Postal service offers mailing dates for Christmas

LIHUE — The U.S. Postal Service has released its suggested holiday mailing dates specific to Hawaii, news on extended holiday services, information about self-service options, and holiday mailing tips.

Below are the dates that the USPS suggests Hawaii residents mail their letters, cards and packages to give them the best chances of reaching their destinations by Christmas. The dates apply to the mail received by each post office’s daily cutoff time.

The suggested mailing date is Friday, Dec. 6 for first-class and priority mail headed to international and overseas military destinations, and Thursday, Dec. 19 for first-class and priority mail headed to the mainland. Procrastinators have until Saturday, Dec. 21 to send their holiday cheer to the mainland via expedited priority express shipping service.

“Postal customers are asked to keep in mind that the suggested mailing dates are not deadlines, implying that packages or letters will not arrive at their destinations if mailed after the listed dates,” a press release said.

“In fact, if normal holiday conditions prevail, chances are good that letters and packages sent shortly after the suggested dates will still make it to their destinations before Christmas. Ultimately, unpredictable factors such as mailing volumes and weather determine whether deliveries can be made early or on time.”

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