APO announces 2018 holiday mailing deadlines

By USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs, Army Postal Service and USPS.com

The holidays will be here before you know it. With that in mind, the U.S. Postal Service and the Army Post Office have the mailing deadlines for the expected delivery of cards and gifts to your loved ones this holiday season. Also, remember to pick up your parcels from your community mail rooms as soon as they arrive, as the sheer volume of packages swamps the CMRs.

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2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines

The garrison Army Post Office recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to domestic U.S. addresses:

  • Nov. 27 SAM/USPS Retail Ground®
  • Dec. 11 Priority Mail and First Class Mail
  • Dec. 17 USPS Priority Mail Express®

To get them there in time for Hanukkah, which starts on Dec. 2 this year, subtract 23 days from the deadlines.

Delivery by the holiday is not a guarantee unless otherwise noted; dates are for estimated delivery before Dec. 25. Actual delivery date may vary depending on origin, destination, Post Office acceptance date and time and other conditions. Some restrictions apply.

Busiest Mailing and Delivery Days

Thanks to more people shopping earlier and shopping online, the Postal Service’s “busiest day” notion is now a thing of the past. Instead, the Postal Service now has a busiest time, and it starts two weeks before Christmas. Beginning the week of Dec. 10, customer traffic is expected to increase and the Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 200 million packages per week during these two weeks. The week of Dec. 17-23 is predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week. During this week alone, the Postal Service expects to process and deliver nearly three billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards.


The Postal Service anticipates Dec. 17 will be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than eight million consumers predicted to visit usps.com for help shipping that special holiday gift. It’s predicted that nearly 105 million consumers will visit the USPS website between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. And usps.com is always open. It’s estimated nearly 400,000 consumers will use the Click-N-Ship® feature and other online services on Dec. 17 to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels or purchase postage.

New for this Year

More USPS holiday news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing, shipping deadlines and Santa mail can be found at usps.com/holidaynews.

Avoid prohibited items to or from the APO

The USAG Stuttgart Customs Office in Bldg. 2915, Panzer Kaserne, is open weekdays (except holidays), 7:45 a.m. – noon, and 1 – 3:45 p.m. Call 431-2731 or 07031-15-2731. More advice to mail questions and information is also available here.