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Holiday mailing deadlines loom

12/10/2012 02:56 EST | Updated 02/09/2013 05:12 EST
If you plan to send a Christmas parcel to friends or family in Canada or the U.S., you'll need get to a post office today or pay higher shipping costs.

According to Canada Post, Dec. 13 is expected to be the busiest shipping day of the year.

Below is a list of Canada Post's holiday mailing deadlines by shipping region.

Within Canada

Holiday cards

- Local delivery – Dec. 19.

- Within province – Dec. 18.

- Outside province – Dec. 17.

Holiday packages

- Regular parcel (most economical) – Dec. 10.

- Xpresspost (fast) – Dec. 19.

- Priority (rush) – Dec. 20.

USA

Holiday cards

- Letter-post – Dec. 14.

Holiday packages

- Expedited parcel (most economical) – Dec. 10.

- Xpresspost (fast) – Dec. 17.

- Priority Worldwide (rush) – Dec. 20.

United Kingdom

Holiday cards

- Letter-post – Deadline already passed.

Holiday packages

- Air parcel (most economical) – Deadline already passed.

- Xpresspost (fast) – Dec. 12.

- Priority Worldwide (rush) – Dec. 19.

China

Holiday cards

- Letter-post – Deadline already passed.

Holiday packages

- Air parcel (most economical) – Deadline already passed.

- Xpresspost (fast) – Dec. 11.

- Priority worldwide (rush) – Dec. 19.

Rest of Asia

Holiday cards

- Letter-post – Deadline already passed.

Holiday packages

- Air parcel (most economical) – Deadline already passed.

- Xpresspost (fast) – Dec. 10.

- Priority worldwide (rush) – Dec. 19.

FedEx accepts parcels as late Dec. 21, depending on the destination. See Fedex's list of holiday shipping deadlines here.

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