The Maui News - The U.S. Postal Service has released suggested dates to mail packages in time for recipients to receive them for Christmas. Postal officials said first-class and priority mail packages headed to international or military overseas destinations should be mailed no later than Saturday, Dec. 17. Express mail to those locations can be sent as late as Friday, Dec. 16. Express mail being sent to American Samoa should be sent by Monday, Dec. 19.
For packages headed for Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan, Rota and Tinian), first-class and priority mail, should by mailed by Friday, Dec. 16, and express mail by Tuesday, Dec. 20.
Packages headed for the Mainland should be sent by Monday, Dec. 19, for first-class and priority packages and by Wednesday, Dec. 21, for express mail.
Parcels sent within Hawai'i can wait until Thursday, Dec. 22, for first-class and priority packages and Friday, Dec. 23, for express mail. The busiest mailing days of the year are anticipated to be Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 19 and 20. The Postal Service expects to deliver 16.5 billion pieces of mail between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year