2012 USPS Holiday Shipping Deadlines

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Time to consider what you’ll be setting for your holiday shipping cut-off dates.

Hanukkah starts Saturday, December 8, 2012, so you’ll need a pretty early cut off for those celebrating–unless their aiming for later in the week.

Christmas is on a Tuesday this year–might make it a bit tricky since that puts Christmas Eve on Monday… We’ll want all our Christmas-celebrating customers to get their packages by Saturday–just in case.

Domestic Mail
USPS suggests these as the last mail-by dates for Christmas deliveries for 2012:
Parcel Post: December 14
First Class Mail: December 20
Priority Mail: December 21
Express Mail: December 22

International Mail
USPS suggests these as the last mail-by dates for Christmas deliveries for 2012,
deadlines by mail service & country
Don’t forget–these timelines can change if your goods get stopped by customs.
The UK has been cracking down lately stopping more packages than normal. Germany requires all packages to include invoices attached to the outside of the package (see here for more). It probably wouldn’t hurt to do that for other countries too.
First Class International Mail:
December 3

Africa
Central & South America

December 10

All other countries

Priority Mail International:
December 3

Africa
Central & South America

December 10

Asia / Pacific Rim
Australia / New Zealand
Mexico

December 13

Canada
Caribbean
Europe
Middle East

Express Mail International:

December 11

Africa
Central & South America

December 15

Asia / Pacific Rim
Australia / New Zealand
Caribbean
Europe
Mexico
Middle East

December 17

Canada

Global Express Guaranteed Service:
December 18

Asia / Pacific Rim
Australia / New Zealand

December 19

Africa
Caribbean
Central & South America
Europe
Middle East

December 20

Canada
Mexico