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Postal Service releases 2015 holiday shipping deadlines


From Illinois Business Journal news services

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Postal Service is announcing the 2015 holiday mailing and shipping deadlines for domestic, international and military services as customers begin to prepare for the busy shopping and shipping season. Customers are encouraged to ship early, whenever possible.

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 three business days or less.

Dec. 21 – Priority Mail
Domestic service in one, two or three business days based on where the package starts and where it’s being sent. Includes variety of Flat Rate options.

Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express
Fastest domestic service, with guaranteed overnight scheduled delivery to most locations. Some restrictions and exceptions apply. Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed Dec. 22 through Dec. 25.

Complete details on mailing services can be found on

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