With barely a week left until Christmas, and most people relying on online purchases for their holiday shopping, the United States Postal Service will be busier than ever this week.
- In fact, the USPS expects to process and deliver nearly 2.5 billion pieces of mail, including packages, this week.
- They’re expected to deliver about 28 million packages per day leading up to the holiday.
- Overall, USPS believes they’ll have delivered 800 million packages between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day.
- To meet demand they are already delivering packages on Sundays, to the tune of about eight million packages every Sunday in December.
Now if you’re still planning to send your gifts to loved ones, or continue purchasing online, there are some key shipping dates to know if you want to make sure that gift gets under the tree before the holiday.They include:
- December 20 – First-Class Mail (including greeting cards)
- December 20 – First-Class Packages (up to 15.99 ounces)
- December 20 – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
- December 20 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail and First-Class Mail
- December 21 – Priority Mail
- December 22 – Alaska to mainland Priority Mail Express
- December – Hawaii to mainland Priority Mail Express
- December 23 – Priority Mail Express