Postal Service releases Hawaii-specific dates

| December 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
Soldiers and civilian employees sort mail in a previous year at an overseas military postal facility. Locally, the U.S. Postal Service is hiring employees. (Photo courtesy of the Military Postal Service Agency)

Soldiers and civilian employees sort mail in a previous year at an overseas military postal facility. Locally, the U.S. Postal Service is hiring employees. (Photo courtesy of the Military Postal Service Agency)

U.S. Postal Service
News Release

HONOLULU — Now that everyone has survived the mad Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping rushes, Hawaii residents’ thoughts will soon turn to shipping.

The Postal Service is happy to assist its customers in that endeavor by providing suggested holiday mailing dates specific to Hawaii, news on extended holiday services, information about convenient self-service options and holiday mailing tips.

Suggested mailing dates
Below are the dates that the Postal Service suggests Hawaii residents mail their letters, cards and packages to give them the best chances of reaching their destinations by Christmas. Note that the dates apply to the mail received by each Post Office’s daily cutoff time.

The suggested mailing dates are Dec. 6 for first-class and Priority mail headed to international and overseas military destinations, and Dec. 15 for First-Class and Priority mail headed to the mainland.

Procrastinators have until Dec. 20 to send their holiday cheer to the mainland via expedited Priority Express shipping service.

From Hawaii to First-Class Priority & Priority Mail Express Mail
U.S. Mainland                     Dec 15     Dec 20
Hawaii                                  Dec 21    Dec 22
Guam & Saipan                  Dec 13    Dec 19
American Samoa               Dec 7      Dec 14
Military APOs & FPOs     Dec 6      Dec 13
International                     Dec 6      Dec 13

Dates apply to mail received by each Post Office’s cutoff time.

Postal customers are asked to keep in mind that the above suggested mailing dates are not deadlines, implying that packages or letters will not arrive at their destinations if mailed after the listed dates. 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, uncontrollable factors such as mailing volumes and weather determine whether deliveries can be made early or on time.

No extended retail hours this year
We won’t be extending our hours of operation at any of our Hawaii Post Offices this holiday season. Instead, we’re encouraging our customers to take advantage of our 24-hour self-service kiosks and the online payment and pickup options at USPS.com.

Self Service Ship & Mail Centers
These convenient postal kiosks allow customers to purchase stamps, print and pay for postage for packages, and conduct other common transactions without the need to stand in line to see a mail clerk – an all-too-frequent necessity during holiday mailing season.

Perhaps most important, customers can access the Self Service Ship & Mail Centers 24/7, at times that are convenient to them. USPS Self Service Ship & Mail Centers are located in Hawaii outside or in the service lobbies of 15 Post Offices, in addition to one located inside the Safeway on Kapahulu Avenue on Oahu.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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