WASHINGTON — As the “Official Shipper of the Holidays,” the United States Postal Service today released the suggested mail-by dates to ensure packages, cards, and letters reach their intended destination before the 2011 celebrations begin.
Dates are provided as a guide for dropping holiday wishes into the mail. Customers who use the United States Postal Service as their “Official Shipper of the Holidays” can trust the Postal Service will provide reliable, trusted and secure delivery at home or abroad.
Postmarking for domestic mail — mailed from and delivered within the U.S. — and international mail destined for overseas should occur by:
|Domestic Mail Product||Mail-by Date|
|First-Class Mail||Dec. 20|
|Priority Mail||Dec. 21|
|Express Mail||Dec. 22|
|Parcel Post||Dec. 15|
|DNDC Drop Ship||Dec. 19|
|DDU Drop Ship||Dec. 22|
|International Mail Addressed To||Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG)1***||Express Mail® Inter-national (EMS)2||Priority Mail® Inter-national (PMI)3||First-Class Mail®|
|Central & South America||Dec-20||Dec-10||Dec-2||Dec-2|
“We suggest holiday shippers both in and outside the country use one of our Priority Mail products to send gifts and good wishes,” said Gary Reblin, vice president Domestic Products. “The Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes come in a variety of sizes and are always free. Remember — ‘if it fits it ships’ for a low flat rate.”