COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Even though some Halloween decorations are still in place, the U.S. Postal Service says it's not too early to begin thinking about Christmas shipping deadlines.
With Christmas just two months away, postal executives are urging consumers to plan ahead to be ready and save money when it is time to send cards and packages to loved ones.
“The key to holiday shipping is being prepared and starting early,” USPS Consumer Advocate John Budzynski said. “This is our season and we are ready to deliver. The Postal Service's knowledgeable employees are here to help customers ensure their holiday packages are packed, tracked and delivered with ease.”
To ensure that holiday mail and packages are delivered in time for Christmas, the Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:
- Dec. 2 – First-Class Mail International
- Dec. 2 – Priority Mail International
- Dec. 10 – Priority Mail Express International
- Dec. 15 – Standard Post
- Dec. 17 – Global Express Guaranteed
- Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail
- Dec. 20 – Priority Mail
- Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express
The dates listed above are the earliest deadlines for international and military mail, postal officials say.
The Postal Service service estimates 15.5 billion cards, letters and packages this holiday season.