It’s time to start getting holiday cards and packages in the mail. The Postal Service is reminding customers about mailing deadlines for holiday packages.
To arrive before Christmas, mail going to members of the military overseas or other international destinations should be sent by Tuesday, Dec. 11 if it is sent Priority or First Class. Express Mail can be sent by Dec. 16.
- 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)
- 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
The busiest week is predicted to be Dec. 17 – 23 when the Postal Service will process and deliver 3 billion pieces of First-Class Mail, including greeting cards.
The Postal Service is also using something new this year, its USPS Informed Delivery which gives a free digital preview of what’s coming to your mailbox. You can track packages and leave delivery instructions.
The Postal Service advises customers to remove batteries from electronic items because they could turn on, which could prompt postal employees to open the package for inspection. People should not tie packages with string, as that, too could cause shipping problems.
They also suggest placing a backup tag inside each package that specifies both the shipping and return addresses, in case the outer label gets damaged.
To request a free package pickup, purchase stamps, hold mail and design holiday cards, visit www.usps.com.