addresses overseas by the mailing dates that are listed on their websites.