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USPS Mail-By Dates and Christmas Eve Schedule

There’s an increasing sense of urgency about getting orders into customers’ hands thanks to last-minute holiday shoppers. Those using USPS Priority Mail have until December 21st for delivery in time for Christmas. The deadline for First Class Mail is December 19th.

The US Postal Service also has a solution if you’ve got a last-minute package to mail in time for Christmas: sellers can use Priority Mail Express to mail items for delivery on Christmas Day.

Note that the USPS is giving December 23rd has the mail-by date for Priority Mail Express packages, and states: “Priority Mail Express postage refund eligibility is adjusted for shipments mailed Dec. 22 through Dec. 25.”

Sellers should also be aware of special Christmas Eve schedules this year. The US Postal Service said Post Offices nationwide will be open Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, but many will shorten retail lobby hours and close at noon. Mail delivery will be unaffected.

Revised hours will be posted at each Post Office, and the agency warned that commercial customers should check with their business mail entry units for specific information about holiday hours of operation.

Post Offices will be closed December 25, and all Post Offices will be open and regular mail delivery will resume December 26.

The USPS also noted that Post Offices will be open regular hours on New Year’s Eve, will be closed on January 1, and will reopen as usual on January 2nd. Only Priority Mail Express will be delivered on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Blue collection boxes with final collection times scheduled after 12 pm on Christmas Eve may be picked up early. The USPS advised customers requiring postal services later on Christmas Eve to contact their local Post Office or call 1-800-ASK-USPS for additional information.

Areas where Post Offices may have different hours from this schedule will issue local media announcements specific to their locations.

Additional holiday information can be found at USPS.com/holidaynews, and mail-by dates can be found on this page of the USPS website.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). She is a member of the Online News Association (Sep 2005 - present) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (Mar 2006 - present). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.