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2012 Seasonal Shipping, Mailing Deadlines for Holiday Packages

The USPS offers tips on how to get your packages where you want them—on time.

Are you one of the many holiday revelers with family and friends spread all over the country and the world? If so, even before you dive into that gift list, it's important to know how early you must buy, wrap and mail holiday presents so they get to their destination before the festivities are over.

Here are mailing deadline dates from the USPS to ensure your gifts are delivered on time.

Holiday Dates for Domestic Mail

Calculated for Dec. 25, 2012.

Domestic Mail Class/Product Dates First-Class Mail Service Dec. 20 Priority Mail Service Dec. 21 Express Mail Service Dec. 22 Parcel Post Service Dec. 14 Destination Network Distribution Center (DNDC) Drop Ship Dec. 19 Destination Delivery Unit (DDU) Drop Ship Dec. 21

Holiday Dates for International Mail

Destination Global Express Guaranteed Service Express Mail Service Priority Mail Service First-Class Mail International Service Africa Dec. 19 Dec. 11 Dec. 3 Dec. 3 Asia / Pacific Rim Dec. 18 Dec. 15 Dec. 10 Dec. 10 Australia / New Zealand Dec. 18 Dec. 15 Dec. 10 Dec. 10 Canada Dec. 20 Dec. 17 Dec. 13 Dec. 10 Caribbean Dec. 19 Dec. 15 Dec. 13 Dec. 10 Central & South America Dec. 19 Dec. 11 Dec. 3 Dec. 3 Mexico Dec. 20 Dec. 15 Dec. 10 Dec. 10 Europe Dec. 19 Dec. 15 Dec. 13 Dec. 10 Middle East Dec. 19 Dec. 15 Dec. 13 Dec. 10

Click here for "send by" dates for military mail.

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