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Postal Service Forecasts Record Holiday Shipping Surge

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We are already filling up  our facilities, vehicles and satchels  with cards, letters and packages. In fact, we'll deliver more than 18  BILLION this month alone.

Mailing Deadlines coming – Don't delay.  

Dec. 10 -- Priority and First-Class APO/FPO Military Mail (not Afghanistan)

Dec. 14  -- U.S. Parcel Post (ground) packages 

Dec. 17  -- Express Overseas Military Mail 

Dec. 10  -- International First-Class and Priority Mail (*)

Dec. 19  -- Global Express Mail  (*)

Dec. 20  – Cards and Letters.  

Dec. 21  – Priority Mail 

Dec. 22  – Express Mail. 


(*) Most destinations 

Simple Tips for Holiday Mailing and Shipping
Given the busy season ahead, here are a few simple tips sure to help customers avoid those holiday hassles and keep the season merry.

  • Confirm addresses. Print addresses clearly and in all CAPS and be sure to include all address elements - apartment numbers, suite numbers and directional information for streets. For example: 123 S Main St. or 12456 Elm St. N. Include both "to" and "from" information on packages - and only on one side. Never guess a ZIP Code. Visit to find all ZIP codes.
  • Choose the Right Box. Select a box that is strong enough to protect the contents. Leave space for cushioning inside. Do not reuse mailing boxes - they weaken in the shipping process. Customers can purchase ReadyPost boxes at a local Post Office or at the Postal Store on Express Mail and Priority Mail boxes, envelopes and tubes are free.
  • Pack Delicately. Cushion contents with shredded or rolled newspaper, bubble wrap or foam peanuts. Plain air-popped popcorn also is good for cushioning - it's inexpensive and environmentally friendly. Pack contents tightly to avoid shifting during transit. Always use tape that is designed for shipping, such as pressure-sensitive tape, nylon-reinforced craft paper tape or glass-reinforced pressure-sensitive tape. Do not use wrapping paper, string, masking tape, duct tape or cellophane tape.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

From the U.S. Postal Service

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