Shipping Deadlines for Holiday Gifts

2008 Shipping Deadlines Within United States

This is the busiest season of the year, not only for retailers but for the United States Post office. Millions of letters, cards, and packages are sent all across the country and all over the world every day. Make sure that yours, not only arrives on time,but does not get lost in the crowd.

Deadlines For December 25 Delivery

United States Post Office:

Parcel Post : December 15

First Class Letters & Cards: December20

Priority Mail: December 20

Express Mail: December 22

Fed Ex

Home Delivery or Ground: December 17

Express Saver: December 19

2 Day: December 20

Overnight : December 22

Same Day: December 25


Standard: December 15

3 Day: December 20

Expedited: December 21

Express:December 23


Outside the United States Shipping Deadlines


Military Destinations: APO/FPO Addresses

First Class or Priority: December 11th (except 093)

Express: December 19 (except 093)

Special Military: 

Iraq or Afghanistan Dec. 4

Parcel Post (military mail) Nov 13 

All Other Destinations:

Air Mail: December 11 (except Africa & Central/South America)

Priority: December 13

Africa-December 6

Central/South America- December 4

Express: December 15

Canada- December 16

Africa, Central / South America- December 11

Express Guaranteed: December 19

Canada- December 20

Fed Ex

Ground: (Canada & Puerto Rico) December 14

Economy (Latin American): December 17

(Europe, Middle East, Africa): December 18

(Peurto Rico): December 19

(Mexico & Canada) : December 20

Priority: (Latin America) December 20

(Canada, Puerto Rico, Mexico) December 21

(Europe, Middle East, Africa) December 21

(Asia, Pacific) December 21

Next Flight: (All) December 22


Express Only

Monday December 20

Middle East

Eastern Europe

South and Central America



Tuesday, December 21

Western Europe and United Kingdom

Caribbean and Mexico (for most points)

Pacific Rim (for most points)

Cyber Shopping: Amazon and others

Super Saver Shipping: December 17

Standard Shipping: December 18

2 Day Shipping: December 20 by 3 p.m.

1 Day Shipping : December 22 by 3 p.m.