2019 HOLIDAY SHIPPING DEADLINES

The holidays are very busy for the carriers so shipping earlier helps them. If you happen to be shipping to a hero overseas it also helps them enjoy their festive items a bit longer. Military base shipping generally takes between a 7 and 45 days for packages to arrive.

DEADLINES FOR EXPECTED CARRIER DELIVERY BY DECEMBER 25TH

MILITARY BASE SHIPMENTS: APO/FPO/DPO Through USPS:

APO/FPO/DPO Priority Mail Express Priority Mail/First Class* Retail Ground/Parcel Select
AE Zip Codes 090-092 Wed., December 18 Wed., December 11 Wed., November 6
AE Zip Codes 093 NA Mon., December 9 Wed., November 6
AE Zip Codes 094-098 Wed., December 18 Wed, December 11 Wed., November 6
AA Zip Codes 340 Wed., December 18 Wed, December 11 Wed., November 6
AP Zip Codes 962-966 Wed., December 18 Wed, December 11 Wed., November 6

*To be safe, we’d recommend using the same deadline as First Class Mail for letters and cards. Actual delivery dates may vary depending on origin and destination per the post office disclaimer.

U.S SHIPMENTS: Through USPS:

Retail Ground/Parcel Select: Saturday, December 14

Priority Mail and First Class Mail: Friday, December 20

Priority Mail Express: Monday, December 23

2 Additional days are required for shipments for Alaska and Hawaii

- Alaska to mainland: First Class Mail by Dec. 18, Priority Mail by Dec. 19, and Priority Mail Express by Dec. 21

-Hawaii to mainland: Priority and First Class Mail by Dec. 19 and Priority Mail Express by Dec. 21

Here’s a link to the USPS holiday page for additional details: https://about.usps.com/holidaynews/

For Military deadlines use this link: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/national-releases/2019/1008-military-holiday-shipping-deadlines.htm

FEDEX DEADLINES:

Ground®: Monday, December 16th

2Day®: Friday, December 20th

Overnight®: Monday, December 23rd

SURCHARGES: FedEx also has surcharges and peak shipping surcharges that range from Delivery area surcharges to special handling that add extra fees to shipments:

https://www.fedex.com/en-us/shipping/current-rates/surcharges-and-fees.html#fedex-express-ground

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