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到(dào)期(qī) means ‘due’ and 过(guò)期(qī) means ‘expire/to exceed the time limit’.

到(dào)期(qī) is prone to be used in the field of loan, contract etc, while 过(guò)期(qī) is more likely to be used in the field of food and product. For example,

合同即将到期

Hétong         jíjiāng      dàoqī

Contract   be about to   expire

‘The contract is about to expire.’

食品即将过期

Shípǐn      jíjiāng        guòqī

Food     is about to   expire

‘The food is about to expire’
answered Nov 2, 2020 by Mickey (7,400 points)

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