Do you have your holiday packages ready to ship?
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) says it is ready to deliver more than 28 million packages per day between Dec.16 and 21, and will average 20.5 million packages per day through the remainder of the year.
It projects 800 million package deliveries between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, with the busiest week being the week of Dec. 16. That’s on top of an expected 2.5 billion in First-Class Mail, including greeting cards.
Customers can use www.usps.com to avoid going to the post office.
Here’s holiday shipping deadlines for expected delivery by Dec. 25 to Air/Army Post Office/Fleet Post Office/Diplomatic Post Office and 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. 14: USPS Retail Ground
• Dec. 18: APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express
• Dec. 20: First-Class Mail (including greeting cards) and First-Class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
• Dec. 21: Priority Mail
• Dec. 23: Priority Mail Express
Deadlines differ for shipments to Alaska and Hawaii and start Dec. 18 for First-Class Mail to Alaska.
Here’s a few tips and a new rule:
• Use free Priority Mail Flat Rate boxes: They are available at local Post Offices or online at usps.com/freeboxes
• Make it easy with Click-N-Ship: You can create shipping labels and pay for postage online at usps.com/ship
• Schedule a free Package Pickup when the carrier delivers your mail: It’s free regardless of the number of packages. Or pickups can be scheduled at usps.com/pickup
• New rule this year: Mail and packages weighing more than 10 ounces and/or are more than a half-inch thick using stamps as postage cannot be dropped into a collection box or left for a carrier to pick up. Instead, take them to a window clerk at a Post Office. Click-N-Ship customers are unaffected by this change.