USPS releases 2015 holiday shipping deadlines

Posted at 12:50 PM, Oct 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-10-13 12:50:41-04

The United States Postal Service has announced the 2015 holiday mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic, international and military services.

To ensure timely delivery of cards, letters and packages within the United States by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that customers ship their items by the following dates:

Mail-by Dates (Domestic Services)

  • Dec. 15 – Standard Post

Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.

  • Dec. 19 – 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 starts and where it’s being sent. Includes variety of Flat Rate options.

  • Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express

Fastest domestic service, with guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Please note, Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed Dec. 22 through Dec. 25..

Complete details on Mailing and Shipping services can be found on

Mail-by Dates (International Services)

Customers mailing internationally during the holidays are advised to review the chart below for specific deadlines based on the locations they are mailing to and the service they are using. When mailing and shipping internationally, customers must also follow necessary customs guidelines. Please visit the International Shipping page on for more information.

Mail-by Dates (Military)

The Postal Service is committed to ensuring those serving in the nation’s armed forces and diplomatic service receive their presents, care packages and cards in time for the holidays. Complete military mailing deadlines to APO/FPO/DPO (Air/Army Post Office, Fleet Post Office and Diplomatic Post Office) destinations worldwide, as well as tips and guidelines can be found here.

Shipping Supplies

As an added convenience, the Postal Service offers a wide variety of shipping supplies in multiple sizes at local Post Offices and online at Some supplies, such as Priority Mail products, can also be delivered to the sender free of charge.

Shipping supplies available online and at local Post Offices include:

  • Priority Mail boxes: complimentary with Priority Mail shipping service.
  • Priority Mail non-padded envelopes: complimentary with Priority Mail shipping service.
  • ReadyPost boxes: beginning at $4.29.
  • ReadyPost bubble mailers: beginning at $1.79.
  • ReadyPost clear packing tape: $3.29.

Customers may also ship using their own materials. As a reminder, all packages weighing more than 13 ounces and bearing only stamps as postage cannot be deposited in collection boxes or given to letter carriers. These packages must be presented to a Postal Service employee at a retail window counter.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.