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Don't Wait Too Long to Mail Those Holiday Packages and Cards

Helpful USPS deadlines to keep in mind, to make sure everything arrives on time this season.

Helpful holiday shipping deadlines for USPS this year. (Patch File Photo)
Helpful holiday shipping deadlines for USPS this year. (Patch File Photo)
The holiday season is the busiest time of year for the good 'old post office.

If you—like most of us—have some packages or cards that need to go in the mail this year, here are some helpful USPS deadlines to keep in mind, to make sure they arrive on time for the holidays.

Dec. 2   Priority Mail International
Dec. 10 APO/FPO Military Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
Dec. 10  Priority Mail Express International
Dec. 14  Standard Post
Dec. 16 Global Express Guaranteed
Dec. 17 Priority Mail Express Military Service
Dec. 20  First-Class Mail
Dec. 21 Priority Mail
Dec. 23 Priority Mail Express

Note: The deadline for sending something via regular post to an APO/FPO military address has passed—so you'll want to send your package or letter via priority or first-class mail before Dec. 10 to ensure it gets there in time for Christmas.

How busy will the post office be this year?
 The USPS expects to process 545 million pieces of mail every day throughout this holiday season. That's a whopping 15 billion pieces of mail expected to be delivered between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.

The busiest mailing day this season is projected to be Monday, Dec. 16, when more than 600 million pieces of mail are expected to be processed. The same day, 6 million customers are expected to visit the roughly 31,000 post offices nationwide.  

For post office locations in Pleasanton, visit the locator page on the USPS website.

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