USPS entering peak season: When you need to ship holiday gifts

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U.S. Postal Service carrier John Graham packs his mail bag after parking a delivery truck, Wednesday, July 14, 2021, in Portland, Maine. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

(WHNT) — The United States Postal Service (USPS) is ready for a busy holiday season, according to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.

“We are ready and positioned to have a successful peak season,” DeJoy said. “Americans should feel confident sending their holiday cards, mail, and packages with the Postal Service.”

USPS estimates more than 12 billion packages, cards, and letters will be sent from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day.

As part of its preparations for the holiday season, USPS has taken several actions to ensure proper service. Those measures include converting more than 63,000 pre-career employees to full-time roles over the last fiscal year, hiring 40,000 seasonal employees by year’s end, leasing 13 million square feet of space at 100 postal annexes, and installing new processing equipment.Post Office changes: What’s in the USPS 10-year plan

In spite of the new actions taken, the organization still urges consumers to ship early.

USPS says the busiest days of the year are the two weeks before Christmas, but customer traffic at USPS locations is likely to begin increasing around Dec. 6.

The Postal Service recommends, but does not guarantee, these dates as the last possible day to ship a package or card so it can arrive by Christmas morning:

  • December 9: APO/FPO/DPO (all ZIP Codes) Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
  • December 15: USPS Retail Ground service
  • December 16: APO/FPO/DPO (except ZIP Code 093) USPS Priority Mail Express Military service
  • December 17: First-Class Mail service (including greeting cards)
  • December 17: First-Class packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
  • December 18: Priority Mail service
  • December 23: Priority Mail Express service

The above dates do not pertain to packages mailed from Alaska or Hawaii to the continental United States.

For more information on how to ship with USPS during the holiday season, click here.

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