Tips For On-Time Deliveries During The Holidays

Dates given for on-time holiday mail arrival

Excerpt from The Maui News 
HONOLULU – The U.S. Postal Service has provided tips for people to try to ensure that their Christmas presents arrive on time for loved ones on the Mainland or elsewhere.

Items mailed within Hawaii can be sent by Dec. 21 for first-class and priority mail and by Dec. 23 for express mail.

Dates – the first for first-class/priority mail and the second for express mail – for other mailing destinations include:

* Africa and Central America – Wednesday and Dec. 10.

* American Samoa – Dec. 9 and 18.

* Other international and military overseas – Dec. 10 and 16.

* Guam and Saipan – Dec. 16 and 20.

* U.S. Mainland – Dec. 17 and 22.

Express mail international service is available to 190 countries, with delivery in an average of three to five business days.

The postal service emphasized that the suggested dates are not deadlines. If normal holiday conditions prevail, chances are good that letters and packages sent shortly after the suggested dates will make it to their destinations before Christmas, the service said.

However, uncontrollable factors such as mailing volume and weather can determine whether items are delivered early or on time.

Maui has three self-service automated postal centers. Those are in the service lobbies at Kihei, Lahaina and Wailuku. The centers 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.