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USPS: Busiest shipping week of the year underway for the holiday season

Posted: 6:50 AM, Dec 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-17 11:54:36Z
Important holiday shipping deadlines

The U.S. Postal Service says the week of Dec. 17-23 is predicted to be the busiest mailing, shipping and delivery week, when nearly 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards, will be processed and delivered.

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Consumers don’t even have to leave home to ship their packages. The Postal Service anticipates Dec. 17 will be the Postal Service’s busiest day online with more than 8 million consumers predicted to visit usps.com for help shipping that special holiday gift. It’s estimated nearly 400,000 consumers will use the Click-N-Ship feature and other online services to order free Priority Mail boxes, print shipping labels, purchase postage and even request free next-day Package Pickup.

2018 Holiday Shipping Deadlines
The Postal Service recommends the following mailing and shipping deadlines:

  • Dec. 18 – APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express
  • Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
  • Dec. 20 – First-class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
  • Dec. 20 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 20 – Priority Mail
  • Dec. 20 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • Dec. 22 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express
  • Dec. 22 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express
  • Dec. 22 – Priority Mail Express

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