The U.S. Postal Service announced the 2019 USPS holiday shipping deadlines for domestic and international destinations. With this in mind, you need to prepare for the busy shopping and shipping season. USPS wants to make sure that businesses send all holiday packages and orders in time for their customers to receive and enjoy. Therefore, in order to ensure timely delivery of your cards, letters or packages, please note the shipping deadline dates for the following different types of mail.
To ensure timely delivery of cards, letters, and packages within the United States by Christmas, December 25th, the Postal Service recommends that customers ship their items by the following dates:
Domestic Deadlines — Domestic
- Saturday, December 14 – USPS Retail Ground
Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.
- Friday, December 20 – 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.
- Saturday, December 21 – Priority Mail
Domestic service in 1, 2 or 3 business days based on where the package is mailed and where it’s being sent.
- Monday, December 23 – Priority Mail Express
Fastest domestic service, 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 between Dec. 22 and Dec. 25.
Complete military mailing deadlines to APO/FPO/DPO destinations worldwide can be found here.
Busiest Mailing and Delivery Days
In 2018, beginning the week of December 10, customer traffic was expected to increase to deliver nearly 200 million packages per week. Last year, the week of Dec. 17-23 was the busiest mailing, shipping, and delivery week. During this week, USPS saw nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail. USPS will be delivering packages up through Tuesday, December 24, 2019. The USPS holiday shipping deadlines will approach faster than normal, get your shipments our early.
What does Refund Retriever do?
Since 2006, Refund Retriever has been auditing FedEx and UPS invoices for large and small shippers alike to identify and submit refunds on these late deliveries. Holiday money-back guarantees and shipping deadlines are confusing nevertheless, reach out to us if you need any help. Contact Refund Retriever to see a direct recovery on your late shipments. Even when the carriers do not allow refunds, our client interface will still provide a full suite of reports and analytics to help make your shipping process more efficient.