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.”
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.
have to leave home to ship their packages,” USPS said. “In these socially
distant times, they can simply visit usps.com 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 usps.com is always open.”
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
-- 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.