What are deadlines for 2022 holiday shipping?

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With holiday celebrations such as Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa around the corner, time is running out to send packages or gifts through the mail to loved ones.

But what exactly are the latest dates one can do so?

Here’s an outline of deadlines to ship packages so they get to loved ones in time for holiday celebrations, according to the United States Postal Service.

Domestic shipping for lower 48 states

USPS Retail GroundDec. 17
First-Class MailDec. 17
Priority MailDec. 19
Priority Mail ExpressDec. 23

Shipping dates for Alaska and Hawaii

StateFirst-Class MailPriority MailPriority Mail ExpressUSPS Retail Ground
AlaskaDec. 17Dec. 17Dec. 21Dec. 2
HawaiiDec. 17Dec. 17Dec. 21N/A

Shipping dates for international mail

AreaFirst-Class PackagePriority mailPriority Mail ExpressGlobal Express
AfricaNov. 29Nov. 29Dec. 6Dec. 20
Asia/Pacific RimDec. 6Dec. 6Dec. 13Dec. 20
Australia/New ZealandDec. 6Dec. 6Dec. 13Dec. 20
CanadaDec. 6Dec. 6Dec. 13Dec. 20
CaribbeanDec. 6Dec. 6Dec. 13Dec. 21
Central & South AmericaNov. 29Nov. 29Dec. 6Dec. 20
EuropeDec. 6Dec. 6Dec. 13Dec. 21
MexicoDec. 6Dec. 6Dec. 13Dec. 22
Middle EastDec. 6Dec. 6Dec. 13Dec. 20

Military mail

Addressed toRetail GroundFirst-Class MailPriority MailPriority Mail Express
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 090-092Nov. 5Dec. 9Dec. 9Dec. 16
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 093Nov. 5Dec. 9Dec. 9N/A
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 094-099Nov. 5Dec. 9Dec. 9Dec. 16
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 340Nov. 5Dec. 9Dec. 9Dec. 16
APO/FPO/DPO AE ZIPs 962-966Nov. 5Dec. 9Dec. 9Dec. 16

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