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Post Office says mail holiday packages and cards early this season

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) is expecting that more holiday gifts and greetings will be sent through the mail this season, as families and friends hold virtual celebrations instead of opening gifts in person.

USPS is encouraging customers this season especially to mail early.

“This has been an extraordinary year of unprecedented challenges given the COVID-19 pandemic and the Postal Service is expecting significant volume increases which are difficult to predict,” USPS said. “We thank our customers for their continued support, and we are committed to making sure gifts and cards are delivered on time to celebrate the holidays.”

"Seasonal workers are hired when and where needed, and technology has been expanded to enhance package tracking throughout the USPS processing and transportation networks,” USPS noted. “Sunday delivery will be expanded beginning Nov. 29 to locations with high package volumes. USPS already delivers packages on Sundays in most major cities. Mail carriers will also deliver packages for an additional fee on Christmas Day in select locations.”

The busiest time of the season peaks two weeks before Christmas, when much of the last-minute shopping starts. Customer traffic is expected to increase beginning Dec. 7, with the week of Dec. 14-21 projected to be the busiest mailing, shipping, and delivery week.

“Consumers don’t have to leave home to ship their packages,” USPS said. “In these socially distant times, they can simply visit or use the Click-N-Ship feature for help shipping that holiday gift, ordering free Priority Mail boxes, printing shipping labels, purchasing postage, or even requesting free next-day Package Pickup. And is always open.”

Holiday Shipping Deadlines

USPS recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office as well as domestic addresses.

-- Dec. 9: APO/FPO/DPO (ZIP Code 093 only) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail.

-- Dec. 11: APO/FPO/DPO (all other ZIP codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail.

-- Dec. 15: USPS Retail Ground Service.

-- Dec. 18: APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express.

-- Dec. 18: First-Class Mail, including greeting cards.

-- Dec. 18: First-Class packages, up to 15.99 ounces.

-- Dec. 19: Priority Mail service.

-- Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express service.


-- Dec. 18: Alaska to/from Continental U.S.--First-Class Mail.

-- Dec. 19: Alaska to/from Continental U.S.--Priority Mail.

-- Dec. 21: Alaska to/from Continental U.S.--Priority Mail Express.


-- Dec. 15: Hawaii to/from mainland--Priority Mail and First-Class Mail.

-- Dec. 21: Hawaii to/from mainland-Priority Mail Express.

Note: Mail and packages weighing more than 10 ounces or more than a half-inch thick and using stamps as postage may not be dropped in a collection box or left for a carrier to pick up. They must be brought to the local post office.



Posted 11/20/2020




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