US Postal Service sets holiday deadlines
December 5, 2017
Holiday mailing deadlines are fast approaching, and the United States Postal Service expects to deliver nearly 850 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day and more than 15 billion total pieces of mail this holiday season.
According to USPS, customers planning to ship packages are encouraged to visit a local post office no later than the below dates for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and domestic addresses:
Dec. 11 – Military Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
Dec. 14 – USPS Retail Ground
Dec. 19 – First-Class cards and letters
Dec. 20 – Priority Mail
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Dec. 22 – Priority Mail Express
To send packages to loved ones serving in the military and diplomatic posts abroad, the postal service offers a discounted price of $17.35 on its largest priority mail flat rate box. The price includes a $1.50 per-box discount for mail sent to APO/FPO/DPO destinations worldwide.
To handle the surge in volume, the Postal Service is expanding its Sunday delivery operations in select high package volume locations during the holiday season. Mail carriers will also deliver priority mail express packages on Christmas day for an additional fee in select locations.
Ship online from home
The Postal Service's busiest day online is predicted to be Dec. 18 when more than 7 million customers avoid holiday hassles and visit usps.com for help sending special gifts. Millions of customers will take advantage of convenient online services, like Click-N-Ship, to order free priority mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and request free next-day package pickup. And usps.com is always open.
The Postal Service's new feature, Informed Delivery, makes tracking packages easy. The tool allows eligible customers to view incoming mail, track packages and reschedule deliveries. Customers can sign up for free at usps.com/informeddelivery.
The postal service offers shipping tips in 10 video "how to" guides. Each video is less than three minutes long and shows customers how to address packages, ship packages and pack a box so items arrive safely.
Additional news and information, including all domestic, international and military mailing, and shipping deadlines, can be found at usps.com/holidaynews.