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Meeting Holiday Deadlines.

Holiday season is upon us! As we ready for time with family and celebrations it is also a time to reach out to your customers and thank them for their loyalty over the year.

One of the most important parts of holiday marketing is to make sure your piece arrives on time! Hopefully you have been thinking about and planning your holiday mailing for some time now, and L+L is here to help you with all the mailing details.

To ensure timely delivery of cards, letters and packages within the United States by Dec. 25, the Postal Service recommends that customers ship their items by the following dates:

Mail-by Dates (Domestic Services)

  • Dec. 15 – Standard Post
    Ground service for less-than-urgent deliveries and oversized packages.
  • Dec. 19 – First Class Mail
    Service for standard-sized, single-piece envelopes and small packages weighing up to 13 ounces with delivery in 3 business days or less.
  • Dec. 21 – Priority Mail-
    Domestic service in 1, 2, or 3 business days based on where your package starts and where it’s being sent, variety of Flat Rate options.
  • Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express
    Fastest domestic service, guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Please note, Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed Dec. 22 through Dec. 25.

Mail-by Dates (International Services)
Customers mailing internationally during the holidays are advised to review the chart below for specific deadlines based on the locations

International Mail Addressed To

Global Express Guaranteed® (GXG)***

Priority Mail Express International™ (PMEI)

Priority Mail International® (PMI)

First-Class Package International Service™ (FCPIS)

Africa Dec-21 Dec-8 Dec-1 Dec-1
Asia/Pacific Rim Dec-19 Dec-15 Dec-8 Dec-8
Australia/New Zealand Dec-19 Dec-15 Dec-8 Dec-8
Canada Dec-22 Dec-17 Dec-11 Dec-8
Caribbean Dec-21 Dec-15 Dec-11 Dec-8
Central & South America Dec-21 Dec-11 Dec-1 Dec-1
Mexico Dec-22 Dec-15 Dec-8 Dec-8
Europe Dec-21 Dec-15 Dec-11 Dec-8
Middle East Dec-19 Dec-15 Dec-11 Dec-8


Remember to give plenty of time for the actual print job of your marketing piece as well. If you know you have a project coming up for the holiday season your sales reps are more than happy to get the ball rolling now and work with you through the process.