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Holiday shipping deadlines released

The Postal Service is encouraging customers to follow the recommended guidelines for shipping holiday packages.

USPS is offering suggested mail-by dates for the holiday mailing and shipping season.

Customers who want their domestic holiday mail and packages to arrive by Dec. 25 should follow these recommended deadlines:

• Dec. 14: USPS Retail Ground
Dec. 14: First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
Dec. 18: Alaska to mainland First-Class Mail
Dec. 19: Alaska to mainland Priority Mail
Dec. 19: Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
Dec. 20: First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
 Dec. 21: Priority Mail
Dec. 21: Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express
Dec. 21: Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express
Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express

The Postal Service is also reminding customers they can use to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and request free next-day Package Pickup from a mail carrier.

Additionally, customers can use Informed Delivery to see their incoming mail and packages and reschedule package deliveries to ensure they can be home to receive them.

The Oct. 10 news release has more information. USPS also offered suggested international and military mailing deadlines this week.


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